Not fair that noone talks about this girl. She's just won another major title after beating world #2 and #3 on the row. Who can do better right now???
I don't like the way she plays tennis because she's just another hard hitter. I don't appreciate her grunting on the court because it sounds so vulgar and because I always think the women tennis should be all charm and classy to make the difference with men's tennis.
In spite of that, I gotta reckon Victoria Azarenka 100% deserved her win today. She played smart, solid, consistent. Her arms didn't tremble when Sharapova fought back in the 2nd set.
Good she will be ranked #6 next Monday. My hope is that Vika does much better than Wozniacki and takes the #1 with a GS victory!
I can recognize that she played better at this tournament than Masha. She is a good example.
She defeated the stronger tennis players. She surprised Vera with a 6 0. Vera was totally disappointed by the result of the first set. VIKA has the potential of a tennis champion.
Indeed Vika should be applauded. I am unsure how to render her name in Belarusian. Wikipedia offers three somewhat different versions: Вікторыя Азарэнка, Вікторыя Азаранка, & Виктория Азаренко.
Yes there are three versions of her name. The two first are in belarussian and the last one in russian.
True that Vika has a problem with heat--and I agree her USO withdrawal was prompted by the heat issue. (IMO the "concussion" theory conveniently covered some officials' butts.) Needs addressing in her training.
See how she does in the hot Spanish sun. (Next up at Marbella.)
But I think we'll hear much less of the slam over-hyping. Now that she's spending more time back home in Minsk--y'know what I'm saying?
When I wrote that yesterday, I was thinking generally--but then I realized the specific reason the hypsters gotta dial it down right now. --
I imagine Vika has led her national team before. BUT, what's different is the ITF is now gonna stream World Group II playoffs as well as World Group, starting with the April 16-17 tie when Belarus plays Estonia in the Minsk Palace of Sport.
While that won't draw Maria's sort of Fed Cup attention, it is no longer possible to hide Vika in her nationalist role. Or perhaps even try to keep marketing the "Arizona Vickie" BS at all.
After Miami, Vika won Marbella on clay and reaches the Top5.
Her race with Wozniacki continues. You go girl !
Hey, there M-Lover. I watched it--see the Shoutbox. Excellent work.
From the practice session I'd like to have watched!
In the wake of the Oktyabrskaya metro station bombing (marginalized in Yankee media until our mouthpieces figure how to blame the tragedy on Lukashenko or otherwise insinuate the awful deed was actually a good thing ):
Vika Podcast at: http://www.fedcup.com/en...ie-excites-azarenka.aspx
There may well be stream of this tie. If it were only the new ITF feed or Belarusian state TV, it would get blocked in the States. But there is a maverick Estonian channel that persists in following their tennis players. Watch for them.
Belarus temporarily replaces Russia as the Western sports mouthpieces' chief hate-object. There is little doubt every effort will be made to block stream from this event, beginning 11:00 GMT, an hour later than the Moscow tie:
Venue: Palace of Sport, Minsk, Belarus
Azarenka, the world No. 5, faces Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, the Baltic No. 2, in the opening rubber at the Minsk Palace of
Sport on Saturday, and is confident of putting Belarus in a strong position on day one.Her opponent, 15-year-old Kontaveit, is making only her second Fed Cup appearance, and although she knows she is unlikely to cause an upset, is confident that it will be an experience that will stand her in good stead.
Azarenka will be followed onto court by compatriot Olga Govortsova, who takes on Estonian No. 1 Margit Ruutel.
The Belarusian team paid a visit to meet the President last night, apparently got to watch him playing ice hockey for two hours... (snotty anonymous tweet on the ITF page.) Vika tweets:
i cant believe what happened in minsk...i cant stop thinking about and all the people...what the hell is wrong with this people who keep hurting and killing so many people...i just have no words...my deepest sorry to all the people in belarus..i pray and sending all my support (April 12th)
hey guys! just came back from official dinner for fed cup. im in minsk now getting ready to play on saturday..it was nice to see all the girls (This morning.)
I'm a big fan of Vika. Would love to see her in the final at Wimby against Masha
US Tennis Channel's new "Tennisography" segment should be available on youtube by now.
Do note that TTC has NOT chosen to perpetuate ESPN2's "Arizona Vicky" myth. Sure, they mention her time in Scottsdale with Khabibulin and show practices in Cali, but it's clear they understand (maybe because Sam Sumyk's wife was in on the production) that further efforts to divorce Vika from her Belarusian roots would beg an unpleasant public denunciation from Azarenka.
The segment ALSO includes a chapter studiedly omitted from all Yankeefied bios -- including Wikipedia: Vika's development at age 12 at an academy in Marbella Spain, long before she came to the States at 15.
Speaking of shit that goes unremarked: TTC shows a picture from her Scottsdale period--Vika with Khabibulin & his wife (friend of Vika's mum Alla), Khabibulin's daughter AND, standing beside Vika, Elena Vesnina. Now what is that hook-up, hunh? I'll search for a .jpg.
Thaz the one! That's what TTC used in the tennisography. Various pix of EV & Vika around, but this is Vesnina there with Vika's "second family" in Scottsdale. Interesting, hunh...
Whoa! I stand corrected! Who we see are Vika, Vesnina, Nikolai Khabibulin and I think his daughter Sasha -- and Elena Dementieva! Wow. When & where?
SO: Per Shoutbox discussion--this is a video capture from the Tennisography segment. The still photo was flashed with a voiceover about Vika & the Khabibulin family. (No mention of Elena V or Elena D. )
Download, blow up & examine. I say it is not so old--perhaps as recent as last fall--and possibly even after Dementieva's retirement.
Or not. Vika has long been friends with a number of the Russian players. Whatever, this gathering speaks to linkages with which the Western media has not left us familiar.
I am satisfied with this lineup. Vera, dangerously fatigued, did not need to get whacked by Petra here. Better for her to recoup to try & deal with Kvitova in Moscow.
Their "Arizona Vicky" crap having crashed, the bosses would typically tilt for Petra as an "honorary Westerner" against the Belarusian. Indeed, their mouthpieces automatically assume that is the party line.
Still, Petra is from beyond the increasingly rigid "iron curtain" line along the 15° E longitude. Dunno how the fine points of bias will play out here.
Correct. They are shell-shocked by this Eastern extravaganza. 10,000+ daily & 16-20,000 for the final--in Istanbul. To watch an eastern Czech play a Belarusian. They'd best just put Asderaki to ajudicate & forget about it.
The aging Americans won the doubles, so WTA will tell you that was what was really important in this YEC. LOL
Agree. No disrespect but Caro, Petra & Vika don't look like a dominant "constellation" to me. Not hardly stable. Caro has been more consistent that the other two--and lately not so much.
APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY
SYDNEY, Australia - While everyone was talking about the Top 2 battling it out for No.1, it was the World No.3 who was quietly making her way through the draw at the Apia International Sydney, and on Friday Victoria Azarenkacapped a dream week at the Premier event with a 62 16 63 victory over Li Na.
While Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova were both out before the final, two of the game's biggest hitters gave the Sydney crowds a big show in prime time, Azarenka in complete control early in the match en route to 62 11; Li went on a run of six games from there, racing through the second set and breaking serve at the start of the third, but Azarenka broke back and eventually pulled away from 3-all in the decider for just her third win in their seven meetings.
THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION 2012, VICTORIA AZARENKA IS GOING TO FIGHT SHARAPOVA AT INDIAN WELLS TOURNAMENT
AZARENKA IS STILL UNBEATABLE !!!!!