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Victória Fyódorovna Azárenka is a Belarusian professional tennis player. She is a former world Azarenka dated American musician Redfoo between late and early . This was Azarenka's first Tier I or Premier Mandatory event title. .. She then defeated Tamira Paszek in the quarter finals, also in straight sets. Victoria Azarenka advances to her first Grand Slam semi-final with a Venue: All England Club, London; Date: 20 June-3 July; Coverage: Live on BBC Sharapova or Sabine Lisicki in Saturday's final - and Azarenka will be. uzveli.info - Live Scores, Tennis News, Player Ranking, and Complete Tournament Data.
I started well after the break and I got a lot of free points on my serve to help me out. I don't care which court I play on, it makes no difference. But obviously every player would rather play on Centre Court because of the roof. I don't deserve to play every match on Centre, I'm more than happy on Court One, it's just the weather. Probably from now on in I'll be on Centre. Yep, hugely impressive serving from Murray. And some trademark Tsonga theatrics on Court Two as the fifth seed, after resisting two break points, brings up a set point.
Fish sends a return so long it probably lands in the River Thames, and Tsonga is, ahead. And now it's Fish's turn to have an injury time-out.
Up next for Mayer: And Brian Baker is on the brink: Ferrer, a constant bundle of energy, jigs up and down on the baseline waiting to receive serve, before Del Potro charges into the net and sends an errant volley long. Little and large embrace at the net and Ferrer, the world No5, is through to his first quarter-final at Wimbledon with a commanding, win.
On that form, the Spaniard could be a real match for Murray tomorrow. The Life of Brian ends in the fourth round with a, defeat, as Kohlschreiber rounds things off with an ace and a roar. And then there were two. Tsonga v Fish is now the only remaining last match, as Tsonga forges ahead in the fourth, leading by two sets to one. All of this means the women's quarter-finals can now commence. That's going with serve at two games all.
But the main event is on Centre Court, where it's the four-times champion against the defending champion, Serena Williams against Petra Kvitova. That she does, as she opens by holding to The rain is back and the covers are on, stopping Tsonga and Radwanska in their tracks. But Serena is blowing the roof off Centre Court with some brutal hitting. She already has the break and leads The week one Serena was serving like a champion, but the week two Serena is now hitting her groundstrokes and moving like a champion too.
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From mph serves, to a flurry of forehand winners, a barrage of backhand winners and even the odd drop shot too, Serena storms through the first set The ricochet of the ball around Centre Court when the roof is on is loud enough at the best of times, let alone when Serena is striking her shots like this. Kvitova is trying to go toe-to-toe with the baseline bully, matching power with power, but although that's her natural instinct, she could do with mixing it up a little.
It's going with serve in the second, two games all. An interesting piece from the Guardian's columnist Greg Rusedski about his hopes for British tennis, and how he thinks the LTA is finally getting its act together: Every year at Wimbledon I'm asked the same question: Success doesn't happen overnight but I genuinely believe the system now in place at the Lawn Tennis Association is starting to produce players who can take a little pressure off our No1.
You can read the rest of the blog by clicking here. Kvitova's picked up her game and is giving Serena a bit more to ponder. A couple of huge forehands get the left-hander out of a spot of bother at deuce. Kvitova clings on to her serve to forge ahead. But the pressure is straight back on as Serena holds to Venus nods appreciatively from the stands.
Here's trouble for Kvitova. But the calm Czech responds. Serena must now serve to stay in the second set at down. While skim reading through the transcript of Brian Baker's press conference, I suddenly look up to see it's set point Kvitova. And it's her first break point of the match.
Serena sends a serve bomb down the T, Kvitova nets. Kvitova then shanks a forehand, before Serena goes for the jugular after some rat-a-tat at the net by aiming a missile straight at Kvitova's body.
The crowd gasp, but it's legitimate play. It's five games all. Now it's Serena's chance to break. AtKvitova has an age to bury a high and short ball, but the Czech has too much time to think. At up, Serena will serve for a place in the semi-finals. Ace, ace, ace — is this really women's tennis? It's all in a day's work for Serena Williams. As she holds court with a regal wave to the crowd, her father Richard takes a couple of photos for the family album. I'm surprised there's any space left in it.
