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Question Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...? -edit- Serena's tirade?

From watching the match it was obvious that the crowd was behind Henin. I asked my casual tennis fan friends why and they said everyone supports a comeback player / the underdog. Agree or disagree? And if this is true, does anyone remember whether the crowd was for Serena during AO 07? Just curious.

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Don't know if this is the sole reason, but the Sydney Morning Herald has been blasting Serena these past few days. Today's title was "Gifted Serena Should Really Be Thanking The Big Man Upstairs: Pollard", and a quote "Williams' presence was not the only absurdity at the Open"... But a couple of sports writers may not accurately represent the public's opinion I guess.

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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

She is the next best thing to Kim!

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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

Just a wild guess
People always support the player who look less like a bully

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From watching the match it was obvious that the crowd was behind Henin. I asked my casual tennis fan friends why and they said everyone supports a comeback player / the underdog. Agree or disagree? And if this is true, does anyone remember whether the crowd was for Serena during AO 07? Just curious.

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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

The Australian crowd ALWAYS supports the underdog/comeback player UNLESS they are playing Federer.

Was about 90/10 in favour of Justine tonight.
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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

yeah i noticed that too, even up the pub, people generally seemed to be going for henin... i thought it was because even outside of tennis serena is such a polarizing figure, everyone has an opinion of her (love her or hate her) and justine really isn't quite such a part of peoples consciousness... they don't know enough about her to like or dislike her so they just sort of go with whoever is playing rena (that was what i gathered anyway)

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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

They only truly got behind Justine after the horrible linesperson cost Justine the break in the 1st set. As it was pointed out, they showed replays of the shot in the stadium during the break.
But when it was even in the 3rd set, the crowd support was neutral.

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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

The AO crowd has been supporting her since D1. Could be because she is loved?? Her practice sessions are crowded. She is a popular tennis figure despite what the American media tries to say. And she is well respected; very well respected.

There is a lot of love for her all over.
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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

because people respect and miss a former N.1, i guess
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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

Venus and Serena have been used to not getting the crowd support.
Even in their home country.

You friend may be sincere, but this underdog reason is just nonsense.

Rodick, Federer always het the crodw support regardless of the opponent ranking or ability.

McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Agassi, not the best role model for on and off court behaviour have always gotten support, regardless of who their opponents are.
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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

Because everyone likes a comeback.
French crowd was behind Maria this year, and the year before the were booing her, so...

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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

It was cos of the crucial point in the 1st set right which Justine lost until the end of the 2nd. After that I thought they were fairly neutral.

Anyway I actually prefer when the crowd is against Serena. It keeps her on the ball, literally and figuratively.
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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

Because she was the underdog and it was a great comeback story. I think there were plenty of cheers after championship point. Serena has tons of fans in Australia but I think they appreciated 2 champions on the court instead of a champion and a wannabe.

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Re: Reason why the crowd was behind Justine...?

Yeah as someone said by the third set 2-2 the crowd support was pretty neutral imo.

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(1)A lot is being made of the record Serena has vs Sharapova. It is being used as THE reason she will win again lol. Good thing we have players like Tomas Berdych (who had an even worse record vs Nadal) to remind us of the fallacy of this nonsense logic.
(2)You stans may as well sleep well tonight because tomorrow the a replay of Lucie's winning moment over and over again will haunt your dreams for weeks to come
(3)The stars have aligned perfectly for the upset of the 21st century. All the best Garbine
(4) There is no path to victory for Williams.Keys wins in straight easy sets.
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Just a wild guess
People always support the player who look less like a bully
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"Look" like a bully?

Well Serena can't help what she looks like.
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