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Old Jun 6th, 2013, 07:00 PM   #661
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Old Jun 6th, 2013, 07:05 PM   #662
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UE's 22
So today's match was the best performance of the tournament when it comes to aces and DFs.
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But many UEs this Match , a negative differential ....
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After 1R (6:1 6:2) against Maria Joao Koehler (POR;#106)



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Wimbledon 2013 Press Conference
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Q. Since the injury, can you just describe what happened the past couple of days? What's going on?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Well, I mean, it was pretty obvious it was a very bad fall. I tried to stay optimistic as possible. Went to get an MRI, and I thought there was hope for some good news because MRI didn't show something really torn, something extreme. So that was a small positive note on that. But in the other way, didn't show very promising near future for me. So we tried to do everything as possible, but it was just very significant fall. To recover in two days after that seems impossible with the compensation on the entire body by finishing that match. The injury maybe takes 48 hours gap, and 48 hours just made it worse.

Q. It's torn? It's a strain? Do you know exactly what it is?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: I forget the medical term. It's something with a bone bruise. It's kind of a bone bruise. I'm sorry, I'm just not sure of the medical term. The tendon and the ligament was not hurt, which as I said was a positive news. But the rest, no.

Q. How long will you be out now?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: I don't know. I'm going to do more examination right now. It was very difficult to kind of accept that. Just a bad luck. Really bad luck.

Q. When did you decide to give up? When did you know that you were not going to play today?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Well, before I tried to practice today a little bit to see if it's going to warmup or with the treatment get better. It just didn't; just got worse. So today, I mean.

Q. We keep seeing pictures of people falling. Is there anything different with the courts this year?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: You know, I'm wondering the same question, because the court was not in a very good condition that day. I mean, my opponent fell twice; I fell badly; there were some other people who fell after. So I don't know if it's the court or the weather. I can't figure it out it. Would be great if the club or somebody who takes care of the court just would examine or try to find an issue so that wouldn't happen. Because on something like this, there is nothing I could have done, you know, to make that better. There is nothing I've done wrong that cost me to just withdraw from Wimbledon.

Q. Did the ball bounce any differently?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: I don't think so. Not really sure.

Q. What was bad about the condition of the court?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Slippery. It was slippery. Obviously I slipped.

Q. The foot injury earlier this season, now this. Mentally I guess it's frustrating and tough at the moment.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Very tough. I mean, I couldn't be any more disappointed. Wimbledon is just a tournament I was looking so forward to. I love playing here. To not be able to kind of play just because of something with such a bad luck is very, very frustrating. I couldn't be more disappointed.

Q. Did you feel in shape to be winning the tournament as well?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: I think so. I was playing well. I started my first match well. I mean, the game, I wasn't so worried about that. I think I did very good preparation. I was in shape and everything.
But as I said, I couldn't prevent something that happened.

Q. Now where are you going? Are you staying here?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: As I said, I need to do furthermore examination, because my body had to compensate a whole lot after that fall. From there I will see where is the best place for me to recover. That's going to be the main priority right now.

Q. You said you were frustrated with the condition of the court. Did you speak to the club and let your concerns be known?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: I mean, I didn't say that, frustrated with the court. I think there might be a cause as I said, there's something that could be looked into. I cannot take out my frustration on the court or something because it's out of my hands. It's something that maybe can be looked in the future.

Q. How do you get past this mentally? How do you get over the disappointment? How do you regroup and come back from this?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: You know, right now I don't see anything positive as of today because I'm disappointed extremely. But there is positive news. I'm pretty lucky that what happened to me is not critical. Could be, because after the fall the doctors saw and they are surprised that I'm even able to get up. So I guess that's one of the positive things that I can look up to.

Q. Did they tell you how long before you could be back out?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: No. I don't know yet.

Q. Grass court is your biggest fear now?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: My biggest fear is heights, not grass court or anything else. And spiders. So...

