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Tenis Srbija
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Oh My God! :oh:

Domi had 4-0 and 5-2 in the second, served for the match twice, but didn't have MP's. Vika waked up at 1-6 0-4 and made this match extremly interesting! She had 3 SP's at 6-3 in the tie-break (last one was just :drool: ) and then again on 6-5*...but took it with 8-6.

In the final set Vika had *1-0, *3-2 and *4-3... At 5-5 Domi made DF on BP! In the next game Domi had a BP but Vika managed to get it D O N E! Amazing match!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

P.S. Refreshing match after Li - Lisicki & Sharapova - Makarova UE's fest...

saul1333
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Thank you Vika :hearts:

Amazing comeback..made of incredible might and fortitude :worship:

What a jealous crowd :(

Cp6uja
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Thank You Dominika Cibulkova! Our planet is finally united!!!

https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQIEZTssvE2hTufw5esuHbZ6ewDINZRr j5-JqOF_-aoFX4HTNjiTQ https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRMzWTSmywUjx1Gd8N5p6pC1Ws5_iBob LC0hzkguStEPqvHwtAtZQ https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR3tVxuo4svUV_0g6XuA29mXna5pPVVZ bMqk0OLO03aVBCRhMVveQ https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTBeQBK6hW1gTmB_0iv_mH6nK90Uut5s hmHeNaGTmy5zLi4cZHe

joăo.
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:58 PM
:lol:

RenaSlam.
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:58 PM
What the...?

Rest Maria!
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:58 PM
:sobbing:

http://i40.tinypic.com/16hrz8w.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/2nvb4fb.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/345lyma.jpg

Shinjiro
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Always in doubt. Domi fought and choked through the bitter end. Vika was solid enough as usual.

fouc
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:58 PM
kill me

Julian.
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Domi :hysteric::sobbing:

Doully
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Devastated for Cibulkova. Absolutely devastated.

Pasta-Na
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Domi :hug:

Marion will eat the cake tomorrow. :drool:

VIKA?
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:59 PM
http://i41.tinypic.com/24b6dt0.gif

Mixal
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:59 PM
EPIC. Minus the expected choking. Off to bed now.

Aaron.
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:59 PM
What a shame..Cibulkova changed her game when up 4-0..and starting doing drop shots and weird stuff. Should've stuck with her game that was winning :o

sxeraserhead
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:59 PM
Domi should have closed it out, but still, what a match :worship::worship::hearts::hearts:

Cosmic Voices
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:59 PM
match of the year regardless of choking :worship:
that match point :oh:
those dfs :oh:

HOW THE FUCK VIKA?

volta
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:59 PM
Why Dominika WHY? :bigcry:

dynamoRockstarr
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:59 PM
Domi you blew it! :sobbing:

Adrian.
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:59 PM
That MP :o :o :sobbing: :sad:

Mary Cherry.
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:59 PM
http://i.imgur.com/rQ7Ps.gif


I never want to witness anything like that again.

nfl46
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:59 PM
GREAT FIGHT, Vika!

Viktymise
Mar 26th, 2012, 11:59 PM
Pusher life 2012.

Credit to Scrubulkova for showing that you can still play flashy tennis these days and be successful.

Fighterpova
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
EPIC FAIL :worship:

6-1 4-0
6-1 5-2
6-1 5-2

:facepalm:

Chakvenus
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
ONLY DOMI! :sobbing: :hysteric:

Seriously though, I just KNEW shit was going to fall apart at 4-0 in the second... :sad: :sad: I feel so terrible for her! And the way she lost MP, such a break with the net cord and just pushed it long.

sweetadri06
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
Choker LIFE! Pusher LIFE! :bounce:

Buitenzorg
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
Amazing comeback...I thought you were going to lose after trailling 1-6 1-4 :help:

:bounce:

Vaidisova
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
Great match

Congrats Vika

Charlatan
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
Domi :hug: :hug: :hug: i am sure you've got a lot of fans today...

Mynarco
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
Cibulkova's handshake at the end :haha:
I mean she deserves to lose this - she just choked it away, couldn't blame anyone

saul1333
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
http://i41.tinypic.com/osvd5w.jpg

RenaSlam.
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
Smdh.

champion88
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
Im so fucking angry right now - really wanted Domi to win that and she played so so well in parts.... respect to Azarenka for hanging in there but I'm disliking her more and more.

young_gunner913
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
Epic choke Domi. :lol:

But glad Vika pulled through. :D

:hug: to my new Vika pal, Dentine. :hug:

wta_journeywoman
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/6/62150/1718974-facepalm_epic.jpg

Rest Maria!
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:00 AM
http://i41.tinypic.com/345lyma.jpg

FedererBulgaria
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Real Number One

Tenis Srbija
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Domi 46 winner, Vika 15 :rolleyes:

Slampova
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Domi :weirdo::oh:

DiscoStick
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Oh Domi :sobbing:

Edy.
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
I love you Vika :inlove:

Cibulkova played well

RenaSlam.
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
:tape:

Laura_VeeFan
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Domi :crying2:

15 winners though...What kinda luck :o

delicatecutter
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Domi is such a choke artist. She even chokes against the likes of Falconi. Nothing new here.

Voo de Mar
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Hehe, I wonder Monfils and Monaco were prepared to enter the court at 6-1 4:0 (15-0) :D It was impossible for Cibulkova to win it 6-1 6-0/3. As Azarenka leveled at 5 games apiece it was never in doubt despite the drama until the end. Now she's going to win another matches easily to get the title :lol:

Shvedbarilescu
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Match of the year without doubt. Amazing.

Unbelievable match and fighting by both players. Even though Domi lost she should feel awfully proud of how she played. I doubt she has ever played better than she did in the 1st set and a half and she showed incredible guts in the 3rd set as well.

As for Azarenka, if there is any doubt that she is a worthy number one, quite simply, there shouldn't be.

Patrick345
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Great match. Vika really rose to the challenge, needed a little assist from Cibulkova with the two Dfs in one game, but otherwise a fantastic match from Cibulkova. Luckily she can´t play this well every week and I hope next time she does it isn´t against Azarenka. :lol:

danieln1
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Domi :hug:

matty
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
Epic comeback--way to fight, Vika! Never give up :)

Domi :hug:....the one that got away....

eDonkey
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
http://i.imgur.com/cbJpC.gif

kitb
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
Didn't even have to save a match point? NOT IMPRESSED.

Philip
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
I enjoyed that match a lot! Icing on the cake would have been a Domi win, but well done to Vika for showing even when she is being totally outplayed she can find something to bring herself into the match and win. (choke or no choke from Domi)

Miracle Worker
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
Winners :haha:

Domi :lol:

Viktymise
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
http://i41.tinypic.com/345lyma.jpg

Failniacki would be proud. :hysteric:

Tenis Srbija
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
Real Number One
THIS! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Is Mona Barthel still real No 2???

Derek.
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
Thank the Lord. :o

Vika! :D :banana: :mad: :woohoo: :o :help: :dance:
So many emotions throughout this match. :lol:

Poor Dominika, but she literally played the match of her life.
If only she could play at the level consistently. :(

FleetSeb
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
Great match. These two were going at it hard, sure the error count was high but that's expected with 2 speedy girls.

Great play from Domi and credit to her that she didn't drop off after losing that lead. TBH those two DFs aside I wouldn't say she choked, Vika raised her level and Domi continued to play well (if not as well as the first set, which was evidently unsustainable choke or not). Shame she had to sour it with such a bitchy handshake, but I guess after the heartbreak she can be forgiven.

YES VIKA!

goldenlox
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
I would say this is 1 of the 3 best matches this year, along with the AO semis.
Vika earned that 26-0 by competing hard on an off day.

GoLdEnSeToV
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:03 AM
Better player lost the match...

Azarenka is so stupid. I hate her..

KBdoubleu
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:03 AM
Well done to Azarenka for hanging in there. Cibulkova was playing the best tennis I've seen this year up until 4-0 in the second set - too bad for her that her best tennis left her at the moments she needed it most.

PetraReeMona
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:04 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :hysteric:

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:04 AM
Vika PHEW :cheer:
played like crap and won

Domi what a choke job :cuckoo:

Sharapovian
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:04 AM
Domi played really well but didn't do enough in the important moments.

