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Tennis: Azarenka’s summer exploits and expectations

Victoria Azarenka may be taking a recovery break from professional tennis due to her recently injured shoulder, having not entered a title since her Wimbledon quarterfinal loss to Serena Williams, but that doesn’t mean her summer hasn’t been busy. While many top-ranked players have taken time off to relax, heal up, or train, Azarenka has been spending her time off a little differently...
Via isportsweb.com
46 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Azarenka pulls out of Citi Open hard-court tournament in DC

  Former No. 1 and two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka has pulled out of next week's Citi Open hard-court tournament because of an injured right shoulder. The tournament announced Azarenka's withdrawal on Thursday, saying that CoCo Vandeweghe will get a wild-card entry for the main draw. Vandeweghe, an American ranked 32nd, reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last month...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Takeaways: The WTA At Wimbledon

The latest edition of Wimbledon provided plenty of off-court controversies and sideshows, but Attacking The Net wants to keep the focus on the court. What were the most important developments of the past fortnight in suburban London for the members of the WTA Tour? Let’s take a look: * 5 – THE ART OF THE ESCAPE This Wimbledon tournament — both genders — featured a very striking...
Via Bloguin Best
22 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Takeaways: The WTA At Wimbledon

The latest edition of Wimbledon provided plenty of off-court controversies and sideshows, but Attacking The Net wants to keep the focus on the court. What were the most important developments of the past fortnight in suburban London for the members of the WTA Tour? Let’s take a look: * 5 – THE ART OF THE ESCAPE This Wimbledon tournament — both genders — featured a very striking...
Via Attacking The Net
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Wimbledon: Controversies abound after women’s quarterfinals

The women’s quarterfinals at Wimbledon finished off with a number of players sparking controversy amidst the triumphs and losses. While Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Garbine Muguruza, and Agnieszka Rdwanska celebrated their trips to the semifinals, Coco Vandeweghe, Caroline Wozniacki, and Victoria Azarenka took a share of the talk by bringing up disputes among themselves, against...
Via isportsweb.com
27 days ago  |  Discuss

'Stop bringing this ridiculous stuff': Azarenka rips grunt questions

Victoria Azarenka didn't like the line of questioning at all. The two-time Australian Open champion lost to Serena Williams 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday on Centre Court in a high-quality match, and was then asked about the crowd laughing at the two during play for making loud noises while hitting the ball. ''I'm so tired of these questions all the time,'' said Azarenka, a former top-ranked...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Azarenka takes exception to questioning about noise

LONDON (AP) Victoria Azarenka didn't like the line of questioning at all. The two-time Australian Open champion lost to Serena Williams 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday on Centre Court in a high-quality match at Wimbledon, and was then asked about the crowd laughing at the two during play for making loud noises while hitting the ball. ''I'm so tired of these questions all the time,'' said...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Victoria Azarenka with the swing & a miss at a Serena Williams serve today

It was late in the match and she had tired (perhaps of all the grunting on both sides, ugggh)...but Serena Williams' 8th ace today? Victoria Azarenka swung on it and missed. How fast is a @serenawilliams tennis serve? Ask Azarenka #AceCity @ESPNTennis @Wimbledon #QuarterFinal #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/2jjE7NcG9O— Playtime Cares (@PlaytimeCares) July 7, 2015Bam. Serena moves on...
Via Bob's Blitz
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena Williams And The Freshness Of Familiarity

For some fans of tennis and some fans of various sports, dominance is boring. What’s so special about seeing the same winner over and over again, the same movie over and over again? It’s not inherently right or wrong to look at sports this way — it’s simply a matter of taste and preference. The point of emphasis is that for these kinds of people, the fresh storyline — the...
Via Attacking The Net
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Wimbledon draw: Djokovic has easier road to semis than rivals

LONDON — Defending champion Novak Djokovic avoided his three biggest traditional rivals in the Wimbledon draw Friday, as the other members of tennis’ “Big Four” all were placed on the opposite side. Serena Williams had no such luck in the women’s draw, where she might have to get past three former No. 1s — sister Venus, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova — just...
Via NESN.com
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Azarenka withdraws injured, Ivanovic loses at Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Former world No. 1s Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic departed from the Aegon Classic singles draw on Wednesday, with only Ivanovic confident of being ready for Wimbledon in 11 days. Azarenka suffered another blow to her chances of reviving her faltering career when she was forced to withdraw with a left foot injury, while Ivanovic's title defense was ruined...
Via AP on Fox
June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Former No. 1 Azarenka withdraws at Birmingham with foot injury

BIRMINGHAM, England -- Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka suffered another blow to her chances of reviving her faltering career when she was forced to withdraw from the Aegon Classic with a left foot injury on Wednesday. It is similar to the ailment which contributed to Azarenka's fall from the world's top 20 more than 10 months ago, something which has prevented her from adding...
Via AP on Fox
June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Azarenka, Jankovic through to second round in Aegon Classic

