2013 Australian Open final- Na vs Azarenka

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Australian Open final winner- Na or Azarenka

Poll closed Jan 25, 2013.
  1. Na in 2

    34.2%
  2. Na in 3

    48.7%
  3. Azarenka in 2

    7.9%
  4. Azarenka in 3

    9.2%
  1. Dutch-Guy

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    That she's still a force to be reckoned with despite her old age.
     
  2. James Bond

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    Plus the mother of all MTOs.
     
  3. Duncan Bell

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    Delighted for Vika. Not a great final but well done!
     
  4. LetsGoRoddick

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    Well, Li didn't win...but she showed some great poise and the more she continues to play on the big stages, she'll get more fans and maybe some big wins as well.

    The match itself wasn't that great. But I thought Azarenka was hitting pretty solid late in the 3rd. She had variety in attacking and defending.

    I don't think it was dramatic as the commentators (Evert and Mary Joe Fernandez?) were making it out to be. Overall the tennis was sort of ho-hum and it was more sad watching Li get multiple injuries and fade down the stretch.
     
  5. PureAlph4

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    Seriously, that must be the best introduction for someone ever uttered (especially introducing a woman): "She's battered, she's bruised, and she's quite possibly buggered. Li Na!"

    It couldn't be more Aussie. Did he actually mean to say that?
     
  6. acher

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    Um.. WTF? She was joking around with Azaranka the whole time, and she looked very relaxed. I didn't see anything close to pouty and sour.
     
  7. rk_sports

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    lol.. major faux pas
     
  8. BlewByU

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    Again. Exactly sir!

    As paradoxical as this may sound, Li gave Azarenka ample opportunity to redeem herself in front of worldwide stage.

    Vika couldn't have made up for her dumb antics of the other day any better fashion than what she did today - by gutsily surviving & even winning the match in the end.

    I still don't like her and don't wish her well.
    But looks like she recovered some supporters today.

    . . . . .
     
  9. raging

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    yes, I think the network will be having a word to sandy...
    he has been around ...A WHILE!

    But having written that maybe he just caught the crowd's mood:
    Li Na was exhausted...just holding on.
    She kept picking herself up though...in Oz that is really prized.
     
  10. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    Watch the replay when Azarenka is holding the trophy, and the rest are standing to your left on screen.
     
  11. Hood_Man

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    I don't know if it's a cultural thing or something, because I remember Hewitt yelling "Bugger" during a rally in the 2010 Hit for Haiti and nobody batted an eyelid.

    I've always seen it as a polite alternative to other expletives, it wasn't until I got told off at work for saying it that I realised other people don't like it :oops:
     
  12. Ico

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    Because she should have been beaming after serious injury scares and losing what might be her last slam final? Get real.
     
  13. PureAlph4

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    Yeah - I think in the UK a lot of people say, "oh, bugger" and it has largely had its offensiveness neutralised.

    Using bugger as a verb, though, in the context that Sandy Roberts did, is just bizarre! Especially bearing in mind he was standing next to Margaret Court, who has been a very vocal critic of the LGBT community in Australia!

    Absolutely hilarious though how he ended up saying that.
     
  14. Magnus

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    This was an awful, at times embarrassing, match. The scoreline looks like its been an intense, tight match. It was filled with errors, switch of momentum for ever 2 points. The level of play was horrid for the most part. Really bad display of tennis from both player. Azarenka was just "less bad".
     
  15. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    Funny, to listen to certain members around here, one would think she's going to be a force at the majors for some time to come.
     
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    She is not finished, she has had some of the best results in her career in the past few months since hiring Rodriguez. She should go on and have a pretty good year if she is motivated to do so.
     
  17. cc0509

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    I am sure she would be really upset to know that. :rolleyes:
     
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    Buggered means 'tired' in the colloquial and it also means what you think it might.

    How Australians live with such semantic ambiguity is a mystery, but they mostly naively think tired when they hear the word.
     
  19. Narcissist

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    Thongs mean both flip-flops and underwear over there I think
     
  20. underground

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    It's a shame Li got injured, her movement was clearly hindered by the end. Eventually the cheater won. Li had the game to beat her but just couldn't make it.
     
  21. Brian11785

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    Pretty lousy result. Li's mental strength is going to have to improve a little more to compete with Vika on the big stages.

    Man, I'd forgotten how relentlessly antagonistic, mean-spirited and dismissive of others' opinions certain people on this board are. Thought I had caught this specific person on a bad day when I cleared him or her from my Ignore List a couple days ago. Back on there.
     
  22. Hitman

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    Congrats to Vika, I was cheering for Na, but Na just needs to sort out her mental issues.
     
  23. Desertman

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    You mean women have been playing at the AO these past two weeks?
     
  24. jokinla

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    How can anyone congratulate her, what a cheat, unfortunately Na wasn't able to win, sucks, for once I will be rooting for Serena to destroy her everytime they play.
     
  25. jokinla

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    BAHAHAHA, good one.
     
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    You CAN take 2 medical timeouts during one changeover.
     
  27. veroniquem

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    So what cheating did Aza use to win the final? Just kidding. Li Na didn 't play as well as she did in the semi and Aza didn't start well but found her groove along the way. Congrats to the #1 for a well deserved victory.
     
  28. TMF

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    Li didn't have enough gas in tank in the 3rd set, which she threw in a lot of UFEs. It was a bruising battle while trying to overcome 2 injuries . Added that Vika played a superb 3rd set, one of the best I've ever saw.
     
  29. Relinquis

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    i tried watching the full match, but couldn't. The noise was too much after the first two games. I think it was the straw that broke my back after a couple of weeks of watching WTA during this slam.

    i wanted Li to win, simply because it would show that you don't have to resort to that noise to be a champion, but vika played well and deserves her title.
     
  30. flyinghippos101

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    I guess there's no justice in the world. I suppose it was fickle of me to think otherwise after all. There's a reason why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer; life ain't fair, especially when Vika wins slams.
     
  31. veroniquem

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    Tennis is not an award ceremony for people you find "nice". It just gives trophies to the people who play the best tennis. Not that Aza would be the best in absolute terms but this tournament, she played better than all her opponents. Consequently she deserved the trophy. Simple.
     
  32. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    Exactly. Some are confusing their personal hangups with the job of a tennis player; they seek the country club world which made the public once see/disrespect tennis as a "soft" sport for the spoiled, rich set--something other than a real sport.
     
  33. always_crosscourt

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    I dunno where you live - it is still viewed that way by everyone.
     
  34. cc0509

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    Agree with you here 100%. Azarenka is not my favorite but she had everything going against her in this tournament--i.e. the crowd, Li Na on a hot streak, etc. etc. and she gathered her strength to win the title.
     
  35. Masayoshi

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    Just saw the replay.

    I'm still not really sure why Vika was crying so much after winning this? She broke down in tears for like 5 minutes. Is it because she was ashamed of herself?

    She would have definitely gotten some more supporters back if she had apologized for the strategic MTO and vowed to never to abuse it again...
     
  36. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    The TW whiners would have nothing to complain about if everyone behaved like Kvitova (rubber room/mousy) or Stephens (aiming to please at all times).

    They cannot stand certain players breaking the country club mode, asserting themselves, and being completely self-interested on court (part of the job).
     

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