Vika kept hanging in there, and in the end it paid off. I do think Vika started returning better from the first set and a half onwards. Her serve though...but credit to Domi she did play a good match.

espana
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:04 AM
this is so sad for Dominika, she was fighting till the bitter end, so unfortunate :(

Vuvurenka
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:05 AM
Cibulkova why :bigcry:

aguy9797
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:05 AM
This match was all about Dominika and her superb hitting or spectacular chokes...sooo close :smash:

No doubt, Domka's biggest achievement today is that she showed how beatable Vika is, the aura of invincibility is gone from now on. Queen is naked!!

Thank you Dominika :worship:

NyCPsU
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:05 AM
Gutted. :(

Mustafina
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:05 AM
FUCKING AMAZING!!! :worship:

And I thought Barthel was bad...

madmax
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:05 AM
Pusherenka getting outwinnered 46-15 by a player who is foot shorter than her...who said that she is not a new Pushniacki again? They might reconsider their words now...

BlackPanther.
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:06 AM
I just can't believe how she lost :sobbing:. The match point :hysteric:.

edificio
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:06 AM
First serve percentage and DFs killed Dominika.

Enjoyable match.

Barktra
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:06 AM
I must say that it was such an amazing match

http://cache.blippitt.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Popcorn-15-Scary-Movie.gif

Dan_Doe
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:06 AM
I've been reading over here for a quite long time already and decided to join it now. Great match. I've always liked Cibulkova, but I'm gonna' be such a huge fan of hers after this. Awful choke, but she played so well overall. Hope she'll revive this disastrous season.
Cheers everybody :wavey:

Pasta-Na
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:06 AM
FUCKING AMAZING!!! :worship:

And I thought Barthel was bad...

:spit: :o

Nicolás89
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:06 AM
:spit: @ this match & Domi.

Andreas
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:07 AM
Amazing match :hearts: Vika seemed like she had given up midway through the 2nd set, but she definitely upped her game when necessary. This is what confidence does to you.

I don't like Cibulkova at all, but I kinda feel sorry for her. She was the better player today.

Oh, and LMAO at the match point :hysteric: I just can't.

MM_1257
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:08 AM
Domi :awww: :hug:

pedropt
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:08 AM
Epic shit.

sammy01
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:09 AM
15 winners in 3 hours, vika is taking woz tennis to new levels :help:

domi is a great ball striker, but doesn't have the nerve to be a ball basher.

Wiggly
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:09 AM
Hopefully the final rounds will be as good as this match.
The WTA needs it so badly.

matty
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:09 AM
Better player lost the match...

Azarenka is so stupid. I hate her..

Silly comment. The better player is number one with a slam under her belt and on a fantastic win streak. Yes, Domi has a brilliant forehand and all that, but she ran out of steam.

Domi choked it away and Vika fought like hell/never gave in.

StoneRose
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:10 AM
Phew that was a narrow escape for Vika who was completely off the first 11 games, not that Cibulkova gave her much chance to get any rhythm at all. Very tense and enjoyable after, congrats to Vika and
:hatoff::hatoff::hatoff: to both.

I'm not the first to wonder why Cibulkova can't play at this level at least a bit more often? I remember she hit Woz off the court in similar fashion some time ago.

Patrick345
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:10 AM
This match was all about Dominika and her superb hitting or spectacular chokes...sooo close :smash:

No doubt, Domka's biggest achievement today is that she showed how beatable Vika is, the aura of invincibility is gone from now on. Queen is naked!!


No shit Vika is beatable, but if it takes an effort like that from Cibulkova tonight and it´s still not enough, there aren´t many players that can beat Azarenka. Funny enough one is waiting in the QF with Bartoli. She will try to jump (literally) on a tired Azarenka.

Belmont Lad
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:10 AM
http://i.imgur.com/cbJpC.gif

:haha::haha::haha:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:10 AM
Unbeatable this year so far only because of the Epic Chokers... :facepalm: Nuff said.

Laura_VeeFan
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:10 AM
http://i41.tinypic.com/345lyma.jpg

The W/UE ratio is giving me Wozniacki teas :sobbing:

tennisbum79
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:11 AM
15 winners in 3 hours, vika is taking woz tennis to new levels :help:

domi is a great ball striker, but doesn't have the nerve to be a ball basher.
Vika wants to uphold the tradition of her predecessor at #1 in the world

dsanders06
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:11 AM
High quality match and well done to Azarenka for steeling herself and improving the depth on her shots from 5-2 down in the second and not giving Cibulkova quite as many soft balls to tee off on, but this match is the best proof yet that Azarenka's game, while at an extremely consistently high level, is NOT the spectacular, unbeatable brand of tennis that her fans would have us believe. Of the 7 other women in the QFs, Serena, Li, Sharapova, Ivanovic and possibly even Bartoli are all capable on their very best days of producing the type of tennis Cibulkova was producing until 6-1 5-2 up - and crucially, those 5 (with the exception of Ivanovic I guess) wouldn't choke from such a position.

Cibulkova certainly played the best tennis I've ever seen from her (though I haven't seen too many of her matches), but her technique is so crude and unstable that, no matter how mentally tough she is, she's only ever going to have such a high quality match in 1 of about every 50 matches, at best. Nonetheless, I fully expect the GM "commentariat" to hype her up to Barthel/Kanepi-esque levels, until she loses in the second round of Charleston to Lourdes Dominguez Lino or someone.

colt13
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:11 AM
Domi may have missed an opportunity here but some things need to be noted. Domi has beaten Wozniacki twice when she was #1 and Jankovic when she was #2. For someone who only has one WTA title, and a career high of #12, she puts herself in a position to get some big wins. Her career record against the top 5 is now 7-21, as she has managed to play Kuznetsova, Sharapova, Jankovic, Safina, Ivanovic, Dementieva, Wozniacki, Venus, Serena, Zvonareva, Kvitova, and now Azarenka when they have been ranked in the top 5. Note-all matches before against Azarenka were before she was top 5, and French Open match against Sharapova was when Maria was ranked 102.

itzhak
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:11 AM
http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/3076/x2b93a0dc.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/840/x2b93a0dc.jpg/)

"so, Vika, what do you think will happened in our next match?"

"You really really don't wanna know this, it will be painful"

matty
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:12 AM
Pusherenka getting outwinnered 46-15 by a player who is foot shorter than her...who said that she is not a new Pushniacki again? They might reconsider their words now...

calm down

BlueTrees
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:12 AM
Vika :cheer: :inlove:

Domi :happy: :bigwave:

CibulkaNa.
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:12 AM
domi you are crazy

wildemu
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:13 AM
quite honestly, i felt like cibulkova really coudl've thrived after getting a win like this, but also head for a major mental slump if she were to give it away. It'll be interesting to see how she recovers from this for the clay season.

Tenis Srbija
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:14 AM
I wonder will Vika trash Bartoli after this match :oh:

Pasta-Na
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:14 AM
Vika wants to uphold the tradition of her predecessor at #1 in the world

:hysteric:

StoneRose
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:14 AM
No shit Vika is beatable, but if it takes an effort like that from Cibulkova tonight and it´s still not enough, there aren´t many players that can beat Azarenka. Funny enough one is waiting in the QF with Bartoli. She will try to jump (literally) on a tired Azarenka.Agree Vika is beatable.If Cibulkova's nerve had held it would have happened today. But i don't think it'll happen against Bartoli, Vika looks very fit nowadays, she'll be ready.

LoLex
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:14 AM
Can't believe Domi lost this second set :o

tennisbum79
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:14 AM
http://i41.tinypic.com/345lyma.jpg

Vikapower would need an essay of several chapters to spin this in Vika's favor:lol:

manu32
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:15 AM
Terrific stats...number one really?? sorry for Cibulkova and Azarenka be nice with ballboys and mute.....
always waiting for a real number one,not this time,obvs....
at least Woz was kind

aguy9797
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:15 AM
No shit Vika is beatable, but if it takes an effort like that from Cibulkova tonight and it´s still not enough, there aren´t many players that can beat Azarenka. Funny enough one is waiting in the QF with Bartoli. She will try to jump (literally) on a tired Azarenka.

Marion is a smart player, I hope she watched this match carefully

matty
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:16 AM
The W/UE ratio is giving me Wozniacki teas :sobbing:

Wozniacki (as the pusher) never had high UE counts like this--often Vika was trying to hit winners, but they went out.

