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laurie
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:50 PM
Don't know if this has been posted already, but have a read of this, I wonder if Simon Reed has a ghost writer - his articles are always bizarre...

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/simon-reed/golden-girl-carry-off-golden-slam-143205719.html

The odds of Victoria Azarenka winning all four majors after her success at the Australian Open were around 33/1. It is a definite possibility.

As it stands at the moment, I could see her winning Wimbledon and the US Open. The question mark would come on the clay of Roland Garros at the French Open, but winning any major depends on the form of the player rather than the surface.

From what we've seen, she is the kind of woman who doesn't lose focus. There is a chance she could win the lot this season.

I think Petra Kvitova at her best could stop her. Kvitova at her best beats Azarenka at her best, but I'm not convinced she has the staying power to win seven matches in a row.

I know it happened at Wimbledon last year when she was fantastic - then it didn't happen at all for part of the season - then she returned to form at the WTA Championships. If I was a betting man, I would be wary of putting money on Kvitova.

I think she is more reliable than she was, but her 'B game' isn't as good as Azarenka's 'A game'.

I think you can more or less guarantee Azarenka is going to be pretty near her 'A game' wherever and whenever she wants it.

That is how I see it. You don't know if Serena Williams is back to her best, but she would be in there as well as a real challenger at her peak levels.

I think we've also seen that Maria Sharapova doesn't really have the weapons now. The serve is still fragile. She would win another Grand Slam if things weren't going so well for Azarenka and Kvitova. And if Serena Williams wasn't there.

For me, Sharapova is just off the pace at the very top and I see these Grand Slams being contested by three women. There is every chance of Azarenka being in every final this year. She could win every final this year.

If she wins Wimbledon, why doesn't she win the Olympics? It would be the same court, same surface and she has already intimated that the Olympics is her main focus this year. A Golden Slam is certainly on the cards.

Such a feat is unique in tennis. It shows you the way things are shifting in the women's game. I'm not saying it will happen, but there is a chance it could happen.

The only person who could stop her at Wimbledon and the US Open is Petra and Serena. Serena was the last person to dominate the game, but Azarenka has the equipment to enjoy similar moments.

There is no doubt that Serena has been the dominant factor over the past decade and more. She has won 13 Slams, and there could have been six or seven more without the injuries.

In many ways, the comparison between Novak Djokovic and Azarenka is a natural one. Djokovic went 41 matches unbeaten last season. Azarenka is on a run of 17 wins this season. They seem to share a similar focus.

In the past you have had Djokovic suffering mysterious injuries. The jury is still out on whether or not he will go back to being that type of person. I don't think the same can be said for Azarenka.

I think Azarenka is a fiercely driven person. It is incredible to think she was thinking of retirement a year or so ago.

Back then, she was suffering intense frustration because here was someone who was destined to be a star. She was the world's number one junior. It just took her longer than she expected for that switch to be flicked on, but there is real belief in her game.

After winning in Australia, she has gone onwards and upwards - she could go on a run that rivals Djokovic last year.

It will require a supreme effort from someone to stop her.

Cajka
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:54 PM
Reed's curse.

:spit:

PetraReeMona
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:56 PM
Just like his "Verdasco will win a grand slam this year and Andy Murray will win Wimbledon this year" :help:

The guy is an outright tool and I can't stand him and his useless garbage he spews out :mad:

killerqueen
Feb 22nd, 2012, 12:06 AM
She has an outside chance at best, and I say that as a big fan.

Vika is playing the best tennis of her career and is a great number one, but she isn't out of reach for the other leading girls. She's on a hotstreak, and I hope it lasts a long time, but I'd be stunned if she actually managed to win the lot this year. If I'm being honest, I'd be surprised if she completed a golden slam in her career.

jameshazza
Feb 22nd, 2012, 02:23 AM
:spit:
Well she's the only one that can win all four this year I suppose :lol:

dsanders06
Feb 22nd, 2012, 02:32 AM
It's strange, because when I hear his commentary on EuroSport, he sounds quite sober/reasonable .... but then his articles are the wackiest shit ever :happy:

Especially the bit about RG being her most unlikely... I would give her a MUCH bigger chance of winning that than Wimbledon.

binky-GOAT
Feb 22nd, 2012, 02:36 AM
It's like a typical internet troll wrote this article.

Charlatan
Feb 22nd, 2012, 02:38 AM
every time i read his articles, i wanna :banghead:

jameshazza
Feb 22nd, 2012, 03:10 AM
It's strange, because when I hear his commentary on EuroSport, he sounds quite sober/reasonable .... but then his articles are the wackiest shit ever :happy:

Especially the bit about RG being her most unlikely... I would give her a MUCH bigger chance of winning that than Wimbledon.

