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saul1333
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:53 PM
Thank you Vika :hearts:

Saved a bp at 5*-5. Had 4-0 in the TB and got back to 5-5

Make that final :)

Chip.
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:53 PM
*dead* Got there in the end..

gc-spurs
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:53 PM
#equalpay

Jane Lane
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
I'm dead.

Bye.

Macomere
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
http://h-4.abload.de/img/flopney0ouw.gif

Raiden
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
God considered it, then changed his mind (he doesn't want Pova in the final :oh:








.

duhcity
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Absolutely stellar. I was following from twitter in class and ran my ass home to catch the end.

Good for Sam really - a QF is better than expectation surely.

Tennis Fool
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
That match was scary :scared:

SilverSlam
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
SO CLOSE :sobbing:

Sam you finally got that set and were in it till the end.

Vika! Good luck in the next rounds.

Libertango
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
So happy for Vika. I thought she'd blown it after losing the 4-0 lead in the TB and THAT awful double fault.

Thank you both ladies! Was a good match!

Bayo
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Vika you did it gurl. Tried to choke so many times, but you did it. :sobbing:

And I love the final set breaker TBH.

tennisfan5
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
at least we got a good QF match, cause we sure as hell ain't gonna get one in the final

MarkNL
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Sam :hysteric:

Played so so well, but still not able to do it :sobbing:

Came back everytime but not enough :crying:

Horizon
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Really weird match but entertaining.

Congrats to Vika, glad she pulled through finally.

Vaidisova
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Well done Vika

Andreas
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
I hate you, Vika :sobbing: Why did you do this to me?

Jimmie48
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
I really wasn't prepared for such a ride after the pre rain-delay score....jesus!

Vika's serve is such a weak link, one can only imagine what she could do if she had a proper serve.

The key was the first game in the 2nd, that was a very costly break she was chasing all match.

Great fight, pulled through...awesome! #1 on Monday, no matter what happens now :)

reptar
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Awesome match!

BlueTrees
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
That was peak Stosur in sets 2 and 3. :eek: Congrats Vika :yeah:

One of the most exciting matches I've seen this year. Vika will have to play better to make the final though

Gilas.
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
Flopmantha :SMH:

http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/ww250/jh2up/1zx381d.gif

Good job Vichka. Now please lose in the semis.

Sombrerero loco
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
lucky bitch :hysteric: that ball in the net at 5-5 tie break :facepalm:
sammy :hug:

GermanBoy
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
Very sad right now! It was MP or MP in the tie break. Very proud though, Sam! Great tournament after all! :sad: :worship:

Marionated
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
Really not the result I wanted :sad: but very high quality third set.

Nice of Sam to sign autographs at the end. Must be heartbroken.

lizchris
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
Her win was expected. I knew when Sam started her 2012 the way she did that she would not defend her USO title.

I am hoping for a Victoria/Serena final.

ShiftyFella
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
One punch bug always punch bug:lol:

VIK!
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
OMFG!!
What a intense match!!
Hapy though!:woohoo:

Sammo
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
Absolutely stellar. I was following from twitter in class and ran my ass home to catch the end.

Good for Sam really - a QF is better than expectation surely.

Better than expectation? She should have taken the goddamn banshee.

Hashim.
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
Proud of Stosur.:hearts: You'll get her next time.


Azarenka..ewww. Such a fake reaction.:lol:

Ferg
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
What a shitastic tiebreak from Stosur :facepalm:

The crowds reaction at the end :rolls: So unhappy.

goldenlox
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
Great match! Great theatre too! Both came good in a matchup that favors Vika, Sam almost got it done.
Some of those points were brilliant! :worship:

mdterp01
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzewgjxRiQ1r06yaq.gif

Bye Mugsur!!!!

Vika!!! :worship: Great composure and I will give Sam props for her fight. But thanks Vika for taking out the defending champ!!!

WowWow
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
#equalpay

:lol:

MarkNL
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:55 PM
Quality of the match was very very high, Sam can be happy with her level at least I guess :hysteric:

I wish she played every match like that. :(

tennisbum79
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:56 PM
High quality match from both

hurricanejeanne
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:56 PM
I was having a panic attack due to flashbacks to the 2005 US Open quarterfinal between Davenport/Dementieva. :hysterical:

I fucking love you, you fucking crazy fuckery filled child of crazy.

Roookie
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Somebody in the botton half is happy for this result.

Reptilia
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:56 PM
That third set was so exciting :sobbing: Gutted for Sam :tears:

danieln1
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:56 PM
I was rooting for Stosur, but it's actually good that Azarenka won, so now she will murder Sharapova in the semi :oh:

Cosmic Voices
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Samantha :hysteric:
Beautiful match to watch

WhoAmI?
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:56 PM
The start of the match of meh.

But the end was so exciting! The tiebreak got tight too, I wish it had been a bit longer even maybe:lol: So much tension!

Very happy for Vika, go get that final now!

A bit sad for Samantha too, as she's the defending champion:hug:

Serenita
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Well done VIKA!!!

Jimmie48
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:57 PM
Dancing! :hearts:

Craig.
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:57 PM
What a shitastic tiebreak from Stosur :facepalm:

The crowds reaction at the end :rolls: So unhappy.

Lol right?

Sammy :hug:

The White Whale
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:57 PM
Vika :worship:

Stosur :hug:

With Robson and now this match, WTA has definitely been more exciting this USO so far.

Sylvester
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:57 PM
Oh Christ, this dancing should disqualify her from the match! dafuq :haha:

Sombrerero loco
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:57 PM
some poeple saying lucky shots with aga vs kiri in wimbledon...this was indeed a lucky bitch moment from vika at 5-5 in the tiebreak :spit:

Serenita
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:57 PM
Omg Vika busting a move
hhahahahahahha

ExXotikal
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:57 PM
Brava Vika!!

SilverPersian
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:58 PM
Really proud of Sammy at the moment. She just looked like a fish on a bicycle in the first set, but somehow worked the match through and made it really competitive. Great attempt at a title defence imo :worship:

Congrats Vika.

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:58 PM
my poor heart. vika, why do you do this? :sobbing:

saul13333333333333333333, are you still alive? :hysteric:

Purple_Rain
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:58 PM
Tuned in at 3-2 in the final set. Good match -- I figured it would be. Stosur is fun to watch, but she crumbles under pressure at times, whereas Azarenka is pretty consistent with her depth of shot.

Overall, though, Vika looked the same as last year with her average serve, attitude, lack of variety, etc.

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:58 PM
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2309/2226276511_5198b73194.jpg

Hopefully that was a lesson for Vika to never disrespect anyone. Stosur was willing to accept the inevitable loss mentally (and played like it) until Vika gave her the break at the start of the 2nd set. From there Stosur played better and better remembering that she is US Open GOAT and the defending champion.

swim4life227
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:58 PM
Best match of the tournament, men or women.

Sam has to be pissed at herself. She surrendered the lead with weak errors, fought her way back by earning the point. Then anytime it was level she surrendered the lead back.

NID Vika was gonna win.

MaBaker
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:58 PM
If only she wouldn't scream so annoyingly, she'd be perfect to replace Jeja.

Natural Joe
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:58 PM
Mess. Vika didn't play particularly well and Sam made hardly any errors in the end. But she fought and won. I'm still dead.

Kon.
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:58 PM
Such a good match!
Disappointed for Sam, she showed why she's the champion here.
Congrats Vika. :yeah:

GoofyDuck
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:59 PM
It was a good match, I enjoyed it.

In the end I was fine with either winner, Vika played good tennis just also choking!

Sam wasn't consistent enough in the end.

Brad[le]y.
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:59 PM
Lord the crowd hates her :tape:

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:59 PM
Somebody in the botton half is happy for this result.

vinci?

