Are Venus and Serena being held to a higher standard as far as match quality?
We are never guaranteed that any matchup between two players will lead to a thrilling match. It seems that people almost demand that Venus and Serena always produce a classic thriller or they won't watch.
I never found Daveport/Hingis matchups to be particularly thrilling but each time I would tune in anyway and hope for the best because first and foremost, I am a fan of the game. I wouldn't conceive of missing the finals of a grand slam when the #1 and #2 seeds are playing even if I thought their prior matchups were snoozefests. I would be much more upset if I missed a classic match than if I tuned in and the match wound up being bad. If the criteria for me watching a match up between two players was that they had to have produced "thrillers" in their previous matchups then I would never watch a Seles/Hingis, or Hingis/Daveport or for that matter a Serena/Hingis matchup. I would be missing a lot of tennis.
I guess what I'm getting at is that it seems strange that people would say "If Venus and Serena are playing I will not watch"-- simple as that. Shouldn't your love for a particular sport override your hatred of the person playing that sport, especially if they are the best in the world? If you are a fan of the game it seems you would want to watch the finals of a Grand Slams when the top two players in the world are on the court. The idea that , "I didn't like their previous match-ups therefor I will not like their matchup this time" seems shady at best. After all, how do you know if their match will be bad BEFORE you see it and if you are a true fan of the game wouldn't you want to take that risk, watch the match and possibly be rewarded with some great tennis?
I know I'm rambling here but I do sense that their are motivations beyond tennis that prompt people to not want to give Venus and Serena a chance to play a great match, when they have afforded that courtesy to other players many times in the past.
BTW this Wimbledon final was definitely the best match I've ever seen the Sisters play. The first set was thrilling with some unbelievable rallies. I felt sorry for anyone whose petty spite caused them to miss an such an awesome display of talent.