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pierce0415
Jul 26th, 2004, 09:29 PM
From the Acura website:

http://www.acuraclassic.com/index.asp

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the Acura Classic?

Current results: :rolleyes:

Lindsay Davenport 11% (hometown girl in last place :tape: )
Venus Williams 19% (respectable 2nd :worship: )
Maria Sharapova 43% :confused:
Amelie Mauresmo 12% (my vote :mad: )
Serena Williams 14% :p

fifiricci
Jul 26th, 2004, 09:31 PM
Well that figures. The world wants to see how the girl is going to cope with superstardom post Wimbledon - flash in the pan or the new queen of tennis - but obviously its going to take more than a few tournaments to establish that.

bandabou
Jul 26th, 2004, 09:31 PM
Interesting....that is what being blonde and having blue-eyes will do for you.

Anna F'd Enrique
Jul 26th, 2004, 09:37 PM
go venus!!!!

Leo_DFP
Jul 26th, 2004, 09:38 PM
Interesting....that is what being blonde and having blue-eyes will do for you.
That's exactly it.

Davenport behind Mauresmo? :eek: I guess the Californians are sick of seeing Lindsay win all of their tournaments since 1997. :lol:

Atrixo
Jul 26th, 2004, 09:39 PM
Interesting....that is what being blonde and having blue-eyes will do for you.

A tad simplistic, don't you think? :rolleyes:

bandabou
Jul 26th, 2004, 09:41 PM
That's exactly it.

Davenport behind Mauresmo? :eek: I guess the Californians are sick of seeing Lindsay win all of their tournaments since 1997. :lol:


:lol: Guess so, huh?!

bandabou
Jul 26th, 2004, 09:42 PM
A tad simplistic, don't you think? :rolleyes:


And why would it be?!

Leo_DFP
Jul 26th, 2004, 09:45 PM
A tad simplistic, don't you think? :rolleyes:Not at all, really. Why do you think the American public was so infatuated with Kournikova when she was playing? Was it her tennis or her blonde hair and body? The same goes for Sharapova.

Doc
Jul 26th, 2004, 09:49 PM
Interesting....that is what being blonde and having blue-eyes will do for you.

So why aren't they all rushing to see Dementieva or Meghann, or Bovina?

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 26th, 2004, 10:05 PM
Interesting....that is what being blonde and having blue-eyes will do for you.

green eyes!!!

UDiTY
Jul 26th, 2004, 10:11 PM
:rolleyes: @ people voting for Maria.

I dunno maybe people just wanna see if she still plays like a top player post-wimbledon...that's what I wanna see.

GO VENUS:p

OUT!
Jul 26th, 2004, 10:14 PM
green eyes!!!Same difference - still the top of the beauty hierarchy unfortunately.

saab95
Jul 26th, 2004, 10:16 PM
@ people voting without Nastya & Lena D. in the poll .
Is it right?

BlahBlahson
Jul 26th, 2004, 10:20 PM
A tad simplistic, don't you think? :rolleyes:

It's the sad truth though :(

LindsayRocks89
Jul 26th, 2004, 10:22 PM
It's the sad truth though :(

hey davenport_1 :wavey: yep its him, cause on his xanga thats what he put as his name :wavey:

bandabou
Jul 26th, 2004, 10:28 PM
So why aren't they all rushing to see Dementieva or Meghann, or Bovina?


Weren´t on the poll...

Doc
Jul 26th, 2004, 11:09 PM
Weren´t on the poll...

And why do you think these other tall, blondes weren't on the poll? because they were so popular with the fans..... :rolleyes:

Face it, your attempt to dismiss Maria as only being popular because of her blonde hair and looks reeks of chauvinism.

There are dozens of leggy blue-eyed blondes on the tour. Most of them would have trouble drawing a crowd of three. Maria's popularity stems primarily from her exciting play, focus, skill and personality. People rush to her matches, just as they rushed to those of Justine - to be wowed by her exhilarating tennis.

Atrixo
Jul 26th, 2004, 11:14 PM
And why do you think these other tall, blondes weren't on the poll? because they were so popular with the fans..... :rolleyes:

Face it, your attempt to dismiss Maria as only being popular because of her blonde hair and looks reeks of chauvinism.