Pasta-Na
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:16 AM
Vikapower would need an essay of several chapters to spin this in Vika's favor:lol:

2 UEs less than NaNa vs Sabine match. :secret:

Charlatan
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:17 AM
Vika :cheer: :inlove:

Domi :happy: :bigwave:

you are probably one of those closet trolls on this board. pity not many people notice that

homogenius
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:17 AM
Vika didn't play well but she showed great mental strengh to hang in there for 3 hours, deal with a Cibulkova on fire and still get the win.Impressive.

carling
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:17 AM
NOW, THAT WAS A MATCH!!!!!

What a comeback by Vika, but well done by Cilbulkova too. She could have gone away after blowing the second set, but she regrouped, hung tough, and almost pulled it out.

Match of the tournament so far!

hotandspicey
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:18 AM
I'm really gutted for Domi. :hug: That win was on her racket, but she lost concentration at 5/2 in the 2nd set. should have closed out the shrieker.

Charlatan
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:18 AM
Vikapower would need an essay of several chapters to spin this in Vika's favor:lol:

:lol:

Patrick345
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:18 AM
High quality match and well done to Azarenka for steeling herself and improving the depth on her shots from 5-2 down in the second and not giving Cibulkova quite as many soft balls to tee off on, but this match is the best proof yet that Azarenka's game, while at an extremely consistently high level, is NOT the spectacular, unbeatable brand of tennis that her fans would have us believe. Of the 7 other women in the QFs, Serena, Li, Sharapova, Ivanovic and possibly even Bartoli are all capable on their very best days of producing the type of tennis Cibulkova was producing until 6-1 5-2 up - and crucially, those 5 (with the exception of Ivanovic I guess) wouldn't choke from such a position.

Who ever said Azarenka was unbeatable? Only the haters, who want to crash the party harder after they themselves build up Azarenka as this unbeatable monster, pretending that her fans said this kind of stuff (not counting Vikapower).:lol:

Otherwise that theory has one flaw. None of them can still move (Serena once could) as well as Cibulkova just did.

JamieMU30
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:19 AM
And people were giving Venus shit about putting on a horror show yesterday...The differences between Champions and players like Cibulkova is evident today...Champions keep fighting and push forward...Cibulkova gagged on her own choking so bad that it was embarrassing. Letting a lead like that slip shows why Domi is in the same league as Scheepers and Barthel...That kind of choking is not characteristic of the Best in the game...Cibulkova needs a sports psychiatrist badly...But all credit to Vika for fighting til the bitter end. She raised her game and challenged Domi to do the damn thing and give her her first loss of the season and Domi just choked like Wozniak did yesterday (except Wozniak at least had a MP)...The better bitch won and the weaker bitch choked and gave in...Onwards Vika...Keep toying with and slaying these poser/choking ass bitches...LOL

jeremybeadle
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:19 AM
I don't know why but Pusharenka seems to attract a lot of fair-weather fans, judging by the tears that were being shed on her forum a little over an hour ago and the ubergloat taking place in this thread. :rolls:

Zhora
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:19 AM
I thought it would be the best match of the year. But what a choke, unbelievable. Terrible from both sides after all.

Tenis Srbija
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:20 AM
I don't know why but Pusharenka seems to attract a lot of fair-weather fans, judging by the tears that were being shed on her forum a little over an hour ago and the ubergloat taking place in this thread. :rolls:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:20 AM
Winners:
46-15 ? :eek:

The New Pusher Rising Up :facepalm:

tennisbum79
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:21 AM
Marion is a smart player, I hope she watched this match carefully
I am not sure Marion can win against Azrenka if they plays like this today.
Marion does not have the movement east-west and north-south Dominica has.

I am afraid Azarenka will wear her out, going for long rallies and moving her around during those rallies.

sammy01
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:21 AM
High quality match and well done to Azarenka for steeling herself and improving the depth on her shots from 5-2 down in the second and not giving Cibulkova quite as many soft balls to tee off on, but this match is the best proof yet that Azarenka's game, while at an extremely consistently high level, is NOT the spectacular, unbeatable brand of tennis that her fans would have us believe. Of the 7 other women in the QFs, Serena, Li, Sharapova, Ivanovic and possibly even Bartoli are all capable on their very best days of producing the type of tennis Cibulkova was producing until 6-1 5-2 up - and crucially, those 5 (with the exception of Ivanovic I guess) wouldn't choke from such a position.

Cibulkova certainly played the best tennis I've ever seen from her (though I haven't seen too many of her matches), but her technique is so crude and unstable that, no matter how mentally tough she is, she's only ever going to have such a high quality match in 1 of about every 50 matches, at best. Nonetheless, I fully expect the GM "commentariat" to hype her up to Barthel/Kanepi-esque levels, until she loses in the second round of Charleston to Lourdes Dominguez Lino or someone.

i think you do domi a slight disservice, she has these type of matches very often. this match was exactly the same as her match against woz in sydney this year. her technique is simple and her 'ball bashing' game is her best shot of being a top 10 player and ever doing any damage. however if you had seen domi 5 years ago she was a complete grinder and ran and ran, that is the tennis she grew up playing. i think having probably spent 15+ years learning mentally to be stickable and always play percentage tennis, she just doesn't have the nerve or instinct to keep up her ball bashing at the crucial times and believe in it.

when serena, venus, kim, henin, sharapova go for those forehands at the tightest of moments in matches they do it knowing they have spent their whole tennis lives playing that way and it is automatic and almost a comfort to be the one going for it. i feel domi has to tell herself always to be aggressive and in tight situations just doubts it a fraction, but it is enough.

oleada
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:24 AM
I aged 10 years during this match! :p

But it's okay, Vika won even when playing like shit, and huge credit to Dominika.

matty
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:24 AM
I don't know why but Pusharenka seems to attract a lot of fair-weather fans, judging by the tears that were being shed on her forum a little over an hour ago and the ubergloat taking place in this thread. :rolls:

I've always liked her, and said a few years back on TF that she will be number one and win a slam(s)--just never felt like putting her in my siggy.

Vikapower
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:25 AM
:spit: I freaking don't know how Victoria found to win this match (see her reaction after the win, says it all :help: didn't look proud at all) but 13 clean winners for 31 unforced, -18, this is neither pushing nor ball-bashing -- seriously I don't really know what that is. :lol: Points difference is 110 to 100, I mean a comprehensive +10.

The match was an epic. :yeah:

Granted Cibulkova played a normal not exceptional match (44 clean winner to 43 unforced), Victoria was just a total spectator of what was happening on the tennis court this even in the third I think where she's 7-14. :lol: I mean this is really lackluster, there's not much excuses.

I really love Sam Sumyk's comments when he came on-court to her, no pro-activity, nothing, still the same monotonous base-line % game Cibulkova had pleasures T-ing off [...] total spectator. Thankfully she varied just when if counted at times the most to disrupt somehow Cibulkova's rhythm from the back, better angles with her shots, some good slices etc.

Hey but let's be honest, Victoria should have lost this match undoubtedly -- you replay it 1000 times she's supposed to lose 1000 times but she's now a champion and in the leagues of Serena, Venus etc. so you have to win even when you're playing sub-par average and your opponent is in a decent form just see how Serena did against Samantha.

Victoria really tried to stay solid, really good/high amount of forcing shots but almost all annihilated by her ridiculous amount of unforced errors -- this is bad, really bad. :lol:

Anyways, Marion (?) congrats for making the QF in Miami because Victoria ain't beating you with this sub-par level of play even in her dreams. :wavey:

BluSthil
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:26 AM
In all my years of watching women's tennis, I have never seen Cibulkova play like she was 'possessed' as she did today !!! After the match, it was clearly obvious that Cibulkova's mission was to beat Azarenka. There is surely 'bad blood' between them ! Only the heart and grit of a champion could have pulled this one out. Any other player but Serena, Azarenka or Sharapova would have been toast. My hat is off to Vika for coming from the depths of 'tennis hell' to overcome and win. If I were Vika, I would watch a copy of that tape 2 or 3 times !

sexador
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:27 AM
in past years I think Vika is number one with the least sympathy from the public

dsanders06
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:27 AM
Who ever said Azarenka was unbeatable? Only the haters, who want to crash the party harder after they themselves build up Azarenka as this unbeatable monster, pretending that her fans said this kind of stuff (not counting Vikapower).:lol:

Otherwise that theory has one flaw. None of them can still move (Serena once could) as well as Cibulkova just did.

