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Lin Lin
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:04 AM
Kim:yeah:But maube too tired for AO:unsure:

Vika,roared too loudly?:unsure:

Vaidisova
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:05 AM
Well done Kim!

Jane Lane
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:05 AM
Soooooo much closer than the score. Everytime Vika had a whiff of a chance, Kim would come up with some amazingly ridiculous winner. It was like she couldn't decide whether to play GOAT or like shit, because her serve was pretty bad.

Vika :hug:

saul1333
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:05 AM
Thank you Vika :hearts:

Had bp in almost all Kim's service games..but she played too well on them :sobbing:

~{X}~
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:05 AM
Go Kim but please don't tire yourself out. :o

AnDrEi.b
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:05 AM
Congrats Kim :bounce:
Vika :hug:

Noctis
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:05 AM
Kim was consistent :yeah:
tired no,She grab the title and go to AO. To me shes the best player on tour atm.WHILE Serena is absent

Steff_forever
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:06 AM
well done Kim !!!

nice winners are always shocking for Vika

Marionated
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:06 AM
Yeah Kim :hearts: but your second serve :o

skanky~skanketta
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:06 AM
Woot Woot! Kim's service yips may be a cause for concern, but her groundies are stinging!

The Witch-king
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:07 AM
:lol:Go Kim but please don't tire yourself out. :o

Tire herself out? She's hardly losing games.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:07 AM
Kim :woohoo: Minus the first three games, it was prety well played. The shots she came up with at times, especially when Azarenka had ADs were amazing :hearts: Loved it. But the serve isn't consistent, too many DFs.
Good luck in the semis :bounce:

And people, don't say she's tired. She's played 3 fast matches and she's a professional athlete so...

supergrunt
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:07 AM
:( Well... you know... she.. Azarenka

skanky~skanketta
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:07 AM
I've never had a succesful score thread before so post in here dammit! :fiery:

Steff_forever
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:07 AM
Soooooo much closer than the score. Everytime Vika had a whiff of a chance, Kim would come up with some amazingly ridiculous winner. It was like she couldn't decide whether to play GOAT or like shit, because her serve was pretty bad.

Vika :hug:


my thought, 6-3 6-2 is not representing the match

edificio
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:07 AM
Vika's serve really doesn't do that much for her, and then she seemed to forget that Kim loves to run from side to side. Kim's 8 DFs could be partially due to the windy conditions. She had a lot of errors, but she also played pretty well. She needs some tougher challenges.

Berlin_Calling
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:07 AM
Pitiful match, Vika. I can't believe I stayed up this late to watch this crap. I'm starting to lose faith in Vika's ability to take her game to the next level. She hasn't improved a single aspect of her game since the beginning of 2009. At this rate, she will probably make the quarters in Melbourne before losing to a top seed AGAIN. Really getting sick of this mundane pattern...

PLP
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:08 AM
Brilliant play by Kim at times.
:worship:
She will be hard to beat.

Congrats to Vika for keeping it close, she really does have a beautiful ground game.

Lin Lin
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:10 AM
Kim's interview is too cute:awww:

mariavikafan
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:10 AM
Clijsters' serve sucks it's a shame noone can take advantage of that. I wasn't really impressed Azarenka had BP in every service game.
Kim FH was really massive though, and she was great in defense too.

Lin Lin
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:10 AM
winners 30-11

Betten
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:12 AM
Nice match from both. The score suggests a routine win, but it was pretty competitive. Kim's service was a bit tight, but her groundstrokes were fine, targeting Azarenka's forehand like a bug she wanted to crush. Defense was great too. Lets just hope she doesn't wear herself out here.

M-K
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:12 AM
Pitiful match, Vika. I can't believe I stayed up this late to watch this crap. I'm starting to lose faith in Vika's ability to take her game to the next level. She hasn't improved a single aspect of her game since the beginning of 2009. At this rate, she will probably make the quarters in Melbourne before losing to a top seed AGAIN. Really getting sick of this mundane pattern...

You took the words out of my mouth.
Come on Vika!!:(

SELVEN
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:14 AM
Kim :yeah:

<Sven>
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:14 AM
Well done Kim!
Hope you can keep the coming matches short, so you won't run out of gas at the AO!

