When Jennifer lost to the Russians in the SF last year, I got very upset. When she lost to Justine, I was proud. The difference? Justine is a champion with whom Jennifer has always had problems (even in 2001.) That she pushed her as hard as she did really made me beam, even if she should have won. With Myskina, Jen had her owned and then did not even show up on court. It was pathetic and disgusting and shameful, especially because I knew in my heart that Capriati was a far superior player. Then with Dementieva, same deal. Davenport had just lost to Sveta, which just shocked me and pissed me off, because that was supposed to be Lindsay's slam, and then Capriati goes and AGAIN does not show up in the SF of a major, and chokes beyond belief. Again, Capriati had beaten Dementieva at least three times in a row, and Capriati is the better player. She couldn't even attack Dementieva's pathetic serves that day, because she was so tight.
With Maria, I don't mind if she loses to Serena or Justine. When she lost to Lindsay, I did not care so much because she had beaten Linds before and, when push comes to shove, Maria's going to take the important matches. When she lost to Kim, I was like WTF because Kim now officially owns Maria, and that's upsetting. When she lost to Schnyder I just about threw my computer out into the back yard. She was up a set and a break, and it's Patty Schnyder, not Justine or Serena or someone really top tier like that. Also, Maria would have been no. 1 in the world if she had won the match, and it just saddened me so much that she lost it.
With Ana and Nicole, as long as their vanquisher is within the top twenty, I don't really care because they are still developing.