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Calliope.
Jun 1st, 2004, 12:14 PM
I didn't really know where would be the best section to open this thread...
Anyway...

Go Vika!!:bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 10th, 2004, 03:14 PM
Vika's doing great :)
she won Wimbledon doubles with Volha Havartsova

those two are great together

this week she's made semis of 25k Darmstadt :)
go Vika :)

grmbl
Jul 10th, 2004, 03:15 PM
Vika!

Kutuzova
Jul 11th, 2004, 03:10 AM
incredible talent.
i saw her a few years ago and i thought she had the talent that could take her to the top 50 and Volha does too.

Gowza
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:33 AM
she's had some impressive results recently!

Gowza
Dec 20th, 2004, 04:09 AM
good luck in 2005!

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 24th, 2005, 11:09 PM
She's back in 2005

won the Aus HardCourt title G1 in Melbourne last week :banana:

and this week is #1 seed in Australian Open Jrs

Vika in r3 already :D :)
two easy wins ;)

Kutuzova
Jan 24th, 2005, 11:27 PM
Go Vika, ur doing great! Keep it up!

Gowza
Jan 28th, 2005, 01:29 AM
good luck in the quarters vika!

Gowza
Jan 28th, 2005, 08:34 AM
vika won her QF 6-1 6-3!!! good luck in the semis!

grmbl
Jan 28th, 2005, 08:37 AM
Go Vika! :D

L.MATTHAUS
Jan 29th, 2005, 12:50 PM
SZÁVAY COME ON HAJRÁ MAGYAROK :kiss: :kiss:

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 29th, 2005, 01:30 PM
Vika into Final :banana: :D

she won her semi 6-0 6-4 vs Wozniak :woohoo: :D :)
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_6283_gallery.JPG

Vika won the doubles title with Marina Erakovic :banana: ;)
well done Vika :)

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_6309_gallery.JPG

Nikola Frankova (CZE), Agnes Szavay (HUN), Viktoria Azarenka (BLR) and Marina Erakovic (NZL)

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 30th, 2005, 04:18 AM
Vika won the final 6-2 6-2 :woohoo: :banana:

well done Vika :yeah: :kiss:
congrats :D :)

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 30th, 2005, 09:17 AM
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_6328_gallery.JPG

Viktoria Azarenka (BLR)

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_6331_gallery.JPG

Agnes Szavay (HUN) and Viktoria Azarenka (BLR)


Azarenka made her own piece of history by becoming the first Belarussian girls’ grand slam singles champion and the first girl to make the junior No.1 ranking since her country gained independence from the former Soviet Union.

“I was dreaming about this so much because I wanted to be No.1 so much,” said Azarenka, 17. “Two times before I had chances and I missed them, now that I did this I can’t explain the feeling.”

Azarenka never looked in trouble against Szavay but she said afterwards that it had been a far more difficult job than it looked to those watching on Melbourne Park’s Show Court Two. “It wasn’t as easy as the score was. It was pretty tough mentally,” said Azarenka. “I felt very confident and I did the best I could and played all my best shots. This is a very good step for me.”

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 30th, 2005, 09:18 AM
Vika :banana: :D :)
well done on winning the Aus Jr title :kiss: :yeah:

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 30th, 2005, 05:38 PM
Victoria Azarenka Sunday, January 30, 2005

http://www.australianopen.com/images/headers/04410g3.gifV. AZARENKA/A. Szavay

6 2, 6 2

An interview with:

VICTORIA AZARENKA


THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. It was a good match. Were you expecting such an easy victory?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: It wasn't easy that the score was. It was pretty tough mentally. But I felt very confidence. I did the best I could.

Q. You were seeded No. 1 in the draw, so you were the favorite of the tournament.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah.

Q. Is it more difficult to win a tournament when you are the favorite?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Maybe not because some player, they feel like pressure when you first seed. But I didn't feel it, so I was confident because of the last week. I won the tournament and I did pretty well. I played good. I played all my best shots.
I was confidence and comfortable on the court.

Q. Where do you live and where do you practice now?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Originally I'm from Belarus. I practice there. Just after US Open, I started to practice in Spain, in Marbella. Hofsas Tennis Academy.

Q. You have a Spanish coach?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: There is a German people from Germany there in this academy. Also my coach who is with me here, he is German.

Q. And before going to Marbella, you were a little bit in Germany?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: No, no. I wasn't. I was practicing in Belarus and was living. Now I living in Spain.

Q. Like Safin, like Kuznetsova.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah.

Q. Conditions are much better, of course, to practice.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, for sure.

Q. So you like clay courts?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I was practicing on hard court because I was practicing for Australia, and I played only on hard court. So I didn't try the clay courts yet.

Q. What are your strengths, your best shots?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Really, I don't know. I'm trying to approaching all the time, to attack, to come to the net. This is I think my best game.

Q. This is your best victory so far, your best success, winning this tournament?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah.

Q. Because you are very young.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, I was dreaming about it because before I played already two semifinals in Grand Slams. I lost both of them when I had a match points. This time when I played semifinals, I wasn't shaking, but I was thinking about not to this time. And final, I was just relaxed, trying to do all my best.

Q. Where were those two semifinals?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: First one was Wimbledon and second one was US Open.

Q. Were they both last year?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah.

Q. Was the player you lost to in each of those here this year?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Wimbledon I lost against Ana Ivanovic. You probably know. She played here. US Open I lost against Michaella Krajicek. She also played here and made one round. They improved a lot. I'm trying to do this, too.

Q. What is your goal for this year, playing only junior tournaments?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: No. This year I think I will try to play more woman's tournaments and we'll see how it goes.

Q. How many are you allowed to play on the women's?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: It's a limit. I have maybe 10 tournaments. I'm not sure. I don't know yet. I play just once since my birthday, so I have like eight or nine tournaments more.

Q. Which ones have you played so far?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I played in Israel, 25,000. It was in December. I did pretty well there. I made quarterfinals singles and semifinals doubles. It was okay.

Q. How many junior Grand Slams have you played in?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I played three.

Q. This is the third?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: This is the fourth.

Q. Have you talked about what it means to be No. 1 now?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I was dreaming about this so much because I wanted to be No. 1 so much because two times I had these chances and I missed them. Now when I did this, it's feeling, I can't explain it now.

Q. Is it as special as winning the title or they're both amazing?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Sorry?

Q. Is it as good as winning the title? Was it more than winning the title here?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, it's prestige, I think, and it's much more points. It's give a lot of confidence.

Q. So it's a wonderful start for the year and the next step towards the pros.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, it's a very good step.

Q. Do you think it changes the way people see you, as well?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, I think so. But I think that so many people saw me because it's like I didn't play a lot of tournaments since US Open. It was the first tournament. And I think everybody was surprised because I improved my game a lot and I more tough now. I think I'll try to do it better and better.

Gowza
Feb 2nd, 2005, 02:08 AM
doea anyone know if vika will start playing the tour this year? hopefully she can get some wildcards at some of the bigger events to get the feel of things at the highest level.

grmbl
Feb 6th, 2005, 09:22 AM
Vika! :bounce:

Ravsieg
Mar 4th, 2005, 11:55 PM
doea anyone know if vika will start playing the tour this year? hopefully she can get some wildcards at some of the bigger events to get the feel of things at the highest level.

I was thinking the same.

Gowza
Mar 7th, 2005, 10:51 PM
no WC for indian wells, dont know whether she wanted to play their or not or even asked for a WC but imo she would have deserved one more than some of the players that got them.

Kutuzova
Mar 7th, 2005, 10:57 PM
She will be playing a 25K in Redding California using a JE beginning March 21

Ravsieg
Mar 8th, 2005, 03:56 PM
Great news :D She'll probably win it. She's better than a 25k.

Kutuzova
Apr 10th, 2005, 11:40 AM
Vika has been playing some US 25K the last few weeks:
Her Results:
Augusta (Hard - $25k - GA - 23p) Apr 3 05
F Saori Obata(6) - Azarenka 6-2 6-2
SF Azarenka - Adriana Serra-Zanetti 7-61 6-4
QF Azarenka - Shikha Uberoi(4) 7-5 6-78 6-2
2 Azarenka - Jewel Peterson 6-3 6-2
1 Azarenka - Megan Falcon-Q 6-1 6-4

Redding (Hard - $25k - CA - 11p) Mar 27 05
QF Ivana Lisjak-Q - Azarenka 6-4 6-1
2 Azarenka - Yulia Beygelzimer(3) 6-2 7-61
1 Azarenka - Seiko Okamoto-Q 2-6 6-1 6-2

And this week she made to the semifinals beating Rika Fujiwara (just did very well at the tier 1 pacific life open) the top seed 1st rd. 6-1 6-0, then Mandy Minella 7-5 6-3, then Aleksandra Wozniak 6-2 6-1 before losing to tough, big hitting, Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 4-6 7-6(1)

Good Job Vika, there were some really good wins in some of the toughest 25k's in the world. You will only keep improving fom here!

daniela86
Apr 21st, 2005, 07:28 PM
Vika plays the Fed Cup this week and she helped Belarus a lot yesterday and today! :woohoo: She played the single and the doubles matchs against Israel and Ukraine and she won all 4 matchs.:woohoo: That's very impressive especially because she won against Shahar Peer 6/0 7/5 , (i think it's her first win against a top 100 player.:D :D )and Katerina Bondarenko 6/1 6/2, both players are at their best right now. (especially Shahar who pushed Myskina to 3sets at AI and had MPs against Vaidisova at Charleston :) )
Moreover, the second belarus' player lost her match in both confrontation so Vika 's wins were decisive! :bigclap: :bigclap: Congrats Vika and keep on playing like that!! :kiss: :kiss:

Kutuzova
Apr 21st, 2005, 11:18 PM
Very good wins for Vika.

