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Fed Cup AUS - BLR Ashleigh Barty d. Victoria Azarenka 7-6 6-3 (1-1)

Vika helpless in the 2nd set..far away from her best----
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Re: Fed Cup AUS - BLR Ashleigh Barty d. Victoria Azarenka 7-6 6-3 (1-1)

Ash was excellent, really gave very little away apart from a few nervy games to start the first set.

Vika had opportunities but couldn't capitalize, FH was a mess as usual these days. Still far away from her best, thought FC would give her a boost but she wasn't able to find her vintage form today.

1-1 after day 1, probably the right result, would have been near impossible for Belarus to come back had Sam upset Aryna earlier. I'm thinking this would go down to the decisive doubles
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Re: Fed Cup AUS - BLR Ashleigh Barty d. Victoria Azarenka 7-6 6-3 (1-1)

Ash is so good. She is becoming the complete player. There are no holes in her game and it is genuinely exciting watching her find solutions to whatever her opponent presents her with over the course of a match. Today there were some great lobs, a ridiculously insanely good dtl slice winner and some deadly serving both dtl and sharply angled to both sides of the court. The mental game has improved a lot as well and Ash is playing with so much confidence and calm that it makes it very tough to beat her. Looking forward to her match against Sabalenka tomorrow.

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Re: Fed Cup AUS - BLR Ashleigh Barty d. Victoria Azarenka 7-6 6-3 (1-1)

Wow Australia really brought out the worst in Vika this year
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Fed Cup AUS - BLR Ashleigh Barty d. Victoria Azarenka 7-6 6-3 (1-1)

The first set was really unclutch from Ash and I was a bit concerned. Many errors and not much conviction in her game.

The second set was much better. Not spectacular by any means, but better.

Vika is improving. Not sure what her peak is going to be during motherhood, but I’d be surprised if she’d be able to beat top 10 players consistently with this pretty weak and unreliable serve/forehand (except Angie of course).

Still, she’s improving. Decent showing against a top player in good form. Great fighting spirit as usual. Some patches of the excellent counterpunching that took her to the top.


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Re: Fed Cup AUS - BLR Ashleigh Barty d. Victoria Azarenka 7-6 6-3 (1-1)

ash in such form gonna be a tough ask for just about anyone, she might alone win this rubber fo the aussies.
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Re: Fed Cup AUS - BLR Ashleigh Barty d. Victoria Azarenka 7-6 6-3 (1-1)

Weak weak weak.

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Ash is so good. She is becoming the complete player. There are no holes in her game and it is genuinely exciting watching her find solutions to whatever her opponent presents her with over the course of a match. Today there were some great lobs, a ridiculous dtl slice winner and some deadly serving both dtl and sharply angled to both sides of the court. The mental game has improved a lot as well and Ash is playing with so much confidence and calm that it makes it very tough to beat her. Looking forward to her match against Sabalenka tomorrow.

Her double handed topspin backhand is quite shaky, and she doesn't look confortable with it, but her slice works, it's a way of resetting the point over and over and give little to her opponent to work with . Her technique everywhere else is so good, and her first serve is more effective than last year, but I think the main difference is how she is playing the bigger points. She's so much clever on court now.
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a ridiculously insanely good dtl slice winner
If you're talking about those defense blocked slices from Vika's almost winners there was an exquisite one in each set. In the 2nd Vika had nothing else to do but laugh bitterly after getting fooled again by it.
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Well done Ash - love her game and mental improvement

Is Vika still injured?
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Normal result, Barty looks strong and kinda has something from Halep!
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Re: Fed Cup AUS - BLR Ashleigh Barty d. Victoria Azarenka 7-6 6-3 (1-1)

She was really good today in the second set, after a very nervy start to the match. Love that workmanlike attitude, her mentality has gotten sooo much better. It really is the biggest improvement in her game IMO.

Vika is still too patchy. Every time she went up a break you felt Ash was almost definitely going to get it back sooner or later. She did hit one great backhand overhead that was probably the shot of the day.

Sabalenka isn't in the best form but she did beat Ash twice at the back end of last year, so it could be a tough one tomorrow. I don't think she's as bothered by the backhand slice as other players.

It would be nice if Sam could get a win tomorrow. She had her chances in the match today and fought her ass off. Would alleviate the pressure on Barty a bit, although you have to think they're the doubles favourites if it comes to that.
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Barty is sooo strong in Fed Cup !


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