There are dozens of leggy blue-eyed blondes on the tour. Most of them would have trouble drawing a crowd of three. Maria's popularity stems primarily from her exciting play, focus, skill and personality. People rush to her matches, just as they rushed to those of Justine - to be wowed by her exhilarating tennis.

Right on the money, Doc! :worship:

Cybelle Darkholme
Jul 26th, 2004, 11:44 PM
Interesting....that is what being blonde and having blue-eyes will do for you.
doesnt seem to be working well for lindsay...

faboozadoo15
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:01 AM
Weren´t on the poll...
would they win if they were? no. maria's got the last slam played and people haven't seen much of her yet, they know she's attractive. it only makes sense that people would want to see her play tennis. and i don't see anything wrong with that.

faboozadoo15
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:02 AM
great post, doc ;)

jacobruiz
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:20 AM
And why do you think these other tall, blondes weren't on the poll? because they were so popular with the fans..... :rolleyes:

Face it, your attempt to dismiss Maria as only being popular because of her blonde hair and looks reeks of chauvinism.

There are dozens of leggy blue-eyed blondes on the tour. Most of them would have trouble drawing a crowd of three. Maria's popularity stems primarily from her exciting play, focus, skill and personality. People rush to her matches, just as they rushed to those of Justine - to be wowed by her exhilarating tennis.
Great post. What an insult to Maria to state that the only reason people want to see her in this tournament is because she's beautiful with blonde hair and GREEN eyes. This girl has earned respect for the smashing tennis she's been playing as well as her dedication to the game. Not to mention she's smart, charming and has a nice personality.

Are we supposed to not care so much about Maria cause she's a green-eyed blonde? What sense does that make?

Havok
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:31 AM
Not surprising since Maria hasn't played there I don't think so they're most excited to see her for the first time.

htm
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:41 AM
Interesting....that is what being blonde and having blue-eyes will do for you.


You forgot to mention she's a child you know how white men like sleeping with little girls. :lol:

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:53 AM
Sorry Maria-fans...I didn´t mean to offend her or any of you. But I do think it is obvious that her being blonde and having green-eyes: the epitome of beauty in most people´s eyes, is more of a cause for people being curious to seeing her and the fact that she has won a major only adds to it...

Funny how her tennis is being seen as the most talented brand of tennis seen since the days of Martina N, Steffi,etc....while it clearly has been modelled after the tennis the sisters´s play who has been deemed as brainless, untalented tennis..tjaa...

jacobruiz
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:04 AM
It has been a long, long time since anyone but a total fool has deemed the sisters' play brainless or talentless. Maria still has quite a way to go but she has a great start, in my opinion. Should be some good match-ups in this tournament!:bounce:

Junex
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:39 AM
Great post. What an insult to Maria to state that the only reason people want to see her in this tournament is because she's beautiful with blonde hair and GREEN eyes. This girl has earned respect for the smashing tennis she's been playing as well as her dedication to the game. Not to mention she's smart, charming and has a nice personality.

Are we supposed to not care so much about Maria cause she's a green-eyed blonde? What sense does that make?


As usual, people cant just accept defeat of their faves even in popularity polls such as this, especially bandabou.

he even dare to question californians opinion. I say its an insult to maria even more of an insult to californians to say that they only rush for maria,s matches because she is a "blue eyed blonde" .

I think from a nation which produced a bunch of tennis greats, their taste isn't superficial.

Hant Hant
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:45 AM
poor lindsay, being mature and classy didn't get her noticed. she's still popular to me, though.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 02:04 AM
It has been a long, long time since anyone but a total fool has deemed the sisters' play brainless or talentless. Maria still has quite a way to go but she has a great start, in my opinion. Should be some good match-ups in this tournament!:bounce:


You sure?!

Fingon
Jul 27th, 2004, 02:08 AM
You forgot to mention she's a child you know how white men like sleeping with little girls. :lol:
yes, I am sure all the pedophiles are only white men:rolleyes:

you seem obsessed with that, maybe you are the one obsessed with little girls?

Fingon
Jul 27th, 2004, 02:10 AM
As usual, people cant just accept defeat of their faves even in popularity polls such as this, especially bandabou.

he even dare to question californians opinion. I say its an insult to maria even more of an insult to californians to say that they only rush for maria,s matches because she is a "blue eyed blonde" .

