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Morrissey
Mar 29th, 2012, 12:59 AM
I am just wondering what people think of Victoria's chances on clay this year? She won a clay court event in Spain, reached the finals of Madrid and the quarterfinals of the French Open. Is Azarenka a good or great clay courter? Are there any other players on the WTA Tour who are superior to Victoria on the clay?

atominside
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:01 AM
She's the one to beat on clay IMO.

Doully
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:07 AM
She's the one to beat on clay IMO.

Can't help but agree.

Stosur and the likes of Goerges should be the ones to beat, if not for the ridiculous erraticness.

Kvitova did beat her in Madrid last year though...

RenaSlam.
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:08 AM
Solid.

VeeJJ
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:11 AM
Agree with RenaSlam. She is solid. I don't think we have seen anything fantatsic from her on it yet. Her best preformance on it was the first set vs. Safina at RG '09. Who the best on clay is right now is so up inh the air. Let's see how the girls start.

Attemus
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:15 AM
I have really high expectations for the clay season.

C. Drone
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:18 AM
on current field she is top3 on clay definitely.
she had good results even early of her career, 2008 (Berlin SF) 2009 (Rome SF), now those good claycourters who stopped her are gone or regressed.

Cajka
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:19 AM
Solid, I don't know if there's any great clay court player left. There are clay court specialists, but none of them is great.

dsanders06
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:24 AM
I don't think she's that much worse on clay than on slow hardcourts. Aggressive grinding is a good play on clay - it's no secret that most out-and-out ballbashers are shit on it simply because they don't have enough consistency to win the longer rallies, while people like Radwanska and Zvonareva have shots that are so lightweight that they sit up and beg to be hit on clay.

Although I don't know if I'd pick her, I agree Aza has to be considered the presumptive favourite for RG at this point (though much could change over the warm-ups obvs). I certainly think she's going to have better results over the course of her career on clay than on grass, despite Wimbledon being her Slam breakthrough.

Charlatan
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:25 AM
definitely. yes! her last year losses on clay are to kvitova in the madrid final, a retirement in the QF against maria at rome (when she was leading the first set) and to a reigning French Champion. she should be a contender this year

killerqueen
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:30 AM
In the grand scheme of things, Vika isn't an exceptional clay court player, but then, nobody on the tour particularly is these days, so I think she goes into RG as the clear favourite, especially if she can get over tonight's defeat and continue her good form.

ozza
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:35 AM
Don't think the forces on clay will be that different to the forces on hard tbh (well I expect Petra to return to being a force after her recent dip). None of the top players especially excel on clay in comparison to another surface anymore. So I expect Azarenka, Sharapova, Kvitova to be featuring heavily throughout the clay season.

As for RG. I'd probably make Azarenka and Kvitova joint favourites right now.

duhcity
Mar 29th, 2012, 02:08 AM
She is a solid clay court player.

But she needs conditions on her side to win, especially at the French.
Another sunny clear Roland Garros, and if they use the same balls as last year, I'd put Kvitova above her.

Pasta-Na
Mar 29th, 2012, 02:23 AM
She is a solid clay court player.

But she needs conditions on her side to win, especially at the French.
Another sunny clear Roland Garros, and if they use the same balls as last year, I'd put Kvitova above her.

I heard they will use them until 2013 RG.