Q. Your hip too, or just the knee? I heard your hip was maybe injured at the same time.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: As I said, there has been compensation, because when I fell I had tremendous pain in my knee, and from stopping and loading I had to use my hip and my back. So with that it's just the whole body has been compensating.

Q. Have you seen the video yourself?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: I have. Couldn't miss that. It was on TV about hundred times.

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As upset as she is, at least she's still her normal sarcastic self.
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This is Vika's earlier interview after her first round match in Wimbledon 2013.
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Victoria Azarenka gives her Wimbledon press conference following her 6-1 6-2 first round defeat of Maria Joao Koehler.

Q. In Paris you had a relationship with clay you didn't put the ring on the finger. But clay moved in with you. What's up with grass? Do you need some counseling, going to get a divorce? What's up?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: No, I mean, I think I've been showing pretty consistent results over the last couple years on grass. I think I learned a lot more, you know, with experience how to play on grass. You definitely make an adjustment. I mean, I like grass actually. At the beginning it was difficult to understand what kind of adjustments I need to do to play on that. But I think my game suits pretty well, and I'm excited to be here. Wimbledon's one of my favorite events. So I think the grass is very appropriate. Maybe we'll see the ring on my finger after two weeks.

Q. Can you talk us through what happened with the injury?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: You know, after the serve, it happened so quick in the second that my leg just kind of collapsed. You know, I felt like my knee just turned to the other way, and it was just so nasty. I was in such shock. You know, for two minutes I had such a consistent pain that it just completely freaked me out what happened. Because you never know. You're just down on the ground. You never know what happened. It was so quick and a huge shock.

Q. At that moment did you think your tournament might be over?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I actually had no idea. I didn't think about what's gonna happen with the tournament. I just was hope I was okay, you know, because happen so quick. And what happens in your mind is beyond what happens on the tennis court.

Q. Did you receive some reassuring news? Do you know now the extent of the injury? Do you hope you can recover in time for your next match?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I hope so. I still have to do some more checkups to make sure. You know, it's good to have tomorrow to recover. But I still need to make the final assessments.

Q. You still have more physical examinations to undergo?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I still will have some today just to make sure everything, you know, to cover every single possibility. So, yeah.

Q. It looked and sounded terminal when you did it. We were really concerned for you.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I was so concerned for myself. As I said, it was beyond, you know, what can happen on a tennis court, or should a player play. At that moment, it's so shocking because you have no ground. You basically just fall. You know, your legs go one way, and there is no balance or nothing. Nothing I could control in that moment, and that's scary.

Q. You seem fortunate in the extent she didn't put a lot of pressure, didn't make you run a lot.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I think, first of all, it's quite difficult to make a lot of dropshots against my game. I really understood that there is not much ... you know, I could move the same way as before my fall. So I really went for my shots. I felt like I had to be aggressive, to finish as quick as possible.

Q. But she didn't move you about the court hardly at all. You were rooted to the baseline hitting the ball back to her and she responded in kind.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, I think sometimes it's difficult with the pace to really direct the ball, but I don't know. I mean, the court was just a little bit slippery today. She also fell twice.

Q. The same place.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: In the same place. It wasn't as bad. I don't know. Can't really speak for her game. But I'm just glad for me it was over and I could manage to kind of go through those struggles.

Q. Given what happened, what are your thoughts about having made it through, about being so tough in the face of this injury to survive this match?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: You know, at that moment I was just thinking that I have to try, you know, I have to try and do something. And I was concerned and the physios was concerned, Can you go through, can you play on it? And I had no idea till I would go and I would try. You know, felt really painful. One moment it was getting better. Then it was inconsistency. But I just wanted to give everything I have on that court even though I knew it could get worse. I just wanted to play and try my best.

Q. Now that you made it through, what are your thoughts about having done it?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I'm pretty proud of the way I kind of programmed my mind and really was taking it one at a time because it's never easy. At one point I couldn't see the ball. All I could think about is, you know, what happened. So that shock took a little bit of while for me to get over. But I'm glad I could, you know, find that calmness in that critical moment.

