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By Chris Oddo

Azarenka, Making Serena Wait (February 17, 2013) -- The good news for Victoria Azarenka is that she can't seem to lose this year. The bad news for Victoria Azarenka is that she can't seem to win without offending a whole bunch of people.

The two-time Grand Slam champion's latest egregious (or harmless, depending upon your perspective) offense drew the ire of Serena Williams during their hard-fought, three-set title match in Doha today. After being delayed while serving on several occasions by Azarenka's raised racquet (see pic above for exact posture), Williams pleaded to umpire Eva Asderaki during the second set for some help.

Naturally, the Twitterati had a thing or two to say about the developments.





Luckily, for those who believe in the inalienable rights of the server to determine the pace of play in a tennis match, umpire Eva Asderaki promised Serena that she was "keeping an eye on things." Unluckily for those of us who believe in the inalienable rights of the server to determine pace of play in tennis, Asderaki didn't open her mouth while keeping an eye on it.


As far as controversies go, this is a mild one (especially when compared to Vika's 10-minute MTO in Melbourne last month). But we're curious to know what you think: Were Serena's complaints justified, and should something be done about this form of gamesmanship?

 

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