Cibulkova might theoretically be able to move better than any of them, but you can't seriously tell me you think her movement played a part in this match? :lol: She lost almost all the rallies that went over 10 shots because even when she managed to chase down shots that Maria,Bartoli etc. couldn't reach, she'd just go for a ridiculous low-percentage shot and miss anyway. Cibulkova's performance was entirely due to her aggressive play - which like I say was obviously excellent, but something all the players I mentioned can produce (though they'd need to be near their best).

hablo
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:29 AM
Noooo Dominika! :hysteric: :crying2:

hobahobaspirit
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:29 AM
Match of the year without doubt. Amazing.

Unbelievable match and fighting by both players. Even though Domi lost she should feel awfully proud of how she played. I doubt she has ever played better than she did in the 1st set and a half and she showed incredible guts in the 3rd set as well.

As for Azarenka, if there is any doubt that she is a worthy number one, quite simply, there shouldn't be.

*cough* 15 winners *cough* *cough*

tennisphilia
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:31 AM
Poor Cibulkova. Well, maybe that close fight will sharpen Azarenka again - like what Mona Barthel did in Indian Wells. Would Azarenka join the select list of players to have beat both Williams sisters in one tournament? The next opportunity could be here.

monmonito
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:32 AM
all the winners were done by Cibulkova ... you can see that Azarenka was just waiting for the UE of Domi ....and she's really PUUUUUssher! ... her motto patience is a virtue ... Domi didn't Choke, she did actually her best to stop Azarenka, it's just that Domi had some UE and DF ..... nothing special for Azarenka on this match... Domi you can still beat her soon.. and you can see the audiences are on Domi's back ...becuse there's a lot of ingredients Domi is doing unlike Azarenka who just get get get the ball ... Someone needs to stop her ...I know Ivanovic and Bartoli are the only ones who cant stop her ...

Vikapower
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:32 AM
Vikapower would need an essay of several chapters to spin this in Vika's favor:lol:

There's nothing to spin in Vika's favor ;) she was bad --

I also take back all my comments on Rena, 1 all ball in the center. :wavey:

aguy9797
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:32 AM
Vika seems to be in a mini slump right now. She did not play well against Watson, she was way more passive and not nearly as sharp as she was when she dismantled Sharapova at IW.

Same story today + her serve was so vulnerable. Cibulkova basically gave everybody a step by step instruction "how to defeat Vika in two short sets". I hope it works.

Dortmund Klopp
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:33 AM
Domi:smash: :banghead:

sammy01
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:35 AM
in past years I think Vika is number one with the least sympathy from the public

vika is deffinately the least liked #1 and slam champion i have ever seen. crowds are so put off by her attitude. of course vika and her fans will so 'so what, who cares' but it isn't great for womens tennis to have a figure at the front of it people just cant warm to or like.

caro was nice, but her tennis and lack of winning big let it all down. vika has the winning big but her personality is dire.

Broseghini
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:36 AM
we can say "Dominika lost this match" and no "Victoria won this match".
OMG Dominika, stunning winners but choke in the key moments :sobbing: DF's on break point are just :facepalm:
Vika was absolutely a mess today :smash:

Wiggly
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:37 AM
Azarenka is the biggest villain the game has even seen.

tennisbum79
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:39 AM
There's nothing to spin in Vika's favor ;) she was bad --



Thank God, I am just happy that we'll have a one-day reprieve from your "beautiful" prose and sermon.

shoparound
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:40 AM
Domi :( Biggest choke since McHale's choke earlier in the tournament!

dsanders06
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:40 AM
vika is deffinately the least liked #1 and slam champion i have ever seen. crowds are so put off by her attitude. of course vika and her fans will so 'so what, who cares' but it isn't great for womens tennis to have a figure at the front of it people just cant warm to or like.

caro was nice, but her tennis and lack of winning big let it all down. vika has the winning big but her personality is dire.

I don't necessarily agree that it's bad for women's tennis (if anything, the fact that Azarenka is such a pantomime villain for the crowds actually helped contribute to a great atmosphere from the audience in today's match :lol: ), but there's certainly no disputing how unpopular Azarenka is. Even the Williams sisters never got quite this much outright hostility from the crowds. God help her when the Roland Garros crowds get their hands on her :tape:

monmonito
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:42 AM
Vika you will lose before you reach your 30th win :)

gc-spurs
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:44 AM
Dafuq, I left thinking the streak was coming to an end. Wow.

CWTennis
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:44 AM
Unbelievable choke! :o But what did you expect, it's Domi The Choker Master! :lol:

jeremybeadle
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:46 AM
Even the Williams sisters never got quite this much outright hostility from the crowds. God help her when the Roland Garros crowds get their hands on her :tape:

I've always found the Roland Garros crowd to be among the most understanding and supportive. They also show plenty of good manners and appreciation to the tennis professionals that show up on their courts. Always been impressed with...

...ok I can't type any more of that. :lol:

tennisbum79
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:49 AM
vika is deffinately the least liked #1 and slam champion i have ever seen. crowds are so put off by her attitude. of course vika and her fans will so 'so what, who cares' but it isn't great for womens tennis to have a figure at the front of it people just cant warm to or like.

caro was nice, but her tennis and lack of winning big let it all down. vika has the winning big but her personality is dire.

Tennis fans are kind like US voters.
As long as your polls number are low, they are willing to overlook your past.

But as soon as you get near or at the top, they do opposition research on you in their collective mind and hold against you all bad staff you did to defenseless ball boys who were trying to help you.

They look as an abusive, power hungry boss who like to fire people for minor offenses. As a bully.

Andiyan
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:52 AM
Devastated for Cibulkova. Absolutely devastated.

Good lord. This. Thisthisthis. :sad:

Temperenka
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:53 AM
Well done, Victoria! :worship: Fought like a true champion.

Domi :hug: Played SOOO well.

Hopefully she doesn't tailspin after this.

Go on, Snickers!!

Matt01
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:57 AM
Cilbulkova played the match of her life and still wasn't able to beat the Future-GOAT :dance:

Great match :hearts:

Lennval
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:58 AM
This is another Vika's classic one :hearts:

Matt01
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:00 AM
*cough* 15 winners *cough* *cough*


:rolleyes:

missvarsha
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:04 AM
vika is deffinately the least liked #1 and slam champion i have ever seen. crowds are so put off by her attitude. of course vika and her fans will so 'so what, who cares' but it isn't great for womens tennis to have a figure at the front of it people just cant warm to or like.

caro was nice, but her tennis and lack of winning big let it all down. vika has the winning big but her personality is dire.

It's entirely possible everyone hates her or loves to hate her
She wouldn't be the first "villanous" #1 either
Navratilova and Henin were also despised while playing
But BUT I would rather them who have the personality and fire on court than the bland pudding of people like Wozniaki or Ludmilla or the ultimate paragon of virtue Holy St Kim

Cinek
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:09 AM
:facepalm:

tennisbum79
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:09 AM
Cilbulkova played the match of her life and still wasn't able to beat the Future-GOAT :dance:

Great match :hearts:
Yes, she did play well and deserved to win the match.

However, there is no substitute for having been there before, and that was probably on the mind of both players as things got tight; that help Azarenka and planted seed of doubt in Cilbulkova mind. In addition the H2H 6-1 in favor of Vika going this match must have weighted on Cilbulkova mind as well.


With everything being equal, I don't see Marion being as much a challenge as Cilbulkova was today.
Mario movement, speed, stamina are all working against her.
Azarenka now like to stay in long rallies (I did not say she is a pusher) and Marion does not, nor doe she have the ability to end the point quickly a la Serena

Inger67
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:10 AM
Is no one going to mention that she nearly got DQ'd in this match for almost hitting a lines person? :tape: I feel like if Serena did that people wouldn't let her live it down...

sammy01
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:10 AM
It's entirely possible everyone hates her or loves to hate her
She wouldn't be the first "villanous" #1 either
Navratilova and Henin were also despised while playing
But BUT I would rather them who have the personality and fire on court than the bland pudding of people like Wozniaki or Ludmilla or the ultimate paragon of virtue Holy St Kim

people never liked henin as a person but her tennis was of a brand that gained her many many fans and made her a crowd fave.

navratilova was unpopular when she was so dominant people were just bored of her, plus she was obviously a lesbian and it wasn't as acceptable as today. it was ok at the time though as she had nice and pretty, nice tennis chris evert as competition, so people had her to get behind.

kim is universally loved around the world, aussie kim, new jersery kim, it is no coincidence countries claim her as their own. not to mention she brought an athletic brand of tennis that left people gasping and oooow-ing when she would slide into shots.

vika right now is on par with safina. lets face it bar safina fans few people miss her or her tennis.

