Relentless Azarenka No. 1 For a Reason
fter her hair-raising, high-quality, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5) win over Sam Stosur today, Victoria Azarenka was asked what she was thinking when, after holding the lead for most of the afternoon, she found herself at 5-5 in a final-set tiebreaker.
“You don’t want to know what I kept telling myself,” Azarenka said, grinning. “I would have to beep that, I think.”
What did Azarenka do after racing through all of those beep-able thoughts? She tried a drop shot. Stosur could only watch, surprised and agonized, as it landed a foot in front of the net, and well out of her reach.
“I had something to do to surprise,” Azarenka said, explaining her bold shot choice on a do or die point. “At this moment you have to come up with something different, not the usual what you do. Because one or two shots can, you know, decide everything.”
This is how you get to be No. 1 in the world, and stay there; Vika's win today ensured that she'll remain atop the WTA after the Open.Read Full Article »