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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 02:08 PM   #2281
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Re: •~º~º~Welcome to Vikaland~º~º~ • - Vikalume 2.

Oh yes obviously the ATP isn't too different. It gets away with a different premise of claiming the top 4 are just that good. The top men also have conditions made to tailor them (which isn't true for WTA). There are though more occasions on ATP where someone will come out and play lights out tennis and threaten one of the top guys. The WTA top 3 seem even less vulnerable to the rest of the tour than ATP's top 4 right now.

This isn't really a bad thing (especially as a Vika fan ), the tour needed a period of dominance from a top tier. It is better to draw in casual fans if your product has players who are known, the way players get known is if they are constantly winning on the big stage. What they need now is better matches at the top end, something which has been sorely missing the latter stages of Indian Wells and Miami. Partly because Vika's, Li's injuries, Serena not playing IW etc., partly because although you've had different semi finalists, they haven't reached the semi final because they are in red hot form, but more because of default, and they have had no answers when the level of opposition has gone up 3-fold.
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 04:17 PM   #2282
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Re: •~º~º~Welcome to Vikaland~º~º~ • - Vikalume 2.

I think if there was something to change about the WTA tour it'd be the competitiveness of the matches between the top 3 and the rest of the top 10 on the one hand and the quality of the matches between the top 3 themselves on the other hand, especially in finals. For example, taking the most important finals (GS+PM+YEC+Olympics) from AO 2012 until now one will find a total of about four competitive matches: Radwanska vs Sharapova Miami 2012, Williams vs Radwanska Wimbledon 2012, Williams vs Azarenka USO 2012 and Azarenka vs Li AO 2013. Unfortunately it's rare for both finalists to bring their best tennis into the match.

But that's complaining on a high level really since women's tennis is in a good state right now imo. Plus as soon as Vika gets fully fit again we'll have more spice added to the tour for sure.
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Re: •~º~º~Welcome to Vikaland~º~º~ • - Vikalume 2.

2 random facts:

#1: robinfenlon
Today my visa petition to reside in the USA was approved by immigration!! Thank you to everybody who was a part of the process. I am forever grateful...

Does anyone know where he resided before?

#2: Redfoo is taking things seriously:

svenja_mastro Svenja Mastroberardi
Looks like RedFoo hired a coach for his US Open campaign (pic via @yvesallegro)

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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 05:10 PM   #2284
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Re: •~º~º~Welcome to Vikaland~º~º~ • - Vikalume 2.

About Robin Fenlon, it looks like his original hometown is Manchester, England. http://www.fatbmx.com/bmx/news/article.php?storyid=3702

http://www.onthegotennis.com/home/li...in-fenlon.html

Here Aga Radwanska shows her golf skills and Robin Fenlon feels the dangers of being a photographer......

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Re: •~º~º~Welcome to Vikaland~º~º~ • - Vikalume 2.

Anybody going to watch Ferrer vs Haas?
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 07:15 PM   #2288
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Re: •~º~º~Welcome to Vikaland~º~º~ • - Vikalume 2.

Who do you think will win?
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Re: •~º~º~Welcome to Vikaland~º~º~ • - Vikalume 2.

Ferrer playing horribly. Two nice aces though.
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Re: •~º~º~Welcome to Vikaland~º~º~ • - Vikalume 2.

Ferrer hasn't been that great all week really, he only really beat Melzer when he hit the physical wall. It doesn't surprise me Haas is winning. The mens tournament has been pretty poor really. A lot of players playing well below their best.
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 08:12 PM   #2291
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Re: •~º~º~Welcome to Vikaland~º~º~ • - Vikalume 2.

Ferrer hasn't been playing at his best for quite a while now actually so yeah, it's not very surprising that Haas is leading. I'm just wondering if Haas' level is going to drop after a brilliant first set like we've seen it when Ferrer played against Melzer or against Nalbandian in Buenos Aires. Probably it won't though as he beat Djokovic in straights without showing too many physical problems.
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Match feels on verge of turning in Ferrer's favour now.
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Break!
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Re: •~º~º~Welcome to Vikaland~º~º~ • - Vikalume 2.

Some Federer-esque BH shanks from Haas now
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Well I foresaw that quite well . Yes surely Ferrer wins now.
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