Azarenka v Sharapova:
I hope they leave the roof open for this one. This will be the noisiest final we are likely to see. I wonder how long it will take for the Aussi crowd to start mimicking the grunts, groans and squeals…
Even though its a Grand Slam Final there is more at stake than “just” the title and the 2.3million USD. They will also reach the top of the world rankings.
Head to heads are 3-3 although one of Sharapova’s “wins” was when Azarenka retired when she was a set ahead. The two previous matches were both straight set wins for Azarenka.
Azarenka’s wins are always in straight sets and Sharapova’s always in 3 sets. In all but 1 match Azarenka has taken the first set.
Despite playing the crowd’s favourite,Clijsters Azarenka made a fast start to their semi final. Having taken the first set her level dropped and she lost the next set 1-6. When it looked like Kim was going to take the match Azarenka held it together as her opponent sprayed errors all over the court. Only when she was serving for the match did she show signs of nerves but still managed to close out the game.
Sharapova is perhaps a little fortunate to be in the final. Kvitova had so maany break chances but wasted them. Kvitova served to stay in the match in the third set and her nerves took over. Some of her shots barely reached the net.
Sharapova has served a little better than usual in this tournament and she has been very aggressive on return of serve. She has really been going for her opponents’ second serve.
I don’t expect Azarenka to be overcome with nerves and she will continue her record of taking the opening set and she will win he first grandslam final.
Don’t be surprised to see 3 sets and if we do it could be full of errors. Sharapova is one of the stronger players mentally but too many UE’s will hand it to her opponent.
Update: Azarenka started the match by being broken in the first game. Sharapova hel serve for a 2-0 lead. She would only actually win 1 more game in the entire match.
Azarenka is a worth winner and new world number 1.