Super Dave
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:59 PM
:ras:

hobahobaspirit
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:59 PM
Sam :sad:

So close, :hug:

miffedmax
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:59 PM
Dance Moms, of course, has already prepared an interpretive number about this epic chokefest struggle.

http://www.channelguidemagblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/dance-moms-children-gone.jpg

That's Brooke, as Vika, indicating she is still Number One despite playing like a homeless child, and Nia, obviously, as Stosur.

Sammo
Sep 4th, 2012, 07:59 PM
What a shitastic tiebreak from Stosur :facepalm:

The crowds reaction at the end :rolls: So unhappy.

Not surprising :shrug:

Serenita
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:00 PM
Lord the crowd hates her :tape:
6 months ago (http://gifparty.tumblr.com/post/18545780663) |
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/vehiclesshockme/GIF%203/KxDMA.gif

Tenis Srbija
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:00 PM
Dear God, finally a good match :sobbing:
Congrats Vika :yeah:
Sam...
http://x.vukajlija.com/var/uploads/reactions/201209/21012/tumblr_m4lkp0jp2n1qin9ki.gif

young_gunner913
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:00 PM
Really great effort by Sam. :yeah: So close to pulling off a good upset.

Congrats Vika. :hug: Hope you make the finals. :)

Stamp Paid
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:00 PM
This was a good match! Yas Vika!

Ferg
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:00 PM
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzewgjxRiQ1r06yaq.gif

Bye Mugsur!!!!

Vika!!! :worship: Great composure and I will give Sam props for her fight. But thanks Vika for taking out the defending champ!!!

It was a year ago. Get over it. :lol:

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:00 PM
some poeple saying lucky shots with aga vs kiri in wimbledon...this was indeed a lucky bitch moment from vika at 5-5 in the tiebreak :spit:

LOL. That was a rally shot without the netcord, but an error for Stosur, if it doesnīt go over. Vika still had to have the balls and execution to play the dropshot at such a crucial stage. Usually she just shoves these balls longline with her backhand for a net error or it sits up for a passing shot.

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:00 PM
get that final Vika :yeah:

Gerri
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:00 PM
Sam :sad: But that was a great match from both of them really fun stuff to watch, and great quality :worship: Too much drama for my poor nerves though.

Well done Vika :)

Annie.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:01 PM
Yay Vika! :cheer: now make it to the final!!

Morning Morgan
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:01 PM
At least women's tennis earned some respect today, I'm sure everyone admits it's a good match no matter who their fave is or their previous opinions of women's tennis.

Material World
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:01 PM
Great defence from Sammy - raised her game and went down guns blazing. Played so much better than vs Laura. So much for all those who said Vika would roll her over.

In the end I feel most cheated out of the sight and sound of Vikapower's head exploding.

rnwerner
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:01 PM
The best we can have right now:

A very good and tight match with a one-sided first set.

Stosur was the better server,
Azarenka better from the baseline. And a tiny bit better mentally.

Best match of the tournament on the women's side.

Wintermute
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:01 PM
Oh I bet Sam regrets running around her forehand at 5-5 in the tiebreak. One shank later and it's curtains for the defending champ.

Seriously this was a good match. Wrong result sadly.

And :lol: at Azarenka's epic double-fault. Even I don't hit them that far past the service box.

Break My Rapture
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:02 PM
Vika making this in a total mess when there was no reason at all to do so. Signs of Chokearenka resurrecting is worrying me, but at least she got through and didn't ruin her perfect record against Sam.

Stosur played really good tennis in sets 2 & 3, both offensively and defensively. Served extremely well too, Azarenka had lots of trouble reading her serve. She seems to finally be getting that 'big returner' phobia off her back, actually hit a lot of first serves in today.

Chim
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:02 PM
Sam is such a great champion. She gave it out all she got in this match but a little unlucky in the end.:fiery::fiery: I'm glad the crowds are all behind Sam far more than Victoria here. Best match of the tournament!

mdterp01
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:02 PM
It was a year ago. Get over it. :lol:

:wavey: I gave Sam her props. They both played a great match. 1 shot decided it. Best match of the ladies tournament.

Ado.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:03 PM
Excellent match Sam. You should be so proud of your efforts today. Your fans and us Aussies are so proud of how well you player today and throughout the tournament. You are a champion!

Sammo
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:03 PM
LOL. That was a rally shot without the netcord, but an error for Stosur, if it doesnīt go over. Vika still had to have the balls and execution to play the dropshot at such a crucial stage. Usually she just shoves these balls longline with her backhand for a net error or it sits up for a passing shot.

I have to agree, very cold head from Azarenka to be able to hit that drop shot. I still hate her for this :hysteric:

saul1333
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:03 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg515/scaled.php?tn=0&server=515&filename=hs0.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

stromatolite
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:03 PM
Heartbroken for Sam:sad:, but what a great match from both women.:worship: After a horror start Sam really took it to Vika. So glad she bowed out of the championship as a worthy (now ex-) champ.:yeah:

duhcity
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:03 PM
Although once you remove the surface reactions - Vika's serve needs a serious overhaul. Redo the entire motion if needed in the offseason.

tennisfan5
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:04 PM
Again, not that she needs a good draw, but Caro, Kerber, and now Sam all have exited the draw, leaving her with Vika and Maria :help::lol:

CatTs
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:04 PM
I always liked Sammy but today her game was purely surprising to me. Never thought this match will be that thrilling. And at the end the fave wins — perfection! Thank you, ladies! :worship:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:05 PM
Some epic shit Vika after that 1st set

Phew lucky escape !!!
Vika gave Sam hope & boy she nearly paid for it

GermanBoy
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:05 PM
I was rooting for Stosur, but it's actually good that Azarenka won, so now she will murder Sharapova in the semi :oh:

Let's really hope so...

tennisbum79
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:05 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg515/scaled.php?tn=0&server=515&filename=hs0.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640
Even though dominated the 1st set and won the match, Sam stats are really good.

The intangibles won Vika this match

mdterp01
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:06 PM
Again, not that she needs a good draw, but Caro, Kerber, and now Sam all have exited the draw, leaving her with Vika and Maria :help::lol:
Wasn't that the sentiment when people saw Stosur in the final last year?? Nothing is a lock.

Break My Rapture
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:06 PM
Although once you remove the surface reactions - Vika's serve needs a serious overhaul. Redo the entire motion if needed in the offseason.
Her serve was actually quite decent to good at the start of the year, but then clay season came around and then they adjusted it to this ugly shorter swing motion which does absolutely NOTHING at all. I've been saying this for a month now but this service motion is making life harder for herself, she's hardly getting anything out of it.

Cosmic Voices
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:06 PM
Omg the stats for Samantha (bar bps won) were epic

twinbridge
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:06 PM
It seems that Errani will be safe for a YEC spot.

with China Open left, the race for 15 tournaments is as following:

* 7 Errani 4350[15] the best 14/15 is 125/125
8 Li Na 4152[15] the best 14/15 is 1/1
9 Stosur 3570[15] the best 14/15 is 60/60
* 10 Bartoli 3285[15] the best 14/15 is 120/120

Even Li Na could be safe since stosur need more than 600 points to catch up, considering the 60 points to be dropped.

Super Dave
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:07 PM
6 months ago (http://gifparty.tumblr.com/post/18545780663) |
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/vehiclesshockme/GIF%203/KxDMA.gif

:haha: The gifs just keep getting better and better. People are wondering why my face is red and my eyes are watering.

Huntress55
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:07 PM
I was just happy Sam made the QF to begin with .. didnt expect much since it was against Vika but that match was exciting.