GoofyDuck
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:15 AM
Even though Kim was the better player, wonder what would of had happened if Vika didn't only convert 2 of the 14 breakpoints... :tape:

Raiden
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:18 AM
Vika's serve really doesn't do that much for her, and then she seemed to forget that Kim loves to run from side to side. Kim's 8 DFs could be partially due to the windy conditions.Partially?

I'd say entirely. It was too breezy for Kim

homogenius
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:19 AM
Kim on her way to the n°1 spot.

edificio
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:19 AM
Even though Kim was the better player, wonder what would of had happened if Vika didn't only convert 2 of the 14 breakpoints... :tape:

There were two occasions where she really should have converted the breakpoints.

madmax
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:20 AM
Vika fought hard, but she just can't hit through Princess Fiona:yawn: Very boring matchup

Nikkiri
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:20 AM
Go win the doubles Vika :cheer:

Lapaco
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:22 AM
Too easy. Can't see anyone beating her in Australia this year.

bandabou
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:23 AM
Kimmy on fire..but matches against Vika are always closer than scoreline indicates. Needs to work on the serve for Kimmy..and Vika needs to take her chances.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:24 AM
Kimberly :cheer: Though the serve was shit, she played pretty well. Even with this serve I cannot see anyone stopping Mama Kim from lifting the AO trophy except Justine of course. Azarenka should hire a fitness coach plus a person who can help her mentally.

Andy.
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:27 AM
Kim's ground game was awesome tonight. Vika thru everyhting she had at her and Kim just sent it back with interest and direction. Too good. On this sort of form she will take some beating at the AO. ATM I can only see her beating herself like last year unless Venus or Justine play lights out tennis.

Mary Cherry.
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:27 AM
Vika :sad: Didn't take any opportunities (and I think she had more BPs than Kim in the end :unsure:)

Andy.
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:27 AM
Kimberly :cheer: Though the serve was shit, she played pretty well. Even with this serve I cannot see anyone stopping Mama Kim from lifting the AO trophy except Justin e of course. Azarenka should hire a fitness coach plus a person who can help her mentally.
She has a fitness coach she is working with Scott (Ana's ex trainer).

it-girl
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:29 AM
Oh Vika:hug:

Nikkiri
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:29 AM
Go win the doubles Vika :cheer:

Or don't. She withdrew. :rolleyes:

Sharapovian
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:31 AM
Congrats Kim!

Vika :tears:

Lord Choc Ice
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:38 AM
Vika. :awww:

Pud. :yeah:

Vikapower
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:38 AM
Well, well Vika still some work to do in terms of regularity (...)

Kimmie not much to say but the heavy favourite unless some past champs makes their statements too I see minimum a final in Australia (...)

Belmont Lad
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:52 AM
Nicely done Kim, third straight forward victory and into the semis! :yeah::kiss:

GoofyDuck
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:54 AM
There were two occasions where she really should have converted the breakpoints.

indeed, Vika had 1 easy volley but hit it straight in front of Kim who finished the ball off...

TuxedoSlam
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:18 AM
Nice result Kim, well done.

jimmy_the_greek
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:20 AM
Nice win Kim! Interesting to see if she can win the Medibank if she can go all the way in Melbourne. :confused:

Claycourter
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:24 AM
Hopefully Princess Fiona is nice and tired for AO next week.

BlameSerena
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:32 AM
Vika only seems inspired to play Serena.

mariavikafan
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:33 AM
Hopefully Princess Fiona is nice and tired for AO next week.

Henins fans are scared:lol:

doooma6816
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:47 AM
Well done Kim. ;)
She's huge favourite to win AO...and I think she really will do that. Justine's playing well but I don't know if itąll be enough for Kim.

Smitten
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:53 AM
Completely overwhelming Azarenka off the ground which wasn't surprising. If her serve wasn't so up and down this would have been even more emphatic. There's just nothing Azarenka can do against that type of hitting.

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:20 AM
Vika :shrug:

sarddenso
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:37 AM
Or don't. She withdrew. :rolleyes:

So annoyed.
I have been waiting for that match since last night and was hanging around for ages until they finally said she pulled out.

Nikkiri
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:04 PM
So annoyed.
I have been waiting for that match since last night and was hanging around for ages until they finally said she pulled out.