I think from a nation which produced a bunch of tennis greats, their taste isn't superficial.
funny isn't it? Californians are so stupid!!!, I guess that's why Sillicon Valley is there :lol:

harloo
Jul 27th, 2004, 03:21 AM
Sorry Maria-fans...I didn´t mean to offend her or any of you. But I do think it is obvious that her being blonde and having green-eyes: the epitome of beauty in most people´s eyes, is more of a cause for people being curious to seeing her and the fact that she has won a major only adds to it...

Funny how her tennis is being seen as the most talented brand of tennis seen since the days of Martina N, Steffi,etc....while it clearly has been modelled after the tennis the sisters´s play who has been deemed as brainless, untalented tennis..tjaa...
:tape:

tenn_ace
Jul 27th, 2004, 03:59 AM
Interesting....that is what being blonde and having blue-eyes will do for you.

a few years ago Venus and Serena were at the top of similar polls... I haven't seen you posting this comment

Interesting....that is what being dark-haired and having dark eyes will do for you...

Care to explain why?

BTW, Masha's eyes are not blue.

ys
Jul 27th, 2004, 04:02 AM
You forgot to mention she's a child you know how white men like sleeping with little girls. :lol:
Unlike .. Michael Jackson? :haha:

Leo_DFP
Jul 27th, 2004, 05:07 AM
So why aren't they all rushing to see Dementieva or Meghann, or Bovina?
Pffft, they're not advertised nearly as much as Sharapova, the Kournikova with game, as most Americans know her.

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 08:51 AM
What? Only 43% for Sharapova, whats going on? I thought it would be at least 70%.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 10:39 AM
a few years ago Venus and Serena were at the top of similar polls... I haven't seen you posting this comment

Interesting....that is what being dark-haired and having dark eyes will do for you...

Care to explain why?

BTW, Masha's eyes are not blue.


Now that´s the trick....were they ever?!

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 10:44 AM
Bandabou,

Mate, you don't seem to understand. Maria is extremely talented AND beautiful. There hasn't really ever been any player who has both incredible looks and talent like Maria. This is why she is leading the poll by such a long way.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 10:55 AM
Bandabou,

Mate, you don't seem to understand. Maria is extremely talented AND beautiful. There hasn't really ever been any player who has both incredible looks and talent like Maria. This is why she is leading the poll by such a long way.

really?! I don´t see how people can act like the girl is the most beautiful girl in the world. If she were in high-school she wouldn´t be even the cutest girl of her class....look at her, I mean she is 17 already and barely has any curves to speak of.

Isn´t a woman supposed to have SOME curves?!

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:00 AM
really?! I don´t see how people can act like the girl is the most beautiful girl in the world. If she were in high-school she wouldn´t be even the cutest girl of her class....look at her, I mean she is 17 already and barely has any curves to speak of.

Isn´t a woman supposed to have SOME curves?!

Well she's the most beautiful tennis player. She's got a stunning body and looks like a model unlike all the other top players in the poll.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:22 AM
Well she's the most beautiful tennis player. She's got a stunning body and looks like a model unlike all the other top players in the poll.


Your words.....

tenn_ace
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:25 AM
Now that´s the trick....were they ever?!

they were... too young to remember?

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:27 AM
Your words.....

I guess its just a matter of opinion. You may prefer women who are full of muscles whereas I prefer beautiful models.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:27 AM
they were... too young to remember?

There are two things: People wanted to come see them lose...but in Maria´s case they want her to keep on winning.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:28 AM
I guess its just a matter of opinion. You may prefer women who are full of muscles whereas I prefer beautiful models.

Haven´t seen Maria´s arm lately, huh?!

tenn_ace
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:33 AM
There are two things: People wanted to come see them lose...but in Maria´s case they want her to keep on winning.

bull... is written all over this post...

Miami 1999 Venus def. Stefanie... Full stadium was routing for Venus.
New Haven 1999 Venus def. Linds... Full stadium was routing for Venus.

Do I need to continue?

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:36 AM
bull... is written all over this post...

Miami 1999 Venus def. Stefanie... Full stadium was routing for Venus.
New Haven 1999 Venus def. Linds... Full stadium was routing for Venus.

Do I need to continue?


Serena vs Kim IW´01...crowd booed Serena the whole match.
Venus vs Momo u.s.open´02..crowd´s rooting for french Momo over AMERICAN Venus.

