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Spiritof42
Jan 10th, 2011, 06:48 AM
In doubles news, Team Hotness (combined age: 44) won easily against Team Senescence (combined age: 75). :)

As for singles, I won't be too hard on Vika for making us suffer. It's her first match in a while, she was bound to be rusty. I'm just glad she found a way to pull through.

Derek.
Jan 10th, 2011, 07:06 AM
Well done, Vika. :yeah:

KazeKarter
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:25 AM
Man, there were some dodgy line calls in that match, Vika was not impressed, but she hung in there even though Makarova was playing lights out(so many winners) and eventually got the win. The crowd was really into it, Vika bowed at the end:lol:

AnDrEi.b
Jan 10th, 2011, 09:24 AM
Well done Vika :inlove:

allrounder
Jan 10th, 2011, 09:40 AM
Nice Revenge win :armed: Vika always seems to struggle more against lefties unless they're called Safarova :lol: It doesn't look as if her serve has improved though :sobbing:

LUVMIRZA
Jan 10th, 2011, 01:26 PM
I thought it'd be a 6-4 6-4...anyway I'll take the win:p:D :cheer: Hope Vika gets easier wins going forward..

VIKA?
Jan 10th, 2011, 02:31 PM
OMG Victoria:hysteric::bigcry:

this girl is too much:lol: but I love her! well done girl and better win in two easy sets against Peer:p

Break My Rapture
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:18 PM
Very relieved Vika got through. :lol: Phew. Makarova must be a very tough opponent for her, especially since she had the advantage of having already played 3 matches. 3 hours of play are nice to shake off the rust. :yeah: Hopefully it'll go a bit smoother against Peer.

Nice, easy doubles win. :D

Vikapower
Jan 10th, 2011, 09:07 PM
Apparently that seemed as a struggle. :lol: Well this was a take back match I'll not be harsh and I just hope she finds her rhythm fast and Peer might be the ideal prey (...) Not too powerful, not too much big weapons and maybe just only fast and feisty (...) Vika will have some ideal back court rallies to find that rhythm. :lol: Good luck Vika.

Break My Rapture
Jan 10th, 2011, 09:53 PM
Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Li Na vs. Virginie Razzano
2. Shahar Peer vs. Victoria Azarenka
3. ATP: Dolgopolov vs. Tomic
4. Jans/Rosolska vs. Azarenka/Kirilenko (after suitable rest)

Good luck Vika. :hearts:

Jane Lane
Jan 10th, 2011, 10:13 PM
Vikkiri needs to exact my revenge for Dulketta. :lol:
:rocker2:

Delfii
Jan 11th, 2011, 12:30 AM
What a match! Vika wanted to have a grand entrance after 2 months :lol: She made me suffer a lot :hysteric: I missed you Victoria.
Nice win from doubles and expecting that vs Peer she won't make us suffer and win it in 2 :cheer:... with less DFs please
Good luck Vika and Vikkiri :bounce:

hellas719
Jan 11th, 2011, 02:57 AM
Court 6 :tape:

saul1333
Jan 11th, 2011, 06:33 AM
Another long match..next is Kim..good luck :scared:

http://s015.radikal.ru/i333/1101/d1/f9232ee61c27.png (http://www.radikal.ru)

VIKA?
Jan 11th, 2011, 06:37 AM
At least this time she closed it out in two:lol: well done Vika, hopefully another revenge against Kim:yeah: good luck:cheer:

AnDrEi.b
Jan 11th, 2011, 06:51 AM
Now win against Kim :bounce:

Spiritof42
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:27 AM
13 breaks of serve (9 in the 1st set alone) :rolls:
Vika only winning 4 out of 23 points on her second serve :help:

And yet she still got the job done in straight sets.

Oh, my dear Vika... she has such a good return game. Imagine what she could accomplish with a better serve! :hug:

Her next match should definitely be on CC. There'd better be a livestream or there will be hell to pay! :armed:

Vikapower
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:38 AM
Well apparently much more control from Vika though these 7 breaks of serve in the 1rst. :help: Now we have the test match and I really hope Vika makes a statement against Kimmie tomorrow.

That match will be very good for her because it'll force her to raise her level even more since Kimmie is very much in form and see even better what needs to be ameliorated or stabilised. Good luck ! :cheer:

allrounder
Jan 11th, 2011, 11:21 AM
Decent win :) but the amount of breaks are a bit worrying :unsure: She struggled here last year too against players she would normally beat in straight sets and then played well at the AO so maybe she's just still a bit rusty. At least she's being tested though I suppose :lol:

Her next match will definitely be on centre court now Wozniacki's out i'd imagine.

Delfii
Jan 11th, 2011, 12:55 PM
bluestorm couldn't wake me :sad: :lol:
Now go for Kim come on ! :cheer:

VIKA?
Jan 11th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Vika playing on CC at the night session:) good luck!

LUVMIRZA
Jan 11th, 2011, 03:14 PM
Lets go for the Kill Vika...time to step it up:armed:

Break My Rapture
Jan 11th, 2011, 05:49 PM
Another long match. :lol: Nice that she closed it out in straights this time. :)

And of course stuck with the only top 8 seed left (baring Na Li) and Clijsters looks to be in form also. :o It'll be a tough match, hopefully Vika gets a bit more luck than in Doha. :weirdo:

Good luck Vika. :hearts:

Andreas
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:00 PM
Thank god Vika won that. I absolutely can't stand Peer :o The thought of her in top 10 is just awful :sad:

Not too much luck with the draw, but it will be a good match for Vika. Getting to play such a good player in a competitive match before the AO is an optimal situation.

Vikapower
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:13 PM
CC and my first time Vika on TV this year I'll savour it because she missed me a lot (...) Good luck. :cheer:

Jane Lane
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:44 PM
Stream :cheer: Aaaaaand I'm watching it. Even though it's on at 3:30 AM here, I have a snowday tomorrow because we're getting a blizzard. It's like the snow wants me to watch Vika. :lol:

hurricanejeanne
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:29 AM
I had no idea she played already until I just now checked the scores. :lol: School is kicking my butt. :sad:

Solid win, the amount of breaks and the second serve points are very worrisome (even for the wta). Please, please, please play better tomorrow against Saint Kim tomorrow. :angel:

Spiritof42
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:11 AM
19.30 local time? Argh. Aussie tennis season will be the death of me.

Come on Vika! :cheer:

saul1333
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:09 AM
Vika lost 3-6, 2-6. Kim was too good on the bp's :mad:

http://i013.radikal.ru/1101/b8/3ba443017453.jpg (http://www.radikal.ru)

AnDrEi.b
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:17 AM
Vika :hug:

Spiritof42
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:17 AM
Meh. That was a frustrating one to watch.

Clijsters's serve was a bit of a mess (in part because of the wind). Vika had a ton of chances to break (as usual), but the fact that she only managed to do it twice, and both times on a Clijsters double fault, says a lot about this match. And how many times did Vika have game point(s) on her own serve, only to screw it up and get broken?

Vika just wasn't able to grab any of those decisive points unless they were handed to her on a silver platter. Clijsters looked like a much better pressure player, it has to be said: apart from those two DFs, she was at her best when it really mattered, whereas for Vika it was usually the opposite.

HowardH
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:19 AM
For me, the big issue is still that, against good returners, Vika cannot win enough points behind her first serve. She won only 49% of first serve points today. It's as if she has two second serves. You can't win a match like that. Kim by comparison won 78% when she landed her first serve. On big points, good players land first serves, so you need to be able to win those first serve points.

Vikapower
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:25 AM
Ugly match overall from my point of view (...) lots of weird shots from both but especially for Kimmie anyways for Vika I guess she knows what she needs to work on for the next coming two weeks : regularity. :lol: Vika really too much little blips of good plays then rivers of ugly tennis (...) :lol:

I didn't understand her strategies either where she was playing Kimmie a lot in the center 1rst set and taking winners from all over the place (...) at 5-2 she changed it up a bit redirecting her shots a little bit more to put Kimmie on the run much more (...)

Vika seems to persist to prefer serving percentage than to take more risks - as Howard said just not enough :shrug: but what can I say hopefully the quality of her backcourt tennis ameliorates to keep compensating for that (...) Still a huge margin for progress and that was a very good tournament. :lol:

Spiritof42
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:43 AM
There's absolutely no question in my mind that her serve is really holding her back - looking at the stats, it's been her Achilles heel all week. I think her first serve often looks like a second serve, and her second serve actually looks like a "third" serve. :o It just sits up really nicely (especially on this kind of surface), often near the middle of the box... Even an amateur hack like me would have had no trouble attacking it back in my tennis-playing days.

