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Women's tennis is gettin boring

with more n more Russians coming up... no offense to Russia but I can't helt but feel this way.. too many players from one single country... Anybody else feels the same?
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By the way I admit I'm bitter now as two of my favorites lost to Russians today.
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It's the quality that matters not the amount of players from one country

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But what if we had nine russians in the last 16? And which is not quite out of the question either... Every time a Russian player is on the court, I can't help but root for the other player... not that I don't like Russia but 9 out of 16 is just way too many given tennis is such an international sport.. could hurt the popularity of the sport.
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I really want Na Li to stop Sharapova but so far it's not going all too well... Na Li lost the first three games... I think too many players from one country dominating the rankings hurts the sport.
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They are so different to each others

And last years when you have a lot of Americans? Was it better for you?

GO RUSSIA!!!! I m like this.
During this AO i see matches played by Myskina - twice, Dementieva - twice, Sharapova - twice -- now Na Li 0 third, Linetskaya, Petrova, Likhovtseva, Safina , Anna C and want MORE!!!!
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Well casual fans tend to support players of their own so popularity wise tennis' future doesn't look bright at all.
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bump as another Russian got a berth in the last 16.
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I am not troubled about the Russian revolution so far.
Most of them have very different styles. Actually I love to see most of them play as the style os some of them differs quite a lot from the tennis we've gotten used to during the Williams era (Myskina especially) - I love to see them rise, 'cause they bring more variety and more competition to the game.
Also it's pretty absurd to impose quota's per nationality, don't you think? - and it's not the russians' fault most of the girls from the other countries can't cope with them, is it?
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I have never said it's their fault that they dominate the sport. I'm happy for them but the sport in general isn't lookin too healthy as probably the most international sport in the world after football.
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I don't find it getting boring at all!
these days you can't tell who's gonna play the final, a few years ago, you were for sure it was gonna be williams against williams or capriati or davenport or clijsters or henin.
Now it's full of suprises!
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But my point is most of the tennis fans watch tennis supporting their compatriots. Especially those who follow the sport only casually lose interest as soon as the last player from their countries has lost.
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For example: Tennis in general is more popular than 10 years ago in Japan but TV rates were so much better then as we had Kimiko Date. After she retired, we have hardly had anything to talk about from the tour. Of course thanks to the Internet, ppl can follow the tour more easily but still the TV coverage we had then was so much better than the one we r gettin these days thanks to luck of top players from our country.
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But my point is most of the tennis fans watch tennis supporting their compatriots. Especially those who follow the sport only casually lose interest as soon as the last player from their countries has lost.
not me, kim and justine aren't plalying, but my absolute faves aren't even from my country!
I watch tennis all of the time, even when none of my faves are playing!

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not me, kim and justine aren't plalying, but my absolute faves aren't even from my country!
I watch tennis all of the time, even when none of my faves are playing!
Of course ppl on this board are far from casual fans.. they are rather die hard tennis fans. but the majority of ppl who watch tennis follow only players from their country or a handful of big names.
So it can hurt the popularity of the tour if there are too many players from one country playing every single event.
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