Need I to go on?!

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:36 AM
People want to see the Williams lose in ALL other countries esp at wimbledon, BUT everyone cheers for them in the USA.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:36 AM
You see any of those happen to Maria in the future?!

tenn_ace
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:40 AM
Serena vs Kim IW´01...crowd booed Serena the whole match.
Venus vs Momo u.s.open´02..crowd´s rooting for french Momo over AMERICAN Venus.

Need I to go on?!
Kim was underdog and up-and-coming player in the match against one of the bests of tennis.

same with Amelie...

too difficult to comprehend:rolleyes:

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:42 AM
You see any of those happen to Maria in the future?!

Maria will never get booed as she is too talented AND beautiful. Beautiful girls never get booed as it just wouldn't be right to boo them.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:44 AM
Kim was underdog and up-and-coming player in the match against one of the bests of tennis.

same with Amelie...

too difficult to comprehend:rolleyes:

:haha: :rolls: For real, huh?! Think the crowd would root for Momo over a Lindsay?! Hey...one of the bests too in Linds, three majors, world no.1...somehow I don´t think they would root for her, but that is just me.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:45 AM
Maria will never get booed as she is too talented AND beautiful. Beautiful girls never get booed as it just wouldn't be right to boo them.


so..in a word you said the sisters are either untalented or ugly.

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:49 AM
so..in a word you said the sisters are either untalented or ugly.

not beautiful does not mean ugly, but in this case it probably does.
not extremely talented does not mean talentless.

anyway they are talented tennis players, there is no doubt.

tenn_ace
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:50 AM
:haha: :rolls: For real, huh?! Think the crowd would root for Momo over a Lindsay?! Hey...one of the bests too in Linds, three majors, world no.1...somehow I don´t think they would root for her, but that is just me.


not right now cause Amelie is now ranked #3, but back in 2002 I wouldn't be surprised. So to answer your question: yes, for real. :p

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:53 AM
not beautiful does not mean ugly, but in this case it probably does.
not extremely talented does not mean talentless.

anyway they are talented tennis players, there is no doubt.

hmmm....so they have a lil bit talented but they are dog ass ugly.

wow.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:54 AM
not right now cause Amelie is now ranked #3, but back in 2002 I wouldn't be surprised. So to answer your question: yes, for real. :p


Keep telling it to yourself, migh believe it someday.

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:55 AM
hmmm....so they have a lil bit talented but they are dog ass ugly.

wow.

No! A lot of tennis talent!

Sharapower
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:56 AM
so..in a word you said the sisters are either untalented or ugly.Oh my, bandabou, you're a wise person in general, why do you get into such a pointless debate ?

It's just Maria's time to be popular today as some years ago it was Hingis, Venus, Serena or Justine. In one or two years it will probably be another player (unless Maria appears to become a new Steffi or Hingis). The public wants new heroes.

tenn_ace
Jul 27th, 2004, 11:57 AM
Keep telling it to yourself, migh believe it someday.
and you keep swimming in a pool of jealousy, hate and stupidity.

azmad_88
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:00 PM
@ people voting without Nastya & Lena D. in the poll .
Is it right?

Yeah..where is Myskina and Dementieva. :fiery: :mad: ..????both of them seeded higher than Sharapova(if im not mistaken)

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:04 PM
Oh my, bandabou, you're a wise person in general, why do you get into such a pointless debate ?

It's just Maria's time to be popular today as some years ago it was Hingis, Venus, Serena or Justine. In one or two years it will probably be another player (unless Maria appears to become a new Steffi or Hingis). The public wants new heroes.


Not pointless...the poster said that Maria will never get booed because she is beautiful and talented. Seeing that the sisters get booed almost at will, that would imply that the sisters are either ugly, untalented or both.

We´ll see if your thesis is right in the future....although I sadly think that the sisters will already be long gone before Maria ever gets booed.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:06 PM
No! A lot of tennis talent!


Oh, they do?! Wow...at least they have that little going for them.

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:08 PM
Well I don't like booing. If I watched say williams v sharapova, i would NOT boo williams. I would just cheer on Sharapova for the whole match.

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:11 PM
Oh, they do?! Wow...at least they have that little going for them.