Vika is of course aware of this. Since she wants to hit as few second serves as possible, she plays it safe on the first, which doesn't really work against the best players. Once Vika gets on the defensive against an agressive baseliner with superior athletic skills like Clijsters, it's just really hard for her to turn the rally around, so when she doesn't get a good serve in she usually ends up losing the point, except when Clijsters hits an error. I'm pretty sure the majority of Vika's 11 winners were hit during her return games.

VIKA?
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:44 PM
well I'm not really dissapointed:awww: at least she made the quarters:)

good luck in Melbourne love:cheer:

Break My Rapture
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:55 PM
Vika. :hug: Clijsters was just playing lights out today (apart from the DFs), she fought very well. :)
Also I think she's hitting her first serve harder with this changed motion. :unsure:

Anyway, get ready for Melbourne Victoria. :cheer: BTW, she pulled out of doubles with Kiri today.

Spiritof42
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:57 PM
Yeah:

Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. Kirilenko/Azarenka (RUS/BLR) w/o (Azarenka: lower back injury)

*cough*

Looks like Vika wanted to get to Melbourne ASAP.

LUVMIRZA
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:57 PM
Apparently(realistically) Vika didnt wanna get burntout before AO:lol: She knows her shortcomings:angel: Hoping she'll play much better in the AO:shrug: Gud luck love:cheer:

bluestorm10
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:06 PM
Well, I have to say I'm pretty disappointed about this performance. She had so many chances--and she didn't take them at all. A lot of times I remember she had an easy put away shot but either she hit it right at Kim or she tried to hit one in a good position away from where Kim could reach but it wasn't hit properly so it just kinda floated in. Easy for Kim. :( More frustrating at 4 am though as I stayed up to watch it. :lol: Today I can take comfort in the fact that even if Kim was playing awesome, and her not so much, Vika kept fighting through it. :)

hellas719
Jan 13th, 2011, 01:43 AM
Vika :sad:

Jane Lane
Jan 13th, 2011, 01:51 AM
Hey guys :wavey: Let's look ahead..AO draw Friday right? :cheer:
The trolls in GM are so annoying. :rolleyes:

Temperenka
Jan 13th, 2011, 07:50 AM
It's disappointing that she lost to Kim. She hasn't yet been able to really break through against the big players. Rest up for Melbourne, and let's hope for a good draw!

JadeFox
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:31 AM
Sucks that she lost to Kim. I hope when the AO draw comes out, she's far away from Kim.

JamieOwen3
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:44 AM
the last 3 years Vika has had to see Serena in the draw, this year maybe a good year 4 here :lol: well knowing for sure that serena won't be in her draw or any draw is already a better sign 4 her :)

Break My Rapture
Jan 13th, 2011, 05:34 PM
Vika is obviously gonna draw Clijsters. :o Or Zvonareva. :lol:

Nina.
Jan 13th, 2011, 05:37 PM
What about some positive thinking? :p maybe she is having a bit of luck this time ;)

LUVMIRZA
Jan 13th, 2011, 06:33 PM
I would rather like Vika to win against big names and get the title. She wuld have to step it up and she is capable of doing it(She has beaten players like Kim, Serena... already in the past).

Break My Rapture
Jan 13th, 2011, 06:39 PM
What about some positive thinking? :p maybe she is having a bit of luck this time ;)
If she has an easy draw, she'll probably end up facing the most surprising redhot player of the week like in Wimbledon. :sobbing:

Vikapower
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:02 PM
the last 3 years Vika has had to see Serena in the draw, this year maybe a good year 4 here :lol: well knowing for sure that serena won't be in her draw or any draw is already a better sign 4 her :)
:lol: Well when there isn't Serena there's Kimmie, there's always somebody, a shame ! :lol:

I would rather like Vika to win against big names and get the title. She wuld have to step it up and she is capable of doing it(She has beaten players like Kim, Serena... already in the past).
Completely agree, that's sports in general and to beat te best in your discipline, knowing Vika's luck she might get some sort of Zvonareva or Kimmie unfortunately :sad: but I think it's time to do with it because it's totally time for Vika to raise her level of play definitively and if Australia helps in that then let it be so anyways she won't be able to run away from Kimmie or any top player to win a title of that sort, it's all in her hands.

When Vika won Miami 2009 she beat two of her nemisis Kuzzie and Safina then beat Serena playing top tennis so it's not as if she isn't able to repeat this but it's all a question of level of play hopefully she gets a very high one for the next 2 up-coming weeks and the rest of the season, it's her time to shine and I'm confident !

Jane Lane
Jan 13th, 2011, 10:49 PM
If she gets Gisela R1 or R2....:lol:
That's all I'm hoping for to not happen, then I'll concern myself with the rest of the draw. :lol:

saul1333
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:21 PM
Vika in same quarter as Venus I think

Break My Rapture
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:23 PM
That's good. :yeah: Much better than Vera or Kim. :cheer:

Jane Lane
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:27 PM
Especially if Venus is rusty, she may not even make it that far. Not the worst option.
Although I find it amusing after being in Serena's section the past 3 AOs, she gets the other one. :lol:

saul1333
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:29 PM
Qualifier first round

Break My Rapture
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:29 PM
R1 Qualifier

Break My Rapture
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:30 PM
Vika is not in Vee's half...

Break My Rapture
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:32 PM
I think she's in Zvonareva's half. :o

saul1333
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:33 PM
They showed her in the bottom of Venus didnt they?

Jane Lane
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:34 PM
Oh and does anyone find it ironic that Woz got Gisela? Finally. :lol:
R1 vs qualifier...and apparently there's a Venus-Masha R16 projected according to GM? That's the other quarter opposite Vika right, I always get confused.

Break My Rapture
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:37 PM
It's Vee's quarter after all. :lol:

[4] WILLIAMS, Venus USA v ERRANI, Sara ITA
ZAHLAVOVA, Sandra CZE v VORACOVA, Renata CZE
[Q] QUALIFIER v [Q] QUALIFIER
CRAYBAS, Jill USA v [30] PETKOVIC, Andrea GER

[20] KANEPI, Kaia EST v RYBARIKOVA, Magdalena SVK
GOERGES, Julia GER v GALLOVITS-HALL, Edina ROU
VESNINA, Elena RUS v RAZZANO, Virgini FRA
TANASUGARN, Tamarine THA v [14] SHARAPOVA, Maria RUS

[9] LI, Na CHN v ARVIDSSON, Sofia SWE
RODINA, Evgeniya RUS v [WC] ROGOWSKA, Olivia AUS
ONDRASKOVA, Zuzana CZE v [WC] DOKIC, Jelena AUS
ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA, Barbora CZE v [17] REZAI, Aravane FRA

[28] HANTUCHOVA, Daniela SVK v KULIKOVA, Regina RUS
SPREM, Karolina CRO v SCHEEPERS, Chanelle RSA
MAYR-ACHLEITNER, Patricia AUT v HLAVACKOVA, Andrea CZE
[Q] QUALIFIER v [8] AZARENKA, Victoria BLR

Delfii
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:40 PM
Vika can avoid Serena but not a Williams :lol:

saul1333
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:43 PM
Vika can avoid Serena but not a Williams :lol:

That's what I thought when I saw it :o

Jane Lane
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:45 PM
This draw is one giant cluster. :haha:
Her little section is pretty good.
So projected we've got:
R3 against (28) Daniela
R16 against either (17) Rezai or (9) Li
QF against (4) venus or (14) Sharapova

Make sure I'm reading this right :lol:

bluestorm10
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:56 PM
Since it'll be EITHER Venus or Maria, I don't think it's too bad a draw. If Vika doesn't lose her head (or her health) she should get through a few rounds. :) I'm super anxious for her to get to her first semi. Please be this slam :sad:

Rafito.
Jan 14th, 2011, 12:06 AM
Praying for a Vika vs Masha QF :inlove:

hurricanejeanne
Jan 14th, 2011, 12:22 AM
Vika if she plays like she has in the past at the AO should do very well here. Dani's injured, Rezai's a mess, Venus didn't do too hot at Hong Kong, Pova is still rusty. Only Li, who's in the Sydney final is in form right now. That said, Vika didn't really play amazingly this week in Sydney so that's worrisome.

And if the quarterfinal is Vika vs. Maria, my roommate and I won't be talking to eachother. She's a diehard Pova fan. :p

hellas719
Jan 14th, 2011, 02:31 AM
Vamos Vika! :bounce:
I really like this draw :)

VIKA?
Jan 14th, 2011, 06:54 AM
Love this draw:hearts: but I bet something unexpected will happen:o

good luck though:lol:

Spiritof42
Jan 14th, 2011, 08:08 AM
Vika if she plays like she has in the past at the AO should do very well here. Dani's injured, Rezai's a mess, Venus didn't do too hot at Hong Kong, Pova is still rusty. Only Li, who's in the Sydney final is in form right now. That said, Vika didn't really play amazingly this week in Sydney so that's worrisome.
Exactly. These players are all dangerous on paper, but apart from Li they're all struggling with bad form and/or injuries.

