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Old Jan 16th, 2014, 06:18 PM   #4726
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

We should make her serve an eating game. Drink only water and eat a Snickers, when Vika hits an ace. After three months you´d have lost 30 pounds. I sense a diet book here.
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Old Jan 16th, 2014, 06:53 PM   #4727
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

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From her press conference:

Q. Why the change with the fitness?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Because I think it has a lot to do with the timing, with your body, with your balance in the body, the way you push, the range of motions.

So all this I adjust. It really takes time.
Sounds like she is working on her core strength.
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Old Jan 16th, 2014, 08:35 PM   #4728
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

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From her press conference:

Q. Have you changed what you want to do with your serve now? I know you go for placement more than power. Were you consistently hitting it harder the first part of the year? Have there been changes at all?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I don't know. I never really look at the speed. For me it's important what I can create with that. I've been working a lot on my serve.

I think it takes time, you know, to get that. I think it's one of the toughest shots technically to manage. You know, adjusting my body with a different type of fitness, it takes time to have that perfect timing.

But I feel I'm in the right way of working with the things and get better.

Q. So is the intention service winners, aces on the first serve, or just a good serve so you can get a first ball that you can control the point with?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: It's both. Eventually it's to get a lot more free points. But right now I just want that consistency that I can place anywhere I want.

Q. Why the change with the fitness?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Because I think it has a lot to do with the timing, with your body, with your balance in the body, the way you push, the range of motions.

So all this I adjust. It really takes time.
It's interesting that she's clearly changed the serving strategy from Brisbane where she hit quite a few aces, to here where's she's going for percentage. I'd think the free points are worth the risk, but at least she's working on it.

Seeing Empress's serve these days really makes me think it is possible for her to improve. It's also strange it's gotten so bad though.
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Old Jan 16th, 2014, 08:37 PM   #4729
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

Vika has played Cheeseburger once before in 2010 Marbella, winning 6-3, 6-0, so that's an encouraging sign. Vika will again need to dictate as Cheeseburger will get a lot of balls back.
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Old Jan 16th, 2014, 09:48 PM   #4730
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

Need to have some sort of patience when it comes to the serve. Not going to change to world class overnight.
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

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It's interesting that she's clearly changed the serving strategy from Brisbane where she hit quite a few aces, to here where's she's going for percentage. I'd think the free points are worth the risk, but at least she's working on it.

Seeing Empress's serve these days really makes me think it is possible for her to improve. It's also strange it's gotten so bad though.
JJ always had that serve hidden somewhere. As world #1 in 2008, she served the same way. I pulled up the stats from her match with Zvonareva in Stuttgart 2008. 7-6 7-6: 70% 1st serve percentage, 80% points won, 10 aces, 1 DF. I have never seen anything like that from Vika. In terms of her peak serving Vika is sadly closer to Errani than JJ or Radwanska. At least Vika holds the record for being aced the most times in a match.

I doubt just better fitness will help the serve much, but it will help the rest of her game a lot.
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

I think her service issues are more related to confidence than anything else. When she plays really well she does serve well and that opens up the rest of her game. I think she just doesn't trust her serve because it hasn't been working. Vicious cycle.

Eh, at least she's actively trying to work the kinks out.
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

In the middle of a slam so perhaps this should wait until after the tournament. I just think she can be crazy good if she avoids injuries and stay motivated. Regardless if her serve will never be the best.

She is not quite there now, but later this year i hope she will. If she avoids injuries it is mostly up to her.

A great result here is still possible though, but she can and will play better later.
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Old Jan 17th, 2014, 05:12 AM   #4734
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

The OOPs have been coming out so late here . I want to know when she'll be playing!!
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Old Jan 17th, 2014, 05:29 AM   #4735
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Old Jan 17th, 2014, 05:35 AM   #4736
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

a slap on Sharpie's face again?
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Old Jan 17th, 2014, 05:38 AM   #4737
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

Wasn't expected that at all . I figured they'd go random and give it to Sunshine or Empress this time. I figure Scone could be at night too .

Whatever, I'll take it. Stay pressed GM .
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

I def. prefer night sessions. The temparature is better, plus it's not the middle of the night here

In addition, Sharapova seems to struggle with heat. She almost lost to Knapp - I didn't see the match but I assume the heat had a lot to do with it - just like in 2007 against Camille Pin (if I remember correctly). Cornet is better than both those two, but I don't know how hot it will be tomorrow in Australia anyways
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It's only going to be 23C tomorrow.
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I def. prefer night sessions. The temparature is better, plus it's not the middle of the night here

In addition, Sharapova seems to struggle with heat. She almost lost to Knapp - I didn't see the match but I assume the heat had a lot to do with it - just like in 2007 against Camille Pin (if I remember correctly). Cornet is better than both those two, but I don't know how hot it will be tomorrow in Australia anyways
It's supposed to be WAY cooler. Like cool by Australian standards - in the 70s Fahrenheit. So heat won't be an issue. Still, night works fine and it's good practice for the final .
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