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TennisFan436 01-23-2013 07:39 AM

AO 2013 - Semifinals - Vika Azarenka v. Sloane Stephens
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.

mistik 01-23-2013 07:49 AM

Sloane wins in 3.

Warmaster 01-23-2013 07:58 AM

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.

Soianka 01-23-2013 08:06 AM

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.

robow7 01-23-2013 11:48 AM

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

TennisFan436 01-23-2013 07:20 PM

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

soyizgood 01-23-2013 07:22 PM

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.

Ginger ninja 01-23-2013 07:22 PM

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

JadeC 01-23-2013 07:23 PM

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

THUNDERVOLLEY 01-23-2013 07:30 PM

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.

quest01 01-23-2013 07:37 PM

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

Soianka 01-23-2013 07:38 PM

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

scrappy 01-23-2013 07:39 PM

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?

scrappy 01-23-2013 07:40 PM


Originally Posted by Soianka (Post 7155880)
What's interesting is if Sloane wins, Serena becomes #1.

pretty ironic

Vlad_C 01-23-2013 07:44 PM

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.

BreakPoint 01-23-2013 07:44 PM

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

scrappy 01-23-2013 07:45 PM

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

Defcon 01-23-2013 07:52 PM

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

President 01-23-2013 07:55 PM

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

Brian11785 01-23-2013 07:56 PM


Originally Posted by BreakPoint (Post 7155903)
Pam Shriver must be blind. She said that ball Sloane challenged was "way in" when Hawkeye showed it to be way out. :???:

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.

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