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VIKA?
May 27th, 2009, 01:20 PM
:woohoo: another win:woohoo:

that's great she won in two sets:D but I am not very happy with the result but well at least she won:bounce:

Go Vika:inlove:

Dave.
May 27th, 2009, 02:01 PM
Well done :yeah:

VIKA?
May 27th, 2009, 06:50 PM
Vika and Lena won against Cornet and Cohen 61-63:woohoo::bounce:

Joe.
May 27th, 2009, 06:54 PM
vika:D

hellas719
May 27th, 2009, 08:11 PM
Vika:)

saul1333
May 27th, 2009, 08:27 PM
:bounce: Good fight from 1-5 down.

Good luck against Carla.

TheBoiledEgg
May 27th, 2009, 11:15 PM
great recovery from 1-5 down today PHEW

got to take out CSN next
c'mon Vika !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spiritof42
May 28th, 2009, 09:18 AM
I started watching Vika's match against Barrois when she was already trailing 1-5 in the 1st set. That was an unpleasant surprise to say the least.

But what happened after that was pretty amazing. She utterly dominated Barrois during the next 5 games, to the point that I was scratching my head as to how Vika had managed to fall this much behind in the first place. From 1-5 to 6-5, Vika hit something like 12 or 13 winners (in very damp and slow conditions) and only lost 6 points, 2 of which were double faults!

The second set was fairly even (mostly because of the German's effective serving), but Barrois choked a bit towards the end and Vika was pretty solid when she served for the match at 6-5.

An unexpectedly close match, but Vika really raised her game when she needed to, and overall her attitude was very good. Well done!

Dave.
May 28th, 2009, 01:50 PM
Vika and Lena drop 2 games in getting to the 3R, 6-2 6-0 over Bremond/Coin :yeah:

VIKA?
May 28th, 2009, 02:02 PM
:woohoo::bounce:

hellas719
May 28th, 2009, 07:52 PM
:banana:

TheBoiledEgg
May 29th, 2009, 09:05 AM
last on court today
just hope this match doesnt overlap Masha's match too much
wanna see as much as i can of both.

best of luck Vika !!!!!!!!!!!!
just do her as in Stuttgart

VIKA?
May 29th, 2009, 01:17 PM
I just hope to watch her today.

Temperenka
May 29th, 2009, 03:09 PM
If she wins, she will play Ana in the 4th round. Ana beat Iveta 6-0, 6-2 earlier :scared:

Dghyletta
May 29th, 2009, 03:21 PM
I hope that Eurosport shows this match! All the best Vika in this match :inlove:

Temperenka
May 29th, 2009, 03:23 PM
I hope that Eurosport shows this match! All the best Vika in this match :inlove:

I'm thinking it will depend on Maria's match as well. Hopefully they don't overlap!

VIKA?
May 29th, 2009, 05:12 PM
OMG the match between Ferrer and Soderling it's being long:yawn:

Temperenka
May 29th, 2009, 05:16 PM
OMG the match between Ferrer and Soderling it's being long:yawn:

she might not get on court today :sad:

VIKA?
May 29th, 2009, 05:19 PM
OMG:fiery:

Soderling better finish soon!:o

VIKA?
May 29th, 2009, 05:23 PM
Soderling 2 sets to 1!!

finish it with a bagel please:sobbing:

VIKA?
May 29th, 2009, 06:32 PM
Finally they finished!:o

now is Vika turn:D but I am not sure if she will play today:scared:

Christinawww
May 29th, 2009, 06:33 PM
??
not sure if she will play??

Ksenia.
May 29th, 2009, 06:33 PM
I think they will, they have about 1,5 hours :shrug: GL Vika!

Christinawww
May 29th, 2009, 06:34 PM
oh, right, the whole dark/light issue. Yeah, they should get started at least

VIKA?
May 29th, 2009, 06:42 PM
Vika on court:bounce:

Temperenka
May 29th, 2009, 07:00 PM
Is there a stream? mine disappeared :sad:

VIKA?
May 29th, 2009, 07:04 PM
^^ try one from this page:

http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=40034&part=sports

VIKA?
May 29th, 2009, 08:48 PM
OMG:sobbing:

I still very nervous! what a second set god! and what a comeback:drool:

I just hope she plays tommorrow like she did today at the final of that second set:worship:

we will se what happens tommorrow.

Temperenka
May 29th, 2009, 08:50 PM
that was a huge mess, glad she gets to finish it tomorrow.. not pretty, but enough!! Play better tomorrow PLEASE!

Svetlana.
May 29th, 2009, 08:56 PM
what did happen there? Was Vika's mom arguing with some of the French fans at the end of the second set?

VIKA?
May 29th, 2009, 08:57 PM
When the crowd started to do those things Vika's mommy started to defend Vika :hearts:

so sweet:hug:

VIKA?
May 29th, 2009, 08:58 PM
what did happen there? Was Vika's mom arguing with some of the French fans at the end of the second set?

yes:)

that was amazing by Vika's mom:kiss:

Derek.
May 29th, 2009, 09:08 PM
*phew*

Now win the third, Vika. :)

Ksenia.
May 29th, 2009, 09:08 PM
win the third please :awww:

Svetlana.
May 29th, 2009, 09:33 PM
yes:)

that was amazing by Vika's mom:kiss:

I missed the moment and did not see what heppened there. Did someone say something to Vika's mom?

hellas719
May 29th, 2009, 09:38 PM
Win it tomorrow, Vika!!!!

Temperenka
May 30th, 2009, 05:53 AM
They have not been placed on Saturday's schedule yet... !?

waratahsrock
May 30th, 2009, 06:20 AM
Yea rather odd... Hopefully Vika comes out firing and marches into the 4th round.

Spiritof42
May 30th, 2009, 06:58 AM
I was not at home during the match, but after reading about what went on yesterday (the crowd getting on her back, the tears, the 1-4 hole in the 2nd set, Vika's mom getting involved), I'm actually relieved I didn't get to see it. I always get nervous when she plays, even when the match is not that close, and I'm not sure how I would have coped with all that tension and melodrama. :scared:

Let's hope for the strong start today. The match has yet to appear on the OOP (:help:), but I'm guessing they'll put it on the same court (1), in second place (after Haas vs. Chardy).

VIKA?
May 30th, 2009, 07:16 AM
I checked the OOP and it stills withouth Vika vs Carla match:o

Ksenia.
May 30th, 2009, 07:23 AM
WTF :tape: Vika's doubles match is in the schedule but her singles isn't? :o

VIKA?
May 30th, 2009, 08:02 AM
DAMN i can't believe i missed this match!!! it sounded amazing!!! azarenka i love so much because of her passion. she definitely does seem to be unbeatable when she's got it together, only that sometimes takes a while... i also fell in love with suarez-navarro when she beat venus in the aus open this year, such an amazing match/effort.
ANYWAY, when the hell is this on? must watch the concluding set. according the official roland garros site it's on at 11am french time and it's like 8am there now.

(go vikaaa)



I checked again and I don't see Vika anywhere:shrug:

Christinawww
May 30th, 2009, 09:19 AM
Do you guys think the break is good or bad for Vika? At first I thought it would be good as she would be able to talk with Antonio and regroup, but after reading all the comments in GM, she seemed to really be playing superb tennis in the last games of the second setting: hitting winners and with a variety. Also Vika has been a slow starter in all of her matches. But since it is only a 3rd set, no time for a slow start.

VIKA?
May 30th, 2009, 09:23 AM
I think it's bad:o at the final of the second set she was playing amazing so I think if they had played the 3rd set Vika would win but I don't know... maybe it's good because she talked with Antonio so I don't know.

KazeKarter
May 30th, 2009, 09:40 AM
I'm thinkin' it's bad, Vika was really firing at the end of the second and she is a notoriously slow starter so I'm rather worried.:unsure: Damn RG, invest in some friggin' lights I can't really see re-started games as fair, no matter who wins.

Edit: Vika's up second on Court 1 apparently

VIKA?
May 30th, 2009, 10:20 AM
http://i39.tinypic.com/20gnmhi.gif

bad_angel_109
May 30th, 2009, 10:32 AM
:speakles: everyone else is playing except for vika :sobbing: imo, wouldnt they want to finish their (vika and CSN's) match BEFORE the mens match (3rd match) of hass V.S chardy on court 1??

Christinawww
May 30th, 2009, 11:03 AM
:speakles: everyone else is playing except for vika :sobbing: imo, wouldnt they want to finish their (vika and CSN's) match BEFORE the mens match (3rd match) of hass V.S chardy on court 1??

the always put the "to be finished" matches as the second match. I think it is because the players were up late and need a couple of extra hours to rest

Ksenia.
May 30th, 2009, 01:48 PM
phew Vika! :scared: congrats :yeah:

Derek.
May 30th, 2009, 01:52 PM
5-7 7-5 6-2. :worship:

Great turnaround, Vika! :hearts:

JadeFox
May 30th, 2009, 01:54 PM
Good job turning things around Vika!