Of course, Vika could draw someone like Lisicki in R1. That would make things... interesting. :unsure:

JadeFox
Jan 14th, 2011, 11:53 AM
Exactly. These players are all dangerous on paper, but apart from Li they're all struggling with bad form and/or injuries.

Of course, Vika could draw someone like Lisicki in R1. That would make things... interesting. :unsure:

Don't put that out there! The Tennis Gods might hear you! :scared: :bolt:


But yes with this draw she can at the very least, defend her QF points. Go Vika!

LUVMIRZA
Jan 14th, 2011, 02:43 PM
Vika is in a Quarter which has become more competitive as it has Venus, Vika, Masha...:hearts: except the first quarter which is the toughest I would say with Justine in dere. I am totally loving the draw right now:inlove: Justine & Kim on the opposite sides makes it very interesting. Guess the absence of Serena had made the draw look more even.

Nina.
Jan 14th, 2011, 03:06 PM
Don't put that out there! The Tennis Gods might hear you! :scared: :bolt:

But yes with this draw she can at the very least, defend her QF points. Go Vika!

Agree with both :)
The draw is alright. Of course I don't exactly like that my two top faves could face each other in the quarters but I think that she should make the QF at least. Maria/ Venus sounds pretty big name-wise but I'm not sure what to expect from Maria and Venis hasn't done well in Australia in ages.
But one match at a time :)

VIKA?
Jan 14th, 2011, 03:09 PM
Hopefully she gets an easy first round:sobbing: I would hate to see her suffering in R1:o

Vikapower
Jan 14th, 2011, 08:40 PM
Vika if she plays like she has in the past at the AO should do very well here. Dani's injured, Rezai's a mess, Venus didn't do too hot at Hong Kong, Pova is still rusty. Only Li, who's in the Sydney final is in form right now. That said, Vika didn't really play amazingly this week in Sydney so that's worrisome.

And if the quarterfinal is Vika vs. Maria, my roommate and I won't be talking to eachother. She's a diehard Pova fan. :p

To be honest Vika's draw is "kind" :lol: she didn't get Kimmie a very very good relief and as you nicely said if Vika plays like the past 2 years she can beat anybody there (...) but will she play similarly, fingers crossed.

The only unknowns finally are Maria's level of play and Li Na who certainly has lots of confidence right now but who is known to be very inconsistent.

Temperenka
Jan 14th, 2011, 10:13 PM
Li Na is scary. I'm worried for that potential match-up. The first few rounds should be safe though. Unless the qualifier she gets is one of the stronger ones (Sabine, maybe Heather)... she could be pushed.

Good luck Vika, make us proud! :)

Derek.
Jan 14th, 2011, 11:12 PM
I like the draw. :)

Good luck Vika! :banana:

Spiritof42
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:51 AM
Well, as it turns out she won't be playing Lisicki or Watson, who both suffered head-scratching losses today.

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:10 PM
Show Court 2

11:00 AM Start
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Lukasz Kubot(POL) vs. Sam Querrey(USA)[18]



Women's Singles - 1st Round
Na Li(CHN)[9] vs. Sofia Arvidsson(SWE)



Men's Singles - 1st Round
Tomas Berdych(CZE)[6] vs. Qualifier



Women's Singles - 1st Round
Qualifier vs. Victoria Azarenka(BLR)[8]

Spiritof42
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:10 PM
Rally for Relief
Sunday 16 Jan
2:00pm (AEST)

Featuring Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters, Sam Stosur, Lleyton Hewitt, Justine Henin, Caroline Wozniacki,
Novak Djokovic, Pat Rafter, Ana Ivanovic, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Vera Zvonareva, Victoria Azarenka and Jim Courier.

:yeah:

Will be streamed on the tournament site.

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:31 PM
Ohmy. :hearts:

saul1333
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:37 PM
Good luck Vika..going to be late over here :sad:

Temperenka
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Wait is that tomorrow or the next day? How many hours?

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:12 PM
For CET, MD play does NOT start this night, but the next. :p

Temperenka
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:15 PM
:lol: Ok, thanks :) I get so confused with the timing. So it starts in like 30 hours?

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:22 PM
Yeah, roughly. :lol:

VIKA?
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:24 PM
What's that rally thing?

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:30 PM
It's like Hit For Haiti last year but for Aussie flooding victims this time. :p

Jane Lane
Jan 15th, 2011, 11:09 PM
I'm honeslty considering just setting my computer clock to AEST for 2 weeks so that way I'm never confused. :lol: Although I think Melbourne is roughly 16 hours ahead of me......maybe. :lol:

saul1333
Jan 16th, 2011, 04:49 AM
Vika was great in the Rally for Relief. She tried a tweener..missed it and walked off the court :lol: :hug:

Vikapower
Jan 16th, 2011, 10:42 AM
Pieterenka indicated the schedule already, Vika in 4th match Showcourt 2 and she'll face Kathrin Woerle personally I have no idea who she is and I hope she's not somekind of future struggle for Vika. Good luck. :cheer:

Rafito.
Jan 16th, 2011, 10:48 AM
I remember watching Woerle last year against Jovanovski, and her game was quite simple I don't think Vika will have any troubles. But gonna be there tomorrow cheering her on. Vamos Vika!

Nina.
Jan 16th, 2011, 10:50 AM
Woerle should be absolutely no problem :shrug: let's do this Vika :bounce:

JadeFox
Jan 16th, 2011, 11:52 AM
Those unknown qualifiers can be tricky. I hope Vika's ready to go!

VIKA?
Jan 16th, 2011, 11:54 AM
oh shit I missed it:sobbing: I thought it was today:o

VIKA?
Jan 16th, 2011, 11:54 AM
oh Woerle is a great player to start the tournament:) good luck babe:cheer:

VIKA?
Jan 16th, 2011, 01:32 PM
Doubles draw is also out:)

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs776.ash1/166657_186064814756011_100000574805112_605038_1989 194_n.jpg

Break My Rapture
Jan 16th, 2011, 01:37 PM
Good luck Vika. :hearts:

hurricanejeanne
Jan 16th, 2011, 07:06 PM
Allez Vika! :cheer:

Woerle is one of those players that I know NOTHING about. :p I don't have school tomorrow(or work for that matter) so I might try to stay up and watch.

Temperenka
Jan 16th, 2011, 08:33 PM
Vika was great at the rally. :)

Her tweener was great...

hellas719
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:41 AM
Vika was so adorable in the exho :awww:
Great doubles draw too :hearts:
But first, kick some ass in singles R1! :drool:

Igor_Biscan
Jan 17th, 2011, 05:19 AM
One more match and Vika's on.. hope these two get on with it

gogo Vika!

saul1333
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:40 AM
Vika begins with an easy win 6-0, 6-2 over Woerle :)

Jane Lane
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:41 AM
Looks like she may have Hlavackova up next provided she can close out Mayr. That's a sexy match.

Temperenka
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:41 AM
Awesome start. :banana:

JadeFox
Jan 17th, 2011, 09:31 AM
Nice and easy win. That's what I like to see. :drool:

Vikapower
Jan 17th, 2011, 09:40 AM
Clean start by Vika (...) just keep doing the exact same thing princess in the first couple rounds and everything will go right. :cheer:

Nina.
Jan 17th, 2011, 09:51 AM
:woohoo: good start :cheer: just how I wanted it for Vika

Igor_Biscan
Jan 17th, 2011, 09:58 AM
Nice to have an easy start and get that first round match completed without wasting too much energy. Well done Vika

AnDrEi.b
Jan 17th, 2011, 10:01 AM
Great start Vika :cheer:

Nina.
Jan 17th, 2011, 10:17 AM
She plays Andrea Hlavackova now. I heard this name before but I think I've never seen her play...

JamieOwen3
Jan 17th, 2011, 10:24 AM
great start :yeah:

VIKA?
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:22 PM
What a great start of this AO:lol::inlove::cheer:

VIKA?
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:22 PM
She plays Andrea Hlavackova now. I heard this name before but I think I've never seen her play...

Vika shouldn't have really many problems with her:) good luck:cheer:

Delfii
Jan 17th, 2011, 05:01 PM
Great start for Vika, good luck next round :cheer:

Daruma.
Jan 17th, 2011, 05:32 PM
Wonderful start! She looks so fine too. :hearts: Good luck against Hlavackova, she should be no problem. :yeah:

Temperenka
Jan 17th, 2011, 05:53 PM
As the official headband supplier, I would like to give every member of Vikaland a free pink headband. :lol:

Keep it up, Vika.

