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post #1863 of (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 08:06 PM
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

She really has to make sure she gives Rome a good shake this year. Rome for me is the most important clay warm-up event in WTA, it's the closest to Roland Garros' conditions.

Madrid we have to wait and see. We know they have gone back to red clay this year, and they've imported the same clay used at Roland Garros. But Madrid has never proven that great a guide to what goes on at Roland Garros in the past on both the mens and womens side (mainly due to problems with the clay).

It may just have been coincidence, but maybe there was something in the fact that both Serena and Vika played too few proper red clay matches last year going into Roland Garros, and we all know what happened next.
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