I love that the haters have their panties in a wad.
Pass the duct tape and super glue. Lena's done broke my heart one last time.
Onward my LOB! Lena (ret.) Vika Vee TOB Caro Alexa Sabs Wicky Lesia Vania BMS Ekat Andi H. Jo-La Lena V KP2 Lil Bit Kiki Mini Mak Baby Veronika
V Squad, The LOB Elite: Vika, Venus and the Mad Viking of Norrland
Jo-La Duchess of Norrland and Bastad
Elena Viatcheslavovna Dementieva--Eternal Goddess of the Divine Bangs
I really put my foot in my mouth with that comment. There are other Maria fans I like other than Craig. He's the only big Maria stan I like though. Although, there are probably others I'm forgetting, so I should just stop talking.
She has been far from her relentless best at this Australian Open for reasons that still remain unclear, and she expected to be greeted with hostility after an emotional 48 hours in which she was widely criticized for seeking medical attention at a critical phase of her semifinal victory over the American teenager Sloane Stephens. But as it turned out, Li Na was the finalist who was in for a traumatic evening in Rod Laver Arena, and in a momentum-swinging final interrupted by fireworks and, yes, more medical timeouts, Azarenka successfully defended her title by rallying to win, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The victory was the latest major coup on a hard court for Azarenka, a 23-year-old from Belarus. Her baseline-hugging power game is a fine fit for the true-bouncing, hardcourt version of the sport. This victory, which required 2 hours 40 minutes, allowed Azarenka to join an elite club. She is now the fifth active women’s player with more than one Grand Slam singles title. The others are Serena Williams with 15, Venus Williams with 7, Maria Sharapova with 4 and Svetlana Kuznetsova with 2.
Azarenka, one of the game’s most intense competitors, managed to recover from the loss of the first set and keep her focus despite three extended breaks in play: two when Li required medical timeouts of her own, and one for the customary Australia Day fireworks display. It was a tense match, often better drama than tennis. There were 16 service breaks in all, and both players finished with significantly more unforced errors than winners. But on an unsteady night, Azarenka was the steadier force, making 18 winners and 28 unforced errors to Li’s 36 winners and 57 unforced errors.
When Li’s final backhand had sailed long and she had finished crying into her towel, she rose and jogged to the opposite side of the court to shake hands with members of her team, including her coach, Sam Sumyk, and a friend, the musician Redfoo. “Enjoy this one, you are a champion,” Sumyk said.