Kutuzova
Apr 23rd, 2005, 03:56 PM
She had a great Fed Cup for Belarus and has been playing really well lately. I saw her play Volha Havartsova at the Orange Bowl back in 2002 and you could even see then she was going to do big things. I dont really remember how she plays though. If anyone has seen her play more recent than that date, could you describe her game to me and maybe say a player on the tour that she plays similar to if any?
Thanks
Kutuzova

daniela86
Apr 23rd, 2005, 06:38 PM
Vika won another match in Fed Cup: she defeated Pisnik 6:7(2), 7:6 (0),6:2
:bigclap: :bigclap: :clap2: congrats for the win and the fight! :aparty: D :worship:
But unfortunatly, Belarus is eliminated as Yakimova lost to Katarina Srebotnik and Srebotnik/Krizan defeated Vika/Poutchek 6/3 6/2 :sad:
Better luck next year girls! :hug: :hug: :hug:
Btw, i also don't have a clue how Vika plays :sad: :sad: :sad:, i only saw some pictures of her and she seemed cool + i heard that she were promising and Ivanovic's nice words on her and that is why i decided to cheer for Vikta :) I would be more than glad to know how she plays too :D Does someone know what is her next tourney?

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 24th, 2005, 12:25 PM
Vika had a great Fed Cup
won all her singles

she's gonna get alot better :)
keep going Vika ;)
top 100 is target this yr.

daniela86
May 6th, 2005, 06:56 PM
Vika is playing the qualies in Prague :D I hope she'll qualify and cause some serious damages in Main Draw! She can do it! :D :rocker:
Here is the Order of Play for tomorrow, the 1st day of qualies:

KURT 1 Start 10:00
1. Blahotová, Olga CZE vs. Hopkins, Jennifer USA
2. Krajicek, Michaella NED vs. Tu, Meilen USA
3. Szavay, Agnes HUN vs. Vašková, Alena CZE
4. Jurak, Darja CRO vs. Meusburger, Yvonne AUT

KURT 2 Start 10:00
1. Bondarenko, Katarina UKR vs. Rao, Sunitha USA
2. Bammer, Sybille AUT vs. Castellvi, Vilmarie PUR
3. Hradecká, Lucie CZE vs. Uhlířová, Vladimíra CZE
4. Pous-Tio, Laura ESP vs. Kramperová, Kateřina CZE

KURT 3 Start 10:00
1. Pavlíková, Denisa CZE vs. Laine, Emma FIN
2. Bondarenko, Valeria UKR vs. Průšová, Libuše CZE
3. Yakimova, Anastasia BLR vs. Válková, Eva CZE
4. Ondráčková, Martina CZE vs. Fraňková, Nikola CZE

KURT 4 Start 10:00
1. Dekmeijere, Liga LAT vs. Azarenka, Victoria BLR
2. Vaňková, Kateřina CZE vs. Dittmann, Mireille AUS
3. Stanciute, Lina LTU vs. Drake, Maureen CAN

Kutuzova
May 7th, 2005, 02:40 PM
Vika won 6-2 6-0

daniela86
May 7th, 2005, 04:13 PM
Fantastic start Vika :banana: :banana: :yeah: Congrats ! :aparty: She plays against Emma Laine who also won 6/2 6/0 her 1st match :D Good luck Vika! :hug:

TheBoiledEgg
May 8th, 2005, 03:48 PM
Vika won 64 64 :yeah: :D :)

plays Laura Pous Tio tomorrow
good luck Vika ;) :D

Kutuzova
May 9th, 2005, 12:00 AM
Keep it up Vika!

Kutuzova
May 9th, 2005, 11:03 AM
Vika lost 6-3 6-2 in the final qualy round to Pous Tio. Good 1st WTA event though!

daniela86
May 17th, 2005, 04:38 PM
Vika is playing in Tenerife this week (challenger of 25 000 dollars) Here is the draw:

1)Janes (GBR) v. Jad-Gomez (ESP)
Velasco-Andreu (ESP) v. Dittman (AUS)
(q)Font (ESP) v. Heitz (FRA)
Timotic (SCG) v. (5)Azarenka (BLR)

(3)Barna (GER) v. (q)Waernes-Garcia (ESP)
Vanhyfte (BEL) v. Krastevic (BUL)
De Beer (RSA) v. Zec-Peskiric (SLO)
Cetkovska (CZE) v. (7q)Jiminez (ESP)

(8)Ospina (USA) v. Gonzalez-Penas (ESP)
(q)Nossenko (UKR) v. (q)Mendez-Domingues (ESP)
Munoz (ESP) v. (WC)Suarez Navarro
(WC)Vallverdu-Zaira (ESP) v. (4)Fraga-Perez (ESP)

(6)Antypina (UKR) v. (q)Balk (NED)
(WC)Garcia Vidagany (ESP) v. Geznenge (BUL)
(q)Pascual Rodriguez (ESP) v. Babilon (GER)
(q)Pavelec (GER) v. (2)Keothavong (GBR)

GOOD LUCK VIKA!! :bounce: you can take the title! :kiss:

TheBoiledEgg
May 17th, 2005, 06:11 PM
go Vika ;) :D
all the way girl :)

Kutuzova
May 17th, 2005, 07:26 PM
Take this title Vika!

Aleksz
Jun 3rd, 2005, 08:38 PM
http://img8.echo.cx/img8/9896/azarenka010de.jpg

Derek.
Jun 4th, 2005, 02:46 PM
Early loss for Vika.. :sad:

Nice pic :)

Good luck on grass! I'm sure you can do much better! ;)

Aleksz
Jun 4th, 2005, 04:56 PM
http://img228.echo.cx/img228/8375/szavay026va.jpg

http://img228.echo.cx/img228/4408/szavay043rg.jpg

daniela86
Jun 29th, 2005, 11:02 PM
Vika plays Wimbledon junior this week and she is the 1st seed in single and in doubles with Szavay :D
In single, she defeated :
-Irena Pavlovic 6/2 7/5 in the 1st round
-Amina Rakhim 6/3 6/1 in the 2nd round
-Anna Tatishvil 4/6 6/1 6/3 in the 3rd round
Tomorrow, she will play her QF match against Cibulkova, the 5th seed :D
Good luck Vika :bounce: :bounce: You can beat her! :kiss:
In doubles, she won 6/1 6/2 her first match and will face Agnieszka and Ueszula Radwanska in round 2 :) GO VIKA!!!

Derek.
Jun 30th, 2005, 12:32 AM
I'm excited for Vika's match with Cibulkova! :D I like both so much! :hug:

Derek.
Jun 30th, 2005, 05:36 PM
6-4 6-1 for Vika! ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 30th, 2005, 10:18 PM
Vikti ;) :yeah: going along nicely ;)
just needs two more wins to basically wrap up the #1 yr end (unless Szavay wins US Open)

good luck Vika tomorrow :)

Derek.
Jun 30th, 2005, 10:53 PM
A very pumped up Vika @ Wimbledon! :yeah:
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_8213_gallery.JPG

Derek.
Jul 1st, 2005, 12:25 PM
Vika lost 5-7 6-4 3-6 to Tamira Paszek. :eek: :sad: :(

Nomarcland
Jul 1st, 2005, 12:31 PM
Bad news...
Now Vika has to focus on the doubles with Szavay.
I hope the evening will be happier than the afternoon ! :D

L.MATTHAUS
Jul 1st, 2005, 04:21 PM
Bad news...
Now Vika has to focus on the doubles with Szavay.
I hope the evening will be happier than the afternoon ! :D
Com'on Vika ang ÁGI :bounce:
You can do it :hearts:

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 1st, 2005, 08:34 PM
saw the match and it was a cracker
Vika :sad: :( :sad:

did the report on the Fiday scores in junior thread (page4)

daniela86
Jul 2nd, 2005, 12:46 PM
:bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: poor Vikti,it was an unexpected and sad loss :sad: :sad: I hope she will take the title in doubles to cheer her up :D (it would be her 3rd doubles title in a row in a grand slam :eek: :bounce: :bounce: )GO VIKA AND AGI!!!! :worship: I simply adore this team as they are my 2 favourite juniors :)

Derek.
Jul 5th, 2005, 05:41 PM
They won the title! :D
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_8318_gallery.JPG
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_8314_gallery.JPG

Derek.
Jul 5th, 2005, 05:50 PM
http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/b_13_azarenkaSzavay25_getty_p_cole.jpg

Derek.
Jul 9th, 2005, 12:42 AM
Vika has played only 4 junior tournaments this year. She's won 2 of them (Australian Open & Uncle Toby's)! :D In the other two she made a semifinal (Wimbledon) and a 2nd Round (Roland Garros). She's also won the 3 slam doubles titles this year as well. :worship:

In the pro circuit she has played 4 ITF's, one WTA, and Fed Cup in April.

WTA
~ 3rd Round of qualifying in Prague, Czech Republic

Fed Cup - April
~ Vika d. Katerina Bondarenko 6-2 6-1
~ Vika d. Shahar Peer 6-0 7-5
~ Vika d. Tina Pisnik 6-7(2) 7-6(0) 6-2

ITF's
~ Finals in Augusta, Georgia, USA - 25K
~ Semifinals in Tenerife, Spain - 25K
~ Semifinals in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, USA - 25K
~ Quarterfinals in Redding, California - 25K

Win/Loss Records
~ 17/5 on the professional circuit (WTA, Fed Cup, ITF)
~ 17/2 on juniors (ITF) - Two Titles

Funny Stats
~ Vika has served 6 bagels this year. :p
~ One of them being a double bagel over Jennifer Swift in juniors.
~ Vika has recieved no bagels. :banana:

nouf
Jul 11th, 2005, 08:24 PM
http://img315.imageshack.us/img315/8931/azarenka14ii.jpg

Derek.
Jul 12th, 2005, 04:09 AM
Thanks Nouf!!! :hatoff:

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 16th, 2005, 04:07 PM
Vika is due to play the 50k event in Petange starting Monday
using one of her JE.

good luck Vika ;) :D
lets crack that 200 barrier quick ;)

Derek.
Jul 16th, 2005, 06:13 PM
Woohoo!!! :D Good luck Vika!!!! :banana:

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 18th, 2005, 04:22 PM
Vika plays a Q in 1st rd in Petange
i bet she gets Dokic :lol:

Ravsieg
Jul 18th, 2005, 04:55 PM
That'd be a win ;)

Derek.
Jul 18th, 2005, 10:51 PM
Ooo.. :p Go Vika! ;)

Kutuzova
Jul 19th, 2005, 01:14 AM
she plays Parmentier. GO VIKA!

