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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2002, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do the Williams manage to keep us interested?

Yesterday, during the all Williams final, I came to the Board and went directly to the Wimbledon forum. There were around 10 members on that forum, so I immediatedly assumed the match had not started. So I calmly went to the Wimbledon site and opened the scoreboard: the final was underway, actually it was the middle of the first set.

I was surprised. I am personally not very interested in the Williams, and I think the RG final was shockingly bad, but when I came to the board I assumed there would be loads of people following the match. There weren't. I have seem more people and answers to threads about a 2nd round match between Sandrine Testud and Cara Black (for instance) than in the final of Wimbledon this year.

So I would like to know, were you interested in the final? did you bother following the match?


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Gallofa, the match was on network TV. There wasn't much need for internet commentary, we were all watching the match. Check out the postmatch threads and note all the people who are commenting on what they saw.

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lack of interest theory

It isn't their fault but their matches are not as
interesting for many reasons. The intensity of
their matches just isn't there because of their
relationship. Also, their styles are quite similar.
A Cap/Williams match presents a real rivalry.
We get involved in such a duel.
Who do we root for when Serena and Venus play?
We tend to think of them as Team Williams rather
than individual players.
Also, they tend to alienate many fans in general.
Don't really think it is a racist thing for most;
more a matter of how they celebrate and conduct
themselves on court.

Again, not their fault and they are great players.
We just don't care if Venus or Serena wins.
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Personally, I don't find their matches interesting... I didn't watch yesterday and I didn't watch the RG final... that's just my personal opinion though....

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It could be as you say, Volcana, but I am not sure. There are many times when matches are on Eurosport and all the European posters are around in the board, watching and on the board at the same time. *I* was here yesterday, since I am interested and wanted to see the match with the board as I tend to do, reading comments and cheers... I am simply saying I was surprised there weren't more people. You were here too Volcana, I was following your posts. I am not saying anything bad about the sisters here, just wondering what happened. I was truly surprised.


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gallofa I noticed it too!
I guess because most people were already complaining for days how bad this match would be, they really didn't watch
well they missed a good match imho

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My take on this question is this: When I watch a match I want to know that it matters a lot to both players whether or not they win. A lot. I love watching majors in which one of the sisters is playing. You can really sense how much she wants it at all costs. However, when they play each other, there's just no escaping the fact that they know and we know that the worst thing that can happen to either one is that her sister wins a Grand Slam. Seeing your sister, especially one who is also your best friend, win a major is a nice consolation prize. Oh sure, on some level, once the two are out there on the court, they both want to win, but deep down they know that if they don't, it's not such a big deal, since the second best result is a pretty good one, too.

That's a bit of a dilemma for the sisters, albeit a nice problem to have. For those who aren't diehard fans of the family, though, we'll probably just tune in when only one of them plays since we know it matters more to them on a personal level. The problem for us is that as long as they are ranked 1 & 2, we'll probably see these finals in majors for some time to come since they are clearly a level above the other players. They deserve to make it to the finals, and I'll enjoy watching them in their matches leading up to the finals.
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volcano's correct. if the match is on tv, why should anybody be following it on this board? and it was a great final to watch live.
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Infiniti just posted an article citing a ratings increase of 28% for the Williams final. From that, I would say the Sisters are keeping people very interested.
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I find it quite strange that people who support womens tennis dont tune in to the biggest final in womens tennis. if you didnt watch you missed a great match.

also you can say the same about the mens paris final they might not be brothers but they are best friends and when won lost his friend still won so does that mean each didnt care much if the other won?
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Originally posted by joy
i meant you missed a good one
Aw well, I'm sure there will be tons of other Williams/Williams finals for me to watch

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