A hostile crowd may hamper Azarenka

Hamish McLachlan Updated January 26, 2013, 11:38 am

It is going to be so interesting to see just how Victoria Azarenka’s medical timeout in her semi final affects this women’s Australian Open decider.

I think Victoria is going to really regret, retrospectively, calling the medical trainer and she will regret the post match interview with Sam Smith where she said she was choking and needed to gather her thoughts.

It goes against the spirit of the rules.

Look, if she really was injured then the media and a lot of other people have done her a great disservice.

But if she wasn’t injured then she has been let off the hook because if she wasn’t injured then it was one of the worst cases of gamesmanship I have ever seen.

We ran a FANGO poll after the game and a resounding 80 percent of the public thought there was no injury.

And this is where it gets interesting.

Perhaps due to this Li Na could have a real groundswell of support during the final.

And that can really help. It is like having a home ground advantage.

If the crowd get hostile with Azarenka, between the shrieking and the residue from the timeout debacle it will be very tough out there for her.

I am not sure how Azarenka’s entourage will try to shelter her from everything but they will need to because if she reads Twitter or anything online she will be feeling pretty down I think.

So it will affect her, that is for sure, just how much we will have to wait and see.

She is tough though. You don’t get to be No.1 in the world without being extremely tough.

She has won a Major before, she knows what it takes so she will be able to steel herself.

Li Na looks fantastic though at the moment.

She has a new coach and is in top form.

The way she demolished Maria Sharapova in the semi final was just amazing.

If she can maintain that level she is a real chance.

She is already a popular player but with this Azarenka incident as well she will be heavily supported out there.

Still Azarenka will go in as favourite by the bookies, deservedly. She is the defending champ and the world No.1.

My heart however is with Li Na and for some reason I think she will win.

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    Mark11:51am Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    worst cases of gamesmanship I have ever EVER seen....SPOILT BRAT

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    Ron11:53am Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    She is a screecher, a cheat and a K H U N T

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    george11:57am Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Azarenka is a cheat and a poor role model for the game of tennis, and craig tiley hasn't got the pills to anything about bringing the game into disrepute! I hope Li Na smashes her

  4. SylviaM12:07pm Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse


  5. loz112:11pm Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    If Craig Tilley thinks that everything was above board with Azarenka he is deriously deluded and doesnt deserve the position he holds. From what I am reading I think Li has the support of Australia, Go Li show Azarenka how it is done WITHOUT cheating

  6. John M12:12pm Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    When the going got tough she called the doctor,,No Doubt !! spoilt Brat is right !! Li Na and Murray have my vote,

  7. Peter12:16pm Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    WOW! Such vitriol over a game of tennis etc. The FACT that something is crook with our PM 's shenanigans with AWU does not make a ripple is underwhelming. Check out Larry Pickering's website.

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  8. bob12:17pm Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Gamesmanship, that''s a new word for it, she should be penalized for that shrieking, but there again there's an Australian saying, "It's not how you play the game it's the winning that counts".

  9. フランク12:25pm Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Lynch-mob mentality if I've ever seen it!!! Former players and the press alike should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. I'm an English teacher and when I heard the post match interview I immediately thought she had misunderstood the question....And it is the answer she gave to that question "What was wrong with you?" that has resulted in accusations of lying and cheating...and "cheating within the rules" which is a phrase that doesn't make any sense....but the general trailer trash and moronic mentality of the majority has fallen for the remarks from gutter press, and the mad dogs who know absolutely nothing of human nature! KKK lives....so be careful when you choose your friends!

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  10. Peter12:26pm Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Ben R, Things are so hot on Pickering's site that the ALP is paying people to crash the sight almost every day. The stuff that he is putting there - no one suing him. They are scared! Go Tennis finals.