Re: Why, ESPN?
Change of plans
Davenport's withdrawal also affected ESPN. Her semifinal was scheduled as the featured match on ESPN2, and officials scrambled to a backup plan.
Instead of showing the live semifinal between Alize Cornet and Dominika Cibulkova that started at 1 p.m., ESPN elected to air a replay of Friday's Sharapova-Alona Bondarenko three-set match.
"It's tough. ESPN, they go a lot by ratings, and when Maria plays, our ratings are huge," said Fernandez, who was set to do the analysis with host Cliff Drysdale. "I think they juggled back and forth what to do. And the match [Friday] was so good and a little dramatic, and it went the distance.
"They decided to replay that because for the American audience, they don't know these new girls. But for me, I'm torn, because the only way to know them is to put them on [TV]."
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