Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.
I didn't watch the end of the third set as my flu meds kicked in, but Serena wasn't Serena. I know it's sort of a running joke about Serena only being at 70, 50% or whatever but she wasn't playing well at all. She definitely was anxious about Sloane, but personally I think that's more about Sloane being an American rather than her game (See Serena's matches against Davenport, Capriati for reference). The she hurt her back and had even more demons to deal with.
That said Sloane was on and off. After Serena hurt her back and came back out, Sloane served for the second set and choked hard core. This sounds horrible but if it was this hard for her to beat an injured, anxious Serena how is she going to handle a (god willing) healthy, feisty Vika? Their games are very similar but Vika is more consistent, but she cannot underestimate Sloane at this point. Child's already developing some serious bravado.