Derek.
Jul 20th, 2005, 01:08 AM
Good luck Vika!!!!! :banana: Show 'em your best stuff. :cool:

Kutuzova
Jul 21st, 2005, 03:01 AM
Vika won 3-6 6-1 6-1!

Derek.
Jul 21st, 2005, 03:04 AM
Awesome! :bigclap:

Ravsieg
Jul 21st, 2005, 11:43 AM
:woohoo:

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 21st, 2005, 02:53 PM
Vika ;) :woohoo: :banana:
a win is a win ;) keep going :)

snoop
Jul 21st, 2005, 06:18 PM
Vika rocks! :rocker2:


pics from Petange

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/6779/azarenka01pet052ke.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=azarenka01pet052ke.jpg) http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/1358/azarenka02pet055jx.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=azarenka02pet055jx.jpg) http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/2585/azarenka10pet059bi.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=azarenka10pet059bi.jpg)


and one from last year in Darmstadt

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/4031/azarenka53dar042rg.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=azarenka53dar042rg.jpg)

Ravsieg
Jul 21st, 2005, 06:23 PM
Thanks snoop! :D

Ravsieg
Jul 21st, 2005, 08:43 PM
She beat Mihalache 7-6 6-0 :D:D Next up, top seed Arvidsson!

Derek.
Jul 21st, 2005, 10:20 PM
A bagel. :eek: :woohoo: ;)

That's 7 bagels this year Vika has served. :p

Derek.
Jul 21st, 2005, 10:23 PM
Vika rocks! :rocker2:


pics from Petange

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/6779/azarenka01pet052ke.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=azarenka01pet052ke.jpg) http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/1358/azarenka02pet055jx.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=azarenka02pet055jx.jpg) http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/2585/azarenka10pet059bi.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=azarenka10pet059bi.jpg)


and one from last year in Darmstadt

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/4031/azarenka53dar042rg.th.jpg (http://img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=azarenka53dar042rg.jpg)

Are you sure those are from Petange? :confused: Because she has used the Wilson nCode her past few tournaments. Last time I remember the Head racquet was when she won the AO. :scratch:

matthieu_tennis
Jul 21st, 2005, 10:43 PM
me too i see that 8 )

snoop
Jul 21st, 2005, 11:14 PM
Are you sure those are from Petange? :confused: Yup! because I took these pics yesterday ;)

Derek.
Jul 22nd, 2005, 02:18 AM
Yup! because I took these pics yesterday ;)

Hmm.. I wonder why she is changing racquets. :confused:

Kutuzova
Jul 22nd, 2005, 06:41 PM
Vika def. Arvidsson-great win!!!!
i believe it was 7-5 7-6

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 22nd, 2005, 07:56 PM
Vika into semis ;) :D :yeah: :)

good luck Vika in semis ;) :D
another win should get her a place in US qualies

Derek.
Jul 22nd, 2005, 10:56 PM
That's a very good win!!!!! :woohoo:

Ravsieg
Jul 23rd, 2005, 12:33 AM
Vika into semis ;) :D :yeah: :)

good luck Vika in semis ;) :D
another win should get her a place in US qualies

I thought the cutoff was last week?

But it was a GREAT win, Vika!!! :D We're proud of you, go for the title!

Derek.
Jul 23rd, 2005, 11:39 PM
Vika Azarenka d. Kathrin Wöerle 7-6(7) 6-4!!!!! :D She's in the final vs. Kutuzova! :yeah:

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 24th, 2005, 09:55 AM
I thought the cutoff was last week?

But it was a GREAT win, Vika!!! :D We're proud of you, go for the title!

that was maindraw cut-off.
they have a movement deadline for qualifiers and thats around 2 weeks after.

good luck Vika in final ;) ::worship: :kiss:

Derek.
Jul 24th, 2005, 03:05 PM
Azarenka d. Kutuzova 6-4 6-2 :D

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 24th, 2005, 03:09 PM
Vika :woohoo: :banana: ;)
well done Vika ;) :hug:

#212 for next week :)
that will get her into US qualies as well :)

Derek.
Jul 24th, 2005, 03:11 PM
Movin' on up in the ranks! :cool:

USO qualies.. that's where Vaidisova, Karatantcheva made their big move! ;)

Kutuzova
Jul 24th, 2005, 03:32 PM
Big Time Vika- Hope to see u in the US Qualies- cant wait!!!!!!!!!

Ravsieg
Jul 24th, 2005, 06:10 PM
Vika! :worship: Great!

Derek.
Aug 19th, 2005, 01:41 AM
Vika got a WC into the qualies of New Haven! :woohoo:

Derek.
Aug 19th, 2005, 06:05 PM
Vika plays Alonya Bondarenko in the 1st round of qualies. C'mon Vika! :woohoo:

Ravsieg
Aug 19th, 2005, 10:32 PM
Hard start, but she should be on for a win. :D

conrado
Aug 20th, 2005, 08:25 PM
good luck Vika :kiss:
You won with Bondarenko, you definitely can win with Stosur :drive:

Derek.
Aug 21st, 2005, 12:24 AM
good luck Vika :kiss:
You won with Bondarenko, you definitely can win with Stosur :drive:

Both opponents would be very tough, but I think Vika can hold her own with them. :yeah:

Kutuzova
Aug 21st, 2005, 03:30 AM
She def. Stosur and now plays Peschke, great job Vika!

Derek.
Aug 21st, 2005, 04:56 AM
:eek: :clap2: :woohoo: :D

Harju.
Aug 21st, 2005, 08:18 AM
Congrats Vika :yeah:. Great win.

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 21st, 2005, 09:24 AM
Vika :woohoo: ;) :D
she's gonna make her move soon ;) :banana:

lets go Vika, go qualify now :)

Ravsieg
Aug 21st, 2005, 11:26 AM
:eek: I must admit, I'm surprised. I knew she could beat Bondarenko, but Stosur... :eek: I'll feel pity for who crosses her path on the US Open qualies.

Derek.
Aug 21st, 2005, 05:01 PM
Vika lost 1-6 6-3 6-7(4) to Peschke. :sad: Close one. :(

But she got two great wins this weekend. :) She beat a Top 60 player. :D

Ravsieg
Aug 23rd, 2005, 12:43 AM
Huh. She isn't on the US Open qualies draw?

Kutuzova
Aug 23rd, 2005, 12:44 AM
I know, i wonder why she is not playing?

Derek.
Sep 4th, 2005, 03:35 AM
She's in the US Open girls main draw though. :) No.1 seed of course. ;) She plays Alexandra Panova of Russia in Rd1. Go Vika! :angel:

Ravsieg
Sep 4th, 2005, 04:23 AM
She should really beat everyone else into a pulp, specially considering Szavay isn't playing! Go Vika!

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 4th, 2005, 12:17 PM
this is Vika's chance to clinch #1 for end of yr
good luck Vika ;)

daniela86
Sep 4th, 2005, 12:27 PM
She should really beat everyone else into a pulp, specially considering Szavay isn't playing! Go Vika!
Yeah, I have also a good feeling about it :yeah: Best of luck to you, Vika! :woohoo: :D :bounce: :bounce:

Derek.
Sep 5th, 2005, 08:39 PM
Vika in to 2R with a 6-2 6-1 win! :woohoo:

daniela86
Sep 7th, 2005, 05:26 PM
Vika in to 2R with a 6-2 6-1 win! :woohoo:
and she reached the 3rd round after a win with the same score against Kramperova :bounce: :bounce: Congrats Vika,4 more wins and the title is yours :bounce: Davai:kiss: :worship:

Ravsieg
Sep 7th, 2005, 10:06 PM
This is going to be like AO was... :lol:

Harju.
Sep 7th, 2005, 10:27 PM
Udachi Vika :yeah:

Derek.
Sep 7th, 2005, 11:45 PM
Keep it up Vika! :cool:

Derek.
Sep 8th, 2005, 01:18 AM
Vika @ the USO! :D
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v431/Derek1206/Backhand1.jpg

Ravsieg
Sep 8th, 2005, 01:33 AM
I don't know why but that Nike outfit really shows how nice these juniors' bodies are. :p

daniela86
Sep 8th, 2005, 04:10 PM
This is going to be like AO was... :lol:
It may be even easier :eek: :angel: :p
VIKA AZARENKA d. Renee Reinhard 6-0 6-0 today :bounce: :bounce: No words just a lot of :worship: :worship: :worship: to her :hug: Davai Vika! :kiss:

Harju.
Sep 8th, 2005, 04:26 PM
Vamos Vika. That was a great win. 6 games lost after 3 matches. :angel:. Keep it up :aparty:

Ravsieg
Sep 8th, 2005, 05:28 PM
It may be even easier :eek: :angel: :p
VIKA AZARENKA d. Renee Reinhard 6-0 6-0 today :bounce: :bounce: No words just a lot of :worship: :worship: :worship: to her :hug: Davai Vika! :kiss:


Reinhard isn't the easiest player to double-bagel on juniors :eek: :yeah: Vika!

Derek.
Sep 9th, 2005, 12:17 AM
Wowzers! :eek: :p :bigclap:

Kutuzova
Sep 9th, 2005, 01:40 PM
Great Job Vika!

Kutuzova
Sep 9th, 2005, 07:43 PM
Vika def Erakovic 5-2 ret. and is in the semis!!!!
Great Job!

daniela86
Sep 9th, 2005, 08:12 PM
Vika def Erakovic 5-2 ret. and is in the semis!!!!
Great Job!
I'm happy Vika is in the semis :bigclap: :bigclap: but I'm so sorry for Marina :sad: This match should have been a great fight :sad: :sobbing: Hope it's nothing serious :( Nevertheless, best of luck to you Vika!!She will play against Mihaela Buzarnescu in 1/2 :kiss: :kiss: Davai :bigclap: :banana: :banana:

Derek.
Sep 10th, 2005, 02:04 AM
Good chance for Vika to win her 2nd GS! :cool:

Harju.
Sep 10th, 2005, 06:13 AM
:woohoo: Allez Vika. The toughest hurdle has been taken care of (even though through injury :(). Good luck in SF.

