Originally Posted by JennyS
It's hard for me to truly judge this tournament since ESPN has only shown a couple matches each day. But it seems like the tournament is missing some unpredictability that it is known for. A year ago we had Jennifer go out in round 1 and Serena get pushed to the brink by Loit (Monica also lost early but it was mostly because of injury).
There have been a couple upsets, but I have a feeling we won't be seeing many players ranked outside the top 15 or 20 make the quarters in either mens or womens.
This tournament almost feels more like the US Open than the Aussie Open sofar. Maybe that extra week really helped the top players prepare more.
I don't think this is a fair assumption since you've been getting
ESPN-ed coverage. I've got the real coverage and let me tell you
why it feels different. It's different because the men's matches have
been so 1-sided this year for the stars. The knock out of players
like Coria, Nadia, Ai have made the early rounds even less of
The other reason that it may seem odd is because the American
coverage is based on Americans when in reality the event has
become the most international grand slam out of the Europe that
I have ever seen covered. You guys in back home in the USA
are only getting 1/4 of tone, mood, action of AO 2004.
The Belgians aren't billed as the Belgians anymore.The Spanish
players aren't know as the "clay courters", the Europeans aren't
lumped all together as the European players, and the Asian's aren't
just known as the Asians. Anna is rarely mentioned when talking
about Russian players anymore. Now it's the "Russian Girls!".
The new stars of the game are being promoted on local
news, in the papers, on tv as "Justine", "Juan Carlos", "Roger Federer",
"Amelie", "Kim", "Paradorn", "Marat", "Maria", "Myskina", "Ai"
and even Lindsay is always called "Lindsay" instead of
*Note Andy Roddick is not being mentioned on the first
name basis here. He's known as America's favorite "Andy Roddick"