Rome
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:11 AM
This was good choke from cibulkova. But i give credit to Vika for fighting hard and never giving up.

Vikapower
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:14 AM
Is no one going to mention that she nearly got DQ'd in this match for almost hitting a lines person? :tape: I feel like if Serena did that people wouldn't let her live it down...

No one mentioned it because she didn't do it on purpose.

tennisbum79
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:16 AM
people never liked henin as a person but her tennis was of a brand that gained her many many fans and made her a crowd fave.

navratilova was unpopular when she was so dominant people were just bored of her, plus she was obviously a lesbian and it wasn't as acceptable as today. it was ok at the time though as she had nice and pretty, nice tennis chris evert as competition, so people had her to get behind.

kim is universally loved around the world, aussie kim, new jersery kim, it is no coincidence countries claim her as their own. not to mention she brought an athletic brand of tennis that left people gasping and oooow-ing when she would slide into shots.

vika right now is on par with safina. lets face it bar safina fans few people miss her or her tennis.


Nova Dokovic had similar issue with the USO crowd, but with help from his infectious personality and entertaining antics (imitating other players, taking practice session with JMac) , he was able to turn it around and he is now loved by the US public.


Can Azarenka pull do the same? I highly doubt it

Inger67
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:16 AM
No one mentioned it because she didn't do it on purpose.

That's still inappropriate behavior to hit a ball as hard as you could out of frustration and after a double fault. When Roddick did that last year in Cincy for hitting it UP in the AIR in the stands, he got a warning and actually a point violation because that was his second violation. She should have at least got a warning. Absolutely no reason why she shouldn't have. You can't argue with that.

Inger67
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:22 AM
And not to mention, it didn't even look like she was going to apologize until after the crowd starting to boo her. And the commentator was the one that stated that by the way.

I actually don't mind Vika, but I can see how she isn't liked very much by certain tennis spectators. She doesn't seem to have the best attitude on court.

LoLex
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:24 AM
That's still inappropriate behavior to hit a ball as hard as you could out of frustration and after a double fault. When Roddick did that last year in Cincy for hitting it UP in the AIR in the stands, he got a warning and actually a point violation because that was his second violation. She should have at least got a warning. Absolutely no reason why she shouldn't have. You can't argue with that.

Exactly. And Asderaki is such a sh(t umpire sometimes. I know there are some people here who likes her but sorry guys, she sucks!

sammy01
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:24 AM
Nova Dokovic had similar issue with the USO crowd, but with help from his infectious personality and entertaining antics (imitating other players, taking practice session with JMac) , he was able to turn it around and he now loved by the US public.


Can Azarenka pull do the same? I highly doubt it

yeah nole has deffo put some hard work in PR wise to become more liked.

i feel part of vika's problem is just her general tennis and on court attitude, neither is very likeable

Let.them.talk
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:26 AM
This match was so hard.
And because of this is a nice win :)!

Vika:rocker2:

MBM
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:30 AM
yeah nole has deffo put some hard work in PR wise to become more liked.

i feel part of vika's problem is just her general tennis and on court attitude, neither is very likeable

big fracking fail domi.

i always thought vika and nole were similar. when they win, they never actually show happiness, they just stare at their camps like they have just won a gladiator tournament in ancient rome. there's nothing in their reaction to join in with. when someone smiles and is all happy like dmitrov after beating berdych or especially like venus wimbly 05 you can't help but smile along. Nole's hulk roar and vika's over-rehearsed fistpump just look too intense. once the match is finished you can drop the in-the-zone face and relax ffs

sexador
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:30 AM
vika is deffinately the least liked #1 and slam champion i have ever seen. crowds are so put off by her attitude. of course vika and her fans will so 'so what, who cares' but it isn't great for womens tennis to have a figure at the front of it people just cant warm to or like.

caro was nice, but her tennis and lack of winning big let it all down. vika has the winning big but her personality is dire.

Yes,but I dont just mean her personality.TV live from publicity and rating.them have care more about the appearance.image is everything for them,not only the mentality.and to be honest, Vika in this regard,does not compare with carolina,maria,serena,even kitova.look at Vika on the court or street,what image have it...is right as a board,without curves,walk like a duck,seems has crooked legs,absolutely no style :)http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpx4e9Mooq1qh3co8.gif

faboozadoo15
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:31 AM
That was a really terrific match. The stats don't do it justice at all. I feel terrible for Domi. She was playing like a demon and built up such a huge lead. Tennis is a cruel sport though, and there isn't a clock you can milk, a "bench" you can send in, a relief pitcher, etc. You have to win every last point. Once Vika won a few long rallies and started getting on top with a few returns, she really turned the match on its ear. Sure there was some choking from Domi, but half of it was Domi just coming back down to earth. :sad:

Vika is such a champ. She toughed this one out without her best tennis against an opponent who was treeing against her and totally not letting her play her game.

Matt01
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:35 AM
That's still inappropriate behavior to hit a ball as hard as you could out of frustration and after a double fault. When Roddick did that last year in Cincy for hitting it UP in the AIR in the stands, he got a warning and actually a point violation because that was his second violation. She should have at least got a warning. Absolutely no reason why she shouldn't have. You can't argue with that.


Are you :weirdo:?

You're getting a warning when you either 1) hit a ball into the stands or 2) hit a person with a ball on the court. Azarenka did neither so stop your comparison with Serena already. :rolleyes:


With everything being equal, I don't Marion being as much a challenge as Cilbulkova was today.
Mario movement, speed, stamina are all working against her.
Azarenka now like to stay in long rallies ( I did not say she is a pusher) and Marion does not, nor doe she have the ability to end the point quickly a la Serena


Yeah, on paper Marion should be a better match-up for Vika.
And of course, Cibulkova who moves well and hits lots of winners with her forehand is bad match-up for anybody...

Inger67
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:37 AM
Are you :weirdo:?

You're getting a warning when you either 1) hit a ball into the stands or 2) hit a person with a ball on the court. Azarenka did neither so stop your comaparison with Serena already. :rolleyes:

Are you the crazy one?! You do not get a warning for hitting a person with the ball on the court as hard as she hit it, you get DISQUALIFIED! She should have gotten a warning for that behavior.

Wiggly
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:39 AM
The media will never let a woman behave like that. It's the way it is.

Nadal's on-court and off-court persona couldn't be more different and actions speak louder than words.
However, the media will forget everything when he gives some fake-modest rehearsed answers.

Nothing will save Vika. The media is always harder on women.

antonella
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:40 AM
Azarenka is the biggest villain the game has even seen.

:lol:.. always a weekly "villain" here on TF.

Matt01
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:40 AM
Are you the crazy one?! You do not get a warning for hitting a person with the ball on the court as hard as she hit it, you get DISQUALIFIED! She should have gotten a warning for that behavior.


No. :wavey:

Tenis Srbija
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:43 AM
Nova Dokovic had similar issue with the USO crowd, but with help from his infectious personality and entertaining antics (imitating other players, taking practice session with JMac) , he was able to turn it around and he is now loved by the US public.


Can Azarenka pull do the same? I highly doubt it

Crowd is in 99% of the cases strongly behind the lower ranked player....

hurricanejeanne
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:49 AM
:hysteric:
Live scoring during lecture is never a good idea.

Bloody hotmess of epic Fuckery. Total redux of their match last year.

Vika, you're going to have to pick up your game to have a chance against Marion.

jeremybeadle
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:49 AM
It's entirely possible everyone hates her or loves to hate her
She wouldn't be the first "villanous" #1 either
Navratilova and Henin were also despised while playing
But BUT I would rather them who have the personality and fire on court than the bland pudding of people like Wozniaki or Ludmilla or the ultimate paragon of virtue Holy St Kim

Just reminded me why I like Kim. :angel:

tennisbum79
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:53 AM
Crowd is in 99% of the cases strongly behind the lower ranked player....
No,that is way too high.
And not in the case of certain players.
Maria, Ana, Kim, Henin Serena/Venus(on US soil, Wimbledon and Australia, RG is different)

In addition, most crowd, if they prefer the underdog, don't take side until the underdog show that she can be competitive.

