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Andy.
Mar 1st, 2005, 11:36 PM
I noticed at the Aussie open she did not get a lot of croud interaction when she talked and there has been a lot of talk in GM how she has become unpopular. I hope not :sad:

Edward.
Mar 1st, 2005, 11:38 PM
Maria packs the stadiums wherever she goes. Not bad for an "unpopular" player.

Its bollocks.

waratahsrock
Mar 2nd, 2005, 12:26 AM
I noticed at the Aussie open she did not get a lot of croud interaction when she talked and there has been a lot of talk in GM how she has become unpopular. I hope not :sad:

Not the impression i got, especially after the Quarter Final against Kuznetsova. The talk in GM is a load of rubbish. Eddy's right, wherever she goes, she packs the stadiums.

Dan23
Mar 2nd, 2005, 12:32 AM
Yea I think some people are just trying to find another way to pick on Maria. She no less popular than any other player and has a habit of drawing the biggest crowds of any player :D

Atrixo
Mar 2nd, 2005, 12:36 AM
I think a lot of it is simple human nature. Most people will cheer for the underdog. For the simple fact that --- even though they have their favourite winning --- they want to see players be pushed; for them to earn their victories, and for the losers not to have given in.

I also think --- for some tennis fans at least --- they have a love/hate attitude towards Maria. They say they don't like her tennis game, personality, behaviour, whatever... But, they're also the ones who flock to see her, whatever their personal reasons; be it wanting to see her lose, wanting to hate her in person... Or maybe they're just closet Maria fans, who openly hate, that which they actually love. Denial, denial, denial... ;)

Dan23
Mar 2nd, 2005, 01:12 AM
Very true Atrixo :yeah:

Andy Mac
Mar 2nd, 2005, 01:18 AM
hey..at teh doha final...teh crowd started cheering for alicia big time..and kinda "turned" on masha..but thats no biggie..thats just a situation that becuz molik was behind thecrowd tried to get her pumped....dont look into too much andrew..theres alot of maria haters in the GM..and its expected right?
theres no way shes unpopular when shes one of the highest paid women athletes and shes one of the most searched people on google..:p i of course contribute to that:haha:

Edward.
Mar 2nd, 2005, 06:37 AM
shes one of the most searched people on google

Excellent point!

Maria Croft
Mar 2nd, 2005, 08:24 AM
I think a lot of it is simple human nature. Most people will cheer for the underdog. For the simple fact that --- even though they have their favourite winning --- they want to see players be pushed; for them to earn their victories, and for the losers not to have given in.

I also think --- for some tennis fans at least --- they have a love/hate attitude towards Maria. They say they don't like her tennis game, personality, behaviour, whatever... But, they're also the ones who flock to see her, whatever their personal reasons; be it wanting to see her lose, wanting to hate her in person... Or maybe they're just closet Maria fans, who openly hate, that which they actually love. Denial, denial, denial... ;)


there is not really, much more to say about this :) only that I've already learned that the hating in GM won't stop as long as Maria is winning and you know what ??! I rather have them hate then Maria lose because what they say (the haters) is just a bunch of BS !!!!

Szymanowski
Mar 2nd, 2005, 10:56 AM
It's fine to cheer for the underdog, after all, a couple of years ago, that was Maria!:D

I'm just glad she's #3. It's ridiculous if you really think about it, considering her background:D

I reckon she's a player who divides opinion. That's gonna be natural for any pretty player after Kournikova. But also stuff like shreiking, taking a long time in between points and some on court mannerisms people and maybe opponants find annoying. In fact, when I went to see her at Wimby (vs Fraizer) I wished she did not take so long in between points because It may have been a bit distracting for her opponants. But people want 2 realise they are all entitled to the same amount of time between points, if Maria goes over this and they complain, she will get a warning, just like everyone else;)

Josh B.
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:50 PM
Its all to do with jealousy!

Pople who support other players, like to have a dig at Maria if there fav loses to her.

And they cant take it, that they have been beaten!

Its silly really!

Edward.
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:13 PM
According to a comprehensive poll on the GM, Maria is the 6th most popular player on tour.

So she's not even hated as badly on WTAWorld as we think. Much less real life.

Josh B.
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:37 PM
cooel!!

It isnt as bad as some thought!!

Szymanowski
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:25 PM
Just out of interest, where's the poll?

Edward.
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:28 PM
It should be floating around the GM somewhere. Go back a few pages and you should see it.

