Monday, 4 April 2016

Where will the Vika express stop ?

The final in Miami was never meant to easy for Sveta Kuznetsova, although head to head she was four all against Vika Azarenka.  Admittedly the last of Sveta's wins over Vika was in 2009 on clay in Rome and the last time in Miami (also 2009) it was Vika victorious in a semi final.

A lot has happened since - Vika has experienced Grand Slam success and the number one mantle, and the perils of injury, but fought back to now be, if not together with Serena, then almost alone, the most feared player on tour.

The opening set of the final was not much to do with the serve because despite the high first serve percentage dialled in by Kuznetsova, Vika won most points on it, and just about all when the second serve was called upon.
Vika couldn't even manage to successfully direct half of her first serves into the correct box, and Sveta enjoyed just as much fun returning those anyway.

Breaking serve was a regular consequence - it just seemed that Vika had more chances and so the scoreline showed 6-3, a rather flattering result, but one which set up Azarenka's second set assault on the Russian.

Vika tidied her serve up considerably, now hitting the mark two thirds of the time, and winning 81% of the points on first serve and half on second serve.
The Belarusian returning was still on song, winning 57% of the points on the Kuznetsova serve.

Two breaks of serve was more than enough for a 6-3 6-2 demolition by the Azarenka express, more silverware and the completion of the Indian Wells / Miami double in one year, only ever done by two women before - Steffi Graf in 1994 and 1996, and Kim Clijsters in 2005.

Too early to be talking more Grand Slam success for Azarenka - or is it ?  She is the most consistent player on tour, is winning the big tournaments, so why not Roland Garros ?  Sharapova is missing this year, and we know Serena has struggled there, so Vika must start favourite.  And now with her ranking up in the top few her seeding won't be an issue.

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