Re: Sloane's coach said Vika was "cheating within the rules."
Not 'cheating within the rules'. Rather 'lying in order to use a rule'. By her own admission, she was choking. My thought is she knew she was choking, and, knowing she was carrying injuries, kind of panicked, and took advantage of the rule.
It's NOT cheating, but it's incredibly poor sportsmanship. I have to admit, it will affect my opinion of Azarenka. It doesn't quite rise to the level of 'The Hand', but it informs us about her character, and not in a good way. OTOH, I would hate to be judged solely by my weakest public moments.
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