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Oct 30th, 2006, 12:22 AM
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Oct 30th, 2006, 12:30 AM
In the first round at Roland Garros Vika has lost an agonizingly close match 0-6 6-3 9-7.

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Oct 30th, 2006, 12:40 AM
Tournament organizers have announced that Victoria Azarenka is to receive direct entry into the Wimbledon Main Draw.

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Oct 30th, 2006, 12:50 AM
Viktoria lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Agnieska Radwanska.

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Oct 30th, 2006, 01:10 AM
Vika lost in the first qualifying round in New Haven.

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Blogger Bot
Oct 30th, 2006, 01:20 AM
Surprisingly, Vika is in the second round of the US Open. She overcame Myskina in 2 sets.

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Blogger Bot
Oct 30th, 2006, 01:30 AM
Victoria Azarenka is in the third round of the US Open. Last year's junior champ won with relative ease against Jamea Jackson.

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Blogger Bot
Oct 30th, 2006, 01:40 AM
After her upset of 11th seed Myskina in Women's singles, Vika also caused an upset in mixed doubles.

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Oct 30th, 2006, 01:50 AM
Vika is eliminated of the US Open. She fell in singles and mixed doubles.

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Blogger Bot
Oct 30th, 2006, 02:00 AM
Top-seeded Maria Elena Camerin was no match for Vika in the Tashkent Open quarterfinals. Vika just surrendered 1 single game.

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hellas719
Aug 20th, 2009, 05:35 PM
I guess this is a thread where we can post news and articles, right?:unsure:
Here is a Greek article about Vika, Dinara, Ana, Flavia, and Caroline getting upset yesterday in Toronto:
http://tennisnews.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2621:toronto&catid=56:wta&Itemid=150

hellas719
Aug 20th, 2009, 05:49 PM
;)

G03PsePh2ho
A FM on the Vika forum kindly translated their post-RG doubles final press conference for us :)

Commentator:
Today doubles’ final took place during the gentlemen’s matches, that’s why not so many managed to watch it. So, a Belarussian-Russian duet Viktoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina versus a Spanish pair Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual, who is 35 years ols, actually she will be 36 soon and she announced that it is her last tournament, she’s not coming here any more. She has 8 Grand Slams won in doubles and the girls came here to defend the title. Naturally, Viktoria and Lena don’t have the same level of team-work, though they have already tried playing together and they reached the final in Amelia Island, so that is their 19th match together. Moreover, Vika started worrying from the very beginning, throwing her racket, but Lena tried to support her and they finished the match in good mood – they were smiling and having fun. Besides, the girls’ mothers were present at the match and of course they wanted to look good girls

Q: First of all, congratulation to you, girls, because the final of such a tournament is a great event. First of all, who offered playing doubles, who was the initiator?
Lena : I was. Vera Zvonareva was injured in Charleston, and I had no permanent partner, so I offered Vika to play in pair in Rome. So originally we were going to play in Rome only. But when we got to know that Vera wouldn’t be able to play in Rolan Garros, we decided to go on.
Vika: It was me who offered Lena to play together in Madrid, and then in Rolan Garros (laughing).
Q: Vika, you have already won some tournaments, are disappointed by such a final?
Vika: Of course not, this final is an achievement, that’s my second final in doubles and I hope when it’s the third time we will be able to win. That was a great achievement.
Q: Are you and Vika best friends?
Lena: Well yes, we have been communicating for a long time, and have been getting on really good together lately and we have much in common.
Q: Don’t you fear to quarrel during the match and lose you friendship?
Vika: I don’t think you should pay attention to such things, we both played singles and everything was fine.
Lena: I totally agree with Vika, when you play doubles you must support each other, and quarreling is no good. For example, I am get up on the wrong side of the bed since the morning (smiles) and today we both have the same problem (laughing).
Q: By the way, today in the end of the match you seemed to begin playing, at the same time Soderling was playing and the score was 1:4, and after that he won the set and it looked like you could also win, why couldn’t you?
Vika: Well, maybe, but our today’s play wouldn’t let us hope for anything…
Lena: If at 3:0 we could have at least do 3:1, we thought that Anabel could falter at the key moment, but we didn’t manage to brace ourselves properly and finish the games where we had chances.
Q: Congratulations. Are you going to play together at Wimbledon??
V/L: We shall see.

Nina.
Oct 24th, 2009, 10:49 AM
Year-end title critical for Safina, and her reputation

Friday, October 23, 2009 | Feedback | Print Entry

With the season-ending championships coming up, let's look at what the stakes are for each of the eight qualifiers who have convened in Doha, Qatar, to hold a tug-of-war for the WTA Sony Ericsson Championships title -- theoretically, the most important title after the four majors. We'll take the eight qualifiers in the descending order of their ranking:

Dinara Safina
Anything can happen in tennis, and Safina certainly has both the game and time to win one or more Grand Slam events in her career. Still, this tournament has "must win" written all over it. She's like a bus that has labored up a very long, very steep hill only to start rolling backward, the brakes no longer holding, with the top in view.

If Safina can take this title, it will provide a very welcome balm for an ego that was kicked around a lot this year during the WTA rankings controversy. It wouldn't exactly hurt her confidence for 2010, especially if she counts coup on either or both of the women named Williams.

Serena Williams
A win in Doha cements her claim to the No. 1 ranking and further underscores the suspicion that it was truly hers all along. That would ordinarily be enough incentive for any player, but let's remember, this is Serena. She's won only two titles this year, but they represented 50 percent of the majors. If her competitive spirit decides to sleep in at Doha, anything can happen; if she gets a bee in her bonnet over Safina or the upstart Wozniacki, watch out!

Svetlana Kuznetsova
She's a little like the person who turns up at every party -- the only person whom nobody in the room knows, leaving them asking, "What's she doing here?" Her most accurate answer to that might be, "I had nothing better to do." Kuznetsova has never exactly burned with ambition; she's no score-settler or point-prover (which is exactly what many people like about her). She just happens to be very good at what she does, and she could be especially dangerous because of her moody nature. Let sleeping dogs lie, girls. This one does have a bite.

Caroline Wozniacki
She's plugged along very nicely after that enchanted run to the U.S. Open final (where she lost to Kim Clijsters, who didn't qualify for this event, mainly because of her lack of playing opportunity). This will be a big test for her. It's an opportunity because while nobody confuses the event with a do-or-die major, it's still a good one to put on the growing resume of a young talent and a definite step toward legitimacy as a top player.

Elena Dementieva
She's capable of anything, including nothing, and ranks as the best active woman player not to have won a major. I don't think the SEC trophy would compete for space on her trophy shelf with her Olympic Games gold medal (for singles), but Dementieva has a way of catching fire and inserting herself back into the mix at the top. This would be the right time to do it, and a win at the SEC would position her nicely for 2010.

Victoria Azarenka
When she bagged the singles title in the big dual event in Miami, everyone moved to the edge of his or her seat to see whether she was the new Maria Sharapova. But the pressure of her newfound status seemed to unnerve Azarenka, and she never did get a handle on the temper that has been such a mixed blessing for her. She's got one more shot this year to show that Miami was more a foretelling than a fluke, and she'd take a giant step, reputation-wise, if she found a way to sneak up on the favorites and snatch the title.

Venus Williams
Like Serena, Venus has two titles. Only hers aren't majors, and her play has been generally uninspired. She may have too many miles on the odometer to run one more great race. It's hard to see her motivation and confidence rise to the level necessary to beat some of the women who have far more at stake.

Jelena Jankovic
Can anyone stop her? Well, maybe nobody has to. After all, she backed into the tournament when her main rival for the last spot, Vera Zvonareva, was crushed -- by a qualifier, no less -- in Moscow. And this being wild and crazy Jankovic, you get the feeling that she might just go and win the entire thing.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4589595&name=bodo_peter


MEMPHIS CONFERENCE CALL

Q. The young players like Azarenka, Wozniacki, Radwanska, who has impressed you the most?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Did you say besides them?

Q. No, including them.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, how much younger are they?

Q. Three or four years younger than you.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Why do you have to make me feel so old on a Thursday morning (laughter)?
You know, goodness, what can I say? I mean, I thought Azarenka is probably one of the best out of the pack . I think she has a really great fighting spirit. You know, she has a great all-around game. I felt like from the time I played her in L.A., to the time I played her in Beijing, you could see she lost the match against me, and there's that game plan going into the next match. She definitely improved how she played. I thought as a player, that's always pretty impressive because you always try to learn from your losses.
But, yeah, I think she's probably up there.

http://www.mariasharapova.com/defaultflash.sps

Carlos Fernandes
Oct 24th, 2009, 10:57 AM
Dementieva
She's capable of anything, including nothing :lol::sad:

Igor_Biscan
Oct 24th, 2009, 11:06 AM
Q. Three or four years younger than you.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Why do you have to make me feel so old on a Thursday morning (laughter)?
You know, goodness, what can I say? I mean, I thought Azarenka is probably one of the best out of the pack . I think she has a really great fighting spirit. You know, she has a great all-around game. I felt like from the time I played her in L.A., to the time I played her in Beijing, you could see she lost the match against me, and there's that game plan going into the next match. She definitely improved how she played. I thought as a player, that's always pretty impressive because you always try to learn from your losses.
But, yeah, I think she's probably up there.

Thanks for posting this. I'd seen part of the quote and was wondering where it came from

Break My Rapture
Oct 24th, 2009, 03:49 PM
See, Masha doesn't *diss* Vika all the time, The *is her last name Jankovic* was meant towards Jelena and not Vika :)
And she's right that Victoria is the best out of that pack of players the reporter mentioned. :hearts:

hellas719
Oct 25th, 2009, 05:19 AM
Thanks for the article ;)

Nina.
Oct 27th, 2009, 07:08 PM
Tennis-Gloomy Jankovic says she is a shadow of herself
Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:44pm GMT

By Martyn Herman

DOHA, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Jelena Jankovic admitted her game needed a drastic overhaul after an error-strewn 6-2 6-3 defeat by Victoria Azarenka in the opening match of the WTA Championships on Tuesday.

The gritty Serb, who began the year ranked number one in the world but only crept back into the top eight last week in Moscow, struggled to keep her groundstrokes inside the lines as she handed 20-year-old Azarenka a surprisingly easy victory.

"I basically gave her everything. I beat myself. That was really unfortunately the case. My game was completely off," said the 24-year-old after launching 33 unforced errors at the Khalifa Tennis Centre.

"I would hit one or two balls and then the third one would go everywhere except in the court. I was a shadow of myself."

Jankovic will have to improve drastically in her remaining White Group matches, starting with world number one Dinara Safina on Wednesday, if she is to match her performance last year here when she reached the semi-finals.

QUICK FIX

However, she hinted that there might not be a quick fix for the problems that have afflicted her game for most of the year, admitting that pretty much everything needed fixing.

"I just have to try to clean my game," she said. "I need to get back to playing good points, hitting the ball, being aggressive, really cutting down all the errors, serve much better, return much better.

"I kept pushing myself to play better and I wanted to play better, but I just couldn't get into the match. I just hope that tomorrow I can play better.

"I will have to do a lot of work in the off-season to get back to my level and get to the top. That's all I know. There is really a lot of work to be done.

"I know that I have to make some changes and I have to improve my game because what you have seen today, really I gave the match away."

Azarenka, making her debut at the WTA's glittering showpiece after rising to sixth in the rankings this year, was more than happy to profit from Jankovic's woes, firing back at the Serb's opinion that she had been gifted a victory.

"I'm glad she gave me the match and she was not in the mood. It worked out pretty well for me," she told reporters.

The Belarussian will face fellow debutant and close friend Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday when another victory could all but seal her place in the semi-finals.

"I expect a good match from her," she said "She's a great fighter, a good girl, and I'm sure we're going to have fun." (Editing by Sonia Oxley; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKLR58973220091027?feedType=RSS&feedName=tennisNews&pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=11564&sp=true

Classy JJ, really :rolleyes: I like her but seriously...she was obviously not playing awesome but still...Love Vika's response to it :lol:
Antonio twittered about it.

Break My Rapture
Oct 27th, 2009, 09:51 PM
JJ :rolleyes: Please stop trying to get attention with these lame remarks. Draw our attention with some strokes of you going IN for once, instead of whining to the umpire that there's a machine somewhere that makes *annoying* noises :rolleyes::rolleyes: Seriously Jelena, deal with it. :o Vika didn't complain about *a machine* for one second :yeah:

hellas719
Oct 28th, 2009, 03:35 AM
JJ:rolleyes:

allrounder
Oct 30th, 2009, 09:40 PM
Here's an article confirming it was just cramp what Vika suffered

Wozniacki through after Azarenka cramp

Victoria Azarenka was forced to retire injured from her clash with second alternate Agnieszka Radwanska whilst trailing 4-6 7-5 4-1 at the WTA Championships in Doha.

