Besides, why should all the attention go to only three or four top players? That's not healthy. In an ideal world the entire top 50 should be 'stars.'
An update for you from Portugal: Genie Kourni-chard was quite easily brushed aside like a junior wildcard by Sveta in the QFs. Kuzy won 11 of the last 12 games...and only lost SIX POINTS in sweeping the last four games of the match. However, Genie managed to start out with a 4-1 lead...before reality set in
...and I've read that they were the most impressive 5 games ever played to start a match by any 20-year-old Quebecois in the entire history of Oeiras quarterfinals. Naturally, Machorra Allaster consoled the Future Icon of Women's Sports by giving her yet another photo shoot AND video...this on top of her recent selections as cover girl for Vacuous Clothes-hound and Horny Airhead(French version) magazines
What with the fact that girls all over the world are more vulnerable to eating disorders and self-esteem psychological issues related to physical appearance, it's hard to figure out how it 'empowers young girls' who WEREN'T born rich to a daddy who married a beauty queen...and, thus, didn't win the genetic lottery for looks...by promoting a gal who has barely accomplished anything merely because she's eye candy. I suppose that young girls with modest or below-average looks should just choose OTHER role models such as the less-glamorous Court, Davenport or Henin who actually won some tennis tournaments, huh?
Then again, it hasn't been a complete loss for Genie; she's already equaled her idol, Anna K's, total of zero tournaments won with one runner-up finish in an International event
(AND one fluke Slam semi). She still has a ways to go to catch Anna's 3 runner-up finishes at Premier events. Nevertheless, with the proliferation of tankers and quitters in the Allaster Tennis Universe, "Canadian Kourny" might skate through to a couple of finals by facing only qualifiers and lucky losers...so there's still hope
Don't be scared to open the door, Serena. It's not the Land Shark, it's only the doping agency
Propaganda Director for the Olympic Slam Queen
aboard SS Dementieva
Ste. Kim, we didn't have you for long enough, but we appreciate what you gave us