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Go Vika!!:bounce:
 

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Footwork as abysmal as 2014 QF vs Agatha, as mentally complacent as 2015 R4 vs Cibulkova all wrapped up into one tidy match where her serve was an even bigger puffball than Kerber's 2nd serve and her BH leaked about 500 errors to lose the last 5 games in a row.
 

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Kerber is to Vika as Dementieva (sorry Max) was to Lindsay.
 

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Rats. My tactic of lying low didn't work.

Oh well. Still a good run.
 

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So disappointed. And a massive reality check. Hard to pin down exactly went wrong, but she didn't really excel at anything. Coming out playing crap didn't exactly help, gifting Kerber a 4-0 lead which proved too much to overcome set the tone.
 

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You know I always make fun of Vika having a serve as bad as Errani or Kerber. Then I thought about the height component:

Venus Serve
Sharapova Serve
Muguruza Serve
Pliskovas Serve
Ivanovic Serve
Keys Serve
Mladenovic Serve
Garcia Serve
Barthel Serve
Görges Serve
Vika Errani

There is not a single player 5´11 or taller that would not consider their serve a weapon. Not actually average, let alone shit. That´s before we even get to shorter players like Serena, Lisicki or Stosur.

Vika was clueless out there. Couldn´t play her usual patterns, cause Kerber is a leftie. Still has no bh dtl. ROS as shit as the last two years.

It was lame all-around. Could see it coming. She played worse each round.
 

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I don't really think it's a good run. Overall the Australian swing was promising, but I wouldn't describe the Australian Open as a good run. She made the quarters the last 2 grand slams before, and didn't really face anyone of note before the QF's here, and then lost to someone she was 6-0 H2H against. Hard to put that down as a good run.
 

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Well, life and the WTA Tour continues after this. According to our current information, Vika should play next in Fed Cup in Canada, and two Mexican tournaments, Acapulco and Monterrey in February 2016.
Playing these seems even more questionable now, where a title isn't a concern anymore and Doha is lining up to be a pretty weak Premier 5. Feels like you leave a lot of potential points out there, and a good chance of winning a big tournament for not a lot, and also makes Indian Wells and Miami much tougher. I feel like she's got to win Acapulco and Monterrey just to make anything out of these tournaments.
 

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Playing these seems even more questionable now, where a title isn't a concern anymore and Doha is lining up to be a pretty weak Premier 5. Feels like you leave a lot of potential points out there, and a good chance of winning a big tournament for not a lot, and also makes Indian Wells and Miami much tougher. I feel like she's got to win Acapulco and Monterrey just to make anything out of these tournaments.
She should probably skip Monterrey unless Acapulco is a disaster. But apparently it's to avoid flying back to Canada for the Fed Cup and then to the Middle East then back to Indian Wells. Seems a bit strange since players are used to traveling and I'm sure she goes business class but it is what it is :shrug:. I'd like to see her get Belarus to the World Group.
 

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She is not at a bad level

Kerber played more aggressive than Vila taking every chance while Vika waited too long to strike


What I found disturbing is her mental side, not very calm out there, she was caught off guard and never was comfortable. If she plays Serena she would have been patient but was agitated cos it's from Kerber.

Also in last USO she wasn't even in a good form but she would play her heart out to every point but not this time. I actually don't think she put in as much effort here. She was too shock and too upset that she didn't play her best tennis. She lost because she didn't give it all.

You didn't play your best if you didn't grasp every chance. She wasn't outplayed, she beat herself
 

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She should probably skip Monterrey unless Acapulco is a disaster. But apparently it's to avoid flying back to Canada for the Fed Cup and then to the Middle East then back to Indian Wells. Seems a bit strange since players are used to traveling and I'm sure she goes business class but it is what it is :shrug:. I'd like to see her get Belarus to the World Group.
If you do that though it then seems an even bigger waste. She actually loses points whatever by only playing 1 of them.

I also find it strange because Doha has traditionally been one of her strongest events, the field will probably be depleted, and there's a ton of points on offer to push her into the top 8 which would be nice.

It's just hard for me to get that excited for Fed Cup. I mean she seems to have renewed vigour for it, so sure I will support her in it. But it's just so much effort, Vika has to carry that team, and if she ever misses a tie they're screwed.
 

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I am still shocked

Can't believe she could make QF with her firm last year, she couldn't do better this year with such a good draw.

Damn damn damn 5 set points I don't think I can sleep tonight. The thing is, it's one thing to lose playing great, it's the worst feeling that she didn't even give her best.

Against Serena I can imagine, now against Kerber?!
 

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Playing these seems even more questionable now, where a title isn't a concern anymore and Doha is lining up to be a pretty weak Premier 5. Feels like you leave a lot of potential points out there, and a good chance of winning a big tournament for not a lot, and also makes Indian Wells and Miami much tougher. I feel like she's got to win Acapulco and Monterrey just to make anything out of these tournaments.
She's still not playing with confidence. A few more deep runs--even at MMs--might be just the tonic she needs. Although I tend to agree she's a day late and a dollar short--this is what she should have done in 2015.
 

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I strangely did not feel too saddened or disappointed by this match, most likely because I was already planning on taking a break from tennis after the final regardless of what happened. Also because I, like everyone else, expect Serena has this slam in the bag, although after the USO last year who knows what might happen.

Analysis of the match: Kerber played quite well, good serving for her standards and fairly few unforced errors despite going for her shots a good amount. Victoria made too many bad errors, and after getting that double break lead and multiple set points strangely just did not try to force the issue much at all meanwhile Kerber did and executed it ridiculously well. Like holy shit, what the hell? I totally expected Victoria to serve out the set, break Kerber once if not twice at the beginning of the third and run away with the match. Kerber just said fuck all of that and played incredible while Victoria did nothing to stop her. It all happened so absurdly and quickly that I could hardly get upset over it.

Expectations for the rest of the year: I expect a top 10 finish at the bare minimum. Victoria certainly started the year off better than the majority of the top 10, and her trophy + top 15 ranking right now sets her up so much better for the rest of the year compared to where her outside-of-the-top-30 ranking set her up at this same point last year. Of course it would have been been great to see her get the top 10 ranking by the end of January already by making the final but oh well. Despite the little nine-match-eighteen-set win streak I hardly felt like Victoria was peaking recently, and if this was all just her average solid baseline level than that bodes well for the rest of the season. Given that Serena seems to have this slam locked up, it could pay well to peak at some other slam(s). Victoria has to continue working on her movement and physique like she has recently constantly been saying she is, I expect to see improvements in both and thus her form over the course of this year.

Side note: how freaking boring will February be? Fed Cup and two (likely one, of course) Internationals? Ugh. Does anyone here still stand by that being a good idea? Jesus, she really should be playing Doha and perhaps even Dubai as well. At least it will allow me to take an effortless refreshing vacation from all things tennis related for the whole of February.

See you all in a bit.
 
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