AO 2013 - Semifinals - Vika Azarenka v. Sloane Stephens

Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by TennisFan436, Jan 23, 2013.

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American Teen or Experienced Gunner?

Poll closed Jan 24, 2013.
  1. Sloane in 2

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  2. Sloane in 3

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  3. Vika in 2

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    46.2%
  4. Vika in 3

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  1. TennisFan436

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    Has a thread been created on the match of the day? Not even Djoker/Ferrer can top this one. SO excited to see this. I think Sloane can pull this one out in 2 if she is on the ball early. Aza has shown some major weakness in her last two matches.
     
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  2. mistik

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    Sloane wins in 3.
     
  3. Warmaster

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    Azarenka in 2. It takes something special to defeat her in a hc major (in other words: Serena in great form) these days and I don't think Stephens is quite up to the task yet.
     
  4. Soianka

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    I know RedFoo is happy to not have to see Serena whip up on Vika again.

    That said, I think Victoria is going to win in 2 relatively easy sets.

    But I look forward to possibly being surprised with a great showing by Sloane.
     
  5. robow7

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    AZ in straights. Sloan will have the typical let down after beating one's idol.
     
  6. TennisFan436

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    Come on Sloane!! I hope Li Na inspired you. Lets get this done in 2! :)
     
  7. soyizgood

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    Thank goodness I don't need to start another thread. Sometimes I feel I should get paid by the WTA for all the WTA posts I've started here.

    I root for both, but this time I'm pulling for a fellow Californian in Sloane.
     
  8. Ginger ninja

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    Redfoo's getting lucky tonight.....and probably within the hour.
    This could be a blowout
     
  9. JadeC

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    I think I will be in the minority this time. Rooting for Azarenka.
     
  10. THUNDERVOLLEY

    THUNDERVOLLEY G.O.A.T.

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    Azarenka sees the finish line, and has avoided all attention so far. This should allow her to play free of the influence of the media or talking heads.
     
  11. quest01

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    I'm going with Sloane in three sets, gotta go with the American.
     
  12. Soianka

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    What's interesting is if Sloane wins, Serena becomes #1.
     
  13. scrappy

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    now, i like sloane stephens a lot, BUT that interview shot that keep showing where she says something like "i'm in a grand slam semifinal, whoa! it wasn't as hard as i thought!" seems a little -- dare i say it, disrespectful (her recent complaint about serena) -- of the people she beat to get there?
     
  14. scrappy

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    pretty ironic
     
  15. Vlad_C

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    Sloane who?

    Let's face the reality: she's not really that good. She did not play that well against Serena, and only won the match due to Serena's injuries. Even then, after Serena's injury timeout, she kept hitting the net a few times in a row.

    At least last year she used to look good. Now, she looks more and more like Serena. Maybe they share the same pharmacist, who knows.

    She has the physical condition to overpower many opponents, but she really needs to work on her groundstrokes. Lose those loopy topspin forehands that all teenage American players are thought by their USTA coaches, and learn to hit more winners.
     
  16. BreakPoint

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    Pam Shriver must be blind. She said that ball Sloane challenged was "way in" when Hawkeye showed it to be way out. :???:
     
  17. scrappy

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    ugh, commentators are so much worse for this semi than the last one
     
  18. Defcon

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    Pam and Chris, worst ever, just won't shut up. Listening to Pam is torture.
     
  19. President

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    Azarenka has the same semi-grinding, mid pace, generic game as Lance does, it's tough to watch either of them..
     
  20. Brian11785

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    Rewatch the tape. She said "If this ball was way in, it is a sign that Sloane is tight." based on the fact that it was, like, the second point of the match and Sloane seemed to not even go for it (sort of willing it out.) She never called the ball in.
     
  21. swordtennis

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    Stephens, the Radwanska sisters, Na only ones who can save the WTA. Maybe a few others.
     
  22. Defcon

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    Stephens is going to lose, having a lot of trouble winning points.
     
  23. Brian11785

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    Vika's defense-to-offense is sick.
     
  24. quest01

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    Sloane is hitting too many balls long.
     
  25. guitarplayer

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    Yep...AZ is just too solid all around. That over loopy forehand of Sloane ain't gonna make it.
     
  26. Defcon

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    And Stephens has lousy technique on her groundies.
     
  27. quest01

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    Azarekna hits hard but also with a lot of spin.
     
  28. Clarky21

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    The echo of The Whirly Finger's grunt is making it sound like there's three of her out there grunting their heads off.
     
  29. Relinquis

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    you guys should have started this thread earlier... anyway.

    Vika showing that Stephens has no business challenging the top players when they're uninjured.
     
  30. krz

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    Jesus you would think we were watching Serena play given how much they are talking about her.

    They need to get rid of Chrissy and Pam.
     
  31. Raindogs

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    The only thing more annoying than Azarenka is her boyfriend Redfoo. From Berry Gordy to him in one generation. Talk about your law of diminishing returns.
     
  32. scrappy

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    is sloane going to get another injured opponent?
     
  33. The-Champ

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    lol, seems like azarenka hurt her ankle.


    btw, sloan is very competent at the net, 7/8.
     
  34. BlewByU

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    Stephens rallying back 2-1 second set.
    Just landed a nice forehand winner.

    Come on Stephens !

    . . . . .
     
  35. BlewByU

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    Stephens seems to turn around the match here..
    Lets go Stephens!

    . . . . .
     
  36. BlewByU

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    Yes we are tied at 2-2 second set.

    Go Stephens!

    . . . . .
     
  37. Bertie B

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    Sloane was disrespectful to Serena and deserves to be spanked. Vika looked scary towards the end of the 2012 USO final, just couldn't pull it out mentally.
     
  38. bluetrain4

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    Is that Wayne Ferreira in Sloane's box?

    Just started watching the match. Seems like a predictable letdown from Sloane, and the fact that Azarenka is simply the better player at this point. Bt, nice that she's fought back from 0-2 down in the second.
     
  39. beast of mallorca

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    The only one who is just as annoying as Shrekapova is this Smugarenka. Hope Sloanes beats her.
     
  40. BlewByU

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    Stephens 2-3 second set.

    But, thank god, momentum is near neutral now.
    Stephens definitely secured at least one chance to turn this match around.
    Very crucial game coming up!

    . . . . .
     
  41. BlewByU

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    2-4 Stephens..
     
  42. dudeski

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    What did she do to disrespect her?
     
  43. BlewByU

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    still 2-4 Stephens.
    Deuce coming up..
     
  44. BlewByU

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    ad Stephens!
     
  45. idioteque

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    Come on Stephens! Make this final shriek free. I believe in you.
     
  46. BlewByU

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    Deuce again.

    The match hinges on here..
     
  47. BlewByU

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    Deuce again!

    This is the match right here...

    . . . . .
     
  48. BlewByU

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    Advantage Stephens!

    Good feeling surging thru..

    . . . . .
     
  49. celito

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    These commentators finding all different excuses as to why Sloan is losing...except for the obvious one...
     
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    Redfoo wondering to himself if the sex can possibly be worth sitting through all this shrieking.
     

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