Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?
Peak Sharapova had an incredibly good serve to backup her vicious ROS and groundstrokes. Azarenka has never faced a peak Sharapova and if she had she would have lost more often than won in my opinion. We will soon see someone totally eat Azarenka's serve for breakfast (not sure who but it is simply a matter of time) and when we do it will highlight the biggest weakness in her game.
The bright side in all of this is that Sharapova is honestly trying to figure Azarenka out... I finally saw that at Indian Wells. Normally for the past few seasons Sharapova has had a high DF number which gave too many free points to Victoria (along with being too inconsistent). At Indian Wells, however, she had very few DFs but had poor serving box placement as well as being too predictable. So we have seen her go from one extreme to the other... First too aggressive and recently too passive.
Now she just needs to find the balance between the two again. Although Sharapova lost IW I think it was a tactical step in the right direction for her.