Karolina Pliskova, the tall, steep-serving Czech with the tattoos and an increasing penchant for grass, beat both the rain and the week`s greatest giant-killer to reach the final in Birmingham on Saturday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a Palestinian-led campaign to snub Israeli goods sought the "elimination" of the Jewish state, following a boycott row with French telecoms giant Orange.
Serena Williams`s stunning 27-match winning streak stretching back to last year`s WTA finals was snapped in resounding fashion by Petra Kvitova on Friday as the Czech progressed to the Madrid Open final 6-2, 6-3.
Petra Kvitova completed her preparations for an assault on a third grand slam title in triumphant style on Friday by downing fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-6 7-6 to win the Sydney International title.
In a gruelling China Open final, Maria Sharapova dug deep to beat Petra Kvitova 6-4 2-6 6-3 on Sunday. The match in Beijing lasted two hours and 28 minutes. With the win, the Russian climbed up to number two in the WTA singles rankings.
World number one Novak Djokovic claimed his fifth China Open title by thrashing Tomas Berdych in a one-sided contest on Sunday. The Serbian took just 66 minutes to seal a comfortable 6-0, 6-2 win against the big Czech in Beijing.