Natasc
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:41 PM
Most liked or not, auzie crowd wasnt on her side

Most of auzies scream: "YEAHHHH" after she DF or made a ue (or the opponet made a point)

Dan23
Mar 2nd, 2005, 11:10 PM
Most liked or not, auzie crowd wasnt on her side

Most of auzies scream: "YEAHHHH" after she DF or made a ue (or the opponet made a point)
I dont know why you think this :)
I watched the whole of every match Maria played at the AO (including the one against Lee-Waters in which the crowd was the hardest) and I wouldnt say they were cheering DF's and errors. They were surely cheering for her opponents but they were also enjoying Marias tennis.
Both Nick and Trent from this forum were in the crowd at the matches and they didnt think the crowd were acting badly at all towards Maria :)

Natasc
Mar 2nd, 2005, 11:14 PM
I dont know why you think this :)
I watched the whole of every match Maria played at the AO (including the one against Lee-Waters in which the crowd was the hardest) and I wouldnt say they were cheering DF's and errors. They were surely cheering for her opponents but they were also enjoying Marias tennis.
Both Nick and Trent from this forum were in the crowd at the matches and they didnt think the crowd were acting badly at all towards Maria :)
well, I saw the match many times, 'cause my channel passed at live and after that
and I can SAY, with 100% of SURE that they wasn't cheering for her

Not just for her, they wasn't cheeriung for ANY top player
When Serena, Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Lindsay or any other top player played they heer for the other player (except for when they face each other)

Sometimes they applauded when the point was realy long or good
but they wasn't cheering for them (or for her)

andrewbroad
Mar 2nd, 2005, 11:19 PM
All tennis-players who are good enough to be world number one are bound to have a lot of haters. You can't please everyone.

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Natasc
Mar 2nd, 2005, 11:58 PM
All tennis-players who are good enough to be world number one are bound to have a lot of haters. You can't please everyone.

I know, I'm just answering the topic

tonypete
Mar 3rd, 2005, 05:13 AM
Does anyone appreciate how ingrained into her game Maria's shrieking actually is? It is a total bi-product of the air she punches out with her shots, and is completely involuntary. If this aspect of her game threatens to turn off some fans for good, so be it. This classy superstar will still be thrilling the rest of us with her great play for many years into the future.

Szymanowski
Mar 3rd, 2005, 08:58 AM
Does anyone appreciate how ingrained into her game Maria's shrieking actually is? It is a total bi-product of the air she punches out with her shots, and is completely involuntary. If this aspect of her game threatens to turn off some fans for good, so be it. This classy superstar will still be thrilling the rest of us with her great play for many years into the future.
Completely right. Whenyou are hitting a shot and you breathe out at the same time, it's gonna produce some kind of shreik. It's a way of releasing power.

There aint nothin wrong with that. Many players have done this, and It's just the way Maria breathes that it happens to be loud! Not her fault. ;)

tennisjunky
Mar 3rd, 2005, 06:46 PM
I think crowds turning against maria simply comes with the territory of being the great champ she is. the more she wins, the more other people will start to find fault with her and create reasons to dislike her. maria wont be too concerned about such things, so neither should we as her fans. as she steadily improves and inches her way to number one i think the hate will continue to grow and we should brace ourselves for crowds rooting for her to lose, it's what usually happens in tennis. while she will always have her detractors, for everyone one person who hates her, there will be ten others who adore her. there's no doubt in my mind that many more people love her than dislike her and that's why she is as popular as she is today.

tonypete
Mar 4th, 2005, 03:14 AM
Maria has a very secure fan base of tennis lovers who want to see her compete. Those other folks supposedly out there who hope she stumbles, if they really exist, will be surprised when they see that this particular rocket never does flame out.