Break My Rapture
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:13 PM
:cheer: Well done Vika!

1 ace/0 DF.
19 winners/10 UE.

Good stats. :yeah:

Temperenka
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:17 PM
0 DF is the best stat of them all :worship:

Jane Lane
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:32 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/59/fullj.8862056bf1fe1567e10ea923e3f834e9/8862056bf1fe1567e10ea923e3f834e9-getty-tennis-open-aus.jpg
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/ap/f1/fullj.30441deb19690d56c49eaa1ed37c8530/ap-5ae94d6a681a4b65a3cfdec52176581b.jpg

She started a trend inspiring Wicky. :lol:

Break My Rapture
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:55 PM
I really want to watch the match but I don't get shit about how to download the torrent of those Russian websites. :o

hellas719
Jan 18th, 2011, 12:18 AM
WD Vika :woohoo:

saul1333
Jan 18th, 2011, 04:42 AM
MCA :cheer: Go Vika!!

http://s003.radikal.ru/i203/1101/07/19f013483125.png (http://www.radikal.ru)

Temperenka
Jan 18th, 2011, 04:48 AM
:worship:

VIKA?
Jan 18th, 2011, 03:00 PM
Come on:cheer:

Vikapower
Jan 18th, 2011, 04:41 PM
Best of luck Vika. :cheer:

Break My Rapture
Jan 18th, 2011, 04:47 PM
Good luck Vika. :hearts:

LUVMIRZA
Jan 18th, 2011, 07:47 PM
AO'11 Vika's dress looks the best hands down:inlove: It'll be fantastic to c her lifting the title wearing that dress:hearts::hearts: last time she wore that purple head band I didnt like it at all but this one is simply awesome:kiss:

saul1333
Jan 19th, 2011, 05:11 AM
Vika won 6-4, 6-4

http://s16.radikal.ru/i190/1101/dd/23524af435e8.jpg (http://www.radikal.ru)

doubles tomorrow..

http://s001.radikal.ru/i196/1101/5a/fe3eae939608.jpg (http://www.radikal.ru)

Vikapower
Jan 19th, 2011, 05:32 AM
Yes more difficult than expected to me (...) really the Czech was throwing every possible shots to Vika as hard as possible (...) happy she got through. :lol:

I have the impression that Vika has improved on the FH and I find it to be a little more penetrating especially from the outwide positions.

VIKA?
Jan 19th, 2011, 06:20 AM
Did not expect such a tough match but happy she's trough:) next opponent is Scheepers. I never watched her but hopefully she won't give Vika many troubles. Go go:cheer:

AnDrEi.b
Jan 19th, 2011, 09:11 AM
Vika :inlove:

JadeFox
Jan 19th, 2011, 09:12 AM
So far I haven't been able to see Vika play but she's winning so that's a good thing.

Langers
Jan 19th, 2011, 01:18 PM
Have attended both her matches. :)

Giving her lots of support, pretty sure when applauding the crowd she specifically waved my way after her 1s round win. ;) :p

She had a real struggle today, and wouldn't be entirely pleased with her performanc, just glad to get through in straights. She struggled on serve, and rarely could she string more than 2 or so good points together. She had some patches of brilliance, but then patches of wayward tennis. I'm just glad she got through in straights because for a while it was looking like anything could happen.

My $75 is still alive. :p

Temperenka
Jan 19th, 2011, 01:54 PM
That match might prove to have been a blessing. She got pushed by a big hitter. Should have her mentally prepared for the rest of the tournament, espectially if she plays Na.

Vikapower
Jan 19th, 2011, 03:15 PM
That match might prove to have been a blessing. She got pushed by a big hitter. Should have her mentally prepared for the rest of the tournament, espectially if she plays Na.

I really was scared in the couple first points of the match because of Hlavackova's tennis profile indeed she plays the perfect style of tennis that hurts Vika's style of play by breaking the rhythmes and going for high risk shots fast in the exchanges so as you said this might be a blessing because Na has that same type of tennis too.

Break My Rapture
Jan 19th, 2011, 05:40 PM
Yay Vika. :cheer: Looked like a tough one though. :unsure: Loved the passing shot on MP. :inlove:

Scheepers shouldn't be too much trouble, hopefully Vika gets back to her level of the first round or better. :)

Jane Lane
Jan 19th, 2011, 09:34 PM
Glad she was challenged by Andrea; she needed that, especially because Scheepers shouldn't have a lot to hurt her with. She needed to play a big hitter. From what I read, the 2nd was a bit of fuckery :lol: Nice job Vika keep it up!

hellas719
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:59 AM
I only got to watch a few games here and there and she really stuggled :(
But she won in 2 sets so I can't complain :)

saul1333
Jan 20th, 2011, 06:48 AM
http://s010.radikal.ru/i312/1101/07/9f8587f69763.png (http://www.radikal.ru)

and good luck

http://i026.radikal.ru/1101/6b/50dbcf080913.png (http://www.radikal.ru)

Vikapower
Jan 20th, 2011, 07:31 AM
Good luck Vika :cheer: seriously Chanelle should really not be that heck of a problem before very serious matters starts.

VIKA?
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:31 PM
Awesome win in doubles:bounce:

Hopefully she doesn't have problems against Chanelle:o good luck:cheer:

Break My Rapture
Jan 20th, 2011, 06:48 PM
Good luck Vika. :hearts:

hurricanejeanne
Jan 20th, 2011, 08:11 PM
Glad she was challenged by Andrea; she needed that, especially because Scheepers shouldn't have a lot to hurt her with. She needed to play a big hitter. From what I read, the 2nd was a bit of fuckery :lol: Nice job Vika keep it up!

It had a good deal of fuckery in it. :lol: But I like to think that Vika didn't know what to expect from Andrea, who hits a huge ball but is very hot or cold. Vika's experience really got her the win.

She shouldn't have any trouble with Scheepers if she plays consistently aggressive. Allez Vika! :cheer:

Oh, and yay for an awesome doubles win! :cheer:

jimmy_the_greek
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:41 AM
15-40

jimmy_the_greek
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:42 AM
broken already(-
0-1

hurricanejeanne
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:06 AM
Messy in spots, overall Vika was too consistent for Scheepers, who didn't play that bad of a match.

She's gonna have to clean it up to be Li though. :scared:

VIKA?
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:08 AM
I think she played good:shrug: not in the games where she had to close both sets but yes on the rest. Of course she's gonna have to play much better against Li:scared:

real tournament starts now! good luck:cheer:

saul1333
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:10 AM
http://i56.tinypic.com/29o6aom.png

Good luck against Na

Igor_Biscan
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:10 AM
I thought she played pretty well second set, still had some lapses where the intensity would drop though.

JadeFox
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:33 AM
I thought she played well also, with the exception of two games on her serve.

Now take out Li!

hellas719
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:36 AM
I once again only saw a little of it :(
Vika :yeah:

bluestorm10
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:56 AM
Happy with the win. She played decently well enough. I'd like a bit more point construction and depth on her shots especially with a tough match coming up but she didn't play badly. It looks as if she's the "underdog" at least with what people are saying for the next match so that'll be interesting to watch.

LUVMIRZA
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:39 PM
Good win Vika...not very impressed but still happy that ur winning them in straights:D Good luck against Li Na:cheer:(after Justine's loss I am scared, but she played like shit though:o)

Spiritof42
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:53 PM
A decent performance under windy conditions, though nothing to write home about. Enough to get the job done against a journeywoman like Scheepers (who, generally speaking, played quite poorly on the big points), but Vika will really need to step it up against Li. The Chinese will be all over her second serve (and even her first) if she doesn't improve her placement.

Vikapower
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:08 PM
Didn't see the match so really can't tell (...) If I recall well, the time where Vika started playing almost unstoppable tennis were in 4th and 1/4 both times against Serena (...) interesting facts for her next match knowing that she's going to play someone very dangerous (...) forget what happened in the preceding rounds because this is a new tournament, new start and real matters starts now ! :cheer:

Vikapower
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:19 PM
It looks as if she's the "underdog" at least with what people are saying for the next match so that'll be interesting to watch.

People generally (always) tend to discount Vika in majors (...) they mostly expect her to choke or get hurt which I find very disrespectful (...) personally I like Vika's position as "underdog" letting the spotlight shine on Caro and Kimmie - Maria and Vika taking advantage since they're very much discounted = less pressure. :lol:

Igor_Biscan
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:43 PM
There's a lot of hype about Na atm but she still seems the same as ever to me, dangerous to anyone on her day but highly erratic. She might have won her last match 2 and 1 but her stats aren't impressive and her opponent made 6W/28UE. Vika's still the better all round player, and her form so far isn't bad. She just needs to step up the intensity

miffedmax
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:24 PM
I tend to agree with the above. Li is dangerous, but it's basically two big hitters going at it, and Vika is the more consistent of the two. She has to play well, but Vika should be able to advance.