And didn't you guys just see the love Vika shared with the French crowd? It was beautiful! :lol: :hearts:

Temperenka
May 30th, 2009, 02:00 PM
Phew. Loved the end!!!!! :D

lover_of_myskina
May 30th, 2009, 02:09 PM
And didn't you guys just see the love Vika shared with the French crowd? It was beautiful! :lol: :hearts:

But :(
Do you see the love a NON-FRENCH player is sharing with french Crowd ??? :lol::tape:
French crowd only support french players...or bad players (but French player and bad player, isn't it the same thing ? :devil:)

You have to see how french crowd hate champions like Sharapova, or the Williams Sister... :tape:
When Maria played Petrova, french supporters have been bannished from the stadium because they were always insulting Maria between the points... :lol:

Just remember how much french crowd was loving Martina Hingis... Looool

JadeFox
May 30th, 2009, 02:19 PM
But :(
Do you see the love a NON-FRENCH player is sharing with french Crowd ??? :lol::tape:
French crowd only support french players...or bad players (but French player and bad player, isn't it the same thing ? :devil:)

You have to see how french crowd hate champions like Sharapova, or the Williams Sister... :tape:
When Maria played Petrova, french supporters have been bannished from the stadium because they were always insulting Maria between the points... :lol:

Just remember how much french crowd was loving Martina Hingis... Looool

No secret that the French hate on Maria and the Williams sisters. But really that's not such a bad group to be in really. ;)

The French crowd can be douchebags, but since they are douchebags to just about every non French player, I can take it.

VIKA?
May 30th, 2009, 02:28 PM
COME ON VIKA:inlove:

this is just amazing:bounce: I am really happy she won that match because I hate Suarez:lol:

Vika:worhsip:

now against Ivanovic, it's going to be an interesting match and I hope the winner will be Vika:D

good luck:kiss:

Aleh
May 30th, 2009, 02:44 PM
congratulate Vika!!! :bounce:
GL against Ana !

aezzei
May 30th, 2009, 03:08 PM
Congrats Vika
GL next round^^

Dghyletta
May 30th, 2009, 03:18 PM
Congratulate Vika and her fans!!:hearts: unbelievable match! The audience must relate to a tennis player with respect. Unpleasant to play when catcall!! I was very surprised when I saw belarussian flag on the match! Belarussian fans on RG! Her wait hard match with Annа! Good luck and all the best! :inlove:

Spiritof42
May 30th, 2009, 04:05 PM
Vika! :woohoo:

The RG crowd never fails to annoy the hell out of me each and every year (and I've been watching tennis for a long time). Always looking for an excuse to whistle and jeer. They really seem to enjoy being obnoxious to the players.

This phenomenon is specific to the French Open. The Paris indoor crowd at the Open Gaz de France is usually well-behaved by comparison.

Like I said in GM, I wouldn't be surprised if the next match turns into a circus à la Larcher de Brito vs. Rezai. Especially if Ana complains about Vika's noise. :D
Vika will probably have the crowd against her right from the start. It will be "interesting" to see how she reacts.

Derek.
May 30th, 2009, 04:16 PM
Vika will be fine.
I think she enjoys the interaction with the crowd. :devil:

VIKA?
May 30th, 2009, 04:41 PM
It's going to be a drama show:inlove: AJDE-COME ON- THE CROWD...

VIKA?
May 30th, 2009, 04:42 PM
Vika and Lena def. Pavlyuchenkova and Schiavonne 62-75:banana::bounce::hearts:

in the 2nd set they were losing 4-1, great comeback girls:yeah:

hellas719
May 30th, 2009, 06:35 PM
Vika:cool:

Temperenka
May 31st, 2009, 02:36 AM
i'm pumped for tomorrow. hopefully a great match :)

Spiritof42
May 31st, 2009, 08:15 AM
I've just finished translating the short interview published in the June 2009 edition of FHM France. I'm guessing most people who come here don't understand French, so I figured an English version might be useful to some of you. :) I deliberately chose to stay as close to the text as possible.


-------------------------------------------------

Victoria Azarenka
Age: 19
Place of origin: Minsk, Belarus
WTA ranking: 8 [at the time the magazine went to press]
Singles titles: 4 [including ITF]
Doubles titles: 6 [including ITF]
How much her name is worth in Scrabble: 21 points


The newest tornado coming out of Eastern Europe is Belarusian rather than Russian. She is also very good looking.


When did you start playing tennis?
I was 7 years old. The first year, I was only hitting balls against a wall. Then, I found myself on a court... where there were 25 of us at the same time! I only got my own court when I turned 12!


Do you like wearing dresses [?] to play?
No, I think that would be a bit too much. Or rather, not long enough! Tennis is a rather conservative sport.
[note: although "robe" means "dress", judging from her answer I doubt that was the actual word used in the original English interview...]


When you're playing, do you notice men looking at you?
Honestly, I don't pay much attention to that. But I'm hoping to see a difference after this magazine comes out!


Do you get upset easily?
I've broken a lot of rackets. But I'm learning to control myself...


How did it feel to have a camera focused on you during our photoshoot?
It was fun because I felt different: I felt like a model instead of a tennis player.


What kinds of gifts you do enjoy getting from men?
I love Dior shoes. I buy myself a pair whenever I can. I also like clothing, jewelry, handbags... I'm not picky!

bad_angel_109
May 31st, 2009, 08:51 AM
Do you like wearing dresses [?] to play?
No, I think that would be a bit too much. Or rather, not long enough! Tennis is a rather conservative sport.
[note: although "robe" means "dress", judging from her answer I doubt that was the actual word used in the original English interview...]"robe"? and i dont understand her answer either :confused:

When you're playing, do you notice men looking at you?
Honestly, I don't pay much attention to that. But I'm hoping to see a difference after this magazine comes out!:hehehe: sly much? :lol:


thanks for the interview translation, interesting questions they've asked her imo, lil' weird and off-base.

VIKA?
May 31st, 2009, 10:05 AM
I've just finished translating the short interview published in the June 2009 edition of FHM France. I'm guessing most people who come here don't understand French, so I figured an English version might be useful to some of you. :) I deliberately chose to stay as close to the text as possible.


-------------------------------------------------

Victoria Azarenka
Age: 19
Place of origin: Minsk, Belarus
WTA ranking: 8 [at the time the magazine went to press]
Singles titles: 4 [including ITF]
Doubles titles: 6 [including ITF]
How much her name is worth in Scrabble: 21 points


The newest tornado coming out of Eastern Europe is Belarusian rather than Russian. She is also very good looking.


When did you start playing tennis?
I was 7 years old. The first year, I was only hitting balls against a wall. Then, I found myself on a court... where there were 25 of us at the same time! I only got my own court when I turned 12!


Do you like wearing dresses [?] to play?
No, I think that would be a bit too much. Or rather, not long enough! Tennis is a rather conservative sport.
[note: although "robe" means "dress", judging from her answer I doubt that was the actual word used in the original English interview...]


When you're playing, do you notice men looking at you?
Honestly, I don't pay much attention to that. But I'm hoping to see a difference after this magazine comes out!


Do you get upset easily?
I've broken a lot of rackets. But I'm learning to control myself...


How did it feel to have a camera focused on you during our photoshoot?
It was fun because I felt different: I felt like a model instead of a tennis player.


What kinds of gifts you do enjoy getting from men?
I love Dior shoes. I buy myself a pair whenever I can. I also like clothing, jewelry, handbags... I'm not picky!


Thanks:inlove:

love the third answer:lol:

Spiritof42
May 31st, 2009, 10:11 AM
Do you like wearing dresses [?] to play?
No, I think that would be a bit too much. Or rather, not long enough! Tennis is a rather conservative sport.
[note: although "robe" means "dress", judging from her answer I doubt that was the actual word used in the original English interview...]
"robe"? and i dont understand her answer either :confused:
The word "robe" doesn't have the same meaning in French and English. In French, it means a dress. Her answer suggests she was asked if she would be willing to play in a skimpier outfit than what she's used to wearing. The problem, of course, is that I'm translating back into English an interview that must have been done in English initially and then translated into French for publication (I doubt Vika speaks French). So basically I'm doing a translation of a translation. :)

I don't think the tennis establishment is THAT conservative, by the way. Players like Benesova, Rybarikova or Safarova (among others) sometimes wear skirts that are so short they actually look more like a wide belt. :lol: Although it is true that one of Benesova's outfits was deemed unacceptable by a chair umpire in Estoril a few weeks ago.