Azarenka became the second player to reaquire treatment for cramp in as many days, after Caroline Wozniacki, and her withdrawal handed the Dane a place in the semi-finals of the tournament.
With both Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic having two wins and one loss to their name in the white group, it comes down to their head-to-head record to decide who goes through as winner, meaning Jankovic finishes top and will face maroon group runner-up Venus Williams, while Wozniacki will face Serena Williams in the semi-finals.
Azarenka appeared to be cruising to the straight sets win that would have seen her top the white group when she took a 6-4 5-2 lead over Radwanska, who was took up her place in the tournament after the withdrawal of Vera Zvonareva, herself a replacement for Dinara Safina.
But a bad case of nerves hit the Belarussian and Radwanska hit back with five games on the bounce to take the second set and level the match before cramp hit Azarenka.
The 20-year-old, making her debut at the tournament, battled on gamely for the next five games but was eventually forced to retire after two hour and 32 minutes and two injury timeouts, hobbling to the net in tears to concede the match.
The early signs from Azarenka were good as she broke in the opening game with a couple of huge forehand winners down the line.
And, although Radwanska broke back in the second game when Azarenka sent a smash wide across court, the opening game set the tone for much of the first set as the Belarussian broke again in the fifth and seventh games to race out to a 5-2 lead.
Azarenka did suffer a minor blip in concentration towards the end of the second set as she allowed Radwanska get one of the breaks back, with a forehand winner down the line, it was only a temporary lapse as the Belarussian served it out at the second attempt with a forehand winner close to the net.
Azarenka then ran away with the early stages of the second set, breaking in the first and third games as Radwanska struggled to cope with the power of her opponent.
But the Pole, who will undergo surgery to her hand in Krakow on Monday, refused to give up and was rewarded for her patience when she broke back in the sixth game when Azarenka sent a backhand down the line wide and long.
Azarenka looked like she had recovered her composure once again by immediately breaking back and setting up a chance to serve out the match, but the Belarussian undid all her good work with consecutive double faults to hand all the momentum back to Radwanska.
This time the Pole was not going to let the opportunity slip and raced through the next five games to seal the second set and level the match, much to Azarenka's consternation.
The match was just one game into the third set when Azarenka was forced to take a medical timeout to have her left thigh heavily strapped, although appeared that the Belarussian would be able to cope with the injury and finish the match as she held to level up at one game apiece.
But just two games later Azarenka was left break points down and in tears after trying to race up the court to a drop shot.
The Belarussian did save the first break point, somehow managing to get up the court to lash a drop shot down the line for a forehand winner, but again she was left sobbing and kneeling on the ground next to the side hoardings before going on to double fault and hand her opponent the break.
One more medical timeout (this time for cramp) and one and a half games later and Azarenka decided she could not continue, conceding the match just after Radwanska had sent another drop shot over the net, albeit with a spot of help from the net itself.

Break My Rapture
Oct 30th, 2009, 10:02 PM
Oh thank god :o

allrounder
Oct 30th, 2009, 10:11 PM
It does make it a little more gutting though to know she'd have been absolutely fine to play the SF's if she'd closed it out because it wasn't a real injury and just cramp :sobbing:

hellas719
Oct 31st, 2009, 04:27 AM
At least it was nothing serious :shrug:

Nina.
Oct 31st, 2009, 12:24 PM
What an unlucky end to the year. But still it's good that it is not a serious injury.

Nina.
Dec 15th, 2009, 04:52 PM
Just stumbled across that on twitter

MiguelSeabra: I'll ask António @vangrichen to comment about it later on through his twitter account; he's ok and quite busy at the moment, it seems...

MiguelSeabra: exclusive: my mate António Van Grichen @vangrichen no longer the coach of world nº7 Victoria Azarenka after 4 years that took her to the top
24 minutes ago from TweetDeck

http://twitter.com/MiguelSeabra

:confused:

Break My Rapture
Dec 15th, 2009, 04:56 PM
whut ?! :speakles: no way..

allrounder
Dec 15th, 2009, 04:57 PM
Very strange if that's true :confused: There must have been a big falling out between Vika and Antonio to split halfway into her pre-season preparations.

Nina.
Dec 15th, 2009, 04:58 PM
Very strange if that's true :confused: There must have been a big falling out between Vika and Antonio to split halfway into her pre-season preparations.

This.
I mean, both of their messages on twitter sounded like they were doing fine :shrug:

Break My Rapture
Dec 15th, 2009, 05:02 PM
No this shouldn't be happening, antonio is the best coach for Vika. I bet Mark set them up against each other :bigcry: :bigcry:

allrounder
Dec 15th, 2009, 05:07 PM
Yeah that's what i was thinking too with the way she keeps saying how she's been enjoying the training. She hasn't left herself much time to get a new coach or get used to new ideas before the season starts :scared: If Antonio ends up working with Petrova P you might be right :lol:

Break My Rapture
Dec 15th, 2009, 05:08 PM
This cannot be happening, Antonio should be helping Vika get closer to the top ffs!

Christinawww
Dec 15th, 2009, 05:23 PM
I am devestated. I don't understand. This is hard to swallow

Break My Rapture
Dec 15th, 2009, 05:29 PM
Why???????????????????????????????????

Break My Rapture
Dec 15th, 2009, 05:38 PM
Well as long as we don't hear anything from Antonio or Vika themselves it could be just fine and this dude just wants to cause mayhem. :awww: Please let this be untrue :sobbing:

Igor_Biscan
Dec 15th, 2009, 09:28 PM
bloody hell. It must have been some bust up.

I can coach her until she finds a proper coach

saul1333
Dec 15th, 2009, 10:43 PM
We should all comfort Antonio, being dumped by Vika must be the worst think that can happen to anybody :sad:

Lorinda.
Dec 16th, 2009, 01:48 AM
It's not a rumor, Antonio has confirmed it. :awww:

Hello! Thanks for all the messages and e-mails! It's true I'm not working with Vika anymore. Life goes on, and the future looks challenging

http://twitter.com/vangrichen

hellas719
Dec 16th, 2009, 03:12 AM
:sobbing:

Spiritof42
Dec 16th, 2009, 03:42 AM
This really came out of nowhere.

Meanwhile, Vika makes no mention of it on her own Twitter page but instead keeps posting upbeat messages about cooking, watching movies, buying shoes and having fun while practicing. I don't get it. :shrug:

Vaidisova
Dec 16th, 2009, 05:26 AM
Victoria Azarenka Enters Family Circle Cup


Azarenka to Make Second Appearance at Family Circle Cup

World No. 7 Victoria Azarenka has officially entered the 2010 Family Circle Cup. Azarenka joins former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova, current World No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki, and 18-year-old American standout Melanie Oudin as a world class player field begins to assemble on Daniel Island to mark the tournament’s 38th consecutive year and 10th year in Charleston.

“At only 20 years old, Victoria Azarenka is one of the most exciting players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour,” said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manager. “She has accomplished so much in her brief career, and established herself as a contender in any event she enters.”

Originally from Minsk, Belarus, the Scottsdale, Arizona resident began the 2009 season as the World No. 15 player and posted very strong results throughout the year. Azarenka reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, quarterfinals at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the third round at the US Open, and she also captured the first three singles titles of her career at Brisbane, Memphis, Miami, and respectively. In addition, she qualified for the year-ending championships for the first time in her career. She achieved a career high ranking as World No. 6 on October 26th, 2009, and notched the highest year-end ranking of her career a week later as World No. 7. She currently owns a 182-85 singles record and has surpassed $3.5 million in career earnings through the end of the 2009 season. Azarenka has her own web site at www.AzarenkaTennis.com.

Azarenka made her Family Circle Cup debut as the tournament’s No. 13 seed in 2008, earning a 2-1 record by reaching the third round.

“I had so much fun competing at the Family Circle Cup and I really enjoyed Charleston when I was there two years ago,” commented Victoria Azarenka. “I’m looking forward to beginning my clay court season on Daniel Island this year.”

http://www.familycirclecup.com/pages/articles/20091215135348.html

Nina.
Dec 16th, 2009, 07:39 AM
I'm really worried about that split :unsure: I just hope Vika knows what she is doing and has somebody else to work with...

Igor_Biscan
Dec 16th, 2009, 08:03 AM
(in portuguese) http://www.record.pt/noticia.aspx?id=f2be7124-cafa-4da1-a3f2-0ca0d9f83e6e&idCanal=00002957-0000-0000-0000-000000002957&h=7

Google tranlsation:

Came to a close working relationship between Victoria Azarenka and Anthony van grichen. After four years, the Belarusian tennis star, 20, now No. 7 in the world ranking, is no longer coached by the Portuguese coach.

"They were four years we grew up together," said Van grichen yesterday, which was made official with breakthrough Azarenka. "It was a very fruitful, which allowed me to become a well known professional," said the Portuguese coach of 31 years.

The first major success of Victoria Azarenka under the guidance of Van grichen was winning the junior world title. From there on, the career of Belarus was on the rise by 6. Place ranking, the best position of his career, 26 October 2009, reaching total gain of 2.4 million. On the way there have been victories in Grand Slam in Australia and the U.S. Open, still in the junior level, and a win at Estoril Open in 2007, as senior.

Difficulties in communication between coach and player were the basis of the outcome now finished. The fact that the 20-year-old Victoria Azarenka is already a hero in his country have a strong economic conditions and a projection of growth media, were factors that departed from the coach, to the point no longer be able to continue working together. What seemed to happen away not long ago, when Victoria said about Van grichen the following: "Antonio is for me the best coach. We've been together a long time and it helps me with everything I ever needed. We have our difficult times, both on and off the field, but without it I would not have. "

:sad: Maybe someone can produce a better translation

Break My Rapture
Dec 16th, 2009, 01:25 PM
omg I can't believe this, who cut the ties? vika or antonio? i'm really worried ...

allrounder
Dec 16th, 2009, 01:54 PM
:haha: at the haters predicting a Vaidisova-like slump, they can only dream :p Since when has changing coaches made a player basically forget how to play tennis? :rolleyes: Being coachless shouldn't really make too much difference in the short term, it's just a case of whether a new coach can take her on another level or not with his/her new approach. Fed's even won slams without having a coach :shrug:

Break My Rapture
Dec 16th, 2009, 01:59 PM
You're right Craig, we shouldn't be worried. Like Sam said (:haha:): Antonio must be going through hell now since Vika dumped him. But I do think it's sad they're parting ways, I always liked Antonio as a coach, he and Vika made the perfect duo. :awww: Damnit Antonio, buy her some Dior garments and travel back to Minsk and give them to Vika. :hysteric:

Nina.
Dec 16th, 2009, 07:53 PM
You're right Craig, we shouldn't be worried. Like Sam said (:haha:): Antonio must be going through hell now since Vika dumped him. But I do think it's sad they're parting ways, I always liked Antonio as a coach, he and Vika made the perfect duo. :awww: Damnit Antonio, buy her some Dior garments and travel back to Minsk and give them to Vika. :hysteric:

Do we know that it was Vika's decision? :shrug:
Anyway, I hope Vika will start the season fine, according to her twitter she is practicing hard and hopefully she'll find a coach that suits her well.
I still think it's a pitty because Antonio is by far the hottest coach around ;)

Break My Rapture
Dec 16th, 2009, 09:57 PM
Do we know that it was Vika's decision? :shrug:
Anyway, I hope Vika will start the season fine, according to her twitter she is practicing hard and hopefully she'll find a coach that suits her well.
I still think it's a pitty because Antonio is by far the hottest coach around ;)
:haha: I knew that sort of comment was coming ;)
And thanks for the goodrep :) I love your avatar too :hearts: louisa made mine and yours too I think :D
I really hope Victoria's okay by herself or with a possible new coach :awww:

hurricanejeanne
Dec 17th, 2009, 12:44 AM
This is sad, they have been together for a long time. I hope she is looking for a new coach, and that this one gets her to that next level, but I do hope she's okay. :awww:

Lorinda.
Dec 17th, 2009, 01:46 AM
What bugs is why hasn't Vika acknowledged it? :shrug: She keeps posting tweets about doing stuff but she is also telling us that she is practicing. I dunno I also think saying something about it shows some respect towards Antonio, very strange....:confused:

hellas719
Dec 17th, 2009, 02:48 AM
^I know right :sad:

hellas719
Dec 17th, 2009, 02:48 AM
Sorry Will, since she's playing Charleston I guess she won't be in Barcelona :hug:

betowiec
Dec 17th, 2009, 04:01 AM
What bugs is why hasn't Vika acknowledged it? :shrug: She keeps posting tweets about doing stuff but she is also telling us that she is practicing. I dunno I also think saying something about it shows some respect towards Antonio, very strange....:confused:

yeah, kinda childish behavior from her not mentioning anything about Antonio being out of the picture
oh well, big gamble from her to get rid of tony

saul1333
Dec 17th, 2009, 04:06 AM
Maybe it's personal. I'm sure if she wanted us to know the reason, she would say something.

VIKA?
Dec 17th, 2009, 07:54 PM
I'd like to know the reason, I guess she'll tell it someday:awww:

Break My Rapture
Dec 17th, 2009, 07:56 PM
Yeah I hope so :awww: in the mean time, someone of us should spy on Vika's twitter 24/7 for clues :yeah: :lol:

saul1333
Dec 17th, 2009, 08:49 PM
Like you don't check her page every 10 mins P :p

I do :sobbing: :lol:

Break My Rapture
Dec 17th, 2009, 09:18 PM
No, I don't check it every 10 mins Sam :p
I check it every 2 mins. UGH you're so behind Sam :rolleyes: :lol:
Just kidding :lol:

hurricanejeanne
Dec 17th, 2009, 10:52 PM
Maybe it's personal. I'm sure if she wanted us to know the reason, she would say something.

I'm starting to think that it's personal myself. Hopefully, once the season starts, she'll say something.

VIKA?
Dec 17th, 2009, 11:25 PM
Sorry Will, since she's playing Charleston I guess she won't be in Barcelona :hug:

:hysteric:

Spiritof42
Dec 18th, 2009, 07:27 AM
:haha: at the haters predicting a Vaidisova-like slump, they can only dream :p Since when has changing coaches made a player basically forget how to play tennis? :rolleyes: Being coachless shouldn't really make too much difference in the short term, it's just a case of whether a new coach can take her on another level or not with his/her new approach. Fed's even won slams without having a coach :shrug:
In my opinion we simply do not have enough information at the moment to make a good educated guess as to how much this split is going to affect her. It's not a question of forgetting how to play tennis, obviously, but rather a matter of how much emotional "scarring" such an event might leave on the player. There have been a few cases where a particularly acrimonious split affected a player's career spectacularly (Grönefeld comes to mind). I'm not saying anything like that is going to happen to Vika, of course, but they HAVE been together for a long time and I think it's too early to guess what the fallout (if any) will be. It depends on many factors, like how close the two persons were off the court, whether the decision was consensual or not, whether it was premeditated or sudden, etc.

