Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.
I am still not able to come to terms with this. I say through painfully until 2nd set and thought she picked herself up and by the time back it's 5-0.
She was simply outplayed, outsmarted. She underestimated aga, whom she hasn't played for a long time while her form deteriorated. Yes aga played the match of her life but vika just didn't hold he own. She was under pressure from first game onwards. I have noticed she started badly in almost all her first service game but got it back vs low ranked players. She needs to get go and aggressive from first game, she was impatient in first set and lost long rallies almost all the time. She had to play good friend strikes to go for her shots when opportunities arise. You could see from her cringed face in first set almost saying she couldn't do anything to break the lock. She was nervous and unsettled. I thought she was more focused in last match with a lot of pressure. She never really settled in this one.
Is she slightly slower, maybe. But her game is more offensive but she was not allowed to. She will always struggle with fitness players with good defense. Cos her defense just not good anymore, relies too much by other players UEs. And you don't get that from aga.
Sigh, she really did have the chance here but I guess all the pressure got to her, where she was not playing fearlessly. She was playing a bit conservative.
And her service game, I looked closely, just not raising her arm straight up enough and she has to push herself forward to catch and usually dumped into the net.
I hope LI will win.