Little? I mean talant is VERY important in my opinion. Its just that the COMBINATION of extreme talent and beauty is VERY rare. Out of the current players, only Maria fall into that category.

Dan23
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:13 PM
:haha: What a bloody funny thread. Ive never seen a bigger load of mindless drivel fill up an otherwise decent thread.
Oh my, bandabou, you're a wise person in general, why do you get into such a pointless debate ?

It's just Maria's time to be popular today as some years ago it was Hingis, Venus, Serena or Justine. In one or two years it will probably be another player (unless Maria appears to become a new Steffi or Hingis). The public wants new heroes.
Finally some sense.

Havent we been through this about 13423423 times before Bandabou et al?
Everyones gonna have a different opinion and they obviously aint gonna relent.

Rgds,
ils

BTW:
and you keep swimming in a pool of jealousy, hate and stupidity.
I like that :yeah: :lol:

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:17 PM
Little? I mean talant is VERY important in my opinion. Its just that the COMBINATION of extreme talent and beauty is VERY rare. Out of the current players, only Maria fall into that category.

And that´s why she doesn´t deserve ever to get booed. I see....

Williams Rulez
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:19 PM
Yay!! Venus is second!! :hearts:

Sharapower
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:19 PM
and you keep swimming in a pool of jealousy, hate and stupidity.
I think it's drowning, not swimming :p

tenn_ace
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:20 PM
Yay!! Venus is second!! :hearts:

finally one positive post :worship:

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:22 PM
And that´s why she doesn´t deserve ever to get booed. I see....

I'm just saying thats the reason why she will not get booed, pretty understandable, eh? Booing ANYONE is WRONG. Just cheer on the player you prefer to win, thats the way.

xan
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:22 PM
Maria will never get booed as she is too talented AND beautiful. Beautiful girls never get booed as it just wouldn't be right to boo them.
It may not be "right", but it happens.

Hingis, Mauresmo and Pierce have all got booed to my certain knowledge. I think Elena D has had a few catcalls in her time too.

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:25 PM
It may not be "right", but it happens.

Hingis, Mauresmo and Pierce have all got booed to my certain knowledge. I think Elena D has had a few catcalls in her time too.

Mauresmo? She's not exactly easy on the eye is she?

Dan23
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:26 PM
Bandabou, a serious question. In your opinion is Maria beautiful?

The booing issue aside, I think Matt has a point.

:)

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:30 PM
I think people wanna make fun and stuff...but the message that Matt Clarke is giving is clear: Only UGLY people get booed and that is right..

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:30 PM
I think people wanna make fun and stuff...but the message that Matt Clarke is giving is clear: Only UGLY people deserve to get booed and that is right..

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:30 PM
I think people wanna make fun and stuff...but the message that Matt Clarke is giving is clear: Only UGLY people deserve to get booed.

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:35 PM
Bandabou
UGLY players do get booed more often. No one DESERVES to get booed though and I do NOT want anyone to get booed. You really do enjoy twisting around with my comments don't you?

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:35 PM
Bandabou, a serious question. In your opinion is Maria beautiful?

The booing issue aside, I think Matt has a point.

:)

I think she´s cute...but I don´t think she´s the most beautiful girl of the tour. I think there are girls who have better bodies, better looking faces,etc...but she is cute.

Sharapower
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:36 PM
Matt and Bandabou both suck in this thread.

Dan23
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:38 PM
I think people wanna make fun and stuff...but the message that Matt Clarke is giving is clear: Only UGLY people deserve to get booed and that is right..
Dont know about that, its indirectly true though.
People tend to boo players they dont like or if they are a fan of the opponent.
If they dont like a player because they're ugly then there you go.
Thats pretty shallow though. :rolleyes:

xan
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:45 PM
I think people wanna make fun and stuff...but the message that Matt Clarke is giving is clear: Only UGLY people get booed and that is right..
So, are Pierce and Hingis UGLY?

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:46 PM
Matt and Bandabou both suck in this thread.


and why´s that?!

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:49 PM
So, are Pierce and Hingis UGLY?

Is Serena?!

