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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

I think Vika has learnt to handle the pressure and expectations much better than most of her opponents. In Wimbledon e.g. Kirsten Flipkens in semifinal and Sabine Lisicki in final couldn't maintain their level and the pressure of sudden success. In this case Flavia Pennetta was first time in Grand Slam semifinal, and all this sudden success for probably too much to handle. The same thing probably happened to Simona Halep in this tournament.

On the other hand Vika has acquired a huge rutine to play as a big favourite and win in major tournaments. In Cincinnati Vika had a really messy semifinal vs Jelena Jankovic, but she managed to rise her level in final vs Serena Williams. I think anything is possible on Sunday's final.
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If Vika can manage to hold some service games, then she'll be able to do some damage. But will that happen against Serena playing like that

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I think Vika has learnt to handle the pressure and expectations much better than most of her opponents. In Wimbledon e.g. Kirsten Flipkens in semifinal and Sabine Lisicki in final couldn't maintain their level and the pressure of sudden success. In this case Flavia Pennetta was first time in Grand Slam semifinal, and all this sudden success for probably too much to handle. The same thing probably happened to Simona Halep in this tournament.
Well itīs also a matter of their genereal level of play and experience at the later stages of Slams. Well Lisicki just being Lisicki. Sheīll act like that till the end of her career. I donīt think Halep choked. She certainly didnīt play her best, but she was also incredibly unlucky. At setpoint she had physically broken down Pennetta (2-4 to 5-4) a little like Vika in the 2nd set today. Then came the long break that allowed Pennetta to recover. Itīs highly unlikely imho that Pennetta wins the match without the rain break. Then Halep makes the semi. Halep is young and coming off that super four title run she actually handled the fatigue and expectations pretty well. Could easily have gone out in the 1st round.

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So, what F opponent do you you guys fancy?

Me, I actually would prefer her to play Serena. She seems very comfortable playing her these days and there would be very little pressure on her side.

She would be the favorite against Li, not sure that would help.
I think she has a better chance against Li. Against Serena, it depends how Serena is serving- if Serena is serving well it is extremely difficult to beat her.

In any case, hope Vika keeps being a beast on ROS and serves like the last service game today.

Very happy with today's win. Well done!
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The other SF being completely NID, as expected. Would be great for tennis to have a final between world number 1 and 2.

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The other SF being completely NID, as expected. Would be great for tennis to have a final between world number 1 and 2.
Serena agrees with you, righrt now.
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Poor Li. Hope Vika spends all day tomorrow working on her serve to be ready for Serena.
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Vika should cut down drop shots against faster players. They were effective against slower players like Ana and Dani. They were not so effective against Flavia and probably will not work well against Serena either.
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Vika should cut down drop shots against faster players. They were effective against slower players like Ana and Dani. They were not so effective against Flavia and probably will not work well against Serena either.
Today her timing and execution was horrible But she can play it much better wen needed against Serena.

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Today her timing and execution was horrible But she can play it much better wen needed against Serena.
I hope you are right
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Vika should cut down drop shots against faster players. They were effective against slower players like Ana and Dani. They were not so effective against Flavia and probably will not work well against Serena either.
I do not agree. I think it's breaking the opponents rhythm. Unfortunately, sometimes, they are breaking Vika's rhythm..
But most of all, i think it's a good alternative.
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Someitmes I think Eurosport is intentionally trying to get people not to watch their program. What kind of a dumbass commentator would mention that the H2H between Serena/Vika is 12-3 and not mention the recent results?

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Someitmes I think Eurosport is intentionally trying to get people not to watch their program. What kind of a dumbass commentator would mention that the H2H between Serena/Vika is 12-3 and not mention the recent results?
It's not just the Eurosport commentators- a lot of the US commentators say the same kind of crap. They were going on today (especially Johnny Mac) about how surprising the number of breaks. Haven't they seen any of Vika's other matches
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Vika's next opponent- Serena for the US Open title! Good luck Vika
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

The most concerning part about Serenaīs current game is not her offense, itīs her incredible defense. What Vika will need besides her serve is to step up, if Serena throws one of her unnecessary tantrums like at the start of the 2nd set today. Na Li had all the momentum at 2-1 40-0 in the 2nd set and she threw it away like a chump. It was embarrassing. Serena didnīt have to do anything to break back.

Stach is such a Vika hater. Heīll probably wank to that H2H tonight, mentioned it more often during the match than Na Liīs H2H with Serena.

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