For the man, it is not even close. Federer, Nadal, Novak, Maurray , Tsonga, Monfils, Isner, Fish etc... could be playing someone ranked on 100, the US crowd would still be with these players.


The only time the crowd is against a high ranked player is when the said player had has been guilty of some questionable conduct fresh in their mind, or the high ranker player is up against a hometown favorite

Tenis Srbija
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:56 AM
No,that is way too high.
And not in the case of certain players.
Maria, Ana, Kim, Henin Serena/Venus(on US soil, Wimbledon and Australia, RG is different)

In addition, most crowd, if they prefer the underdog, don't take side until the underdog show that she can be competitive.

For the man, it is not even close. Federer, Nadal, Novak, Maurray , Tsonga, Monfils, Isner, Fish etc... could be playing someone ranked on 100, the US crowd would still be with these players.


The only time the crowd is against a high ranked player is when this player had has been guilty of some questionable conduct fresh in their mind.
EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT...
Crowd in US is always behind American players, but when they are not Americans they wanna se an upset if they think it's possible. Crowd was crazy with supporting Andujar in Indian Wells against Djokovic! :rolleyes: for example...

shoparound
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:57 AM
Federer, Nadal, Murray, Ana and Kim.... it doesn't matter who they are playing, the crowd will always be behind these players.

Jane Lane
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:58 AM
First. http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/128343688002656250hallelujahpra.jpg

Second: I was at work from 04* Domi in the 1st so mercifully, I missed this shit show. :hysteric: I was dying following the scoreboard and my Twitter feed and then my phone died and....well let's just say I aged 10 years. :hysteric:

Now I would like to address some things in this thread. 1) The vast majority of Vika fans (ie, not the bandwagoners and vikapower 'cause he lives in his own little world) NEVER have said she'll have this dominating, perfect season and she'll never lose. I want to vomit every time I hear them talk about her "Djokovic-like" start on ES and ESPN. :help: We're enjoying the ride and taking everything as it comes. 2) Vika would've never won this match even as recently as 6 months ago. Her mentality is completely different now. All credit to Domi, I mean, from the four games I saw, she was nailing balls and they were going in like I've never seen from her before.

Vika needs to play better, because I thought at first she looked really flat out there, and somebody like Bartoli with her crazy high energy level will make her pay for that. Good thing she has an off day tomorrow. :hug:

Domi :hug: 2 rough losses this year for her, but this match was very similar to their match last year.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:58 AM
Domi was so close :sad: Cold handshake from her :weirdo:

Smitten
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:02 AM
Local.

Shivank17
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:04 AM
Vika :weirdo: :smash:
This is Miami girl.And you ought not end your streak to someone like Domi.

Bronx19
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:05 AM
There was no doubt Cob would lose this match. Its amazing watching women play tennis, no matter how far ahead they get, you know they cant.

tennisbum79
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:06 AM
EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT...
Crowd in US is always behind American players, but when they are not Americans they wanna se an upset if they think it's possible. Crowd was crazy with supporting Andujar in Indian Wells against Djokovic! :rolleyes: for example...

My post says "In addition, most crowd, if they prefer the underdog, don't take side until the underdog show that she can be competitive."

This means it is not not always the case.


I did not see that match, it is probably the case Andujar was challenging Novak in credible

NOvak is now loved by US crowd all over the country

miffedmax
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:09 AM
I would have puked violently if Vika's streak had ended today.

Tenis Srbija
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:13 AM
My post says "In addition, most crowd, if they prefer the underdog, don't take side until the underdog show that she can be competitive."

This means it is not not always the case.


I did not see that match, it is probably the case Andujar was challenging Novak in credible

NOvak is now loved by US crowd all over the country

I missed that part of your post, I edited my right away ;)

P.S. Nole is loved world-wide :lol: :P

Trickle
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:21 AM
Hom my. That was really close. This is going to be interesting. It's only a matter of time now.

PLP
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:32 AM
ONLY DOMI! :sobbing: :hysteric:

Seriously though, I just KNEW shit was going to fall apart at 4-0 in the second... :sad: :sad: I feel so terrible for her! And the way she lost MP, such a break with the net cord and just pushed it long.

Me too! I actually left at that point and knew Vika was coming back.
Congrats to Azarenka, this is the kind of match that really proves why she is #1.

Gutted for Domi though. :sad:

Mashabator
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:57 AM
DOMI :facepalm:

BillFromRichmond
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:05 AM
Classic example of why winners NEVER EVER QUIT!

matty
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:14 AM
Vika seems to be in a mini slump right now. She did not play well against Watson, she was way more passive and not nearly as sharp as she was when she dismantled Sharapova at IW.

Same story today + her serve was so vulnerable. Cibulkova basically gave everybody a step by step instruction "how to defeat Vika in two short sets". I hope it works.

Cibulkova was hitting the ball unbelievably deep for a set and a half, but nobody can keep that stuff up for 3 hrs.

LUVMIRZA
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:44 AM
WTF Vika:spit: totally off today. Domi:hug: Shows how difficult it is to win both IW and Miami double. very hard on the body and mind. But Vika proved she is a CHAMPION and will not quit against this local:yeah:

Its still nice to see Vika keeping the haterz' asses pressed with the streak:lol:

Sir Stefwhit
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:46 AM
Bravo to both of em' fantastic stuff all around!!!

SAISAI-GOAT
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:52 AM
Vika reduced to a pusher but still winning :spit:

n1_and_uh_noone
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:56 AM
Unbelievable aggressive shotmaking from Azarenka there :worship:. Completely dictated the tone of every exchange, reducing the local Cibulkova to an irrelevant spectator throughout.

claypova
Mar 27th, 2012, 04:46 AM
ASDFGHJKL :fiery:

mirzafanindia
Mar 27th, 2012, 04:55 AM
Vika:eek:please raise your game:)

Willam
Mar 27th, 2012, 05:20 AM
Better player lost the match...

Azarenka is so stupid. I hate her..

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_led76cPEmU1qdlkgg.gif

carling
Mar 27th, 2012, 05:30 AM
...kim is universally loved around the world, aussie kim, new jersery kim, it is no coincidence countries claim her as their own.


Universally loved? Hardly. I can't stand Kim Clijsters. I wish she would get knocked up and retire because she's pretty useless these days.

Johnbert
Mar 27th, 2012, 05:39 AM
choke of the year. only mental midgets on wta tour. always the same, it will never change. at 6-1 4-0/5-2 cibulkova it was nid azarenka will win this in 3.

Brena
Mar 27th, 2012, 06:05 AM
Aggghhn Cibucibucibu :smash::smash::awww:

oh yeah i guess
Mar 27th, 2012, 06:07 AM
She wins matches she's not even supposed to win. :hysteric:

doomsday
Mar 27th, 2012, 06:13 AM
She wins matches she's not even supposed to win. :hysteric:

:lol: She just refuse to lose :lol: nice fight really. Cibulkova can only blame herself what a pathetic choke she should be ashamed of her being a professional player anyway Azarenka is not going to win this she really seems tired out there but she is fighting pretty damn well. Good N1.

olivero
Mar 27th, 2012, 06:28 AM
That choke was so expected from Dominika. She was absolutely amazing for 1,5 set and then just couldn't handle the pressure.

Still congrats to Vika for staying in the match and fighting against all odds (and the crowd).

bandabou
Mar 27th, 2012, 06:35 AM
Nice, nice...pulling off the tough ones too.,

Navratil
Mar 27th, 2012, 07:27 AM
Oh.. that hurts! Cibulkova already wasted a win vs then world # 1 Wozniacki in Sydney this year after 4:0 in the third set and now this :O

Johnbert
Mar 27th, 2012, 07:39 AM
Oh.. that hurts! Cibulkova already wasted a win vs then world # 1 Wozniacki in Sydney this year after 4:0 in the third set and now this :O

once a choker, ever a choker :help:

TuxedoSlam
Mar 27th, 2012, 07:52 AM
Started watching at 6-1 4-0
Couldn't believe what I witnessed next.
Poor Domi!