Q. Was there any thought, given Serena and Maria's back and forth this week, that you could fly under the radar a little bit, that you could escape the drama a little bit to your advantage?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I don't think I need to look for the drama when there is no drama for me. I don't really like drama. I like to be, you know, respectful and, you know, just in competition, you know, to be good with everybody. So for me it's important, the tournament. The drama, I mean, everybody who wants the drama will take that.

Q. Our sport obviously focuses on the four majors which are so important. Now you've had a series of health problems here, the incident when it was so hot in New York, the breathing situation in Australia. Can you talk about having such an intense health situation, injury, during the biggest events we have? Can you compare them a bit.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I mean, first of all, the story in New York has nothing to do with being hot and everything. I told that many times. I fell right before I went on the court and I had a concussion. So I played in much hotter weather than it was that day. So obviously it had nothing to do with that. The breathing before in Australia was also something that was a virus. I didn't know what happened. So things like this, sometimes you cannot prevent. But I think I've got a lot better with managing my body, with managing, you know, injuries and how to prepare for the big events like Grand Slams for two weeks. So I think that's all an experience. But definitely, you know, something like today, you can do nothing about that. It just happens.

Q. A few words about your opponent. It was her first main draw match at Wimbledon. What did you see on the other side of the net?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I think she's a very talented girl. She has big shots. Especially her forehand is very dangerous. I think she has a big potential. I obviously didn't know much about her. But I think, you know, she has big serve, you know, maybe has to get a little bit more consistent with the movement. But she has good shots and good timing.

Q. You spoke a little while ago about liking to avoid the drama, just keeping the concentration on the court. Certainly that's not been the case, as we've seen. Yet you're somebody whose private life is pretty public, too. How have you managed to avoid that kind of drama?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I don't have drama in my life, really (smiling).

Q. Neither did they before the weekend started.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I cannot really speak for somebody. As I said before, I know what it's like to be misunderstood sometimes, or, you know, whatever you said could be taken a different way. So I don't know. I don't have problem with Maria or Serena in that particular case, so I'm out of that and I don't want to get involved. My personal life is my personal life. I don't like to comment on anybody else's personal life because it's their own business, and I'm minding my own business. We are here to play a tournament.

Q. How did you draw on your years of experience when a friend of yours suffered a tough defeat in the first round in a big tournament back in America? Did you give some nice advice to console him after that setback?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Sorry, who are you talking about?

Q. Redfoo.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Oh, my God. I thought you were talking about real US Open tournament. He's happy with the match. I didn't see the match because was nighttime here. I mean, as long as he's happy ... I'm proud of him no matter what. To go out and have courage to do something like that, that's pretty remarkable. He's a champion in his heart. I mean, his forehand should get better, definitely. I mean, that's something that he has to work on.

Q. As someone who has traveled all over the world and is internationally known, what are your thoughts today as Nelson Mandela is dealing with a life threatening condition?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: You know what, I actually don't know what you're talking about right now because I haven't heard any news about that. I'm sorry.

