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Thumbs down biased WTA reporting - capriati

Just reading this from the WTA website, it occurred to me that todays poor performance (i.e. blow-out) from Capriati against Conchita has prompted the WTA to write up the match in real damage-limitation-speak, totally to the discredit of veteran/ageing Conchita, rather protective of Capriati's comeback bubble. Sad to see the WTA becoming ever more corporate.

Anyone else get this feeling from reading the report?

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Zurich, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Defending champion Lindsay Davenport advanced, but top-seeded Jennifer Capriati was upset by Conchita Martinez Wednesday in second-round action at the $1.224 million Swisscom Challenge.

The second-seeded and former world No. 1 Davenport, seeking her fourth title here in six years, pasted diminutive Russian Tatiana Panova, 6-2, 6-2, while a hobbled former world No.1 Capriati was ousted by 47th-ranked Spaniard Conchita Martinez, 6-0, 6-3.

The Australian Open champion Capriati was slowed by a left ankle injury, which required treatment during the rather unceremonious match at Schluefweg Arena.
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The ankle injury occurred at 6-0 1-0, and Capriati moved better after it. Besides, several close replays showed nothing odd about her movement, so the seriousness of the injury is questionable. The WTA seem so pro-Capriati (perhaps American bias), but if certain other Americans had lost so poorly, i suspect they'd get different press coveragem even from WTA.
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I think that is smart advertising. I mean even if it isn't the truth, it isn't really good for a CEO to say something like, "Hey everyone, come buy our 3rd best product. It absolutely sucks and is inreliable, but still, our company is the best". Thus you should bias your reports to say, "our product had a bad day but on average, it is better than the competition".

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I agree. If it was Venus or Serena, the article would have said:

"Former Wimbledon Champion Conchita Martinez crushed Venus Williams, who has (insert negative phrase) in just 56 minutes."
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I agree. If it was Venus or Serena, the article would have said:

"Former Wimbledon Champion Conchita Martinez crushed Venus Williams, who has (insert negative phrase) in just 56 minutes."
This is very untrue and everyone knows it.

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No, it would have said "Venus, who pulled out of last week's tournament in ***, was outsmarted by the variety of 30-year old Spaniard Martinez, who is 19-21 in matches this year".


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Sadly, it is very true.......In fact, to this day, many love to bring up the fact that Venus lost to Seles at the AO, while failing to mention that Venus wasn't 100 percent, but God forbid someone else has a flu, the sniffles, headcold or whatever, thats all you hear about.

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Sadly, it is very true.......In fact, to this day, many love to bring up the fact that Venus lost to Seles at the AO, while failing to mention that Venus wasn't 100 percent, but God forbid someone else has a flu, the sniffles, headcold or whatever, thats all you hear about.

---No offense Selesrules :-) Its just an example.
Okay I buy that, but I still don't think why people (sometimes Williams fans, sometimes Williams hater has to bring up Serena and Venus in any chance possible

Also, I am particularly angry with you for one thing, not all Selestials are selesrules

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This is very untrue and everyone knows it.
No I dont think it is very untrue. When Venus lost to Maggy, she supposedly "crashed out." She lost in the 3rd set tiebreaker so the match could have went either way.
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I agree. If it was Venus or Serena, the article would have said:

"Former Wimbledon Champion Conchita Martinez crushed Venus Williams, who has (insert negative phrase) in just 56 minutes."
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Actually from my point of view, I think the WTA discredits itself when it writes bogus stuff like that....... if they are trying to promote depth, then why not promote depth? Anyone in their right mind KNOWS that Capriati didn't lose because she was hobbled, given the circumstances it happened in.
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The Williams would get the same treatment as Capriati. Only not quite so over-the-top. And that's only because nobody else on either tour gets Capriati-level damage control.

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I really don't see what the conflict is. Everyone including die hard Cap fans knows that everytime Jen falls on her ass the excuses mount up from the tennis community. It's no secret that Jen is "America's Sweetheart". It truly is sad, but that's just the way it is.
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Why does EVERYTHING and all these threads have to be about the Williams sisters when it has NOTHING to do about them.
Then you call yourselves that you're not defensives.. well you've jumped alone and nobody has said anything. WTA reporters would never say something similar about the Williams sisters because they are a great contribution to their popularity and they sure don't 'hate' them for anything.

I believe the article about Jennier and Conchita was kind of unusual...kind of weird that something like that was written in the WTA page..

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wow, so much in depth debate over a tennis match and an article written about it. Sure all of what has been said is true but big deal. Its weird to me how Jen pretty much said she got whupped in the 1st set and it had nothing to do with an injury. But i dont think its (the press release) that big a deal to get up in arms about it. If you like Conchita, just be happy she won and dont get too wound up over press stories and if you hate Jen, then just enjoy that she lost. It never mattered to me what was said as long as my fave won or the person i didnt like lost. the rest isnt really important
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It is always American biased.
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