So here are those Brian Baker quotes: It's been an unbelievable run. Can't be too upset about that [the defeat], even though as a competitor I'm definitely pretty frustrated right now, to get that far, not to feel like I played my best match. I think I was ranked something like when I came over here, and then to leave, I don't know what I'll be, maybe around If you take the whole trip, it's been great.
I've gained a lot of confidence with my game and proven that I can stay healthy playing a lot of matches. I'm excited to go back home and play on the hard courts and try to get my game in shape for the US Open. It's been an unbelievable ride. With the grounds still awash with umbrellas, it's back once again to Centre, where it's the all-German clash of the giant killers, between Maria Sharapova's conqueror Sabine Lisicki and Kim Clijsters's conqueror Angelique Kerber.
Lisicki's serve has earned her the nickname "Boom Boom" but it lets her down in the opening game, as Kerber breaks. Which seems like a good time to bring in Steven Rajam: Could we have a bit of love for the forgotten man of the quarter-finals, Florian Mayer, whose seeing off of Gasquet today was no mean feat given Gasquet was the only man in the tournament not to have dropped as set.
I saw Florian absolutely ruin Marin Cilic two years ago at Wimbledon in a festival of slices, drop shots and general old-skool loveliness.
Shame he's got some chap called Djokovic next, but mark the card as one for lovely tennis anyway. So much for that famed serve. Lisicki double faults on set point and Kerber takes it Lisicki mutters to herself before calling the trainer. Meanwhile what's this on the outside courts? Tsonga now leads in the fourth set, with Fish serving to stay in the match.
Tsonga is doing his trademark jig after serving out for a,win. He then gets mobbed as he tries to get back to the locker room from Court Two, signing about autographs in the process. The Frenchman shares a joke or two with the Wimbledon minders.
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What a nice guy he is. So Tsonga's win means the men's quarter-final line-up is complete: Some late tea-time match reports for your perusal. Radwanska has been struggling to close out the first set against Kirilenko but eventually takes it And Lisicki, having had a blister on one of her digits taped up, is proving stronger opposition for Kerber in the second set. It's on serve, Kerber up. Danger time for Lisicki atdown, on her serve. Kerber brings up a first match point,but Boom Boom strikes with a cross-court backhand.
Advantage Kerber, a second match point. Lisicki prevails after a game of cat and mouse. Andy Murray's been facing the British hacks in the press conference room. So has he dared to think about what it would feel like to shake that Fred Perry sized monkey off his back come Sunday?
I can't put into words or describe how it would feel because I haven't felt it before. But, I mean, it's so far away. I'm sure, you know, you get that, I don't know, that feeling or what the sensations that you get are when it's close to winning a major.
But I'm not feeling that right now because I'm playing against the No5 player in the world in my next match, and I lost against him a few weeks ago at the French Open. It's so far to think about it just now. I've thought about it in the past, but during this tournament it's not something I've been thinking about. Lisicki and Kerber are into a second-set tie-break. At down, Lisicki, on her knees, somehow manages to dig out a magnificent looping backhand winner.
That kicks her into action as she takes the next three points to go ahead. But then it's Kerber's turn to charge in front,a third match point. But Lisicki finds a final burst to overtake Kerber on the home straight, and secures the tie-break We're into a decider. Not what the organisers wanted, because they were probably hoping they could move Victoria Azarenka v Tamira Paszek on to Centre. Serena Williams has breezed in and out of the press conference room. Her thoughts on today's performance?
I had to weed out the riff raff. I loved the sound, it was really cool. It's kind of a whoosh and a pop. It's almost like a video game but you're playing. It's not going to be easy. In the final, she lost to defending champion Venus Williams.
At the Sony Ericsson Openwhere she was the defending champion and fourth seed, she lost in fourth round to 14th seed and eventual champion Kim Clijsters. This was the fourth match in the five tournaments this year that Azarenka lost to eventual champions. Seeded third at the Family Circle Cupshe had to retire from her first match while leading against qualifier Christina McHale.
At the French Opencoming back from injury, Azarenka was defeated in the first round by unseeded Gisela Dulko.
As she reached the quarterfinals inthis loss caused Azarenka to drop to world No. Azarenka was unseeded at the Aegon International. Still struggling with injuries, Azarenka fell to qualifier Ekaterina Makarova in the final. The defeat dropped Azarenka to world No.