When you're playing, do you notice men looking at you?
Honestly, I don't pay much attention to that. But I'm hoping to see a difference after this magazine comes out!
:hehehe: sly much? :lol:
Vika has obviously never noticed me :hearts: and :drool: in the stands when I'm watching her practice. Which is probably for the better, come to think ot it. :o Although I do try to be discreet about it. ;)

thanks for the interview translation, interesting questions they've asked her imo, lil' weird and off-base.
You're welcome. I think this interview is pretty much what one would expect from a so-called "men's magazine". They're probably assuming their average reader is not terribly interested in tennis except as a major source of hot Eastern European female athletes. :lol:

bad_angel_109
May 31st, 2009, 10:24 AM
The word "robe" doesn't have the same meaning in French and English. In French, it means a dress. Her answer suggests she was asked if she would be willing to play in a skimpier outfit than what she's used to wearing. The problem, of course, is that I'm translating back into English an interview that must have been done in English initially and then translated into French for publication (I doubt Vika speaks French). So basically I'm doing a translation of a translation. :)

I don't think the tennis establishment is THAT conservative, by the way. Players like Benesova, Rybarikova or Safarova (among others) sometimes wear skirts that are so short they actually look more like a wide belt. :lol: Although it is true that one of Benesova's outfits was deemed unacceptable by a chair umpire in Estoril a few weeks ago.a "skimpier outfit than what she's used to wearing"? :lol: im sure she wouldnt do that. funny thought tho. ah ok, i had a feeling "robe" might mean dress. translation of a translation, lol.

haha i was thinking the same about tennis being a 'conservative sport'. there are a handful of female players around with pretty skimpy outfits :o

Vika has obviously never noticed me :hearts: and :drool: in the stands when I'm watching her practice. Which is probably for the better, come to think ot it. :o Although I do try to be discreet about it. ;)lol. she's noticed me and she's glared at me a few times when i was watching her practice (ignore the shitty tags) oh vika :sobbing:
http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq40/dancequeen_109/Wednesday%2021st%20Jan/P1210003_2.jpg

when i was at the AO and when she was signing my program for me, i was gonna congratulate her on winning the brissy tourney, but when she was standing in front of me, i was in awe and forgot to, lol. im loss for words in decribing vika, she's just awesome :hearts:

You're welcome. I think this interview is pretty much what one would expect from a so-called "men's magazine". They're probably assuming their average reader is not terribly interested in tennis except as a major source of hot Eastern European female athletes. :lol:good point :lol:

KazeKarter
May 31st, 2009, 10:37 AM
^ She glared at you?:lol:It's funny that you still love her after that, most people would have become haters.

Anyway, Good luck to Vika against Ana, I think she might need it:unsure:

bad_angel_109
May 31st, 2009, 10:42 AM
^ She glared at you?:lol:It's funny that you still love her after that, most people would have become haters.

Anyway, Good luck to Vika against Ana, I think she might need it:unsure:yeah she did :lol: narh i love her, she's awesome. if u wanna know who exactly on tour gives THE best glares/evil eye its definitely daniela hantuchova (i saw quite a few of her practices) haha :p

u cant really tell in the pic i posted above, but that was one of the several times vika glared at me. i was the only one there too, so she couldnt have been glaring at anyone else behind me :sobbing:



im hoping vika's mental state and body has recovered well after she dubs match yesterday. i know ana's gonna come out in full force, ana said our vika is an "aggressive player".

KazeKarter
May 31st, 2009, 10:57 AM
ana said our vika is an "aggressive player".[/B]

Thanks Ana Ivanovich for the understatement of the year, calling Vika merely aggressive is like calling a man eating lion "playful":lol:

Not that we don't love her for it;)

bad_angel_109
May 31st, 2009, 02:47 PM
:lol:


someone PLZ record this match. i gotta go sleep now and catch the 8am train to go to uni tomorrow :sobbing: so im gonna have to see the result on the RG website tomorrow morning :bigcry:

Temperenka
May 31st, 2009, 02:51 PM
Warming up!!!! :bounce:

Svetlana.
May 31st, 2009, 03:10 PM
Davai Vika - you can do it!!!!!!!!

Svetlana.
May 31st, 2009, 03:36 PM
Vika won a first set :woohoo:

aezzei
May 31st, 2009, 04:20 PM
Congrats Vika
and now GL against Safina^^

VIKA?
May 31st, 2009, 04:22 PM
62-63:drool::banana::worship::inlove:

this is awesome seriously:sobbing: what a great match by Vika:D I am really happe for her and I hope she can take out Safina;)


good luck Vika:D::banana:

Derek.
May 31st, 2009, 04:22 PM
Splendid performance from Vika! :worship:

Her first GS QF! :woohoo:

Well done. :yeah:

Temperenka
May 31st, 2009, 04:23 PM
:banana: :) :bounce: BEAT DINARA!

Dave.
May 31st, 2009, 04:26 PM
She won! CONGRATS VIKA!!! :woohoo: First Quarter-Final :banana:

She deserved to win, I'm happy for her. Win it all now!

That was alot better than she has played in the past few weeks. If only she could keep down the usual outbursts and everything she could do even better.

Safina is a tough match, Vika is the underdog, let's just hope she gets more than a few games :scared: :lol: She can win, there's no pressure on her side of the net.

hellas719
May 31st, 2009, 04:27 PM
Congrats, Vika:)

Dan23
May 31st, 2009, 04:32 PM
:woohoo:
Vika :worship:

Svetlana.
May 31st, 2009, 04:38 PM
Vika has potentials to win many GS :angel:

KazeKarter
May 31st, 2009, 04:49 PM
Congrads Vika!:worship:

:lol: Vika/TheFrench, it's a love hate relationship.:p

JadeFox
May 31st, 2009, 05:59 PM
Congrats on your first grand slam QFs Vika! :bounce:

Good luck against Safina!

saul1333
May 31st, 2009, 07:02 PM
Beautiful stuff today Vika. :worship:

She has a good chance to beat Dinara and win the title.

Ksenia.
May 31st, 2009, 08:08 PM
Congrats Vika :yeah: She can beat Dinara, good luck ;)

Dghyletta
May 31st, 2009, 08:23 PM
Сongrats Vika! It is a great event in her life! good luck whith Safina! I hope in this match you will show your best tennis!! :hearts:

waratahsrock
May 31st, 2009, 11:29 PM
:woohoo: brilliant Vika :D
Next on the hit list is Safina, very winnable fixture

Corswandt
Jun 1st, 2009, 12:52 AM
For Vika:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c3/Hero_of_the_USSR.png

Temperenka
Jun 1st, 2009, 04:45 AM
I'm already extremely nervous. The QF feels like a final.

Tomorrow will be hell and I can't even imagine how nervous I'll be the next morning. :scared:

Sleep well Vika fans :zzz:

Dave.
Jun 1st, 2009, 12:46 PM
Quarter-Final

Azarenka/Vesnina lead Yan/Zheng 6-4 0-0

:bounce:

Spiritof42
Jun 1st, 2009, 02:09 PM
Vika :woohoo:
The first few games were high-quality stuff. Ana was playing very well, as she said in her press conference, but Vika was more than holding her own. Ana started to fade away after that (she was feeling dizzy, apparently :scratch:), which in a way is a shame because the match could have been a classic had she maintained her level until the end. But full props to Vika for keeping her intensity and dealing adequately with a hostile and obnoxious crowd. :armed:

Too bad she has to face Safina so early. The Russian has been wiping the floor with her opponents so far, and is clearly the player to beat. On the other hand, a win over her would be very impressive indeed.

For Vika:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c3/Hero_of_the_USSR.png
:spit:

Spiritof42
Jun 1st, 2009, 02:47 PM
Quarter-Final

Azarenka/Vesnina lead Yan/Zheng 6-4 0-0

:bounce:

They won 6-4 4-6 6-2 :woohoo:

I thought I would be able to watch it on the Tennis Channel website, but they're not showing any matches today. The live streaming was apparently limited to the first week. :sad:

Is Eurosport player still covering court 1?