Ravsieg
Sep 10th, 2005, 02:08 PM
Let's go Vika! :D Win this!

Derek.
Sep 10th, 2005, 05:34 PM
3-6 4*-1 against Buzarnescu.

Derek.
Sep 10th, 2005, 06:05 PM
3-6 6-2 6-2! :woohoo: Into the finals baby! :aparty: Well done Vika! :yeah:

Harju.
Sep 10th, 2005, 06:18 PM
Take the title Vika :aparty:

Derek.
Sep 10th, 2005, 06:20 PM
More pictures of Vika @ the USO. :cool:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v431/Derek1206/ForehandA1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v431/Derek1206/BackhandA2.jpg

Derek.
Sep 10th, 2005, 10:41 PM
Vika celebrating her win today! :D
http://www.usopen.org/images/pics/large/b_0910_021azarenka.jpg

Ravsieg
Sep 10th, 2005, 11:12 PM
Another title, Vika! :D

Kutuzova
Sep 10th, 2005, 11:19 PM
Go Vika! Take this title!

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 11th, 2005, 12:15 AM
vika ;) :banana: ;) :kiss:
go win the title tomorrow

grmbl
Sep 11th, 2005, 11:51 AM
Vika :woohoo:

daniela86
Sep 11th, 2005, 01:20 PM
A lot of congrats to you Vika :woohoo: :bigclap: :aparty: :worship: :sport: :bowdown: One more win and the title is yours, davai!! :kiss:

Derek.
Sep 11th, 2005, 05:11 PM
6-3 6-4 :worship: Vika is a GS champion again! :cool:

Harju.
Sep 11th, 2005, 05:14 PM
Congrats Vika :banana:.

What's her schedule for the rest of the year?

Derek.
Sep 11th, 2005, 05:25 PM
Congrats Vika :banana:.

What's her schedule for the rest of the year?

Probably some ITF's. :)

Vika during her win in the semis. :angel:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v431/Derek1206/ForehandA2.jpg

Ravsieg
Sep 11th, 2005, 06:00 PM
Vikaaaaaaa :worship:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 11th, 2005, 06:20 PM
well done Vika :woohoo: :hug: :D :)
2nd slam of 2005 and got the 2005 World Junior #1 as well :banana: ;)

i dont think she'll play juniors after this, esp if she's clinched the #1 yr end
get some ITF's and WTA's under her belt and storm those ranks ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 11th, 2005, 06:23 PM
this article i posted in Challengers 2 yrs ago, will post it here :)
alots changed since ;)
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an article that was in the Daily Telegraph Mag section, it took me about an hour to copy up :o PHEW, Its long, very long.

its about Belarus tennis, including Vika Azarenka (more on her at end end as well) Enjoy :)


ADVANTAGE BELARUS
As tennis prodigies emerge in growing numbers from the old Soviet bloc, Peter Foster finds out what is turning young girls into tennis obsessives – and encouraging their parents to sacrifice everything for their success.

Vika Azarenka is a 13 year old girl who carries herself with an elegance far beyond her years. Her manager believes she is destined to one of the biggest names of world tennis. Another Navratilova. She first picked up the racket aged six and for the past seven years has hardly put it down. Early on, her mother Alla took a job at Belarus’s National Olympic Training Centre for Tennis in Minsk, to encourage her daughter. “Vika has great focus, she has lived on the courts, “ her coach says. “For her, tennis is everything.”

In Belarus, Vika is already in another league. She has a sponsor, BelTech Export, a major arms dealer. They vet all requests to interview or photograph their investment. It might seem odd to regard a 13-year old girl as a commercial property but financial backing is everything. Without it, her parents could never afford for their daughter to travel to Russia. Italy and the United States to play in the big junior tournaments, such as the Kremlin Cup and the Orange Bowl. She has just returned from two months in America. The children at her school read about her performances in the papers. “Sometimes they see me on television,” she adds.

Within the next decade a significant number – perhaps even a majority of women playing at Wimbledon will hail from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It does not take a genius to spot the trend. Just count the number of –ovas and –evas playing in the main draw this year. Obvious, but it indicates the depth of tennis talent now emerging from the region. The Soviet “tennis factories” churned out top players for 40 years, but only a fraction of those made it to the outside world. The rest played mainly among themselves, hidden behind the Iron Curtain.

The William sisters might grab the headlines (and most of the prizes) but there is a healthy living to be made treading water in the middle ranks. A top-50 player who plays doubles can easily pick up £150,000 and then double her money with exhibition matches and sponsorship deals. By the living standards of countries such as Russia, Belarus, Slovenia or Hungary the professional circuit offers the possibility of a whole new life. This might explain why Belarus. A country of just 10 million people, not only won the Junior Fed Cup last year, but also holds the number-one spot for the under-14 boys and girls in the European tennis rankings.


It is the dream of this kind of success – and Vika Azarenka’s reailty that inspires Violetta Shatalova. She is seven years old and also lives in the capital, Minsk. It might seem a long way in the future, but sometime between 2015 and 2020 she intends to win the Wimbledon Championships and buy her father a new car. And it won’t be a cheap Russian Volga, either. It will be something foreign and silver-sleek, such as a Mercedes. Or maybe an American Chevrolet. Violetta wants the very best for her “Dada”, the owner of a stationery shop. If she wins, Violetta will be a millionaire and maybe the whole family will be able to move to Florida to escape the seven-month Belarus winter.

Violetta’s training has already begun in earnest. Four times a week she attends sessions at the Vimpel Sport Komplex. In truth, “Komplex” is something of an overstatement. The premises might easily be mistaken for an abandoned factory. A gaggle of children is hard at practice in the gymnasium that looks untouched since the 1950’s. A tennis net is attached is anchored to the floor by two wooden chains. Three girls, including Violetta, are rallying with their coaches over the single net while other children – some as young as five – hit balls against the wall.

Violetta seems to stand out from the rest. It is not immediately obvious why. Is it her size ? She is barely tall enough to see over the net. Even aged seven her groundstrokes are recognisable as the real thing – a wide, double-handed take-back and a quick “snap” through the ball. Violetta gives a little grunt as she throws herself into the shot, executing forehands and backhands with ease. From the other side of the net, a female coach issues instructions in Russian – “Bounce! Bounce!” Violetta obeys, skipping from side to side on the balls of her feet, just like the pro she longs to be.

Only gradually does it become clear why Violetta so catches the eye. It is not her tennis skills – extraordinary though they are – but her attitude which marks her out. Already she shows the ability to retreat into that mental limbo that sportmen refer to as “the zone”. Once the hitting begins the transformation is immediate. Violetta seems oblivious to the world around her, wearing a curiously glazed, distant smile. Nick Brown, the English Fed Cup captain, a long-time observer of this extraordinary level of concentration in Eastern European players, says it is exactly this “zoning out” that sets out them apart from, say, Britain’s aspiring athletes. “These kids from Eastern Europe, they play with a different kind of hunger. You can see it in their eyes. They don’t play for fun, even at a young age. They play for the dollar, for the better chance of life. Three years ago I said you would need to be speaking Russian on the circuit by 2005 because it will be the only way to communicate. The volume of players of players coming from that part of the world is not an accident”

Violetta is watched by her mother Arla, who offers a fatalistic shrug when asked about her daughter’s future. Only God knows what the future holds, she says, but Violetta is determined. When not at the Vimpel she hits against her bedroom wall in the family’s cramped apartment. Hour after hour. No one can stop her. Martina Hingis was once the same. Mrs Shatalova says she doesn’t dare to dream. She cannot afford to. Her family can barely amass the £24 a month needed to pay for Violetta to play at the Vimpel club. “We try not to raise the subject, we might not be able to afford to help her,” she admits. “But Violetta says she is certain she will be professional. She says to her Dada “Don’t worry, when I am rich I will buy you a car.”

Meanwhile at the National Olympic Training Centre for Tennis – which Violetta hopes to attend in a few years’ time – the “school day” is in full swing. Tennis is the only lesson on the curriculum. One of last years Junior Fed Cup-winning team, 16 year-old Daria “Dascha” Kustava, stops to talk after practice. She began playing aged five when her father, an electrician, brought her to the tennis centre for an assessment. Dascha knew she was going to be good when, at eight, she won her first trophy – a large white teddy bear, She intends to make the top 50 by the time she is 19. Dascha’s story is not unusual. Her family are far from wealthy, in a country where the majority survive on less than £300 a month. It is not uncommon for parents to sell whatever they have to further their children’s tennis career. What sacrifices has her mother, Lena, made for her daughter? The question brings a prickle of tears to Lena’s eye. “Everything.” She says. “Everything we had, we passed to Dascha.” Could she elaborate? Lena just shook her head. “Everything.”

When I asked Dascha who she plays for – herself, her parents, the glory of Belarus? – she replies, “First for me, and then for my parents.” And what does she hope the game will bring her? “I want a big house, nice car and a lot of good clothes. I want to buy my father a yacht.” And for her mother? “She will be with Father on the yacht.” Such bald statements of material ambition might sound crude to Western ears but iiving is hard in post-Soviet Belarus. The country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, is an old- fashioned communist who still seeks to control large parts of social and economic life. Last January, he issued a presidential decree that Belarus would win 25 medals at the Athens Olympics in 2004. “Sports are a tool of achieving our priorities,” Lukashenko decreed, “because they ensure the health of our nation and the image of our state.”

In the West pushy tennis parents are constantly reminded that financial rewards should be a bonus and not a goal, but here in post-Soviet reality no one gives up their house, sells their car or takes on extra jobs at night without expecting some sort of return. At the tennis centre the reminders of the rewards are constant. In the foyer the lives of Belarus’ top players - Max Mirnyi, Vladimir Voltchkov, Natasha Zvereva, Olga Barabanschikova and Tatiana Poutchek – are documented in large photographic details. At the Pyramids with Anna Kournikova. Sunbathing in Florida. Exchanging a joke with Martina Navratilova. None is a household name in Britain, but by Belarussian standards they have all made serious sums from the game.

