She was just a fresh new face
to add to the mix.
None of the ratings in her big matches
against the likes of the Williams Sisters,
as these three are the most polarizing figures
on the tour right now surpassed the highest
ratings of the big matches in the past few years.
She was new blood. And she was blonde hair blue-eyes
Russian whom they found attractive and you had a new star.
I mean, she was touted as the heir of sorts to Kournikova
but she could play and win something Anna couldn't.
So for them, they felt that had a new and improved Anna.
She's great for the sport but I wouldn't say she was a
saviour or that tennis needed any saving to begin with.
Ratings in the biggest market did dropp after 03' Wimbledon
when the Sisters were gone and rebounded when Maria beat Serena.
Yet, they just as much if not more to do with Serena. In England they
were ruthless and billed it as "the Beauty vs. the Beast". W/o Serena
that match wouldn't have got the ratings it did because Serena was the
foil and the source of discontent among certain types of people in the tennis community. So to have her beaten by their newly billed Kournakova-esque supergirl you had many wanting to give her billing as a "Saviour" that she really wasn't.
Yet, that just my take!