Sammy really played great tennis in sets 2 & 3. In a way though this loss is worse because it gave me hope :p

But still great effort from Sam :yeah:

SilverSlam
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:07 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg515/scaled.php?tn=0&server=515&filename=hs0.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

SO quality :sobbing:

Joe.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:07 PM
:cheer: Go Vika

jameshazza
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:07 PM
Sam :hug:
I've never seen her hit her FH so tight as in that penultimate point.
Told you all she needed to do was rip her BH. :dance:

At the end of the day Vika was expected to win anyway, nice to see a quality match in the latter stages of a GS. The media and public should lap this up.

Mixal
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:08 PM
Watched the 3rd, it was great! While Vika was playing to Stosur's BH most of the time, it was more pushing than putting pressure on it, unlike in their previous encounters IIRC.

Trickle
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:08 PM
http://i46.tinypic.com/vgpyo.png

Well done to both players. Just what the WTA ordered. :worship:

Laura_VeeFan
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:08 PM
Yasss Vika!!! Congrats :)

Brad[le]y.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:08 PM
BTW Azarenka's serve :tape:

Sharapova will eat it alive.

jameshazza
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:08 PM
Her serve was actually quite decent to good at the start of the year, but then clay season came around and then they adjusted it to this ugly shorter swing motion which does absolutely NOTHING at all. I've been saying this for a month now but this service motion is making life harder for herself, she's hardly getting anything out of it.

This. I said it as early as Stuttgart myself, at least she's got her doubles down though.

GermanBoy
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:09 PM
Hope certain people will finally give Sam the credit she deserves & stick their "Mugsur" comments etc. where the sun doesn't shine!!! :rolleyes:

saul1333
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:09 PM
my poor heart. vika, why do you do this? :sobbing:

saul13333333333333333333, are you still alive? :hysteric:

Barely held it together toward the end :bigcry:

Hope the SF is a blow out :drool:

bandabou
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:09 PM
Vika, Vika....hmmmm, still a choker. But luckily Stosur ain't no Serena. :lol:

aussie_fan
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:09 PM
it hurts but nothing like the Errani loss. could of been more aggressive on match point but Sam played a very good match.

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:10 PM
Again, not that she needs a good draw, but Caro, Kerber, and now Sam all have exited the draw, leaving her with Vika and Maria :help::lol:

Please. Serena is not losing to Wozniacki or Kerber in a Slam, allegedly bad match-up or not. Not with Wozniackiīs inability to do anything offensively or with Kerberīs serve. If Serena is fully focused and rested she breaks Kerber at least twice in a set. Kerber might break Venus two or three times in two seperate sets, but not Serena.

Maria rocks
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:10 PM
What a fabulous match!!! Congrats Vika but hard luck Sammy.

Super Dave
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:10 PM
BTW Azarenka's serve :tape:

Sharapova will eat it alive.

Yep.

Sammo
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:11 PM
Hopefully Sharapova destroys her now.

Vikapower
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:12 PM
:spit: Seriously Victoria exit the chokes, you dominated this match from start to end have no freaking idea why you wanted Stosur to perform the hold-up. I really hope this match puts your mind back straight when it got twisted initially by Tatishvili -- now unto the SF. :cheer:

3 SF in 3 different majors in the same year, gotta look up who last did that. :oh:

Balltossovic
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:12 PM
my poor heart. vika, why do you do this? :sobbing:


But she made it:hug:

That's all that matters:hug:

Jimmie48
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:12 PM
I think this was a helpful experience for Vika going into the next (two) match(es).

OoohBarracuda
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:12 PM
What a great match from both players. Sam put up a great defense of her title. A shame she was so close that the win was within her grasp, but she came out and played the best she has ever played against Vika and she should be happy about that. Happy for Vika and glad she stays at number 1 :yeah:

VIK!
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:12 PM
http://i46.tinypic.com/vgpyo.png

Well done to both players. Just what the WTA ordered. :worship:

I saw it too, and thought the same. :lol:

Natural Joe
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:12 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg515/scaled.php?tn=0&server=515&filename=hs0.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

That 1 ace was so important :bounce:

Sam deserves a hug :hug:

duhcity
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:12 PM
Her serve was actually quite decent to good at the start of the year, but then clay season came around and then they adjusted it to this ugly shorter swing motion which does absolutely NOTHING at all. I've been saying this for a month now but this service motion is making life harder for herself, she's hardly getting anything out of it.

Even looking at her serve from Australia, she still defaulted to high %age 1st serves. She should be able to put more behind it. A true service weapon coupled with her return could make her even more dominant on HC.

John.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:13 PM
Well done for making a fight of it Sam - Her title defence was a lot better than most people expected.

I just can't warm to Azarenka - I admire her fight and determination, and she's proved she deserves to be were she is right now in the sport, so kudos to her for that

borrowedheaven
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:13 PM
Fix that serve, Vika. It is really the only thing holding you back.

I've never been more impressed with Sam's defense. She was just not giving up and played a very good match.

Jorn
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:13 PM
well done Vika! :)


But was too tough from 4-0 up and was nearly 5-2 in fset... :scared:

Rolling-Thunder
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:14 PM
After the first set and the pathetic play from Sam, I was not too optimistic. But she got her act together and made the match competitive. I did not get to see the 3rd set nor the ending. Too bad.
I just wish Stosur had more self-confidence and belief. Its a bummer to see her play like that.

I am still expecting a Serena vs. Azarenka final.

barmaid
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:16 PM
Extremely close match, after the first set it dawned on Stosur that she was the defending champ so then made it a really competitive tilt...could have gone either way...I sort of felt the N.Y. crowd were on Sam's side but the younger Vika prevailed so hopefully she can carry a "knock out punch" into the finals for "whoever" she meets probably Madame S http://hingis.ch/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/w00t.gif . Congrats to Vika and good fight from Sam! http://hingis.ch/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/sigh.gif

Barmaid:wavey:

Sexysova
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:16 PM
thank you Vika :yeah: :hearts:

John.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:16 PM
:spit: Seriously Victoria exit the chokes, you dominated this match from start to end have no freaking idea why you wanted Stosur to perform the hold-up. I really hope this match puts your mind back straight when it got twisted initially by Tatishvili -- now unto the SF. :cheer:

3 SF in 3 different majors in the same year, gotta look up who last did that. :oh:

Serena and Safina in 2009

sunsets21
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:16 PM
Sam played the 2nd and 3rd set quite fearlessly, and against someone who has beaten her so many times, that's all I can ask (other than actually winning it, of course!).

Proud of her :hug:

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:17 PM
It seems that Errani will be safe for a YEC spot.

with China Open left, the race for 15 tournaments is as following:

* 7 Errani 4350[15] the best 14/15 is 125/125
8 Li Na 4152[15] the best 14/15 is 1/1
9 Stosur 3570[15] the best 14/15 is 60/60
* 10 Bartoli 3285[15] the best 14/15 is 120/120

Even Li Na could be safe since stosur need more than 600 points to catch up, considering the 60 points to be dropped.

Errani still needs tomorrow to be sure, otherwise all that she adds might be around 225 from Beijing taking her close to 4600. That is do-able for Stosur on this form and Na Li still has three free tournaments to add points. All she needs is a final in Tokyo or Beijing or three solid results SF/QF/SF some indoors event. But a lot would have to go wrong for Errani at this stage, starting with losing tomorrow.

n1_and_uh_noone
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:17 PM
Well, at least the tournament got one good, tight match :lol:. Good to see Sam exorcise her Vuvu-demons and nearly make it. She should have stepped in on the returns towards the end there, though gutsy by Vuvu to save a BP with her only ace. She hit some fearless forehands in the last few games. Too bad that letcord at 5-5 had to muck things up.