I still think it's a pitty because Antonio is by far the hottest coach around ;)
I'm sure Christina (and probably others) would agree. :lol:
He might have been the "hottest" coach, but was he the best? I wasn't terribly impressed by his on-court advice during some of Vika's recent matches, to be honest.

Spiritof42
Dec 18th, 2009, 07:36 AM
Yeah I hope so :awww: in the mean time, someone of us should spy on Vika's twitter 24/7 for clues :yeah: :lol:
While it's obvious she's deliberately avoiding addressing the issue for now (I mean, she's posted about 173,238,827 messages in the last 48 hours and not one mentions van Grichen), I think this particular tidbit does provide a glimpse into her current state of mind:

hey guys! thanks so much for all of ur messages! its puts me in much better mood when i read them!!
12:19 PM Dec 16th from web

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2009, 12:54 PM
While it's obvious she's deliberately avoiding addressing the issue for now (I mean, she's posted about 173,238,827 messages in the last 48 hours and not one mentions van Grichen), I think this particular tidbit does provide a glimpse into her current state of mind:
Yeah I know, Ignoretoria is on Twitter recently :rolleyes: :inlove:

allrounder
Dec 18th, 2009, 01:38 PM
In my opinion we simply do not have enough information at the moment to make a good educated guess as to how much this split is going to affect her. It's not a question of forgetting how to play tennis, obviously, but rather a matter of how much emotional "scarring" such an event might leave on the player. There have been a few cases where a particularly acrimonious split affected a player's career spectacularly (Grönefeld comes to mind). I'm not saying anything like that is going to happen to Vika, of course, but they HAVE been together for a long time and I think it's too early to guess what the fallout (if any) will be. It depends on many factors, like how close the two persons were off the court, whether the decision was consensual or not, whether it was premeditated or sudden, etc.
I thought i was pessimistic, but i highly doubt Vika will ever fall to that sort of depth some of her haters are hoping predicting because Vaidisova's slump was the mother of all slumps and a bit of a freak case. ALG was already beginning to slump for a few months even before she decided to split with her coach, so you can't put her form down to just the split itself. There are many more cases where changing coaches haven't resulted in a slump of epic proportions than have. Emotional scarring?:eek: that's putting it a bit extreme - she's just stopped working with Antonio, he hasn't died :lol: As i said in the chat thread a couple of days ago, i got the impression Vika wasn't enjoying working with Antonio anymore towards the end of the season from her body language after the way she used to give him no eye contact and lean away from him when he came on court to talk to her. I wasn't impressed with his advice either, particularly when he told her just to just roll her first serve in when serving for the match at a time when she was losing most of the long rallies and she went on to lose the match on quite a few occasions :mad: Vika's a professional though and needs to move on now. Her results may or may not be great to begin with as she gets used to the new idea's, but when she step's on court the old partnership with Antonio should be the last thing on her mind.

Lorinda.
Dec 18th, 2009, 07:11 PM
The news now is Antonio might go and coach Bepa.

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2009, 07:30 PM
Wow Antonio betrayed Vika :mad:

VIKA?
Dec 18th, 2009, 07:31 PM
Antonio:rolleyes:

saul1333
Dec 18th, 2009, 07:34 PM
Nice we still talk about Antonio.

I guess he likes the pain :lol:

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2009, 07:36 PM
:haha: he can't live without it :p

Nina.
Dec 18th, 2009, 07:39 PM
Bepa? :scratch: well, that's interesting...

Btw, do we know were Vika prepares right now? (which to me is more important than some rumors about Antonio's new work ;))

saul1333
Dec 18th, 2009, 07:43 PM
Doesn't she train in florida? On her twitter she said it's raining, and it is raining there right now:shrug:

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2009, 08:08 PM
Maybe you're right Sam ;)

hellas719
Dec 18th, 2009, 08:14 PM
Antonio :rolleyes:
I thought she trains in Scottsdale, Arizona :shrug:

Spiritof42
Dec 19th, 2009, 06:24 AM
If she's on the East Coast, she's staying up pretty late. Naughty girl. :)
(her last message on Twitter was posted less than an hour ago, and it's now past 2 AM in Florida)

I would expect her to be in Scottsdale (where it's two hours earlier), but the rainy weather she mentions doesn't match the forecasts I've seen on the Web. Maybe she's on the West Coast. :scratch:

Igor_Biscan
Dec 19th, 2009, 12:51 PM
A couple of weeks ago Antonio said they were training at Saddlebrook, Florida. I guess she's still there..

hellas719
Dec 20th, 2009, 02:17 AM
Maybe Vika went clubbing :p

Break My Rapture
Dec 20th, 2009, 12:29 PM
:lol:

Break My Rapture
Dec 25th, 2009, 12:01 PM
From Vika's twitter:

a lot of news! i will let u know once i back in the states!


Be in the States quick Vika, you got me curious :bigcry:

hellas719
Dec 25th, 2009, 04:16 PM
Probably about Antonio :p

Break My Rapture
Dec 25th, 2009, 04:25 PM
I hope so, I'm sick of this unclear situation :lol:

saul1333
Dec 25th, 2009, 06:01 PM
She's probably going to talk about the exo and maybe some clothes she got :lol: which is still awesome.

We might never know what happened between them :sobbing:

Break My Rapture
Dec 25th, 2009, 06:29 PM
:bigcry: doesn't matter what she's gonna talk about, everything about her is interesting :inlove:

allrounder
Dec 28th, 2009, 12:46 PM
Well she's tweeted her 'news' and still seems very reluctant to mention anything about her old/new team to us :sad: She now appears to be working with Vera's old coach Sam Sumyk though according to her WTA website profile. He did a great job with Vera in the 3 or 4 years he was with her, so there's no reason why he can't work well with Vika and he'l have the all important experience of working with a temperamental player on his resumé :lol:

Break My Rapture
Dec 28th, 2009, 03:48 PM
:lol: hope he's a good coach for Vika :)

Nina.
Dec 29th, 2009, 09:56 AM
So she's supposed to be working with Vera's old coach while Antonio is rumored to start coaching Vera? :scratch::spit:

Break My Rapture
Dec 29th, 2009, 12:25 PM
They pulled a switcheroo :hysteric:

hellas719
Dec 29th, 2009, 05:47 PM
:rolls:

Break My Rapture
Dec 31st, 2009, 12:15 PM
Vika tweet:
hey guys!i have bad new and good news.bad news i broke my phone its a disaster,good news my good friend Dee came to see me from nyc. so fun

She broke her phone. :crying2: :bigcry:

hellas719
Dec 31st, 2009, 05:09 PM
The phone she always holds? :lol:

Rafito.
Jan 1st, 2010, 09:49 AM
Awww, At least she has enough money to buy a new one.
I want her to arrive in Australia as soon as possible!!

Nina.
Jan 1st, 2010, 12:58 PM
Victoria Azarenka's Off-Court Preparation
December 28, 2009



Victoria Azarenka on her off-court preparation during the 2009 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour off-season: "I have been on my pre-season training programme at Saddlebrook since the end of November. I'm really happy with my programme and enjoying simple workouts, which comprise a big morning warm-up, an on-court tennis session and then gym work in the afternoon.

"For the first couple of weeks I did a lot of endurance training. I have also been doing sessions in the pool, which makes it a lot of fun and keeps it interesting. On top of all this, I have been lifting weights - upper and lower body on alternating days. Once a week I like to incorporate yoga into my program to add more variety, plus I am enjoying have one day off a week as well."

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~1916491,00.html

Break My Rapture
Jan 1st, 2010, 04:36 PM
:hearts: thanks Nina. :)

hellas719
Jan 1st, 2010, 06:32 PM
Thanks :)

saul1333
Jan 1st, 2010, 06:38 PM
Sounds fun. That is the key to working out, if she isn't having fun she will slack off.

Vika in pool :drool:

Break My Rapture
Jan 1st, 2010, 06:49 PM
:inlove: I saw a vid on Youtube where a dude is filming Caro swmimming in the pool (during the YEC) with somebody else. The other person laughed and I was sure it was Vika. :lol:

saul1333
Jan 1st, 2010, 08:25 PM
NOt too buff:scared:

So Vera and Antonio are together and will also be in HK :sad: hopefully it gets awkward :lol:

Break My Rapture
Jan 1st, 2010, 08:30 PM
:tears: I hope Summy is a good coach :) I wish I could be Vika's coach, I'd love to see her throwing temper tantrums all over the court :inlove:

saul1333
Jan 1st, 2010, 08:33 PM
Sumyk is a little scary. I was watching a match and he sat next to me and he gave me this look:eek: Then Vera came so it was all good :hearts:

You get to see her throw tantrum all the time on tv :D :p

Break My Rapture
Jan 1st, 2010, 08:47 PM
:lol:

hurricanejeanne
Jan 2nd, 2010, 11:41 PM
So she's supposed to be working with Vera's old coach while Antonio is rumored to start coaching Vera? :scratch::spit:

:lol: Coach Swingers?
I hope Vika's new coach is good for her, gives her that next boost though. :D

oleada
Jan 25th, 2010, 05:47 AM
An article on Vika that was posted on the AO Website:

The Quiet Achiever (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2010-01-25/201001251264406137796.html?fpos=r5)

Victoria Azarenka has progressed to the fourth round of Australian Open 2010 more convincingly than any other player in the women’s draw, dropping just eight games en route to equalling her best result at Melbourne Park. Not that you would have noticed.

In the first week, attention has been firmly focused on returning Belgian superstars Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters, the run of world No. 16 turned qualifier Yanina Wickmayer, and the Australian success stories of Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua. Relegated to a small interview room following her third-round thumping of Italian Tathiana Garbin – despite being ranked higher than any of the Belgian or Australian women – the No. 7 seed says she doesn’t mind flying under the media’s radar.

“I don’t really care about that,” she says. “Of course it’s very exciting for everyone that Kim and Justine have come back … I just played Kim once actually last year, and Justine I’ve never played, so for me it’s exciting as well.

“I think it’s fine, I’m happy I still have a lot of fans and a lot of people who support me.”

Those fans would have to be pleased with the Belarusian’s progress in the first three rounds of the tournament. Straight-sets victories over Stephanie Cohen-Aloro, Stefanie Voegele and Garbin – totalling just three hours and 42 minutes on court – have seen her set up a showdown with Russian No. 9 seed Vera Zvonareva. Having never taken a set off Zvonareva in four previous matches, Azarenka says the match presents a good challenge for her.

“I hope I can just turn around our (head-to-head) records,” she says. “I’m just going to play my best and try my best, and we’ll see how it goes.”

Since turning professional in 2003, Azarenka has improved her ranking each year to its current mark of No. 7. She is coming off a career-best season in 2009, cracking the top 10 in March and winning three titles, including the prestigious Sony Ericsson Open in Miami with a straight-sets win over Serena Williams in the final. Her results at the majors were impressive; she started the year by reaching the fourth round at Melbourne Park, leading Serena by a set before retiring with heat-induced illness. Quarter-final finishes at Roland Garros and Wimbledon (the latter again resulting in a loss to Williams) cemented her position among the game’s elite, and she reached a career-high position of No. 6 in October.

Azarenka says she is working on many elements of her game to help her advance deeper into the draw at major events. “I was very close at the French Open against (Dinara) Safina, and at Wimbledon Serena was just playing amazing tennis, and it was one of those days where you say ‘well done, thank you very much’,” she says.

“I think I have to bring a little more toughness to my game and a little bit more variety, which I’m really doing right now … We (my team) try to bring more things to my game to be a more complete player.”

This added variety was evident in her match against Garbin on Saturday. Renowned as one of the modern breed of power-hitters from the baseline, Azarenka also ventured to the net on 33 occasions, winning 23 points. Powerful swinging volleys are complimented by solid overhead skills and traditional volleying prowess, perhaps due to Azarenka’s regular and successful doubles play – her doubles ranking peaked at No. 7 in July 2008.

She will need all of the weapons in her arsenal firing if she hopes to challenge for the Daphne Akhurst trophy on the final Saturday of the tournament. Should she defeat Zvonareva, another quarter-final with Williams looms, assuming the world No. 1 can navigate her way past local hero Samantha Stosur on Monday afternoon. Despite being robbed a golden opportunity to defeat Williams in Melbourne last year – Williams went on to win the title – Azarenka insists she has moved on from the unfortunate event.

“Some people keep reminding me about it, but no, I have nothing to make up for. I just go out there and play my best tennis and just enjoy every moment of it,” she says.

She says she is prepared for the sweltering conditions that are often associated with the first Grand Slam event of the year. “I had really hot weather in Sydney when I played (at the Medibank International last week) so (I was) a little bit prepared there. I think … if you are fit enough you can play in these conditions. Unless you’re not sick of course,” she adds with a smile.

“As I always say, you learn from the bad experiences better than the good ones, so it always depends how well you adjust to it and how much positivity you take from a bad match to go out there and forget your mistakes and keep working hard to improve.”

Azarenka will take on Zvonareva in the second match of Rod Laver Arena’s Monday night session.

Igor_Biscan
Jan 25th, 2010, 08:48 AM
An article on Vika that was posted on the AO Website:

The Quiet Achiever (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2010-01-25/201001251264406137796.html?fpos=r5)

Ironic title?