Nina.
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:36 PM
Good luck against Na. I think she should be able to win it when she can play consistently good tennis. Maybe Na also gets a bit into error mode :p that would be nice...
I'm not able to catch a lot of tennis from now on because I go skiing but I keep my fingers crossed :)

Sander.
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:42 PM
I hope she will do well against Na, go Vika! :cheer:

Break My Rapture
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:50 PM
Yay Vika. :D Windy conditions, got through without too much fuss which is good.

There's a lot of hype about Na atm but she still seems the same as ever to me, dangerous to anyone on her day but highly erratic. She might have won her last match 2 and 1 but her stats aren't impressive and her opponent made 6W/28UE. Vika's still the better all round player, and her form so far isn't bad. She just needs to step up the intensity
True. Na's stats don't look that impressive so far. Hopefully Samuel has a good strategy ready for Vika to bring into the match, like in Montréal last year... which was basically hit deep down the middle so Na doesn't get the chance to dictate much.

saul1333
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:12 AM
http://s003.radikal.ru/i204/1101/18/41fde18e4ae3.png (http://www.radikal.ru)

http://s40.radikal.ru/i088/1101/94/ba790d8a0fe6.png (http://www.radikal.ru)

Vika got booed toward the end when she told a the ball kid to give the balls to the left.

Igor_Biscan
Jan 22nd, 2011, 09:22 AM
Vika got booed toward the end when she told a the ball kid to give the balls to the left.

She didn't seem to mind the booing (from her twitter):

Hey guys! We won our doubles today! Was really fun. I love aussie fans! Even if it was not for us fair enough I enjoyed it so much!!! Love u

Second on RLA tomorrow :D

VIKA?
Jan 22nd, 2011, 11:14 AM
So excited for tonight's match:D hopefully she wins:sobbing:

VIKA?
Jan 22nd, 2011, 11:15 AM
btw it seems Vikkiri is on fire:inlove::yeah:

Spiritof42
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:00 PM
Vika got booed toward the end when she told a the ball kid to give the balls to the left.
The crowd was just frustrated that the Aussie girls were getting thrashed. :lol:

Another easy win for Vikkiri, but I have to say Ferguson and Molik were simply dreadful, especially on ROS. :help:

Break My Rapture
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:29 PM
RLA. :D Good luck Vika. :hearts:

Temperenka
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:56 PM
Hopefully the Wozniacki-Sevastova match is quick. I only have about 3 hours form the start of Caroline's match before I have to leave :bigcry:

But I can always watch it on ESPN3 without knowing who the winner is. :)

Igor_Biscan
Jan 22nd, 2011, 08:29 PM
CNN website has a Q+A thing with Vika here where we can submit questions:

http://connecttheworld.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/22/quiz-tennis-star-victoria-azarenka/

hurricanejeanne
Jan 22nd, 2011, 08:38 PM
I'm so nervous about tonight. :scared::scared::scared:

Igor_Biscan
Jan 22nd, 2011, 08:42 PM
Yeah.. excited and nervous. I'm so tired though I don't know whether I will be able to stay up to watch it

LUVMIRZA
Jan 23rd, 2011, 01:21 AM
Pusher is not finishing it up quickly....well well well she got broken in the second set for 4-4:speakles:

Frederik
Jan 23rd, 2011, 01:41 AM
any streams?

VIKA?
Jan 23rd, 2011, 02:19 AM
any streams?

www.livescorehunter.com :)

Frederik
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:17 AM
:sad:

JadeFox
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:18 AM
:sad:

I second this. :sad:

Jane Lane
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:18 AM
:sad: This is depressing guys. :sobbing:

saul1333
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:19 AM
http://s47.radikal.ru/i118/1101/75/edf1d94020b6.png (http://www.radikal.ru)

Couldn't get much going. Na was very good.

LUVMIRZA
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:20 AM
Vika was playing dumb and seems likeshe didnt improve anything in the off season.

hurricanejeanne
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:20 AM
I was really hoping that Na's form would finally start to collapse but it didn't happen, if anything she got better. Vika didn't play that badly. The game she dropped in the first set was awful, but aside from that she hung in there the best she could and for that I'm proud of her. She fought to the end and Na was simply in the zone and just too good today.

I liked that Vika was much more aggressive on her serve, she knew she had to be and had to take the risk and while she was broken 3(?) times she was still able to break Na once, which is impressive considering how insane she was playing. If Vika can improve a bit on this form and carry it with her through the spring she can still do some damage. It is, however, very heartbreaking to have a pretty open tournament and get landed in the section of the draw with the hottest player on tour right now. :sobbing:

Jane Lane
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:22 AM
There were a few things I'm concerned about. You know how she gave that Aussie interview and said she had a shoulder thing that could've used surgery but it was fine with exercises and rest and stuff? Maybe that was a bigger issue than they're letting on, rendering her serve moderately useless. I don't want to think that way though. :sad:
& I just feel like aside from her improved net play, Sumyk has done nothing for her.

bluestorm10
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:29 AM
To be honest, I don't really care that Na Li has been on fire (even if yes it's bad luck that Vika drew her here of course). In my opinion, in a slam, Vika should be peaking enough to do away with most players no matter how good they're playing. There's only so many times we can say "too good" about her opponent, right? At some point, Vika's game will have to just be better and elevated when her opponent is on fire.

:lol: That sounds angry but it's really more matter of fact on my part.

Disappointing and disheartening though.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:30 AM
really disappointed :sobbing: :sad:
started well and it all went pear-shaped :(

got to improve her serve :(

nothing really went for her today :(
Vika always gets a raw deal in Aus Open.

on bright side........... Vika's other 3 slam from last yr should be bettered this yr.
clay season last yr was a wipeout so pts to be gained so come RG she better be closing in on top 5

JadeFox
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:36 AM
There were a few things I'm concerned about. You know how she gave that Aussie interview and said she had a shoulder thing that could've used surgery but it was fine with exercises and rest and stuff? Maybe that was a bigger issue than they're letting on, rendering her serve moderately useless. I don't want to think that way though. :sad:
& I just feel like aside from her improved net play, Sumyk has done nothing for her.

I didn't hear about this. I hope they are not hiding anything. I don't want Sharapovaesque shoulder issues. :sad:

Jane Lane
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:38 AM
I forget what interview it was, but I could've sworn I remember reading (the interview video could only be watched in Australia) somewhere around the forum about that.

Frederik
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:39 AM
really disappointed :sobbing: :sad:
started well and it all went pear-shaped :(

got to improve her serve :(

nothing really went for her today :(
Vika always gets a raw deal in Aus Open.

on bright side........... Vika's other 3 slam from last yr should be bettered this yr.
clay season last yr was a wipeout so pts to be gained so come RG she better be closing in on top 5

Who's the girl in your avatar? :eek:

hurricanejeanne
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:40 AM
There were a few things I'm concerned about. You know how she gave that Aussie interview and said she had a shoulder thing that could've used surgery but it was fine with exercises and rest and stuff? Maybe that was a bigger issue than they're letting on, rendering her serve moderately useless. I don't want to think that way though. :sad:
& I just feel like aside from her improved net play, Sumyk has done nothing for her.

What's the history on this shoulder trouble? I totally missed this.

I have to agree on Sumyk, he really hasn't gotten her over a hump like he should have. And if you look at his last player, Zvonareva, as soon as she got rid of Sumyk, she got her crap together. Maybe Vika needs to go back on the coaching market and find someone who lights a fire under her. I really think that her old temper tantrums used to give her that kick in the ass she needed.

Spiritof42
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:40 AM
I felt like Vika needed to take more chances on her first serve today, and she did, but even so she was outplayed from the baseline. Li was much better at turning defense into offense, and was hitting very cleanly thoughout the match (to the point of becoming frustrating).

I honestly don't think Vika played a bad match. She certainly didn't play worse than in the previous rounds. Today's result just shows the current limits of her game, unfortunately. Vika's relentless hitting can dominate most players, but she simply did not possess enough power or agility to win that slugfest, and didn't know what to do except to keep at it. Li was able to handle pretty much everything Vika threw at her, but with a bit more variety, she could at least have tried to try to get Li out of her groove.

hurricanejeanne
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:43 AM
I didn't hear about this. I hope they are not hiding anything. I don't want Sharapovaesque shoulder issues. :sad:

Beat me to it. :lol:
I hope it's nothing like Maria's shoulder. Or mine for that matter. I have bicep and rotator cuff tendonitis in my left shoulder and I've had it since 2006 but the only reason I haven't had in operated on yet is because it hasn't completely torn. I hope Vika's shoulder isn't a time bomb. :scared:

Vikapower
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:44 AM
Vika was playing dumb and seems likeshe didnt improve anything in the off season.

