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ElusiveChanteuse
Mar 15th, 2009, 06:35 AM
Was there any event that can beat IW 2009?:p
At least half of the top 32 seeds gone (including 4 top 10 seeds :angel:) in just 2 rounds...:tape:

spartanfan
Mar 15th, 2009, 06:38 AM
Hot shitty mess.

zxcVbnm88
Mar 15th, 2009, 06:45 AM
Was there any event that can beat IW 2009?:p
At least half of the top 32 seeds gone (including 4 top 10 players) in just 2 rounds...:tape:

JJ, dementieva, kuznetsova and ?

ElusiveChanteuse
Mar 15th, 2009, 06:50 AM
JJ, dementieva, kuznetsova and ?

I actually wanted to say top 10 seeds.:p So Marion who's #10 seed is included.:p

zxcVbnm88
Mar 15th, 2009, 06:54 AM
I actually wanted to say top 10 seeds.:p So Marion who's #10 seed is included.:p

well, with 3 top 10 players lost before R3 and 3 of them not in the draw.... it's 3/7:lol:

Volcana
Mar 15th, 2009, 08:01 AM
I know the most impactful bad performance by top players at a slam. The 2001 French open, with Venus Williams going down to Barbara Schett, while Amelie Mauresmo went down to Jana Kandarr, both in the first round. That disaster led directly to the (unfortunate) 32 seed situation we have today.

It's so long ago I've stopped bitching, but how about letting the elite players prepare to play their first couple matches. Why should their first two opponents be guaranteed to be players outside the top 30?

Oh yeah, cause stars mean rating points. Feh.

Volcana
Mar 15th, 2009, 08:39 AM
well, with 3 top 10 players lost before R3 and 3 of them not in the draw.... it's 3/7:lol:3/8. But I get your point. Still, Mauresmo has enough name recognition to move the needle on the world-wide audience. (Relatively speaking. Women's tennis ain't the NFL.) The tournament isn't dead on the women's side, but, from a marketing perspective, the semis need to be ...
Top Half
Safina better not lose. She's the only player in the tournament who's current resume says 'elite'. Yes Safina got run over in the OZ final, but tennis fans actually know who she is now. And some casual fans do too. Check it out.
2008 RG final
2008 Olympic Silver
2008 US semi
2009 OZ final
That's a lot of camera time.
She's got the 'brother-sister' story angle, but more importantly, on sheer level of play, she's #2 behind Serena the past six months.
Second choice from that quarter of the draw is Peer. IW might get protesters. That would increase ratings.
A Safina-Azarenko QF gets zero-point-one rating, but they hit like .... aw shit say it. They hit like the Williams sisters. Even some top ten plays look like they hit in slow motion.
Zvonareva vs Mauresmo. Round of 16. Could be the best match of the tournament. Marketing-wise, it's a disaster. Either lose one of the four best players of the last six months, a name people are coming to know, or one of you two remaining GS winners.
Second choice? The next 'Great White (skilly, blonde, young, we-can-make-some-money-off-her) Hype, Wozniacki. I hope not. She's not ready.
Bottom Half
How the hell did Jankovic not wimd up in the semis with a quarter like this?
Second choice? Pray that Radwanska doesn't lose. At least the sister act is a proven hook.
Hantuchova/Ivanovic winner. I think the Hantuchova storyline is more personal, but 'reigning RG champ' is a nice backup plan.
There is no third choice. Sugiyama and Zheng took all the outstanding charisma with them.
This isn't a marketing disaster. Yet. But they ARE running out of players for whom this would be an additional building block, rather than a first step.

The part of me that want women's tennis to be more popular than the NBA wants Ivanovic to win the tournament.