For most, parental sacrifice will not be enough. To join the ranks of the wealthy most of the young girls will need to find a sponsor. Barabanschikova, a classically beautiful woman who was once mentioned in the same breath as Anna Kournikova, was sponsored by Milos Vainer, a Czech diamond dealer who also helped Navratilova in her early years. Barabanschikova, now 23 and ranked 128, is training for her comeback. At her peak in 1999-2000 she reached the world’s top 50. She shows off the uncut rock diamond which Vainer gave her, and she still wears it around her neck. “Without Milos, none of my life would have been possible,” she says, “He was very good to me.”

We are eventually granted the privalege of two days with Vika Azarenka. Nominally at least, she attends School No 48 in Minsk, but it soon becomes obvious she spends more time training at the BelTech Export tennis club (where the gate is guarded by a man in a fraying military uniform). Her headmaster, Sergei Nikitich, says exceptions are made on account of her sporting achievements. The school already has one pupil playing ice-hockey in Canada at the moment. “Vika’s classmates know of her achievements and they are very proud, and treat her as she deserves,” the head solemnly adds. “ I hope Vika will be the pride of not only of her school but also of her country.” Today at the club she is doing drills with Volha Havartsova, her friend and rival and the other big hope for Belarus tennis. Without her usual fluffy jumper on, Vika is revealed to be a gangly teenager. Her wrists are not much thicker than the handle of the racket she wields. She hits the ball like she means it. But before long Vika is engaged in a fierce argument with Volha. They are fighting over the score. It is the first time in two days that Vika has shown the slightest loss of composure. When the game resumes Vika petulantly hits a bad shot, as if she doesn’t care any more. Olga Barabanschikova says she knows the feeling. “Vika is like I was, a perfectionist. I would be playing well and then, after just one bad shot, decide the whole world was against me. I would start smashing my racket and lose the game. It was far from plessure. “Barabanschikova blames her slide down the rankings partly on her ability to deal with the pressure. “ I lost my head, “she says. “I felt like I had been doing it for somebody else for too long.

Who can guess when (or indeed if) Vika will find her own cracking point. In a Minsk pizza parlour a former Belarus “tennis child” agrees to speak frankly on condition of anonymity. She was a product of the Soviet system by which children were rigorously selected for sporting abilities at school. In those days everything was controlled, even the annual collection of tennis balls that arrived by train from a factory in Leningrad. She still makes her living out of the game as a coach. She recalls how, as a girl, her mother would demand to know when her results were going to improve.

“My nerves found it difficult, My mother wanted me to do better, but I could not. I tried very hard. In the end my father decided it was better for my nerves if I stopped playing.” How many children does she estimate have “problems with their nerves” and need help from a psychologist? “About two-thirds,” she says. At the same time, the coach recognises that parents have a role to play. Without pressure, she adds, the children will not achieve. Without achievement, what is the point of playing? The coach has her own child. Would she want her to be professional or play for pleasure? For fun, she says.

At home with Vika we see flashes of a normal teenager who likes ice-cream and Russian rap music. Once in her bedroom, however, perfect order is resumed: her mother makes her tidy it every morning. A packed trophy cabinet takes up one side of her room. On the sofa-bed her teddies are lined up in parade. Two books lie on her desk – a Russian edition of Harry Potter and a technical tennis manual. In a room next door sits a new Macintosh computer that looks as if it has been beamed down from Mars. Vika won it at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, last year. She wants to connect it to the internet, but the right software is not available in Belarus.

The family home is a four-room apartment in a tower block. Minsk, which was completely flattened by the advancing Red Army in 1945, is almost entirely made up of tower blocks, a model of Soviet urban planning. The blocks are differentiated only by the huge red numbers stencilled on their sides. The numbers are a rare dash of colour in a city of greys, browns and whites. Inside, the apartment is cosy although its concrete fabric is visibly crumbling in parts. Alla has laid on an embarrassingly generous spread. Every inch of the table is covered in dishes – red caviar; a whole chicken, roasted and spatch-cocked; potato blinis with sour cream; stewed sweet peppers; a homemade pizza with a rich fish bouillon. Alla, who works all day, must have been cooking half the night. Not to mention the cost. Dinner is a relaxed affair. The convivial atmosphere is fuelled by Russian vodka and good Belarus sparkling wine. Vika looks very happy. Her mother says she is careful not to spoil the little princess. Her father, Fyodor, is a driving instructor. He doesn’t seem the tyrant-type. Stories are exchanged. Alla tells how Vika embarrassed her at the Kremlin Cup. She had promised her daughter a McDonald’s if she won her match, but when she began to lose, “Can we still go to McDonald’s?” They laugh about it now. Vika blushes at the memory. Alla says Vika lost because she was worrying too much about Big Macs. That was the last time she offered Vika an inducement to win. Vika says she has “gone off” McDonald’s. It is for kids. Instead, she wants permission to pierce her nose. “When you have earned enough money for a diamond, then you can pierce your nose,” Alla says. She will not be drawn into what she hopes Vika might achieve. “ My dreams are in my heart. There are only 10 spots in the top 10. Is she proud of her daughter? “Today I have nothing to be proud of. I will be proud if Vika achieves what she wants. That will be my happiness, because my happiness is my children. I want her to work very hard. That is all I can ask. If she does that she will achieve.”
It is only when Vika has said her goodnights that we come to understand a little more about the scale of what Alla is trying to achieve for her daughter. The vodka has helped darken the conversation. Alla’s mother, 65-year old Nina, has sat through dinner silently. She carries her share of Belarus’ suffering in her face. The people of Belarus endured disaster on an epic scale. More than 2.5 million people – a quarter of the population – died between the Nazi invasion in 1941 and the arrival of the Red Army four years later. When Nina was Vika’s age she had already seen things that were beyond words. “My mother is a unique person. She has endured terrible grief. Terrible suffering and yet stayed optimistic,” says Alla, when her mother has gone to bed. “There are few such people as my mother.”

It is late. Vika’s father insists on giving us a lift back into Minsk in the ageing Volkswagen that earns him his living. Fyodor is justifiably proud of his daughter but, during the evening, it has become clear that Vika’s career represents more than the chance of a new car. It is something much bigger than that. Vika’s aspiration, her determination to succeed and to ignore hardship is born out of long tradition. If Vika fulfils her great expectations on tour, her family will have travelled to a new world, in the space of three generations. If Alla gets her day in the Wimbledon centre court box it will be just 50 years since Nina was a teenage girl, struggling to survive in the desolation of post-war Minsk. Now Alla finds herself doing the same for the next generation. She gives everything, as her mother did for her, in the hope that Vika too can have a better life.



from the Daily Telegraph Magazine Section. Aug 2003.

daniela86
Sep 11th, 2005, 07:08 PM
Congrats Vika!!!I'm so happy right now!! :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :worship: :cool: :bounce: :bounce: :angel: :sport: :toothy: :hug: :kiss: :banana: :banana: :banana:

matthieu_tennis
Sep 11th, 2005, 07:14 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :worship: :worship: Good Job Vika :):):):):)

Derek.
Sep 11th, 2005, 07:33 PM
What a great article TBE. :bowdown: I'm sure Alla was a happy mother today! :D

Kutuzova
Sep 11th, 2005, 07:52 PM
Great Job Vika!

Calliope.
Sep 11th, 2005, 08:05 PM
Congrats Vika!! :woohoo: :banana:

Derek.
Sep 11th, 2005, 08:31 PM
Vika during the the final. :)
http://www.usopen.org/images/pics/large/b_0911_001azarenka.jpg
http://www.usopen.org/images/pics/large/b_0911_004Azarenka.jpg

Kutuzova
Sep 12th, 2005, 12:50 AM
The match is going to be on the tennis channel at 8pm eastern time tommorrow (monday), would anyone be willing to tape it for me?

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 12th, 2005, 12:22 PM
Transcribed InterviewQ. Congratulations.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Thank you.

Q. Did you think you had her you broke at 2‑All?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: No, I knew she would be fighting to the last point. And then she was serving very good that games. And I was still in the game, and I didn't think it was match. I was just trying to hold my serve and try to break her again. But she was serving really good.

Q. You won the Australian Open earlier this year. How different is this from winning in Melbourne? Is it a different feeling?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: In Melbourne it was first time and it was like, I don't know, I didn't know what I was feeling. I can't tell you. It was long time ago (laughing).

But this time is also I'm really, really happy because I wanted so much to win this Grand Slam. Because last year I had opportunity to win it also. I had matchpoints in semifinals and I missed it. And this year I did it, and I'm really, really happy about it.

Q. Today in the New York Times there was an article about the role of the parents, the six players here in the finals the at the US Open. What is your relation with your father and mother and those behind you? Are they very close to you?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: My parents?

Q. Yes.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Here's only my mother.

Q. Yeah. Your mother is always ‑‑

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, she doesn't travel with me so much. But she came here, and I'm really glad to see her here. She always supporting me mentally, and she always calling me.

And my friends, too. (Inaudible), the wife of him. He was here also. They were also supporting me here. I really appreciate it.

Q. How do you pronounce your name?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Az‑aren‑ka.

Q. You always stay in Marbella?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: No, I don't practice there anymore. I changed to practice with new coach. I was practicing before in Saddlebrook, just before, like two weeks before US Open. And before I was in a resort or two practicing with the same coach.

Q. What is the name of the coach?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Adam Alcschuler and I can't tell you the name. Antonio "VonGosen" or something (laughing). I can't tell you the name. It's too difficult name.

There is two coaches, and another one I can't tell you (laughing).


Q. I see that your favorite player is Guillermo Coria, is that right? It is written on the ITF notes.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: No, I don't know. Maybe my mom did this (laughter). My mom said this.


Q. It's strange to say your favorite player would be an Argentinian player.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: My favorite player from womans, been from when I was a kid, it's been Steffi Graf. It's always been my favorite player.

And now I know it's Federer. I don't know no one who doesn't like him so...

