Google Down the Line!: PHOTO OP: Vika's prayers are answered, reaches first Miami final

Thursday, April 2, 2009

PHOTO OP: Vika's prayers are answered, reaches first Miami final

Victoria Azarenka is making all the right moves these days.

After reaching the seminfinals at Indian Wells last week, the Belarusian lady baller went one better today in Miami upsetting 2006 champ Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 to reach her first final at the Sony Ericsson Open. She'll face a very daunting task on Saturday, though, when she faces either 5-time defending champ Serena Williams or 3-time champ Venus Williams for her third, and biggest title, of her young career.

Clearly Vika has a bright future but she'll need to notch her game up a few levels to compete with either of the Williams sisters. Her serve is good but not consistent and her second delivery is attackable. More importantly, she has yet to display ownership of any effective strategic patterns she can feel confident using during a long, drawn out match.

That being said, Vika can smack the felt off the ball. Plus, her fight + determination, which I think were the keys to getting past Sveta today, seem to be a natural part of her personality. She'll need every ounce of those qualities, and then some, to beat whomever she faces on Saturday.

(image via getty)


  1. Hot Quasimodo won! Yes!!

    *prepares to get stoned by rafanatics*

  2. Quasimodo: yes
    Hot: no

  3. Yay for the Rafa loss. Mwhahaha.

    I hope Vika plays well in the finals. She was kicking Serener's arse in the 4r in Melbourne before she had to retire. This will be a revenge of sorts.

  4. Vika shrieks like Sharapova. If I close my eyes and just listen to the games, I swear I would think Shreika was playing. They shriek with the same frequency and techique.

  5. Somebody has to call Azarenka on her deafening shreiking throughout play. She even keeps making noises after she's hit the ball. This shouldn't be tolerated by anyone...Sharapova or Serena or any of them. Sharapova's spoiled-brat response to anyone daring to question her "right" to scream when she plays tells the tale.

  6. Vika has the hottest coach. :)


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