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VIKA?
Apr 5th, 2009, 04:30 PM
:rolls: GM is crazy.

Watch Vika lose 1R in Charleston and see the reaction in GM, you can gurantee she'd lose most of her new "fans" :o


and the Sharapova comparison is old now. I've replied to loads of those threads but I'm so bored of it now. I don't know why everyone is so keen to see the "new Sharapova" when the original one isn't even retired. I don't see the similarity in their games, the only thing they have in common is their grunts and even those are different.

100% agree!:worship:

if you are fan u are a fan in the bad moments and good moments.

Temperenka
Apr 5th, 2009, 05:38 PM
:rolls: GM is crazy.

Watch Vika lose 1R in Charleston and see the reaction in GM, you can gurantee she'd lose most of her new "fans" :o


and the Sharapova comparison is old now. I've replied to loads of those threads but I'm so bored of it now. I don't know why everyone is so keen to see the "new Sharapova" when the original one isn't even retired. I don't see the similarity in their games, the only thing they have in common is their grunts and even those are different.

Totally agree with everything said here. Granted, I have only been a fan of Vika since last summer, but I have become a huge fan of hers. These girls are really susceptible to terrible slumps and the true fans will be on this board saying "WTF was that, Vika?" after her 5th straight loss and looking for reasons for the slump. Believe me, I have been a Nicole fan for a while. ;)
And usually only the true fans would be posting on this thread anyways, so screw the GM people. :lol:

JadeFox
Apr 5th, 2009, 05:50 PM
:rolls: GM is crazy.

Watch Vika lose 1R in Charleston and see the reaction in GM, you can gurantee she'd lose most of her new "fans" :o


and the Sharapova comparison is old now. I've replied to loads of those threads but I'm so bored of it now. I don't know why everyone is so keen to see the "new Sharapova" when the original one isn't even retired. I don't see the similarity in their games, the only thing they have in common is their grunts and even those are different.

True. There are some who like her because she beat Serena and will lose interest if she hits a slump.

However if she keeps on winning, I see way more haters in the future. Especially if she beats a healthy Williams sister.

oneandonly
Apr 5th, 2009, 06:08 PM
True. There are some who like her because she beat Serena and will lose interest if she hits a slump.

However if she keeps on winning, I see way more haters in the future. Especially if she beats a healthy Williams sister.
Spot on, exactly my thoughts.

Dghyletta
Apr 5th, 2009, 07:26 PM
What is the fan if he dont supports her in difficult moments, he is not a fan!! :o I was very surprised that winner in this tournament became the main news in our country!The president of our republic congrats Vika and her mother! On all TV Channels I saw a lot of interviews about Vika, about her family, about her first coach!! In our country tennis is not very popular game as a football in example! It is very good that in my country a great number of people knows her and I believe that they will support her in all moments! inlove:

Dinayer
Apr 5th, 2009, 07:49 PM
cant believe she did it! :sobbing:
Im SO happy for her :sobbing:

I'll always be her fan, no matter what ;) dont care about those haters

Christinawww
Apr 5th, 2009, 08:37 PM
However if she keeps on winning, I see way more haters in the future. Especially if she beats a healthy Williams sister.

yup, the best players are often the ones who are hated the most as they are a threat to other people's faves. Just look at Sexysova's list of hated players. Masha is close to the top in both most loved and most hated. People rarely care enough about the "average" player, but either love or hate the great players.

have you seen this:
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=4042097

"I can spend it in one day," Azarenka said. "I'm not allowed to drink in the States yet, but I'll definitely go celebrate somewhere."

:lol: I am sure she can shop but not so sure she can drink it all up in one night.

Dinayer
Apr 5th, 2009, 10:25 PM
guys, I think know that she's a top player we should have a thread for the tournaments that she plays :)

VIKA?
Apr 5th, 2009, 10:31 PM
guys, I think know that she's a top player we should have a thread for the tournaments that she plays :)

nahh:kiss:

Christinawww
Apr 5th, 2009, 10:35 PM
guys, I think know that she's a top player we should have a thread for the tournaments that she plays :)

I think we should wait a little. I am not sure how many people actually contributes to the Vika forum as such. The buzz is big right now, but once we get a couple of weeks further, I think many of the "new" posters here will disappear again.

Dan23
Apr 6th, 2009, 01:15 AM
Great to see Vika win this big title :cool:

doni1212
Apr 6th, 2009, 06:40 AM
:rolls: GM is crazy.

Watch Vika lose 1R in Charleston and see the reaction in GM, you can gurantee she'd lose most of her new "fans" :o


and the Sharapova comparison is old now. I've replied to loads of those threads but I'm so bored of it now. I don't know why everyone is so keen to see the "new Sharapova" when the original one isn't even retired. I don't see the similarity in their games, the only thing they have in common is their grunts and even those are different.

Not me, :banana:

And you got to admit, I'm rare. I mean Vika just beat my absolute favorite player EVER, :lol:

debby
Apr 6th, 2009, 11:53 AM
Hello :wavey:

It is the first time I am posting in an active player forum, I don't know why but I usually read what you are writing there only. When Justine was still playing, I wish I posted in her subforum more often :sad: But this year, I want to try to post in my fave's subforums ! :D

I am not really a bandwagoner because I have been following Vika since a few years, since 2006 actually. I remember her match against Sharapova in Moscou, she saved 7 or 9 setpoints and won 7-6 (9) 6-2 , I was so thrilled ! But she lost to Dementieva just after :mad: Also she defeated Hingis at the USO 3-6 6-1 6-0 :lol: I am strange because I was disappointed she had lost to Kuzzie after but in Miami, I was really sad because of the semifinal :help: But I can't help "forgiving" Vika for that :lol: I really like her !

So you can count me as a fan :D I really hope she will be close of Justine in my fave list, I am missing those moments where you go crazy at each point :sobbing:


Congrats to Vika ! :D

VIKA?
Apr 6th, 2009, 11:59 AM
Welcome Debby:wavey:

Ksenia.
Apr 6th, 2009, 02:49 PM
what the empire Russian?

and whom did Belarus played against when you were watching?The umpire was Russian if I am now mistaken because before the match he spoke to the team in Russian.... don't be surprised, around 20% of Estonian population are native Russian speakers :)

they played vs Estonia

Albireo
Apr 6th, 2009, 04:41 PM
yup, the best players are often the ones who are hated the most as they are a threat to other people's faves. Just look at Sexysova's list of hated players. Masha is close to the top in both most loved and most hated. People rarely care enough about the "average" player, but either love or hate the great players.


One of the easiest ways to tell when a player has "arrived" is by the sudden surge in haters on the GM. As you said, it's when a player becomes a threat to the established regime that they get vilified. Consider this a good thing.

Christinawww
Apr 7th, 2009, 03:17 PM
6-minute long interview with Vika on the official wta tour website.
I love her shirt. She looks great.

VIKA?
Apr 7th, 2009, 04:59 PM
OMG she's adorable:inlove:

debby
Apr 7th, 2009, 11:03 PM
Vika has withdrawn from Charleston. :sad:

waratahsrock
Apr 8th, 2009, 12:35 AM
Not unexpected. She's had a pretty packed schedule of late. Glad she's being careful and not overplaying.

Temperenka
Apr 8th, 2009, 02:00 AM
How will this decision affect her points/ranking? :confused: Could she fall from Top 10?

Derek.
Apr 8th, 2009, 03:18 AM
Rest up, Vika. :hug:

VIKA?
Apr 8th, 2009, 07:27 AM
oh Vika:sobbing:

rest up:hug:

Christinawww
Apr 8th, 2009, 08:31 AM
How will this decision affect her points/ranking? :confused: Could she fall from Top 10?

here:
http://www.hantuchova-fan.com/azarenka-fan/Points.php
you can see a break-down of Vika's points. She'll drop 120 points from Charleston last year, but the Olympics will move up and count instead, which is 96 points. So she only loses 24 points. Then go to the offial wta page and see how big a gap she has to her followers. No need to worry about ranking yet. She's not defending anything big until the first week of May, as she reached Berlin SF last year.

Andreas
Apr 8th, 2009, 09:15 AM
I'm sure she will be back for the European clay court season. This might be the best decision since she has played 11 matches (excluding doubles) in the past 2 tournaments.

Oh, and I have to ask, Christina, are you Danish? :angel:

Christinawww
Apr 8th, 2009, 12:31 PM
yes I am Danish, why :)

I think Vika will be back strong in Stuttgart. I don't believe the injury is serious. Though it is the same injury that caused her to retire in the QF at Zurich last year.
I think it is just to get more rest. The European clay court season is tough, Stuttgart, Rome, and Madrid without breaks in between, 3 big tournaments with lots of top players, so it will be an advantage to be well-rested. I think it is a very wise decision from Vika and her team.

VIKA?
Apr 8th, 2009, 01:40 PM
yeah, I like her decision too:)

a lot of big tournament so rest up and win both:p

Andreas
Apr 8th, 2009, 02:51 PM
yes I am Danish, why :)

I think Vika will be back strong in Stuttgart. I don't believe the injury is serious. Though it is the same injury that caused her to retire in the QF at Zurich last year.
I think it is just to get more rest. The European clay court season is tough, Stuttgart, Rome, and Madrid without breaks in between, 3 big tournaments with lots of top players, so it will be an advantage to be well-rested. I think it is a very wise decision from Vika and her team.

Det er jeg også :angel:
Hvor i Danmark bor du? :D

Christinawww
Apr 8th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Århus V :rock:
dig?