Hah. Tell me about it.. was there last night till 8:30 when it started pissing down. Decided against going tonight luckily or I would have been pissed.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:07 PM
well done Vika in not killing yourself for this MM event.
maybe she can go into a slam 70% fit for once instead of being a) fried b) drained c) dead

sarddenso
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:10 PM
Hah. Tell me about it.. was there last night till 8:30 when it started pissing down. Decided against going tonight luckily or I would have been pissed.

Yeah they were so close to being able to play last night eh?
They had dried the court and the court next to the one they were meant to play on had started playing.
Then that last big shower came and it was all over.

Asked the people at the information desk who put together such a dumb order of play for today?
Guess they have there reasons for doing it the way they did.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:22 PM
She has a fitness coach she is working with Scott (Ana's ex trainer).

Hope it works out for her but she really needs to speed more hours in the gym. ;)

InsideOut.
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:25 PM
:hearts: Well done Kim.

doktor
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:38 PM
whatever, Vika's not fit.

Kim, please tank the semi and go to the AO with plenty left in the tank. Learn from your previous career, winning wta titles is not conductive to winning slams.

Hian
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Vika :hug:
Kim ;)

VIKA?
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:43 PM
Kinda expected:hug:

Lapaco
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:11 PM
Hopefully Princess Fiona is nice and tired for AO next week.

Kim is super fit and a strong girl anyway. There's no way she is going to get tired after these three hitting sessions :lol: Just accept the fact that she is head and shoulders above everyone else right now.

HRHoliviasmith
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:12 PM
Awful.

LUVMIRZA
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:22 PM
Wat the hell Vika:mad: Justine save me from this Saint Monster:sobbing:

kman
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:44 PM
wow, bitchslapped.

-NAJ-
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:48 PM
Highlights ?

Gawain
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:50 PM
Up until now Sydney has been a mere training for Kim.
I don't see 2 more matches do that much damage.

John.
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:53 PM
Keep going Kim. Really want to see you with the AO trophy in 2 weeks time :cheer:

Break My Rapture
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:06 PM
Deserved victory for Kim, she played astonishing tennis pretty much throughout the whole match.
Vika wasn't really playing that well though. :hug: Still, the match was WAY tougher than the score would indicate. I think only 3 or 4 games did not go to deuce in the whole match.

Wimanna
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:32 PM
Highlights ?

Some points http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTQ_R-pqhcc

Lucemferre
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:43 PM
Azarenka is going backwards.Her serve is laughable.So awful it's not even funny. She just rolls it in and try to keep a high percentage but it doesn't work against top players. What happened to her consistent baseline game and excellent return?:o

Clijsters is still nothing special.Her serve is a mess too but she can get it together in big matches somehow these days. Again a hot player can shock her in early rounds but new clijsters brings it against quality players so if she makes it to latter rounds only Henin can stop her.

Sander.
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:44 PM
Good win Kim :yeah:

Vika :hug:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:45 PM
Well done Kim :yeah:

Vika :hug:

Claycourter
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:03 PM
Kim is super fit and a strong girl anyway. There's no way she is going to get tired after these three hitting sessions :lol: Just accept the fact that she is head and shoulders above everyone else right now.

Until she runs into a player who executes a smart attacking game to show that any match against Clijsters is always on the other players' racquet and how limited her game is. Then she folds 6-0 6-1 like last year. She maybe better than everyone else, but it's only because the standard is so abysmal right now. We have 2 players in top 10 with clay results only. Mug era :rolleyes:

Illusionist
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:10 PM
Vika was just ridiculous today. Kim was a bit rusty but still pulled out a result like this. Pure class. I really enjoyed watching her, as always :kiss:

Sabinator.
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:45 PM
You forgot something... :lol:

http://i51.tinypic.com/1zgqheg.gif

Tuckii
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:58 PM
Kimi :worship:

AcesHigh
Jan 12th, 2011, 04:09 PM
Expected :) With every win I'm just happy she's back on tour

The Dawntreader
Jan 12th, 2011, 04:40 PM
Azarenka gives elite players such rythm and freedom to go for their shots at will, it's quite remarkable really. Clijsters in the first set played in a Jankovic-esque ilk, redirecting and maneuvering the ball, using excellent width to completely expose Azarenka's ungainly and unexplosive movement, and often laboured footwork, particularly moving to the forehand.