And I really like the people like who's playing my style and like attacking everything. Is like Williams sisters and Sharapova and a lot of other players like who's playing the attack game.


Q. Describe to us the feeling when you had that dropshot in the last point and you ran.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: I was running for it to hit it as fast as I can and to win this, like to make the winner. That's what I was running for.

And then I was like, I just ‑‑ I didn't know what to do. I was thinking about a lot how to make ‑‑ what to do after I win, if I will win. And then I just forgot what I wanted to do.


Q. You've already played some professional tournaments. Can you compare pro tournaments with the junior tournaments.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: It's a little bit ‑‑ always a little bit different because pros, they are always more tough mentally. They playing every point, never give up.

So, I mean, it was very good experience. I had a lot of good matches and I beat a few Top 100 players. Was great experience. And come back to Juniors, it was very nice.

Now I will try to play all pro tournaments, and we'll see how I do in it.


Q. Is this your last junior tournament then?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Not actually. Actually, I will play one more tournament in Japan. Osaka, this one I will play. I got invited there, and just I will go and play there because I will play a tournament before there, before the pro tour, pro tournament. And then I'll go and play junior tournament.


Q. You played Alexa last year. You said yesterday that she is a much better player now. Did you see evidence of that on the court today?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, she started to serve much harder, more placement and everything. She was serving very good. And she use the slices unbelievable. She goes for deep and very low.

She's more fit now, I think. And she's got a lot of experience, I mean. Because doesn't compare, final of US Open and third round of Canadian Open. So it's different. Different, I think, different thinking and preparing for the match. This is how it was, I think.

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Ravsieg
Sep 12th, 2005, 01:07 PM
Thanks! :D

I'm glad her favorite isn't Coria... :lol:

Derek.
Sep 12th, 2005, 11:26 PM
Vika seems so sweet. :smooch:
Thanks for the interview! :bigwave:

Derek.
Sep 12th, 2005, 11:52 PM
Vika and her trophey! :D
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v431/Derek1206/Trophey1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v431/Derek1206/Fam1.jpg

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 13th, 2005, 06:13 PM
nice pics :)
cool Vika is going to Osaka
always lots of Photos from that tourn :yeah:

Vika plays Japan Open in Tokyo also i guess :) hope she has a good run there.

Derek.
Sep 18th, 2005, 02:29 AM
Vika will be playing India this upcoming week. Here's her draw:

(1)Anastasia Myskina vs. Edina Gallovits
Viktoria Azarenka vs. Galina Voskoboeva

Good luck Vika! :D I'd love to see her play Nastya! :woohoo:

Harju.
Sep 18th, 2005, 05:19 AM
What a draw for Vika :sad:. Good luck in the first round.

FlushingMeadows
Sep 18th, 2005, 08:15 PM
Sorry for the delay in this report (I could not find this thread):
I was at the match against Glatch in the Open final. I am glad that I caught it. Had never seen Vika before. What a player. Glatch has been hyped up by the American Press and is pretty good.

But ... Azarenka was just better. A lot better. She really smokes the ball. Powers it where she wants it to go. And a very hungry player. Every missed shot [and there were not many] made her angry. It seemed like she did not just want to win. She wanted to rout Glatch. Make sure she knew that it wasn't close. I think that she has some fine tuning to do with her game. And does need to be able to keep her cool when things go wrong. But she will be a very good one.

Oh yes, and signed every autograph that was requested after the match. Every single one. This will make her popular with the NY fans.

kammgretel
Sep 19th, 2005, 01:39 AM
:wavey: Hi...all. I join your team too.
Is "Vika" Victoria Azarenka ? She is amazing & young! Go!! Vika!! :bounce:

Ravsieg
Sep 19th, 2005, 02:58 PM
:wavey: Hi...all. I join your team too.
Is "Vika" Victoria Azarenka ? She is amazing & young! Go!! Vika!! :bounce:


Welcome! :D

Yep that's her. ;)

Kutuzova
Sep 19th, 2005, 03:10 PM
GO Vika!!!!

Good first round and go for Myskina, I know u can take her out!

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 19th, 2005, 05:07 PM
Sorry for the delay in this report (I could not find this thread):
I was at the match against Glatch in the Open final. I am glad that I caught it. Had never seen Vika before. What a player. Glatch has been hyped up by the American Press and is pretty good.

But ... Azarenka was just better. A lot better. She really smokes the ball. Powers it where she wants it to go. And a very hungry player. Every missed shot [and there were not many] made her angry. It seemed like she did not just want to win. She wanted to rout Glatch. Make sure she knew that it wasn't close. I think that she has some fine tuning to do with her game. And does need to be able to keep her cool when things go wrong. But she will be a very good one.

Oh yes, and signed every autograph that was requested after the match. Every single one. This will make her popular with the NY fans.

thanx for the report
just as i saw her play
seen her for last 2 yrs and she's :armed: ;)

good luck to her in Kolkata
she should win her 1st rd match, then...... she's got a chance vs Nastya (the way Nastya is these days :sad: )

good luck Vika ;) time to join the big girls ;)

Harju.
Sep 19th, 2005, 06:37 PM
Every missed shot [and there were not many] made her angry.

Is her temper ala Vaidisova?

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 19th, 2005, 08:23 PM
Is her temper ala Vaidisova?

she does throw racquets about ;)
she got warned at Wimby, to not to bang her racquet into the grass :o
wasnt an official warning -but got told off " Miss Azarenka, can you not do that anymore"

also slaps her thigh when mad ;)
she's very determined

you can sense these sorts of players, they stand out from others
an inner quality :cool: just wants sheer perfection out there.

Derek.
Sep 20th, 2005, 10:34 PM
Vika plays 1st on Court 1 tomorrow (Wednesday). Good luck Vika! :woohoo:

Ravsieg
Sep 20th, 2005, 10:39 PM
Good luck! :D

kammgretel
Sep 21st, 2005, 01:09 AM
So , is tomorrow... :bounce: VIKA!!

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Sep 21st, 2005, 06:09 AM
Thanks! :D

I'm glad her favorite isn't Coria... :lol:

Coria rules the world!:worship:

kammgretel
Sep 21st, 2005, 01:22 PM
unfortunately!! :crying2:

G.Voskoboeva def. V.Azarenka 6-3 7-5 ... Vika, next time must win!!! :bounce:

Derek.
Sep 22nd, 2005, 02:52 AM
Kinda disappointing. Galina was very beatable imo. :(

Ravsieg
Sep 22nd, 2005, 01:05 PM
Something must have gone wrong.. it might have been Galina's sheer power that blew Azarenka away. She isn't used to it.

Derek.
Sep 22nd, 2005, 10:12 PM
Something must have gone wrong.. it might have been Galina's sheer power that blew Azarenka away. She isn't used to it.

Galina is a cool player. She's underachieved in her career so far. :cool:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 23rd, 2005, 05:43 PM
probably due to Vika not having played much indoors (though she would have grown up on indoor courts)
and Galina is at her best indoors.

kammgretel
Sep 24th, 2005, 01:30 AM
Hi, I have a question...

Is Vika still playing in "junior" or she can play in woman's WTA ? :)

Ravsieg
Sep 24th, 2005, 05:11 PM
She's probably done with juniors by now ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 25th, 2005, 06:58 PM
Vika plans just one more junior event in Osaka in a couple of weeks

she's playing WTA T3 in Guangzhou
qual rd match vs Wen-Hao Wu which she should win with her eyes closed

good luck Vika ;) :D
and then have a good draw in MD

Ravsieg
Sep 25th, 2005, 08:55 PM
Great, Vika! :D Good luck!

Derek.
Sep 26th, 2005, 03:30 AM
qual rd match vs Wen-Hao Wu which she should win with her eyes closed

:lol:
Go Vika! :bounce:

Harju.
Sep 26th, 2005, 05:31 AM
Vika plans just one more junior event in Osaka in a couple of weeks

she's playing WTA T3 in Guangzhou
qual rd match vs Wen-Hao Wu which she should win with her eyes closed

good luck Vika ;) :D
and then have a good draw in MD
:haha:.

Should qualify easily. Come on Vika.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Sep 26th, 2005, 06:30 AM
let's see if she can get past the defending champion Caroline Wozniacki

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Sep 26th, 2005, 06:32 AM
Hi, I have a question...

Is Vika still playing in "junior" or she can play in woman's WTA ? :)
yah... Vika already has played as so. If I am right.

Harju.
Sep 26th, 2005, 11:53 AM
Vika won her first qualifying round 6-3 7-5.

kammgretel
Sep 26th, 2005, 12:07 PM
GOOD!!!! VIKA! http://fool.exler.ru/sm/999.gif

kammgretel
Sep 26th, 2005, 12:09 PM
yah... Vika already has played as so. If I am right.

Yeah, I love seeing her plays WTA tour.. http://fool.exler.ru/sm/rev.gif

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 26th, 2005, 06:07 PM
Vika plays Galina Voskoboeva again :eek:
so soon after last week

this time its outdoors

go Vika ;)

Ravsieg
Sep 26th, 2005, 06:43 PM
Time for payback!

Derek.
Sep 26th, 2005, 11:25 PM
let's see if she can get past the defending champion Caroline Wozniacki

Well if Jamie Hampton can beat Caroline, I'm sure Vika can. :o
Plus, even if Caro was in better form I still think Vika could handle her.


Congrats Vika on the win today! :yeah:

Derek.
Sep 27th, 2005, 11:25 AM
Vika beat Galina 6-4 6-0! :D Sweet revenge! :smooch:

daniela86
Sep 27th, 2005, 11:41 AM
Vika beat Galina 6-4 6-0! :D Sweet revenge! :smooch:
Indeed :bigclap: :bigclap: Congrats Vika! :banana: :banana:She'll play against Sucha in the second round! Good luck! :aparty:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 27th, 2005, 12:01 PM
outdoors did make a diff
and Vika learnt her lesson from last time

good win Vika ;) :D

Ravsieg
Sep 27th, 2005, 02:04 PM
Great! :D Sucha isn't too hard, go for QF!