I have to say as someone who doesn't care for her, Vuvu would be a beast if she had a 25% better serve. She does spread the court extremely well and her consistency from the ground is pretty scary (when she is not intimidated by her opponent, clearly). The way she was returning serve was pretty great too, but of course Serena would whip her ass with even her mediocre deliveries.

PokemonMaster
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:17 PM
First match I've been able to watch start to finish this USO; very pleased with the quality! I'm sad that Sam lost, but I like Vika as well so that makes it easier to handle. Congrats to her! And Sam got her amazing moment last year, so I can't be too upset. Hopefully the rest of the matches step it up to match the excitement of this one!

duhcity
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:17 PM
:spit: Seriously Victoria exit the chokes, you dominated this match from start to end have no freaking idea why you wanted Stosur to perform the hold-up. I really hope this match puts your mind back straight when it got twisted initially by Tatishvili -- now unto the SF. :cheer:

3 SF in 3 different majors in the same year, gotta look up who last did that. :oh:

Dinara in 09?

Break My Rapture
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:18 PM
I think this was a helpful experience for Vika going into the next (two) match(es).
Yeah, at least this match will get her match tough. Good that she survived a challenge after her first 4 matches failed to bring any sort of competition. If she plays like this against Sharapova though, she will not win.

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:19 PM
Serena and Safina in 2009

Probably Sharapova soon.

Btw if it rains for the next five weeks, does that mean Vika wins the title since she is the only player in the SF and the highest ranked player. :angel:

Sammo
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:21 PM
Vika, Vika....hmmmm, still a choker. But luckily Stosur ain't no Serena. :lol:

Luckily? Of course she isn't, Victoria has never been able to defeat a two legged Serena, she would never have the privilige of choking a match against Ree :lol:

Vikapower
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:21 PM
Vika's serve is such a weak link, one can only imagine what she could do if she had a proper serve.

This means nothing, this shot is still in progress and she's probably not confident enough to go for it on a regular basis just yet like she would with her ground-strokes. Her serve needs time to warm up IMO unlike her ground-game especially after the break and considering it's not her go to shot.

Yeah ok, the first shot that becomes tentative in her game is her serve -- it was obvious that the more emotional she became the weaker her serve would be and more probability she would tend to spin it in just to start the exchanges but that doesn't matter as much.

lenas warriors
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:21 PM
Heart attack inducing match as couldnt watch the final set but kept an eye in the tight final set score.

Great result though and almost makes up for sam taking out lena d and nadia at the uso in recent years

Raiden
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:21 PM
How many times did Vika toss the ball only to grab it again? :haha:

I think she broke Venus + Ivanovic's record.

VIK!
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:22 PM
Probably Sharapova soon.

Btw if it rains for the next five weeks, does that mean Vika wins the title since she is the only player in the SF and the highest ranked player. :angel:

:haha::yeah:

NashaMasha
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:22 PM
Serena and Safina in 2009

3SF in a year Martha 2005 and 2006 and fighting for it in 2012

Craig.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:22 PM
BTW Azarenka's serve :tape:

Sharapova will eat it alive.

That's totally happened the last few times they've played on hardcourts...NOT.

tennisbum79
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:24 PM
:spit: Seriously Victoria exit the chokes, you dominated this match from start to end have no freaking idea why you wanted Stosur to perform the hold-up. I really hope this match puts your mind back straight when it got twisted initially by Tatishvili -- now unto the SF. :cheer:

3 SF in 3 different majors in the same year, gotta look up who last did that. :oh:

You repeated this in the Live Commentary thread, and it was not true then, and it is not true now.

As I said in Live Commentaries then, Vika emphatically dominated the 1st set, but both 2 and 3rd were very well contested by both players.

Mistress of Evil
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:24 PM
Well, she did win a set this time. That's something. :awww:

NashaMasha
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:24 PM
How many times did Vika toss the ball only to grab it again? :haha:

I think she broke Venus + Ivanovic's record.

it was breezy, even Serena serves pretty average in such a conditions , with tossing and grabbing balls either

Madoka
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:25 PM
a really entertaining 3rd set, i enjoyed it...i like both players, so i was ok with whoever was going to win it..

Brad[le]y.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:25 PM
That's totally happened the last few times they've played on hardcourts...NOT.

Azarenka was serving much better than. Nowadays even Radwanska's first serves have more behind them.

John.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:25 PM
3SF in a year Martha 2005 and 2006 and fighting for it in 2012

Yes, but that wasn't the question asked :scratch:

NashaMasha
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:27 PM
if US Open 3d set had had no tiebrake rule, Sam would have won that match.... 8-6 or 9-7 in third

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:27 PM
Yeah, at least this match will get her match tough. Good that she survived a challenge after her first 4 matches failed to bring any sort of competition. If she plays like this against Sharapova though, she will not win.

I donīt think she did much wrong from the baseline. It was all about the serve, but I agree. That serving is not good enough for Sharapova or Bartoli.

Stosur is just supertough, when she doesnīt miss. Think back to that fantastic match with Sharapova in Stuttgart, where she was also ripping backhands. With Stosur you really need not look any further than her backhand for a heatcheck. If she hits through those with confidence five or six times in a row with depth you know her whole game is clicking. Itīs not a great shot, but just not being a liability makes her so dangerous.

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:30 PM
:spit: Seriously Victoria exit the chokes, you dominated this match from start to end have no freaking idea why you wanted Stosur to perform the hold-up. I really hope this match puts your mind back straight when it got twisted initially by Tatishvili -- now unto the SF. :cheer:

3 SF in 3 different majors in the same year, gotta look up who last did that. :oh:

serena 2009?

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:30 PM
Btw these German/International ES bums should burn for showing the start of the 2nd set of a best of five match in the round of 16 between David Errani and Richard Cibulkova over a 3rd set quarterfinal between the world #1 and the defending champion. POS channel. :rolleyes:

laurie
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:30 PM
Very high quality match. As soon as I saw the tiebreak records at the start, I feared for Stosur.

Now, what we really want is a high quality final at the US Open on Saturday (or Sunday). I don't recall a high quality US Open final for a very long time, certainly not the last 10 to 15 years.

Ntosake
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:30 PM
Good match, good result.:yeah:

tonybotz
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:32 PM
i think potato head will be in the final. sugarpova will be too skeered to face Jameka in the final and will psyche herself out. :devil:

Olórin
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:32 PM
Very high quality match. As soon as I saw the tiebreak records at the start, I feared for Stosur.

Now, what we really want is a high quality final at the US Open on Saturday (or Sunday). I don't recall a high quality US Open final for a very long time, certainly not the last 10 to 15 years.

You should have been watching in 2008 :shrug: That was the best one in a long time. Since 1995 probably.

Johnbert
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:32 PM
annyoing result :mad:

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:32 PM
Very high quality match. As soon as I saw the tiebreak records at the start, I feared for Stosur.

Now, what we really want is a high quality final at the US Open on Saturday (or Sunday). I don't recall a high quality US Open final for a very long time, certainly not the last 10 to 15 years.

Serena/JJ was high-quality. If JJ had been more concerned with winning the match than looking good on the Jumbotron it would have had a 3rd set, too.

Tezuka.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:35 PM
Vika's tennis. :zzz:

Roookie
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:36 PM
Even though I wanted Sam to win and I find Azarenka grunt annoying as hell. Vika's turn into a fantastic HC player. Good match :clap2:

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:36 PM
Azarenka was serving much better than. Nowadays even Radwanska's first serves have more behind them.