DrChemicalX
Mar 5th, 2005, 01:56 PM
Maria is not becoming unpopular, she is simply facing what you face when your known to 15% of the world population... When i was watching her at the Australian open and during the Kuznetsova match i was cheering for her frequently! As was the guy next to me, and during the match were she played Silvia the guy right next to me yelled at the top of his lungs: FINISH HER MARIA!! hehe..

lakan kildap
Mar 11th, 2005, 07:39 AM
I noticed at the Aussie open she did not get a lot of croud interaction when she talked and there has been a lot of talk in GM how she has become unpopular. I hope not :sad:


it was hot most of the time, and the crowd were probably too spent to laugh
the giggling does not quite work with the mostly male interviewers in Melbourne. I know that sounds nonsense, but if you compare her postmatch on-court interview in Wimbledon vs. say Zurich or Australian Open, the difference was that female BBC interviewer in Wimbledon, who "connected" with Maria, especially on the "girl things".
as for her vocal exertions, the difference between Maria and other grunters like Serena Williams is the character or timbre (maybe the musically proficient among us can supply the right term) of her screams. It's a high pitched, piercing shriek, just the kind of sound that can make you deaf after prolonged exposure, which even a fan like me sometimes finds disconcerting. (As a home theater and music fan, I treasure my ears.) It's almost like she's doing it for effect, especially during the match with Serena in the deciding set where Maria would start screaming even before making contact with the ball.


Having said all that, I still love Maria. Over any other player.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Mar 11th, 2005, 08:15 AM
it was hot most of the time, and the crowd were probably too spent to laugh
the giggling does not quite work with the mostly male interviewers in Melbourne. I know that sounds nonsense, but if you compare her postmatch on-court interview in Wimbledon vs. say Zurich or Australian Open, the difference was that female BBC interviewer in Wimbledon, who "connected" with Maria, especially on the "girl things".
as for her vocal exertions, the difference between Maria and other grunters like Serena Williams is the character or timbre (maybe the musically proficient among us can supply the right term) of her screams. It's a high pitched, piercing shriek, just the kind of sound that can make you deaf after prolonged exposure, which even a fan like me sometimes finds disconcerting. (As a home theater and music fan, I treasure my ears.) It's almost like she's doing it for effect, especially during the match with Serena in the deciding set where Maria would start screaming even before making contact with the ball.


Having said all that, I still love Maria. Over any other player.

well said...

Andy Mac
Mar 11th, 2005, 12:27 PM
yes lakan! very very wel said my man

Futballer
Apr 4th, 2005, 03:52 AM
People will usually always go for the underdog when watching games.

tennisjunky
Aug 11th, 2005, 03:53 PM
if it's true about people loving to hate people on top maria is about to hated for being number one. it's already kind of starting, you can feel it. people are really sad, but it will only help to keep maria motivated, she'll use it for her own good.

goldenlox
Aug 11th, 2005, 04:17 PM
I think Maria is very popular. I was watching her practice at last year's US Open, and there was a big crowd, and they were very supportive.
I expect the same response this year.

Mr Snuggles
Aug 19th, 2005, 12:11 AM
I doubt Sharapova has become unpopular, more likely the opposite has happened since a year ago. She regularly wins popularity polls, she's apparently massive in Asia and at this years AO her player profile was the most viewed of any other player. She's also probably the biggest draw of all the women globally.

Portobello
Aug 19th, 2005, 02:58 AM
I think maria is so popular that some ppl can't stand :lol: :lol: :lol:
so they try to find sth to make her down,find the new topic to brag her :rolleyes:
but it's really not important to me,it's not imp how ppl think about her,they can't change my mind :hearts:

Andy Mac
Aug 19th, 2005, 03:56 PM
I think maria is so popular that some ppl can't stand :lol: :lol: :lol:
so they try to find sth to make her down,find the new topic to brag her :rolleyes:
but it's really not important to me,it's not imp how ppl think about her,they can't change my mind :hearts:
yeah, like people in the GM

lakan kildap
Aug 20th, 2005, 10:56 AM
it's been a long time since this thread was started and much has changed. however, I wouldn't say she's becoming unpopular to the point where the crowds can literally turn the outcome of the match against her. if you remember Martina Hingis during the 1999 French Open Final, you know what I mean. that is having the crowd against you.

Can we say the public is no longer as strongly behind her as say, last year? I think we can, it's gone down a notch, simply because she's no longer the underdog. last year she started ranked #32, I think, and was #15 at Wimbledon. and young. now, she's a year older, already one of the top 5 players, has already won a ton of money, etc. she still enjoys a strong crowd support, although the Cinderella affair is no longer there, as the glass slipper fitting's already done. she's already a queen.

Maria Croft
Aug 20th, 2005, 11:29 AM
Maria is very popluar, but it's just a fact that people want to see you lose when your at the top, when I watch a tennis match on T.V. I also often hope that the underdog can win, that's just fun, not against my fav of course, I expect them to get lose 0 and 0 lol