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 27th, 2005, 02:49 PM
good luck vs Sucha
she'll take her for lunch, dinner and more and still have plenty of room for desert :lick:

go Vika ;) :D
show her who's boss.

kammgretel
Sep 27th, 2005, 03:23 PM
I want to see some pictures from that tournament...

Go, Victoria !! http://fool.exler.ru/sm/ura.gif

Harju.
Sep 27th, 2005, 03:36 PM
:haha: @ Eggy.

Allez Vika.

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 28th, 2005, 11:47 AM
just as i thought she'd do

she came, she saw, she kicked ass and went home ;)

now lets do the same in QF
go Vika ;) :D :bounce:

upto #165 and hopefully higher ;)
An Aus Open Q seed is what is required after these events.

Harju.
Sep 28th, 2005, 01:01 PM
She just had her as appetizer ;). Tomorrow is the main dish :p.

Udachi Vika.

Sharapova's_Boy
Sep 28th, 2005, 01:04 PM
Great win Vika. :D

Good luck against Shuai. :yeah:

Kutuzova
Sep 28th, 2005, 03:10 PM
Great Job Vika! I still remember watching you play the 14 and under orange bowl semis against good friend Volha. Now in the QF of WTA, just 3 years later! WOW!
Keep it up!

daniela86
Sep 28th, 2005, 04:03 PM
She just had her as appetizer ;). Tomorrow is the main dish :p.

Udachi Vika.
Yeahhh I agree :p :devil: :p Let's beat Shuai now :bigclap: :bigclap: Davaaaaaaaiii Vika :kiss: :hug: :D :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Ravsieg
Sep 28th, 2005, 05:24 PM
Let's go Vika! :D

Derek.
Sep 29th, 2005, 01:29 AM
Great Job Vika! I still remember watching you play the 14 and under orange bowl semis against good friend Volha. Now in the QF of WTA, just 3 years later! WOW!
Keep it up!

3 years? :confused: She just turned 16.


Nice win over Sucha! :D Shuai will be much tougher now. Vika will have to use Shuai's power against her. Good luck Vika! :bounce:

Kutuzova
Sep 29th, 2005, 02:46 AM
3 years? She just turned 16

it was in 2002, she was only 13

Harju.
Sep 30th, 2005, 07:26 AM
Vika into her first SF :banana:. She had Shuai 6-4 2-0. Shuai ran away while Vika was eating her ;). Lol, k kidding, but that's a great win. She had a 4-1 lead though in the first set.

daniela86
Sep 30th, 2005, 01:36 PM
Vika :banana: :banana: :banana: but :sad: for Shuai,hope it's a minor injury and that she wasn't that bothered by it during this match :)
Anyway,good luck to Vika in the 1/2, I want her to reach her 1st final so badly!! :kiss: Davai! :aparty:

Harju.
Sep 30th, 2005, 03:31 PM
Her draw is wide open now with Li and Masha lost @ their respective QF. :banana: (but Masha :bigcry: )

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 30th, 2005, 03:39 PM
Vika ;) :bounce:

that main course was tasty :lick:
more Chinese in next rd

Vika surely likes her Chinese dishes ;)

Ravsieg
Sep 30th, 2005, 10:58 PM
Vika :banana: :banana: :banana: but :sad: for Shuai,hope it's a minor injury and that she wasn't that bothered by it during this match :)
Anyway,good luck to Vika in the 1/2, I want her to reach her 1st final so badly!! :kiss: Davai! :aparty:

It was heat ;)

I have genuine hopes of this being her debut title... :) But we'll see!

kammgretel
Oct 1st, 2005, 02:13 AM
http://fool.exler.ru/sm/999.gif Vika ! victory !

If she reachs the final , wow really I will be so happy.

Harju.
Oct 1st, 2005, 05:12 AM
I would be :help: if she doesn't win her SF match.

Derek.
Oct 1st, 2005, 10:54 AM
Vika lost 4-6 3-6. :sad: But it's great she reached the semifinals! :bowdown:

daniela86
Oct 1st, 2005, 11:29 AM
I would be :help: if she doesn't win her SF match.
Let's be :help: :help: :help: together :sad: :sad: :sad: I wonder what happened, I was also so sure that she would win :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:
Nevertheless,she proved to everybody her talent this week and I 'm sure she will take a title soon :D Good luck for your last junior tournament now :hug:

Ravsieg
Oct 1st, 2005, 12:11 PM
A title is soon to come. :D

Calliope.
Oct 1st, 2005, 04:32 PM
Vika :sad: Good luck for your nex tounament :hug:

Kutuzova
Oct 1st, 2005, 05:15 PM
Great Tourney Vika! Nothing to be dissapointed about here!

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 1st, 2005, 05:40 PM
Vika :sad: :( :(
could have been so wonderful, ended on a sad note :( :(

Harju.
Oct 1st, 2005, 05:46 PM
Let's be :help: :help: :help: together :sad: :sad: :sad: I wonder what happened, I was also so sure that she would win :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:
Nevertheless,she proved to everybody her talent this week and I 'm sure she will take a title soon :D Good luck for your last junior tournament now :hug:
:bigcry:.

That was a wide open draw and Vika couldn't capitalize :bigcry:.

Good luck at the junior now.

Nene
Oct 2nd, 2005, 03:03 AM
I'm sorry for bad behavior of Chinese fans present yesterday. I watched the game and felt disappointed. In fact, Vika can play better, but the point is nobody cheered her except my friends and me.She was so angry that threw the racquets many times. I felt sad...:sad:

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 12th, 2005, 04:25 AM
Vika is gonna play Hopman Cup :bounce: with Max Mirnyi

should be quite a learning curve for Vika ;)
and she's got a great guy to help her also.

Ravsieg
Oct 12th, 2005, 05:09 PM
:D That is great stuff, Max is the kind of guy that can be really very helpful to Vika.

kammgretel
Oct 12th, 2005, 05:27 PM
:yeah: Will be nice...

Derek.
Oct 13th, 2005, 03:27 AM
Awesome! Vika will be playing with the big girls. :D

ivanovic
Oct 13th, 2005, 06:45 AM
Aza is one of my BIG faves right now cos she's playing HC.

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 13th, 2005, 01:10 PM
Vika into 3rd rd of Osaka Super Tennis ;) GA in Japan

her last junior event.

Derek.
Oct 14th, 2005, 01:23 AM
Aza is one of my BIG faves right now cos she's playing HC.

That's the only reason you like her? :retard:

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 17th, 2005, 04:57 PM
Vika won the tourn pretty easily ;)

dropped a set to Olaru in semis though

Vika :yeah: :D :)
great way to end the juniors :)

now lets get that rank up and play Aus Open maindraw in Jan.

Ravsieg
Oct 19th, 2005, 02:57 PM
:bigclap: Great farewell, Vika. :D

Derek.
Oct 19th, 2005, 09:40 PM
Great work Vika! :smooch:

Sharapova's_Boy
Nov 7th, 2005, 11:01 PM
Vika @ the Osaka GA event.

http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/9126/io17121gallery8ld.th.jpg (http://img465.imageshack.us/my.php?image=io17121gallery8ld.jpg)

http://img284.imageshack.us/img284/3746/io17119gallery3lb.th.jpg (http://img284.imageshack.us/my.php?image=io17119gallery3lb.jpg)

kammgretel
Nov 7th, 2005, 11:03 PM
Thank you K's Boy :kiss: , we have so few her pics.

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 10th, 2005, 03:19 PM
not been posted yet :eek:

Getting to Know...
Victoria Azarenka

It has been quite the year for 16-year-old Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
She is one of the biggest names on the junior tennis circuit, winning Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and at the US Open and has also notched impressive results on the ITF Women’s Circuit, winning 17 of 21 matches and capturing her first professional title at ITF/Petange-LUX, a $75,000 event.

After these strides, it is no surprise that Azarenka is making a transition to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. She has already appeared at three Tour events, reaching the final round of qualifying at Prague (losing to eventual semifinalist Laura Pous Tio) and New Haven (falling in a third-set tie-break to world No.41 Kveta Peschke), and contesting her first main draw last week at Kolkata, losing her opening round to Galina Voskoboeva.

How did you get started playing tennis?
When I was seven years old, my mother Alla worked at a tennis club and I went with her to the courts. She gave me a racquet and I started to play against the wall, and after playing against it a few times a coach asked me if I wanted to play. I said "No, I'm afraid, I don't want to play," but then they took me and I started to play.

When did you start taking tennis seriously?
I started taking tennis seriously around nine or 10 years old. Until then it was tough, because there weren't many tournaments in Belarus. When I was 10, I went to the United States for the first time. I only won one match in three tournaments there. I was just hanging around and watching, and when I got back home I took it a lot more seriously. Around 11 or 12 years old I started traveling but not too far, like Moscow, and there were a lot of tournaments in Ukraine, which was close, so we were always going there too.

What is the biggest difference between the juniors and the Tour?
The mental side is more difficult. You have to stay tough and focus all the time. In the juniors, if you win the first set and a few games, the opponent will give up, but the pros never give up.

Did you expect to do so well on the junior circuit this year?
I didn't. Last year, I only won two junior tournaments and did not do as well in the Grand Slams. I thought I could do better but I didn't think it would happen this soon.

What improved in your game between last year and this year?
I started to practice more, I changed my coach and I'm doing a lot more fitness. I had to do much more fitness to compete at this level. At first I was dying on the court but I got used to it!

Who are you working with now?
Just over a month ago, I moved to Phoenix to train there, and I'm working with Adam Altschuler and Antonio Van Grichen. There are good conditions in Phoenix, it's perfect for fitness training.

What are your plans for your tennis in the near future?
I'm going to start playing full-time on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour next year, and I'm looking forward to it. I just need more experience. I've only played three Tour events, and only one main draw.

Who were your tennis idols growing up?
I admired Steffi Graf. I never met her, but I saw her around at the US Open. I also met Natasha Zvereva at Fed Cup before, they always talked to us, and also Olga Barabanschikova helped me a lot when I was younger.

