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  1. Master Ace
    Master Ace December 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm |

    Do not forget that Robson did good at the Olympics getting a silver medal in mixed doubles with Andy Murray on her run to newcomer of the year.

    Agree on Azarenka winning WTA player of the year if she managed to win the United States Open. Normally, S Williams would have been at the top with her accomplishments with only slip ups at the first 2 Slams. Do not forget that S Williams got injured at Brisbane which hampered her against Makarova at Australian Open. But, what kept S Williams third was extremely consistent year from Azarenka, who did not win a tournament from Indian Wells to Beijing, and Sharapova, whose only titles came on red clay including completing the Career Slam. Azarenka won the bronze and Sharapova the silver both losing to S Williams.

    Now, who will drop in the rankings in 2013 and who will rise to the Top 10 from outside the Top 30 like Kvitova did in 2011 and Errani in 2012?

    1. Juan José
      Juan José December 13, 2012 at 1:57 am |

      Thanks for that, Master Ace! I agree with everything, really. I even forgot about Serena getting injured in Australia.

      It’s funny to think about the parallels between Djokovic and Azarenka. Djokovic went titleless from Miami to Canada (and Canada felt like a 500, really). Both lost a very tight US Open final. Yet Djokovic benefited from other players picking up the rest of the Slams, and a very strong finish.

      As to your question, I have no idea. Can’t wait to find out!

      1. Master Ace
        Master Ace December 13, 2012 at 8:53 am |

        Forgot that Djokovic won titles only on hardcourts in 2012 and agree that Canada felt like a “500” after the Olympics where Murray w/d after winning one match in Canada. But, Djokovic deserved his spot at the top and unlike, Azarenka, Djokovic did win the season event as we can draw the parallels on Djokovic and Azarenka

  2. Mithi
    Mithi December 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm |

    Just some (ok.. a lot) of the thoughts that passed through my mind as I kept reading on.

    – God Adidas is a nightmare with outfits for both ATP and WTA

    – Remember when Mona Barthel was a few points from beating Vika? So was Domi..

    – Ana gave me a lot of hope in Miami and then cruelly took it all away once the US HC swing came.

    – Petra never recovered after her IW fiasco did she? and we never got to see a dorky Vika-Petra doubles match. especially since it came on the wings of their dorky Wilson ad.

    – Sabine and Petko during clay and McHale during USO swing. Everyone’s getting injured.

    – I kinda thought you guys would include a best match worst match discussion. Best match is IMO either Vika-Angie at Istanbul or Vika-Sam at USO. Both were quite spectacular. And worst match has to be Caro-Kaia at French or you know you didn’t go to school. 😛

    – i love that we have Aga and Sara in the top 8. two sneaky Ninja type players. with a lot of variety. You’d think Vika would be a bit that way given her doubles background. But I guess not.

    – Wonder if we can expect something from Paszek next year. and from Caro for that matter. She did what she could to get back in the top 10 so that’s kudos to her. I wonder how many more different types of serves we’ll be seeing from her.

    – I would love for Momo to work with Vika again. except not for RG please.. that’s the blind leading the blind there.. but i definitely want her to help Vika think differently. Both Vika and Angie are playing like a sort of Rafa/Nole hybrid. driving themselves into the ground. Angie too needs to find an equally good helper.

    – I don’t know what Sammy did or how she did it. But she was AMAZING in that USO match vs Vika. So I’m going to allow myself to hope again.

    – Sabine’s loss to Sorana at USO was so weird given how much better she played against Maria at Wimbledon. So, I’ll just cross my fingers for the girl on grass.

    – I need Indoor Petra and grass Petra back. She is to me, the heir to the Martina Navratilova style of playing. I still can’t believe she lost during Fed Cup.

    – Can Vika beat Serena in 2013? The story will be her serve. *and voodoo from me… cackle*

    I think I’ve mentioned Vika’s name too much. But hey, you already knew I was a fan. *prays she doesn’t flop in 2013*

    1. Master Ace
      Master Ace December 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm |

      In the match b/w Azarenka and Barthel, Azarenka led by a set and 4-1 before Barthel got on a hot streak winning the 2nd set TB and ran off to a 4-1 lead in the decider before Azarenka straightened up and won. Azarenka had at least 3 matches(prior to quarterfinals) that she should have lost – Barthel at Indian Wells, Cibulkova at Miami and Brianti at the French Open. Surprised Stosur stood toe to toe with Azarenka at United States Open as Azarenka normally dominated their match encounters.

      1. Mithi
        Mithi December 13, 2012 at 8:41 pm |

        oh undoubtedly. Vika shouldn’t even have let Mona get to that point. But you know, Mona did a great job herself in that match. Domi on the other hand was a whole different story. That took Vika some time to figure out. Domi’s shots were coming in with low net clearance and very heavy and powerful. It was fun watching Vika try to find a way to beat her. Sadly I missed the Brianti match. Although I spent most of it wondering why Vika picked Mauresmo to help her through the French Open. That was a strange choice.

    2. Juan José
      Juan José December 16, 2012 at 5:28 am |

      Just wanted to say that your list is awesome, Mithi. I agree with most of it, I think. The “Tennis” Channel was showing Azarenka-Stosur the other day, and that sure was fun.

      Couldn’t agree more with hoping Kvitova goes back to dominating where she did in 2011. It might happen – it’s tough to adjust to huge expectations, as we saw in 2012. But she’s young, and learned quite a few lessons. We gonna see, no?

      1. Mithi
        Mithi December 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm |

        Just imagine if we got a Petra/Sabine match at Wimbledon. One can hope right?

        1. Juan José
          Juan José December 19, 2012 at 4:20 am |

          Hopefully Lisicki can get going – her serve is fun to watch. She just seems to have the worst luck with injuries. Hopefully she catches a couple of breaks next year.

  3. harini
    harini December 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm |

    Useless comment, but gosh…this post makes me feel SO uneducated about the WTA…

    Resolution for 2013 – focus on both ATP and WTA.

    1. Juan José
      Juan José December 16, 2012 at 5:24 am |

      That’s hilarious, harini. I actually feel pretty uneducated about the WTA most of the time. But even before we started this site, I made a very similar resolution to the one you mention about paying more attention to the WTA. The YEC was the first WTA-only event that I truly followed closely from start to finish. Which is kind of sad.

      I can only say I’m very excited about 2013!

  4. Aube
    Aube December 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm |

    Yeah Serena’s dress at the french open was so cute I thought of getting one myself but then I realize for what? so it reminds me how my Serebaby was whooped wearing it? no way…not:)

    thank you for all of you these awards,the chat and the discussion that ensue was fabulous!I like it!!!

    1. Juan José
      Juan José December 16, 2012 at 5:30 am |

      Glad you liked it, Aube! Also, I can totally understand about not wanting a specific outfit that reminds you of a tough loss. I was watching that Razzano match the other day on the “Tennis” Channel, and it was just impossible to avoid how much agony Serena seemed to be going through in that match. Her own personal hell, it seemed.

      But then, like all great champions do, she rebounded. And in what way! Too bad that great dress was a casualty.

  5. Aube
    Aube December 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm |

    Bingo Juan Jose, her latter half of the year is fantastic and make you swallow the FO loss better if you are fan of Serena,also keep up the good work on this site,you and all the rest,good job!
    Thumbs up!!!

    1. Juan José
      Juan José December 19, 2012 at 4:19 am |

      Thank you very much, Aube! We really appreciate the kind words!

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