Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: merely in delusional land
The French crowds in general have only been against Serena when Amelie (and to a lesser extent, Justine) is her opponent and my guess is that that'll continue. I'm also not convinced that crowd support is as simple a thing as people here have made out - sometimes very vocal support can make the player supported collapse under pressure (Amelie at RG, for example!) and sometimes it can make the player not supported feel defiant and fight better. In the end, I think the best players can use the crowd for inspiration whether or not the crowd is cheering them. I think Steffi did this extremelyl well - for much of her career she wasn't the crowd favourite but she still played well and when she was the favourite (best example RG '99) she used the crowd to her advantage. So, in conclusion, I doubt Serena will face particularly hostile crowds (I think last year was made worse because she'd thrashed Amelie in the QF and then played another Francophone) and, in any case, I think she's someone who can handle whatever the situation throws at her.