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US Open R1: (9) Aryna Sabalenka survives Victoria Azarenka 36 63 64

maybe best match of Round 1?

Saba shots are just so good... if only she could play like this more often

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Mental midget.

3rd round points :wavey:
 

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Sabalenka was just crushing the ball in that 3rd set...

fuzz was flying everywhere!

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MP :haha::haha:

gotta say at least Guest didn't make a mockery of herself here, the match was watchable, it would have been much easier hadn't Sabalenka had the slow start and spraying balls all over the place as per usual. Rooting for Guest I considered not watching the third but eventualy gave in to the self-punishment.
 
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Sabalenka winning a tight three set match, that's been a rarity this season.

She peaked at the right moments tonight, pretty much unplayable tennis at the back end of sets 2 & 3, scary good.
 

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3rd set was good quality. Sabalenka looks much fitter than the start of the year, which means we should see her making some good runs on hard courts for the rest of the year.

Some things still need a lot of work. Particularly her footwork & ROS.
 

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Story of Vika's post partum career.
 

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The error on MP. :spit::spit:

Azarenka upped her intensity to close out the 8th game of the final set, then Sabalenka responded by upping her own. Completely peaked in the final 2 games and was unplayable.
 

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Azarenka upped her intensity to close out the 8th game of the final set, then Sabalenka responded by upping her own. Completely peaked in the final 2 games and was unplayable.
Yeah, it actually kind of reminded of Serena/Sharapova and how Sharapova tries to do the same only to cause Serena to stir. Azarenka tried to up the ante and that only made Sabalenka hit the ball even harder and Azarenka couldn't do anything about it.

Commentators were harsh on Azarenka saying the game has passed her by. I disagree, due to the fact she has been competitive with the top players this year. I do question her tactics because Azarenka has enough talent to employ a variety of strategies.

I don't think her game is dated, but I don't think she can exactly hope to win the way she did in 2012/2013 any longer. For one, she herself can't play that way longer than a stretch of a few games at best. She can be a much smarter player tactically and use some of her underrated variety.

Don't like the way she played this match among others.
 

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At least for tonight Sabalenka showed Azarenka who was the bigger badder Belarussian :armed: :tape:

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she needs that one big win for a mental break-through but it still isn't happening..
 
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now that my ears have recovered i can post.

a really enjoyable match to watch.
when you get to countrywomen playing, you can see they dig even deeper than normal.
if aryna can play like that for the rest of the tournament, she can go far.( i picked her to make the semi's)

some excellent rallies, and just a very entertaining match, as a tennis fan, thats what i want, to be entertained, no matter who wins.
 

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Great win, Aryna ! :hearts: :bounce: :yeah:

Tough loss for Azarenka. A shame that one had to lose in R1. Unlucky draw :hug:

Both such big fighters. Respect to both. But Aryna was better in 2nd and 3rd sets. Deserved win.

Aryna played impressive tennis in set 2, especially in the last games ! :drool: :worship:
A lot more consistency. Great points and winners. Better serving. Better movement. Less UEs.

The 3rd set was a battle. But Aryna fought hard, played strong and brave. So proud :D

https://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/stats/2109.html

8 Aces, 13 DFs

Set 1
Aryna
8 Winners 15 UEs
Azarenka
6 Winners 10 UEs

Set 2
Aryna
18 Winners 14 UEs
Azarenka
5 Winners 11 UEs

Match
Aryna
42 Winners 43 UEs
Azarenka
17 Winners 27 UEs
 
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