Andreas
Apr 8th, 2009, 06:39 PM
Haha, jeg bor i København :D

Spiritof42
Apr 8th, 2009, 07:22 PM
come to Denmark and beers will be on me :)

I'd love to go visit Denmark one day. From what I've seen it's a charming country. :hatoff:

Ye :worship:
Welcome to Belarus!

Thank you. I'd like to visit Belarus too. :)

Spiritof42
Apr 8th, 2009, 07:47 PM
Just watched the new interview on the WTATour website. The contrast between Vika's on-court and off-court personas is interesting. During matches, she's intense and feisty, but in interviews she always appears soft-spoken, calm and collected. She's very competitive, yet humble and down to earth once the match is finished. She reminds me of Nadal in that way.

Regarding her decision to withdraw from Charleston, I can't say I'm surprised. I also think it's a wise move. The last thing we want is a burnout, and although that shoulder problem is probably nothing serious, these "early warning signs" from the body should never be ignored.

Spiritof42
Apr 10th, 2009, 01:13 AM
There's an interesting article on Vika's special relationship with NHL goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on ESPN.com:

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=garber_greg&id=4039731

Albireo posted the link in GM a few days ago, but here it is again in case any of you missed it. :)

A good read for Vika fans, with some nice insight into her personality.

Aleh
Apr 10th, 2009, 05:40 AM
There's an interesting article on Vika's special relationship with NHL goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on ESPN.com:

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=garber_greg&id=4039731

Albireo posted the link in GM a few days ago, but here it is again in case any of you missed it. :)

A good read for Vika fans, with some nice insight into her personality.
Thanks for the article.

JadeFox
Apr 10th, 2009, 04:44 PM
Just watched the new interview on the WTATour website. The contrast between Vika's on-court and off-court personas is interesting. During matches, she's intense and feisty, but in interviews she always appears soft-spoken, calm and collected. She's very competitive, yet humble and down to earth once the match is finished. She reminds me of Nadal in that way.

Regarding her decision to withdraw from Charleston, I can't say I'm surprised. I also think it's a wise move. The last thing we want is a burnout, and although that shoulder problem is probably nothing serious, these "early warning signs" from the body should never be ignored.

Oh god there is so much truth there. Hopefully there really is nothing wrong with her shoulder and she'll be ready for the red clay. :armed:


There's an interesting article on Vika's special relationship with NHL goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on ESPN.com:

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=garber_greg&id=4039731

Albireo posted the link in GM a few days ago, but here it is again in case any of you missed it. :)

A good read for Vika fans, with some nice insight into her personality.

I read this article a while back. Interesting indeed.

G1Player2
Apr 12th, 2009, 06:16 AM
Congrats to Vika for winning Miami and she is definitely making a new fan in me. But, I find it odd that none of you Vika fans mentioned that Serena was injured in the final or that you hoped Serena got better. :rolleyes: :shrug: :help:

Derek.
Apr 12th, 2009, 06:23 AM
^

This is Vika's thread.
Why do we need to talk about Serena?

And anyway, I did mention Serena's injury.

6-3 6-1. :banana:

Serena wasn't moving that well, but Vika took full advantage and didn't let Serena's injury get inside her head. :yeah:

Well done on a fantastic tournament, Vika! :worship:

You are full deserving to be the 2009 Sony Ericsson Champion! :bowdown:

Inktrailer
Apr 12th, 2009, 06:24 AM
There were plenty of threads about that in GM. This is a Vika cheering thread, and she won a tournament, not just a match. Serena's injury was covered plenty in other threads.

Dave.
Apr 12th, 2009, 05:13 PM
Congrats to Vika for winning Miami and she is definitely making a new fan in me. But, I find it odd that none of you Vika fans mentioned that Serena was injured in the final or that you hoped Serena got better. :rolleyes: :shrug: :help:

Oh dear. Why would it be odd? Regardless of Serena's condition, our girl just won her biggest title so I was celebrating that more than anything. Anyway, I seem to remember most people in GM (including me) wishing Serena a recovery. It's never nice to see a player moving like that in pain.


In turn, I could find it odd why most Serena fans insisted on reminding everyone about Serena's injury and were incapable of crediting Vika on a good tournament, instead saying Vika would never lose to Serena again.


But this place is not for arguing about useless stuff like that. We are here only to cheer for and discuss Victoria Azarenka :wavey:

Christinawww
Apr 12th, 2009, 09:17 PM
Audio interview:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/7984548.stm

VIKA?
Apr 13th, 2009, 03:46 AM
Thans Christina:)

love her:inlove:

Temperenka
Apr 13th, 2009, 03:49 AM
Oh dear. Why would it be odd? Regardless of Serena's condition, our girl just won her biggest title so I was celebrating that more than anything. Anyway, I seem to remember most people in GM (including me) wishing Serena a recovery. It's never nice to see a player moving like that in pain.


In turn, I could find it odd why most Serena fans insisted on reminding everyone about Serena's injury and were incapable of crediting Vika on a good tournament, instead saying Vika would never lose to Serena again.


But this place is not for arguing about useless stuff like that. We are here only to cheer for and discuss Victoria Azarenka :wavey:

Well said, Dave, well said.

Temperenka
Apr 14th, 2009, 05:24 PM
I can't wait to see her on court next. :)

Dave.
Apr 20th, 2009, 01:01 AM
Missing her :sad:


even though it's only been 2 weeks, I just can't wait for the red clay and hopefully a good run in the next 2 slams :bounce:

Temperenka
Apr 20th, 2009, 04:25 AM
It has been too long since Vika has played :lol:
Hopefully she doesn't lose some of her form with the long break!
Vika :banana:

Christinawww
Apr 20th, 2009, 05:35 AM
It has been too long since Vika has played :lol:
Hopefully she doesn't lose some of her form with the long break!
Vika :banana:

yeah I miss her too. I don't think she will lose form. I think she has been practicing on the red clay, working hard and getting ready for 3 weeks of tennis: Stuttgart, Rome, Madrid. Also, she won Brisbane (albeit a small tournament) playing well as her first tournament of the year, so breaks do her good. She also had almost 3 weeks off between Memphis and Indian Wells.

Her doubles partner is injured, wonder if Vika will just skip doubles as she already said it was just a minor thing in the biggest tournaments, or if she will find another partner? I hope she only plays singles in Stuttgart, Rome, and Madrid as the amount of tennis in those 3 weeks might be rather high. And then doubles in French Open.

VIKA?
Apr 20th, 2009, 05:39 AM
I miss her a lot too:p I wanna watch her playing:D

and yes I don't want her to play doubles she will get tired.

Aleh
Apr 20th, 2009, 12:24 PM
It has been too long since Vika has played :lol:
Hopefully she doesn't lose some of her form with the long break!
Vika :banana:
Vika has started trainings already more than week ago.

Christinawww
Apr 20th, 2009, 04:19 PM
^yeah I would have guessed so myself. In some of the articles and interviews we have she comes off as a very dedicated person, so I am not surprised that she is busy adjusting to clay

Christinawww
Apr 20th, 2009, 07:19 PM
don't know how often you guys visit her official site:

After winning her first Premier-level championship at the Sony Ericsson Open and rising to a career-high No. 8, Vika took some time off the past two weeks to rehab her shoulder and train in Delray Beach, FL. Next week, she plays her first clay court tournament this year in Stuttgart, Germany.

Also a new picture

JadeFox
Apr 20th, 2009, 08:33 PM
Stuggart it is then. Hope things go well with that shoulder(Sorry if I'm paranoid about it. I'm a Sharapova fan after all.:lol:)

VIKA?
Apr 20th, 2009, 08:44 PM
Thanks Chris:D

so yes I hope her shoulder is okay now:)

Christinawww
Apr 26th, 2009, 07:23 PM
Monday OOP

Centre Court [2 PM]
S Q3: Arantxa Parra Santonja [ESP] vs Karolina Sprem [CRO/6]
followed by
S Q3: Tsvetana Pironkova vs Katalin Marosi [HUN]
followed by
S Q3: Andrea Petkovic [GER/WC] vs Julia Schruff [GER]
followed by [NB 8 PM]
S R1: Carla Suarez Navarro [ESP] vs [B]Victoria Azarenka [BLR/4]

and it will not be shown on eurosport as transmission won't start until Tuesday :(

VIKA?
Apr 26th, 2009, 07:32 PM
Monday OOP

Centre Court [2 PM]
S Q3: Arantxa Parra Santonja [ESP] vs Karolina Sprem [CRO/6]
followed by
S Q3: Tsvetana Pironkova vs Katalin Marosi [HUN]
followed by
S Q3: Andrea Petkovic [GER/WC] vs Julia Schruff [GER]
followed by [NB 8 PM]
S R1: Carla Suarez Navarro [ESP] vs [B]Victoria Azarenka [BLR/4]

and it will not be shown on eurosport as transmission won't start until Tuesday :(

good luck Vika.

Eurosport sucks:o well we will have to find a livestream...

Christinawww
Apr 26th, 2009, 08:34 PM
there won't be any live stream.

VIKA?
Apr 26th, 2009, 08:35 PM
there won't be any live stream.

why:speakles:?

waratahsrock
Apr 27th, 2009, 08:15 AM
Great to finally have her back on court! Good luck Vika :yeah:

VIKA?
Apr 27th, 2009, 07:48 PM
Vika def. CSN 61-64:bounce::banana::woohoo::hearts:

first set was easy and then in the second a little bit harder and a lot of long games:o

but she won:D:bounce:

first victory on clay:)

aezzei
Apr 27th, 2009, 07:51 PM
Vika we're so proud of you:worship:

Christinawww
Apr 27th, 2009, 07:52 PM
she gets a very high percentage of first serves into play, only 8 times in the match she had to serve a second serve. But she doesn't win enough on her first serve IMO. I would like it if she would risk it a bit more, and get some more "free" points.

doni1212
Apr 27th, 2009, 09:21 PM
Congrats Vika!!

waratahsrock
Apr 27th, 2009, 10:15 PM
Good solid first up win Vika :D

Dave.
Apr 27th, 2009, 10:26 PM
Well done :bounce:

Ksenia.
Apr 28th, 2009, 04:09 AM
:bounce: congrats :yeah:

Aleh
Apr 28th, 2009, 05:17 AM
Good job Vika :worship:!
by Associated Press
"I made some errors in the second set," Azarenka said.

