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Old May 27th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #181
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is he Sergei Bubka Jr.? cuz someone said that was her BF.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 09:39 PM   #182
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oh ok
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Old May 27th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #183
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He is so hot
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Old May 27th, 2010, 11:42 PM   #184
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So that's the elusive Sergei.

Cute.
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Sumyk is French?
I thought he was Russian
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Sumyk is French?
I thought he was Russian
I'm glad I'm not the only one who was shocked!
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An article about Vika from a reporter on tennis.com

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Chasing Victoria

PARIS—Victoria Azarenka has won only two of her last seven matches. For one of the tour's most promising 20-and-unders, who won Miami last year and has been ranked as high as No. 6, it's a run that requires some explanation, particularly after her French Open campaign ended in a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Gisela Dulko in the first round. But it’s tough to get to the bottom of Azarenka’s poor performance if you can’t talk to her, and there hasn’t been a peep out of her all week.

She was scheduled to come in for a press conference after the match, but she went to an anti-doping test and then disappeared. Because players must turn up for press conferences if requested, she was fined $4,000.

Her win-loss record suggests a leg injury at April's WTA event in Marbella was a possible catalyst for her poor form—she retired in the quarterfinals and has not won two matches in a row since. But that's not much to go on. Spotting her in the doubles draw with Vera Zvonareva, I request her after their first-round doubles win.

During the first week of the tournament, the interview desk at the French Open resembles the order station at a Paris restaurant during lunch. But the shrewd heads at the interview desk immediately recognize this request will have to be handled with a little finesse. "She says she's happy to talk to you," the word comes back, rather surprisingly, "but she wants to do it after practice tomorrow." I suspect she’s avoiding an interview, but—sure, no problem.

Tomorrow arrives. A careful glance at the practice sheet shows no V. Azarenka. Neither does the second or third glance. Cheeky little thing.

So it's on to Plan C—Azarenka will come in for an interview after her next doubles match, win or lose.

Tomorrow arrives again. Not only is Azarenka's doubles not scheduled for the day, but it's raining, which will back up the schedule and means she may not play again till the weekend. Time to give up, perhaps.

But then Azarenka makes a foolish, fatal error. She shows up for a meal in the players lounge, and gets spotted when I'm here on another errand. A gentle nudge to the interview desk, and the runners are quickly dispatched to try to reel her in.

It works. Meeting as arranged in the lounge, Azarenka returns the handshake and replies, "Hi," but doesn't smile. Though the chase is over, it's important to stay vigilant—she could yet get away.

The place is jammed with players, coaches and hangers-on whiling away the rain delays, and for a few minutes it seems almost all the time could be taken up just looking for a place to sit. Walking towards the transport area, Azarenka runs into Dinara Safina, and the interview is temporarily put on hold again as the two greet each other enthusiastically. Safina's face, all smiles, freezes at the sight of a reporter with such horror that it's hard not to feel sorry for her.

I step away, and they laugh and talk cheerfully in Russian for a few minutes. This is "Vika" now, the other side of Azarenka; the one who hangs out with Ernests Gulbis and goes shopping with Caroline Wozniacki.

"Sorry," she says afterwards, some of the pleasantness spilling over. Then another chat with someone else she knows, and finally we do the interview standing alongside a wall in the corridor. Despite everything that's come before, the toughest challenge is still ahead—getting enough material to make it worthwhile.

"I've been injured and haven't been able to play at my best level, but you cannot always go through good form, good results," she says when asked about her recent losses. "You always have a little bit of bad results, so for me it's important to get ready for Wimbledon and I'm getting healthy now so that's the important thing."

The room is loud and she's talking as if to the wall behind her, so the tape recorder will have to float just inches from her face for the rest of the interview.

What was the injury? "It was several. It wasn't just one. It was little bit one leg, another leg," she says.

What type of injuries? "It was different injuries. I'm not going to talk about each one. Just injuries," comes the enigmatic reply.

It's a bit of a discouraging start, but luckily I've talked to Azarenka before and know you to pump the handle for a quite a while before anything comes out. Later, she'll reveal a little about how different things became after she hit the Top 10 last year and won Miami to catapult herself into the spotlight.

"I think for me it's a matter of people putting so much pressure on you, with all the media," she says. "What changed is people see me more as a favorite at different tournaments. Yeah, they do, but also when you play against somebody they want to beat you more because they have higher motivation.”

Her recent slump has taken her out of the Top 10. "I think one thing is to get there and another thing is to stay in there,” she says. “So for me it's a new learning experience, how to handle myself better because I'm still not at the level I want to be. I'm developing my game, I'm still developing physically and everything.”

Her temper remains a handicap during tight matches, but potent ball-striking skills and a competitive spirit means the Belarussian is still a bright prospect. "I'm trying to become a better player and a better, more mature person," she says. "I'm still looking forward to so many things. The rankings aren't the biggest thing for me."

Azarenka began working with coach Sam Sumyk this season, who previously worked with her doubles partner this week, Vera Zvonareva. Zvonareva, who coincidentally spent some time working with Azarenka's previous coach, is reportedly still feeling Smuyk's absence, so I asked Azarenka if he was working with both players this week.

