kennethw, I understand where you're coming from. This is something, as a Williams fan, you have to get used to. Even my friends who don't normally watch tennis, but are forced to because of me, notice the crowd's lack of support for V&S. On of my friends called me today. We were both watching the match and chatting about it. All he could talk about was the lack of support for Serena. There was a point where Serena doublefaulted and they cheered. He couldn't believe it. I told him to get used to it. If Jennifer, Lindsay, Monica or any other white American player was dominating the tour, I would bet my last dollar that the America crowd would cheer for them. They would be respectful to the other player, but they'd cheer more for the American. This is a reality that I've learned to live with.
This doesn't stop with America, it expands into Europe. I remember Wimbledon 2000 singles final with Lindsay and Venus. Although Venus was the underdog in that match, you didn't get the sense that people really wanted her to win her first GS title.
If I can recall correctly, I think Zina Garrison made it to the finals of Wimbledon, to play Martina N, one year. I didn't see the match, because I wasn't following tennis at that time, but I can remember someone saying that there was more support for Martina N. than for Zina G., because people wanted her to win her 9th Wimby title. Is it possible that the crowd didn't want to see a black woman win it? After all, Zina was the underdog, hence, she should've gotten more support from the crowd. No? Somebody please correct me on this if I'm wrong.
This is why I strongly believe that Venus and Serena should not play Fed Cup, Hopman Cup and the Olympics for America. If they cannot get the support from the home crowd, they should not have to represent America.
I don't care about their reception in Europe, or any other continent. However, no one should be booed for silliness.