Dave.
Jun 1st, 2009, 03:00 PM
I'm so pleased for them! Vika's 2nd Grand Slam doubles Semi (she also beat Yan/Zheng in AO 08 semis), I hope they make the finals. :bounce:


Eurosport player usually only does singles matches I think. :o

Temperenka
Jun 1st, 2009, 03:01 PM
Vika :hearts:

She sure has more match play than Dinara so far. I hope that she uses that to her advantage tomorrow. ;)

:bounce::bounce::bounce:

lover_of_myskina
Jun 1st, 2009, 03:10 PM
Yeah :bounce:
Vika in semi-final of Double :hearts:
And tomoroww in semi-final of single !

hellas719
Jun 1st, 2009, 07:56 PM
Vika/Elena:woohoo:

Derek.
Jun 1st, 2009, 09:09 PM
Vika/Elena. :yeah:

Temperenka
Jun 2nd, 2009, 01:43 AM
VIKA/ELENA :banana:

Vika plays at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon!! GOOD LUCK!!!!!! :bounce:

saul1333
Jun 2nd, 2009, 02:57 AM
She was just on FOT and she looked adorable :hearts:

waratahsrock
Jun 2nd, 2009, 03:35 AM
Kick some ass tonight Vika :yeah:

Amalgamate
Jun 2nd, 2009, 09:26 AM
Go get her Vika :devil: Play fearless :rocker2:

Ksenia.
Jun 2nd, 2009, 09:36 AM
Come on Vika, you can win :bounce:

Dave.
Jun 2nd, 2009, 12:57 PM
C'mon Vika! I won't be able to bare a loss here :sobbing:

Derek.
Jun 2nd, 2009, 03:06 PM
Vika lost 6-1 4-6 2-6. :sobbing:

The first set was absolutely sublime tennis from Vika.
Then she got down 1-4 and came back to 4-4 only to basically donate the next two games to Safina. :shrug:

She just kept making so many errors, especially on big points, deuces, 30 alls, etc. :(

Good tournament. :hug:
But still a long way to go before Vika has the mentality to win a slam.

Ksenia.
Jun 2nd, 2009, 03:08 PM
Vika :sad:
Still very good performance, good luck on grass ;)

saul1333
Jun 2nd, 2009, 03:10 PM
Good showing on her worst surface so hopefully she will be able to play better at the other majors.

Temperenka
Jun 2nd, 2009, 03:16 PM
She will be a top 8 seed most likely at Wimbledon, right?

Let's talk about Vika on grass, I need to get this match out of my head. :sad:

VIKA?
Jun 2nd, 2009, 03:22 PM
Oh no:sad:

I can't believe this:sad::sobbing: this canot be possible:sobbing::bigcry: I am really sad I thought Vika was going to beat that monster:fiery:

Vika:hug:

Dave.
Jun 2nd, 2009, 03:22 PM
Firstly, this was an amazing tournament from Vika coming through the Suarez-Navarro match and then losing only 5 games to the defending champion to reach her first QF. Even better considering her struggles on the clay this year. This has been a huge breakthrough, can't complain losing to Safina, and she's still in with a chance of taking home a trophy of some kind.

That first set was possibly the best I've ever seen Vika play. Totally thrashed the in-form player on tour. Also loved the turnaround from 1-4 to 4-4 in the 2nd set too.

My main regret for this match was how she fell away in the end and just mentally wasn't there anymore. Still a good match for her first QF and should be a big learning experience.

Dghyletta
Jun 2nd, 2009, 04:14 PM
I am very sad.:o She did not have luck in this match. I was surprised that Vika never gives your opponent to play her tennis. It is great. Vika all matches wins and loses herself. I think if the game will improve and more she becomes number one. And an important moment in her game, it is emotional.She must understand that she should always be very calm!

PerfectForm
Jun 2nd, 2009, 05:02 PM
Chance wasted today :( But Vika showed the world the brand of amazing tennis she can play (name any shot, she has it) when she's on. I knew immediately that she was losing it mentally after the racket throwing started.

But a grandslam breakthrough to a QF is good for Vika :) Keep improving & she will reach a final soon!

aezzei
Jun 2nd, 2009, 05:41 PM
still a great tournament for her

oleada
Jun 2nd, 2009, 06:09 PM
I'm not sad. It was always going to be a tall order to beat Safina, and I think Vika played some excellent tennis. It just wasn't hers this time, but it was still great to reach a QF in a grand slam (in her worst surface, too!) and she gave the world #1 a hard time. She's proved she has the game to be one of the world's best - her mind will catch up.

KazeKarter
Jun 2nd, 2009, 08:20 PM
Agreed with all those who said it's unfortunate but not the end of the world. Vika will be back at Wimbledon.:D

Until then, bring on the doubles.

hellas719
Jun 2nd, 2009, 10:07 PM
Vika:(:hug:
Still in doubles though!:D

waratahsrock
Jun 2nd, 2009, 11:57 PM
Whilst it was a great tournament for Vika, that is a gutting way for it to end.
That first set was absolutely amazing. Only one unforced error and she was absolutely dominating. Once she got back to 4-4 in the 2nd set it was her chance, Safina was starting to lose the plot big time, but Vika throws in a soft service game and hands the break back to Safina who didn't even need to work for it. Please get the emotions in check Vika, thats all thats holding her back from winning these tight matches :(

Dave.
Jun 3rd, 2009, 01:13 AM
4th on Court 1 tommorow. Vika has a chance to still get some silverware, her and Lena take on Hsieh/Peng for a place in the final. They play straight after the other SF so will know who they'll play in the final, Black/Huber or Medina/Ruano.

Good luck Vika/Lena :kiss:

Temperenka
Jun 3rd, 2009, 02:37 AM
4th on Court 1 tommorow. Vika has a chance to still get some silverware, her and Lena take on Hsieh/Peng for a place in the final. They play straight after the other SF so will know who they'll play in the final, Black/Huber or Medina/Ruano.

Good luck Vika/Lena :kiss:

Good luck girls!!!! A final/title would be an even bigger confidence boost for her. :hearts:

Aleh
Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:31 AM
GL Vika/Lena.
http://s39.radikal.ru/i083/0906/4b/18f00212e0ba.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)

VIKA?
Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:46 AM
good luck girls:kiss: win the title:angel:

Ksenia.
Jun 3rd, 2009, 08:22 AM
good luck in the semis :bounce:

Spiritof42
Jun 3rd, 2009, 09:49 AM
Even though this kind of loss actually hurts even more than a straight-set beat-down, I think Vika made a strong statement yesterday.

She played an almost perfect first set. Hitting only one UE while playing such an aggressive style against someone who had only lost 5 games in her 4 previous matches was simply phenomenal. But I knew it was going to be almost impossible to stay at this lofty level for an entire match.

I'm not sure I agree with people who think her temper cost her the match. It was *nerves* more than anything which caused her to fall behind in the second set, and that's not the same thing. Nerves made her hit DFs on some crucial points, and there were some instances where she simply chose the wrong shot to play. The emotional outbursts were a consequence, not a cause. Vika plays with such intensity that evacuating all that nervous tension between points is a psychological, if not physical necessity. I think it comes with the territory. The only real letdown was the way she got broken at love after having worked hard to bring the score back to 4-4, and then wasted a 0-30 lead when Safina was serving for the set.

I reckon Vika has lost matches because of a bad attitude in the past, the most recent example being that Rome semifinal against Kuznetsova in which she basically threw it away because of one bad line call that went against her. But that did not happen yesterday. She never stopped competing. And to be honest, she didn't play poorly in the 3rd set, despite the 6-2 score. She still managed to hit more winners (10) than UEs (8). But Safina was at her best during that final set, and she gave Vika very little to work with.

Although I have yet to see Vika & Elena play with my own eyes, there seems to be good chemistry between them (as one would expect from "best friends for life"), and I think they have a good chance of making it to the final. If only I could find a way to watch the court 1 live stream on the France 2 website from outside that country (I haven't had any luck with French pr0xies so far...)

Temperenka
Jun 3rd, 2009, 03:28 PM
I hated this draw so much. Stosur and Cibulkova in the semifinals :help: but Vika had to beat Vinci, Barrois, Suzarez Navarro, and Ivanovic only to lose in the quarters to Dinara.

When will Vika get a reasonable draw like Domi or Sam? :sad:

I guess I like the fact that Vika would have beaten two of the semifinalists though :)

VIKA?
Jun 3rd, 2009, 04:54 PM
ES player is showing the match:D

go Lena and Vika:rocker:

Dghyletta
Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:03 PM
Vika wrote a blog on her site! It is interesting to read what she feel when she wins 4-round!:hearts:

Temperenka
Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:25 PM
They did it!!! 6-3, 7-5 to the final!!!! :bounce:

KazeKarter
Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:26 PM
Woo! They won:worship:

Nice fight back in the second set from a break down, guaranteed silverware now, be it first or second:bounce:

VIKA?
Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:27 PM
:woohoo: that it's awesome:worship::bounce::banana::woohoo:

1st GS final with Vesnina, awesome:worship:

was Chakvetadze there right?:awww:

Dave.
Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:32 PM
Into the finals! :bounce:

She won mixed last year, now going for women's dubs :cool:

Tough one in the final vs defending champs Medina/Ruano

VIKA?
Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:34 PM
next year she will win singles :lol:

Ksenia.
Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:37 PM
^ hopefully :lol:
good job girls!

