Excellent win! I told myself I wouldn't stay up to watch the match proper but even then I ended up checking the scores every 10-15 minutes in the middle of the night. A great result for Vika and for tennis as a whole, now I'm selfishly hoping we'll get some good highlights rolled out soon.
Watched the match again last night. The return winner at 6-6 in the tiebreak says everything about her approach to the match. Then the level of play at the start of the third set is extraordinary. Apart from the first few games in the first set, Serena played at a decent level, similar to Istanbul and better than she did in New York.
For me this feels like the real conclusion to her AO win. People were too talking so much shit about her that it became more about them and the incident than about her. This time just pure joy.
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I watched the highlights and was very impressed. I'm not sure how to put it, it just seemed as if it finally and completely clicked for her in how to deal with such a strong opponent. Her defence was so great and the drop shots that she made were very effective. Not getting broken in the final set was a darn awesome thing too.
I agree that this feels even more of a pivotal moment than winning AO as unbelievably wonderful as that was.
Victoria Azarenka withdraws from Dubai because of a leg injury, Sorry, right foot injury for Azarenka. Sam Sumyk says that "no risks must be taken". Victoria truly disappointed to not be able to play @mattbarbarin
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