Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.
On the whole yes they are. Azarenka is also being heavily backed atm on the exchanges driving the price further in. After Serena lost, initially Sharapova was the favourite by a bit of a margin, but Azarenka has slowly come in all day. Probably with people looking at the Azarenka-Sharapova H2H.
I wouldn't use polls on GM as a good indicator. The problem is, some players are more popular than others, some have more haters than others leading to mass distortions from reality. So even with like 200 votes recently you've had Azarenka-Kuznetsova, Sharapova-Venus with GM suggesting they were near 50:50 matches. Obviously the reality was far far from this.
Even supposed experts seem to have their own agenda. Eg. I was reading a piece from Matt Cronin earlier which just struck me as a load of rubbish really. He said if Azarenka-Stephens was the quarter final he would have favoured Stephens to win (what?), and made it out the only reason he favours Azarenka is because of Stephens not having long to recover from the Serena match, and pressure of reaching a slam final.