Good point leslie, but give the American crowd their due; I suspect even they want to see a little more competition at the top of the women's game and once in a while see someone who can beat the Williamses; not least of all, the other American players on the tour whom they support just as much when they see them play in matches.
Also, I have a feeling that people realised very early on during that final that Clijsters was in with a decent chance against Serena from the first few games, and she is very popular around the world even if she isn't American. And besides, they probably thought that Serena could do without winning the championships again that year, having won three out of four Slams in 2002, another five titles and finished the year undisputed world no. 1!
Oh, and I believe it's a misspelling of vindictive, gogomaggie.
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