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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 08:35 AM   #4786
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

I wonder whether this next one will be at night. It's easily the most anticipated match of the tournament so far, and Dokić had four night matches in a row when she made her run in 2009, which shows the AO isn't afraid to give them to the same player. Still, it would be a bit strange to have a third in a row, even if that match is definitely the logical choice. I hope so though because I think it would help Vika, who generally does well both at night and when it's a bit chilly.
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 08:37 AM   #4787
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

I'm cautiously optimistic that Vika will get through this without too much trouble, a lot of the optimism coming from the fact that Sloane's BH is as attackable much like a Stosur's, she's had some sort of problem in every match so far against players she should be routining, and she doesn't seem to hit too many aces relative to the power of her serve.

Also, although Meusburger wasn't at all a threat, she still gave Vika plenty of balls to hit and she barely missed any groundstrokes.
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 08:37 AM   #4788
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

It depends how she starts. She needs a fast start and not waste any chances. Cannot afford to start slowly. She always runs into problems with first game, either serving or returning. But last 2 matches are ok, but then different levels of opponents.

I am so glad she finishes so fast, before I can even get to my TV it was done. I hope there is the match video, I still couldn't find the last match for replay.
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 08:48 AM   #4789
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

Good match today . It was the cleanest match Vika has played in quite some time.

Vika has to just ignore all the crap around the next match. Just be business like from point 1 and get it done. Don't fall into any media trap. Just give some bog standard crap answers.
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 09:01 AM   #4790
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Good match today . It was the cleanest match Vika has played in quite some time.

Vika has to just ignore all the crap around the next match. Just be business like from point 1 and get it done. Don't fall into any media trap. Just give some bog standard crap answers.
She did doge already...very wise Watch the On-court interview
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 09:07 AM   #4791
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

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This is what I like with Victoria/#TeamVika [...] in the Strycova match she was kind of allergic to net (which was the only thing I was deceived about), Sumyk intelligently noted it and certainly spoke to her about it and today she always played to move forward (anyways principally as far as the first set goes).

Great volleys, drop-shots, angles [...] just good all-around tennis and variety. The best I've seen Victoria in 2014 and certainly much closer to the one who won AO in 2012... a real pleasure to watch ; now keep going baby girl !

Fun on-court interview BTW.
I was very impressed by those angles, it's been a while
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 09:08 AM   #4792
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She did doge already...very wise Watch the On-court interview
Yes I watched. But that wasn't under the brunt of the US journalists who will be steaming into her press conference, desperate for a story.
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 09:32 AM   #4793
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

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Q. Learn anything from the aftermath of that match? [vs Sloane last year]
VICTORIA AZARENKA: No. What is there to learn?
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 10:22 AM   #4794
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

Really nice match. The matchup suited her perfectly, but impressive to stay focused all the way through.
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 10:23 AM   #4795
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

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Q. Learn anything from the aftermath of that match? [vs Sloane last year]
VICTORIA AZARENKA: No. What is there to learn?
#AusOpen
This is pretty much what I had hoped she'd say.
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 10:27 AM   #4796
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

Just a game lost against Yvonne is good .
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 10:41 AM   #4797
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

I find betting odds interesting and Vika gets slightly lower odds now while Sharapova's odds goes up. Hard to get too low when Serena is still in it.

They seem to give Sloane about 15% chance in next match. Outside of Serena, Azarenka's match is the most uneven (odds wise) of all the fourth rounds.
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 10:55 AM   #4798
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

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VICTORIA AZARENKA: No. What is there to learn?
#AusOpen
Haha, this is the response the press deserves, though I'm pretty sure she knows exactly what she's learned from last year...a feeling she knows more than she says here.
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 11:58 AM   #4799
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

i love that while vika is learning to deal with the press, she still remains an attitude towards dumb questions.

i thought her match today is great to see, the intensity remains even with the easy first set, her off backhand was on fire, she moved forward all the time, her volleys improving, good minds in creating angles.

if i have to fault anything, it is that she was broken in the first set early. and that she still recorded no aces till date in this tournament. it is important to see her improving each round, i think she will be mentally ready for next match. for us, we just need to be ready for the commentators' opinions during play... sigh... almost needing a drink already.
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Old Jan 18th, 2014, 12:25 PM   #4800
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Re: *Vika Azarenka Cheering Thread* - Vikalume 4.

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i love that while vika is learning to deal with the press, she still remains an attitude towards dumb questions.

i thought her match today is great to see, the intensity remains even with the easy first set, her off backhand was on fire, she moved forward all the time, her volleys improving, good minds in creating angles.

if i have to fault anything, it is that she was broken in the first set early. and that she still recorded no aces till date in this tournament. it is important to see her improving each round, i think she will be mentally ready for next match. for us, we just need to be ready for the commentators' opinions during play... sigh... almost needing a drink already.
Well, as I said this is the answer they deserved. It can sound just a little inappropriate only reading it, but I watched the video posted by AO with a part of her presser and she seemed happy, humble and polite so I don't think it sounded the way it does when reading it. So I think the fact that she's matured a lot recently also involves learning how to say things in an appropriate manner.
Sometimes they are amazingly unbearable....ESPN's commentators are a mess...annoying, stupid(as far as their comments are concerned) and most of all unprofessional.
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