I just don't like to look for excuses, you know, the lights, the fans, I don't know everything. To me, I'm just very disappointed with the way I played. Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova in the final, after defeating top seed Samantha Stosur in the semifinals, to win her first title since April The win propelled Azarenka to world No. Despite being the favourite to win the Mercury Insurance OpenAzarenka withdrew to recover from a right shoulder injury.
There were concerns that the cause of the fall was heat-related. Azarenka was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was diagnosed with a concussion after hitting her head whilst warming up before the match during a sprint exercise.
Azarenka re-entered the Top 10 after this run. At the Kremlin Cup Azarenka, as the second seed, defeated Maria Kirilenko in the final, coming back from 4—0 down in the second set to win her fifth career title. In her first round-robin match, Azarenka lost to Vera Zvonarevaand then lost to Kim Clijsters in her second match.
This assured that she did not qualify for the semifinals. Azarenka ended the year as world No. Azarenka then took part in a charitable exhibition match in mid-November with Caroline Wozniackibeating the Dane at the Sports Palace in her hometown of Minsk.
At the Australian Open Azarenka was seeded eighth. She lost to the ninth seed and eventual finalist, Li Na in the fourth round. Azarenka partnered with Maria Kirilenko in the women's doubles event, but the pair lost to Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta in the final. Azarenka then travelled to Israel to compete in Fed Cup.
Belarus beat Croatia, Austria, and Greece in the group stage, without losing a match. Azarenka playing at the Australian Open Azarenka's next tournament was the Dubai Tennis Championshipswhere she was seeded 7th.
She lost to Flavia Pennetta in the third round. She retired in the quarterfinals against world No. Azarenka then competed at the Sony Ericsson Open as the eighth seed. She reached her second final at the event, where she defeated sixteenth seed Maria Sharapova to win the title. At the Andalucia Tennis ExperienceAzarenka was the top seed and dropped only fourteen games on her way to the final. She defeated Irina-Camelia Begu in the final. Azarenka's victory, and Samantha Stosur 's inability to defend her points at Charleston, ensured that Azarenka would reach a career high of world No.
She then participated in Belarus' 5—0 win over Estonia in the Fed Cup. In her next tournament the Porsche Tennis Grand PrixAzarenka retired after winning the first set of her first match, ending her match winning streak. At the Madrid MastersAzarenka was seeded fourth. Azarenka then reached the quarterfinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, where she was up a set before retiring to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.
She lost to Li Na in the quarterfinals. Azarenka was the fourth seed at the Wimbledon Championships. She followed that up with an easy victory over Tamira Paszekadvancing to the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time. Her next tournament was the Bank of the West Classicwhere she was the defending champion and top seed.
Azarenka was ousted by th-ranked Marina Erakovic from New Zealand in the second round.
Despite her 'horrible match' in singles, Azarenka claimed the doubles title with partner Kirilenko. The next tournament Azarenka played was the Rogers Cupwhere she was seeded fourth. Azarenka reached the doubles final with Kirilenko, but the team was forced to withdraw because of a hand injury to Azarenka. Azarenka's next tournament was the US Openwhere she was seeded fourth. She made it to the third round, where she was defeated by 28th seed and eventual runner-up Serena Williams.
In doing so she qualified for the year-end championships in Istanbul. The Belarusian participated in the China Openthe last of the four mandatory events foras the second seed. She defeated Polona Hercog in the second round, after receiving a first-round bye. She then withdrew from the tournament citing a right foot strain.
She secured the move to the semifinals despite her loss in three sets to Marion Bartolia substitute for Maria Sharapova. First Major title, two Olympic medals and world No.
She defeated the defending champion Li Na in three sets. In the quarterfinals, Azarenka faced a sterner test against world No. After a nervous start Azarenka proceeded to win the last nine games to win the title.
Her first tournament as world number one was the Qatar Total Open. She won her third title of the year in Doha, defeating Samantha Stosur in the final. Azarenka planned to compete at the Dubai Tennis Championships. However, after a bye in the first round, she withdrew from the tournament due to an ankle injury. In a re-run of the Australian Open decider, her opponent in the final was world No. Her record for consecutive wins was 26—0.
Azarenka won an Olympic bronze medal during the Summer Olympics. Azarenka would then face world No. Azarenka then competed at the Mutua Madrid Open. She made it to the finals but was beaten easily in by Serena Williams in straight sets.
The result gave Azarenka only her 3rd defeat of the year. Azarenka then competed at Wimbledonwinning her first four matches in straight sets.