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Old Jul 26th, 2013, 08:49 PM   #85
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Originally Posted by Mexicola View Post
How exactly is this a horrible match up for Maria? When I hear "bad match up" discussed when concerning Maria, I think of a situation where even if Maria plays well against a certain opponent, she still needs help in winning or it's an opponent that she always struggles against. So, using that criteria, Serena Williams is a REALLY bad match up for Maria, as we all know. No matter what Maria does, it's a huge uphill battle.

But that's not even close to being the case with Vika. If Maria plays well, close to her capability, then Azarenka loses, pure and simple. Unlike against Serena, Maria can dominate Vika anywhere on any surface. Vika is the one that needs help in their matches. She's the one that needs a subpar Maria, making errors, not serving well, and looking a step slow. Maria, on the other hand, doesn't need a lousy Vika to show up to win. Azarenka didn't play that badly in Stuttgart, Istanbul, or Roland Garros. Maria was just better than her and imposed her will because she's more talented. Vika doesn't scare Maria at all. She respects her, but she loves facing her and relishes beating her. She wants to crush her so badly, that's why you see her get tight and error-prone sometimes in their matches.
Completely agree with all this.
To me, the turning point in their H2H was Stuttgart final, Maria, that day knew that when she was ON she was too good for Vika. That was a lesson, Vika claimed this on her injury as usual but we know better.
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