Dave.
Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:22 PM
I was gonna say that but I don't wanna jinx it :scared:

oleada
Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:26 PM
Vika in the finals! :banana: I hope she wins :hearts: I love her and Lena.

Temperenka
Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:44 PM
Any pictures? :)

VIKA?
Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:45 PM
I was gonna say that but I don't wanna jinx it :scared:

Oh:scared: so yes I hope I didn't jinx her:o

Dave.
Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:51 PM
Don't worry I'm sure you didn't ;)



Funny thing about this final, especially if they win, is Vika wasn't even supposed to play with Elena. I wonder what will happen when Vera comes back, cos she said they were going to play the slams together this year. :eek:

Ksenia.
Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:52 PM
the majority of tennis fans are so superstitious :lol:

VIKA?
Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:55 PM
the majority of tennis fans are so superstitious :lol:

I am a lot:lol: I always jinx my faves:o

Ksenia.
Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:57 PM
nah I don't believe in jinxing :lol:

Temperenka
Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:59 PM
I've been superstitious since Wimbledon last year when I thought Nicole would lose every round until the quarters, when I thought she would beat Zheng. :sad:

And today was the first day this tournament I rooted for Serena :sad:

Basically, I'm not going to predict anything come Wimbledon or root for anyone. :lol:

VIKA?
Jun 3rd, 2009, 08:00 PM
yeah I won't predict nothing neither:tape::lol:

hellas719
Jun 3rd, 2009, 09:29 PM
:banana::woohoo:
GL in the final now!:rocker::bounce:

Aleh
Jun 4th, 2009, 06:10 AM
nah I don't believe in jinxing :lol:
sorry,
я сразу вспомнил Мартина и его "сожмём кулачки"
у Доминики. :lol:

Christinawww
Jun 4th, 2009, 06:20 AM
great win to get into the final

and Vaidisova28, I agree. Vika has been better than "just" reaching the QF. She just had such a tough draw. But she played super well, and even though she lost, I think this tournament shows us and herself, that Vika is ready to be a contender in all tournaments, and be a threat to the big names.

Corswandt
Jun 4th, 2009, 11:09 AM
I hated this draw so much. Stosur and Cibulkova in the semifinals :help: but Vika had to beat Vinci, Barrois, Suzarez Navarro, and Ivanovic only to lose in the quarters to Dinara.

When will Vika get a reasonable draw like Domi or Sam? :sad:

Can't agree with you there.

Glory = winning the biggest tournaments by beating the best, not riding cakewalk draws and bullshitting one's way to SFs, finals and titles ]à la Footnote Ivanovic.

All the difficulties Azarenka has been through (the slow transition from junior to top 100 player, the bad draws, the choking) have hardened her. She has had to work hard for everything she has achieved so far, and accordingly knows she must continue to do so.

lover_of_myskina
Jun 4th, 2009, 01:02 PM
If we analyse the begining of this season 2009, I think there are 4 players very strong and the others... Serena, Dinara, Svetlana and VIKA... :worship:

Jelena and Ana have found their limits : Ana has no mental when the matches are difficult (and she is always injuried :fiery:) and Jelena push the ball in the court but is never attacking :mad:... perhaps it's enough to beat players in the top 30, but not to beat the top 10 !
And Elena Dementieva is really a mystere since the Australian Open and since her final lost in Paris... :confused:

Perhaps Maria Sharapova could be the 5th big of this season !

I don't know if tomorow the double final is on the Chatrier (sold out) or on another court (the lenglen perhaps...)
If she is playing on another court, I will go to Roland Garros tomorrow to take photos and to make videos of the final of Vika :bounce:

Can't agree with you there.

Glory = winning the biggest tournaments by beating the best, not riding cakewalk draws and bullshitting one's way to SFs, finals and titles ]à la Footnote Ivanovic.

All the difficulties Azarenka has been through (the slow transition from junior to top 100 player, the bad draws, the choking) have hardened her. She has had to work hard for everything she has achieved so far, and accordingly knows she must continue to do so.

I disagree with you...

First of all, I think Vika is ready to win big tournaments... She was the only one to fight Serena in Melbourne and she will be perhaps the only one to take a set to Dinara in Roland Garros this year...
Now she needs a little chance in her draw too...
I think Dinara has defeated Vika because she wasn't so tired than Vika... because she has had a very easy draw with very easy matches...

I think glory = to win...

Who remember that Agassi won Roland Garros against... Medvedev ? Not against Courier or Bruguera !!!
Everybody remember only that Agassi won Roland Garros...

If federer wins Roland Garros, everybody will remember that Federer will have won Roland Garros !
Nobody will remember that it was a fake tournament with players as Nadal and Djokovic so tired by the very long Clay season... Who will remember that Federer will have defeated Haas, Acasuso and another players without mental ? Nobody...

when you watch the Tennis History, you only remember the victories... the way is forgotten very fast...
So it's not a problem if Vika win tournaments with easy draw... the most important thing is she wins tournaments...

Temperenka
Jun 4th, 2009, 02:48 PM
Can't agree with you there.

Glory = winning the biggest tournaments by beating the best, not riding cakewalk draws and bullshitting one's way to SFs, finals and titles ]à la Footnote Ivanovic.

All the difficulties Azarenka has been through (the slow transition from junior to top 100 player, the bad draws, the choking) have hardened her. She has had to work hard for everything she has achieved so far, and accordingly knows she must continue to do so.

I see where you are coming from, however, I disagree to an extent. Of course I don't want Vika playing De Los Rios in the quarters, Groth in the semis, and defeating Craybas in the finals... but, I think her draw was unreasonable compared to some of the girls in the semifinals who had respectable draws. I called Sam and Domi's draws "easy" because they are ones I think Vika would have torn through.. even though they did play some decent players. However, no way could they have gotten to the semis or even the quarters through Vinci, Suarez Navvaro, Ivanovic, and Safina. It's not a bad thing to get a draw like that... but it just sucks because there is only so much a player can do in a two week period.

And it really bothers me that Domi is the first of the 18-20 generation to make a semifinal. It should have been Vika. She has had a better year, a better record at slams, and played much better in Paris these last weeks. Hopefully Vika gets a better draw in Wimbledon and can one up her.

Christinawww
Jun 4th, 2009, 04:45 PM
^about the young generation. Though Vaidisova was the first one :) somehow everybody forgets she is just as young. Cibulkova is kind of lacking in experience and all compared to Vika and Radwanska. I wanted one of those two to be the second after Nicole to get to a SF of a grand slams. Compared to other top players and other players of her generation, Vika has played a lot more grand slams before she reached her first QF.

VIKA?
Jun 4th, 2009, 04:47 PM
Vika and Lena going to play the doubles final tommorrow:scared:

good luck girls and take the title:yeah:

lover_of_myskina
Jun 4th, 2009, 05:17 PM
Vika and Lena going to play the doubles final tommorrow:scared:



Vika is playing on the LENGLEN tomorrow ! :worship:
So I can go ! :bounce:
I will take pixes and videos ! :bounce:

I have a question :
Are there anothers Vika fan's who will be there tommorrow for the Final on the Lenglen ?
Because I have a big Bielorus Flag, but I'm alone...

Aleh
Jun 4th, 2009, 06:24 PM
I have a question :
Are there anothers Vika fan's who will be there tommorrow for the Final on the Lenglen ?
Because I have a big Bielorus Flag, but I'm alone...

OMG, http://i076.radikal.ru/0906/3c/f266ab65b451.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)
Unfortunately I`ll not be, but my unbroken spirit will be with you.http://s46.radikal.ru/i112/0906/e0/77c4b2984c5f.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)http://s46.radikal.ru/i112/0906/e0/77c4b2984c5f.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)http://s46.radikal.ru/i112/0906/e0/77c4b2984c5f.gif (http://www.radikal.ru)

Temperenka
Jun 4th, 2009, 06:37 PM
^about the young generation. Though Vaidisova was the first one :) somehow everybody forgets she is just as young. Cibulkova is kind of lacking in experience and all compared to Vika and Radwanska. I wanted one of those two to be the second after Nicole to get to a SF of a grand slams. Compared to other top players and other players of her generation, Vika has played a lot more grand slams before she reached her first QF.

I was hesitant to include Vaidisova as she reached her first semifinal 3 years ago already. :sad: I tend to clump her more with Sharapova, Ivanovic, etc. instead of Vika, Radwanska, etc. But you are correct, Nicole had quite the head start on this generation but has fallen quite far behind. She and Vika have arguably the most talent though.

