During an interview with a writer for the Sony Ericsson Open website (which was never posted, unfortunately, though I have the audio) Petko said that her favorite tournament outside of the Slams was Stuttgart. She cited the fact that it's the only tournament in Germany these days (which blows) and she loves any excuse to get home.
So it must have been quite the boon for Team Germany when they all got to fly home early for Fed Cup (which was held in the same arena this past weekend) and now get to show their stuff to their countrypeople.
Petko fought off the nerves and a pesky JJ to advance, 36 61 63. Sabine took out a struggling-but-still-very-good-at-tennis Nails, 64 75. Kristina Barrois upset Mono, 64 62. And the in a shocking turn of events, the day ended with Vika taking the first set over Julia Goolia, only to *abruptly* retire seconds later without calling a trainer. The official word is that she retired with a right shoulder injury. Puzzling, no doubt.
Regardless, it's been a dazzling five days for the German Ladies of Wrestling and it's not over. Sabine and Julia will face off in one quarterfinal, Petko gets another chance at a big forehead scalp against Caro, and Barrois will try not to lose her head against Aga. All that AND Petko and Julia will face off against Sam and Sabine in doubles.
All aboard the GLOW revival. You know you missed it.