Not really. Itīs not about pace, but placement and disguise with Radwanska. Vikaīs serve has little of either. Itīs just flat down the middle with little spin and average power. Being 6ī0 she should be able to create either more power or at least much better angles, preferably both. I think her forehand looks sharper here, but now it is really time to go work on that serve in the off-season.

dsanders06
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:37 PM
Fantastic match. I've always thought Azarenka isn't quite as hellish a match-up for Stosur as Maria and Venus are - Azarenka doesn't have as much meat on her rally ball, so Stosur DOES have time to set up for her forehand if she gets her footwork spot-on as she did for much of the 2nd and 3rd sets (plus, Aza is 2-3 inches shorter than Venus and Maria, which can be crucial when Stosur's forehand is rearing up as much as it was towards the end of the match). But, Stosur would've had to have played perfect tennis throughout the 3rd set to win this given how stingy Azarenka is with errors on hardcourts these days (and the turnaround in her mental toughness since mid-2011), and that was always going to be a tough ask. She can definitely get her on clay in the next couple of years though.

Even if this defeat is disappointing for her, I'm glad she gave up her title with some dignity rather than the meek way she looked like she was going out at first today. Convinced she has a Roland Garros title in her.

laurie
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:39 PM
You should have been watching in 2008 :shrug: That was the best one in a long time. Since 1995 probably.

Thanks. I should have clarified I meant a 3 set thriller, like a 2005 Wimbledon final or 2001 French Open final.

Or as we are in New York, a 3rd set tiebreak to decide the title would be nice :D

dsanders06
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:40 PM
By the way, this match proves Miffedmax's point the other day that, even if Vika is "anonymous", she's still good for the sport simply because crowds dislike her so much :lol: You just have to listen to how much more engaged the crowd was in this match than any other women's match this tournament. And I doubt it was because New Yorkers are rabidly pro-Stosur (I'm sure they do have some affection for her as the defending champion, but they probably wouldn't have been so fanatical if she was playing any other top player).

colt13
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:42 PM
Rain almost saved Stosur. It think that if it had not rained, Stosur would have lost in 2. Got a second chance and almost pulled it off.

Vika did what champions do. She may have struggled down the stretch, but won it.

NashaMasha
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:44 PM
Radwanska's serve(when healthy) is more a weapon than Azarenka's today , because 1) less predictable 2) more spin on it 3)more reliable

and speed is almost equal for both , despite Vika is a much bigger girl

RenaSlam.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:44 PM
Bye bye, Sam. Always a 1 slam wonder. At least you competed well.

Vika will roll over Maria in the SF. She owns her.

Vika-Serena final.

hurricanejeanne
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:46 PM
I think if Vika's team stopped tinkering with her service motion and focused more on her timing and placement her serve would be much more of a weapon. I don't think it'll ever be a huge one, but the stronger it is along with being more reliable, will certainly help her.

laurie
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:48 PM
By the way, this match proves Miffedmax's point the other day that, even if Vika is "anonymous", she's still good for the sport simply because crowds dislike her so much :lol: You just have to listen to how much more engaged the crowd was in this match than any other women's match this tournament. And I doubt it was because New Yorkers are rabidly pro-Stosur (I'm sure they do have some affection for her as the defending champion, but they probably wouldn't have been so fanatical if she was playing any other top player).

Well, Chris Bradnam on Eurosport always likens Wozniacki as the villain in a movie, she would play that role well. I think Azarenka would also make a great villain for sure, especially for the good old christmas pantomime. That could be a good role for her in later years.

Sweety Darling
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:48 PM
Shame someone had to win.

Calypso
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:49 PM
Entertaining!

Vika's all out flat hitting aggression ultimately paid off, though she almost choked it away up 4-0 in the deciding set tiebreak; that double fault was epic:tape:.

Sammy has nothing to be ashamed of. Despite falling into a 0-4 hole that looked irredeemable, she recovered brilliantly but fell just short.

Congrats to both ladies for a wonderful match:bigclap:.

JN
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:50 PM
Serena/JJ was high-quality. If JJ had been more concerned with winning the match than looking good on the Jumbotron it would have had a 3rd set, too.

I lost all respect for Jankovic during that match. She behaved like she was on drugs.

Stonerpova
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:50 PM
Great match, wrong player won [/pressed]

Olórin
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:50 PM
Thanks. I should have clarified I meant a 3 set thriller, like a 2005 Wimbledon final or 2001 French Open final.

Or as we are in New York, a 3rd set tiebreak to decide the title would be nice :D

Gotcha, I agree one would be nice but I wouldn't hold your breath :lol:

dragonflies
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:50 PM
Somebody in the botton half is happy for this result.







Who is that? Ana, or Errani? I thought they would be more concern about their QFs match and not looking that far ahead.


Serena will be annoyed at missing a chance of a potential beat down Sam again in a Slam finals like she already did that in the Charleston final this year if they both can get to the finals.

Vikapower
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:50 PM
Vika's serve needs a serious overhaul. Redo the entire motion if needed in the offseason.

:unsure: How many top pro-players have entirely redone a motion in their games ? And how many while having pretty tremendous success with what they actually have ? The only one I can think about is Ferrero and he did that when he wasn't a top player, he took back his serve from A to Z with very good biomechanicians/coaches but at ITF level or almost, I'm sorry but that doesn't sound as a good idea.

Stuffs like that can really make a player lose a lot of confidence when they see that the so called 'new motion' (supposed to bring positive results) doesn't work (especially training =! competition, so this would take tremendous time to assimilate correctly) -- probably it's simply just psychological with her but how can anybody here know since no one is her personal trainer or in her team.

They're trying to optimize her tools already and that's the most appropriate idea -- Nadal did that with what he had already, better feet positioning, ameliorated/better racket drop, grip etc. and his serve is pretty better now, at least more powerful so it's also a question of time and patience until you find the desired result. Victoria only just started her "better serve" enterprise/quest this very year I believe (?) that's very short when you know how long it generally takes for athletes to master even these very little things correctly so imagine for a whole new entire serve.

RenaSlam.
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:51 PM
:unsure: How many top pro-players have entirely redone a motion in their games ? And how many while having pretty tremendous success with what they actually have ? The only one I can think about is Ferrero and he did that when he wasn't a top player, he took back his serve from A to Z with very good biomechanicians/coaches but at ITF level or almost, I'm sorry but that doesn't sound as a good idea.

Stuffs like that can really make a player lose a lot of confidence when they see that the so called 'new motion' (supposed to bring positive results) doesn't work (especially training =! competition, so this would take tremendous time to assimilate correctly) -- probably it's simply just psychological with her but how can anybody here know since no one is her personal trainer or in her team.

They're trying to optimize her tools already and that's the most appropriate idea -- Nadal did that, better feet positioning, ameliorated/better racket drop etc. and his serve is pretty better now, at least more powerful so it's also a question of time and patience until you find the desired result.

Mauresmo after a back injury, early in her career. :wavey:

FERLKE
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:52 PM
amazing match :worship:
congrats to both ladies :cool:

dsanders06
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:53 PM
I'm pretty sure Henin pretty much totally overhauled her service motion.

mystic ice cube
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:54 PM
Best women's match of the USO so far. Azarenka was impeccable on her return of serve & it ultimately won her the match. Shame there had to be a loser. I can definitely see Victoria going far in this tournament.

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:54 PM
Mauresmo after a back injury, early in her career. :wavey:

Well then letīs call Mauresmo and oh wait.....:hysteric:

supermod
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:54 PM
Very entertaining match. Both deserved to win.

And Azarenka must be the most disliked player at the moment. :lol: The crowd is automatically rooting for her opponent.

Cosmic Voices
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:55 PM
Who is that? Ana, or Errani? I thought they would be more concern about their QFs match and not looking that far ahead.


Serena will be annoyed at missing a chance of a potential beat down Sam again in a Slam finals like she already did that in the Charleston final this year if they both can get to the finals.

Bitter much?
Vika did what your fave couldn't do at the USO tbh :spit:

Raiden
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:55 PM
Rain almost saved Stosur.Indeed, the rain delay changed the dynamic.