Igor_Biscan
Jan 25th, 2010, 10:30 PM
press conference from last night (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2010-01-25/201001251264342456968.html)

An interview with:

VICTORIA AZARENKA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.


Q. 3‑1 down in the second, 4‑2 down in the second, getting a little frustrated. How did you get out of all that?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Um, I wouldn't say I was getting frustrated.


Q. You looked as if you were.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: No, I was just trying to push myself to show a better game, to show more fight. You cannot really say with a nice words to pump yourself up.

Sometimes for me I just need to get angry at myself to get better tennis. But I wasn't getting frustrated.


Q. I think you guys know each other pretty well. Played doubles together and this is the first time for you to win against her. What are the differences between this time and others?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: You know, I think I'm a little bit different player right now. I think I did some improvements in my off‑season that I really needed, especially mentally with my shots. I just think I just got tougher mentally also. That no matter what moment, I'm still gonna fight, still gonna try to play my best tennis, and it really helped me.

I had some tough matches in Sydney, so it really helped me to get ready for these kind of matches.


Q. How important is your confidence to have won the last ten games of this match when you're playing Serena in the next match?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: It has nothing to do with playing Serena. Serena is a great player. She's been showing unbelievable tennis here. I'm just really happy to have a chance to play against her in the quarterfinals. I just want to go out there and show my game and we'll see how it goes.


Q. Do you feel like it's a chance to make amends for last year?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: I'm not gonna make up for anything. Last year happened. I forget about it already. I just moved on. This is new year and new challenge for me. I'm just gonna go out there and try my best.


Q. Did you think the first set was of very high standard? You were both playing very well in the first set. Did you feel that playing it, that you were both playing very well?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: I think the whole match was pretty high level. A lot of good winners and rallies. I just think that I had some breakpoints in the first set and I didn't really take any chances because Vera, she was serving really good and didn't give me many opportunities.

I think the biggest difference was in second and third set I started taking my chances and being more aggressive.


Q. Serena looked in awesome form today. What do you think you'll need to do to beat her?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: She's the No. 1 player in the world. You have to show your best tennis and be aggressive and try to keep up with her level and be extremely tough. She knows how to play big matches and how to handle herself in tough moments. You just have to be really prepared.


Q. How did you go with the crowd tonight? They were making a bit of noise.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, it's fine for me. I did not pay attention too much. The people were also cheering for me. So that's the happy thing for me. I'm really glad that they all stayed there, even though they made some noises. It's a great effort from them.


Q. You hadn't beat her in the last four times. What enabled you to win tonight?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: As I said, it's just little things that I improved in my game I think helped me out to be a little bit more consistent and aggressive, and, you know, especially mentally. I got tougher. I enjoyed playing on the court so much more than I used to now.

I don't know, I just can see that all of my hard work are paying off.


Q. Your current coach is the former coach of Vera, right?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yes.


Q. Do you think you took advantage of that?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: I don't know. I think Vera started playing a little bit different herself and started to be more aggressive. I don't know what happened before with him and Vera. It's not my concern. And I didn't take any advantage of anything, because she's practicing with my old coach.


Q. When did you start working with him?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: In December.


Q. What is the difference between your new and old coach, do you feel?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, he makes me more of a complete player, more all‑around player. I can bring more weapons to my game now and just more fun.

Break My Rapture
Jan 26th, 2010, 03:01 PM
Great interview. :hearts:

saul1333
Jan 27th, 2010, 07:22 AM
After Serena QF

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Was that the one match that got away? How would you assess your game?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Um, I think I played good tennis today. It was very high level of tennis from both of us.

But, you know, what can you do? I had chances. I had opportunities. It wasn't many, but I didn't take it. So...

Q. Were you physically okay in the third set? You were doing some stretches.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, yeah, I was fine.

Q. Serena said she thought she was gone at 4‑Love. Did you think you had her as well?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: 4‑Love. Not really. I know she's gonna fight until the last point. She started playing unbelievable, I think, from 4‑Love. I don't know. I don't know if she really felt that way, because she started playing really good.

Q. She has such a history of these comebacks. What's your thought process when you see a lead start to evaporate? What's going through your head then?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Well, what was going through my head was I just had to hang in there and try to be more aggressive. The only thing I did is I probably backed up a little bit. I gave her more time to go for her shots.

I mean, she was really in the zone at that point. She knows how to handle herself, more experience, and I just have to learn from it.

Q. Is her presence a bit intimidating? She's strong and experienced as you say. Does that kind of get a little bit scary sometimes?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: No, not really. It's not scary. I think it's impressive the way she does it. As I said, I had to take my chances, and of course she's a strong girl. She has very powerful shots. You don't see many girls serving 200 in the third set.

Q. At 4‑Love, who started doing things differently, Serena or yourself?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Have you watched the match? :lol:

Q. Yes. That's why I asked you the question.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, well…

Q. Did you change your game or were you just reacting to her? Did you mentally collapse?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: No, I didn't change my game. She really went for her shots, and she made them in. I don't think I did many unforced errors. As I said, it was her controlling some of the points. I didn't take my opportunity to be more aggressive and to stay with her.

Q. Were you strong enough mentally?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, I am, I think.

Q. Is that first match at all distracting to you, not only that it went on two hours longer than at least looked like it was going to, but also it was the sister of the opponent you were facing?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Doesn't matter for me.

Q. Didn't change your preparation?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: No.

Q. Serena seemed to really crank up her serve as well. By the end of the third set she wasn't missing one.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, well, it was kind of hard for me to serve in the first set, too. But, you know, I don't know. It's what she feels. I can't really say anything.

Q. What are your next tournaments? Fed Cup next week?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yes, so far I am.

Q. Are you at the stage in your career where you're happy to get deep in the second week, or are you gonna leave here thinking this one got away a little bit?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Um, well, I'm happy with the quarterfinals. It's my first quarterfinal here. I think it's pretty good start of the season I had.

Of course it's always can be better. But, you know, it's only a bigger motivation for me to go out and practice more and work hard to improve my game. Because I know I can improve a lot. You know, I'm gonna work hard to get it so next time I can finish the matches.

Igor_Biscan
Jan 27th, 2010, 08:58 AM
She sounds pretty positive, and clear about what she needs to work on. Now go back and trash the hotel room :devil:

Igor_Biscan
Jan 28th, 2010, 10:01 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/tale-of-the-tape--just-pick-your-colour-20100128-n1su.html

VICTORIA Azarenka lost her quarter-final to Serena Williams late Wednesday afternoon and by 2pm yesterday had already departed Melbourne town (thank you Twitter, for that information). The Belarusian has made big improvements in the last year, after giving up pastries, chocolate and one other addiction: sleeping. ''I like to sleep a lot,'' Azarenka explained. ''When I am practising and I get tired, I can just sleep for 14 hours straight. I don't know, I just like to sleep a lot.'' The habit was kicked when she started working with Sam Sumyk, and wasn't allowed to get away with sleeping through training sessions any more. ''I have different coach now and I do different things that I didn't do before,'' she said. ''My coach will not allow me to sleep in any more, he will wake me up.''

Break My Rapture
Jan 28th, 2010, 10:23 PM
:lol: poor Vika. :hug:

allrounder
Jan 28th, 2010, 10:55 PM
Thanks for posting that :yeah: I guess her new improved diet probably spells the end of seeing her tummy for a while then :sad:

She must have gone choco-crazy after Wimbledon last season i'm guessing with her record in 3 set matches :lol: Maybe sleeping through the training sessions was what Mark Wellington was talking about a while back on his twitter :scratch: At least she's more committed to putting in the extra effort now though and already she's looking much sharper :)

hellas719
Jan 29th, 2010, 02:05 AM
:lol:

Break My Rapture
Feb 8th, 2010, 06:45 PM
vika7 watching vesnina at gaz de france:) pretty cool to be in the stands cheering lol
about 2 hours ago from mobile web

Vika's in Paris. :eek:

Christinawww
Feb 8th, 2010, 07:38 PM
twitter is brilliant

allrounder
Feb 8th, 2010, 07:52 PM
Lena won too so Vika's support must've helped :)

Sumyk's based in france isn't he so im guessing Vika will be doing most of her training there between tournaments.

Break My Rapture
Feb 8th, 2010, 07:57 PM
Oh yeah, that's probably why. :)

Nina.
Feb 8th, 2010, 09:50 PM
She used to sleep through her training sessions? :eek:

allrounder
Feb 8th, 2010, 10:03 PM
I didn't know what to make of that article either. It was only this time last year i remember reading an article that said she was one of the hardest working players on improving her game and now we're told she used to sleep through training sessions :confused: If she did it must have been after Wimbledon when she looked a bit bigger and slower than the first half of the season.

Rafito.
Feb 10th, 2010, 08:25 AM
Vika tweet :haha:

vika7- just passed a pasport control and ask the girl not to stamp on the empty page because i need space for visas! and she looks at me and stamps on the empty page! What a bitch.. so pissed.

Igor_Biscan
Feb 10th, 2010, 08:27 AM
:lol: Vika is very entertaining this morning

JadeFox
Feb 10th, 2010, 08:54 AM
Vika tweet :haha:

vika7- just passed a pasport control and ask the girl not to stamp on the empty page because i need space for visas! and she looks at me and stamps on the empty page! What a bitch.. so pissed.

That tweet was hilarious! :lol:

And to think I used to hate Twitter. :p

Break My Rapture
Feb 10th, 2010, 01:40 PM
:spit: Vika.

hellas719
Feb 10th, 2010, 02:56 PM
Vika :hearts:

macginity
Feb 10th, 2010, 05:38 PM
the discovery of twitter by the players was the best thing of all times. :worship:
Twitter gives me a lot of fun now a days.

Christinawww
Feb 10th, 2010, 06:45 PM
yup, twitter is really a good way to keep track of what players are doing. It also makes them more human for us fans

hurricanejeanne
Feb 11th, 2010, 08:54 PM
Vika tweet :haha:

vika7- just passed a pasport control and ask the girl not to stamp on the empty page because i need space for visas! and she looks at me and stamps on the empty page! What a bitch.. so pissed.

:haha:

Break My Rapture
Mar 15th, 2010, 07:35 PM
Vika won't be playing doubles with Sveta at Miami.

SvetlanaK27 i m also very exited to team up again with alicia molik!we ll play in miami!and we are past champions there!its so cool to have her back on tour!so we ll ask for WC and hope we ll get it

allrounder
Mar 15th, 2010, 07:41 PM
Not really a surprise with her having to defend the singles title and she didn't play doubs there last year either. Now Sveta's with Molik maybe Vika and Vesnina could team up again during the clay season and try to defend their RG final points if Molik/Sveta do well in Miami :hearts: Vika/Sveta on clay would be a good team though too.

hellas719
Mar 16th, 2010, 03:03 AM
Vesnina is injured and might not be back in time for Miami...

allrounder
Mar 16th, 2010, 02:03 PM
I meant the European clay season - that was where they began playing doubles last year. Maybe they'l even play Charleston doubles togther if Lena's fit because they're both playing there.

bostero
Mar 26th, 2010, 09:27 PM
There is an article about Azarenka on page 12 & 13 of the E-Zine.
http://www.priceform.com/priceformmonthly1/

allrounder
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:56 PM
This is an article about Vika's team from a sports magazine last week :)

Tennis may be an individual's sport, but every top player travels with an entourage. Who gets a cut of the $4.5 million that No. 6 Victoria Azarenka pulls down annually? For starters: her coach and trainer -- who roll with the 20-year-old Belarusian to every Tour stop -- and her agent, who brokers endorsement deals. But if Azarenka hopes to defend her title in Miami, she'll need moral support, too. (Hello, Mom.) Meet Team Azarenka.

MENTALIST: SAM SUMYK, COACH
Sumyk pushes Azarenka -- nicknamed Vika -- to take the ball early, attack at the net and improve her serve consistency. Teacher and pupil practice twice a day for 60 to 90 minutes per session. Sumyk's baseline interest? He's paid a percentage of her winnings. Vika's Spin: "I bring more weapons to my game now -- and more fun. Sam brings positivity. It's a big mental help."

SHAPE SHIFTER: LAURENT LAFFITE, TRAINER
Laffite has switched Azarenka's fitness focus from strength to stamina. His favorite workout: running hills in parks along the Tour. Vika's Spin: "His job is to keep me fit. I trust Laurent. We click."

CHEERLEADER: ALLA AZARENKA, MOTHER
Alla is her daughter's confidante and spirit booster. She attends about six of 20 events a year. Vika's Spin: "She's the one I spend time with during rain delays. We play the Russian card game durak (the fool). It keeps me relaxed."

POWER PLAYER: NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN, FRIEND
The Oilers goalie met Alla when their daughters played the junior circuit in Belarus. Inspired by Vika's talent, he helped with expenses. Vika's Spin: "He gives me advice: career, boyfriends, shoes. He's the one I shop with. He doesn't care how much I spend, unlike my mom."

RAINMAKER: JOHN TOBIAS, AGENT
Tobias hits about a third of Azarenka's matches, and his deals netted her $2.4 million in 2009 -- and that's only part of his value. Vika's Spin: "He deals with the airline when they lose the bags or the hotel if the reservation is lost. John makes everything easier. "

SPARK PLUG: ROLEX THE DOG
Azarenka keeps a Rottweiler and a German shepherd at her 4,000-square-foot home in Minsk (she also has a home in Scottsdale), but her Yorkie is easier to sneak around the Tour. Vika's Spin: "I leave him in the dressing room during matches. When I come back he's so happy to see me, win or lose."

