I was watching the match between sthephanie dubois(??) and petrova and was quite shocked at the lack of crowd support she recieved from the fans considering she was canadian and playing quite well. I mean the match wasn't spectacular but it was a home player doing very well and the crowd (what was left of them) were pretty tame at best. I know that the crowd can only help so much, but in the last two sets if only the crowd got more behind her, she might have fared a little better especially against an opponent like nadia who can easily self-destruct. anyays good on her, i quite like her after this run.
It's like in the US. If the American player is uknown and playing a top seed, most fans won't even make the connection that they should be rooting for someone from their home country. People aren't very nationalistic here in individual sports.
I was actually at the US Open once and fans (as American as apple pie) were annoyed with Shaughnessy for putting up a fight against Clijsters. It was a night match, and they were anxious for the next match to begin