What's better for the game: top players OR unknowns making it far in slams? - TennisForum.com
View Poll Results: In general, what's better for the WTA Tour?
Top players finding success in slams. It makes the tour more stable and the best players should succeed 9 75.00%
Lower ranked players doing well in slams. Spread the wealth around! Top players winning all the time is boring, unknowns add excitement 3 25.00%
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 2010, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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What's better for the game: top players OR unknowns making it far in slams?

This debate has been raging in several different threads lately.. So I figured we could bring everyone together here, and also I want to see what the majority thinks so I want a poll.

On one side is Martina Navratilova: she thinks it's bad for the game when Serena and Venus keep making slam finals. These people tend to feel that upsets are good, and it's just plain boring when the top players win all the time.

An example of this is the 2010 Wimbledon, where Kvitova, Pironkova (both pretty unknown) and Zvonareva (a former top player who has struggled the last year or so) are all in the semifinals. Also, I consider both Stosur and Schiavone lower ranked players, so French 2010 would fall into that category as well.

On the other side are the fans of Venus/Serena: they think the best players should perform in slams. The best players deserve to be there, the fans want to see the best players, and the tour is just in shambles when the top players choke and let unknowns through.

Also on this side is 2009 Wimbledon, where the top 4 seeds (Safina, Serena, Venus and Dementieva) all made the semifinals, with Venus and Serena squaring off in the final.

So in general, what's better for the WTA Tour: top players always making slam quarters/semis/finals, or the surprise lower ranked/unknown players making it deep into slams? And why?

Obviously the easy answer is: top players should be most successful, with the occasional upset run by an unknown. But I don't want that answer! If you had to swing one way or the other, which would you choose

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Re: What's better for the game: top players OR unknowns making it far in slams?

It's not a question of who, but of how like I said earlier.

TOB and even Sveta winning Slams in '04 was great, because both of them backed it up with subsequent results (even though Sveta has been all over the map, she's been in the Top 10 and done pretty well). And they played well doing it, rather than benefiting from others falling on their faces.

Much as I've warmed up to her, Wickmayer made a semis run last year at the US Open due to a streaky performance and a soft draw and hasn't done a whole lot since. Could be a little early to say, of course. But that's the basic point.

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