This resumes it all (...) :sad: Vika freaking needs to reconsider her hitting zones because she was just hitting every freaking ball back to Li and her stricking zones (...) very little angles or redirections just everything back to the Chinese. How many bad hoices did she make too (...) :o

The quality of her FH is really deceitful no real weight into them I'm not even speaking about the serve (...) I'm so deceived and frustrated yet another major where Vika can't make the semis at least. :sobbing:

Spiritof42
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:46 AM
I really think that her old temper tantrums used to give her that kick in the ass she needed.
Have to disagree with that. I thought she competed well today despite the fact she must have felt very frustrated by how well Li was hitting (and moving). I don't think letting her negative emotions take control would have made her play any better. She probably felt a bit helpless out there anyway.

Jane Lane
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:47 AM
Okay I'm obviously losing it because I can't find the video now. Don't be concerned as obviously I'm sleep deprived. Maybe I'm getting confused with someone else.

My whole point is Sam hasn't done anything good for her. No improvements that we can see. The end.

bluestorm10
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:49 AM
This resumes it all (...) :sad: Vika freaking needs to reconsider her hitting zones because she was just hitting every freaking ball back to Li and her stricking zones (...) very little angles or redirections just everything back to the Chinese. How many bad hoices did she make too (...) :o

The quality of her FH is really deceitful no real weight into them I'm not even speaking about the serve (...) I'm so deceived and frustrated yet another major where Vika can't make the semis at least. :sobbing:

So is it more technique/gameplan or strength/fitness that's an issue?

Whatever it is, I agree that under Sumyk, Vika hasn't improved much except maybe on-court temperament--but as I think hurricanejeanne mentioned, is that even the greatest thing in the world?

BTW, :lol: at the people writing her whole career off already...

hurricanejeanne
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:54 AM
Have to disagree with that. I thought she competed well today despite the fact she must have felt very frustrated by how well Li was hitting (and moving). I don't think letting her negative emotions take control would have made her play any better. She probably felt a bit helpless out there anyway.

I definitely see your point, but sometimes I feel Vika needs to get it out of her system. She did well today keeping it all in check. It's just a pity that she couldn't up the ante against Na.

Okay I'm obviously losing it because I can't find the video now. Don't be concerned as obviously I'm sleep deprived. Maybe I'm getting confused with someone else.

My whole point is Sam hasn't done anything good for her. No improvements that we can see. The end.

I believe the video is out there especially since Vika has had a few shoulder problems in the past.

But I'm with you in the she needs a new voice and a new coach.

Spiritof42
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:57 AM
Writing her off is of course ridiculous, but it's true that she seems to have reached some kind of plateau as far as developing her game is concerned. Something to discuss with Sumyk, for sure.

A QF against Sharapova sure would have been nice... :sad:

Vikapower
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:04 AM
I felt like Vika needed to take more chances on her first serve today, and she did, but even so she was outplayed from the baseline. Li was much better at turning defense into offense, and was hitting very cleanly thoughout the match (to the point of becoming frustrating).

I honestly don't think Vika played a bad match. She certainly didn't play worse than in the previous rounds. Today's result just shows the current limits of her game, unfortunately. Vika's relentless hitting can dominate most players, but she simply did not possess enough power or agility to win that slugfest, and didn't know what to do except to keep at it. Li was able to handle pretty much everything Vika threw at her, but with a bit more variety, she could at least have tried to try to get Li out of her groove.

IMO Vika just has to learn to use her ballstriking better (...) Vika reminds me roughly Lindsay Davenport who are both mini-guns from the backcourt but the comparision stops there since Vika doesn't yet half of the creativity Lindsey has from the back (angles, DTLs etc...) (...) Vika tends to hit her shots too much in the same spots everytime in the middle deep and strong when the opponent is fire that just doesn't work good. :sad:

LUVMIRZA
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:10 AM
This resumes it all (...) :sad: Vika freaking needs to reconsider her hitting zones because she was just hitting every freaking ball back to Li and her stricking zones (...) very little angles or redirections just everything back to the Chinese. How many bad hoices did she make too (...) :o

The quality of her FH is really deceitful no real weight into them I'm not even speaking about the serve (...) I'm so deceived and frustrated yet another major where Vika can't make the semis at least. :sobbing:

She really did take chances against Serena last year. She can play much better than today & she has beaten Na already... we have seen her play better. But in Sydney & now AO, I am seeing her jus play to the middle court deep or jus try bashing which is not effective against big bashers... She can play at net very well but she didnt use that wen she had break points. I guess after she changed coach her game went down... She really has to improve her forehand and her serve is crappy. I am worried:help:

People writing her off are jus dumb:tape: She should concentrate more on improving her tennis as its the rite time... she'll do great if she improves her serve & finishing off points with her forehand.

Vikapower
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:21 AM
So is it more technique/gameplan or strength/fitness that's an issue?

To me it's more technique/gameplan Vika's FH is just not penetrating enough lack of weight transfer often on the lasso her core just desintegrates, lack of racket head speed doesn't hit through the ball like she'd want often she repeats the motion and her center deep hard shots needs more variety for better angles. :shrug:

Whatever it is, I agree that under Sumyk, Vika hasn't improved much except maybe on-court temperament--but as I think hurricanejeanne mentioned, is that even the greatest thing in the world?

It's true but to credit Sumyk Vika's injuries weren't of a big help to her progression (...)

BTW, :lol: at the people writing her whole career off already...

:lol: There's that dude on GM Smitten what a joke. :rolleyes:

hurricanejeanne
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:45 AM
IMO Vika just has to learn to use her ballstriking better (...) Vika reminds me roughly Lindsay Davenport who are both mini-guns from the backcourt but the comparision stops there since Vika doesn't yet half of the creativity Lindsey has from the back (angles, DTLs etc...) (...) Vika tends to hit her shots too much in the same spots everytime in the middle deep and strong when the opponent is fire that just doesn't work good. :sad:

The major similarity between Lindsay and Vika is that they both aren't that big of hitters, they're more ballstrikers (I cringe everytime someone calls Vika a ballbasher). When I think big hitters I think of someone like Na or Kvitova. They hit huge, but they are very streaky. The difference is Vika doesn't have the same hands Lindsay did, and Vika really doesn't see the court the way Lindsay did. Vika moves better than Linds ever did, and that's probably why Lindsay had to hit angles and down the line shots and play classic big babe tennis because the minute her opponent started to move her she'd be in trouble.
That said, Vika needs to be more aggressive and it does start with the serve. Her serve isn't that bad, but it could be a bit stronger and definitely more consistent. Lindsay never had the biggest serve but she placed it really well, if Vika can't add the speed she needs the placement so she can open the court for the winner. Today I felt she wasn't taking that advantage as much as she should have, granted Na was pushing her back. Vika has a good idea with hitting straight up the middle, that usually takes away the angles from the opponent, but tonight if her ball landed just a tad too short, Na punished it.

I feel like she's getting there but her baby steps have shrunk down even smaller. She got creamed tonight by a very inform player but I would like to see more of a strategy out there from Vika in the future, especially against a player like Na, who when she's on you're not going to out hit, but you will have to out think them.

JamieOwen3
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:51 AM
The major similarity between Lindsay and Vika is that they both aren't that big of hitters, they're more ballstrikers (I cringe everytime someone calls Vika a ballbasher). When I think big hitters I think of someone like Na or Kvitova. They hit huge, but they are very streaky. The difference is Vika doesn't have the same hands Lindsay did, and Vika really doesn't see the court the way Lindsay did. Vika moves better than Linds ever did, and that's probably why Lindsay had to hit angles and down the line shots and play classic big babe tennis because the minute her opponent started to move her she'd be in trouble.
That said, Vika needs to be more aggressive and it does start with the serve. Her serve isn't that bad, but it could be a bit stronger and definitely more consistent. Lindsay never had the biggest serve but she placed it really well, if Vika can't add the speed she needs the placement so she can open the court for the winner. Today I felt she wasn't taking that advantage as much as she should have, granted Na was pushing her back. Vika has a good idea with hitting straight up the middle, that usually takes away the angles from the opponent, but tonight if her ball landed just a tad too short, Na punished it.

I feel like she's getting there but her baby steps have shrunk down even smaller. She got creamed tonight by a very inform player but I would like to see more of a strategy out there from Vika in the future, especially against a player like Na, who when she's on you're not going to out hit, but you will have to out think them.


reminds me of what happened in 2007 Martina Hingis vs Li Na, Li Na was just winning easily but Martina out thunk her in the end and won.

