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Old Feb 17th, 2013, 04:49 PM   #940
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Re: SemiPova returns to flop in Doha. GSM Serena 6-3 6-2.

Can the start of this year go any worse? Vika repeats in Melbourne, repeats in Qatar, and gets her breakthrough against Serena a day after another Maria meltdown.

I was steadfast in my belief that Maria was still a better player than Azarenka. And I think, in terms of raw talent, she is better. But you can’t deny what Vika’s done over the past year and she’s clearly superior now. She is displaying belief, confidence, attitude, consistency, and movement that Maria can’t touch. So much more mentally tough. And she takes advantage of every opportunity she sees in matches. Serena played as sloppy today as she did yesterday. But while Maria gagged with every chance, Vika embraced them. She is a tremendous big point player now. Unlike Maria, you don’t see her beat herself anymore.

The gap is widening. Even though I saw it coming and predicted she would win today, it’s still hard to stomach.
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