Love the Legends of Tennis
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Sydney, Australia
As a spectator at the Aussie Open, I disagree with some of the comments on this thread....
Most of the people that I know who were supporting Venus was because she is percieved as the underdog and Serena is dominating the tour. It's that simple. I like both Serena and Venus, they are in my top 4 faves along with Monica and Hingis. So normally when these 4 play each other I will cheer for the one who hasn't had as much recent success as her opponent. So yesterday I was rooting for Venus coz she has lost so many times to Serena in succession and I wanted her to win another GS title. (I used to cheer Serena against Venus & Hingis earlier in her career for the same reason). I am sure most people felt this way - Venus being the underdog. Funny, but you might not have noticed that Serena had her share of fans too. They are both popular girls in Australia, they got a tremendous ovation when they played their doubles matches (I was at the match where they beat Martina) and also in the Final they got terrific support.
Sure, there may be some people (minority) who may have cheered against Serena coz she beat Kimmy, but I don't think there are that many petty people around in tennis crowds. They tend to be educated a little more than the average sports fan. Most crowds cheer on the underdog, and it doesn't seem to matter what country you are in (unless it's Davis Cup or the national hero / heroine playing).
Simple: Venus was the underdog, the crowd really got behind her. I see that as a positive thing. The crowd were urging her on. The crowd wasn't after Serena's blood coz she beat Kim. Maybe if the crowd comprised of 6 year olds who knew no better you could accuse them of that.... anyway, there you have it. From a spectator at the Aussie Open, who knows lots of other spectators and fans of tennis in Australia.
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