Derek.
Jun 4th, 2009, 07:40 PM
I'm excited to see what Vika can do on grass this year. :hearts:

But before that, good luck in the doubles final, Vika. ;)

Christinawww
Jun 4th, 2009, 08:46 PM
love your avatar, Derek.

vaidisova28: yes, Vaidisova broke through way earlier than the rest. Just like Sharapova. Sharapova is from 87 just as Ivanovic and Chakvetadze, but when she won Wimbledon in 2004, Ivanovic was still in the junior draw, these talented early break through girls really flabbergast me sometimes.

Temperenka
Jun 4th, 2009, 11:22 PM
I'm such a huge fan of this generation. I think they are more appealing than the last (Ivanovic, Jankovic, Sharapova, Chakvetadze, Russians).
Vika is Vika. (no need for explanation in this thread ;) )
Radwanska plays with more finesse than the other girls and has a huge mouth/attitude off court.
Caroline is the definition of consistency and has a great personality in interviews.
And in addition to those 3 is Vaidisova, who will hopefully be back soon, Sorana Cirstea :drool: , Cibulkova, Cornet, and even Pavlyuchenkova.

If they can all play well consistently, it will be very fun to see them start battling for slams and the #1 rank.
Hopefully Vika is first to win a slam. I have a good feeling about the US Open. Hopefully she manages good form in the American hard court stretch. I want to see her. :)

Temperenka
Jun 4th, 2009, 11:40 PM
By the way, Christinawww, what will Vika's new ranking be?? :) I assume she will pass Ana and Vera and be #7? :shrug:

I would try to figure it out myself, but I always mess something up. :lol:

Derek.
Jun 5th, 2009, 12:35 AM
Vika will be ranked #8 after Roland Garros. :cool:

Temperenka
Jun 5th, 2009, 05:22 AM
She doesn't pass Vera?

Christinawww
Jun 5th, 2009, 05:26 AM
no she should have reached the final to pass Vera, and had Serena beaten Kuznetsova, Kuznetsova would have been 8 and Vika 7, so we have to wait a while for a new career high :(

Christinawww
Jun 5th, 2009, 05:31 AM
I'm such a huge fan of this generation. I think they are more appealing than the last (Ivanovic, Jankovic, Sharapova, Chakvetadze, Russians).
Vika is Vika. (no need for explanation in this thread ;) )
Radwanska plays with more finesse than the other girls and has a huge mouth/attitude off court.
Caroline is the definition of consistency and has a great personality in interviews.
And in addition to those 3 is Vaidisova, who will hopefully be back soon, Sorana Cirstea :drool: , Cibulkova, Cornet, and even Pavlyuchenkova.

If they can all play well consistently, it will be very fun to see them start battling for slams and the #1 rank.
Hopefully Vika is first to win a slam. I have a good feeling about the US Open. Hopefully she manages good form in the American hard court stretch. I want to see her. :)

I am very excited about these players too. You also have Lisicki in this generation, Navarro and to some extend Szavay (she's from December 88).
Vika is ahead of the rest in stats as she has a better win-loss ratio, and has a positive win-loss ratio against "players ranked above herself". Most players have a negative ratio. I have spent some weeks piling stats for all the young players. Once I get them sorted into a table I'll post it. It's rather nice to look at when being a Vika fan :)

Temperenka
Jun 5th, 2009, 05:34 AM
Wow, I definitely look forward to that. I really like a lot of these girls (how did I forget Lisicki!) and that would be interesting to see.

It's not too hard to be a Vika fan right now. Even when she loses... you know that the opponent deserved to win. That's what I like about her more than anything, the fighter's mentality. This may also help separate her from the pack.

VIKA?
Jun 5th, 2009, 03:54 PM
Great tournament by Vika and Lena:hug:

they played bad but a GS doubles final isn't a bad result:D well done girls:hug:

Dghyletta
Jun 5th, 2009, 04:36 PM
I think Vika must to think about her game after final. She again failed with their emotions. She has a time to correct mistakes and I hope to see her more confident! Good grand slam for her, but I am sure that she can better. She already plays like a player top 5 and when I compare her with other players, I understand that she looks better!

hellas719
Jun 5th, 2009, 08:41 PM
It was a good tournament at least:shrug:;)

saul1333
Jun 6th, 2009, 04:57 AM
:hug: pretty embarrassing score

Good job making the finals :worship:

oleada
Jun 6th, 2009, 07:47 PM
Vika is ahead of the rest in stats as she has a better win-loss ratio, and has a positive win-loss ratio against "players ranked above herself". Most players have a negative ratio. I have spent some weeks piling stats for all the young players. Once I get them sorted into a table I'll post it. It's rather nice to look at when being a Vika fan :)

I also have a table because I'm a huge nerd. :help:
But...compared to Wozniacki, the Radwanskas, Cornet, Cibulkova, Cirstea, Lisicki, Pavlyuchenkova, Kvitova & Kleybanova (Szavay isn't in my list because I started it when she was in a major slump, but I should add her), Vika comes out on top in most categories.

Vika, along with the Aga, have the most top 10 wins, which is 9 (2 in slams for Aga, 1 for Vika)
She has the highest career ranking, 8.
She's won the biggest title, Miami. Caro and Aga have one more title each, but obviously, I think the fact that Vika won Miami means a lot more.
She also has a positive H2H against them...14-2 (this might be out of date). She lost to Wozniacki once and Aga once, but still leads the H2H 2-1 against them. She has never played Kleybanova or U. Radwanska to my knowledge. And like I said, Szavay's not on my list.

Christinawww
Jun 7th, 2009, 06:49 AM
I'm a huge nerd too :) In my table I haven't compared her to the other youngers. Only h2h vs top10, top20, high rank, time in top10, time in top20, time used to get from top20 to top10, win-loss ratio career, and win-loss ratio after cracking the top20 and after cracking the top10.
Would love to see your table :)

Temperenka
Jun 8th, 2009, 03:18 AM
Any idea when we will know her summer US hard court schedule. I really want to see her live. :)

I've never been to a live pro tennis match :sad:

Christinawww
Jun 8th, 2009, 06:34 AM
keep checking her official webpage. They must update sooner or later. But you can kind of guess some of it:
Vika doesn't play a lot of tournaments
Vika is now top10 and has some restrictions. Now I haven't read the rules properly for the "new top10 players" but I am guessing she plays Cincinnati and Toronto as they are Premier5 events and top10 players must play 4 of 5.
She is only allowed to play 1 international, so I don't think she'll play the 3 weeks following wimbledon
I doubt she'll play New Haven as it is right after two premier5 and right before the US Open
And then I am guessing Stanford but not LA

so it would be (GUESS only)
26+27 Wimbledon
28 Rest
29 Rest
30 Rest
31 Stanford
32 Rest
33 Cincinnati
34 Toronto
35 Rest
36 + 37 US Open
38 Rest
39 Rest
40 Tokyo
41 Beijing
42 Rest
43 Rest or Moscow (before YEC it is good to rest, but Moscow is the closest to a home tournament, and maybe she needs the points, or maybe she won't qualify for YEC)
44 YEC

she might add 1 more tournament, maybe a nice little international, but personally I have no idea which one she prefers.
This year she has played 9 tournaments so far and in my Vika schedule here she will add 9 (including Moscow and YEC), that's a total of 18 which is fairly realistic IMO.

VIKA?
Jun 8th, 2009, 06:40 AM
I think the list are out 6 weeks before the tournament starts but I am not sure.

Christinawww
Jun 8th, 2009, 03:36 PM
yes that is true, but e.g Kuznetsova and Serena announced their schedule for the entire year in January. The players can plan a certain schedule and be an early commitment. The lists just aren't out until 6 weeks before tournament start

Corswandt
Jun 8th, 2009, 04:10 PM
or maybe she won't qualify for YEC

Defeatist.

Christinawww
Jun 8th, 2009, 07:02 PM
no no not at all. I put it in paranthesis. Or however you spell those things. :)

Christinawww
Jun 9th, 2009, 07:30 PM
maybe I'm just the only one who is totally slow, but Vika will play Eastbourne next week. She has been on the list since it came out. Which rock have I been hiding under?

Aleh
Jun 9th, 2009, 08:05 PM
maybe I'm just the only one who is totally slow, but Vika will play Eastbourne next week. She has been on the list since it came out. Which rock have I been hiding under?
:)

Aleh
Jun 9th, 2009, 08:05 PM
She is at home (Minsk) now with friends and her family.