There's a slight frown as Azarenka stakes out her territory. "No, it's just me, and Vera is by herself," she says firmly. "When we play doubles no one is coaching us, it's us who are playing, doing stuff."

How is the coaching going? "It's going well, everything is fine. We are there when it's good times, we are there when it's bad times, so you just work through it. . . . The most important thing for me is to be always healthy. If I'm healthy I know I can do good results."

Now based in Paris for training, she describes the tour as "sometimes like a zoo." "I like the competition and stuff, but it's tough to travel all the time,” she says. “To be on the tour you have to have also your own people, you know, who you can rely on, who you can talk to."

But despite the extra pressure she feels as a top player, there has been no inclination to keep her distance from other pros on the circuit. "I think it depends on your personality. If you're a person who doesn't like attention too much, then you do that," she says. "If you're a person who likes people, interested in having fun, then [you don't].

"I mean, tennis is my career, it's not my life. My life is my family, is my friends, is what I like to do. Tennis is just my job. Of course it's the priority, but it's not the most important thing in my life."

So it's just the media she doesn't like talking to? "No, this week has nothing to do with my fine, has nothing to do that I don't want to talk to the media," she bridles. "It's a big misunderstanding which nobody have no idea what happened. So people start to create some stories, and that's what I really hate about media, when people create stories without knowing anything."

So what did happen? "What happened is—there was bad timing. I don't like to go into it."

That clears up one thing, anyway: The interview is over.
It sounds as if some of these reporters/journalists are really getting on her nerves. I think her injuries and playing through them has taken it's toll a bit too and she seems just a bit fed up with everything at the moment.
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Aw poor girl.
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Thanks for that article. I think that, more than anything else, really illuminates where she's at right now mentally and hence tennis-wise.

Anyway, I feel really bad for her because she sounds awfully tired. Not tired of tennis, mind you. Just tired of everything else that has to go with it. I think it has a lot to do with her injury troubles in the past month or so. It's easier to tire of all the extracurricular things you may have tolerated before when you're frustrated that you're not or cannot perform the way you want on the tennis court. Like, I feel it's easier to take criticism, needing to explain yourself and talk to reporters who could care less and even follow weird WTA rules when you're happy about your tennis. But when even the job of tennis is taxing, with having to rest, rehab and then the inability to train properly, everything else can start to grate. Also, it does seem as if the pressure after having a spectacular year is taking a toll on her. I get the sense though that Vika is way too strong to let that kind of pressure really affect her for very long.

That said, I think Tandon is actually a pretty good writer so I feel kinda bad for her. First, it doesn't seem as if she asked any inflammatory questions. Second, it must have been really uncomfortable for her as well. I bet Vika was trying to give brain signals for her to leave her alone. I feel a player isn't obligated to the media at any point so I'm not faulting Vika or anything. Still, Tandon's okay so I have to feel a little bad for her. Now if it were Cronin...

I'm curious as to the misunderstanding about the interview though. How would that/could that happen? It was pretty clear with the magnitude of the loss that reporters would want to talk to her.

There were rumours circling about Vera wanting to get back with Sumyk earlier (though I don't think actually asking him back). Either Vika's annoyed the reporter tried to stir up trouble or she's uncomfortable with it because there's tension there? What do you guys think?

Anyway, sorry for the long post. But so many things to talk about in the article.
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Vika doesn't sound as if she wants to be too open about her injury

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Unseeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5), 6-4 at the Eastbourne International grass-court event Saturday to win her first career title.

The 22-year-old becomes the first unseeded champion at Eastbourne since American Chanda Rubin in 2002. She's also the first qualifier to win the title.

Makarova is the first qualifier to win a title on the WTA Tour since Alexandra Dulgheru in Warsaw last year.

Azarenka struggled from the start and appeared to be carrying an injury, but refused to reveal what it was.

“It's my problem, I'll keep it to myself,” Azarenka said. “I still have to treat it, and I don't want to put it out there. It's not a big thing.”

The hobbled 20-year-old from Belarus sank to her knees after Makarova hit a winning return to break for 2-0. While Azarenka was moving gingerly at times, she competed throughout, holding a break point at 2-0 and another at 4-2 before forcing a backhand error to break in the ninth game as Makarova failed to serve out the set.

Makarova also faced two break points at 5-5 before taking the tiebreaker.

Leading 2-1 in the second set, Azarenka called for her coach and appeared close to tears. She went on to concede her serve at 2-2 when she made a forehand error.

Makarova, who saved 10 of 11 break points in the match, fought off four break points to hold for 4-2 and two more at 4-3 before claiming victory.

Makarova is the first qualifier to win a title on the WTA Tour since Alexandra Dulgheru in Warsaw last year.

The men's final, between Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain and Michael Llodra of France, was being played later Saturday.
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she didn't say anything in the ceremony neither
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Poor Vika She has too much pression right now.
I can't imagine how sad she is at the moment
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I hope it's nothing serious.
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Tough one today! Unfortunately I lost! Great match from makarova! Now its time to get ready for wimby! Thanks so much for the support!

Its been a good week for me and I really enjoyed my time! Love u guys!!! U r the best


She doesn't talk about her injury, so maybe she is fine?
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At least there aren't any exclamation points in the quote. It looks like a sentence you yell.

Damn knees!!!!!!
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