Sharapower
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:51 PM
and why´s that?!
Maybe the both of you smoked the same bad weed :p ?

lizchris
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:51 PM
I guess its just a matter of opinion. You may prefer women who are full of muscles whereas I prefer beautiful models.
Have you seen Venus lately? I sure don't see any muscles on her. In fact, she needs to gain a couple of pounds in her arms so her forehand would be better.

xan
Jul 27th, 2004, 12:58 PM
So are Pierce and Hingis UGLY?Is Serena?!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I don't think Serena is ugly, though she isn't my idea of a 10 for beauty either. Off court and relaxed she looks good. On-court, far too fierce and dragonlike!

Point is both Pierce and Hingis have idolised for their looks, and yet they've still been booed for "poor play", "poor attitude" or both. people are more likely to boo a player for "bad attitude" ( a la ASV) than anything else.

jesper1979
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:07 PM
I guess its just a matter of opinion. You may prefer women who are full of muscles whereas I prefer beautiful models.

do you think a modern pretty girl likes guys that trash gays for being gays
i dont think so and maria would thereby think you are a loser.
so if you would ever meet her again she will by then know who you are and probably smacks you in the face or something
And now back to your room and fantasize about woman that dont like you
and dont make stains on your bed, little loser

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:08 PM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I don't think Serena is ugly, though she isn't my idea of a 10 for beauty either. Off court and relaxed she looks good. On-court, far too fierce and dragonlike!

Point is both Pierce and Hingis have idolised for their looks, and yet they've still been booed for "poor play", "poor attitude" or both. people are more likely to boo a player for "bad attitude" ( a la ASV) than anything else.

Haaa...you nearly tripped over yourself there....Serena´s likelier to be booed than Martina and Mary, because beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, huh?!

But you´re right people with bad attitude are likelier to get booed...they deserve it too then.

GoGoMaggie
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:24 PM
I think Maria's popularity owes a lot to her appearance you like it or not.
Of course her tennis plays as big a part but being pretty really helps her with her popularity not just a bit but a lot. Cuz otherwise I couldn't find any other reason for this given this has never happened (except Anna K) to non-American players in the U.S.
I don't mind Sharapova but I wouldn't become a fan of a player just because she won a GS. I'm sure the majority of those who recently became her fans did so because of her being pretty.

Frank
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:26 PM
I think Maria's popularity owes a lot to her appearance you like it or not.
Of course her tennis plays as big a part but being pretty really helps her with her popularity not just a bit but a lot. Cuz otherwise I couldn't find any other reason for this given this has never happened (except Anna K) to non-American players in the U.S.
I don't mind Sharapova but I wouldn't become a fan of a player just because she won a GS. I'm sure the majority of those who recently became her fans did so because of her being pretty.

Probably, but you can't blame Maria herself for that. I'm not saying this to you personally, NovotnaFan, but I think a lot of people do blame Maria for being that popular.

wongqks
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:30 PM
MAria top the poll becuase she is the new girl from the block and she just win Wimbledon, she was all over the paper worldwide, it is natural for her to top the poll. I would be worried if she isn't

Just like the Williams sisters when they first up and coming in 1998 1999, they would be top of the poll. Regarding the stuff banadabou about what happen in 2001 US Open and IW, I can tell you people were rooting for the underdog, most people in the stadium already seen them many times and the fresh factor is no longer there. It is a cruel world out here nowadays, people want to see fresh face and they get tire of players very quickly. It will happen to everyone and believe it or not, it is not just becuase they are Williams sisters that they got rooted against

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:39 PM
MAria top the poll becuase she is the new girl from the block and she just win Wimbledon, she was all over the paper worldwide, it is natural for her to top the poll. I would be worried if she isn't

Just like the Williams sisters when they first up and coming in 1998 1999, they would be top of the poll. Regarding the stuff banadabou about what happen in 2001 US Open and IW, I can tell you people were rooting for the underdog, most people in the stadium already seen them many times and the fresh factor is no longer there. It is a cruel world out here nowadays, people want to see fresh face and they get tire of players very quickly. It will happen to everyone and believe it or not, it is not just becuase they are Williams sisters that they got rooted against

So if Maria is playing Osterloh today the crowd will be all for Lilla?!

Or let´s put it this way: in a few Maria is SUPPOSED to be in the same boat as the sisters?!

Matt Clarke
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:44 PM
So if Maria is playing Osterloh today the crowd will be all for Lilla?!

Or let´s put it this way: in a few Maria is SUPPOSED to be in the same boat as the sisters?!