Break My Rapture
Mar 31st, 2010, 11:20 AM
She keeps Rolex in the dressing room ? :rolls:

saul1333
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:36 PM
That part about Rolexx is sooooo sweet :sobbing:

Thanks Craig, I like how they were given titles :lol:

Break My Rapture
Apr 26th, 2010, 06:28 PM
Stuttgart. Caroline Wozniacki, the world No. 2, sat down with the journalists to answer a variety of questions at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix’s All Access Hour. The 19-year-old Dane’s thoughts on...

...returning after her ankle injury:
“My ankle feels much better. I’ve been healing really fast. I’m feeling really good. I hope I can start here where I left off. That’s my goal. We have to see. It’s a very strong field here. There’s a lot of good players so it’s not going to be easy. I am looking forward to playing again in the Porsche Arena.”

...playing so many tournaments
“I’m not sure I’m the one that’s played the most tournaments, especially this year. There’s actually some new rules so you can’t play certain tournaments. You know, I’m playing a lot of matches because I’m doing well and last year I had the most matches played. It’s just a positive thing because that means I’ve been reaching far and I think I don’t remember whether it was seven finals last year or eight. I mean that’s just an incredible achievement.”

...being driven around the Porsche test track:
“That was a lot of fun. We went really fast, me and Victoria. The driver was going so fast, stopping and starting but it was a great experience.”

Vika & Caro took a test ride. :D

Spiritof42
May 3rd, 2010, 12:57 AM
Sorry if this is already old news to my fellow Vikamaniacs, but I just found out (via GM) that Vika's official website has had a complete makeover:

http://vikaazarenkatennis.com/

Not sure how long the new version been online (a couple of weeks, I guess). I had pretty much given up on checking the old website since it was never updated anymore...

Nice to see an updated schedule and a new blog ("Vika's Voyages" :lol:). But the "news" section is already lagging behind...

The photo section ("Vika's Images") is disappointing. The pictures are very small, and there's not nearly enough of them (yet). Also, the "private" pics from the old site are gone, good thing I saved a copy...

saul1333
May 3rd, 2010, 12:59 AM
Its very nice..how come she has Warsaw in her schedule?

Spiritof42
May 3rd, 2010, 01:06 AM
Beats me. Since Vika and Caro enjoy doing things together, maybe their respective schedules got mixed up. :lol:

saul1333
May 3rd, 2010, 01:09 AM
:lol: Hopefully that's the case.

allrounder
May 3rd, 2010, 01:13 AM
If she's playing Warsaw she must have very recently requested a WC because she's not on the entry list. Maybe she decided to enter to make up for her retirements in Charleston/Marbella because normally you have to commit 6 weeks before an event to be on the entry list.

Spiritof42
May 3rd, 2010, 01:38 AM
After all the fun they had in Stuttgart, Vika just couldn't bear to be separated from BFF Caro for an entire week. I'm sure that's why she requested a WC. :awww:

VIKA?
May 3rd, 2010, 07:01 AM
Warsaw?:unsure:

Break My Rapture
May 3rd, 2010, 03:15 PM
Love the new website. :hearts: Was about time.

But Warsaw? :bigcry: :weirdo:

Spiritof42
May 3rd, 2010, 04:46 PM
Just think about it: this awesome schedule should give Vika a golden opportunity to pick up an injury just in time for the French Open. :bowdown:

Loungy
May 4th, 2010, 11:17 PM
Is she STILL planning on playing Warsaw?

allrounder
May 4th, 2010, 11:36 PM
I don't think she's officially entered yet, we're just assuming she's took a WC from it being on her website schedule because she isn't on the entry list.

hurricanejeanne
May 5th, 2010, 12:02 AM
I just looked at the site, which is lovely, but I'm starring at her schedule and I don't see Warsaw. I just see Madrid and then Roland Garros. Unless I'm looking at the wrong page...but I'm looking at the section called "Vika's Schedule".

:p

Spiritof42
May 5th, 2010, 02:57 AM
Trust us, it was there yesterday. :lol:
But it was obviously a mistake.

Will she play at all before the French Open?

allrounder
May 6th, 2010, 06:03 PM
An interview with Vika provided by one of our national newspapers

You reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open and the Dubai final this season. Are you pleased with your form?
It’s been a very good start for me this season. I went backwards a little bit in Indian Wells (reached third round) and Miami (reached fourth round) where I didn’t really play my best tennis and was a little bit unfortunate with the draw. Then I struggled with injuries. I feel like I’m coming back now and finding my best game and getting ready for the next grand slam.

What improvements have you made since linking up with new coach Sam Sumyk?
I’m getting better and trying to use more aspects of my game to become a complete player and I’m really happy with the change. I have good chemistry and communicate well with my new coach, that’s something which is very important.

Do you feel under added pressure to do well at the French Open after knocking out defending champion Ana Ivanovic last year?
This year is completely different year for me. I have nothing to prove to anybody. I’m going to go into Roland Garros and try to win – are as the other 127 girls in the draw.

What would you be doing if you hadn’t made it in the sport?
I always wanted to be an actress. I think that is something that I could be pretty good at. Maybe that’s something I will do in the future, but to be a good actress you have to really know how to do it – there are only a few really good ones in the world. But after being taken for a drive in a racing Porsche in Stuttgart, I think I might quite like to be a racing driver too now!

What do you look forward too most when you return home to Belarus?
I haven’t been back to Belarus much over the last six months but I love going home to see my family and some of my friends. I would like to go back there and help some kids make sure they also can fulfill their dreams.

What was life like growing up in Minsk?
It was definitely hard but the sacrifices that I made and that my family made for me are paying off now, so it’s all been worth it.

Is it true NHL goalkeeper Nikolai Khabibulin persuaded you to move to America and help you dot it? If so how/where did you meet?
Yes, Nikolai Khabibulin helped me a lot. My mum met his wife first, she knew her because she also played tennis when she was a junior. They are like my second family. They helped me so much, we’re still very close and I can never thank them enough.

Break My Rapture
May 6th, 2010, 06:17 PM
Nice interview.
I hope she really is finding her best again in time for RG, and hopefully at being 100%. :awww:

Thanks Craig. :D

allrounder
May 6th, 2010, 08:21 PM
She's not going to give herself much chance of finding her best form by playing Madrid whilst still carrying an injury :help::scared: She'd better not end up risking missing RG by playing :armed:

I like her aspirations to become an actress though :inlove: She has that kind of moviestar look about her when she's offcourt and the personality :angel:

Spiritof42
May 6th, 2010, 08:25 PM
I like her aspirations to become an actress though :inlove: She has that kind of moviestar look about her when she's offcourt and the personality :angel:
She's already shown she has quite an impressive repertoire of attitudes and emotions and doesn't mind showing them in public. :lol:

Vika at the Academy Awards... :inlove:

Igor_Biscan
May 6th, 2010, 08:30 PM
Thanks Craig. What paper is it from?

allrounder
May 6th, 2010, 08:35 PM
The Telegraph ;)

Igor_Biscan
May 6th, 2010, 08:46 PM
Thanks. Great to see Vika in a national newspaper

allrounder
May 6th, 2010, 09:06 PM
Thanks. Great to see Vika in a national newspaper
Yeah especially before grasscourt season too :eek::lol: The Telegraph do tend to follow tennis more than the other papers throughout the year though, but it's nice to see they went out of their way to talk to Vika of all players :)
She's already shown she has quite an impressive repertoire of attitudes and emotions and doesn't mind showing them in public. :lol:

Vika at the Academy Awards... :inlove:
If her on court Demeanour is anything to go by she could make a very convincing bad girl :devil: Even though she has toned it down a bit this year :awww:

hurricanejeanne
May 6th, 2010, 11:16 PM
Cute interview, Vika is such a natural in interviews it seems. :hearts:

hellas719
May 7th, 2010, 02:04 AM
Vika :cool:

Break My Rapture
May 8th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Craig, that article you posted from The Telegraph, was it taken before or after Vika lost to Ivanovic?

allrounder
May 8th, 2010, 04:51 PM
No idea when it was taken to be honest - only that it was done this week as another article says that she'l be playing Madrid next week that was on the same page (no mention of Rome at all). It was published on the 6th of May though.

Break My Rapture
May 8th, 2010, 05:01 PM
Oh, so probably after she lost since it was published on the 6th? :unsure:

Delfii
May 12th, 2010, 10:15 PM
Hello ! This is an update about Vika's Injury, that is on her site right now:

"Hello All!
I know this is a little unusual but I wanted to give you an update on my injury. I was really disappointed that I lost in the 2nd round of Rome; I really hoped I would do better there. Unfortunately, I sustained a groin muscle injury during my match against Ana Ivanovic, which did not get better for Madrid. I have spent a few days in Paris rehabbing my injury before flying over to Madrid. My physio, Laurent, has been very helpful, but he could not make a miracle happen. I was not able to test my strained muscle before my first round match in Madrid, but I tried my best to play. I went down 3-0 in the 1st set pretty quickly, and I was in pain. I would not have been able to finish the match, and I had to retire."

Currently, I am spending some time with my family in Minsk. I am scheduled to return to Paris to work with Laurent early next week. I am hoping that my injury will get better soon, and I will be 100% for the French Open."

http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00836/Victoria_Azarenka01_836567a.jpg

Well, Im so happy that finally Vika is talking about her injury and hopefully, she'll 100% healthy to RG :bounce:

Break My Rapture
May 12th, 2010, 10:27 PM
Great that she wrote us an update.
And yeah, hopefully 100% before RG. ;)

allrounder
May 12th, 2010, 10:56 PM
She's alive :eek: Oh well at least she's been able to take a short break to rest back home in Belarus :)

bluestorm10
May 12th, 2010, 11:36 PM
It's great to finally hear from her about her injury situation. Is it just me or does she sound not too confident that there's enough time for her to heal between now and Roland Garros?

Loungy
May 13th, 2010, 03:28 AM
I miss her on twitter. :sad: Wish she'd share more pics of her rottweiler now that she's in Belarus. :p

Delfii
May 13th, 2010, 04:58 PM
I miss her on twitter. :sad: Wish she'd share more pics of her rottweiler now that she's in Belarus. :p

haha true that rottweiler was soo funny, and yeah I miss her tweets :sad:

Spiritof42
May 13th, 2010, 07:04 PM
It's great to finally hear from her about her injury situation. Is it just me or does she sound not too confident that there's enough time for her to heal between now and Roland Garros?
I feel the same. While it's nice to hear from her, she doesn't sound too optimistic.

"I was not able to test my strained muscle before my first round match in Madrid, but I tried my best to play".
I still don't understand why she felt she absolutely had to play. Hasn't she learned anything from her previous retirements? Anything at all? Too bad Sumyk (or her physio) couldn't put some sense into her. That right groin injury probably didn't come out of nowhere, as we've already discussed.

Break My Rapture
May 14th, 2010, 04:21 PM
From official website:

Vika Interviewed by Wave Magazine
13. May, 2010 Categories: News by admin 1 Comment

I am a high achiever

Being on the road is very demanding, tiring, and living out of a suitcase could be hard sometimes but I understand that I have to make this small sacrifice to do what I love. Tennis is a global sport, it comes with a lot of travelling. I knew what I signed up for when I decided I want to be a pro player

By MARKO ANDREJIĆ (marko.andrejic@wavemagazine.net)
from Belgrade, SERBIA

Victoria AzarenkaVictoria Azarenka is a Belarus tennis player, born in Minsk on July 31, 1989, with current residence in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. She is a pro tennis player since 2003, and her world ranking is No.9 at the moment. Azarenka is right-handed with two-handed backhand. She is 1.80m high blondie, very symphatetic and charming girl. Her friends call her Vika.

In an exclusive interview with WAVE magazine, she is talking about her career, what does it look like living on the tour all the time, about her cooperation with Nikolai Khabibulin and personal and professional life goals. We did this interview via e-mail, as Victoria was in Paris, just between her tournaments in Marbella and Stuttgart.

You play very good recently and this is a very good period for you – results and current WTA ranking definitely prove that. Are you satisfied with your play and world ranking at the moment? What do you consider the best element of your game and where do you see place for improvement?

- First of all, thank you. If I said I was satisfied, than there would not be a point for me trying to improve any more. I am a high achiever; I am never satisfied with how I play. This is what keeps me going actually. I always want to improve, I want to get better, and until this feeling is there, I am motivated and I am ready to play.

I think I am a very aggressive player and I started coming to the net more often and these turn out to be a big weapon for me. As for improvement, I think I need to learn how to keep myself calm and level-headed during matches.

Victoria Azarenka How does it look like your cooperation with your coach?

- I am thankful I have Sam Sumyk working with me. He is a great coach, and he has already helped me a lot. I usually practice twice a day and maybe one fitness or running session. Tennis basically takes up my day.

How many matches and tournaments do you play every year? Are you sometimes afraid of injury because tennis players have really hard job to do playing every week in a different place, sometimes even Time Zone?

- I think I play somewhere around 20 events or so each year (exhibitions and charity events excluded that is). Maybe a bit more. I am not even sure because I play so many events. The key to stay injury free is fitness and taking good care of my body. I run a lot, I do stretching, massage sessions, and I never miss my warm-up either. I am still young, I am expecting a long career, so I have to make sure that I am fit enough to play for many more years.

Can you make a comparison between men and women tennis, what are the differences and where are similarities?

Victoria Azarenka- I think it’s hard to make comparisons, men serve bigger, they play faster points, while women have longer rallies. One thing is for sure though, no one plays like Roger.

What does it look like being on the tour all the time? Travelling from country to country, switching planes, hotels, courts, and having only about two months every year to take a rest? How often do you travel to your hometown Minsk?

- I try to go there as much as I can. However, not as often as I would like obviously. Being on the road is very demanding, tiring, and living out of a suitcase could be hard sometimes but I understand that I have to make this small sacrifice to do what I love. Tennis is a global sport, it comes with a lot of travelling. I knew what I signed up for when I decided I want to be a pro player.