Temperenka
Apr 28th, 2009, 06:07 AM
Viclayoria :drool: :bounce:

VIKA?
Apr 28th, 2009, 12:49 PM
Vika did an interview for a Spanish newspaper (http://www.marca.com/2009/04/28/tenis/1240911666.html) :

(google translator)

Victoria Azarenka (Minsk, 1989) is one of the big surprises of the first third of the season. The Belarussian won the last three tournaments, the Miami-and it proved to be an alternative security for the future. From Stuttgart, where he plays this week, 'Vika' as her friends call her, has heeded the call MARCA.com ...
"I started to believe in myself a little more and now I know I can win tournaments and important matches"
You come to win in Miami to Serena Williams in the final. Was it the most important victory of your career?
Yes, I would say that was the biggest moment my career. I always wanted to do something, but never thought I could. I think it was my wish what he did that really happen. I have improved a lot since last year. I started believing in myself a little more and now I know I can win games and major tournaments.
You are the world's number 8. How far can you go?
The aim of all is to reach number one, but soon will be the seventh, then sixth, then fifth ... We must go step by step.
What do you like most about your game? What think you need to improve?
I like that this year he won three titles, I have gained much confidence and I've shown I can beat players ranked better than me. Anyway, I wish to continue working to improve every day, especially my serve.
Who is or was your idol in the world of the racket?
When I was little my idol is Steffi Graf because she was a role model both as an excellent tennis player as a great athlete. She had a good game, an excellent and very classy inside and outside the track.
Who are your best friends in the circuit?
Some of my best friends are Anna Chakvetadze, Elena Vesnina and Caroline Wozniacki.
"There are many players in the circuit that may be the number one"
Dinara Safina is the new queen of the WTA. Do you think Russia is the best in the world right now?
I think a very good tennis player Dinara really competitive for a number of the world, but there are many players who can be number one. ¿Keep? There are several players that are good and consistent when it comes to winning Grand Slam tournaments and could be on top for long.
How did the tennis today?
The women's tennis is very competitive and with an emerging new generation. There are few players who have the opportunity to win tournaments and Grand Slam, something that seemed impossible before. Before they were a few players who dominated the circuit and now everything is much more dispersed.
What is the best and the worst of tennis?
I think it is best to travel around the world and play in different cities each week. The worst part is being away from home, your family and friends for a long time.
What is the level of tennis Belarus?
Juniors are really good with a high level of tennis, but in high level that not many players out, although there are many professionals, like other countries ...
In addition to good tennis player, is considered one of the 'beautiful' circuit. What has had more offers of sponsorship, photo shoots or potential boyfriends?
(Laughing). Right now I have many offers for photo shoots ...
If you have not been tennis, what would you like to be?
If I had not devoted to tennis, it would have gone to college and had studied 'International Business' (' International Business').
"I love shopping, especially buying shoes"
How is Victoria Azarenka off the tracks?
When I enter or not to play I love to shop, especially I love buying shoes. I also like going out with my friends or do something fun.
How do you keep in touch with your people?
I use messenger through my Blackberry.
I have said you like rap. Are you the singer?
I love Beyoncé ... and yes, when I'm singing in the shower.

Christinawww
Apr 28th, 2009, 02:23 PM
thanks for posting. I really like how she mentioned she wants to improve her serve.

VIKA?
Apr 29th, 2009, 04:04 PM
Vika lost 46.36:sad::sad:

I'm really dissapointed:o

Ksenia.
Apr 29th, 2009, 04:09 PM
:sad: Vika

HowardH
Apr 29th, 2009, 04:10 PM
I didn't realise she was friends with Anna C. I'm pretty surprised she lost, I wonder if something was wrong with her? I guess Gisela did have that win over JJ recently, but JJ was struggling at the time.

doni1212
Apr 29th, 2009, 04:27 PM
Vika will bounce back in Rome!! :rocker2:

Dave.
Apr 29th, 2009, 04:27 PM
Thanks for that interview William. :hearts:


As I just said in the result thread in GM, it's indoor clay, we'll get a better idea of Vika's shape going into RG on the real stuff.

But still disappointed to see her lose, first early loss this year :sad:

Dghyletta
Apr 29th, 2009, 07:32 PM
I am very sad:sobbing: Who is watch this match please said, what is happened with Vika??

Christinawww
Apr 29th, 2009, 07:59 PM
damn, I am disappointed. Don't get it. She'll bounce back in Rome with a victory. See her schedule so far this year:

Brisbane WON
Australian Open - didn't win
Memphis WON
Indian Wells - didn't win
Miami WON
Stuttgart - didn't win
Rome - GUESS
Madrid - won't win
French Open Do we dare hope?

JadeFox
Apr 29th, 2009, 08:15 PM
damn, I am disappointed. Don't get it. She'll bounce back in Rome with a victory. See her schedule so far this year:

Brisbane WON
Australian Open - didn't win
Memphis WON
Indian Wells - didn't win
Miami WON
Stuttgart - didn't win
Rome - GUESS
Madrid - won't win
French Open Do we dare hope?

There does seem to be a pattern forming. Of course one can't say anything just yet. Clay season's still young. I do think she can have a great run at the French Open though. :bounce:

Hopefully she'll forget about this loss soon and move on.

VIKA?
Apr 29th, 2009, 08:28 PM
damn, I am disappointed. Don't get it. She'll bounce back in Rome with a victory. See her schedule so far this year:

Brisbane WON
Australian Open - didn't win
Memphis WON
Indian Wells - didn't win
Miami WON
Stuttgart - didn't win
Rome - GUESS
Madrid - won't win
French Open Do we dare hope?

I would love it:inlove:

Aleh
Apr 29th, 2009, 08:53 PM
I am very sad:sobbing: Who is watch this match please said, what is happened with Vika??
Sorry,
Are you from Belarus?
Могу ответить, но лучше на e-mail.

Temperenka
Apr 29th, 2009, 09:10 PM
No one is perfect.
Because she has won Miami, I am no longer worried. If she ever starts to slump, she will remember her potential.
Try to make a deep push at the FO Vika.

btw... they are monsters on GM. :sad:

hellas719
Apr 29th, 2009, 11:08 PM
vika:hug:
I like your thing, christinaww:p

Aleh
Apr 30th, 2009, 04:30 AM
damn, I am disappointed. Don't get it. She'll bounce back in Rome with a victory. See her schedule so far this year:

Brisbane WON
Australian Open - didn't win
Memphis WON
Indian Wells - didn't win
Miami WON
Stuttgart - didn't win
Rome - GUESS
Madrid - won't win
French Open Do we dare hope?

;)

VIKA?
Apr 30th, 2009, 08:13 AM
No one is perfect.
Because she has won Miami, I am no longer worried. If she ever starts to slump, she will remember her potential.
Try to make a deep push at the FO Vika.

btw... they are monsters on GM. :sad:

I don't care about that idiots says about Vika they're just jealous and haters:p

Ksenia.
Apr 30th, 2009, 11:21 AM
damn, I am disappointed. Don't get it. She'll bounce back in Rome with a victory. See her schedule so far this year:

Brisbane WON
Australian Open - didn't win
Memphis WON
Indian Wells - didn't win
Miami WON
Stuttgart - didn't win
Rome - GUESS
Madrid - won't win
French Open Do we dare hope?yes we do :drool:

VIKA?
Apr 30th, 2009, 11:27 AM
Today ES shown Vika vs Dulko, I watched and it was a very poor match:tape: was a break party. Vika didn't play like she always does, a lot of UE and not many winners:o and btw Vika was very frustated the whole match:sad::hug:

Spiritof42
Apr 30th, 2009, 11:30 AM
I saw the entire match on TennisTV.

Vika never looked comfortable, and was unable to maintain any kind of momentum. Her footwork was suspect. Dulko played a great match though. Definitely the best I've seen her play in a while. She hit very few UEs and was actually more aggressive than Vika on serve. :o Also, she used some annoying yet smart tactics against Vika. Dulko was feeding her lots of pace-killing junk balls, and Vika was not able to find an effective "riposte" (as the TennisTV commentator liked to say). This approach would not have worked against Vika on a faster surface, but on red clay it was a different story. Vika was already getting frustrated after the first few games (you can read our girl's face like a book ;)), and although Antonio tried to bring her back to a more positive attitude, it was just not going to happen today. She looked very sad at the end. :sad:

Am I disappointed? Of course I am. But it's not the end of the world. Vika has been having such an outstanding year that any kind of setback has become an unpleasant surprise. We are of course entitled to have high expectations for her, but still there are bound to be a few bumps along the path to greatness. :)

And who cares about the Vika bashing going on in GM? I knew there would be a backlash against her as soon as she lost a match she was "supposed" to win. Attitudes in GM have become quite predictable. The level of maturity on display over there is often comparable to a kindergarten's. :tape: A lot of people have jumped on the Vika bandwagon in the last few months, especially since Miami, and I'm sure some people will jump off it at the earliest opportunity. That's fine with me. Who needs these pseudo-fans anyway?