Temperenka
Jun 9th, 2009, 08:18 PM
Eastbourne :drool:

Aleh
Jun 9th, 2009, 08:36 PM
Eastbourne :drool:
Ок, ;)

Temperenka
Jun 9th, 2009, 08:38 PM
Ок, ;)

It's one of my favorite tournaments. :)

I'm very happy to see Vika is playing there!!! :bounce:

Aleh
Jun 9th, 2009, 08:48 PM
It's one of my favorite tournaments. :)

I'm very happy to see Vika is playing there!!! :bounce:

I`l wait Vika`s pics from you :hearts:

Temperenka
Jun 9th, 2009, 11:44 PM
I`l wait Vika`s pics from you :hearts:

Unfortunately I won't be going. :sad:

Maybe I'll see her this summer if she plays in Cincinnati!! :bigclap:

Christinawww
Jun 10th, 2009, 06:27 AM
I have a friend who is going to Eastbourne. I've ordered him to stalk Vika...well take some pictures of her. Preferably none-match pictures. Eastbourne has a strong line-up I think:

Eastbourne:

Dementieva
JJ
Zvonareva
Ivanovic
Azarenka
Petrova
Wozniacki
A.Radwanska
Bartoli
Cornet
Medina Garrigues
Zheng
Kanepi
Mauresmo
Chakvetadze
Navarro
Kleybanova
Srebotnik
Wozniak
Bammer
Li
Stosur
Sugiyama
Razzano (LDA)
4 WC
4 Q

that's 6 top10, 7 from top11-20 and 8 from top21-30 from the original cut date.

Aleh
Jun 10th, 2009, 06:35 AM
Christinawww,
+ Кuznetsova (WC).

Christinawww
Jun 10th, 2009, 03:40 PM
yeah, I did read from some of her fans that she wanted to play, but I didn't know if it was confirmed.

VIKA?
Jun 10th, 2009, 05:18 PM
I can't wait:D

KazeKarter
Jun 11th, 2009, 02:33 AM
Do any of the Veteran's here know what Vika's like on grass? I've never seen her play on it.

Temperenka
Jun 11th, 2009, 02:55 AM
Honestly, I don't remember seeing her play too often on grass. She is much stronger on hard courts, but I wouldn't say she is a weak grass court player. Last year, she lost in the 3rd or 4th round of Wimbly to Petrova in two extremely tight tiebreakers. And Nadia is no slouch on grass. I think she should have a successful year and will hopefully be able to keep her 1st service % high enough to use it to her advantage.

Christinawww
Jun 11th, 2009, 06:11 AM
Vika has played a total of 9 matches on grass, winning 4, losing 5.
She lost last year to Petrova in the 3d round, but that was during Petrova's hot run of a final in Eastbourne and QF in Wimbledon.
Grass in the olden days rewarded good servers and to some extend still do, but the grass (as far as I've heard) is a lot slower. Grass is fast and has a low bounce (if I remember correctly). Vika seems to struggle with high shots and it is unlikely she will get many high boucing shots on grass, so that is good.
In juniors, she reached the SF twice. One year losing to Ivanovic in a close 3-setters. Ivanovic is 2 years older.
I would say Vika should be good on grass, I don't see anything scary about the combination of Vika and grass, though her past senior results aren't the best.

VIKA?
Jun 13th, 2009, 01:45 PM
OMG Eastbourne draw is out:

Dementieva - Kirilenko
Cornet - Razzano
Baltacha - Li
Q - Radwanska A.

Jankovic - Chakvetadze
Dulko - Bartoli
Bammer - Keothavong
Medina Garrigues - Azarenka

Wozniacki - Kleybanova
Stosur - Lisicki
Q1 - Q2
Mauresmo - Zvonareva

Petrova - Ivanovic
Sugiyama - Q
Suarez Navarro - Zheng
Wozniak - Kuznetsova

VIKA?
Jun 13th, 2009, 01:45 PM
Seriously I hate the draw:o I like the first two rounds but then against Jelena or Bartoli :sobbing:

try your best :kiss::angel:

Dave.
Jun 13th, 2009, 03:49 PM
It's a good draw, there's no reason why Vika can't beat anyone in the draw on this surface (I think she'd be the favourite playing Jankovic). The first couple of rounds are a chance to get used to the grass and then it gets a bit tougher but as long as she wins her first 2 matches that's ideal preparation for Wimbledon IMO.


Go get your 4th title of the year Vika :bounce:

VIKA?
Jun 13th, 2009, 04:04 PM
It's a good draw, there's no reason why Vika can't beat anyone in the draw on this surface (I think she'd be the favourite playing Jankovic). The first couple of rounds are a chance to get used to the grass and then it gets a bit tougher but as long as she wins her first 2 matches that's ideal preparation for Wimbledon IMO.


Go get your 4th title of the year Vika :bounce:

Well maybe you are right, it's a good draw... Jelena isn't playing at her best so who knows but firs Vika has to beat Medina and then we will see:p

Derek.
Jun 13th, 2009, 05:48 PM
Good draw.
She should do well here.

Good luck Vika! :)

Temperenka
Jun 13th, 2009, 07:21 PM
I think it's a great draw. Win it, Vika!! :bounce:

KazeKarter
Jun 13th, 2009, 09:33 PM
I think it's a great draw, there's no guarantee she'll face JJ (who always sucks against A-Chak)and Vika should make it past at least the first few rounds. So a good warm-up for Wimbledon.:)

I'm just interested to see how she goes on grass.

Christinawww
Jun 13th, 2009, 11:27 PM
I like the draw. Looking at the names and other match-ups in the draw, she could have gotten a much worse opponent.

hellas719
Jun 14th, 2009, 12:42 AM
Go Vika!

saul1333
Jun 14th, 2009, 01:59 AM
Nice looking draw.

Please play well to give me some good feelings going into Wimbledon.

Dghyletta
Jun 14th, 2009, 01:14 PM
I like this draw!It is awful to play with Kuznetsova or with Petrova,Zvonareva. Jankovic has bad form,Dementieva too. Good luck Vika!! :hearts:

waratahsrock
Jun 14th, 2009, 01:24 PM
Nice chance of going deep into the draw again Vika, good luck!!

VIKA?
Jun 15th, 2009, 07:25 PM
http://i42.tinypic.com/2ecp7uo.jpg (http://www.atpworldtour.com/1/posting/2009/741/OP.pdf)

VIKA?
Jun 15th, 2009, 07:26 PM
Vika on court 2:o

good luck:kiss::angel:

hellas719
Jun 15th, 2009, 07:29 PM
Court 2?:rolleyes:
Go Vika!:bounce:

Derek.
Jun 15th, 2009, 07:40 PM
Good luck Vika! :)

VIKA?
Jun 16th, 2009, 03:41 PM
OMG:bigcry: it seems Vika withdrew from Eastbourne:sobbing::sad: my scoreboard says Anabel will play vs Martinez:bigcry:

Joe.
Jun 16th, 2009, 03:52 PM
what with everyone losing and vika pulling out it looks like i'm not going to see any top players on thursday when i go:(

VIKA?
Jun 16th, 2009, 03:53 PM
I don't know why she withdrew:shrug::o

lover_of_myskina
Jun 16th, 2009, 03:54 PM
OMG:bigcry: it seems Vika withdrew from Eastbourne:sobbing::sad: my scoreboard says Anabel will play vs Martinez:bigcry:

:sad:
What's happened ? :sad:

Temperenka
Jun 16th, 2009, 03:57 PM
I'm crushed :sad:

She could have won this!! :sad: :sad: :sad:

Be well for Wimbledon, Vika. Although she will have no grass court matches under her belt :sad:

VIKA?
Jun 16th, 2009, 03:58 PM
awww:bigcry: seriosuly this was a great chance:sobbing:

Temperenka
Jun 16th, 2009, 04:12 PM
as this sinks in, I'm more OK with it. The WS don't play a warm-up, Maria isn't playing this week, and now JJ, Sveta, and Ana are out. It's smart of Vika to not handicap herself at Wimbledon because of too much previous match play. Maybe this was a part of the thought process? I don't know. I hope she's well though and that this is similiar to Madrid/Paris.

Derek.
Jun 16th, 2009, 04:30 PM
I hope she's okay. :hug:

Christinawww
Jun 16th, 2009, 04:48 PM
damn, I want a reason. Hopefully she'll be alright for Wimbledon

Aleh
Jun 16th, 2009, 05:10 PM
damn, I want a reason.
I want also :confused:

Temperenka
Jun 16th, 2009, 05:36 PM
Hip injury :sad:

I wonder if she'll be ok for next week. :sad:

saul1333
Jun 16th, 2009, 05:40 PM
:sad: Hopefully not a serious problem with her hip.

Get better :hug:

Temperenka
Jun 16th, 2009, 05:45 PM
What was her Madrid injury? I really want her to blog about this or somehow let us feel confident that she will be 100% going into Wimbledon.

Derek.
Jun 16th, 2009, 05:48 PM
In Madrid it was her knee or leg, I believe.