And USO where she's never made second week...some people :rolleyes:

tkutsaar
Feb 22nd, 2012, 03:27 AM
:spit:
Well she's the only one that can win all four this year I suppose :lol:


I would suggest one can be a little more confident than that about this assertion. As certain as the sun rises from the east likewise in women’s tennis Vika is the only player who can win all four majors this year.

justineheninfan
Feb 22nd, 2012, 03:50 AM
The odds I would give her to win each of the remaining major events:

French Open: 8-1
Wimbledon: 20-1
U.S Open: 8-1
Olympics: 15-1

So that would come out to overall odds of 10200-1. Yeah not very likely at all. Odds to win 1 other major event this year based on my hypothetical odds would then be about 3.5-1 which isnt too bad, would be an amazing year, and cement herself likely the clear #1 of the year.

Reed is clearly jumping on the bandwagon which is the norm for him. He also said the mens season would be dominated all the way by Federer and Murray and it took only weeks to be proven wrong on that.

On grass Kvitova's B game is definitely better than Azarenka's A game. Last years Wimbledon semifinal was Kvitova playing her B- game at best and still convincingly beat Azarenka's best, despite it going 3 sets. Serena's current B game would also beat Azarenka on grass no problem. Yeah on hard courts I am sure Kvitova's B game could lose to Azarenka's A game, but then again Kvitova isnt really the one to beat on hard courts (yet anyway) anyhow. He makes it sound like Kvitova is the only threat to Azarenka at the remaining slams too which is doubly hilarious.

Mustafina
Feb 22nd, 2012, 05:33 AM
I know Stosur is Vika's bitch but I'm really curious about how these two will match up on clay. All their previous meetings have been on hardcourts and I think Stosur's chances will increase substantially should they meet at Roland Garros.

Johnbert
Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:13 AM
no one of the actual women will ever win the golden slam. this is so ridiculous. after the yec petra was supposed to win the golden slam, well, didn't work at all... now it's the same with vika :help:

Mightymirza
Feb 22nd, 2012, 09:57 AM
:lol:

Lin Lin
Feb 22nd, 2012, 11:22 AM
When I saw the word "Golden",I was like: oh,it's about chinese girls and then I entered here:lol:

AliceMariaRenka
Feb 22nd, 2012, 11:27 AM
I don't think even Vika would say she thinks this.

tejmeglekvár
Feb 22nd, 2012, 11:28 AM
I know Stosur is Vika's bitch but I'm really curious about how these two will match up on clay. All their previous meetings have been on hardcourts and I think Stosur's chances will increase substantially should they meet at Roland Garros.

this sounds just like when people thought Stosur has chance in Rome final. :lol:

DemiCrayanhan
Feb 22nd, 2012, 11:38 AM
wonder how many imagined the possibility when stefi won oz in '88. never say never.

having said that, if it does happen, i'll shave my head. gladly, may i add.

ps. before i piss of any stefi fans, by no means i'm saying vika is anywhere near the goddess on any criteria whatsoever.

Talula
Feb 22nd, 2012, 11:52 AM
I don't think even Vika would say she thinks this.

This.

StoneRose
Feb 22nd, 2012, 12:07 PM
There are some good (but obvious) points in the article about Petra's and Vika's consistency for instance. Also Maria needs to step up her game further to really have a chance in a slam final. But he exaggerates and that makes the article a bit ridiculous.

Break My Rapture
Feb 22nd, 2012, 12:12 PM
It's strange, because when I hear his commentary on EuroSport, he sounds quite sober/reasonable .... but then his articles are the wackiest shit ever :happy:

Especially the bit about RG being her most unlikely... I would give her a MUCH bigger chance of winning that than Wimbledon.
Yep. :lol:

justineheninfan
Feb 24th, 2012, 08:01 PM
wonder how many imagined the possibility when stefi won oz in '88.

Actually most experts were predicting Steffi to win the Golden Slam in 1988. After losing only 2 matches in 1987, being clearly improving at that point, and Martina getting older, it was not surprising at all. Watch ESPN at the 88 Australian Open, they were predicting it before the Australian Open began. Azarenka only seems 1000000000000000000000000000000000000 times less likely than Steffi did in 1988.

justineheninfan
Feb 24th, 2012, 08:07 PM
this sounds just like when people thought Stosur has chance in Rome final. :lol:

Yes how strange anyone would think a player who beat Henin and Serena at Roland Garros recently would have a chance vs Sharapova on clay.

danieln1
Feb 24th, 2012, 08:23 PM
No way she´s winning Wimbledon/Olympics with Kvitova in her draw, Petra is just too powerful for the grinder.

Brad[le]y.
Feb 24th, 2012, 09:22 PM
She has very little chance to win on grass.