That's not true at all, we like all sports stars. Hype our own more sure, but every country does that.
But they must perform well at Australia first, to earn the respect of the general public. No matter how well you do oversees, if you don't perform here you won't be rated as highly.
With respect to Donna, she must play here first to catch the attention. So no people won't know about her this year.
I guess. But think of Sam Stosur, every year they say how amazing she is and then I laugh as she fails