Rank the top players by what you believe to be their popularity in your country
Here are the top 20:
Serena Williams United States
Kim Clijsters Belgium
Justine Henin-Hardenne Belgium
Venus Williams United States
Lindsay Davenport United States
Amelie Mauresmo France
Jennifer Capriati United States
Chanda Rubin United States
Daniela Hantuchova Slovakia
Anastasia Myskina Russia
Ai Sugiyama Japan
Jelena Dokic Serbia-Montenegro
Magdalena Maleeva Bulgaria
Conchita Martinez Spain
Amanda Coetzer South Africa
Elena Dementieva Russia
Vera Zvonareva Russia
Meghann Shaughnessy United States
Patty Schnyder Switzerland
Silvia Farina Elia Italy
Who do you feel are the most and least popular players in your country?
I think the popularity of players in the UK is mostly based on who turns up to the bigger tournaments here, Eastbourne and W'don, and who does well in them. Cos its not as if we're affected much by home players biasing things.
Obviously I don't think new players like Zvonareva are all that popular as I think most people need time to get used to players. Schnyder doesn't really feature much on grass so I think she'd be overlooked, same with Farina-Elia (although beating Lindsay at EB prob means they'll know her much better next time). I think players such as Ai, Chanda, Maleeva are quite popular as even the senile old wenches that have been going to Eastbourne since the 50's know who they are quite well and they marvel at Ai in her evening doubles matches and frequently see Chanda at Eastbourne etc. Also Conchita and Amanda are well known as people have seen them around for ages and so know them well.
I'd say all the top players are pretty well known, although believe it or not I don't think they know all that much about Amelie. Only had 1 good W'don year and not an Eastbourne player. They probably know Justine more than Kim due to her W'don final and may have heard about her recent French win.
But I think in general, the more they've played and the older they are, the more the general fan will know and like them than a new or young player, no matter how talented or high in the rankings. What about your country?