Beat
Mar 27th, 2012, 07:53 AM
Domi had 4-0 and 5-2 in the second, served for the match twice

typical. :facepalm:

Maria rocks
Mar 27th, 2012, 08:20 AM
Devastated for Cibulkova. Absolutely devastated.

Me too. But she has herself to blame.

améliemomo
Mar 27th, 2012, 08:23 AM
poor cibulkova, she was outplaying the "unbeatable" and leading with a huge advance but she just cant win without a serve:help: all those DFS!

the player who will beat hear will have to serve VERY well.

Navratil
Mar 27th, 2012, 08:25 AM
Oh.. that hurts! Cibulkova already wasted a win vs then world # 1 Wozniacki in Sydney this year after 4:0 in the third set and now this :O

It was actaually 6:2 4:0 after losing the first set against Wozniacki!

Plus she lost to Azarenka last year in Miami (R4?) after a 6:3 3:1 lead :eek:

Sombrerero loco
Mar 27th, 2012, 08:33 AM
awful domi...

Juanes
Mar 27th, 2012, 08:42 AM
Domča :bigcry:

:hug:

JAS_
Mar 27th, 2012, 09:04 AM
Self-combustion of the year.
Well done, Domi.
Pome! :cheer:

TheHangover
Mar 27th, 2012, 09:06 AM
just saw the highlights on the wta site... how could you have lost this dominika!?!?!?
i can't describe how much i hate azarenka's coach with his stupid sunglasses

Richie's
Mar 27th, 2012, 09:14 AM
:facepalm: @ Dominika. I watched the match and she should have won this. But I knew that she wouldn't ;)

Bid a lot of money on Azarenka 6-1 *5-2 and won, so I am very, very happy!!
If Azarenka found the way to escape from thia match, she might win Miami handily.

JadeFox
Mar 27th, 2012, 09:16 AM
vika is deffinately the least liked #1 and slam champion i have ever seen. crowds are so put off by her attitude. of course vika and her fans will so 'so what, who cares' but it isn't great for womens tennis to have a figure at the front of it people just cant warm to or like.

caro was nice, but her tennis and lack of winning big let it all down. vika has the winning big but her personality is dire.

people never liked henin as a person but her tennis was of a brand that gained her many many fans and made her a crowd fave.

navratilova was unpopular when she was so dominant people were just bored of her, plus she was obviously a lesbian and it wasn't as acceptable as today. it was ok at the time though as she had nice and pretty, nice tennis chris evert as competition, so people had her to get behind.

kim is universally loved around the world, aussie kim, new jersery kim, it is no coincidence countries claim her as their own. not to mention she brought an athletic brand of tennis that left people gasping and oooow-ing when she would slide into shots.

vika right now is on par with safina. lets face it bar safina fans few people miss her or her tennis.

Yes,but I dont just mean her personality.TV live from publicity and rating.them have care more about the appearance.image is everything for them,not only the mentality.and to be honest, Vika in this regard,does not compare with carolina,maria,serena,even kitova.look at Vika on the court or street,what image have it...is right as a board,without curves,walk like a duck,seems has crooked legs,absolutely no style :)http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpx4e9Mooq1qh3co8.gif


http://i.imgur.com/UCvzX.gif

I mean really. This whole talk about popularity is so high school. She don't need to be the crowd favorite to win matches. Vika and every player knows this.

Patrick345
Mar 27th, 2012, 09:17 AM
choke of the year. only mental midgets on wta tour. always the same, it will never change. at 6-1 4-0/5-2 cibulkova it was nid azarenka will win this in 3.

How is this a choke? Cibulkova had two DFs at 5-2 alright. She also barely missed any shots, no matter how risky till 6-1 5-2. I think she is entitled to two errors just to confirm that she is human. After that she still played at an incredible high level and Azarenka had to earn the second break at 5-4 with two returns that painted the lines on two fantastic first serves. It´s not that Cibulkova just rolled over. She came within two points on numerous occasions. Sometimes it is as simple as not being able to sustain an alien level of play. I knew Cibulkova must be feeling it the way she destroyed Zheng in the previous round.

Utterchaos
Mar 27th, 2012, 09:53 AM
Azarenka BSing her way through another match :zzz: Epic choke from Domi, should have won 6-1 6-2.

Mixal
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:01 AM
This was definitely one of the best matches of the year.

For a set and a half (and later in the 3rd), Cibulkova made Azarenka look like a boring baseline grinder, something many people have been accusing her of throughout the years. Then, at 4-0 I think, her coach told her to be more aggressive, to literally do something out there. Few minutes later, Azarenka raised her level A LOT. Yeah, Cibulkova choked a bit, but it wasn't a complete meltdown. It was ridiculous and frustrating how many of Vika's shots landed right on the line in crucial moments of the 2nd set :lol:

Overall, Cibulkova was surprisingly patient, hitting it deep constantly. Serving was poor and I'm surprised Vika didn't take advantage of it.

And that MP was so heartbreaking :sad:

doomsday
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:07 AM
How is this a choke? Cibulkova had two DFs at 5-2 alright. She also barely missed any shots, no matter how risky till 6-1 5-2. I think she is entitled to two errors just to confirm that she is human. After that she still played at an incredible high level and Azarenka had to earn the second break at 5-4 with two returns that painted the lines on two fantastic first serves. It´s not that Cibulkova just rolled over. She came within two points on numerous occasions. Sometimes it is as simple as not being able to sustain an alien level of play. I knew Cibulkova must be feeling it the way she destroyed Zheng in the previous round.

Stop this. She lead 1 and 5/2 she was supposed to win the match, served for it twice and still failed it was a choke, the kind of choke Cibulkova is used to.

LUVMIRZA
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:20 AM
Stop this. She lead 1 and 5/2 she was supposed to win the match, served for it twice and still failed it was a choke, the kind of choke Cibulkova is used to.

supposed to win:lol: A match is not over until the 'Game Set Match' is announced.Y couldnt she serve it out as she did against Zheng? Vika upped her level and thats y she couldnt...duh

Just Do It
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:32 AM
We need handshake gif :sobbing: Domi was so pissed.

C. Drone
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:36 AM
Was a good match, although Azarenka was playing like 20% of her tennis til 16 04.
Usually 2 very different type of player bothers Azarenka, ballbashers and good movers. Cibulkova basically did both. Add her height into equation and its very uncharacteristic seeing the WTA nowadays, and laughs on "one-dimensional" doomsayers. Of course she isnt that good or reliable to be a great player, but sometimes pulls interesting matches.
It wasnt a choke, although Azarenka looked quite hopeless. But keeping up that high level over a whole match was impossible for Cibulkova, props to her hanging around in 3rd set. When Azarenka finally smelt some blood (or you know... the brown stuff) she pushed herself and started to do something that actually looked like a proper gameplan, avoid Domi´s FH, going for the BH with more and more pressure and attacking with ROS still playing only ~50% of her real level...

It will be interesting how she´ll look back to the match. If she realizes she played poorly and actually using her guts at the right time saved her, this might helps her. If she starts panicking because almost lost, well, that wont do any good. Ballbashers going for her FH and serve is one proper tactic against her, we barely saw it this year, its just depends on who can execute enough well.

Crowd was kinda pathetic, I would chew off my toes than cheering for Cibulkova. :lol:

doomsday
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:42 AM
supposed to win:lol: A match is not over until the 'Game Set Match' is announced.Y couldnt she serve it out as she did against Zheng? Vika upped her level and thats y she couldnt...duh

Maybe because Vika is the number 1 and the player to beat right now duh.

Johnbert
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:44 AM
Y couldnt she serve it out as she did against Zheng?

cause zheng isn't the current #1, on a 25-0 winning streak and a big name like azarenka so she could handle her nerves.

LUVMIRZA
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:47 AM
Maybe because Vika is the number 1 and the player to beat right now duh.

Didnt she beat Caroline last year in Wimbly wen she was number 1:rolleyes:

Viktymise
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:49 AM
Crowd was kinda pathetic, I would chew off my toes than cheering for Cibulkova. :lol:

Clearly the crowd thought the same of Vuvuzenka. Well, almost every crowd known to man that is.