You moved to Arizona, USA in the summer of 2005 and Nikolai Khabibulin, the Russian goalie (hockey) helped you a lot in developing your professional career. You say that he and his family are like your second family. How did it happen and how would you describe your relationship?

- The Khabibulins have been just wonderful with me. Their daughter, Sasha also played tennis, and Nikolai offered to take me with them to Arizona, where I started training with my former coach. I have lived with Nikolai’s family; we became friends and I feel very connected to them. I am also a huge hockey fan, thanks to Nikolai.

Victoria AzarenkaWe heard you enjoy shopping and have a big collection of shoes, is that true? What else do you like doing in your free time? Are you more party-girl or you prefer quiet fun – dinner, walks, books?

- I am a big shoe junkie, that’s true. I also like hanging out with my friends, go to dinners. I like exploring new places. I also like basketball and I love hockey.

You have a profile and Fan Page on Facebook, as well as Twitter account. Do you have time to write there and use this social networks by your own, or you have people who take care of that?

- Of course I write my own Twitter feeds. I like Twitter because I can stay connected to my fans and friends. I have a profile on Facebook as well, and I have my own website, which is being redesigned soon, so I am super excited for that.

Who is your best friend in WTA Tour?

- I am a great friend with Caroline Wozniacki.

What is your personal and professional life goal?

- I would like to keep improving as a player. My goal is to be the best I can be and one day, I would love to accept a trophy at a Grand Slam event. Hopefully soon. As for personal goals, I just want to live a happy and satisfied life. I would like to stay balanced as well because I think it is important you find peace and balance in your life.

Delfii
May 14th, 2010, 05:25 PM
Thanks Pieter, nice interview :)

Spiritof42
May 15th, 2010, 03:45 AM
How many matches and tournaments do you play every year? Are you sometimes afraid of injury because tennis players have really hard job to do playing every week in a different place, sometimes even Time Zone?

- I think I play somewhere around 20 events or so each year (exhibitions and charity events excluded that is). Maybe a bit more. I am not even sure because I play so many events. The key to stay injury free is fitness and taking good care of my body. I run a lot, I do stretching, massage sessions, and I never miss my warm-up either. I am still young, I am expecting a long career, so I have to make sure that I am fit enough to play for many more years.
Oh, the irony... :tape:

HowardH
May 15th, 2010, 06:36 AM
How many matches and tournaments do you play every year? Are you sometimes afraid of injury because tennis players have really hard job to do playing every week in a different place, sometimes even Time Zone?

- I think I play somewhere around 20 events or so each year (exhibitions and charity events excluded that is). Maybe a bit more. I am not even sure because I play so many events. The key to stay injury free is fitness and taking good care of my body. I run a lot, I do stretching, massage sessions, and I never miss my warm-up either. I am still young, I am expecting a long career, so I have to make sure that I am fit enough to play for many more years.

Oh, the irony... :tape:

:o Irony indeed.

hellas719
May 16th, 2010, 03:09 AM
What irony :lol:

allrounder
May 25th, 2010, 01:44 PM
Another part of a long article from The Times that talks about player relationships on and off court. I've just copied the bit that talks about Vika and her BFF Caro

Full article here http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7134472.ece

Coffee with Wozniacki and Azarenka. This is interesting because it changes the story. Wozniacki is 19 years old and ranked world No 3; Azarenka is 20 and No 11. They are the up-and-comers of the women’s game; theoretically, they should detest each other. But last year, Wozniacki finished the season by holidaying in Mauritius with another rival, Agnieszka Radwanska (aged 21, ranked No 8); this year she is already talking holiday plans with Azarenka.

It was, they say, Martina Hingis who melted the permafrost of the locker room by actually talking to her rivals, but these girls have taken friendly rivalry to a new level. “We only really compete for guys,” Azarenka says.

“She wins,” Wozniacki says, giggling. “But I am definitely the better racing driver.”

“On the court, we don’t really want to kill each other,” Azarenka says, “but we want to win.”

“I think the young girls today are really sticking together,” Wozniacki says. Her point was made the next day when she and Radwanska were knocked out simultaneously and consoled each other by sitting in the locker room eating chocolate together. As Radwanska recorded in her blog: “We also went out for a late dinner, then we watched a scary movie . . . Paranormal Activity . . . There’s one part at the end that’s so scary, we jumped so much, the computer almost fell off the bed.”

I ask about the pecking order, the intimidation and Wozniacki explains: “If you are friendly and open, the other players don’t try to scare you as much.” Who would they be? “We can’t say,” comes the reply. And this is common; yes, tennis can be a catfight; and no, we won’t snitch on the cats with the sharpest claws.

But you wonder if this refreshing spirit of these two is related to their extended innocence.

hurricanejeanne
May 25th, 2010, 02:31 PM
That is really cute. I think it's pretty awesome that it seems that the majority of the younger generation is super friendly with one another, it leads to these girls playing more doubles and enjoying themselves more and probably to more longevity in their careers.

I love the part where they say that they only compete over guys and Vika wins. :lol:

Delfii
May 25th, 2010, 02:50 PM
This is before RG, a little late from May 20th :sobbing:
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Spox Interviews Vika


SPOX: Miss Azarenka, do you like hockey?

Victoria Azarenka: Of course! But I know why you’re asking…

SPOX: Because of Nikolai Khabibulin, the goalie of the Edmonton Oilers. He took you under his wings when you left Minsk to live and practice in the US at a very early age.

Azarenka: Yes, he used to play for the Phoenix Coyotes and lives in Scottsdale. I stayed at his house, went to a lot of his games and cheered him on. That’s when I came to love hockey.

SPOX: How long have you known the Khabibulin family?

Azarenka: Basically all my life. Nikolai is a good friend of my mother, and they became my second family when I lived with them.

SPOX: Now, as an established pro-player, you still live in Scottsdale. Why did you stay in Arizona?

Azarenka: The conditions are perfect: Scottsdale has great courts and nice weather. That’s not to say that I don’t like my hometown Minsk. Quite the opposite: I always love to go home! Even though I can’t manage to go very often.

SPOX: Before the US you tried Marbella. Why didn’t it work out there?

Azarenka: I just felt like Scottsdale was a better fit form me. With Nikolai’s family and my former coach living there, the adjustment was a lot easier.

SPOX: You used to play indoors a lot as a kid, you name hard-court as your favourite surface, but the best results you had in Grand Slam tournaments have so far come at Roland Garros. How do you explain that?

Azarenka: I have advanced to the quarters at the French Open, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. I guess I would not say that my best results come from clay. I clinced my biggest career title in Miami last year; a tournament that is held on hard court. I actually think that my game style fits the hard surface better, and I tend to feel more comfortable on it as well, but I have nothing against clay either.

SPOX: So far you have yet to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. However, you have been considered a potential winner basically every time since 2009. Do you figure that you have a shot at the title in Paris?

Azarenka: Whoever competes at a Grand Slam has a shot at winning the title. I believe that hard work will eventually pay off, and I will fulfill my dream of winning a title soon.

SPOX: In order to do that, you would probably have to beat some of the top players However, concerning current top 10 players you only have a positive record against Sam Stosur (3-0). Is it just your age, or what else is still missing that would allow you to take that last step?

Azarenka: These statistics are a little misleading. Yes, it is true that I have a positive record against these players, but it’s not like I have not beaten any of the top players yet. I have recorded wins against Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams as well as many others. I am still very young; I will get many more chances to play against these players, and hopefully I will improve my record against them.

SPOX: And someday become the world’s number one? Or is winning a grand slam title your number one priority at this point in your career?

Azarenka: Yes, I’d like to get that major title first. And then become the world’s number one (smiles).

SPOX: You’re well-known for taking trips through the cities in which you’re playing and to suck in the atmosphere of every place. What do you like to do when you have some time off?

Azarenka: I like shopping, I love sports, I like ice-cream. I think your best bet to find me would be at a big shopping area, or at a basketball or hockey game, or at an ice-cream parlor. At home I like hanging out with my friends, going to the movies, having a good chat with a cold lemonade, or just chilling out at home.

SPOX: Ice-cream, really? In today’s sports world where nutrition becomes more and more crucial, don’t you get into trouble with your coach?

Azarenka: I understand that nutrition is crucial but I love ice-cream and sometimes I think I can afford eating a little chocolate ice-cream.

SPOX: And why basketball and hockey, but no tennis?

Azarenka: I like sports, but I don’t necessarily watch tennis.

SPOX: Nevertheless you name Roger Federer and Steffi Graf as your idols. Who else do you like?

Azarenka: I grew up playing next to Natasha Zvereva and Max Mirnyi. It was actually a little weird that I used to idolize Max, and then I won a mixed doubles Grand Slam with him. I always wanted to be like them from very early on. However, as I started watching tennis, I became a big fan of Steffi. As for Roger, I think he is a genius. I respect him as an athlete and as a person. I think he created a great balance in his life, for which I admire him.

SPOX: It really seems that that’s the hardest part about being a professional tennis player. You always have to keep your focus. However, have you been able to make friends on the tour, or is it all just business?

Azarenka: My best friend on the tour is Caro Wozniacki; she is a great girl. We have so much fun when we meet up at different events and we usually try to grab dinner to catch up whenever we are at the same event.

SPOX: Now that I know what things you like and who your best friend on the tour is: Please tell me what you’re afraid of.

Azarenka: Getting my blood drawn is my worst fear of all. I simply hate needles. I have disliked them since I was a little girl. I also despise spiders.

hellas719
May 26th, 2010, 03:08 AM
Thanks for posting those :D

stangtennis
May 27th, 2010, 03:28 PM
http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/opencourt/archive/2010/05/27/azarenka-s-gentleman-friend.aspx
Azarenka's gentleman friend (http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/opencourt/archive/2010/05/27/azarenka-s-gentleman-friend.aspx)

By smyles62 (http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/members/smyles62/default.aspx) Thu, May 27 2010 COMMENTS(0) (http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/opencourt/archive/2010/05/27/azarenka-s-gentleman-friend.aspx#comments) Open Court (http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/opencourt/default.aspx)
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Victoria Azarenka fans will know if this is a friend, hitting partner, boyfriend or innocent bystander.

But one thing's for sure, the tall hottie is a gentleman.

As Azarenka prepared to leave the practice court with her gear, he gallantly offered to take the tennis bag for her.

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She did have another one she had to tote.

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Azarenka has seemed in a very, very good mood, despite a premature exit from the French Open at the hands of Gisela Dulko.

Coach Sam Sumyk, a Frenchman, later told the French media that it wasn't injury-related at all, that the left leg that has been bothering her all spring was not a factor. She did, however, blow off her post-match press conference and had to swallow a $4,000 fine.

So who's her gentleman friend?

Break My Rapture
May 27th, 2010, 03:50 PM
At least we know the loss wasn't injury-related then. :lol: Just rustyness because of lack of practice.

saul1333
May 27th, 2010, 03:52 PM
Anyone else want to kill that guy :fiery: :lol:

allrounder
May 27th, 2010, 04:24 PM
Thanks for posting that strangtennis :yeah: it looks a bit like her BF from the side, maybe Aleh can confirm.

Good to hear she's no longer injured though, she just needs plenty of practice to get her sharpness back :)

hurricanejeanne
May 27th, 2010, 04:26 PM
He's cute and double kudos for being a gentleman. :D

I'm glad the loss was because she was hurt, thank god! That makes me feel a million times better about the situation. Hopefully she can find her rhythm through doubles and then in Eastbourne.

VIKA?
May 27th, 2010, 07:51 PM
is he Sergei Bubka Jr.? cuz someone said that was her BF.

VIKA?
May 27th, 2010, 08:39 PM
oh ok:)

Delfii
May 27th, 2010, 10:24 PM
He is so hot :drool::hearts:

JadeFox
May 27th, 2010, 10:42 PM
So that's the elusive Sergei.

Cute. :lick:

hellas719
May 28th, 2010, 04:24 AM
Sumyk is French? :eek:
I thought he was Russian :rolls:

hurricanejeanne
May 28th, 2010, 03:25 PM
Sumyk is French? :eek:
I thought he was Russian :rolls:

I'm glad I'm not the only one who was shocked! :lol:

allrounder
May 30th, 2010, 09:02 PM
An article about Vika from a reporter on tennis.com

Chasing Victoria

PARIS—Victoria Azarenka has won only two of her last seven matches. For one of the tour's most promising 20-and-unders, who won Miami last year and has been ranked as high as No. 6, it's a run that requires some explanation, particularly after her French Open campaign ended in a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Gisela Dulko in the first round. But it’s tough to get to the bottom of Azarenka’s poor performance if you can’t talk to her, and there hasn’t been a peep out of her all week.

She was scheduled to come in for a press conference after the match, but she went to an anti-doping test and then disappeared. Because players must turn up for press conferences if requested, she was fined $4,000.

Her win-loss record suggests a leg injury at April's WTA event in Marbella was a possible catalyst for her poor form—she retired in the quarterfinals and has not won two matches in a row since. But that's not much to go on. Spotting her in the doubles draw with Vera Zvonareva, I request her after their first-round doubles win.

During the first week of the tournament, the interview desk at the French Open resembles the order station at a Paris restaurant during lunch. But the shrewd heads at the interview desk immediately recognize this request will have to be handled with a little finesse. "She says she's happy to talk to you," the word comes back, rather surprisingly, "but she wants to do it after practice tomorrow." I suspect she’s avoiding an interview, but—sure, no problem.

Tomorrow arrives. A careful glance at the practice sheet shows no V. Azarenka. Neither does the second or third glance. Cheeky little thing.

So it's on to Plan C—Azarenka will come in for an interview after her next doubles match, win or lose.

