Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.
Jamie's a tremendous talent. I told a good friend of mine who's well versed in this sport that Jamie's game, especially if she's on, is going to give Vika fits. I was correct. Jamie not only took chances Vika presented but also made her own chances. If she hadn't gotten hurt, she would have produced the upset of the tournament.
Vika's footwork is what was killing her last night. Against a player that not only hits the ball hard and well but also can add spins and angles, she needs tip top footwork to get in position. But she wasn't getting in position and taking control of the rallies she could have. Whether this is related to her toe infection or not, she got tight out there and the fact that she started becoming Temperenka says a lot.
She's never defended a title before and having the pressure of attempting that while being number one when your two primary rivals are eating quality opponents alive just adds even more pressure.
I hope she went out and practiced her ass off after this wake up call. She needs to take a deep breath and calm down and fall into her natural rhythm of play. She should beat Vesnina. The quarterfinal between her and either Sveta or Caro could be a huge boost to her confidence or a death nail.
On a side note, the Tennis Channel commentators said that Vika's begun working with Rafa's publicist to create a more fan friendly image of herself. We know Vika is awesome, but she needs to show the world that awesome. Hopefully that side of things improves so that people who are indifferent can warm to her and some of the haters can eat shit.