All of a sudden Vika became tight like as if she lost something, - and Stosur became more relaxed and ready to take on the challenge.

flareon
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:56 PM
Absolutely stellar. I was following from twitter in class and ran my ass home to catch the end.

Good for Sam really - a QF is better than expectation surely.

Is that you with JJ :yeah:

And sammy well done on fighting for your US Open till the end

Vika :inlove:

sweetadri06
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:58 PM
Sam gave a really good account for herself, she seems to come alive at the Open. The final set TB was really anti-climatic. I think Sam could have pulled out that match if they kept playing. Vika's level really dropped after the first set, don't know what to make of her form going forward.

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:59 PM
Indeed, the rain delay changed the dynamic.

All of a sudden Vika became tight and Stosur became more relaxed and ready to take on the challenge.

Yes it started to change in the 1st set, after the delay Stosur almost broke back to 4-2 and Vika should have sensed the change in Stosur. Instead she allowed Stosur to gain even more confidence by throwing out two DFs and some casual errors in the 1st game of the 2nd set.

MariaKirilenko95
Sep 4th, 2012, 08:59 PM
Best women's match of the USO so far. Azarenka was impeccable on her return of serve & it ultimately won her the match. Shame there had to be a loser. I can definitely see Victoria going far in this tournament.

going far? she's already in the semis. I would say that's quire far.

Vikapower
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:01 PM
Serena and Safina in 2009

Dinara in 09?

serena 2009?

:lol: Thanks guys. :wavey:

Doully
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:03 PM
Devastated to see Stosur make it so tight and only just fail to grasp the win - yet glad she could make it so tight after all. If there's one thing Sam has proven, it's that she should never be underestimated at Flushing Meadows.

Hope to see her there next year at her fourth consecutive QF!

Congrats to Vika. Glad to see her finally having a breakthrough at the USO.

laurie
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:04 PM
:unsure: How many top pro-players have entirely redone a motion in their games ? And how many while having pretty tremendous success with what they actually have ? The only one I can think about is Ferrero and he did that when he wasn't a top player, he took back his serve from A to Z with very good biomechanicians/coaches but at ITF level or almost, I'm sorry but that doesn't sound as a good idea.

Stuffs like that can really make a player lose a lot of confidence when they see that the so called 'new motion' (supposed to bring positive results) doesn't work (especially training =! competition, so this would take tremendous time to assimilate correctly) -- probably it's simply just psychological with her but how can anybody here know since no one is her personal trainer or in her team.

They're trying to optimize her tools already and that's the most appropriate idea -- Nadal did that with what he had already, better feet positioning, ameliorated/better racket drop, grip etc. and his serve is pretty better now, at least more powerful so it's also a question of time and patience until you find the desired result. Victoria only just started her "better serve" enterprise/quest this very year I believe (?) that's very short when you know how long it generally takes for athletes to master even these very little things correctly so imagine for a whole new entire serve.

Vikapower.

Djokovic if you recall messed around with his service motion on the recommendation of Todd Martin who coached him between 2009 and 2010, and that almost ruined Djokovic's career and he only turned it around after dispensing with Todd Martin and going back to his former coach.

Also, I am quite certain Marion Bartoli has changed her service motion more than once, perhaps twice or three times even over a few years.

Nathalie Tauziat may not have changed a motion, but I understand she totally revamped her game to serve and volley whilst a professional and became much more successful as a result.

flareon
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:05 PM
I hope same wins a few rounds at the australian open :o otherwise she will not do well until FO...

Vikapower
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:06 PM
You repeated this in the Live Commentary thread, and it was not true then, and it is not true now.

As I said in Live Commentaries then, Vika emphatically dominated the 1st set, but both 2 and 3rd were very well contested by both players.

I payed a close attention to the total points and I don't think Victoria ever was behind Stosur --

The momentum indicator in the IBM etc. indicates that you're the one being wrong. :shrug:

dragonflies
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:07 PM
Sam has all the tools to beat Vika, but she always going for too much and gave Vika many cheap points and that made the differences. Her slices were very ineffective against Vika's high deep shots, and she kept using it.:tape:


Vika has a good chance to get into the finals. She is basically a ball practicing machine with solid groundstrokes and all around game. She is very consistent with her level, although not as explosive at she displayed in the second set last year against Serena. Her footwork and court coverage is excellent despite not being quick. It would take a power player on her good day with few errors to stop Vika's run.

cehowardrx7
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:08 PM
Congrats to Vika on a good win.

Also congrats to Sam for puttng up a good fight, even after being down 4-0 in the tie break, she still fought.

Smitten
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:09 PM
Azarenka's junior tennis serve is so pathetic. Framantha is even more pathetic but at least she won a set this time.

Azarenka just pushing and guiding the ball around the court for 80% of the match.

mystic ice cube
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:09 PM
going far? she's already in the semis. I would say that's quire far.
In terms of winning the slam. What from my quote wasn't stating the obvious?

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:12 PM
I hope same wins a few rounds at the australian open :o otherwise she will not do well until FO...

Doha final was her first tournament after the Aussie Open this year. ;)

Then she lost to JJ (okay that is brutal), Petrova (always tough), Serena, Serena, the Stuttgart classic with Sharapova, Insane Hradecka at Madrid, Venus in Rome after beating Errani. She really had some bad luck. LOL. Errani at the French Open was really the bad performance due to nerves.

NashaMasha
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:13 PM
Sam has all the tools to beat Vika, but she always going for too much and gave Vika many cheap points and that made the differences. Her slices were very ineffective against Vika's high deep shots, and she kept using it.:tape:


Vika has a good chance to get into the finals. She is basically a ball practicing machine with solid groundstrokes and all around game. She is very consistent with her level, although not as explosive at she displayed in the second set last year against Serena. Her footwork and court coverage is excellent despite not being quick. It would take a power player on her good day with few errors to stop Vika's run. , (

and Serena on average day with average errors(fixed)

Aza can be broken pretty easy , she plays better when receiving, but it won't work vs Serena or any other player who can serve good enough not to be broken 6 times in a match ....

Break My Rapture
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:14 PM
I donīt think she did much wrong from the baseline. It was all about the serve, but I agree. That serving is not good enough for Sharapova or Bartoli.

Stosur is just supertough, when she doesnīt miss. Think back to that fantastic match with Sharapova in Stuttgart, where she was also ripping backhands. With Stosur you really need not look any further than her backhand for a heatcheck. If she hits through those with confidence five or six times in a row with depth you know her whole game is clicking. Itīs not a great shot, but just not being a liability makes her so dangerous.
I felt like her BH didn't have as much accuracy as it usually does today. Vika actually had trouble to pin Stosur into her BH corner during rallies. From the start of the second set she also started inexplicably playing way too much towards Stosur's FH, whilst not being aggressive enough. She thankfully kicked up the ante again in the 3rd but she made a mess out of so many rallies in which she was up the court dictating play. Her ROS also wasn't as good today, had a lot of trouble reading Stosur's serve.

I'm convinced she'll step it up for either Marion or Maria though.

dragonflies
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:15 PM
Bitter much?
Vika did what your fave couldn't do at the USO tbh :spit:



Bitter? I suggest you should learn about the word's meaning before open your mouth and make you look stupid.



Tennis is about getting as many victories at the end of Slams/ tournaments which is Serena stands head and shoulders above the field, so I had no idea what I was bitter about? Tennis players plays hundreds matches years after years and no one can win them all, even the greatest players. Sam and Vika will always have to look upto and admire Serena's accomplishment so don't talk like it's the other way around if you don't want to be appeared like a clown.

tennisbum79
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:17 PM
Azarenka's junior tennis serve is so pathetic. Framantha is even more pathetic but at least she won a set this time.