Tomorrow arrives again. Not only is Azarenka's doubles not scheduled for the day, but it's raining, which will back up the schedule and means she may not play again till the weekend. Time to give up, perhaps.

But then Azarenka makes a foolish, fatal error. She shows up for a meal in the players lounge, and gets spotted when I'm here on another errand. A gentle nudge to the interview desk, and the runners are quickly dispatched to try to reel her in.

It works. Meeting as arranged in the lounge, Azarenka returns the handshake and replies, "Hi," but doesn't smile. Though the chase is over, it's important to stay vigilant—she could yet get away.

The place is jammed with players, coaches and hangers-on whiling away the rain delays, and for a few minutes it seems almost all the time could be taken up just looking for a place to sit. Walking towards the transport area, Azarenka runs into Dinara Safina, and the interview is temporarily put on hold again as the two greet each other enthusiastically. Safina's face, all smiles, freezes at the sight of a reporter with such horror that it's hard not to feel sorry for her.

I step away, and they laugh and talk cheerfully in Russian for a few minutes. This is "Vika" now, the other side of Azarenka; the one who hangs out with Ernests Gulbis and goes shopping with Caroline Wozniacki.

"Sorry," she says afterwards, some of the pleasantness spilling over. Then another chat with someone else she knows, and finally we do the interview standing alongside a wall in the corridor. Despite everything that's come before, the toughest challenge is still ahead—getting enough material to make it worthwhile.

"I've been injured and haven't been able to play at my best level, but you cannot always go through good form, good results," she says when asked about her recent losses. "You always have a little bit of bad results, so for me it's important to get ready for Wimbledon and I'm getting healthy now so that's the important thing."

The room is loud and she's talking as if to the wall behind her, so the tape recorder will have to float just inches from her face for the rest of the interview.

What was the injury? "It was several. It wasn't just one. It was little bit one leg, another leg," she says.

What type of injuries? "It was different injuries. I'm not going to talk about each one. Just injuries," comes the enigmatic reply.

It's a bit of a discouraging start, but luckily I've talked to Azarenka before and know you to pump the handle for a quite a while before anything comes out. Later, she'll reveal a little about how different things became after she hit the Top 10 last year and won Miami to catapult herself into the spotlight.

"I think for me it's a matter of people putting so much pressure on you, with all the media," she says. "What changed is people see me more as a favorite at different tournaments. Yeah, they do, but also when you play against somebody they want to beat you more because they have higher motivation.”

Her recent slump has taken her out of the Top 10. "I think one thing is to get there and another thing is to stay in there,” she says. “So for me it's a new learning experience, how to handle myself better because I'm still not at the level I want to be. I'm developing my game, I'm still developing physically and everything.”

Her temper remains a handicap during tight matches, but potent ball-striking skills and a competitive spirit means the Belarussian is still a bright prospect. "I'm trying to become a better player and a better, more mature person," she says. "I'm still looking forward to so many things. The rankings aren't the biggest thing for me."

Azarenka began working with coach Sam Sumyk this season, who previously worked with her doubles partner this week, Vera Zvonareva. Zvonareva, who coincidentally spent some time working with Azarenka's previous coach, is reportedly still feeling Smuyk's absence, so I asked Azarenka if he was working with both players this week.

There's a slight frown as Azarenka stakes out her territory. "No, it's just me, and Vera is by herself," she says firmly. "When we play doubles no one is coaching us, it's us who are playing, doing stuff."

How is the coaching going? "It's going well, everything is fine. We are there when it's good times, we are there when it's bad times, so you just work through it. . . . The most important thing for me is to be always healthy. If I'm healthy I know I can do good results."

Now based in Paris for training, she describes the tour as "sometimes like a zoo." "I like the competition and stuff, but it's tough to travel all the time,” she says. “To be on the tour you have to have also your own people, you know, who you can rely on, who you can talk to."

But despite the extra pressure she feels as a top player, there has been no inclination to keep her distance from other pros on the circuit. "I think it depends on your personality. If you're a person who doesn't like attention too much, then you do that," she says. "If you're a person who likes people, interested in having fun, then [you don't].

"I mean, tennis is my career, it's not my life. My life is my family, is my friends, is what I like to do. Tennis is just my job. Of course it's the priority, but it's not the most important thing in my life."

So it's just the media she doesn't like talking to? "No, this week has nothing to do with my fine, has nothing to do that I don't want to talk to the media," she bridles. "It's a big misunderstanding which nobody have no idea what happened. So people start to create some stories, and that's what I really hate about media, when people create stories without knowing anything."

So what did happen? "What happened is—there was bad timing. I don't like to go into it."

That clears up one thing, anyway: The interview is over.

It sounds as if some of these reporters/journalists are really getting on her nerves. I think her injuries and playing through them has taken it's toll a bit too and she seems just a bit fed up with everything at the moment. :sad: :hug:

Break My Rapture
May 30th, 2010, 09:32 PM
Aw poor girl. :awww:

bluestorm10
May 30th, 2010, 10:36 PM
Thanks for that article. I think that, more than anything else, really illuminates where she's at right now mentally and hence tennis-wise.

Anyway, I feel really bad for her because she sounds awfully tired. Not tired of tennis, mind you. Just tired of everything else that has to go with it. I think it has a lot to do with her injury troubles in the past month or so. It's easier to tire of all the extracurricular things you may have tolerated before when you're frustrated that you're not or cannot perform the way you want on the tennis court. Like, I feel it's easier to take criticism, needing to explain yourself and talk to reporters who could care less and even follow weird WTA rules when you're happy about your tennis. But when even the job of tennis is taxing, with having to rest, rehab and then the inability to train properly, everything else can start to grate. Also, it does seem as if the pressure after having a spectacular year is taking a toll on her. I get the sense though that Vika is way too strong to let that kind of pressure really affect her for very long.

That said, I think Tandon is actually a pretty good writer so I feel kinda bad for her. :lol: First, it doesn't seem as if she asked any inflammatory questions. Second, it must have been really uncomfortable for her as well. I bet Vika was trying to give brain signals for her to leave her alone. :lol: I feel a player isn't obligated to the media at any point so I'm not faulting Vika or anything. Still, Tandon's okay so I have to feel a little bad for her. Now if it were Cronin...;)

I'm curious as to the misunderstanding about the interview though. :confused: How would that/could that happen? It was pretty clear with the magnitude of the loss that reporters would want to talk to her.

There were rumours circling about Vera wanting to get back with Sumyk earlier (though I don't think actually asking him back). Either Vika's annoyed the reporter tried to stir up trouble or she's uncomfortable with it because there's tension there? What do you guys think?

Anyway, sorry for the long post. :lol: But so many things to talk about in the article.

allrounder
Jun 19th, 2010, 02:54 PM
Vika doesn't sound as if she wants to be too open about her injury

Unseeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5), 6-4 at the Eastbourne International grass-court event Saturday to win her first career title.

The 22-year-old becomes the first unseeded champion at Eastbourne since American Chanda Rubin in 2002. She's also the first qualifier to win the title.

Makarova is the first qualifier to win a title on the WTA Tour since Alexandra Dulgheru in Warsaw last year.

Azarenka struggled from the start and appeared to be carrying an injury, but refused to reveal what it was.

“It's my problem, I'll keep it to myself,” Azarenka said. “I still have to treat it, and I don't want to put it out there. It's not a big thing.”

The hobbled 20-year-old from Belarus sank to her knees after Makarova hit a winning return to break for 2-0. While Azarenka was moving gingerly at times, she competed throughout, holding a break point at 2-0 and another at 4-2 before forcing a backhand error to break in the ninth game as Makarova failed to serve out the set.

Makarova also faced two break points at 5-5 before taking the tiebreaker.

Leading 2-1 in the second set, Azarenka called for her coach and appeared close to tears. She went on to concede her serve at 2-2 when she made a forehand error.

Makarova, who saved 10 of 11 break points in the match, fought off four break points to hold for 4-2 and two more at 4-3 before claiming victory.

Makarova is the first qualifier to win a title on the WTA Tour since Alexandra Dulgheru in Warsaw last year.

The men's final, between Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain and Michael Llodra of France, was being played later Saturday.

VIKA?
Jun 19th, 2010, 02:58 PM
:awww:

she didn't say anything in the ceremony neither:awww:

Delfii
Jun 19th, 2010, 03:42 PM
Poor Vika :sobbing: She has too much pression right now.
I can't imagine how sad she is at the moment :sobbing:

Break My Rapture
Jun 19th, 2010, 03:44 PM
I hope it's nothing serious. :scared:

Delfii
Jun 19th, 2010, 04:24 PM
As the Oficial Tweet Supplier here are the tweets of Vika:

Tough one today! Unfortunately I lost! Great match from makarova! Now its time to get ready for wimby! Thanks so much for the support!

Its been a good week for me and I really enjoyed my time! Love u guys!!! U r the best

She doesn't talk about her injury, so maybe she is fine? :D

saul1333
Jun 19th, 2010, 05:08 PM
At least there aren't any exclamation points in the quote. It looks like a sentence you yell.

Damn knees!!!!!!

hurricanejeanne
Jun 20th, 2010, 01:54 AM
Hopefully this means it's just soreness in her knees and that's why she's keeping mum about it. :awww:

Delfii
Jun 20th, 2010, 07:22 PM
Vika again on Twitter :)

London!!! First day at wimbledon park! I love this place!

Just went to nike's house! Got my new stuff its very nice! And I got some really cool shoes! Thanks to Su! She is one of the sweetest person On the planet!!!

I feel in the mood to cook something! Can anyone believe that? I can't! Lol

@Bryanbros lol

What should I cook guys? Help..recipes lol

Thx guys. I'm gonna go with pasta with shrimp


I can't wait to see Vika's new outfit :cool:

Break My Rapture
Jun 20th, 2010, 08:38 PM
I just love it when she tweets. :rolls:
'Her new stuff' is probably just her current dress but in white but I'm quite excited to see if she'll wear a headband like last year though. :lol:

hurricanejeanne
Jun 20th, 2010, 11:21 PM
Her tweets are adorable! I love the whole cooking stuff! :lol:

Delfii
Jun 21st, 2010, 01:11 PM
Vika this morning on Twitter :)

Good morning! Lovely day here in wimbledon! Going to practise today! Wearing all white today! I feel pretty haha. How is everyone?xoxo

White clothes for Vika :hearts: I can't wait :)

Jane Lane
Jun 21st, 2010, 04:22 PM
Vika and Chak playing doubles at Wimbledon?
My two favs...sweet! :)

Delfii
Jun 21st, 2010, 04:39 PM
Vika is being really nice with us and she is writing a lot on Twitter :)

Good practise today! And beautiful tennis weather! My coach was outstanding hitting partner today lol

Watching roger now! Omg I'm so nervous!

@SweetSandra31 thank you

Luckily for her Roger won :D

Delfii
Jun 22nd, 2010, 08:49 PM
Some super sweet tweets fro Vika :hug:

@serenajwilliams gave me and caroline some tips on how to do nails. Has anyone seen hers?..AMAAAAZING

Vamooooossss! I'm so happy! 2-0. Good job chicos!

Getting treatment and can't watch my team argentina! Somebody tell me please.. Vamos argentina

Hey guys! Won my match! Was so honoured to play on center court! Thanks to organisation:) and to u guys for ur support! Xoxo

@andyroddick lol that's a good one

We won :banana: Thanks Palermo :drool:

3Dcool
Jun 23rd, 2010, 02:57 AM
How do u know her twitter?!

hellas719
Jun 23rd, 2010, 03:22 AM
What a bitch this Azarenka is :rolleyes:
Cheering for Argentina instead of Greece :rolleyes:
I'm just kidding of course :p:lol:

But I can't believe my favorite tennis player (Baghdatis) and my favorite team lost today and Vika was happy about it :lol:. Does she not know that Dulko beat her at RG? :lol:. Daniilidou beat her in Paris Indoors 2008 though :lol:. Oh well, Vika winning made things a little better I guess :lol:

Delfii
Jun 23rd, 2010, 12:28 PM
Haha just finished treatment and went back to the locker to get my stuff and its closed! I'm stuck lol

Morning guys! Playing dubs today with anna! We didn't play together for 2 years! We gonna have fun :) how is everyone?

Good Luck Vika & Anna :hearts:

Igor_Biscan
Jun 24th, 2010, 08:59 PM
one of vika's tweets was in the guardian newspaper today.. only they printed her username as vikaj

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/jun/23/roundup-tweets-wimbledon-tennis-stars

Delfii
Jun 24th, 2010, 09:39 PM
I decided to put all Vika's tweets in one post per day, 'coz she started to be a parrot :haha: and she is tweeting a lot :)

(First tweet is the oldest)

Won my match today! It was tough in the end specially! Bojana playing really well I think! Thanks for all the support! Xoxo

Watching isner-mahut again! Omg its unbeliveble! Come on John! Let's go

Come ooooonnnnn! Matchpoint

Once again what a match! Congrats to @JohnIsnerTennis. All I can say is wow ... And mahut bad luck but still he is a champion

"@andyroddick: met the queen of england today .... she said she loved me in the american pie movies" lol


Having russian dinner with my favourite friends in london! My friend Sveta is amazing cook!I'm so full! And there is still desert :))))))

What do u think :lol:?

hurricanejeanne
Jun 24th, 2010, 11:58 PM
Love them! :hearts: I love the Andy one :spit:

Vika rooting for John :hearts:

Loungy
Jun 25th, 2010, 01:28 AM
Vika roots for all the wrong players/teams, but she's too adorable to unfollow :sad:

saul1333
Jun 25th, 2010, 11:17 AM
Vika and John have the same agent so that may have influenced her :lol:

Igor_Biscan
Jun 25th, 2010, 01:18 PM
I like her tweets about Isner's match.. it's like our livescore thread

Delfii
Jun 25th, 2010, 03:39 PM
Today tweets I fell in love with her second tweet :hearts: she is so perfect :)

(Im going to edit it when she tweet more :) )

Hey everybody! Done with practise! I hit with a great junior player from brazil today! Great talent! Thanks Tiago :)

And yesterday I got a t-shirt from argentina team!!!! And a hat!!! I'm soooo happy! I was wearing it all day yesterday and today lol

hellas719
Jun 25th, 2010, 08:13 PM
Thanks for posting all of Vika's tweets :yeah:

Delfii
Jun 26th, 2010, 02:55 PM
Thanks God she tweeted :hug:

Bad day for me today! My opponent played the best tennis of her life I think! Everything from the opposite site was going in! Its painful

But thanks for the support guys! I really appreciate it!