VIKA?
Apr 30th, 2009, 11:34 AM
I saw the entire match on TennisTV.

Vika never looked comfortable, and was unable to maintain any kind of momentum. Her footwork was suspect. Dulko played a great match though. Definitely the best I've seen her play in a while. She hit very few UEs and was actually more aggressive than Vika on serve. :o Also, she used some annoying yet smart tactics against Vika. Dulko was feeding her lots of pace-killing junk balls, and Vika was not able to find an effective "riposte" (as the TennisTV commentator liked to say). This approach would not have worked against Vika on a faster surface, but on red clay it was a different story. Vika was already getting frustrated after the first few games (you can read our girl's face like a book ;)), and although Antonio tried to bring her back to a more positive attitude, it was just not going to happen today. She looked very sad at the end. :sad:

Am I disappointed? Of course I am. But it's not the end of the world. Vika has been having such an outstanding year that any kind of setback has become an unpleasant surprise. We are of course entitled to have high expectations for her, but still there are bound to be a few bumps along the path to greatness. :)

And who cares about the Vika bashing going on in GM? I knew there would be a backlash against her as soon as she lost a match she was "supposed" to win. Attitudes in GM have become quite predictable. The level of maturity on display over there is often comparable to a kindergarten's. :tape: A lot of people have jumped on the Vika bandwagon in the last few months, especially since Miami, and I'm sure some people will jump off it at the earliest opportunity. That's fine with me. Who needs these pseudo-fans anyway?

:worship:

Aleh
Apr 30th, 2009, 12:17 PM
Spiritof42
Thanks for your post!
:yeah:

Dghyletta
Apr 30th, 2009, 05:46 PM
Aleh I am from Belarus.what is happened with her ranking?the main for her to correct the mistakes and I am confident in Rome,all will be fine!

Temperenka
Apr 30th, 2009, 06:19 PM
Can't wait for Rome :banana:

Christinawww
Apr 30th, 2009, 07:40 PM
Caro said that the indoor clay was very weird and different from the outdoor clay and that many of the players are having trouble with their movement on the indoor clay. Right now I take this as explanation for the odd movement from Vika, and I am still confident that her confidence is high and she is ready to do some damage in Rome.

VIKA?
Apr 30th, 2009, 07:42 PM
Rome:inlove:

Christinawww
Apr 30th, 2009, 08:44 PM
another fact to cheer us up:

Look at Vika's match ratios in different levels:

Grand Slams: 27-13
Mandatory (old Miami, and 4 new): 17-4
Tier I & Premier 5: 22-10
Tier II & Premier: 16-13
Tier III/IV & International: 47-18

Her ratio in tier II which is quivalent to Premier is the worst of them all. So she had the odds against her in so many ways. Rome is luckily Premier 5 and then mandatory Madrid. :)

waratahsrock
Apr 30th, 2009, 11:33 PM
Very interesting breakdown of the events there Christina :yeah:
:lol: Weird how it works out to be Tier 2 being the major barrier for Vika! She'll iron that out quickly enough.

Dave.
May 1st, 2009, 09:15 AM
Caro said that the indoor clay was very weird and different from the outdoor clay and that many of the players are having trouble with their movement on the indoor clay. Right now I take this as explanation for the odd movement from Vika, and I am still confident that her confidence is high and she is ready to do some damage in Rome.

Yeah that's what Stefi62, who is at the tournament said too http://tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=15493832&postcount=23

which is why I am disappointed but not worried about this result.

VIKA?
May 1st, 2009, 01:03 PM
Rome MD is out:D

http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/2/public/pdf/SF.pdf?3Q9BVAD70GN86N8UYXDU5XK03

Vika vs bye:inlove: love it:lol::p

in second round against Niculescu or a qualifier I think she will pass it but in 3rd round against Wozniacki:scared: and if she beats her, against Serena:sobbing:

good luck Vika:D

Dave.
May 1st, 2009, 03:42 PM
Vika lost to Niculescu before in juniors but has had no trouble on the main tour, winning both their meetings comfortably, including 6-3 6-2 in Rome last year and a double bagel since then.

Wozniacki will be difficult but I think Vika is slightly more comfortable on clay than she is. As for Serena, well if Vika gets that far it will have been a good enough tournament already so nothing to lose there. This is Serena's worst surface but she still moves alot better than Vika which is vital on clay.

Good luck Vika! :hearts:

Christinawww
May 1st, 2009, 03:46 PM
I'm not worried about Niculescu or a qualifier. Hate she has Caro, but on clay I will give the advantage to Vika. On grass it's Caro. Possible QF against Serena. I hope we get that far, and that it will be Serena playing. Serena can be scary good, but she hasn't played since her terrible loss in Marbella and she clearly was injured. So how her movement will be is questionable.

Spiritof42
May 2nd, 2009, 09:07 AM
Vika and Caro in the same part of the draw. Arghhh! :banghead:
And if they meet in the 3rd round, it probably won't even be shown on TennisTV. :(

Thinking back about the way Vika was serving against Dulko in Stuttgart, I hope she wasn't holding back because she was feeling pain in her shoulder. The official reason for her pulling out of Charleston a couple weeks ago was an inflamed right shoulder, after all. I don't want to sound paranoid, but the last thing I want is a repeat of the Sharapova situation. Maria kept playing with her bad shoulder for quite a while before the full extent of the injury became publicly known.

Christinawww
May 2nd, 2009, 01:45 PM
Vika and Caro in the same part of the draw. Arghhh! :banghead:
And if they meet in the 3rd round, it probably won't even be shown on TennisTV. :(

Thinking back about the way Vika was serving against Dulko in Stuttgart, I hope she wasn't holding back because she was feeling pain in her shoulder. The official reason for her pulling out of Charleston a couple weeks ago was an inflamed right shoulder, after all. I don't want to sound paranoid, but the last thing I want is a repeat of the Sharapova situation. Maria kept playing with her bad shoulder for quite a while before the full extent of the injury became publicly known.

I am totally in the same boat as you are. I want Caro and Vika SF or Final. Not R16. Way too early.
And I too am worry about the shoulder. She withdrew from Zurich 2008 QF in tears because of the shoulder, didn't play Charleston at all because of it. I would be devastated if it will be like Maria.

Dghyletta
May 2nd, 2009, 02:44 PM
Bad draw :( Caro play well, it will be a hard game, match with Serena will be hard too :awww: many tennis players have a problem with a right shoulder, I hope her coaches must look for her condition,her health and she does not injure! If she has problems she does not play Rоme, Madrid. Best wishes for her in Rome:hearts:

Ksenia.
May 2nd, 2009, 03:13 PM
Those damn shoulders :smash:

VIKA?
May 2nd, 2009, 05:19 PM
I really hope her shoulder is okay:scared:

Derek.
May 2nd, 2009, 08:44 PM
Good luck Vika! :)

Hope the shoulder is okay.

hellas719
May 2nd, 2009, 11:46 PM
Vika w/Vesnina in doubles:)
8th seeds; vs. Garbin/Vinci in R1;)

hellas719
May 3rd, 2009, 12:53 AM
Sunday OOP:
CAMPO 6
start 1:00 pm

A Bondarenko (UKR) / K Bondarenko (UKR) vs S Errani (ITA) / K Knapp (ITA)
T Garbin (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs [8] V Azarenka (BLR) / E Vesnina (RUS)
[Q] Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs S Stosur (AUS)

:bounce:

Christinawww
May 3rd, 2009, 06:20 AM
okay, if her shoulder was bothering her, she wouldn't be playing doubles, so I take this as a sign of her shoulder being 100 percent ) Go Vika and Vesnina

VIKA?
May 3rd, 2009, 09:20 AM
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) vs. BYE
Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) vs. Errani/Knapp (ITA/ITA)
Brianti/Dentoni (ITA/ITA) vs. Keothavong/Morita (GBR/JPN)
Husarova/Wozniacki (SVK/DEN) vs. (5) Hantuchova/Sugiyama (SVK/JPN)

(4) Llagostera Vives/Martinez Sanchez (ESP/ESP) vs. BYE
Bachmann/Henke (GER/GER) vs. Craybas/Ditty (USA/USA)
Safarova/Uhlirova (CZE/CZE) vs. Petrova/Safina (RUS/RUS)
Garbin/Vinci (ITA/ITA) vs. (8) Azarenka/Vesnina (BLR/RUS)

Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) vs. Koryttseva/Poutchek (UKR/BLR)
Dechy/Santangelo (FRA/ITA) vs. (WC) Burnett/Moroni (ITA/ITA)
Dushevina/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) vs. Kondratieva/Lefevre (RUS/FRA)
BYE vs. (3) Stosur/Stubbs (AUS/AUS)

(6) Ruano Pascual/Zheng (ESP/CHN) vs. Senoglu/Shvedova (TUR/KAZ)
(WC) Chieppa/Vierin (ITA/ITA) vs. Radwanska/Szavay (POL/HUN)
Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) vs. Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL)
BYE vs. (2) Peschke/Raymond (CZE/USA)

VIKA?
May 3rd, 2009, 09:20 AM
good luck today girls:bounce:

I love the team:inlove:

Ksenia.
May 3rd, 2009, 09:25 AM
Great team indeed :inlove: Good luck!

VIKA?
May 3rd, 2009, 01:21 PM
Morita beat Niculescu so that means Vika will face Morita in the 1st round:)

good luck Vika:bounce:

btw Vika and Vesnina won their doubles match 62-62:bounce::banana:

hellas719
May 3rd, 2009, 04:25 PM
Vika/Lena:yeah:

VIKA?
May 4th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Vika def. Morita 60 ret.:banana::bounce:

I feel bad for Ayumi:hug: but is better for Vika because she won't be tired for her next match:yeah:

Aleh
May 4th, 2009, 04:01 PM
One set for practice...,
Good luck Vika ;)!