Azarenka just pushing and guiding the ball around the court for 80% of the match.
I disagree.

Vika played a very good match today.
First she overwhelmed or smothered Sam in the 1st set, not with pushing, but with purposeful strikes of the ball on both BH and FH, XC, DLBH, DLFH, she did all that with dominance.


The 2nd and 3 rd set were more competitive, although Vika's level dipped a little, it was also because Sam raised her level and by controlling her nerves.
I don't really see what you called "just pushing and guiding the ball around the court"


And I don't even care for Vika, but I do care for my own credibility when commenting matches everyone saw.

Kasey
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:19 PM
Fuck yeah!:hearts:
Vika finally getting to the semis at US Open.
Glad to see her through, beacuse Sam really challenged her. It was a good match from both women.

Now send Martha back to Florida please :bigclap:

Tennis Fool
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:21 PM
How Vika feels after this win:

http://cdn3.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1175186/azarenka_dance_medium.gif (http://cdn2.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1175186/azarenka_dance.gif)

sxeraserhead
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:22 PM
Sam :hysteric::sobbing: I'm so crushed for her. She came so close to Sharapova in Stuttgart and now today, playing at or near her peak in both matches, but just came an inch short both times. Hopefully this gives her confidence next year instead of making her think she's doomed to losing :tape:

NashaMasha
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:22 PM
Bitter? I suggest you should learn about the word's meaning before open your mouth and make you look stupid.



Tennis is about getting as many victories at the end of Slams/ tournaments which is Serena stands head and shoulders above the field, so I had no idea what I was bitter about? Tennis players plays hundreds matches years after years and no one can win them all, even the greatest players. Sam and Vika will always have to look upto and admire Serena's accomplishment so don't talk like it's the other way around if you don't want to be appeared like a clown.


Serena won 18 from 21 SF at Slams :) And she won 14 from 18 Finals at Slams :) This statistics can scare anybody

Actually Serena has more chances to lose in QF to Ana than in SF or Final , as she is not losing matches going deep in the tournaments....

(there are some exclusions though)

justineheninfan
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:22 PM
Gut wrenching loss for Sam, but atleast she finally showed she can play with Azarenka. Her first win over Azarenka will likely come soon IMO. Azarenka favorite in the semis whoever she plays.

Jimmie48
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:23 PM
How Vika feels after this win:

http://cdn3.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1175186/azarenka_dance_medium.gif (http://cdn2.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1175186/azarenka_dance.gif)

That's what gifs were invented for :lol:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:24 PM
Azarenka's junior tennis serve is so pathetic. Framantha is even more pathetic but at least she won a set this time.

Azarenka just pushing and guiding the ball around the court for 80% of the match.

still bitter all these years that Vika bagelled Hingis :lol: :lol:

mystic ice cube
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:27 PM
How Vika feels after this win:

http://cdn3.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1175186/azarenka_dance_medium.gif (http://cdn2.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1175186/azarenka_dance.gif)
Break it down. :D

Natural Joe
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:27 PM
Azarenka's junior tennis serve is so pathetic. Framantha is even more pathetic but at least she won a set this time.

Azarenka just pushing and guiding the ball around the court for 80% of the match.

Yeah... :rolleyes:

miffedmax
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:29 PM
I disagreee.

Vika played a very good match today.
First she overwhelming or smothered Sam in the 1st set, not with pushing, but with purposeful strikes of the ball on both BH and FH, XC, DLBH, DLFH, she did not all that in the first set hand.


The 2nd and 3 rd set were more competitive, although Vika's level dipped a little, it was also because Sam raised her level and by controlling her nerves.
I don't really see what you called "just pushing and guiding the ball around the court"


And I don't even care for Vika, but I do care for my own credibility when commenting matches everyone saw.

As has been consistently pointed out, Vika's problem was that her serve deserted her in the 2nd and 3rd sets. It seemed to come back in the tiebreaker. I do think the wind and the break had a lot to do with that.

Also, while her doublefault count was well south of Dementievaesque, the TIMING of her DF's couldn't have been worse. Her serving percentage is skewed by the first set and the fact she really did settle for spinning them in for much of the 3rd set.

There was nothing wrong with her ground game and she had what, around 30 winners? That's not pushing.

Your analysis is pretty accurate.

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:29 PM
I disagreee.

Just ignore Smitten. Heīs like a stand-up Comedian from the 1970īs telling the same joke over and over again in different clubs, and it never got boring, because there was no TV coverage or Internet back then. He tried to tell a new joke, when he claimed to be a converted Wozniacki fan, but nobody cared about that either, so now heīs back to the original "everybody sucks" routine. :lol:

stromatolite
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:30 PM
Doha final was her first tournament after the Aussie Open this year. ;)

Then she lost to JJ (okay that is brutal), Petrova (always tough), Serena, Serena, the Stuttgart classic with Sharapova, Insane Hradecka at Madrid, Venus in Rome after beating Errani. She really had some bad luck. LOL. Errani at the French Open was really the bad performance due to nerves.

Thanks for pointing this out. A lot of people assume Sam has had a really terrible year, but the fact is that there were a lot of tournaments where she played really well but ran into the wrong woman at the wrong time. Admittedly she also had quite a few sub-par losses, but IMO she's still unlucky not to be ranked higher than she currently is.

Igor_Biscan
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:31 PM
How Vika feels after this win:

http://cdn3.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1175186/azarenka_dance_medium.gif (http://cdn2.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1175186/azarenka_dance.gif)

:drool: :hearts:

MariaKirilenko95
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:35 PM
In terms of winning the slam. What from my quote wasn't stating the obvious?

the phrase "go far" usually means go into the latter stages of a tournament. It's used in the first week to praise some players.

Morrissey
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:35 PM
Sam :hysteric::sobbing: I'm so crushed for her. She came so close to Sharapova in Stuttgart and now today, playing at or near her peak in both matches, but just came an inch short both times. Hopefully this gives her confidence next year instead of making her think she's doomed to losing :tape:

But this is the problem for Sam she gets close to beating the best YET can't seem to get over the finishing line. Sam showed good mental toughness fighting hard to make this a competitive match. However, why did Stosur go down 4-0 in the final set tiebreaker? If Sam had started the final set tiebreaker in a more positive manner she would have WON the match. Sam's problem is she needs to play well when it matters MOST. For most of the match Sam was always behind Victoria trying to play catch up. Sam lost the first set then fought back to make it a match.

Sam needs to be ready RIGHT AWAY from the start against the best players she needs more consistency in her game. The backhand was terrible today.

miffedmax
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:39 PM
How Vika feels after this win:

http://cdn3.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1175186/azarenka_dance_medium.gif (http://cdn2.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1175186/azarenka_dance.gif)

Goofy sexy.

Simugna Help
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:52 PM
Poor Sam has lost too many "best matches of the tournament" already this year. :sobbing:

Marcoo
Sep 4th, 2012, 10:08 PM
Azarenka seems to be really on fire and motivated !! I won't be surprised if i see her in the final this year ;)

Grigorpova
Sep 4th, 2012, 10:13 PM
Poor Sam has lost too many "best matches of the tournament" already this year. :sobbing:

I know right :sobbing:

I really hope she an amazing Asian swing (perhaps win a tournament) so she's able to go to YEC because with her play today she could have beat any other (aside Serena) player that was in the quarterfinals.

Yashal
Sep 4th, 2012, 10:19 PM
Fuck yeah!!!!!

