WTA Diary: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Catch up on all the WTA news from NYC, including Vika and Sam's epic and the identity of the world's new No.1 doubles player.

Published September 05, 2012 10:19

WTA Diary: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Victoria Azarenka, Samantha Stosur

Every week there's a lot happening on the WTA - on the court, off the court, by the numbers, even a few tweets... catch up on it all in this week's WTA Diary.

Going into the quarterfinals, there had been plenty of three set thrillers but no third set tie-break at this year's US Open. Then Samantha Stosur versus Victoria Azarenka happened.

There was no sign of the drama that was to unfold in the early stages, as Azarenka breezed through the opening set in half an hour. This was the 13th consecutive set the World No.1 had taken from Stosur, whose reign as champion looked to rapidly be drawing to a close.

Stosur had other ideas. A break midway through the second set allowed her to level the match and when she manufactured a break point at 5-5 in the decider she looked on the verge of a famous victory.

What did Azarenka do? She muttered a few unrepeatables under her breath before dishing out her first ace of the match. The momentum was back in the Belarusian's favor and, despite a little wobble in the tie-break and a few more choice words to herself, she was not about to hand it back, finally closing the match out, 61 46 76(5).

'Don't Be A Chicken'
So what were these words that came to Vika's rescue in her hour of need? Well, Vika is a lady and some of them will forever remain her little secret, but she did reveal this much:

"You don't want to know what I kept telling myself. I would have to beep that, I think," she said in her post-match press conference. "I was just trying, you know, to stay positive because I knew I had to find the opportunities.

"I kept telling myself, 'don't be a chicken. Come on, just go for your shots!'"

'These Are The Matches You Like To Play In'
So that's what was going through Vika's head, but how about on the other side of the net:

"I mean, I knew we were playing a good match," Sam said. "It was exciting and there was, you know, momentum here, momentum there. We were hitting winners and running all over the court.

"You can feel that you're part of a good match, but you don't sit down at change of ends and say, 'oh, gee, this is fun or anything.' These are the matches you like to play. They're the most enjoyable, but not necessarily at the moment you've got that going through your head."

New Top Dog
Having read the previous 300-odd words, you could be forgiven for thinking this Diary is basically the Vika and Sam show. And, to be fair, it kind of is.

Nevertheless, it would be positively rude not to mention that the WTA will soon have a new doubles No.1. As of next Monday, Sara Errani will sit on top of the pile, and after the remarkable year she's had, who can say she doesn't deserve it? Not Lisa Raymond:

Big congrats to Sara Errani on becoming #1 dubs player for 1st time in her career. Congrats to her and Vinci for a great year!

Rarer Than Hen's Teeth
Sticking with doubles, on Monday Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova inflicted a rare defeat on the Williams sisters. This was just the eighth time Serena and Venus have lost in 112 Grand Slam doubles encounters.

Star Attraction
The A-listers have certainly been out in force at Flushing Meadows this fortnight. First there was actress Vivica A. Fox and her vocal support of Venus Williams during her late night epic with Angelique Kerber, next Eva Longoria was spotted at Serena's match a few days later and then this week Victoria Azarenka has taken to sharing her interviews with first LMFAO's Redfoo and then, and even more bizarrely, Pippa Middleton.

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