No, i dunno whether you are just a Maria hater or what but Maria is A LOT more likeable than the Williams, even just by looking at her. I mean Serena williams says she "commited suicide" make you think that she's annoying. She got DESTROYED by better players, she didn't destoy herself.

jesper1979
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:49 PM
No, i dunno whether you are just a Maria hater or what but Maria is A LOT more likeable than the Williams, even just by looking at her. I mean Serena williams says she "commited suicide" make you think that she's annoying. She got DESTROYED by better players, she didn't destoy herself.


Maria might be better looking at her she would probably commit suicide thinking about what you do while holding her picture in the other hand you perv,

Junex
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:59 PM
After all that has been said and done, i realized one thing, Bandabou has issues with white tennis stars becoming more popular than the williamses.

I think its to a personal note, its very much an issue of color for bandabou.

Bandabou,

I feel your greivances, have you been (extremely) descrimanated with regards to your color?

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 02:03 PM
No, i dunno whether you are just a Maria hater or what but Maria is A LOT more likeable than the Williams, even just by looking at her. I mean Serena williams says she "commited suicide" make you think that she's annoying. She got DESTROYED by better players, she didn't destoy herself.


and it didn´t have anything to do with Serena´s play?! Lindsay is great player et al, but she isn´t THAT good to be beating Serena 6-1 6-3. What you?!

Specially considering that her h2h with Serena is a whopping 2-9 coming into the match...think before you write stupidity.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 02:26 PM
After all that has been said and done, i realized one thing, Bandabou has issues with white tennis stars becoming more popular than the williamses.

I think its to a personal note, its very much an issue of color for bandabou.

Bandabou,

I feel your greivances, have you been (extremely) descrimanated with regards to your color?


Not at all, junex...I just find it sooo amusing how the double-standards are in the tennis-world. When the sisters came up: horrors, they play power-tennis, they are brainless.

Now Maria wins wimbledon playing this same power-tennis and guess what?! She is the most talented player since Martina N, steffi,etc..

Williams domination was seen as boring because, the same two people winning all the time..not good and their matches are boring. Kim vs Justine meet in like how many finals last year?! No, but that is good....no word about the dullness of their matches.

jesper1979
Jul 27th, 2004, 02:31 PM
I agree with you that there are somewhat double standards, not because of color but only because of being hot or not. The sisters though do play interesting tennis i have to admit. But first of all were their matches at gs finals a lot more boring then Justin(call me christian) and Kim.
To be honest i do think that last weekend at LA showed a bit that serena does play a bit brainless sometimes cause of her lack of any variety. Not a dropshot, hardly any net approaches just everything as hard as possible and if she's not in good shape thats not enough anymore apparently

Not at all, junex...I just find it sooo amusing how the double-standards are in the tennis-world. When the sisters came up: horrors, they play power-tennis, they are brainless.

Now Maria wins wimbledon playing this same power-tennis and guess what?! She is the most talented player since Martina N, steffi,etc..

Williams domination was seen as boring because, the same two people winning all the time..not good and their matches are boring. Kim vs Justine meet in like how many finals last year?! No, but that is good....no word about the dullness of their matches.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 02:37 PM
I agree with you that there are somewhat double standards, not because of color but only because of being hot or not. The sisters though do play interesting tennis i have to admit. But first of all were their matches at gs finals a lot more boring then Justin(call me christian) and Kim.
To be honest i do think that last weekend at LA showed a bit that serena does play a bit brainless sometimes cause of her lack of any variety. Not a dropshot, hardly any net approaches just everything as hard as possible and if she's not in good shape thats not enough anymore apparently


I think the last two williams-finals or at least oz open final was better than ANYTHING Kim vs Justine has given us at major-stage in a final.

Serena was off sunday, but usually doesn´t play like that...don´t know what happened to her.

jesper1979
Jul 27th, 2004, 02:39 PM
A good williams final i cannot rememberbut i might be cause it has been a pretty long time since it happened


I think the last two williams-finals or at least oz open final was better than ANYTHING Kim vs Justine has given us at major-stage in a final.

Serena was off sunday, but usually doesn´t play like that...don´t know what happened to her.

bandabou
Jul 27th, 2004, 02:42 PM
A good williams final i cannot rememberbut i might be cause it has been a pretty long time since it happened


Maybe....and the way things are going, might be even longer till we see another one, if ever.