Temperenka
May 4th, 2009, 06:55 PM
It's promising to see her hand out a bagel. Hopefully she can keep it up and make a deep push here.

What's the 7/8/9 ranking situation right now??

hellas719
May 4th, 2009, 07:16 PM
Vika:yeah:

VIKA?
May 4th, 2009, 07:19 PM
It's promising to see her hand out a bagel. Hopefully she can keep it up and make a deep push here.

What's the 7/8/9 ranking situation right now??

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=236674

Vika is now number nine:speakles::sobbing:

well Christina will explain u better:p

waratahsrock
May 5th, 2009, 12:20 PM
Nice routine bagel Vika :yeah:

VIKA?
May 6th, 2009, 03:56 AM
Vika is going to play today against Caroline:scared:

I don't know what's gonna happen but good luck Vika:kiss:

Christinawww
May 6th, 2009, 05:15 AM
yup, on court 1 at 13. So no TV as they will be sending from center court. Crap. I really want to see this match.
Serena lost to Schnyder so the draw has opened for the winner of Vika vs Caro.
Come on Vika. Show her you meant it when you dominated her in Memphis.

Spiritof42
May 6th, 2009, 10:28 AM
yup, on court 1 at 13. So no TV as they will be sending from center court. Crap. I really want to see this match.
You and me both :sobbing:

I knew there would only be 4 matches on Pietrangeli and that they would put Safina, Venus Williams and Pennetta on center court. That left only one available spot. It was going to be between Ivanovic, Jankovic and Caro/Vika. No luck for us. :(

There's still a glimmer of hope. An Italian channel called SuperTennis or something has been showing some of the matches from court 1 this week. Who knows, they might air Caro vs Vika today. I wonder if Danish TV could have bought the rights from them? Or maybe someone living in Italy might record it? Enough wishful thinking. In the meantime, I'll keep looking for a live stream.

Krysteo
May 6th, 2009, 11:57 AM
First set Vika : 6-2 :)

VIKA?
May 6th, 2009, 12:36 PM
Vika def. Wozniacki 62-62:inlove::hearts::drool::bounce:

I exptected a 3 set match but this way it's better:bounce:

Vika is on fire:rocker::bigclap:

Ksenia.
May 6th, 2009, 12:40 PM
Wow great scoreline :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
May 6th, 2009, 12:49 PM
Vika :) :woohoo: :D :)
seems like she's got her form back this week :banana: :D

Dave.
May 6th, 2009, 01:32 PM
Alot better than Stuttgart, well done gurl :bounce:

8 games lost in the last 4 sets/2 matches vs Woz :bowdown:

Aleh
May 6th, 2009, 01:36 PM
Vika def. Wozniacki 62-62:inlove::hearts::drool::bounce:
I exptected a 3 set match but this way it's better:bounce:
Vika is on fire:rocker::bigclap:
exellent, Vika!
http://s47.radikal.ru/i116/0905/5b/bf68901a285d.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)

VIKA?
May 6th, 2009, 01:51 PM
exellent, Vika!
http://s47.radikal.ru/i116/0905/5b/bf68901a285d.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)

:rolls::p

JadeFox
May 6th, 2009, 02:08 PM
Great job Vika! :bounce:

I'm bummed that she and Caro had to meet this early in the tournament though. :(

Temperenka
May 6th, 2009, 03:00 PM
:banana: :bounce: :) :banana: :bounce:

Keep it up!!!!

I don't know who I want her to play in the next round. She has lost to Kaia this year(Fed-Cup) but then again she also lost to Caro there.
Patty isn't that good, but her experience may shine in the latter stages of tournaments.

Christinawww
May 6th, 2009, 03:16 PM
I don't know who I want her to play in the next round. She has lost to Kaia this year(Fed-Cup) but then again she also lost to Caro there.
Patty isn't that good, but her experience may shine in the latter stages of tournaments.

I feel the same way, but either way, she should win the match.

Good win today against Caro. The Vika fan in me is very happy with such a convincing score. The Caro fan in me is a little bit sad that Caro wasn't able to make it more competitive. But go Vika.

I hope we soon get to see Vika on Eurosport.

I was looking at the OOP of court 1 and center court. For me the matches on court 1 were much more interesting that the matches on center court. Damn I wish ES was interactive.

Dghyletta
May 6th, 2009, 05:21 PM
I was sure that match with Caro will be difficult :) Very very happy for her :hearts: Good luck with Kaia!!

VIKA?
May 6th, 2009, 05:23 PM
Let's pray to watch Vika tommorrow:sobbing:

Temperenka
May 6th, 2009, 06:16 PM
Kanepi destroyed Patty.
She could potentially be a tricky match.
A good clay courter in good form who has beaten Vika this year.
Please focus and win, Vika!

VIKA?
May 6th, 2009, 06:33 PM
yeah it's going to be hard but Vika needs a revenge:devil:

good luck Vika:banana:

Derek.
May 6th, 2009, 07:45 PM
Well done, Vika! :hearts:

waratahsrock
May 6th, 2009, 10:08 PM
:D Great job Vika!! A lot more convincing than i expected :D

hellas719
May 6th, 2009, 10:49 PM
Vika:yeah:
Time for another title?:unsure:

Dave.
May 7th, 2009, 12:24 AM
Vika loses her first doubles match of the year 14-12 in the final set :bigcry:

oh well whatever she's still in the tournament and she's playing well :banana:

Ksenia.
May 7th, 2009, 05:23 AM
Kaia is in great shape atm, I saw her 2 weeks ago at FedCup ans she was :eek:
This is gonna be tough IMO and I'll be happy with either result cause I am a fan a both :)

VIKA?
May 7th, 2009, 12:12 PM
Vika loses her first doubles match of the year 14-12 in the final set :bigcry:

oh well whatever she's still in the tournament and she's playing well :banana:

Oh:sad: so close:sobbing::hug:

HowardH
May 7th, 2009, 03:10 PM
Wow, there were so many breaks of serve, especially in the first set. Vika did not play that well really, her swing volley was not reliable at all, she missed lots of shots, fhs etc. In a way Vika was lucky Kaia's serve was not working (of course neither was Vika's). Once she won the first set, which really could have gone either way (the set started with 8 consecutive breaks, eventually there were 10 breaks in the first set since Vika could not serve out the set at 6-5), and got back on serve in the second (Kaia was up 3-2 serving), the pressure of being close to losing the match was always going to be tough to handle for Kaia. One thing I realise now is that Vika is very much a groundstroker under pressure, the serve is only an extra thing that sometimes works, sometimes not. Volleying or swing volleying (which was part of Antonio's strategy to counter Kaia's moonball defence) also seems to be uncomfortable for Vika under pressure, although she normally does a much better job than she did today with that shot. Nevertheless she is more complete than most wta players, for sure.

But given how well Sveta has been playing, (and the way she handled Jelena today) Vika will probably have to play much, much better to have a chance to defeat her. Sveta's fh has being scary recently.

Christinawww
May 7th, 2009, 03:27 PM
I don't think Vika's serve was that much of a problem today. Usually I am the first to attack it, but I actually liked what I saw today (serve-wise). Kanepi just returned well many times, and Vika's foorwork right after her serve was not present. Also Vika hit a lot of UEs she shouldn't. For me, it was her groundstrokes that were below average today, and then her footwork. And those things affected her mentally. She was very negative today.

But I agree, she has to play much, much better to beat Kuznetsova who is on fire.

JadeFox
May 7th, 2009, 03:37 PM
I don't think Vika's serve was that much of a problem today. Usually I am the first to attack it, but I actually liked what I saw today (serve-wise). Kanepi just returned well many times, and Vika's foorwork right after her serve was not present. Also Vika hit a lot of UEs she shouldn't. For me, it was her groundstrokes that were below average today, and then her footwork. And those things affected her mentally. She was very negative today.

But I agree, she has to play much, much better to beat Kuznetsova who is on fire.

Yeah, she'll have to be much more consistent in every factor to beat Kuznetsova.

I have faith though. She can do it! :bounce:

Dave.
May 7th, 2009, 04:32 PM
Phew! Those are the matches you just have to get through. It's good to have a match like that once in a while as long as she raises her game dramatically for the next match.

Dghyletta
May 7th, 2009, 06:03 PM
Congrats with his victory,but she has many mistakes, when she won, she dont smile, she was sad sobbing: I hope in semifinal she will show her best tennis!! :hearts:

Aleh
May 7th, 2009, 06:27 PM
Dghyletta,
I think so. Vika, good luck!!!

http://i006.radikal.ru/0905/57/a396e775810c.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)

VIKA?
May 7th, 2009, 07:46 PM
oh Vikaaa:inlove:


I couldn't watch the match but yeah she won:bounce::banana: so tommorrow against Kuznetsova:scared:, going to be hard of course but not impossible so good luck Vika:D

:kiss:

hellas719
May 7th, 2009, 07:47 PM
Vika:woohoo:

waratahsrock
May 7th, 2009, 11:02 PM
:lol: thankfully she got the business done! Vika will lift for sure against Kuznetsova.
Any live streams going around?

Derek.
May 8th, 2009, 12:59 AM
Vika. :D
Going to have to raise her level tremendously to harm Kuznetsova. :unsure:

HowardH
May 8th, 2009, 04:05 AM
:lol: thankfully she got the business done! Vika will lift for sure against Kuznetsova.
Any live streams going around?

