Originally Posted by oh yeah i guess
What I can gather from comments on Belarusian news sites is that Darya is almost universally loved whilst Vika has a fair share of detractors whose main complaint being that she doesn't live in the country and therefore somehow doesn't make her eligible to represent the country. I'm not sure how it is amongst ordinary people.
That's not about living in country, but about that fact, that she absolutely does not care for a country as well about her fans in here (common opinion). She doesn't have a time and will to play FedCup, but she's going to play some random WTT tournament in July for example. Don't remember when she last time even made a post or tweet in Russian, she has so much fans here, big part of them are kids who don't speak English. She call LA "home". U know, Belarus is small country, our people are very vulnerable when it comes to the country and the matter of patriotism, we can't help it, it's in our mentalitet.
And yes, Dasha is absolutely beloved by whole nation, she perfectly fits in term "a true patriot". She great athlete and extremely loves country, she regularly participates in charity events in Minsk and other cities, she really makes a lot for ill belarusian kids. Friend of mine few years ago got a chance to meet her and was absolutely smitten with her, said never seen so “sunny” person. And besides, she just very nice and shy, people love that, won't you agreed?
U know, I used to be a big Vika's fan, I still am, but recently she makes it harder, because I love Vika "tennis player and great athlete", not Vika "look at my new bag/car/hair/dog". I miss Vika’s passion for the game. And I'm still vulnerable patriotic belarusian