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Old Jun 25th, 2014, 09:17 PM   #751
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

Ugh I'm not used to the feeling that Vika is the one being upset all the time in these big tournaments (bar injuries). This sucks, we'll have to wait a while again before she's on court next.

Those missed sitters were...
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Old Jun 25th, 2014, 09:38 PM   #752
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Old Jun 25th, 2014, 09:39 PM   #753
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I would say saying she played well is stretching it.

There was a period of the match from about 2-4 in the first to the end of the 2nd set where I thought she was looking close to her best. But you can see where she isn't. For one the 2nd set really should have been won by a wider margin, Vika was completely dominating the match, it should have been 6-1 (Vika had break point in all of Jovanovski's service games in the 2nd set). Then immediately at the start of the 3rd she lost momentum. It was bad match play, that allowed it to be a slugfest. Then she should have broken at both 4-4 and 5-5. Then gets broken from 40-0.

All things being said it was probably like a 5-6/10 on a scale. When it was good, it looked good. But the start was really bad. To lose control of the match at the start of the 3rd was bad.

I am not as negative as some. In that I think Vika is on the verge of returning to her best. She looks the fittest she has in some time. The signs when she plays well were good today. It's just stringing it together. The time off has most affected her match play imo, because I actually think she played better tennis in a lot of matches she was winning say at last years US Open. But back then her match play was top notch, right now it's pretty bad.
I thought she showed some of her best tennis of the match late in the third set where she defended quite well, hit some nice winners and dominated some long and intense rallies. I agree that overall Vika seems to be on the right track. There are definitely some positive signs in her game and attitude.
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

Did she atleast chuck a tantrum
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Old Jun 25th, 2014, 10:52 PM   #755
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

Vika Bojana played really well, showed some guts and managed to hold her nerves. It was so close, it could really have gone either way. Bojana saved so many BPs... I agree that Vika is on the right track, definitely. Plus, she seems to be willing to put on all the hard work required and push herself hard, so her time will come again soon.
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

This match almost killed me. But Bojana played some of her best tennis and Vika is obviously still rusty.

I can't wait to see her back on court, she obviously showed some improvements from Eastbourne today and if this continues, she will be very dangerous on hardcourts
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

It would gave been nice to get through this tough encounter and win. With her being stopped early in every tournament will have a lot opponents eyeing their win over her. Plus she will never get through the mental hurdle by end if the match. Nerves. Needs to get through tight moments at end of the match to turn things around.
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

The layoff has affected her always shaky forehand more and her mental strength. Also still rusty.....missiong that Swinging volley at 4-4, the easiest of them all was jus cringe worthy!! She will have to work hard and get ready for the hard courts. She is a champion and she is already berating herself for this loss which will force her to work hard!! Its a foot injury so these results are expected. Also I think she needs to get into atleast 3 Hardcourt warm ups before USO. Lets wait and be patient

And on a side note, pls avoid GM for a week or so, ur BP will stay stable This year is going to be like 2011 where she lost close matches to become the best in 2012. Am looking forward to her matches this year but not with huge expectations!
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Old Jun 26th, 2014, 04:24 AM   #759
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

FUCK. I knew that BoJo would be tough, and since I didn't actually get to watch the match I can't say I'm that disappointed, since I didn't really have high expectations anyway and it's just so nice to have her back. From the highlights I've seen so far she seemed to be playing okay, but lacking match toughness . Honestly, it's okay. This really isn't a lost opportunity, and pretty much everyone I've heard from so far seems happy to have her back. I believe in her that she has the fight to make it back to the top.

Hopefully she can pull a miraculous return to form like Masha did after Indian Wells this year, but a temporary drop from the top ten seems inevitable at this point .
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

I'm not concerned about her ranking for now, it's just in the past when returning from injury she's never found it that hard to get up and start winning again, whether it's due to the nature of the injury/time spent off court I have no idea, but it's a bit concerning nonetheless.

I'm still really unsure how she lost that match, the serve is close to the best I've seen it for a long while and there's little issue with movement, she had no trouble hitting winners regularly, could it really have been just been the UEs/rust on the mental strength that cost her?
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

She might have been able to win a few more matches, but never guessed she would be a contender her. Onwards and upwards. I just don't like the tendency to lose close 3 setters. She was almost always winning them before, but hopefully that will be back with better match form.
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

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I'm not concerned about her ranking for now, it's just in the past when returning from injury she's never found it that hard to get up and start winning again, whether it's due to the nature of the injury/time spent off court I have no idea, but it's a bit concerning nonetheless.

I'm still really unsure how she lost that match, the serve is close to the best I've seen it for a long while and there's little issue with movement, she had no trouble hitting winners regularly, could it really have been just been the UEs/rust on the mental strength that cost her?
She never really had such a long injury break though. For all intents and purposes she was out for 4 months. I can't think of anyone who was out for that long and come back at their normal level.

I think a combination of things cost her. Firstly it costs you when you come out as bad as she did. This is the kind of match you can hammer down from the start and say you are not winning today, then the opponent completely goes away. She gave Jovanovski hope from the start. Then going into the 3rd I just felt like there was no way she was going to lose. And again she ended up 4-1 down. She played well to get back in, but really she had so many chances to break at 4-4 and 5-5.

There are lots of good things to take away. She served as well as she has in ages. Her level is there somewhere, she looks really good in patches, and she doesn't seem to be taking the losses too hard, at least publicly. There is a finite time this can last though, and she really needs to be turning these matches into wins real fast. She can come into the grass court season with no expectations, her expectations are going to rise in the US hard court season though.

This is why I said in a dream world right now she'd go to some international, win it, and be ready. There are no options though, so Montreal it is. I think her playing really well is around the corner, we will see if it's in time for the US Open.
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The last time she couldn't convert a break point to save her life was the carlsbad final, and after that she won 11 straight matches. And her level yesterday was way above that match.

There was some tension at the important moments, the volley at 4-4 0-15 as others have said but she did have subsequent break points including some second serves. But mainly winning close 3 setters, converting bps etc is just variance. I'm sure she'll have some matches where she saves 9/10 break points and her opponent is scratching her head wondering how it wasn't closer.

It's frustrating because she was a contender here, not a favourite to win but definitely to make the semifinal. At the same time much of her play yesterday was a pleasure to watch.

I had a look at the US Open odds this morning because I thought there might be value there, but she's a clear second favourite to win it, behind serena but way ahead of the rest.
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

That choke on the last game from 40-0 to give away that MP to her opponent was some real fuckery she did , IDK is she taking lessons from NOLE (Nole fan), i meant how could u do such thing
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 5.

Apparently Vika and Gulbis are getting it on

I think it's untrue because she hasn't been single for too long and she is really focusing on tennis at the mmoment. Nice try GM trolls
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