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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 03:38 PM   #4141
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The head-to-head is 6-1 for Vika, including a straight sets win on clay in Rome this year.
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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 05:23 PM   #4142
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At least she´ll have an off-day for once. This format is just horrible. This year it is Na Li and JJ that are gettting screwed.
Yes but at least it doesn't happen to the number one seed, like last year. Which was just stupid.

I think this is a good draw, but she got many bad draws earlier this year, so about time.
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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 08:02 PM   #4143
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Old Oct 22nd, 2013, 04:49 PM   #4144
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

She played quite well today once she got going, especially once she found her return game. Once she found her timing she was pretty much breaking at will rather than having to fight through deuce games.

It kind of looks like the other players have sat down together and analysed her serve motion and patterns and are able to read it really easily. I'd rather she sent down body serves and changes of pace, especially against a player who she can dominate in the majority of the rallies (like Errani or Jankovic). Errani had most success reading her "hard" first serve and redirecting the pace.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2013, 05:25 PM   #4145
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

Anyone knows the W/U statistic of both them? I just got the first set's.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2013, 05:27 PM   #4146
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

I only started watching at 5-6* but I was quite impressed. In that game and the early stages of the tiebreak she was missing a lot, but somehow trusted herself to keep going for it and came through the tight set. In the second set Heerrani was obviously injured, but she ended up playing more aggressively and there were several breaks, yet Vika maintained her focus and was great at running down Heerrani's shots. Not perfect, but I thought the second was a very nice set. The *3-2 game especially was key, as she saved several break points, did quite a bit of running, and hit four aces . A win is a win and two sets is always nice with this format.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2013, 05:29 PM   #4147
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Anyone knows the W/U statistic of both them? I just got the first set's.
Vika was 51 winners, 24 unforced errors but I can't remember Heerrani.

That is a great ratio, a lot of which is because she was ending soooo many points at the net with winners because Heerrani hits so many short balls but besides several rusty shots in the first set and some absolutely disastrous smashes she did a pretty good job of going for her shots and making it work.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2013, 05:29 PM   #4148
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

Yeah, once Vika got going in the first set it wasn't that bad a match from her, and I think it was quite an entertaining match overall. A rusty start was to be expected anyway.

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Old Oct 22nd, 2013, 05:31 PM   #4149
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

And I agree with the people saying that the surface is too slow. I think if we had a Radwanska Errani match it could easily last 4 h+
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Old Oct 22nd, 2013, 05:50 PM   #4150
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

Not really bothered about the surface, I think in general variation in hard court speed is a bit exaggerated. Vika's shots are usually adaptable enough to work on slow or fast hard courts anyway.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2013, 05:51 PM   #4151
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

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Victoria Azarenka says the courts are rough and a bit slow. Expected to be rusty after break. #wtachamps

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Asked whether women could/should play best-of-5, Azarenka said the better solution is for men to just play best-of-3. Smart lady. #wtachamps
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Old Oct 22nd, 2013, 06:00 PM   #4152
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I agree with her about men playing 3
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Old Oct 22nd, 2013, 06:14 PM   #4153
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

Ugh, I'm just thinking about the schedule and I realized Vika will definitely have a rest day Thursday and then have to play Friday . Her group has two matches tomorrow, which means it will again Friday and the only player left for her to play is NaNa, but if those two play on Thursday then Empress would've only had one match in three days, which means Thursday will see Empress-NaNa and then Vika-NaNa and Empress-Heerrani on Friday. Annoying that two years in a row Reehanna has gotten a break after the three days of round robin while Vika, while getting a better schedule than last year, still is on the shorter end.
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

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I only started watching at 5-6* but I was quite impressed. In that game and the early stages of the tiebreak she was missing a lot, but somehow trusted herself to keep going for it and came through the tight set. In the second set Heerrani was obviously injured, but she ended up playing more aggressively and there were several breaks, yet Vika maintained her focus and was great at running down Heerrani's shots. Not perfect, but I thought the second was a very nice set. The *3-2 game especially was key, as she saved several break points, did quite a bit of running, and hit four aces . A win is a win and two sets is always nice with this format.
Exactly what I thought about those 4 aces I want to see some more and less DF obviously. I think she also wanted to close the match with an ace but it went out.
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Reminder tomorrow's #WTAChamps OOP: Li Na v @SaraErrani, @Vika7 Azarenka vs @Jelena_Jankovic, @SerenaWilliams vs @ARadwanska #tennis
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