Azarenka's obvious frustrations at being unable to compete with Clijsters from the baseline, forced her into some cringe-horror moments in the forecourt. One bounce-smash in that second set was almost as horrific as those LOLsome series of drive-volleys in Miami last year. Desperation was etched all over them, and in a way i felt sorry for her. Her game lacks any kind of bulk, creativity or athleticsm to deal with a player like Clijsters.

Mercredi
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:04 PM
Azarenka is going backwards.Her serve is laughable.So awful it's not even funny. She just rolls it in and try to keep a high percentage but it doesn't work against top players. What happened to her consistent baseline game and excellent return?:o

Clijsters is still nothing special.Her serve is a mess too but she can get it together in big matches somehow these days. Again a hot player can shock her in early rounds but new clijsters brings it against quality players so if she makes it to latter rounds only Henin can stop her.
Such a stupid and non sense message.
Nothing special abou a player who made the French open finals at 17. Won three grand slams, 3 WTA championships, 40 titles, been number one and has a winning head to head against most of her rivals. Yep nothing special.

Lucemferre
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:08 PM
Such a stupid and non sense message.
Nothing special abou a player who made the French open finals at 17. Won three grand slams, 3 WTA championships, 40 titles, been number one and has a winning head to head against most of her rivals. Yep nothing special.

Relax I was talking about her form.

Setsuna.
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:12 PM
Why Alisa can beat Kim on hardcourts but Vika can't so far?
IMHO Alisa is the better power player.Vika definitely needs a solid serve at least in order to beat someone like Clijsters on hardcourts.

sammy01
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:28 PM
Azarenka gives elite players such rythm and freedom to go for their shots at will, it's quite remarkable really. Clijsters in the first set played in a Jankovic-esque ilk, redirecting and maneuvering the ball, using excellent width to completely expose Azarenka's ungainly and unexplosive movement, and often laboured footwork, particularly moving to the forehand.

Azarenka's obvious frustrations at being unable to compete with Clijsters from the baseline, forced her into some cringe-horror moments in the forecourt. One bounce-smash in that second set was almost as horrific as those LOLsome series of drive-volleys in Miami last year. Desperation was etched all over them, and in a way i felt sorry for her. Her game lacks any kind of bulk, creativity or athleticsm to deal with a player like Clijsters.

i knew you would fall in love with kim, so glad i am a positive influence on you :smooch:


way to go kim, win the title please

madmax
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:33 PM
Why Alisa can beat Kim on hardcourts but Vika can't so far?
IMHO Alisa is the better power player.Vika definitely needs a solid serve at least in order to beat someone like Clijsters on hardcourts.

simple really - Alisa has ability to blow Princess Fiona off the court, while Azarenka can not outhit anyone...

Break My Rapture
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:50 PM
simple really - Alisa has ability to blow Princess Fiona off the court, while Azarenka can not outhit anyone...
Bullshit.

PLP
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:43 PM
Until she runs into a player who executes a smart attacking game to show that any match against Clijsters is always on the other players' racquet and how limited her game is. Then she folds 6-0 6-1 like last year. She maybe better than everyone else, but it's only because the standard is so abysmal right now. We have 2 players in top 10 with clay results only. Mug era :rolleyes:

Uhm, just NO.
It takes a lot to out hit Kim...and in the match against Nadia, Kim played at about 5%.

Have to admit, I do agree with you about the quality of the era though.
:lol:

Break My Rapture
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:07 PM
I'm anxiously waiting for the higher ranked players of the new generation (AKA Generation Suck: mainly Wozniacki, Azarenka, and maybe others) to finally show they can consistently beat players like Clijsters by outplaying them. This match, Vika didn't play well while Kim played lights out minus the double faults, but at least she showed in Eastbourne (the most significantly obviously since she won that match) that she can outhit Kim. She also displayed it against Pova and Serena, but it's not on a consistent enough basis yet. I'm hoping that will change over the year so Kimberly won't be given the chance to cash in every important tournament while playing at her bare minimum.

mariavikafan
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:28 PM
Bullshit.

