Will the WTA be praying Li wins the final?
After seeming to make progress with the media and the crowds during the US Open, Azarenka has destroyed all that work in the four weeks she's been in Australia. Firstly pulling out half a hour before her match versus Serena in Brisbane with an extremely lame excuse, secondly, her rather tactless comment about wishing she had a back injury after her match versus Hampton, not to mention her shrieking and general poor on-court behaviour and lastly, after her performance today and gamemanship that wasn't becoming of a champion, she's pretty much made herself the #1 villain.
OTOH, Li is very popular with the media and crowds through her personality, is the perfect player to enhance the WTA's marketing drive in Asia, and the fact she's playing in the Asia-Pacific slam, which means the final will be played primetime in China and have an global audience going into the hundreds of millions, could signal huge money being poured into the WTA.
Therefore, with the media, crowds and marketing strategists guaranteed to be hoping for a Li win, will the WTA want her to beat Azarenka, who seems to be nothing more than a huge liability to them?