I watched it on the cctv stream http://sports.cctv.com/live/04/index.shtml (use IE, and install and run what it asks for, it is good quality but a few points behind the livescore), but there are probably other streams around. There was also a Super Tennis one that I watched Anna C's match on, http://free-tv.dk/tennis.html. That was okay but buffered a bit for me. And often there is a justin tv one, a bit poorer in quality and you kind of have to figure out the address each day since it could change.

waratahsrock
May 8th, 2009, 09:21 AM
Thanks heaps for that mate :yeah:

Spiritof42
May 8th, 2009, 10:56 AM
The Kanepi match was pretty awful. :help:

The first set in particular was truly exasperating. :banghead: No wonder Vika was in a bitchy mood. :lol:

Kaia's moonballs, while not exactly pleasing to the eye, certainly proved effective. But thankfully for Vika, this tactic was undone by some very poor serving.

I don't know what to think of Vika's performance on clay so far this year. She's had surprisingly easy wins over Wozniacki and Suarez Navarro, which i didn't see since they apparently weren't broadcast anywhere, and yet she has struggled mightily in the two matches I did watch (against Dulko in Stuttgart and now Kanepi). She still doesn't seem to be all that comfortable with her movement.

Vika was not satisfied with her performance, and rightfully so:

Despite making it through to the semi-finals with a 7-6(5), 6-3 win over No16 seed Kaia Kanepi, Victoria Azarenka delivered a harsh critique of her own play after a match which featured 13 breaks of serve in 19 games.

“I don't know really what was really going on with the serve,” said the Belarus No6 seed. “I was playing a little bit better on my return and she was playing a little bit more consistent, but there were just too many mistakes from my side and from her side on her serve. It's very unusual to have that, but that's what happens. I was surprised, because the last time I played her it was completely different game, but we were also playing indoors on the hard court.”

“I wasn't really patient with myself at all. I was trying to do so many things in one point that I just didn't know how to exactly do it. It was a pretty bad performance from me today,” said Azarenka, who will face Svetlana Kuznetsova in Friday’s opening semi-final. “It was a little bit tough with the wind, but you cannot blame that. I'm just happy that I managed to go through a bad day of tennis not being very patient with myself. I'm just happy to go through that.”

Source (http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=509)

Kuznetsova has been quite impressive lately and that title in Stuttgart has obviously done wonders for her confidence, so it's hard to be optimistic about the outcome. But who knows?

Go Vika! :rocker2:

VIKA?
May 8th, 2009, 11:13 AM
I hope she can serve well today:scared:

and I hope to see another victory of Vika:drool:

VIKA?
May 8th, 2009, 01:17 PM
Oh god:sobbing:

I didn't like how Vika play today:o she wasn't playing her game and she gave the 2nd set to Kuznetsova...:sad::sobbing:

but still a great tournament:):hug::kiss:

Spiritof42
May 8th, 2009, 01:31 PM
Once again, Vika's temper got in the way. :rolleyes:

In the first set, Sveta was really solid and Vika just couldn't win the crucial points. No real shame in losing that one though. Sveta's movement on clay is much more fluid, but Vika is still young and will hopefully learn to handle the surface better with time.

In the second set, Vika took the lead, and yet completely lost her mind because of one bad call. The video replay showed the ball was clearly out and the umpire looked at the wrong mark, but Vika let that one incident affect her WAY too much. She pretty much self-destructed after that (and turned the crowd against her).

I hope that by discussing the match with Antonio, she'll come to realize that you can't give up on a match because of one bad call.

She clearly still had a grudge against the umpire at the end, refusing to shake her hand. Not the most mature attitude. :o

VIKA?
May 8th, 2009, 01:32 PM
Madrid draw is out:

http://www.madrid-open.com/media/uploads/cuadros/MDS.pdf

I hate the draw:help:

in the second round against Nastya P. and then if she beats her against Flavia...

good luck Vika, you'll need it:kiss:

Spiritof42
May 8th, 2009, 01:37 PM
Well, at least she's not in Caroline's quarter this time. ;)
(although poor Caro will have a hard time getting past Venus Williams).

Dave.
May 8th, 2009, 01:37 PM
Yeah good tournament, especially the 2&2 over Caro. But I thought we were done losing higher tier semi-finals like this.

2008 Berlin SF lost to Safina 6-4 6-1
2008 Canadian SF lost to Safina 6-0 2-6 6-3
2008 Stuttgart SF lost to Petrova 6-4 6-4
2009 Indian Wells SF lost to Zvonareva 6-3 6-3
2009 Miami SF def. Kuznetsova 6-3 2-6 7-5
2009 Rome SF lost to Kuznetsova 6-2 6-4


I at least thought after Miami Vika would play better in these bigger matches. I don't mind that she lost today (Kuznetsova is a favourite on clay), but just how one-sided the score was and how bad she played in the QF and this match. Still alot to improve on, but overall a good week.

Albireo
May 8th, 2009, 02:08 PM
The Kanepi match was pretty awful. :help:

The first set in particular was truly exasperating. :banghead: No wonder Vika was in a bitchy mood. :lol:

Kaia's moonballs, while not exactly pleasing to the eye, certainly proved effective. But thankfully for Vika, this tactic was undone by some very poor serving.

I don't know what to think of Vika's performance on clay so far this year. She's had surprisingly easy wins over Wozniacki and Suarez Navarro, which i didn't see since they apparently weren't broadcast anywhere, and yet she has struggled mightily in the two matches I did watch (against Dulko in Stuttgart and now Kanepi). She still doesn't seem to be all that comfortable with her movement.


To be fair, Dulko is still a dangerous clay-courter, and Kanepi was an RG quarterfinalist last year. So one would expect trouble against them on clay. And Kuznetsova is one of the best clay-courters out there when her head is on straight.

VA has had a good clay season so far, all told.

Spiritof42
May 8th, 2009, 02:38 PM
I don't mind that she lost today (Kuznetsova is a favourite on clay), but just how one-sided the score was and how bad she played in the QF and this match. Still alot to improve on, but overall a good week.

Well, the first set score is somewhat misleading. Vika lost two very close games which made a huge difference: she got broken early on despite saving a bunch of BPs, and failed to break Sveta later on although she had a 15-40 lead. I thought she played better than in the first set against Kanepi, but Sveta was feeding her a lot more pace compared to Kanepi's junk balls, and unsurprisingly Vika found it a lot easier to find some kind of rhythm against someone like Sveta (even though Sveta's hitting patterns caught her wrong-footed on more than one occasion).

The second set was a completely different story. Sveta's performance became more inconsistent, but Vika completely self-destructed after that poor line call went against her. Sometimes anger can make people play better when channeled properly, but in Vika's case it produced a lasting lapse in concentration on the ROS and a lot of really bad UEs during rallies.

The mental aspect of the game is the thing that most needs improving at the moment, IMO.

JadeFox
May 8th, 2009, 05:46 PM
Ugh. She should've listened to her coach and put that questionable call out of her head. I think she should get a sports psychologist to help her become more mature.

Temperenka
May 8th, 2009, 06:22 PM
:sad:
I also don't like her draw for Madrid.
Another QF or SF would be acceptable though ;)
Then she can step it up when it matters.

hellas719
May 8th, 2009, 09:02 PM
Vika:hug:

waratahsrock
May 8th, 2009, 09:41 PM
Very frustrating match to sit thru.
After going up 2-0 in the second set, to drop the next 5 games is pretty poor. Hopefully we see an improvement in Madrid, and damn i can't wait for the clay season to be over!

Christinawww
May 9th, 2009, 07:37 AM
I don't think we have seen Vika so immature in a long time. Some people in GM bitched about her behaviour in Brisbane but I think this was far worse. Both in the Kanepi match and in the Kuznetsova match. She went on court negative and kept that attitude. Whoever said that the mental aspect is where she needs to improve the most, I agree 100 percent. She really needs to learn to forget about bad calls and missed opportunities. She gave the 2nd set away. She might have lost in straight sets even if she was positive and all, but we'll never know. Antonio has a tough job now. I really hope this attitude was a one-tournament thing. I prefer the Vika from Miami or the Indian Wells QF.

Dghyletta
May 9th, 2009, 08:15 AM
I dont understand why in one match she dont worries and in another match she couldnot cope with her nerves confused: What she said about her game: I lost that game, and then I lost the set. That's what happened,” was her original terse yet diplomatic reply, but when pressed, she went into more detail. “When you don't play your best and then you finally have a chance, you're up a break and you have another chance to break again and the umpire comes and just shows you a spot where there is no mark, nothing at all, and tells you that this is the mark, I think that's a pretty bad call. I was already playing much better and this thing happens, and it takes me right from where I started.”

“Based on this tournament, I just played one good match, but I'm happy I went to the semi-finals here. It's a pretty big tournament. I hope I can be better at the French Open,” said the Belarus No8 seed, who with three tournament wins to her name already this season will be one of the favourites at Roland Garros. I hope to see in Madrid, RG confidence game without mistakes. I know she can do it! :hearts:

Christinawww
May 9th, 2009, 02:53 PM
thanks. I like to read how she views the situation. She says that the bad call set her back, but I wonder if that means she knows she must work on getting able to brush such calls aside.

aezzei
May 9th, 2009, 03:11 PM
she should change her attitude

Christinawww
May 9th, 2009, 04:46 PM
she should change her attitude

it's not that easy. But I think she is aware. Well at least I hope so.

