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Old Oct 24th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #4246
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Another beatdown? Vika doesnt get beatdowns from serena these days.

No social media pre-match is usually a bad sign.
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Old Oct 24th, 2013, 08:14 PM   #4247
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Another beatdown? Vika doesnt get beatdowns from serena these days.
She got one last year when she was looking equally ready for the off season. And looking at how Serena's serve was working against Kvitova just now, this has the potential to be a very frustrating match.
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Old Oct 24th, 2013, 08:16 PM   #4248
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She got one last year when she was looking equally ready for the off season. And looking at how Serena's serve was working against Kvitova just now, this has the potential to be a very frustrating match.

That was far from a beatdown. 6-4 6-4 flattered serena.
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Old Oct 24th, 2013, 08:17 PM   #4249
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That was far from a beatdown. 6-4 6-4 flattered serena.
I remember only watching the score for that one as I was at a tournament at the time so I'm probably not at liberty to judge that match

Still, looking at their two respective forms this week, it simply does not feel like the right time for such a match from Vika's perspective.
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Old Oct 24th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #4250
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

The last thing I want to see is Vika losing to Kvitova. I could NOT stand the talk that would follow on TF.

Anyway, she posted something on Facebook after her last match so that's at least something. On other occasions she avoided social media completely.

It'll be very interesting to see how she approaches the match against Li - is she going to throw in the towel from the start, will she be competitive for one set and then fade away or will she really go for the win tomorrow? I'd just like to see her putting up some fight even if it's not enough in the end.
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Old Oct 24th, 2013, 08:27 PM   #4251
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I agree. Though vika doesnt seem keen in making it that far anyway
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Old Oct 25th, 2013, 01:24 AM   #4252
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The last thing I want to see is Vika losing to Kvitova. I could NOT stand the talk that would follow on TF.

Anyway, she posted something on Facebook after her last match so that's at least something. On other occasions she avoided social media completely.

It'll be very interesting to see how she approaches the match against Li - is she going to throw in the towel from the start, will she be competitive for one set and then fade away or will she really go for the win tomorrow? I'd just like to see her putting up some fight even if it's not enough in the end.
The hatred of Vika occurring here right now is crazy . It seemed people were warming to her after the US Open and now suddenly they're acting as if she's killed all their families. Apparently her responding to a question that men should play best of three is her being nosy and stepping where she shouldn't, saying she is mentally tired means she's selfish and her career is over, and now this thread about the rivalry being terrible . I don't agree with them in the slightest but I just find it strange . A lot of it's not even Williams fans, who seem to have generally come to respect her and even defend her, but others who are angry she's ranked higher than their dysfunctional favorites I guess . Obviously none of it's rational but I still find it odd.
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Old Oct 25th, 2013, 02:14 AM   #4253
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The hatred of Vika occurring here right now is crazy . It seemed people were warming to her after the US Open and now suddenly they're acting as if she's killed all their families. Apparently her responding to a question that men should play best of three is her being nosy and stepping where she shouldn't, saying she is mentally tired means she's selfish and her career is over, and now this thread about the rivalry being terrible . I don't agree with them in the slightest but I just find it strange . A lot of it's not even Williams fans, who seem to have generally come to respect her and even defend her, but others who are angry she's ranked higher than their dysfunctional favorites I guess . Obviously none of it's rational but I still find it odd.
Agree and it has been so for years. But i understand the puzzlement about her mental tiredness, i don't understand it either.
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Old Oct 25th, 2013, 03:16 AM   #4254
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

I think the mental fatigue makes sense. She fought SO, SO hard in the US Open final (to quote a post I read in GM, "like a bat of hell") which we kind of forget now. No one else on tour could've wont the second set from the position she was in, and then losing in the third was a huge blow and made it the effort all the more taxing because she still couldn't get the reward. I was exhausted watching it! On top of that, this match was at the end of a summer where she worked extremely hard first to recover from an injury and then a HUGE fight to beat Reehanna in Cincy and then she didn't exactly have an easy road to the US Open final. She fought and fought all summer and was physically and mentally exhausted after that, but the rivalry was on her mind, so she said she felt guilty not practicing even though she needed a rest.

The problem is that instead of taking a break then she tried to keep training even though she wasn't feeling it because she knew she wasn't playing her best, and that sort of half-assed practice, and getting sick, led to shitty play in Asia and now here she's not playing well, hasn't had good practice, and that has caused her to lose motivation. Instead of getting proper recovery from her huge efforts this summer, she wore herself out even more in the fall, even if she didn't play that many actual tour matches, and now checked out of the season. That's why she keeps talking about better scheduling. I think after the YEC, though she will need to seriously work her ass off in the off season to prepare for next year, she'll want to take a little bit of time off to rediscover the motivation she felt after the US Open, while also allowing herself to be fresh enough physically to be able to put in a productive level of training.

My biggest worry is that it seems she feels a bit complacent as number two. She wants to beat Reehanna, but also knows that she just isn't as good. Meanwhile, the rest of the tour is furious to take her number two spot, but Vika has been so consistent the past two years that she's gotten very used to being at the top, and hasn't always had her best to stay there. Hopefully she can use the rivalry to motivate herself to really put in some intensive work in the off season so she can bounce back physically strong and mentally hungry next year.
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Old Oct 25th, 2013, 05:44 AM   #4255
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Even from a fan's perspective it is hard to be motivated about tomorrow's match, knowing that even if she pulls this off, all she gets as reward is another beatdown by Serena.
Understand the feeling, but i think i (and some others) had the same feeling before the Cincinnati Semi final.
Not saying that will happen again, i just always take a win regardless of the opponent in the next match.

Regarding the hatred on forum. It is a bit sad almost, that people act like sharks that found a wounded prey, on a tennis forum. But it does not matter much to us, and nothing to Vika, if some random forum person wants to type some hate messages. This is the first longer slump she had in years, i guess they waited for it.

The fact is still that she has been the clearly second best player for a long time now (Only Sharapova can come somewhat close). And on hardcourt it has been really close with Serena, not so much on other surfaces.

Still don't expect a win today, but fully expect her to be back at high level after the break.
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I get the criticism of her mental tiredness quotes as I don't really understand it myself. What is mental tiredness exactly, feeling bored, frustrated and fed up? Like when she did her "fuck my mouth" rant?

But why are people having a go at her for commenting on best of 3? Seems like a straightforward answer and totally innocuous.
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But why are people having a go at her for commenting on best of 3? Seems like a straightforward answer and totally innocuous.
Because some people will always take the opposing view to something certain players say, even if they don´t disagree with the comment. If Player X said: Child pornography is bad. They would say: Pedophiles got to make a living, too.
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But why are people having a go at her for commenting on best of 3? Seems like a straightforward answer and totally innocuous.
Big part of the reason I refuse to visit GM anymore, targeting her for what is a pretty fair comment (although an ATP player would most likely be treated more kindly for something like this, no?) and then sending it in circles and circles. I think I'd even agree with her on that comment.
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I would watch more ATP matches at the slams if they were BO3.
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Old Oct 25th, 2013, 01:49 PM   #4260
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Good practice today! Play my next match in 20 minutes... #letsdothis #WTAChamps http://instagram.com/p/f5HQYGjLdL/

Has she ever tweeted 20 minutes before her match starts?
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