Vikapower
Jan 23rd, 2011, 05:07 AM
The major similarity between Lindsay and Vika is that they both aren't that big of hitters, they're more ballstrikers (I cringe everytime someone calls Vika a ballbasher). When I think big hitters I think of someone like Na or Kvitova. They hit huge, but they are very streaky. The difference is Vika doesn't have the same hands Lindsay did, and Vika really doesn't see the court the way Lindsay did. Vika moves better than Linds ever did, and that's probably why Lindsay had to hit angles and down the line shots and play classic big babe tennis because the minute her opponent started to move her she'd be in trouble.
That said, Vika needs to be more aggressive and it does start with the serve. Her serve isn't that bad, but it could be a bit stronger and definitely more consistent. Lindsay never had the biggest serve but she placed it really well, if Vika can't add the speed she needs the placement so she can open the court for the winner. Today I felt she wasn't taking that advantage as much as she should have, granted Na was pushing her back. Vika has a good idea with hitting straight up the middle, that usually takes away the angles from the opponent, but tonight if her ball landed just a tad too short, Na punished it.

I feel like she's getting there but her baby steps have shrunk down even smaller. She got creamed tonight by a very inform player but I would like to see more of a strategy out there from Vika in the future, especially against a player like Na, who when she's on you're not going to out hit, but you will have to out think them.

Jeanne thanks you explained everything very much better than I did and you're completely right when you say that there's a world between Lindsey's hand skills/court vision and Vika's (...) these things she can have them with work but she's stopped progressing and what is preventing her to :shrug: Injuries is the most obvious but maybe there's more to that.

I really love Lindsey and I think I've told you that already I wished Vika's game modelled around hers but still a very long way to go. :sad:

hurricanejeanne
Jan 23rd, 2011, 05:28 AM
Jeanne thanks you explained everything very much better than I did and you're completely right when you say that there's a world between Lindsey's hand skills/court vision and Vika's (...) these things she can have them with work but she's stopped progressing and what is preventing her to :shrug: Injuries is the most obvious but maybe there's more to that.

I really love Lindsey and I think I've told you that already I wished Vika's game modelled around hers but still a very long way to go. :sad:

Being a die hard Lindsay fan for so many years and over psychoanalyzing her game helps. :lol: With Vika, I see so much similiarity there that it wouldn't take that much for her to adapt what Lindsay used to do. I feel like sometimes she sits on the baseline too much, she really needs to work angles and move players around more. I feel like when Vika's playing her best, she's aggressive, not hitting crazy winners, but working the point enough to set up the best percentage winner. She played well this tournament but was still very unsure against Na. It might have been because Na was playing too good, but if Vika's going to get into the top level she's going to have to be able to beat players who are just playing amazing even when she isn't.

I just hope that Vika is able to see this issue and will be able to make the adjustment to correct it. And if that means she needs a new coach, then I hope she's able to do that too.

Temperenka
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:06 AM
I'm so drunkely sad... I don't want to watch. :sobbing:

Someone full me in :sad:

Igor_Biscan
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:46 AM
I'm so drunkely sad... I don't want to watch. :sobbing:

Someone full me in :sad:

seconded. apart from the drunkenly bit. I just crashed out, couldn't stay awake

Igor_Biscan
Jan 23rd, 2011, 09:03 AM
To be honest, I don't really care that Na Li has been on fire (even if yes it's bad luck that Vika drew her here of course). In my opinion, in a slam, Vika should be peaking enough to do away with most players no matter how good they're playing. There's only so many times we can say "too good" about her opponent, right? At some point, Vika's game will have to just be better and elevated when her opponent is on fire.

:lol: That sounds angry but it's really more matter of fact on my part.

Disappointing and disheartening though.

yeah.. I kind of agree with this, I mean it would have been greart if Vika had been playing sharapova today rather than Li, but to win a GS you really have to beat the best players at some point. We saw Vika raise her game to its top level in the QF last year, I guess it wasn't there this time around

It seems like Vika was mainly working on fitness in the off-season, that's not something we'll see the effect of now, but hopefully will pay off later

HowardH
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:28 AM
Didn't get to see it, but it seems Li Na was too good today. A lot of people are saying there wasn't much Vika could have done. I know Li Na has those days. But I think in a slam, one of the really great players would have found a way to stay in the match long enough to let Li Na go off the boil. You have to win a few extra games, a few extra points, to extend the match so that their rhythm can drop. However, as I said, I didn't see it. Maybe there really wasn't much she could have done. Li's a good player though, not much shame in losing to her.

Sander.
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:30 AM
Vika :sad:
I expected this, but it's still sad.

Langers
Jan 23rd, 2011, 12:54 PM
I saw her first three matches live and today on TV. At her games you can’t help but be impressed with her ball striking but you also get the feeling that’s all she’s got. Sounds silly, probably is, but she needs another aspect of her game. She can’t just plan on getting by every hurdle by just hitting the ball hard and cleanly. She’ll win a lot of matches by doing so, and she’ll consistently reach 3rd and 4th rounds at the Slams because of it, but it’s not enough. She should be starting to take the next step and she’s not doing so. She’s till only 21, and I have little doubt that she’ll eventually breakthrough to that SF appearance and then go even further, but I still think that’s a little way off. She needs to get a few more aspects to her game, more variety, and different looks for the opponent. She’ll continue to run into opponents like she did today who aren’t going to miss and they’ll feed off her biggest strength, her power. Li played an amazing match today and there wasn’t a whole lot Azarenka could’ve done under her current game, that’s why she needs to make adjustments, refinements to her overall game.

She’s great to watch, and she’ll always breeze through the early rounds with her hitting, but she needs more. She seems like a very willing learner and someone who strives to improve, so that shouldn’t be an issue. It’s finding a coach who can take her very good game to being a great game. I knew from very, very early in the match, even in the 1st game although she got the break, that today wasn't going to be her day. Maybe that's crazy considering she got up 1-0, but I just got bad vibes, and knew it she wasn't progressing any further.

Frustrating times. At the beginning of every year you're excited thinking she'll come with a slightly improved game, a more well-rounded game to take her further, and it doesn't happen. She's the same old Vika, a very solid seed in the draw, but one not likely to be challanging deep into the second week.

VIKA?
Jan 23rd, 2011, 01:08 PM
Don't even know what to say...
I guess she can focus on doubles now.

Langers
Jan 23rd, 2011, 01:16 PM
Don't even know what to say...
I guess she can focus on doubles now.
I'm often preparing myself for losses before they even happen, and I'm not kidding, I totally prepared myself for a loss before a ball was even struck today. I just had a bad feeling. Vika had been playing well, but there were patches in her 2nd and 3rd round matches were she played some rather ordinary tennis and was lucky to face average opposition. Today she hit probably as well as she was in the earlier rounds but played someone who was too strong and compiled too many good points. Vika needs to work on her mobility though, it’s decent, but an opponent using her pace can exploit it a bit, turning her strength into a weakness. For as good as she is, there's certainly a few holes in her game.

As for the doubles, didn’t see the first match, I had planned to but they won so quickly it was over before I even had a chance to get to the court! But I did see their second match; she played excellent, so strong in the baseline exchanges. In saying that, Molik and Ferguson were dreadful. :o

PerfectForm
Jan 23rd, 2011, 02:53 PM
I still remember Vika at 2009 RG against Safina in the first set. She was amazing, angles, hard hitting, net play, dropshots. But recently, all I see her do is try to hit the ball hard side to side & the thing is sometimes she looks like she's putting so much effort but her balls are just not that fast.

Having said that, I'm glad she demonstrated her fighting spirit today against an on-fire Na, who would have beaten almost everybody with her form today.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:01 PM
Who's the girl in your avatar? :eek:

I need to find that out also :o
I'd like to say she was someone close but i'd be lying :lol:
we can all dream :drool:

Jekyll
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:10 PM
I agree, she need more weapons, or the ones that she used to have two years ago.. Now they are gone! :scratch:

Vikapower
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:35 PM
Didn't get to see it, but it seems Li Na was too good today. A lot of people are saying there wasn't much Vika could have done. I know Li Na has those days. But I think in a slam, one of the really great players would have found a way to stay in the match long enough to let Li Na go off the boil. You have to win a few extra games, a few extra points, to extend the match so that their rhythm can drop. However, as I said, I didn't see it. Maybe there really wasn't much she could have done. Li's a good player though, not much shame in losing to her.

Personally I'm not easy going on that result and as you pointed out a great player would have found a way to turn this thing around - Serena has done that both times against her in person (...) it's a shame to lose to Li Na because at the end it's never her that's going to hold the throphy. :shrug:

From my point of view in 2009 and just some of you said it seems to me she was creating much more things with her shots and serve (...) I remember a her match against Sori in Wimbledon where she was serving incredible, her match against Kuzzie in Miami where she was hitting very clean FHs (...) these are 2 of many - why so much regression in such a small laps of time ? :sad:

Back then I had this sensation everytime I watched Vika that she was overwhelming her opponents, strangling them like these constrictor snakes with her clean strikes until they gave up life - watching her back then was like coming out of a washing machine so much my brain was bluffed (...) I don't feel this anymore anyways the season is very long hopefully Vika passes that in the back of her mind and builds for the future.

