Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.
Finally Sharapova able to confirm what the formbook demanded all week. She is really good indoors and on slow courts.
Hopefully Vika will hit injured next year. She just holds back way too much for somebody with her skill in regular matches. Yes her grinding can beat 90% of players all year, but the next step is to establish a high percentage at harder shots. Linz also hurt her in the regard that it was just too easy to win. She cannot rest on her #1 ranking like Wozniacki did. In a sense this loss will keep her sharp and motivated in the off-season.
I really really want to see her hit through the court more next year and attack the sidelines longline a bit more, when she has the openings. She tends to not really hit dtl, but always with a slight angle toward the middle of the court and with a little too much topspin. That just extends rallies and gives really good movers and hitters a chance to get back into rallies or pass her at the net, especially on slower courts.
That and her Adv serve are the biggest weaknesses, she can work on imho.
Great year overall. Shame about the US Open final. Probably the only regret she should have in an otherwise awesome year.
I am not a fan of the direction a lot of Maria threads have taken over the last 12 months.
The undertone is very disappointing, aggressive and the comments are sometimes rude to a player just trying to earn a living, playing her hardest and having a good amount of success given her god given, natural talents.
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