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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova expects a compelling rivalry to develop between Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova.

Speaking ahead of an exhibition match at the Open GDF tournament in Paris on Sunday, Navratilova said Azarenka and Kvitova have all the right attributes.

"I think we definitely have the possibility of a great rivalry between Azarenka and Kvitova," Navratilova said. "They are very talented players. They have really intense personalities. They're very professional about how they go about it. If they stay healthy, that's the rivalry to come."

Navratilova was at the heart of the greatest rivalry in women's tennis when she and Chris Evert split Grand Slam titles in the 1970s and 80s.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion cast doubts on Maria Sharapova's capacity to keep up with Azarenka and Kvitova. Azarenka beat Sharapova in the Australian Open final last month to become the top-ranked player.

"I don't know if she can be fit to compete with those two, because they're stronger physically," Navratilova said.

Five different players have won the last five Grand Slam tournaments in an unpredictable period for the women's game. That has drawn criticism from some quarters, but nine-time Grand Slam winner Monica Seles says the game doesn't necessarily need a great rivalry to thrive.

"It's great also not to maybe have a rivalry," Seles said. "Now that we really don't know when the tournament starts (who's going to be in the final), I think it's really exciting for the fans.

"Right now, everybody's fighting to be that No 1 or to win the most Grand Slams. But the competition is pretty even. I think it's pretty exciting for fans to watch."



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Re: Nav: Azarenka & Kvitova to be great rivals, Sharapova may not be able to keep up

Navratilova jumped off the Masha bandwagon since the money started rolling in.
And to say they're physically stronger isn't really correct. Also, Vika vs Kvitova isn't a rivalry, but Masha vs Kvitova can be a great one. Especially at Wimbledon.

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Re: Nav: Azarenka & Kvitova to be great rivals, Sharapova may not be able to keep up

We need to see a few Vika/Petra matches and some more results from both before we say anything.

I can also see Martha coming out on top on the right surface if she got to take on the winner of a Petra/Vika shootout. (Yes, I know that happened at Wimby, but that wasn't the right surface--I'm thinking either the AO or the FO).

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The reason being cuz they're stronger physically? BS.


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Re: Nav: Azarenka & Kvitova to be great rivals, Sharapova may not be able to keep up

How long will Sharpie remained engaged for?

She's going to be 25 soon and her maternity instincts might kick in... Must be taken into consideration, I'm afraid.

I don't know. I don't really see Sharpie in the mix for a slam victory but she can always proove me wrong. Hope she doesn't though. She doesn't have the fire, the fight she had when she first came on the scene. Plus she's still a brainless ballbasher and others are coming into their own and can now do it better (ie Kvitova, Azarenka).

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Now all we need is a Mary Carillo rebuttal.
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Re: Nav: Azarenka & Kvitova to be great rivals, Sharapova may not be able to keep up

Her not being able to keep up with them wouldn't be because she's not as strong as them physically. It's her (lack of) consistency that holds her back against Azarenka and she's really at Kvitova's mercy when they're playing (as most players are) - she'll win if Kvitova is off and lose if Kvitova plays well.

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they are stronger physically. and azarenka is a much better mover. maria is damaged goods.

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Re: Nav: Azarenka & Kvitova to be great rivals, Sharapova may not be able to keep up

She is presuming that both are a good deal ahead of the rest of the pack... which they havent totally proved themselves of being (especially Azarenka). For all we know they may not meet up again in a slam for years.... or it could be the next three slams in a row... there is no way for Nav to know these things. I doubt it will be much of a rivalry.
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Re: Nav: Azarenka & Kvitova to be great rivals, Sharapova may not be able to keep up

I dont think it will be an amazing rivalry. Kvitova will continue to win the vast majority of their head to head meetings. Azarenka though will probably be more consistent, and thus there will likely be a rankings battle, but that could involve numerous others. I expect both to be key players and win more slams, Kvitova will definitely win more career slams than Azarenka though IMO. I dont see them playing in that many slam finals though, most often when one makes it the other wont. I dont see them dominating womens tennis, even if they end up as the top 2, atleast not dominating yet. When they do play Kvitova will be the heavy favorite based on their H2H history up to now, and I dont see that aspect changing either.
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Re: Nav: Azarenka & Kvitova to be great rivals, Sharapova may not be able to keep up

Well four years ago many people thought Sharapova and Ivanovic would be the next great, glamourous rivarly in women's tennis. Look how that turned out.

Now I would like it if Vika can swagger up a few more Slams but no one knows how the future will play out.

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Maria will more often that not come up short against both players, particularly Azarenka due to it being nightmare match up for her, owing to her stark inconsistency, further exacerbated by Azarenka's consistent grinding + her ability to be aggressive where absolutely neccessary. Simply put , both are better than her at this stage.

However to count out Sharapova on fitness is quite ridiculous and quite frankly shows ignorance on Martina's part. Azarenka is still the least fit of the three. She has already withdrawn once this year and there's no conclusive evidence that she'll cut out her retirements now that she's #1 and a Slam champion whereas Maria returned from a (from what I've read) serious ankle injury and was still able to get to a Slam final, playing rather well in the early stages and defeating one of the players in question en-route. So yes , in short , Martina's conclusion may be correct but her reasoning not so.

A Kvitova + Azarenka rivalry would be uplifting for the game and create some tension and excitement once more. However, Vika needs to start beating Petra a couple of times first.
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Re: Nav: Azarenka & Kvitova to be great rivals, Sharapova may not be able to keep up

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Maria will more often that not come up short against both players, particularly Azarenka due to it being nightmare match up for her, owing to her stark inconsistency, further exacerbated by Azarenka's consistent grinding + her ability to be aggressive where absolutely neccessary. Simply put , both are better than her at this stage.

However to count out Sharapova on fitness is quite ridiculous and quite frankly shows ignorance on Martina's part. Azarenka is still the least fit of the three. She has already withdrawn once this year and there's no conclusive evidence that she'll cut out her retirements now that she's #1 and a Slam champion whereas Maria returned from a (from what I've read) serious ankle injury and was still able to get to a Slam final, playing rather well in the early stages and defeating one of the players in question en-route. So yes , in short , Martina's conclusion may be correct but her reasoning not so.

A Kvitova + Azarenka rivalry would be uplifting for the game and create some tension and excitement once more. However, Vika needs to start beating Petra a couple of times first.
Delusional. Vika was the fittest player in Melbourne.
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