Frederik
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:44 PM
I need to find that out also :o
I'd like to say she was someone close but i'd be lying :lol:
we can all dream :drool:

:(

Let me know when you find out who she is. :D

Break My Rapture
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:49 PM
Vika faces the player in the form of her life AGAIN. :o It must be so frustrating for her how much bad luck she has (the net is seriously ALWAYS against her), along with her opponent's impossible shots from yesterday going in. Just sickening. Vika looked a bit desperate out there, but who wouldn't be if Na plays so well? :lol: :hug:

She has a big chunk of points to defend at Dubai now. :scared:

hurricanejeanne
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:03 PM
You know, all this talk about Vika's "regression/plateau" is making me wonder if it is a coaching thing. Samyk coaches Zvonareva for years and during those years Vera was good, solid, but not great. She always tried to play bigger than what she actually able to do, hence her emotional issues and getting frustrated. So she drops Samyk and voila! She's in grand slam finals playing classic counterpunching tennis, keeping her head together and doing pretty damned well.

I hate to blame this on the coach but it shows a possible trend. Samyk must want to make Vika a counterpuncher or something of the sort instead of improving her serve and groundstrokes he's working on her fitness too much. Sure, you need to be fit in order to play but if you can't keep the balls in the court or hit winners you're not going to need that fitness. Na was on fire last night and her usual patch of errors never came, there's not much Vika could have done there. And yet Vika was very streaky in the earlier rounds and really didn't start taking cuts at the ball until she had to. Almost like she had to revert back to what's natural for her to do out there.

I know last year she was streaky and was injured but I hope she stays healthy this year and can put together a solid season, the best she's ever had, but if she doesn't I hope she realizes she needs a change and can a new coach, one that will advance the raw materials Vika has.

LUVMIRZA
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:11 PM
You know, all this talk about Vika's "regression/plateau" is making me wonder if it is a coaching thing. Samyk coaches Zvonareva for years and during those years Vera was good, solid, but not great. She always tried to play bigger than what she actually able to do, hence her emotional issues and getting frustrated. So she drops Samyk and voila! She's in grand slam finals playing classic counterpunching tennis, keeping her head together and doing pretty damned well.

I hate to blame this on the coach but it shows a possible trend. Samyk must want to make Vika a counterpuncher or something of the sort instead of improving her serve and groundstrokes he's working on her fitness too much. Sure, you need to be fit in order to play but if you can't keep the balls in the court or hit winners you're not going to need that fitness. Na was on fire last night and her usual patch of errors never came, there's not much Vika could have done there. And yet Vika was very streaky in the earlier rounds and really didn't start taking cuts at the ball until she had to. Almost like she had to revert back to what's natural for her to do out there.

I know last year she was streaky and was injured but I hope she stays healthy this year and can put together a solid season, the best she's ever had, but if she doesn't I hope she realizes she needs a change and can a new coach, one that will advance the raw materials Vika has.


cant agree more with u. Jus look at her last year AO Qtrs match and this year matches. She played like a street fighter:drool: last year but yesterday she played a subdued game:o Its the coaching seems like, but the one gud thing is She might become very fit under Sumyk.

Igor_Biscan
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:32 PM
Nah, she hasn't regressed. She dominated everyone at moscow three tournaments ago playing attacking, varied tennis. I didn't see sydney but in all her matches here she just seemed kind of sluggish, not her movement necessarily but her reaction time, anticipation, reading of the game, that sort of thing. Almost like she hasn't shaken off preseason yet.

Jane Lane
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:31 PM
I feel like a more accurate analysis can come when we see how she does in Dubai and even into IW and Miami.

hellas719
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:26 AM
Vika :(
But that's not so bad because she still defended most of her points from Sydney and Melbourne :)
After Fed Cup and Dubai, will she play Doha? :unsure:

Igor_Biscan
Jan 24th, 2011, 08:42 AM
Doubles is on right now, our girls are 5-2 up, Vika is looking great as usual

saul1333
Jan 24th, 2011, 09:24 AM
http://i030.radikal.ru/1101/51/8f367ab700a1.png (http://www.radikal.ru)

JadeFox
Jan 24th, 2011, 11:18 AM
Well, at least she's still plugging away in doubles.

VIKA?
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:22 PM
They barely are losing games:lol: nice job girls:yeah:

Spiritof42
Jan 24th, 2011, 04:37 PM
Didn't think they'd beat Chan/Radwanska so handily. Didn't see the match, but the stats look very nice (love the +18 winner/UE differential). Combined average serve speed for the team is in strictly powderpuff territory (even on 1st serve), but that's to be expected in doubles.

Break My Rapture
Jan 24th, 2011, 05:10 PM
Keep going Vikkiri. :bigclap: If they play well I really don't see why they shouldn't be able to win this doubles slam.

Break My Rapture
Jan 24th, 2011, 05:10 PM
Vika :(
But that's not so bad because she still defended most of her points from Sydney and Melbourne :)
After Fed Cup and Dubai, will she play Doha? :unsure:
Yes.

hurricanejeanne
Jan 25th, 2011, 01:33 AM
Vikiri! :cheer:

saul1333
Jan 25th, 2011, 06:05 AM
http://s16.radikal.ru/i191/1101/62/9d5761fb0868.png (http://www.radikal.ru)

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 25th, 2011, 06:15 AM
into doubles semis :) :D
win the doubles here Vika ;) :kiss:

Andreas
Jan 25th, 2011, 03:35 PM
I am kind of superstitious so I didn't want to post here while Vika was still in the tournament. I guess it didn't help :lol: I feel like she hasn't really improved the past year - she actually played better here in 2010.
Vika now has R4-R1-R3-R2 as slam results in her ranking. It was QF-QF-QF-R3 after AO last year :unsure: At least it gives her a good chance to gain some points this year.

At least she is still in doubles. Semis tomorrow, good luck!

miffedmax
Jan 25th, 2011, 04:31 PM
The ride of the Vikiri continues!

Spiritof42
Jan 25th, 2011, 06:36 PM
The next two matches will be tough, as they will have to beat two of the top three seeds. Vika and Maria winning a slam together would certainly be sweet.

Davai devushki!

JadeFox
Jan 25th, 2011, 07:18 PM
I hope they win it all. If anything just to get more reactions like they did when they won Cincy. :lol:

LUVMIRZA
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:31 AM
Vikkiri is into the finals:cheer::cheer:

Rafito.
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:37 AM
They better win it now. Get it Vikkiri!

saul1333
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:46 AM
http://i080.radikal.ru/1101/58/e21f6175da0c.png (http://www.radikal.ru)

Good luck ladies.

VIKA?
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:35 PM
OMG I want them to win this title so badly:sobbing: come on girls!!!!!!1

Break My Rapture
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:02 PM
Another GS doubles final for Vika. :hearts: Win it Vikkiri!

Langers
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:26 PM
Wow, into the final, and what a win to get there!!! :yeah:

JadeFox
Jan 26th, 2011, 05:00 PM
Win it all ladies! Win it all! :bounce:

hurricanejeanne
Jan 26th, 2011, 06:40 PM
I'm out of favorites in the singles draws, both men and women. Save the AO, Vikiri!!!!!!! :cheer:

Temperenka
Jan 26th, 2011, 10:37 PM
Wow. :eek: Unexpected :banana:

Jane Lane
Jan 26th, 2011, 11:33 PM
I can't handle the sexiness of this final. :drool: :lol:

hellas719
Jan 27th, 2011, 02:54 AM
Vikkiri :woohoo:
Now win the title! :cheer:

saul1333
Jan 28th, 2011, 06:28 AM
http://i008.radikal.ru/1101/f9/6941d2b95015.png (http://www.radikal.ru)

Had a bp to go up 5-1 and serve for the match :sobbing:

Temperenka
Jan 28th, 2011, 06:31 AM
Vika collapsed. I'm so doubtful of her in any sort of big match. Doubles final? Really? She needed to at least keep it together in this one...

VIKA?
Jan 28th, 2011, 06:35 AM
Disgusting. That's all I can really say.

I'm just gonna take a break from tennis, tired of all these chokes. Good luck guys and I hopeto be back soon!

Temperenka
Jan 28th, 2011, 06:39 AM
I think I will too (but considering how many favorites we have in common, I guess that isn't surprising).

It truly just isn't as enjoyable anymore. Watching my faves choke and lose over and over is getting quite old.