God, I could watch only the first 3 games, didn't thought it would have ended up in a three sets match with a final tie-break :eek:
Looking forward to watch it somewhere, somehow :bounce:

Oh and this is the second time in a year Vika takes the defending champion out and we know how it ended up the last time, so who knows :oh:

BTW, well done girl, now steamroll Mary or Cake please :cheer:

Iceflower
Sep 4th, 2012, 10:22 PM
Ummm, I'm confused, I thought there was no tie break in the final set on grand slams

Tennis Fool
Sep 4th, 2012, 10:23 PM
Ummm, I'm confused, I thought there was no tie break in the final set on grand slams
USO is different :)

misty1
Sep 4th, 2012, 10:25 PM
Ummm, I'm confused, I thought there was no tie break in the final set on grand slams

here they do have tiebreaks

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 4th, 2012, 10:33 PM
Thank god that this was at least competitive. I picked Stosur for the win, this was close.

Well done Vika. Be nice to Maria or Bartoli in the next round.

claypova
Sep 4th, 2012, 10:33 PM
Sam :sad:
congrats Vika..i guess :sobbing:

Beat
Sep 4th, 2012, 10:48 PM
noooooooooooooooooooo :bigcry: poor sam. the crowd thought so as well. ;)

spartanfan
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:07 PM
Glad she lost.

F-R-E-A-K
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:15 PM
:sobbing: :sobbing:

NashaP
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:18 PM
Better and more talented player lost.

KarlyM*
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:22 PM
Good match! :yeah:

Sam :crying2: At least you won a set this time and tried your hardest.

CatTs
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:26 PM
Some stuff from Matt Cronin:

I asked Vika about her double fault up 5-4 in breaker: "Was just shit serve, seriously.Terrible. Wrong movement. Not focused on execution'

Vika on her ace down break pt at 5-5 in 3rd: 'She's feeling confident. I had 2 be strong. Was like 'Let's do it. If I miss,I miss'

:lol: Harsh Vika is harsh.

Temperenka
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:41 PM
I'm happy I wasn't able to watch this live, I'd probably be dead right now.

Vika :worship: Please make the final...

tennisbum79
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:48 PM
I'm happy I wasn't able to watch this live, I'd probably be dead right now.

Vika :worship: Please make the final...
It was a good match from both women, although Vika overwhelmed Sam in the first set.
The last 2 sets were very competitive with plenty of long rallies and shotmaking

Sam did not always make the best decision, but on balance, she played well.

18majors
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:48 PM
It's an entertaining match.

CatTs
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:52 PM
Full interview from Vika (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2012-09-04/201209041346791642810.html)
Full interview from Sam (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2012-09-04/201209041346789974356.html)

CatTs
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Don't miss them, seriously.

azinna
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:59 PM
Good quality for the most part. Strong and dramatic contest throughout. Excellent QF showcase for the women.
....

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 5th, 2012, 12:04 AM
Yes Vika!:cheer:

tennisbum79
Sep 5th, 2012, 12:09 AM
Good quality for the most part. Strong and dramatic contest throughout. Excellent QF showcase for the women.
....
Much better quality than Tipsarevic and Simon, 2 men who feel women should make less money.
Especially Simon, whose matches are so boring that commentators are eager and itching to find something else to talk about

lenas warriors
Sep 5th, 2012, 12:10 AM
Well, Chris Bradnam on Eurosport always likens Wozniacki as the villain in a movie, she would play that role well. I think Azarenka would also make a great villain for sure, especially for the good old christmas pantomime. That could be a good role for her in later years.

Eh? Chris bradnam is always dreaming of sticking it in wozniacki so dont think he thinks of her as a villain. He hateds vika so agree with her playing that role

StoneRose
Sep 5th, 2012, 01:24 AM
What happened? Vika was totally winning after the first set, then i had to leave. Glad she pulled through :cheer: and kudos to Sam who must have found some plan at last finally to bother Vika. That may be significant for their future matches.

it-girl
Sep 5th, 2012, 01:34 AM
Thank you Vika:cheer:

VishaalMaria
Sep 5th, 2012, 01:44 AM
Heartbreaking loss for Stosur. But she gave a good account of herself and dealt with the pressure of defending her slam title well.

KournikovaFan91
Sep 5th, 2012, 01:46 AM
Good match to watch and glad Vika pulled through in the end :yeah: Make the final baby :cheer:

Can you imagine how pissed the media would be if she won the title :lol: Would be epic to see their sour-ass attitude.

Vikapower
Sep 5th, 2012, 01:53 AM
Vikapower.

Djokovic if you recall messed around with his service motion on the recommendation of Todd Martin who coached him between 2009 and 2010, and that almost ruined Djokovic's career and he only turned it around after dispensing with Todd Martin and going back to his former coach.

Also, I am quite certain Marion Bartoli has changed her service motion more than once, perhaps twice or three times even over a few years.

Nathalie Tauziat may not have changed a motion, but I understand she totally revamped her game to serve and volley whilst a professional and became much more successful as a result.

No we're talking about cases of minor adjustments but I don't know a single pro who actually broke down whole of one of his stroke's motion to literally start back from 0 basically and learn a new one from A to Z. -- After probably I misunderstood the OP in what he meant.

Djokovic only did some minor changes/modifications to his serve who took bigger negative proportions than he actually expected, he didn't change the whole thing. Actually all players do minor tweaks on their weaker shots but they never go extreme :shrug: unless Gulbis though who really did some special with his forehand. :lol:

Anyways we'll see, they've only started this like just recently can't expect results on the snap of a finger -- Victoria has to change the whole vision she has of her serve, I don't think she ever perceived this shot in the correct manner for her game and this would takes months to acquire

I know she's still a little very emotional but she'll attempt for a backhand without no problem, her serve you're almost certain she will never go for it and the fact of it being her weaker shot she'll logically put less engagement (by fright or else) and that's where her technique deteriorates -- for me it's a whole system of thing (not forcefully technical) she needs to improve and it's also a big mental work.

Actually I really liked the mentality she had with her serve against Brianti in RG when she attempted for that second serve ace, if she had that all the time I do think her actual service motion is good enough to really have a nice(r) serve.

I think this is something she could have really worked on with her first coach Van whatever... but he was always the first to encourage her to just spin her serves in just like that, yeah, great mindset that is to teach a player and now this bad habit(s) is(are) pretty hard to take out.

n1_and_uh_noone
Sep 5th, 2012, 02:19 AM
I think this is something she could have really worked on with her first coach Van whatever... but he was always the first to encourage her to just spin her serves in just like that, yeah, great mindset that is to teach a player and now this bad habit(s) is(are) pretty hard to take out.

:lol: I thought you said it was no big deal because the serve is not that important after all.

Fact is, no matter what you think a serve is supposed to mean in the context of your innate brilliance, any opponent who sees a tasty offering right in his strike zone and a shot that is substantially weaker than the rest of your game wins a mini-battle right there. And the good ones will punish you.

But looks like these essays are not necessary and you are actually beginning to see sense finally :yeah:

tennisbum79
Sep 5th, 2012, 02:24 AM
:lol: I thought you said it was no big deal because the serve is not that important after all.
Good catch!!
Vikapower has authored several essays underlining some the irrelevance or the unfairness of the serve, depending on the day.

Lord Choc Ice
Sep 5th, 2012, 02:53 AM
Vika :yeah:.

Belmont Lad
Sep 5th, 2012, 03:27 AM
Sam :sobbing: :hysteric:

metamorpha
Sep 5th, 2012, 03:34 AM
The match point pretty much sums up the match itself. But Sam did great to keep fighting, giving it all with her strength.

graffite
Sep 5th, 2012, 05:35 AM
Holy wow, match! New favourite of the year, after Sam-Masha @ Stuttgart. The stats look positive and awesome, loved the daring squash shots and drop shots. :drool:

Wish Stosur had won :hug: but what a great fight! Her confidence (and what that does to her BH), ambition and mental fortitude far exceeded my expectations. So glad she didn't fold cheaply after that first set.

More of this H2H defying fights please, Sammy.