Yellow Moon
Nov 10th, 2005, 05:55 PM
I hear Vika is training almost every day at the Scottsdale Athletic Club. Good for you, girl, get some more strength into the next season . . . ;)

daniela86
Nov 17th, 2005, 08:13 AM
Shenay Perry defeated Vika 46 62 75 at Tucson (challenger of 75 000 dollars) :sad: :sad: :sad: :bigcry: Vika should have won it since Shenay hasn't been in shape lately :( Maybe it's the surface that bothered her :confused:

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 17th, 2005, 07:59 PM
Tucson was outdoors though, in the Arizona desert.
cant have been the surface, hard courts are what she likes

pretty disappointing loss to say the least :( :(
she could have done with a couple of wins just to get her seeded for Aus qualies.

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:57 PM
interview with Vika Azarenka
November 29, 2005

World number one, Vika Azarenka, told us about being invited to partner Mike Bryan in an exhibition against Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf at the Tamarack Resort's Rock-n-Racquets event in the Taco Bell Arena, Boise State University, on December 3, 2005. Andre and Steffi will be playing together for the first time in the exhibition which benefits the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation.

First of all let me congratulate you on being the ITF 2005 girls world junior champion.
Thank you

Why are you here at the Eddie Herr International?
I'm here because my friend Sasha (Alexandra Khabibulin) is playing this tournament and I've been practicing close to here in Saddlebrook, so I just came to watch her. That's why I'm here.

You were seen watching her at the US Open also
Yes, but she wasn't playing, just practicing there. She was actually
watching me.

So you guys are big friends.
Yes

You normally train at Saddlebrook?
No, I'm just here for ten days practicing in Saddlebrook. I'm practicing in Arizona mostly.

What brings you over to Saddlebrook ?
I just wanted to practice in different conditions. Also, Sasha and my coach were coming here so I came here with them.

What have you been doing since the US Open ?
I've been playing pro tournaments in India and in Japan and China. I reached the semifinals from the qualies in China.

Yes I saw that. Well done
Thank you

You have stitched up the girls ranking, but what do you think about all the hoopla about who will be boys champion. Donald Young is number one now and we have Marin Cilic here from Croatia and Ryan Sweeting from the Bahamas both trying to catch him.
I don't know. I feel that it will be interesting, some guys fighting for number one year end. I think it will be pretty exciting for them and a lot of people. I was talking to Ryan for example and he was saying about it. I didn't know they could jump over Donald Young because he had like one thousand and something points. I didn't know it and then he told me that if they win some tournaments they could.

So what does it mean to you being number one in the world?
It's really nice to finish the year number one. I think it gives you a lot of confidence, winning matches going into pros. You get some losses in the beginning but I think it makes you better. A lot of people are going to watch when someone is coming to play in the pro tour. I think it is a good advantage to starting in the pros and I think I'll finish one day the same ranking as in the pros.

You must know that Maria Sharapova started out here at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Do you think you would like to aspire your game to hers?
I think I will try to stay with my own game. I want to do it my own way. I don't know how it's going to be but I will see one day like anyone.

I think that's wonderful. So anyway, are you with any family over here?
My mom is coming soon to the USA. She won't be coming here but I'll see her in three days.

In Arizona?
Yes, we are going together to the exhibition.

You've been invited to an exhibition?
Yes, I'm playing with Mike Bryan against Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi.

Fantastic! Is it going to be on television?
Yes, on 3rd of December.

Where is is going to be?
In Boise, Idaho.

Is it for Charity?
Yes, Andre is running it for his charity.

Have you met him before?
No, this is the first time.

Won't it be funny on the court playing against him?
Yes, I think it will be really exciting. I don't know how it feels to play against the stars like this. Steffi Graf has been my idol since I was a kid.

Have you ever played against someone famous before?
I don't know. I wouldn't say so. I don't know if it will be a serious match or just for fun for people to enjoy. I think I'll enjoy it anyway. This is the first time Andre and Steffi are playing together.

Mike Bryan is a really top doubles partner.
Yes. I think James Blake will be there too. He's supposed to be like an umpire or whatever it is, but I don't know for sure.

What's going to happen next year, are you going to play all pro?
Yes.

No point in playing juniors anymore, is there?
No, I think I did the best I think.

Absolutely, you did great.
Thank you. Yes I think it's a good finish for the juniors.

Is it nice coming here and seeing al your friends in the juniors?
Yes, it's nice, seeing a lot of friends from other tournaments. I don't really know if I will see them somewhere again.

Good luck at the exhibition. Hopefully we will watch it on the television.
Thank you.

Derek.
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:48 PM
Show Steffi and Andre who's boss. ;)

Aleksz
Nov 30th, 2005, 07:22 PM
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/2043/azarenka04017yo.jpg

Ravsieg
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:29 PM
What's going to happen next year, are you going to play all pro?
Yes.


:worship:

xcrtbckhnd
Dec 4th, 2005, 11:55 AM
Looks like Vika will start the year out in qualis in Auckland. The top seeds in qualifying at the moment are Schruff, Loit, Brandi, and Panova. Good luck Vika!!! I'm glad to see her playing these lower Tier events and gaining experience.

Derek.
Dec 4th, 2005, 03:14 PM
Yeah she needs to start lower and work her way up the WTA so she gains confidence with every step. :)

Ravsieg
Dec 4th, 2005, 05:57 PM
These Australian events are lower tier but they always get great fields.. because everyone wants to start competing.

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 6th, 2005, 02:23 PM
these little clips from Wimbledon this yr
some have already seen these, cos i sent them by email.

1st 4 vs Rakhim on Court 19

5-6 vs Paszek SF on same court but me on other side ;)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8718782/Vika_Azarenka1.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8718782/Vika_Azarenka1.MOV.html)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8718753/Vika_Azarenka2.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8718753/Vika_Azarenka2.MOV.html)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8718960/Vika_Azarenka3.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8718960/Vika_Azarenka3.MOV.html)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8718879/Vika_Azarenka4.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8718879/Vika_Azarenka4.MOV.html)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8718965/Vika_Azarenka5.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8718965/Vika_Azarenka5.MOV.html)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8719021/Vika_Azarenka6.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8719021/Vika_Azarenka6.MOV.html)

Ravsieg
Dec 6th, 2005, 05:24 PM
Thanks TBE :D

Kutuzova
Dec 28th, 2005, 10:27 PM
She opens, what I and a lot of others think will be a very big 2006, in Auckland this weekend!!!!!!

kammgretel
Dec 28th, 2005, 10:35 PM
these little clips from Wimbledon this yr
some have already seen these, cos i sent them by email.

1st 4 vs Rakhim on Court 19

5-6 vs Paszek SF on same court but me on other side ;)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8718782/Vika_Azarenka1.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8718782/Vika_Azarenka1.MOV.html)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8718753/Vika_Azarenka2.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8718753/Vika_Azarenka2.MOV.html)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8718960/Vika_Azarenka3.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8718960/Vika_Azarenka3.MOV.html)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8718879/Vika_Azarenka4.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8718879/Vika_Azarenka4.MOV.html)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8718965/Vika_Azarenka5.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8718965/Vika_Azarenka5.MOV.html)

http://rapidshare.de/files/8719021/Vika_Azarenka6.MOV.html (http://rapidshare.de/files/8719021/Vika_Azarenka6.MOV.html)

Somebody upload again the files to www.uploading.com or www.megaupload.com please. ( I have many troubles with rapidshare.de, it only allows you download a file per hour... :sad: )

Thanks.

nouf
Dec 30th, 2005, 08:16 AM
qualifies azarenka! yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/t/p/2005-12-30/U1535P6T12D1964500F44DT20051230122644.jpg
http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/t/p/2005-12-30/U1535P6T12D1964499F44DT20051230122635.jpg

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 30th, 2005, 12:11 PM
Vika took the WC offered to her in Auckland ;)
hope she makes good use of it :)

good luck Vika ;)

Ravsieg
Dec 30th, 2005, 02:33 PM
Good luck!! Make it a Vika vs Maria final! :lol:

Derek.
Dec 30th, 2005, 07:46 PM
I just watched a clip of Vika training in Auckland. :) She seemed to be hitting the ball good. :D Good luck Vika! :yeah: Show 'em whatcha got! :rocker2:

Derek.
Dec 30th, 2005, 07:50 PM
Good luck!! Make it a Vika vs Maria final! :lol:

It's going to be a Daniela final, duh. :rolleyes: :ras: ;)


Btw, how come Belarus didn't play the Hopman Cup? :confused:

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 30th, 2005, 08:10 PM
It's going to be a Daniela final, duh. :rolleyes: :ras: ;)


Btw, how come Belarus didn't play the Hopman Cup? :confused:

they were originally entered, but then Max Mirnyi changed plans and is now playing elsewhere.

Derek.
Dec 30th, 2005, 11:47 PM
Vika plays Amy Frazier in the first round of Auckland. The full draw isn't out yet.

Good luck Vika! :yeah:

Derek.
Dec 31st, 2005, 01:30 AM
(1)Petrova vs. Diaz-Olivia
Douchevina vs. Qualifier
Castano vs. Brandi
(7)Asagoe vs. Sanchez-Lorenzo

(3)Likhovtseva vs. Morigami
Dokic vs. Schruff
Granville vs. Qualifier
(6)Bartoli vs. Loit

(8)Zvonareva vs. Suarez
Cho vs. Peer
Frazier vs. Azarenka
(4)Kirilenko vs. Blahotova

(5)Srebotnik vs. Daniilidou
Jackson vs. Qualifier
Craybas vs. Qualifier
(2)Hantuchova vs. Beygelzimer


Good luck Viktoria! :yeah:

Ravsieg
Dec 31st, 2005, 02:12 AM
Too close to Maria :lol: Good luck Vika!

Harju.
Dec 31st, 2005, 03:05 AM
Tough draw for Vika :mad:.But all the best.

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 31st, 2005, 09:24 AM
good luck Vika ;)
tough opener, hope she can pull this one off

Derek.
Jan 2nd, 2006, 02:58 AM
Vika won 6-2 5-7 6-4! :woohoo: :D :yeah:

Sharapova's_Boy
Jan 2nd, 2006, 04:17 AM
Well done Vika. :D