So funny the: "My opponent played the best tennis of her life I think! :rolls:"

saul1333
Jun 26th, 2010, 02:57 PM
She didnt go into hiding :bounce:

Yeah..she knows that was the best Petra will ever play :lol:

Painful :sobbing: :hug:

allrounder
Jun 26th, 2010, 04:09 PM
Gracious Vika :angel:

She is right about kvitova, maybe thats why on court she didn't get too upset even though she could've made it a lot harder for her.

Delfii
Jun 27th, 2010, 07:36 PM
This girl is totally amazing:hearts::kiss::worship::hug: check this out:

Supporting argentina!!!!vamoossss!!

http://web3.twitpic.com/img/121808087-81be6330f27b3cc1b17f50cf9f8033e3.4c27a6b8-scaled.jpg

(Argie T-Shirt is Adidas so she didn't show the logo)
And some of her tweets of today at first, she was angry with Germany vs England but now her tweets are beautiful!

@JohnIsnerTennis haha that's so nice! Be careful with that huricane

Omg! I can't believe it! How awful is that? Players get fines and penalties and referee nothing for that? Boooo on the referee

Huh? Really?

Vamos,vamos argentina!!! Show time!!!

@CaroWozniacki yes I am. Went to harrods today lol

What a save!!! Vammoooossss chicos!!!!

(to be updated)

Nina.
Jun 27th, 2010, 07:47 PM
Gonna make Vika cry in the QF :p

VIKA?
Jun 27th, 2010, 08:14 PM
Gonna make Vika cry in the QF :p

I hope so:angel:

Delfii
Jun 27th, 2010, 08:26 PM
:worship: We win :bounce:
We'll see in Saturday ;)

JadeFox
Jun 27th, 2010, 08:52 PM
This girl is totally amazing:hearts::kiss::worship::hug: check this out:

Supporting argentina!!!!vamoossss!!

http://web3.twitpic.com/img/121808087-81be6330f27b3cc1b17f50cf9f8033e3.4c27a6b8-scaled.jpg

(Argie T-Shirt is Adidas so she didn't show the logo)
And some of her tweets of today at first, she was angry with Germany vs England but now her tweets are beautiful!

@JohnIsnerTennis haha that's so nice! Be careful with that huricane

Omg! I can't believe it! How awful is that? Players get fines and penalties and referee nothing for that? Boooo on the referee

Huh? Really?

Vamos,vamos argentina!!! Show time!!!

@CaroWozniacki yes I am. Went to harrods today lol

What a save!!! Vammoooossss chicos!!!!

(to be updated)


Ha those were awesome! :lol:

And seeing how I predicted a South American team was going to win the World Cup, I'm going with Maradona and company on Saturday. :p

Delfii
Jul 1st, 2010, 10:05 PM
28/06

On the way home! Barely made a connection! Thanks to lovely people at the airlines! What is it with me and the flights for real?

Arriving late night and gonna drive to a different city! Have to be in the american embassy tomorrow morning! I gotta make it!

Couldn't get appoinment pretty much anywhere on a short notice! But thanks to very helpful friends! Thanks Richard!

Waiting in the lane at borders! In my car. 5 in the morning and I'm happy lol


How can u possibly call this car "sprinter"? I couldn't stop laughing
http://i45.tinypic.com/b9ayae.jpg

Sorry Im a bit late :awww:

Delfii
Jul 1st, 2010, 10:06 PM
29/06

Crazy day for me! Now sitting with my mom in japanese restaraunt! Staaarvvviiinnnngggg

@samduvall hey make sure u ask john for the new ad we came up for @JohnIsnerTennis its awesome and 10% r mine lol

@samduvall who? @JohnIsnerTennis keeps ignoring me on twitter

Delfii
Jul 1st, 2010, 10:08 PM
Today :bounce:

Woke up at 8 am and wanted to go for a run and no way slept back for another 3 hours lol

But then I pushed myself and my brother for a run. We did good 40 minutes good pase! He died in the middle tho lol

And that's how he celebrates his run haahahhaha

http://i47.tinypic.com/2s6n3o2.jpg

Sorry for 3 posts :)

hurricanejeanne
Jul 1st, 2010, 11:27 PM
I don't know which is funnier the Sprinter Mobile one (:haha:) or her brother pigging out after their run (:spit:). And I had no idea she had a brother! :p

Delfii
Jul 6th, 2010, 09:40 PM
Here are Vika's tweets from the last 4 days :)

July 3rd
Watching and supporting my team argentina! Vamosss!

Germany play unbeliveble so far! Vamos argentina

Heartbroken for argentina! Germany amazing game simply amazing!

What horrible match :sobbing: at least Nina isn't here to laugh at me :lol:

July 4rd
Just finished a tennis lesson with kids at home in minsk! So much fun!!!!

July 5th
On my way to the states! Its always nice to be home! a lot of memories :)

July 6th
@serenajwilliams congrats girl!

Back in the states now! Long trip! Tired but happy to be back here!

@Flavinha_Gaga14 I hope to be there in the end of the year

So Vika is going to Brazil in the end of the year :)
She should come to Argentina we've nice beaches and Argentina and Brazil are neighboring countries :)

Nina.
Jul 7th, 2010, 08:08 AM
What horrible match :sobbing: at least Nina isn't here to laugh at me :lol:


I don't laugh at you :hug: I am just happy we won :)

Delfii
Jul 7th, 2010, 04:36 PM
I don't laugh at you :hug: I am just happy we won :)

:hug: Danke :) I hope you beat Spain, if Germany win I win 2 chocolates from my dad :p

Delfii
Jul 10th, 2010, 02:33 PM
All the tweets from the last 3 days :)

July 7th
Hey guys! I just finished morning practise! Tireeeeddd!

Gonna watch soccer today! Great game! Since argentina is out. I think I will support nederlands!

Having dinner with my friend kyle! Sushi :) I ate like 6 buckets of ginger! Lol he couldn't believe it

@Hingisteaniacki thank u I would love that

July 8th

Hard hard hard practise again today! Weather is killing me :) nice lunch now!

Its so damn humide that when I wear my glasses they get fogged up lol

"@IdaniaEscarraga: @vika7 Bag check http://bit.ly/aEZcNn Loved the snack bar" please watch and feedback lol

July 9th (Independence Day in Argentina :bounce: no school :lol:)

Having dinner with my favorite friends in nyc!!!

http://i31.tinypic.com/bgbt4z.jpg

Break My Rapture
Jul 10th, 2010, 02:41 PM
She is soo funny. :tears: :rolls:

allrounder
Jul 13th, 2010, 02:03 PM
From this report of that Kennedy Invitational final it seems Vika was struggling with injury throughout the match, mentioning how she was wincing with pain after many of her shots from the start of the match and took a medical timeout in the second set :scared:

As in her match against Oudin, McHale knew she had to stay aggressive to keep Azarenka on the run, since, if she let her get comfortable, McHale would have a hard time returning her shots. Of her strategy, McHale said, "I just tried to get her on the move first and tried to get her to use her forehand."

The strategy seemed to be working for McHale, who took game one with the help of some unforced errors from Azarenka, who seemed to be struggling from the onset as she wheezed and winced on many of her shots. McHale consolidated in the second, winning it with an ace to go up 2-0. McHale then went up 5-2 when she broke Azarenka, who double faulted to hand her the seventh game.

Azarenka broke back in the eighth and consolidated in the ninth to bring the set to 5-4. McHale was able to hold, however, in five short rallies to win the game and the set 6-4.

Azarenka then went up 5-3 in the second set and it looked like she was going to take it when she was up 30-0 in the ninth. McHale would not give up though, as she grinded out winners from the baseline in the next four rallies to put the set at 5-4. Azarenka then took a medical timeout as she appeared to be hurting after this pivotal win, while McHale seemed her most determined yet.

Fortunately, Azaranka seemed to be okay as she shook off whatever was bothering her to finish the match. With powerful serves and well-placed return winners, McHale took the next three games to win the set 7-5 and the match. The two athletes congratulated each other and were greeted by Mitch Klein on the sideline, where each got to say a few words to the crowd.

"Hello everybody, I'm so glad to be here for my second time," said Azarenka. "It's amazing how much passion people bring to the court to help this great cause, so thank you so much."

McHale echoed Azarenka's sentiments, saying 'I'm honored to be here helping out the cause." Azarenka was happy for McHale and the cause after the game. "This is something you do for a good cause," she said. "I like to bring back to the community. It's not about winning or losing, but about coming out and supporting a great cause."

The event was certainly a huge success this year, as Klein proudly announced that they were going to be able to donate $475,000 to the breast care centers at Nyack and Englewood hospitals. One can only hope that its success will continue to build in years to come.

As the 2010 Kennedy Funding Invitational Women's Champion, McHale received her trophy and $40,000 check amidst cheers from her friends, family, and the crowd. She returns now to the busy schedule of the ATP World Tour, where she looks to qualify for such major upcoming events as the U.S. Open in August.

The brief and joyous ceremony was followed by a bar-b-que to conclude the 2010 Kennedy Funding Invitationals.

hu2891601
Jul 14th, 2010, 02:42 AM
Is it true that Vika has accepted a wildcard into Stanford?

hellas719
Jul 14th, 2010, 02:43 AM
:scared:

hellas719
Jul 14th, 2010, 02:43 AM
Is it true that Vika has accepted a wildcard into Stanford?

Yes :)

hu2891601
Jul 14th, 2010, 03:07 AM
Yes :)

Thanks! Hope her injury's OK though! I guess the stanford tournament website is not updated yet hehe, they don't have vika on it yet.

hurricanejeanne
Jul 14th, 2010, 06:14 PM
:scared::scared::scared:

Why does she have to be injured this year. :sobbing:

And if her knees or whatever are still bothering her she shouldn't be playing Stanford. :shrug:

Igor_Biscan
Jul 14th, 2010, 07:24 PM
Wheezing = Vika's funny shriek
Wincing = cute screwed up face when she hits the ball
MTO = heat exhaustion

;)

Delfii
Jul 14th, 2010, 07:53 PM
New tweets =D

Back to humide hot florida! While good friend of mine enjoying pool in LA lol! How is everyone?

Was so happy to participate in kennedy funding invitational tournament! We helped to raise 475,000 dollars! Pretty impressive

hurricanejeanne
Jul 14th, 2010, 10:16 PM
Wheezing = Vika's funny shriek
Wincing = cute screwed up face when she hits the ball
MTO = heat exhaustion

;)

I hope you're right.

Igor_Biscan
Jul 15th, 2010, 01:14 PM
The worst case scenario is a minor, chronic thing that she's able to manage through to the end of the season. By the sounds of it she's training hard so if she has an injury it can't be affecting her at the moment.

Delfii
Jul 15th, 2010, 04:56 PM
A tweet =D
Finished with fitness! Getting massage now and wondering which cuisine to eat for dinner tonight?

allrounder
Jul 15th, 2010, 07:56 PM
She's signed up to replace Serena in WTT in a few days so she should be OK physically. She's such an exhibition whore :lol: I assume it means she'l be playing against Hingis as Serena was supposed to face her.

Jane Lane
Jul 15th, 2010, 09:09 PM
Apparently Vika's making her debut Sunday the 18th for WTT.
I'm gonna watch tonight and see if she's on TC anyway. :)

EDIT: Just kidding. What I read was outdated. Is she playing tonight?

Break My Rapture
Jul 15th, 2010, 09:21 PM
She's signed up to replace Serena in WTT in a few days so she should be OK physically. She's such an exhibition whore :lol: I assume it means she'l be playing against Hingis as Serena was supposed to face her.
Great. :D

Against Hingis? :lick:

allrounder
Jul 15th, 2010, 09:39 PM
Yeah I think so.

Is this Vika's first WTT appearance since about 2005/6(i think?)when she played doubles with Myskina?

JadeFox
Jul 15th, 2010, 09:42 PM
Wish I could see her play(Damn you AT&T UVerse!) and even though it's just an exhibition, I want the same result as they met three years ago. ;)

hurricanejeanne
Jul 15th, 2010, 11:50 PM
I won't get to watch it on TC (if this is what they're showing) because I'll be in Kansas City watching Davenport. :D

It would be beyond amazing if it was Lindsay vs. Vika in WTT :drool:.

hellas719
Jul 16th, 2010, 03:09 AM
I watched TTC tonight and Angela Haynes (:o) played agains Hingis and Serena was in the crowd, and Vika was nowhere to be found :(

majcpw
Jul 16th, 2010, 08:26 AM
I watched TTC tonight and Angela Haynes (:o) played agains Hingis and Serena was in the crowd, and Vika was nowhere to be found :(
I had tickets to Wednesday's WTT match in DC where Serena was going to play. Angela Haynes was no match for Jarka Groth but her butt is a close match to Serena's. :o I'm definitely going to buy tickets for Sunday's match when Vika will make her debut against some nobody.