Come up with arguments or shut up because this is very true Azarenka is a great retriever but she can't outhit anyone and her serve really sucks, why isn't she working on her serve where do you expect to go with a serve like that she is just placing it with no power at all, she is constantly on defensive after her serve.

danieln1
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:34 PM
Hopefully Kimberly will be too tired for the AO and lose in round 3 6-2 6-0 to whatever player she faces :haha: :haha:

Joking, itīs impossible to get the AO title from Jadaīs hands...

Break My Rapture
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:35 PM
Come up with arguments or shut up because this is very true Azarenka is a great retriever but she can't outhit anyone and her serve really sucks, why isn't she working on her serve where do you expect to go with a serve like that she is just placing it with no power at all, she is constantly on defensive after her serve.
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She can't outhit anyone, eh?
If you want to see against someone as fast as Clijsters, watch Azarenka's match with her in Eastbourne. There, happy now?

danieln1
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:38 PM
Until she runs into a player who executes a smart attacking game to show that any match against Clijsters is always on the other players' racquet and how limited her game is. Then she folds 6-0 6-1 like last year. She maybe better than everyone else, but it's only because the standard is so abysmal right now. We have 2 players in top 10 with clay results only. Mug era :rolleyes:

Davenport would be perfect to show Kimberly how to play true elite tennis (especially in Roland Garros, Lindsay favorite surface :haha: :haha: :haha:... too bad we donīt have a player of Davenport calibre to show kimberly where her true place is, in the bottom of the elite tennis...

Please Nadia Petrova, be at your best in Melbourne

madmax
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:42 PM
9WPaDG6JWx8

She can't outhit anyone, eh?
If you want to see against someone as fast as Clijsters, watch Azarenka's match with her in Eastbourne. There, happy now?

so of all the matches you decided to pick the one where Maria was barely moving and tanked the second set? Look, I like Vika, but her biggest strenghts are consistency from baseline and retrieving skills...there is no need to get your panties in the bunch just because someone disagrees with you

Smitten
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:43 PM
9WPaDG6JWx8

She can't outhit anyone, eh?
If you want to see against someone as fast as Clijsters, watch Azarenka's match with her in Eastbourne. There, happy now?

Beating a flat and deteriorated Sharapova off the ground can only supply so much credibility.

The Eastbourne match was decided on Clijsters missing innumerable returns of serve than anything Azarenka offered off the ground.

Azarenka's best surface is outdoor hardcourt where she is even 0-3 against Wozniacki.

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When Clijsters begins to accelerate in succession with her FH, the points are over.

Azarenka failed numerous amounts of times to hold onto her advantage in points due to a lack of firepower. She even failed multiple times to put away sitters at the net.

Clijsters is able to reset the point to neutral against Azarenka due to Victoria's lack of firepower and exploit her movement with angles/dropshots.

Setsuna.
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:52 PM
simple really - Alisa has ability to blow Princess Fiona off the court, while Azarenka can not outhit anyone...

Agreed but she can outhit some(not elite level players obivously).

Break My Rapture
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:54 PM
so of all the matches you decided to pick the one where Maria was barely moving and tanked the second set? Look, I like Vika, but her biggest strenghts are consistency from baseline and retrieving skills...there is no need to get your panties in the bunch just because someone disagrees with you
The first set was competitive and fairly high quality. Pova just ran out of steam in the second.

Beating a flat and deteriorated Sharapova off the ground can only supply so much credibility.

The Eastbourne match was decided on Clijsters missing innumerable returns of serve than anything Azarenka offered off the ground.

Azarenka's best surface is outdoor hardcourt where she is even 0-3 against Wozniacki.

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When Clijsters begins to accelerate in succession with her FH, the points are over.

Azarenka failed numerous amounts of times to hold onto her advantage in points due to a lack of firepower. She even failed multiple times to put away sitters at the net.

Clijsters is able to reset the point to neutral against Azarenka due to Victoria's lack of firepower and exploit her movement with angles/dropshots.
Again, Sharapova was only flat in the second set.
And no, the Eastbourne match was not decided on Clijsters' missed returns. Azarenka played an outstanding match and was equalling her from the baseline, she served very well also.

