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Did anyone else notice how TA and her male sidekick were so obviously routing for Maria during their commentary of the match with Amelie? They hardly gave Amelie much credit and delighted when she seemed to be wobbling in the 2nd set, saying how painful it was too watch, yet raved when Maria looked as if she was trying to regain control. I personally felt they were willing Amelie to collapse. When Amelie won the disappointment in their voices was pretty obvious.

Afterwards TA was interviewed by Sue Barker, and her response to Amelie's win was muted at best, and she tipped Justine for the title. She just couldn't bring herself to say what a great and significant win this was for Amelie, or look pleased.

The Beeb did quite a good piece on the Williams sisters, interviewing several 'experts', TA, Shriver and Collins etc on the likelihood of a Serena return. Most were pessimistic, though Shriver thought that Serena has the weapons to get back to the No 1 spot. TA thinks that Serena is unlikely to be able to compete at the top again, saying the sport has become more international and the younger girls are fitter and stronger and hungrier, and that Serena has been lured by riches and Hollywood. While it's possibly true, TA is well and truly a Maria fan. She came up with the usual: 'Maria is still only 19'. Forgetting that by 19 Monica had won 8 Grand Slams. I went right off the woman!
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Obviously you've never heard Tracy Austin commentate a Maria match before She commentated the Australian Open and i found her to be quite biased towards Maria.

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she idolises Maria. Just look at her hair she wants to be a teenager again when she was good and people cared about her.
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Yeah I've noticed since 2004 that Tracy worships Maria, she always mentions that Maria uses/used the same coach/trainer that she used and that she saw Maria when Maria was like 9 and knew she'd be big. It's like TA's trying to claim Maria's success was down to TA finding and nurturing her, makes me laugh a bit

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John McEnroe on NBC was practically panting at the thought of Amelie choking (when he wasn't discussing Roger's blazer).

I do love Tracy, however! Too bad Maria doesn't have her consistency off the ground.

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After luxourious praise of Maria (and their mutual connections) Tracy then moves on to her second favourite subject: Lindsay A. Davenport. *Swoon*
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okay[B]
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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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I raised this issue yesterday, see: http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=247871 because I thought Tracey's commentating was despicable, yet her article would suggest otherwise.

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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2006, 02:28 PM
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Tracy making excuses for Maria because she thinks she is pretty. She probably cried later after Maria lost.
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It's good that others have now experienced this for themselves and the US viewers who complain about this have valid reasons. Be thankful that Maria wasn't playing Venus or Serena then you would discover the rock bottom of US tennis commentators.

All that you have stated is what has been regurgitated repeatedly by all US tennis commentators and that is why I don't watch Maria's matches. I find the ass kissing too nauseating.
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yeah in that feature the Beeb did in the Williams, how many times did Tracy say that Serena was "overweight"?!? I mean we got it the first time, no need to repeat it like 6 times

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Maybe I was watching a different match I thought she was very fair to both players and gave Amelie a lot of credit, anyway, I don't care who she supports, I think she's a great commentator

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They also said on bbc last week that if Maria can get her self going (after playing more matches) she'll dominate on gravel too.

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It's good that others have now experienced this for themselves and the US viewers who complain about this have valid reasons. Be thankful that Maria wasn't playing Venus or Serena then you would discover the rock bottom of US tennis commentators.

All that you have stated is what has been regurgitated repeatedly by all US tennis commentators and that is why I don't watch Maria's matches. I find the ass kissing too nauseating.
I don't watch her matches either unless I know that she lost.. that's bad but I can't stand the commentators drooling. I like to hear their reaction when their fav isn't winning.
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Im a bit inbetween on my opinion of her, sometimes she is a great commentator then other times she biased, like in the 04 final she was clearly for Sharapova she was nearly cheering for every point maria won in the end but in the semi's last yr she was unbiased when Vee was giving Sharapova a royal spanking, but to be honest most of the BBC commentators are obsessed by Sharapova, esp Sam Smith, she has her head so far up Sharapova's ass any time she commentates on one of her matches, she nearly has an orgasm when Maria hits a winner, plus she doesnt like Vee as when Chris Bailey was saying it was great that Vee was back and did well enough at RG she stayed very silent and she barely ever mentions her either

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