  Victoria Azarenka rallied from 4-0 down in the first set to beat Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the first round Tuesday of the Aegon Classic, a grass court Wimbledon warm-up event. The former top-ranked Azarenka came within one point of losing the fifth game of the opening set five times, but managed to steer clear of trouble with a powerful service game...
Via AP on Fox
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Azarenka, Jankovic through to 2nd round in Aegon Classic

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Victoria Azarenka rallied from 4-0 down in the first set to beat Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the first round Tuesday of the Aegon Classic, a grass court Wimbledon warm-up event. The former top-ranked Azarenka came within one point of losing the fifth game of the opening set five times, but managed to steer clear of trouble with...
Via AP on Fox
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

John McEnroe: Victoria Azarenka right about using more replay

  After a much-debated call in her French Open loss to Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka suggested that perhaps it's time for full-on instant replay to be used in tennis -- beyond simply the Hawk-Eye line-calling technology used at other tournaments. ''Sometimes we need to have a review,'' Azarenka said, explaining that chair umpires could use ''a little TV screen'' that would...
Via AP on Fox
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Serena ousts Azarenka, but not without controversy

Saturday’s third-round match at the French Open between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka began as a ho-hum affair. It became a match worthy of a major semifinal or final… and of the legacies of two major champions. It then gave way to two of the best post-match press conferences of 2015 (in any sport, not just tennis), reminding us that we’re going to remember the attitudes...
Via Bloguin Best
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Serena ousts Azarenka, but not without controversy

Saturday’s third-round match at the French Open between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka began as a ho-hum affair. It became a match worthy of a major semifinal or final… and of the legacies of two major champions. It then gave way to two of the best post-match press conferences of 2015 (in any sport, not just tennis), reminding us that we’re going to remember the attitudes...
Via Attacking The Net
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Tensions rise as Serena edges Azarenka in contentious French Open third round

  At the outset, Serena Williams was grimacing and cursing and, worst of all, losing by a lot. Then, suddenly, the 19-time Grand Slam singles champion was putting shots right where she wanted, imposing her will as only she can. And the only anger Williams displayed was directed at her opponent, Victoria Azarenka, while they traded gestures and words over the chair umpire's decision...
Via AP on Fox
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

French Open Women's preview: Who will make the quarters?

The road to the Roland Garros on the women’s side proved to be as sporadic as ever. Serena Williams lost her first match of the season at Madrid to Petra Kvitova (who she had previously never lost to). After a stellar season that included three titles thus far, Simona Halep was turned back in the first round of Madrid. And after a mini-skid of back-to-back first round losses...
Via isportsweb.com
May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

French Open: Post-Draw Women’s Preview

The women’s singles draw for the 2015 French Open has been announced. What stands out about a bracket that features so many delicious (or perilous, depending on your viewpoint) uncertainties? You can debate which item is the second most important one on your list, but there should be no discussion about the top story to emerge from the women’s draw in Paris: Serena Williams received...
Via Attacking The Net
May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

French Open: Post-Draw Women’s Preview

The women’s singles draw for the 2015 French Open has been announced. What stands out about a bracket that features so many delicious (or perilous, depending on your viewpoint) uncertainties? You can debate which item is the second most important one on your list, but there should be no discussion about the top story to emerge from the women’s draw in Paris: Serena Williams received...
Via Bloguin Best
May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Madrid WTA Review: Opposite Days, Exceptionalism, and Azarenka

The 2015 Mutua Madrid Open — like the ones before it — is a point of intrigue and fascination, because this tournament has an inconsistent relationship with Roland Garros, the crown jewel of the clay-court season each year. On one hand, Madrid’s higher elevation lends itself to a more aggressive style, one in which quality ballstrikers can do some damage. With the sole exception...
Via Bloguin Best
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Madrid WTA Review: Opposite Days, Exceptionalism, and Azarenka

The 2015 Mutua Madrid Open — like the ones before it — is a point of intrigue and fascination, because this tournament has an inconsistent relationship with Roland Garros, the crown jewel of the clay-court season each year. On one hand, Madrid’s higher elevation lends itself to a more aggressive style, one in which quality ballstrikers can do some damage. With the sole exception...
Via Attacking The Net
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Belarus defeats Japan 3-2 to advance at Fed Cup

TOKYO (AP) Victoria Azarenka and Olga Govortsova won their doubles match on Sunday as Belarus defeated Japan 3-2 in the Fed Cup World Group II playoff. Azarenka and Govortsova beat Shuko Aoyama and Ayumi Morita 6-3, 6-4 in the decisive fifth tie at Ariake Coliseum. Azarenka defeated Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-3 in the first reverse singles to give Belarus a 2-1 lead but Japan pulled even...
Via AP on Fox
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Victoria Azarenka advances to second round of Miami Open

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Two-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka easily advanced to the second round Wednesday, beating Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-1, 6-3. The 36th-ranked Azarenka, the 2009 and 2011 winner from Belarus, is playing in Miami for the first time since 2012. She missed the 2013 tournament with a right ankle injury and sat out last year with a left foot injury...
Via AP on Fox
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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