I can also go down the 'excuses' road with that one like you did with the Azarenka/Pova match. Vika was injured and nowhere near the form in the second half of 2009 that she showed in the first half. The Clijsters/Azarenka match-up was just an example to disable that completely, useless almost, remark about how Azarenka cannot outhit anyone. Also, I'm not trying to imply that Vika is a better player than Kim, the last assertion you made is very true.

Smitten
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:59 PM
The first set was competitive and fairly high quality. Pova just ran out of steam in the second.


Again, Sharapova was only flat in the second set.
And no, the Eastbourne match was not decided on Clijsters' missed returns. Azarenka played an outstanding match and was equalling her from the baseline, she served very well also.

I can also go down the 'excuses' road with that one like you did with the Azarenka/Pova match. Vika was injured and nowhere near the form in the second half of 2009 that she showed in the first half. The Clijsters/Azarenka match-up was just an example to disable that completely, useless almost, remark about how Azarenka cannot outhit anyone. Also, I'm not trying to imply that Vika is a better player.

Outhitting Sharapova from the baseline is no longer a badge of honor. Anyone playing consistent top 50 tennis can do that these days.

Yet still Sharapova in mediocre form beat Azarenka twice in 2009, when Victoria was a top 10 player. When she got down in Beijing she completely blasted Azarenka off the court and reduced her to nothing.

And if you have an excuse for that match what about Miami 2010? Doha 2010 when Azarenka was coming off a Moscow title?

The results speak for themselves. Azarenka is even 0-3 with Wozniacki on her best surface.

Break My Rapture
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:08 PM
Outhitting Sharapova from the baseline is no longer a badge of honor. Anyone playing consistent top 50 tennis can do that these days.

Yet still Sharapova in mediocre form beat Azarenka twice in 2009, when Victoria was a top 10 player. When she got down in Beijing she completely blasted Azarenka off the court and reduced her to nothing.

And if you have an excuse for that match what about Miami 2010? Doha 2010 when Azarenka was coming off a Moscow title?

The results speak for themselves. Azarenka is even 0-3 with Wozniacki on her best surface.
If not for Sharapova, then watch her matches against Serena. She brings out the best (or close to it) in Azarenka.

Like I said, the Vika from the second half of '09 was not the same as the one from the first half. And actually, I don't know if you realise it but Azarenka was close to winning the Beijing match and it wasn't until Maria was down 5-2 3rd set till she started blasting Vika off the court.

The Miami match is not an indicator of anything except how wind can almost immobilise some players. No offence to the players in Moscow but they are not close to Kim's caliber.

If you have to start eliminating surfaces till you're stuck with outdoor HC since she hasn't beaten Wozniacki on it, then that's also not that credible. She's beaten her on indoor HC and clay and pretty much thrashed her in the first set of their Doha '09 encounter which is outdoor HC, her head left her there.

claypova
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:25 PM
Vika :tears: it was nice to see her will herself on, but she was completely useless on the BPs :o:o

cn ireland
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:40 PM
Nice win Kim:yeah:

*JR*
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:46 PM
How many times did Vika smash her racquet? :help:

Corswandt
Jan 13th, 2011, 10:00 AM
I'm anxiously waiting for the higher ranked players of the new generation (AKA Generation Suck: mainly Wozniacki, Azarenka, and maybe others) to finally show they can consistently beat players like Clijsters by outplaying them.

:haha:

You're certainly in for a long wait. Maybe you should find a way to lose some of that "anxiety".

Shriekarenka was looking woefully underpowered out there, as everyone noticed. That serve is a laugh riot - spinning serves in at 145 km/h just to start the rally only makes sense if you're winning all the rallies. When you're losing nearly all of them, it's just suicidal. Shriekarenka's superb ROS, and Kimberley's often shaky serving, allowed her to make inroads into nearly every one of Kimberley's service games, but that often came to nothing as Kimberley would go for ridiculously low % winners (and pull them off nearly all the time) on the decisive points, and when she didn't Shriekarenka's boneheaded shot selection did her in.

Kimberley has the formula to blow Shriekarenka clean off the court in baseline rallies - hit a shot as hard as possible to her FH corner to get a short, loopy return, and then whack it away with her FH. Simple, effective, and worked nearly every single time.

But most of all, what this match again brutally exposed was the complete idiocy of Shriekarenka insisting on playing like a grinder when she wholly lacks the raw footspeed and lateral movement to do so.