StoneRose
Mar 27th, 2012, 10:54 AM
http://i.imgur.com/UCvzX.gif

I mean really. This whole talk about popularity is so high school. She don't need to be the crowd favorite to win matches. Vika and every player knows this.:yeah:, well said.

doomsday
Mar 27th, 2012, 11:23 AM
Didnt she beat Caroline last year in Wimbly wen she was number 1:rolleyes:

Caroline was never a true n1 to begin with, and grass is certainly not her surface.:lol: I can't believe I'm praising Vika here.

LUVMIRZA
Mar 27th, 2012, 11:30 AM
Caroline was never a true n1 to begin with, and grass is certainly not her surface.:lol: I can't believe I'm praising Vika here.

I am not getting into that argument with anyone:angel: and send an open invitation to...:lol:

Rest Maria!
Mar 27th, 2012, 11:35 AM
Caroline was never a true n1 to begin with, and grass is certainly not her surface.:lol: I can't believe I'm praising Vika here.

Azarenka won the match exactly the same Wozniacki used to win her matches by outgrinding the opponent. She didn't take initiative at any point of the match. At the same time, a win is a win so as long she comes out victorious it doesn't really matter. :scratch:

oh yeah i guess
Mar 27th, 2012, 11:37 AM
Better player lost the match...

Azarenka is so stupid. I hate her..

I had a good laugh at this post. :oh:

ElusiveChanteuse
Mar 27th, 2012, 11:50 AM
Vika :worship: :cheer:
Domi :hug: She played like a top 5 player.:eek: but she just couldn't finish the match.:o

Israel
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:16 PM
But... If... Why?...
Cibulkova that's one of the worst chokes I've witnessed. She played so well until 4-0 in the 2nd set but then I felt like she was just getting so nervous. Those 2 DFs were so expected though...
I'm with the crowd.

améliemomo
Mar 27th, 2012, 12:16 PM
Azarenka won the match exactly the same Wozniacki used to win her matches by outgrinding the opponent. She didn't take initiative at any point of the match. At the same time, a win is a win so as long she comes out victorious it doesn't really matter. :scratch:

in fact azarenka is not that different from wozniacki. Yesterday we clearly saw how she can be outplayed. Take the ball early,make her move and stay consistent. Cibulkova had the right tactic to beat her,being very agressive and target azarenka weakness which is her forehand side. She's winning cause she got a LOT of confidence but the day other players will analyse her,she 'll lose like Wozniacki is losing now. Azarenka is the same wall Wozniacki was 2 years ago. So better enjoy it till it ends cause IT WILL END.

GoofyDuck
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:16 PM
I'm so sad for Dominika, but I'm happy to see she's pissed at herself for not closing this match out. hope she gets back on track and maybe get revanche at RG? :cool:

Sammo
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:22 PM
What a fail of epic proportions really, I was cheering for Domi :sad:

Juju Nostalgique
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:23 PM
As Björk said, "All is full of mugs, all around me...". :spit: :lol:

Sammo
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:31 PM
As Björk said, "All is full of mugs, all around me...". :spit: :lol:

She said that? Really? Geez even Cibulkova is more famous than Björk :lol:

Joelina
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:44 PM
Domi could easily have won this match 61 62 and embarass Vika :sad:

it just shows, that Vika is unstoppable, she is only lucky that everyone sucks right now

Patrick345
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:00 PM
in fact azarenka is not that different from wozniacki. Yesterday we clearly saw how she can be outplayed. Take the ball early,make her move and stay consistent. Cibulkova had the right tactic to beat her,being very agressive and target azarenka weakness which is her forehand side. She's winning cause she got a LOT of confidence but the day other players will analyse her,she 'll lose like Wozniacki is losing now. Azarenka is the same wall Wozniacki was 2 years ago. So better enjoy it till it ends cause IT WILL END.

There is seriously nothing more hilarious than people comparing the styles of Azarenka and Wozniacki. Do you think Bartoli, Na Li, Clijsters, Sharapova, Görges, Kuznetsova and Stosur just sat back this year and said: Hey let´s play like pushers today, let´s not hit hard, let´s serve like crap, let´s not hurt Azarenka, oh and let Azarenka hit more winners, too. Even if you look at most of Azarenka´s recent losses to the elite of the elite powerplayers, she was hardly EVER not competitive. Matter of fact, if Cibulkova closed this out, it would have equalled the worst loss of Azarenka´s career (three games), since she turned 18 and you think everybody just goes out and repeats that now? Azarenka will lose in this tournament, probably tomorrow against Bartoli. Then you can say she her game has been exposed as too soft, because she is 26-1 after four months.

MarkNL
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:19 PM
Incomprenhensible, Can't believe Domi let go of this match :hysteric:

Kasey
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:23 PM
TF is giving me so much life, bashing number1 who has won AO, IW, Doha & Syd. with a 26 winning matches streak (haters thinking it'd be so much better to have the eligible #1 beaten by 53ERRORSULKOVA) to praise her the next day after a great match (She'll cruise past Cake in QF).

longtin23
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:46 PM
Domi :facepalm:

Viennalover
Mar 27th, 2012, 02:55 PM
http://i41.tinypic.com/345lyma.jpg

Only 15 winners. :facepalm:

Azarenka may be consistence but too defensive....
Boring to watch.

vspak
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:03 PM
God, how I hate this groaning bitch ... Azarenka you are men? Buy a dress..

Dominika :(

Break My Rapture
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:07 PM
TBH I'm just stoked Vika showed great fighting spirit to win this. I have no idea how she pulled through this one. Cibulkova was playing batshit crazy, nailing every shot Hradecka-esque hard while not making any errors at all.

I had expected a really tough match beforehand though because Cibulkova, now being a ballbasher with pretty huge FH and agile footwork, is a pretty bad match-up. She produced some of the highest level tennis we've seen all year. Grandstand also seems to play considerably faster than CC.

Break My Rapture
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:08 PM
There is seriously nothing more hilarious than people comparing the styles of Azarenka and Wozniacki. Do you think Bartoli, Na Li, Clijsters, Sharapova, Görges, Kuznetsova and Stosur just sat back this year and said: Hey let´s play like pushers today, let´s not hit hard, let´s serve like crap, let´s not hurt Azarenka, oh and let Azarenka hit more winners, too. Even if you look at most of Azarenka´s recent losses to the elite of the elite powerplayers, she was hardly EVER not competitive. Matter of fact, if Cibulkova closed this out, it would have equalled the worst loss of Azarenka´s career (three games), since she turned 18 and you think everybody just goes out and repeats that now? Azarenka will lose in this tournament, probably tomorrow against Bartoli. Then you can say she her game has been exposed as too soft, because she is 26-1 after four months.
Exactly. Haters and Polish Agatards can now shut up with their vile BS.

Jane Lane
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:27 PM
God, how I hate this groaning bitch ... Azarenka you are men? Buy a dress..

Dominika :(

PRAISE THE LAWD! WHO BANNED YOU!? :worship:

miffedmax
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:30 PM
By law and imperial decree, Vika must have one match of extreme fuckery per tournament. (Now, in fairness to Domi, the law does not stipulate that the fuckery must be solely self-induced, so I'm sure her play helped to trigger the fuckery frenzy).

It is a little known fact that "Azarenka" is actually derived from an ancient Slavic word for fuckery. Some people will tell you it's derived from something else, but that's a false cognate. I swear I'm not just making shit up.*

(Oh, gee, I wish there was something I could swear on that would prove I'm telling the truth, but I can't until July. :oh:).

Stonerpova
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:32 PM
Nice to see that Cibulkova didn't fold at the end, but 6-1, 4-0 is still an inexcusable loss.

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:32 PM
Only 15 winners. :facepalm:

Azarenka may be consistence but too defensive....
Boring to watch.

she wasnt defensive, she was just crap last night. Domi was in the "zone"
Vika couldnt get a return in play until she was 1-6 0-4 down
hardly get a serve in. it was just a disaster which she somehow escaped from

her returns picked up, level improved
Domi shat her pants and Vika won

Drimal
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:46 PM
Go away screamer! :ras:

Please Marion finish her!

Kasey
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:53 PM
http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0od46p6vb1qcb1qao1_500.gif

Eat it haters :)

The Witch-king
Mar 27th, 2012, 03:55 PM
As Björk said, "All is full of mugs, all around me...". :spit: :lol:

:rolls: