Join Date: Jan 2007
Safina better not lose. She's the only player in the tournament who's current resume says 'elite'. Yes Safina got run over in the OZ final, but tennis fans actually know who she is now. And some casual fans do too. Check it out.Bottom Half2008 RG finalThat's a lot of camera time.
2008 Olympic Silver
2008 US semi
2009 OZ final
She's got the 'brother-sister' story angle, but more importantly, on sheer level of play, she's #2 behind Serena the past six months.Second choice from that quarter of the draw is Peer. IW might get protesters. That would increase ratings.Zvonareva vs Mauresmo. Round of 16. Could be the best match of the tournament. Marketing-wise, it's a disaster. Either lose one of the four best players of the last six months, a name people are coming to know, or one of you two remaining GS winners.
A Safina-Azarenko QF gets zero-point-one rating, but they hit like .... aw shit say it. They hit like the Williams sisters. Even some top ten plays look like they hit in slow motion.
Second choice? The next 'Great White (skilly, blonde, young, we-can-make-some-money-off-her) Hype, Wozniacki. I hope not. She's not ready.
How the hell did Jankovic not wimd up in the semis with a quarter like this?This isn't a marketing disaster. Yet. But they ARE running out of players for whom this would be an additional building block, rather than a first step.Second choice? Pray that Radwanska doesn't lose. At least the sister act is a proven hook.Hantuchova/Ivanovic winner. I think the Hantuchova storyline is more personal, but 'reigning RG champ' is a nice backup plan.
There is no third choice. Sugiyama and Zheng took all the outstanding charisma with them.