VIKA?
May 11th, 2009, 07:32 PM
Vika and Vesnina starting great:D

they def. ALG and Schnyder 62-76(3)

Vika and Lena were 0.5 down in the second set and they won:drool::bounce:

VIKA?
May 11th, 2009, 07:34 PM
Vika isn't playing tommorrow:speakles:

Christinawww
May 11th, 2009, 07:47 PM
so
R32 = Wednesday
R16 = Thursday
QF = Friday
SF = Saturday
Final = Sunday

tough with no rest and doubles as well. I would have prefered her playing tomorrow and getting one day of rest in between

hellas719
May 11th, 2009, 09:02 PM
Vika/Elena:yeah:

Spiritof42
May 12th, 2009, 02:36 PM
Team BFF (;)) won easily today against Makarova/Kudryavtseva, 6-1 6-1 :yeah:

The scheduling is a bit strange. I also think she should have played singles today. Although Kuzzie and Safina will only be playing their first match tomorrow as well.

Spiritof42
May 12th, 2009, 03:08 PM
What she said about her game: “I lost that game, and then I lost the set. That's what happened,” was her original terse yet diplomatic reply, but when pressed, she went into more detail. “When you don't play your best and then you finally have a chance, you're up a break and you have another chance to break again and the umpire comes and just shows you a spot where there is no mark, nothing at all, and tells you that this is the mark, I think that's a pretty bad call. I was already playing much better and this thing happens, and it takes me right from where I started.”
Her first comment is interesting. If one reads between the lines, it basically means that she didn't feel like competing anymore after losing that game, even though she was still up a break in the set. But a professional athlete should never give up because of one incident that goes against her. Also, the bad line call didn't come on one of Vika's own shots (it was a Kuznetsova shot that was hit wide but called good), so I don't really understand why Vika felt that it dragged down the level of her game.

Here's what Kuznetsova had to say about it:

“It was just one ball, and it was even advantage to me. Even if it was not (in) or whatever, she got frustrated and then she started to hit every ball even more. She got too upset for no reason. It was just one ball in the match.”
Sveta is right, of course. That bad call didn't give her a match point, a set point or even the game. The outcome of the match didn't hinge on it at all, yet Vika felt like it did.

I hope Vika and Antonio took some time to review the match on video, so that she could see what was wrong with her mindset. There is certainly a lesson to be learned here. But emotions are, by their very nature, irrational, and we all know how emotional she can be (for good and bad). Trying to help a player develop a better attitude when things are not going her way is not as straightforward as working on the technical aspects of her game.

Anyway, enough ranting from me about this match. :) It will be interesting to see how she plays this week. Peng will be her first opponent, then Szavay.

JadeFox
May 13th, 2009, 10:50 AM
Aside from that first set hiccup(it should've been a bagel) her play seemed solid today.

And now she has to play Agi. Ugh. I hate it when my faves play against each other. :mad:

VIKA?
May 13th, 2009, 12:53 PM
Vika def. Peng 64-61:drool::inlove::D

easy win:D now against Agi:scared:

good luck:kiss:

Christinawww
May 13th, 2009, 02:50 PM
Aside from that first set hiccup(it should've been a bagel) her play seemed solid today.

And now she has to play Agi. Ugh. I hate it when my faves play against each other. :mad:

yeah, hate it too. Agi needs the win, but it will be a disappointment if Vika loses. Though it will be tougher than in Miami I think as Agi is a clay-courter and is slowly gaining more confidence.

hellas719
May 13th, 2009, 06:52 PM
Vika:yeah:

Spiritof42
May 14th, 2009, 02:42 PM
Vika won a tight first set (as far as total number of points won and BP opportunities) but is now trailing 1-4 in the 2nd. :sad:

The changeover is taking an awfully long time. Medical timeout? :unsure:

And she still has to play doubles later today. :help:

HowardH
May 14th, 2009, 03:49 PM
She lost to Agi, 6-4 2-6 2-6. :hug: Agi played very well, but Vika was obviously affected a bit by her knee. Hope her knee is better for RG.

HowardH
May 14th, 2009, 03:55 PM
It took a zillion matchpoints too, Agi couldn't close her out, eventually she hit the top of the net to win the match (Agi was a bit embarrassed to finally win the match that way) :lol:. Anyway the most important thing is that Vika rests for RG and Wimbledon.

JadeFox
May 14th, 2009, 04:13 PM
Whatever this injury is, I hope it isn't too serious. :hug:

Christinawww
May 14th, 2009, 04:26 PM
crap, she lost.

edit: just read in GM she is injured and that her knee was totally taped in and that she could hardly move. Please let it be over in time for the French Open. I hate injuries, especially Vika's.

was it last year in March she was operated/had surgery? Is it the same knee? Same injury?

VIKA?
May 14th, 2009, 05:04 PM
OMG...:tape:

I just hope she is okay and not injured for the French open:sobbing:

Spiritof42
May 14th, 2009, 10:40 PM
Vika :bigcry:

I knew that leg strapping was bad news as soon as I saw it (in the photos from her previous singles match).

I could only follow this match on the scoreboard (stupid TennisTV didn't show it - apparently ES did, since many people were able to see some of it), but as the match went on Vika seemed to fade and it became obvious to me that she was hampered more and more by that damn injury. I also guessed that the mini-comeback at the end was due to Agnes choking more than anything else (apparently, I was right).

It's the left knee. I don't recall if it's the one she had surgery on last year, but she did retire from Rome and Eastbourne because of her left knee in 2008.

All these recurring injuries are really starting to worry me... :sad:

Dave.
May 15th, 2009, 12:10 AM
CJ Chuang / S Mirza def. V Azarenka / E Vesnina 2-0 rtd. :sad:

I didn't see the match against Agnes so I do not know how bad it is or what to expect, but at least she is done with Madrid now and has a good week and a few days to recover and hopefully be good for the French.

I agree with you all that these injuries (this left knee thing in particular) are quite worrying. Just hoping for the best. I would be crushed if she doesn't make it to Wimbledon.

Dave.
May 15th, 2009, 12:10 AM
CJ Chuang / S Mirza def. V Azarenka / E Vesnina 2-0 rtd. :sad:

I didn't see the match against Agnes so I do not know how bad it is or what to expect, but at least she is done with Madrid now and has a good week and a few days to recover and hopefully be good for the French.

I agree with you all that these injuries (this left knee thing in particular) are quite worrying. Just hoping for the best. I would be crushed if she doesn't make it to Wimbledon.

Christinawww
May 15th, 2009, 05:22 AM
It's the left knee. I don't recall if it's the one she had surgery on last year, but she did retire from Rome and Eastbourne because of her left knee in 2008.

All these recurring injuries are really starting to worry me... :sad:

she lost early in Paris and skipped all tournaments until Miami in 2008. I think it was because of knee surgury

Temperenka
May 15th, 2009, 05:27 AM
feel better before the french! :sad:

JadeFox
May 16th, 2009, 03:23 PM
Any updates on her injury? There hasn't been anything on her official site.

Aleh
May 17th, 2009, 08:28 PM
Vika is now in Minsk, its her motherland.

Christinawww
May 18th, 2009, 05:51 AM
I just watched the match vs Agi. She was clearly hindered by her leg, but she hit some amazing shots and her first serves were great.

Dghyletta
May 18th, 2009, 04:49 PM
Aleh what are you know about her health ? I saw match with Szavay and she moved very slowly. She was very sad because she felt pain.

Aleh
May 18th, 2009, 07:48 PM
Dghyletta,
If I met her,I could ask about it :worship:

itzhak
May 18th, 2009, 08:49 PM
FHM France June Vika's pics will be out in the next days, watch out...

Aleh
May 19th, 2009, 03:47 AM
After retiring last week in Madrid’s doubles quarterfinals due to a knee injury, Vika takes a week off but will be ready for the French Open, which kicks off on Monday, May 25th.

http://www.vikaazarenkatennis.com/

Christinawww
May 19th, 2009, 05:52 AM
best news in a long time. Thanks for sharing

waratahsrock
May 20th, 2009, 07:56 AM
I just hope she doesn't come back risking worsening the injury.

Christinawww
May 20th, 2009, 11:50 AM
she seems to have a good team behind her. She plays a limited schedule and has pulled out before (though not at GS level) to get the required rest and care. I believe she is ready

VIKA?
May 20th, 2009, 11:55 AM
Great news:bigclap:

Dghyletta
May 20th, 2009, 05:04 PM
I think it is a good idea to have some rest before GS,I see that her shedule in this season very good! She played many tournaments and have necessary rest. When Vika was in Minsk,took congratulations. At the Republican Center tennis courts in Minsk, where Vika started his athletic path, the Minister for Sport and Tourism Alexander Grigorov handed her gratitude on behalf of President of Belarus, After the ceremony, Victoria photographed with young tennis players and handed out to them a lot of autographs. In an interview with reporters Azarenko said very carefully cherished by the country's leadership and the Belarusian tennis fans. «This support is very important for me», - emphasized the athlete. Victoria Azarenka regretted that rarely happens at home and holds very little time in the circle of friends. Here and now, she stayed home a few days, and now fly to Paris, where he will participate in the second tournament this season in the Greater helmet - the Open championship of France. Speaking about their plans, Victoria Azarenka reported that dreams ever go up to the first line of the world ranking (it currently occupies 9 th). In addition, the leading racquet our dreams of gold and the 2012 Olympics in London. «Winning at the Olympics - a goal of every athlete», - believes Victoria, and she intends to make every effort to achieve it.