Christinawww
Jun 16th, 2009, 06:32 PM
What was her Madrid injury? I really want her to blog about this or somehow let us feel confident that she will be 100% going into Wimbledon.

In Madrid it was her left knee which also bothered her in 2008.
She has once before suffered from a hip injury: in 2007 she retired from the Prague SF in tears due to a hip injury

Dave.
Jun 16th, 2009, 07:21 PM
:sad: Didn't see that coming. Please make it to Wimbledon Vika :sobbing:

VIKA?
Jun 16th, 2009, 08:50 PM
awww:sobbing::hug: get well soon:awww:

KazeKarter
Jun 16th, 2009, 09:50 PM
Hmm, it must be a new injury, she was training and even playing football just a few days ago, which doesn't bode well for Wimbledon.:unsure:

Get well soon Vika:hug:

hellas719
Jun 16th, 2009, 09:57 PM
Get well soon, Vika:hug:

Temperenka
Jun 16th, 2009, 11:05 PM
From GM:
"After 10 mins of practice today she was lying at the back of the court receiving stretching treatment from her coach for her hip...shame, I'd like to have seen Amélie get some revenge on her fave surface "

Despite the stupid Amelie comment at the end, this doesn't sound too serious to me. :shrug: Maybe just tight and being precautionary? What do you guys think?

waratahsrock
Jun 17th, 2009, 03:19 AM
Hope like hell its just a precaution. Poor girl hasn't had much luck before slams of late. Had the knee issue going into RG, now this. Rest up Vika!

Christinawww
Jun 17th, 2009, 07:04 AM
hope it is precautionary. I'm just glad it isn't her knee or shoulder. I would have been a lot more worried had it been any of those

JadeFox
Jun 17th, 2009, 09:41 PM
Perhaps it is cautionary. I am concerned about her not getting any real match play on grass but her health comes first.

Dave.
Jun 18th, 2009, 01:49 AM
My faves are all getting injured before Wimby :mad:

Please be alright :sobbing:

Dghyletta
Jun 18th, 2009, 09:03 AM
I can not understand why she has so many injure in her career.:confused: She works with one of the best physical coach. I hope that she recovered before Wimby!

Temperenka
Jun 19th, 2009, 02:53 AM
I just watched highlights from Miami and Paris. :)

Please be well in London, Victoria.

Has anyone heard anything further on her condition?

KazeKarter
Jun 19th, 2009, 12:16 PM
Draws up. Possible meeting with Maria and Serena:eek:I'm even more worried about the hip injury and the grass now.

lover_of_myskina
Jun 19th, 2009, 02:54 PM
A great draw for vika !

1st round : Severine Bremond
2nd round : Nathalie Dechy
3rd round : Cirstea or Groenefeld
1/8 : Sharapova or Petrova
1/4 : Serena Williams

I think she could reach the 1/4 !
But the match vs Sharapova will be amazing !

hellas719
Jun 19th, 2009, 02:55 PM
R1 vs. Bremond Beltrame:bounce:
R2 vs. Olaru/Dechy (I will root for Olaru or Dechy as I like both more than Vika:o)
R3 vs. Cirstea/Gallovits/Mirza/Groenefeld (I will root for Sorana:o. If someone else, go Vika:bounce:)
I hate this section the most:sad:
It's crazy, I have 5 FAVES in here, never had that before!!!
And I've always had a lot of faves!!!

Temperenka
Jun 19th, 2009, 03:00 PM
I absolutely hate the draw. She should make the 4th round, but then to play Maria and Serena back-to-back :help:

Good like Vika! :bounce:

Christinawww
Jun 19th, 2009, 03:17 PM
wow, I don't like the draw. I think it is because of Masha looming. Damn I want her to reach the QF again. Come on Vika. But better early rounds than at Roland Garros I think. Not sure how I feel about Cirstea or Groenefeld in the 3rd round.

Temperenka
Jun 19th, 2009, 03:27 PM
Groenfeld lost 0 and 3 last week to Safina and Cirstea isn't quite as good on grass and is still a bit "hungover" from her RG run.

I don't think we have anything to worry about until Maria. If Vika is healthy that is.

And Maria has been beatable thus far. Na Li handled her pretty easily in Birmingham 6-4, 6-4. And you have to think that by the 4th round, her fitness could be catching up with her. Hopefully, if healthy, Vika can beat Maria.

Then against Serena. Serena has 19 grandslam losses in her career. 10 are in the quarterfinals, where Vika will meet her. I still think Serena on grass might be a bit too much for Vika. Similar QF run to Roland Garros (beat champion in R4 and go down to favorite).

However, if she manages to find a way to beat Serena, or Serena loses earlier, the job obviously gets much easier all the way to the final.

:tape: Too far ahead of myself. :lol:

Dghyletta
Jun 19th, 2009, 03:40 PM
I hate this draw too!:o When I will see the draw in grand slam,which easy for our girl:confused: Good luck Vika!:hearts:

saul1333
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:05 PM
Don't like her draw draw :fiery:

Match v Maria could be fun, but why does she get Serena??

She has not played on grass yet so I don't know what to expect.

Dave.
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:43 PM
Another horrid draw for Vika in a Grand Slam. :o

But the thing is, I'm sure the others like Maria/Serena etc. aren't too happy seeing Vika so it works both ways. Vika is a contender in this section to at least get to the QF's.

I just hope she's fit to go :unsure:

Christinawww
Jun 19th, 2009, 06:47 PM
Groenfeld lost 0 and 3 last week to Safina and Cirstea isn't quite as good on grass and is still a bit "hungover" from her RG run.

I don't think we have anything to worry about until Maria. If Vika is healthy that is.

And Maria has been beatable thus far. Na Li handled her pretty easily in Birmingham 6-4, 6-4. And you have to think that by the 4th round, her fitness could be catching up with her. Hopefully, if healthy, Vika can beat Maria.

Then against Serena. Serena has 19 grandslam losses in her career. 10 are in the quarterfinals, where Vika will meet her. I still think Serena on grass might be a bit too much for Vika. Similar QF run to Roland Garros (beat champion in R4 and go down to favorite).

However, if she manages to find a way to beat Serena, or Serena loses earlier, the job obviously gets much easier all the way to the final.

:tape: Too far ahead of myself. :lol:

true, very good post IMO.

Derek.
Jun 19th, 2009, 10:41 PM
Tough draw, but our Vika can do it. :angel:

Dave.
Jun 20th, 2009, 02:20 AM
Vika hitting with Mauresmo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCVWG4GUk20

Thanks to Stefi62

Protoss
Jun 20th, 2009, 03:54 AM
And Maria has been beatable thus far. Na Li handled her pretty easily in Birmingham 6-4, 6-4. And you have to think that by the 4th round, her fitness could be catching up with her. Hopefully, if healthy, Vika can beat Maria.
Sharapova was on her 5th match in 5 days against Li. Unlike Birmingham there's a day off between matches at Wimbledon so Sharapova should be able to recover from her previous match before playing her next match. Plus she should be able beat her opponents a lot easier than on grass than on clay thus saving energy. Sharapova's losses so far have been from when she's had very little energy left in the tank.

Corswandt
Jun 20th, 2009, 12:17 PM
I can not understand why she has so many injure in her career.:confused:

Still overplays + doubles. Should stop wasting her time with the latter IMO, but after years on end whining about all the stuff Lena D. should do or should stop doing while watching her career management go from "nonexistent" to "idiotic", I pretty much gave up on dispensing such career advice.

Draw is bad. Two veterans very comfortable on grass for the two first rounds. If Vika isn't sharp enough, she may lose there and then. Fortunately Brémond seems to be in poor form, and Vika's average level of match sharpness is just about the highest this side of Sharapova. 3R may also be tricky. BTW the draw is full of slumping, overranked players who are useless on grass just waiting to be taken out. I predict mayhem.

Sharapova 4R - if Sharapova makes it that far. If she does, piece of cake. Vika won't even need to kick into fifth gear to win handily. More worried about Petrova. I still remember her serving from up a tree at the Stuttgart SF last year.

QF vs Serena on a fast surface - always extremely tough, unless Serena has a bad serving day.

Still, not complaining. Glory = battling through tough draws, not winning by default.

Temperenka
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:18 PM
Buckle up Vika fans, this could be quite an exciting, up and down two weeks. :)

VIKA?
Jun 21st, 2009, 09:45 AM
I like the draw:) but I don't like Serena in the QF:o but well if she plays like in the other tournaments she can do well.

I really want a Vika vs Sharapova:hearts: that match would be amazing:hearts:

anyway our girl can do it:D good luck Vika:kiss:

VIKA?
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:03 PM
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