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Jan 25th, 2013 07:09 AM
Sally Todd
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

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Originally Posted by Roookie View Post
Sloane She started really nervous and Azarenka moonballed to her backhand to death Still loved how she was able to frustrate her at the end I can't wait to see her on clay which I think will be her best surface!

Azarenka definitely added more weight power to her game she came out firing and with smart tactics. I almost feel for her when the crowd was imitating her grunt (as last year) but that MTO was her usual poor sportmanship to stop Sloane's momentum. Some of the respect I gained for her during the match went away by the end.
Perfect synopsis and I couldn't agree with you more about Sloane and clay.

She already uses claycourt positioning on hard courts, and she's capable of a much heavier topspin ball than she was hitting in Melbourne.

Hilarious avy btw.
Jan 25th, 2013 06:00 AM
oh yeah i guess
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

I made the mistake of reading more than 3 pages of this thread, and I have to say, gotta love the irrationality of much of the TF population.

Unsurprisingly many probably would have preferred she fainted on court rather than seeking necessary assistance. Simply sad.
Jan 25th, 2013 05:28 AM
CrossCourt~Rally
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

Welcome to the big leagues Sloane. So proud of her for keeping it classy till the end.
Jan 25th, 2013 04:28 AM
Roookie
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

Sloane She started really nervous and Azarenka moonballed to her backhand to death Still loved how she was able to frustrate her at the end I can't wait to see her on clay which I think will be her best surface!

Azarenka definitely added more weight power to her game she came out firing and with smart tactics. I almost feel for her when the crowd was imitating her grunt (as last year) but that MTO was her usual poor sportmanship to stop Sloane's momentum. Some of the respect I gained for her during the match went away by the end.
Jan 24th, 2013 05:08 PM
Temperenka
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

Sloane is great. Completely worthy of being my #2 favorite.
Jan 24th, 2013 05:04 PM
miffedmax
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

Sloane is keeping it classy:

"Stephens, though, said the delay of nearly 10 minutes before she unsuccessfully served to stay in the match had not bothered her. "I did lose the next game," she said, "but I wouldn't say that's because of the medical timeout. I love Vika and we share the same agent. We actually are pretty good friends. I'm sure I'll see her and we'll talk about it. I hope she wins the final. It's happened before. I've had it in the last match, medical breaks, go to the bathroom, the whole showdown. It was just something else, but it didn't affect anything."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013...ustralian-open
Jan 24th, 2013 04:54 PM
Steff_forever
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

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My thoughts:

1) Vuvuzenka was within her rights to take that timeout. But really, she should have known better. She's not some catty, mid-ranked journeywoman who is desperate to win her first SF of a 25k in Mali or something. She's the world #1, with plenty of experience at this level. Honestly, if you need a 10 minute break to disrupt the momentum of some rookie who isn't close to your level then you deserve all the shit that you get.

And the crowd are going to be dead silent if she wins on Saturday. She's not even a pantomime villain; crowds just genuinely dislike her, and her generic brand of tennis doesn't do anything to help that.

2) Stephens has a long way to go before she starts contending regularly deep into the second week of slams. She deserves credit for holding it together in the 3rd set against Serena, but gamewise, apart from being super athletic, and having a decent 1st serve and FH, she needs to put in a whole lot of hard work. Really crap BH, non-existant ROS and the inability to play consistently aggressive from the baseline. She was clearly a few levels off the pace for most of the match today.

It's great for the game that she made the SFs, but unless she improves quite a few things in her game, I don't think she'll be making this sort of thing a regular thing.
sums it up quite well...

so my hope is on Na for Sat and Sloane reaching another GS SF one day with matured skills mixed with variety (and a top player on the other side who's not afraid of really fighting it out in a tight situation).
She's on my watch list since losing to Sabine at Wimby '12. Hopefully she's inspired by that loss and not corroded by yearning to reach this stage of a GS again.
Jan 24th, 2013 04:42 PM
gmak
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

Vika
should've been much easier though
too much drama for no reason

one more
Jan 24th, 2013 04:26 PM
Temperenka
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

Hopefully all of this nonsense fires Vika up tomorrow.
Jan 24th, 2013 04:22 PM
Vikapower
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

Cry me a river... Stephens is American no surprise like per usual they're so quick to criticize and cheer their next 'Oudin'. As for GM, filled with frustrated people whom for various reasons and the main probably can't accept the Victoria-era anyways doesn't matter or influence her trends in majors, 3rd consecutive slam SF, 3rd consecutive HC slam F, 4th or 5th consecutive SF any tournaments counfounded [...] for all the predictions that she was going to assuredly flop in 2013 during the off season [...] hope she's 100% for the F and the title will be hers.

I'm seriously though worried about her nerves, I would have believed after 3 HC slam F, the USO experience and the past season these kind(s) of thing(s) would kind of definitively be sorted, yet she almost cracked serving for the match againt Stephens, ugh (!) -- I really pray that she doesn't do a Stephens or a Serena against Li when she serves for the title [...] another F lost in this manner would be really disheartening when she should already deservedly be at 3 slams. Glad she's turning the prediction of being the next Clijsters to reality [...] but would also be glad if she also came to doing the same on clay/grass.
Jan 24th, 2013 04:00 PM
Deestruction
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

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Jan 24th, 2013 03:58 PM
ZeroSumGame
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

Thank you Vika! Sloane's win over an injured opponent was just overhyped, thanks for straights setting her ...which makes Robson's win over a fully fit Clijsters at the USO12, more valid
Jan 24th, 2013 03:53 PM
oliviasmith
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

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Jan 24th, 2013 03:53 PM
StoneRose
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

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Jan 24th, 2013 03:50 PM
miffedmax
Re: AO SF: Azarenka def. Stephens 6-1, 6-4

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