Q. What did the medics think the problem with your knee is? Ligament or cartilage damage?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: That's what I need to have further examinations on. I haven't been able to do any scans yet.
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Jus fucking bad bad luck. The injury after Doha and this may be she'll try to become more fit and strong after this....I couldn't say anything else. Be strong Vika Everything happens for our own good.
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If there is a change of ends before you serve for the match, use those 90 seconds wisely. ”Sometimes, as I wait on the chair before trying to serve out a match, I don’t think at all. Other times, I will think about a movie I’ve just watched. Other times, I’ll think, ‘do you know what, remember to do that’. So maybe you need to remind yourself what to do, or perhaps you need to be pumped up. Or sometimes you”re getting too excited, and you need to calm down.”
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Find the emotional level which allow you to perform at your best. “When you are serving for the match, it’s different to other service games, because the emotion levels are different. But it always take experience. But you have to find what makes a difference for you. I feel that’s why tennis is so individual because it’s so personal. You have to find little tricks, whatever it is, to help you, and then you keep on doing those. You will come to know the level that allows you to perform at your best. You have to do whatever it takes. You have to learn about yourself – that’s how you control your mental state throughout the match.”
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Stay disciplined – it’s more important to win the match than to finish in style with an ace. “Of course, you want to finish in style, with an ace or a big winner, but it would be a mistake to become to obsessed with doing that. That would be a mistake. It depends on the situation. If you’re 6-0, 5-0 up, you might as well try. But I always value every point, and you can’t ever underestimate your opponent, especially when you’re playing at a high level. One moment can change a whole match. I’ve seen that happen to other players, it’s happened for me, and it’s happened against me. So it’s really important to stay disciplined. That’s what takes you to a high level, and you want to continue to stay there.”
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Victoria Azarenka’s knee is on the mend. Which means her quest to return to the top of the World Tennis Association rankings can resume when she arrives in Carlsbad on July 29 for the Southern California Open at the La Costa Resort and Spa.

The world’s No. 3 tennis player withdrew from Wimbledon last month after a nasty spill on the famed grass court forced Azarenka to exit the Grand Slam, a setback that the 24-year-old Belarus star hopes to put behind her as she moves to the hard court this week in her first stop on the U.S. Open Series calendar.

“It’s always tough to withdraw from any tournament through injury,” Azarenka said in an email to U-T San Diego. “Your mind is in the right place and your tennis is good and then something happens that is out of your control. There is no point to be upset about it, though.

“The best thing to do is put those emotions into something positive and work on getting better.”

That something positive could happen here in Carlsbad, where Azarenka is the top-ranked woman in a singles field that includes No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2011 winner of the Southern California Open, No. 7 Petra Kvitova and No. 25 Dominka Cibulkova, last year’s winner with a 6-1, 7-5 win over reigning Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli.

Bartoli pulled out of both the Southern California Open and last week’s Bank of the West Classic with a hamstring strain.

Azarenka knows something about that kind of frustration.

Last month while attempting to return a forehand from Maria Joao Koehler, Azarenka slipped and twisted her right knee, sending her to the grass in a heap of sobs and pain.

Although trainers wrapped it tightly enough for Azarenka to finish off a 6-1, 6-2 win, the sprained knee and bone bruise forced her to withdraw minutes before a second-round match with Italian Flavia Pennetta.

Azarenka, however, isn’t expecting her knee to hold her back when she steps on the court in Carlsbad, where she lost in the second round to Daniela Hantuchova in 2007 in her only other appearance in the Southern California Open.

“I’ve been training and rehabilitating daily,” Azarenka said. “In the morning, I do specific exercises in the pool to strengthen those parts of my body without any impact. I have deep tissue works done with my physio and finish up in the afternoon with hitting sessions. … My knee will be 100 percent by the time I arrive in Carlsbad.”

Which means she can resume her push to the top of the WTA.

Azarenka took her biggest leap with her first Grand Slam last year, besting Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 in the finals to rise to the top of the charts for the first time in her career, and she repeated in Melbourne this year with a come-from-behind 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win in the finals over Na Li.

But after a follow-up win over rival Serena Williams at the Qatar Total Open, Azarenka fizzled in a finals loss to Williams at Rome and lost in the semis to Sharapova in the French Open in May before her run-in with the Wimbledon grass.

Now she’s playing catch-up on the hard court work she had planned to get in before the U.S. Open in August. After the Southern California Open, Azarenka will play in the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati to get her game in shape for the season’s Grand Slam finale in New York.

Carlsbad is as good a place to start as any.

“Obviously, the U.S. Open is an important tournament for me,” said Azarenka, who turns 24 on July 31. “I have a good hard court game and wanted to take advantage of all the tournaments leading up to New York. The injury was
frustrating to deal with, so I’m working around the change in schedule as best as I can.”
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