Temperenka
May 20th, 2009, 05:07 PM
thank you, Dghyletta!!! :D

Christinawww
May 20th, 2009, 05:49 PM
thank you. You provide news we otherwise would never see

Christinawww
May 21st, 2009, 06:04 AM
Vika on the entry list to play doubles at the French Open with Vesnina

VIKA?
May 21st, 2009, 11:41 AM
WOW great team:yeah:

good luck girls:D

VIKA?
May 22nd, 2009, 12:56 PM
RG draw is out:

AZARENKA, Victoria BLR [9] vs. VINCI, Roberta ITA
SALERNI, Maria-Emilia ARG vs. BARROIS, Kristina GER
(Q) vs. HRADECKA, Lucie CZE
GALLOVITS, Edina ROU vs. SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla ESP [22]
BENESOVA, Iveta CZE [32] vs. GOERGES, Julia GER
LEPCHENKO, Varvara USA vs. KUDRYAVTSEVA, Alla RUS
TANASUGARN, Tamarine THA vs. PIN, Camille FRA
ERRANI, Sara ITA vs. IVANOVIC, Ana SRB [8]

VIKA?
May 22nd, 2009, 12:56 PM
I don't like tha first round, Vinci is a good clay court player but we will see the I think she should win all her matches and it will be nice to see Vika vs Ivanovic:p

good luck Vika:inlove:

hellas719
May 22nd, 2009, 01:24 PM
Go Vika!

Dave.
May 22nd, 2009, 01:41 PM
Not Ana :sobbing:

I hope the 4R match does take place and that it's a good one and that the winner makes the final and wins the title :bounce:


Before the 4R, Vika has a good draw. Vinci did just win a clay tourney but Vika is simply playing on a higher level. CSN is the only one I see as a slight threat but Vika did just beat her on clay and should be the more confident.

Dghyletta
May 22nd, 2009, 06:04 PM
I think that draw may be better, that Vika has. But in 4R she will played with Anna, it is a very good. She has a good chance. Better to meet with Anna than with Kuznetsova or sisters Williams. Everything will depend on the Vika, depend on her game, I want to wish her good luck!!! :hearts:

Temperenka
May 22nd, 2009, 06:05 PM
It will be tough, but she has made it through tough draws before :)

Albireo
May 22nd, 2009, 10:23 PM
Don't know if it's been posted--or if this is the right thread--but there's a one-page photo/article of VA in the latest TENNIS Magazine: "Five Things You Didn't Know About Victoria Azarenka." Among them: she and Chakvetadze went to see Mamma Mia in the theater and hated it so much that they walked out. :)

waratahsrock
May 23rd, 2009, 12:23 AM
Reasonable draw, if she's 100% this could well be the slam where Vika goes deep.
Good luck!

Temperenka
May 23rd, 2009, 12:48 AM
Don't know if it's been posted--or if this is the right thread--but there's a one-page photo/article of VA in the latest TENNIS Magazine: "Five Things You Didn't Know About Victoria Azarenka." Among them: she and Chakvetadze went to see Mamma Mia in the theater and hated it so much that they walked out. :)

I saw this article, very funny :lol:

Christinawww
May 23rd, 2009, 05:32 AM
I like the draw. Not perfect but could def. be worse.

And about tennis magazine. I buy it every month, but it is so behind her. It gets released way too late. I bought the "newest" release (in Denmark) yesterday and it was the one where they wrote about what happened in Dubai with Peer. A month ago I bought the one with Aus Open preview. But I'll look forward to the next issue of tennis magazine. I see that it's a must-have

aezzei
May 23rd, 2009, 07:40 AM
Good luck Vika
do your best^^

VIKA?
May 23rd, 2009, 11:17 AM
Vika is playing tommorrow:D

http://i41.tinypic.com/25sy6f6.gif


Good luck:kiss:

hellas719
May 23rd, 2009, 04:09 PM
Go Vika!!!

TheBoiledEgg
May 23rd, 2009, 09:13 PM
good luck Vika in Paris ;) :)

Dave.
May 24th, 2009, 12:39 AM
C'mon Victoria, this is it :armed:

Let's hope Radek and Gaston are not out there for too long, and the other matches should be quick so hopefully Vika will be on court late afternoon time.

waratahsrock
May 24th, 2009, 01:08 AM
Good luck Vika :yeah:

VIKA?
May 24th, 2009, 06:28 PM
Vika def. Vinci 64-62:bounce:

should won 62-62 but anyway I am happy that she won and she played great:yeah::bounce:

Vika:inlove:

Dghyletta
May 24th, 2009, 07:16 PM
She looks confident!! :inlove: She played well and when she win, her last ball was ase! :clap2: how she struck ball, after ase :D very funny moment,commentator laughed :yeah: good luck in next match!!!

JadeFox
May 24th, 2009, 08:09 PM
Nice win Vika! :bounce:

And :lol: at the blue tape matching her outfit!

KazeKarter
May 24th, 2009, 08:35 PM
I have to wonder if that tape actually does anything, much like Ana's it seems to be just decoration:p

Congrad's Vika, she breezed through what I thought would be a hard match.:yeah:

TheBoiledEgg
May 24th, 2009, 08:39 PM
good start and well done in 2 :) :D
good luck in 2r now :)

VIKA?
May 24th, 2009, 08:41 PM
In 2 round Vika will play against Barrois;)

Temperenka
May 24th, 2009, 09:08 PM
Her second match SHOULD be easier than her first! Keep chuggin' Vika!!!

btw.. I'm curious about what everyone else thought of her attitude today. She hit her racket once, was short with the chair when it came to calls/marks on the court, and launched the ball pretty far after she won.

I'm glad she got things done, but I'd like to see her more positive. The crowd will come after her.

KazeKarter
May 24th, 2009, 09:32 PM
I just don't think Vika's a very internal person, as in, her emotions are always going to be displayed for the world to see. There's nothing wrong with it, like with Marat, it's fun to watch;)

And i think Vika can handle the french crowd and whatever they want to throw at her(even if we do get a Chakky V's Israel like incident.)

Svetlana.
May 24th, 2009, 09:33 PM
Great start Viktoria... Keep it up girl!!!

waratahsrock
May 24th, 2009, 10:33 PM
Good start Vika :D

Ана Алберта
May 24th, 2009, 11:08 PM
Hi :wavey: I am new on this board and I wanted to say hello before posting :) Hope this is not the wrong place !
I ADORE Vika, she's one of my fave players and I really hope to make new friends since i don't have any who are interested in this wonderful sport and its stars :)
Nice to meet you :inlove: , I apologize for my English which is really poor :tape:
GL to Vika for the next matches :worship:

VIKA?
May 25th, 2009, 05:02 AM
Hello:wavey:

Derek.
May 25th, 2009, 06:54 AM
Good job, Vika! :D

Dave.
May 25th, 2009, 10:27 AM
Doubles Draw

[6] Llagostera-Vives / Martinez-Sanchez
Pavlyuchenkova / Schiavone
Benesova / Strycova
Bammer / Husarova
Mayr / Yakimova
Bremond / Coin
Cohen-Aloro / Cornet
[12] Azarenka / Vesnina


I wonder if she will defend her mixed? That's a good draw to the 3R where they could meet the 6th seeds who have been one of the hottest teams this year. Good luck Vika/Lena ;)

VIKA?
May 25th, 2009, 12:28 PM
Good luck girls:bounce:

Temperenka
May 25th, 2009, 07:19 PM
This draw is getting more and more unfortunate. The draw as a whole is crumbling, except for Vika's section. Carla looked strong, Ana looked resurgent, and Dinara won 6-0, 6-0 against a top 50 player. Vika looked great too, but in other sections of the draw she would absolutely crush anyone in her path. :sad:

You can do it though, Vika! Hopefully Carla crashes out and Ana and Dinara start stumbling.

Dave.
May 25th, 2009, 09:05 PM
^^ I know what you mean. Argh if only she could have had Vera's place, we could almost put her in the semis :sobbing:

I still like her chances in this section though. There are tough matches but no reason why she can't beat Ivanovic. Safina was amazing today but the QF's are a much different stage. Both Ana and Dinara have alot to defend, Vika has no pressure at all.

I really think this could be her breakthrough slam :banana:

Christinawww
May 25th, 2009, 09:33 PM
uuugh, don't even want to speculate that far. Too nervous.

Dave.
May 25th, 2009, 11:46 PM
Haha, I'm getting carried away. I'm just really anxious that one of my faves goes far since they play so early.


Victoria is not defending her mixed title, as expected. 2 events is more than enough.

hellas719
May 26th, 2009, 12:53 AM
Good win Vika:yeah:

Christinawww
May 26th, 2009, 05:13 AM
Haha, I'm getting carried away. I'm just really anxious that one of my faves goes far since they play so early.


Victoria is not defending her mixed title, as expected. 2 events is more than enough.

she should play mixed at wimbledon though. It would be cool if she could get a career slam in mixed. She already has 2, so at 19, she is half-way. Not bad

Aleh
May 26th, 2009, 05:46 PM
27 May, Court 2, 11:00 Start

1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[9] v. Kristina Barrois (GER)


Court 4, 11:00 Start
1. Arantxa Rus (NED) v. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
followed by
2. Elena Vesnina (RUS) v. Agnes Szavay (HUN)[29]
3. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)/Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[8]/Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[8]
4. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA)/Alize Cornet (FRA) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[12]/Elena Vesnina (RUS)[12]

GL Vika !

VIKA?
May 26th, 2009, 08:04 PM
Court 2:rolleyes:

good luck Vika:kiss:

hellas719
May 26th, 2009, 10:22 PM
Go Vika!

JadeFox
May 27th, 2009, 11:39 AM
Tough match for Victoria today but she played well when it mattered.

Hopefully she can make the fourth round again! :bounce:

waratahsrock
May 27th, 2009, 11:55 AM
Good to take a win in straight sets. Keep on rolling Vika!

Temperenka
May 27th, 2009, 12:00 PM
Shouldn't have been quite so close.

Anyways, great to get through in two :yeah:

Keep it going :bounce: