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Old Aug 30th, 2012, 02:13 AM   #1
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Azarenka : the anonymous number one.

US Open diary : the anonymous world No1.
Simon Cambers

Victoria Azarenka is the women’s world No 1 and on the evidence of her outstanding display in round one at the US Open on Monday night, could well be a serious contender for the title this year. I know that sounds odd – surely the No 1 is always a contender? – but with Serena Williams considered such a big favourite, anyone else is an outsider. On paper at least. Azarenka was in full flow and when you remember that she won the Australian Open on hard courts at the start of the year, there is no reason why she should not go well again here.

Usually there is a massive clamour to speak to such players – Roger Federer’s press conferences are always packed out because he continues to be interesting, intelligent and relevant even after so many years on Tour. But Azarenka remains virtually anonymous, even within the press rooms around the world. On Monday, after her first-round win, instead of just announcing a time for her press conference, officials went through the press room asking if “anyone was interested in speaking to Azarenka”. The silence was deafening. That’s the world No 1. In the end, one or two stragglers must have come forward (perhaps a couple of Brits desperate to fill the awkward silence) and the Belarussian ended up in Room 2, a far smaller interview room.

The events here are nothing unique to New York. At Wimbledon last year, she did not have to do a press conference until after her quarter-final win and this year it was only one round sooner. It’s hard to explain exactly the reasons for the lack of interest in Azarenka but she does not do herself many favours. There is no problem with having an attitude if you at least consider questions and try to answer them in a decent manner. She has a tendency to come across a little cold, not interested in anyone’s questions and rarely gives answers that make you think she is being honest. In her defence, she has been criticised for her grunting an awful lot in the press, so perhaps she has just decided to give the media nothing as a result. The upshot of that – no one wants to speak to her and so no one knows anything about her. I wonder what her sponsors think about it.

http://www.thetennisspace.com/off-co...us-world-no-1/

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This is a serious problem for the WTA.
Hopefully Meilen Tu will tell her client to be attractive on the inside.

Just invent a silly story once in a while, fake a smile. You can do, Vika.
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Old Aug 30th, 2012, 02:16 AM   #2
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Another shithead of a journalist hating on how she doesn't care AT ALL for these press conferences.

Silly.
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Old Aug 30th, 2012, 02:16 AM   #3
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Re: Azarenka : the anonymous number one.

Vika is a great player I don't know why people don't like interviewing her. Maybe if she didn't get beaten so badly by Serena and Maria than she would get more attention. But I doubt it. Those two are just the superstars of women's tennis and women athletes.
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Old Aug 30th, 2012, 02:21 AM   #4
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Re: Azarenka : the anonymous number one.

She's been inventing stories and fake smiles for too long, give her a break!
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Old Aug 30th, 2012, 02:22 AM   #5
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Re: Azarenka : the anonymous number one.

I have to admit it's strange. I really thought her profile would be higher by now. She's reasonably pretty, speaks good English, is fairly charismatic.... yet she seems even less well-known than Petra (who has far inferior English).
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and attendance at her matches is rather small in New York
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Re: Azarenka : the anonymous number one.

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I have to admit it's strange. I really thought her profile would be higher by now. She's reasonably pretty, speaks good English, is fairly charismatic.... yet she seems even less well-known than Petra (who has far inferior English).
Its about personality and charm I think.
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Time to hack players their game Vika
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she seems even less well-known than Petra (who has far inferior English).
really?
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I have to admit it's strange. I really thought her profile would be higher by now. She's reasonably pretty, speaks good English, is fairly charismatic.... yet she seems even less well-known than Petra (who has far inferior English).
I assure you, that's not true about Petra. Last year at the Open, after her Wimbledon win, she was eating in the regular food court at the US Open and no one recognized her.

Her english has improved as have her interviewing skills - you can tell she's been through some sort of media training. Plus, Petra's english has improved as well which helps. Vika will probably get the same kind of guidance this off season before she hits a press high again as the defending Oz champ.

I mean, a lot of the women on tour aren't particularly naturally conversational or witty, especially when english is not their first language. Li Na comes to mind as one who does have a naturally outgoing personality. Even with Maria, who probably has the most extensive media training, you can feel sometimes is not entirely comfortable.

Although sucks for Vika - she's quite right about not giving journos the time of day since she has always been ragged on for the grunting. If she doesn't go along with them, she gets articles like this written about her.

But if the media isn't going to promote her, then the WTA better get on it's ass and do it themselves.
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Re: Azarenka : the anonymous number one.

I can see why she would have an attitude with the media since most of those journalists have probably been bashing her over the grunting.

Also agree that Kvitova isn't as well know as Vika, I mean British commentators might have you believe that but its only because she has won Wimby, the British tennis establishment is so Wimbledon focused it doesn't really give a shit about other slam winners.
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Re: Azarenka : the anonymous number one.

Not every player is able to get the attention of the public/media. I don't think that's a big problem.

Vika seems a bit bland. There is nothing interesting about her apart from her oncourt behaviour and grunts (and that doesn't make her very likeable at first glance).

Or at least it seems that way so far.
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Not every player is able to get the attention of the public/media. I don't think that's a big problem.

Vika seems a bit bland. There is nothing interesting about her apart from her oncourt behaviour and grunts. Or at least it seems that way so far.
Many bland players had the right management/kool-aid to be successful.
Nadal is as dull as it gets and yet he's the second most popular player around the world.
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Re: Azarenka : the anonymous number one.

Her background isn't unique and interesting, and her looks aren't smoldering. Her game also lacks charisma. She has a pretty typical personality for a woman her age and could have pulled off the Wozniacki girl-next-door persona if she was charismatic and genial enough on-court and with the press, which she isn't.
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really?
Not at all.
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