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Old Jan 26th, 2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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The media coverage of fan bias gives me even more respect for Serena

Watching the coverage of the Australian Final, I was amazed at how much the fans being against Vika was such a huge media storyline.

But this is what Serena faces in almost every tournament.

The crowd was no more against Vika today than what they usually are against Serena. But with Serena its not a big story. In fact its no story at all.

Its amazing how much of an issue this was, when for just one match, another player had to go through what Serena faces daily. In fact, crowds are routinely against Serena far worse than what Vika faced today, and nobody even thinks about it. The TV coverage rarely mentions it. Its a non-story.


It's funny what a big issue it is, when another great player enters Serena's world for one night.
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Old Jan 26th, 2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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Re: The media coverage of fan bias gives me even more respect for Serena

I remember the 2003 AO SF where Serena was booed for beating Clijster. Crazy time.
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Old Jan 26th, 2013, 03:25 PM   #3
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Re: The media coverage of fan bias gives me even more respect for Serena

The stupid media need a story and a villain at that. Anything to keep the audience interested. At least with 2.46 mil Vika can afford a full time therapist to travel with her on tour.
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Re: The media coverage of fan bias gives me even more respect for Serena

All top teams, players in every sport globally have a love-hate relationship with fans - whether it's Roger, Murray, Nadal, Beckham, Rooney, Ronaldo, ManU, Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona, NY Yankees, NE Patriots, Lewis Hamilton, Tiger Woods, LeBron, Serena, Maria, Vika, Caro etc etc ...

Stop making crap outta nothing

SPORT IS SPORT, Fans will 1st and foremost cheer for the underdog. While there're haters outthere, boos from the crowd doesn't necessarily mean they hate a player/team, it's a way fans use to get inside a player/team's psyche so they can lose focus.
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Old Jan 26th, 2013, 03:47 PM   #5
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Re: The media coverage of fan bias gives me even more respect for Serena

yeah, serena ... she's such a poor victim, in every single match, all over the world ...
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Watching the coverage of the Australian Final, I was amazed at how much the fans being against Vika was such a huge media storyline.

But this is what Serena faces in almost every tournament.

The crowd was no more against Vika today than what they usually are against Serena. But with Serena its not a big story. In fact its no story at all.

Its amazing how much of an issue this was, when for just one match, another player had to go through what Serena faces daily. In fact, crowds are routinely against Serena far worse than what Vika faced today, and nobody even thinks about it. The TV coverage rarely mentions it. Its a non-story.


It's funny what a big issue it is, when another great player enters Serena's world for one night.
I agree. Serena has been crucified for much less. Had this been Serena's controversy, holy shit! We would never hear the end of it.
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Old Jan 26th, 2013, 04:39 PM   #7
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yeah, serena ... she's such a poor victim, in every single match, all over the world ...

Not the point.

I'm not calling her a victim. I am looking objectively at the media's reaction to the crowd being against Vika, and comparing it to what normally happens to Serena.


What it really proves is just how jaded we have all become to everything Serena must overcome with regard to this issue, that other top players do not.



Everyone here knows that Serena routinely faces crowds against her much worse than what Vika saw today. But in those cases, its a non-story.
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Old Jan 26th, 2013, 04:44 PM   #8
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All top teams, players in every sport globally have a love-hate relationship with fans - whether it's Roger, Murray, Nadal, Beckham, Rooney, Ronaldo, ManU, Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona, NY Yankees, NE Patriots, Lewis Hamilton, Tiger Woods, LeBron, Serena, Maria, Vika, Caro etc etc ...

Stop making crap outta nothing

SPORT IS SPORT, Fans will 1st and foremost cheer for the underdog. While there're haters outthere, boos from the crowd doesn't necessarily mean they hate a player/team, it's a way fans use to get inside a player/team's psyche so they can lose focus.

That is just factually false. Roger Federer has never faced crowds with the vitriol that Serena has.

Team sports yes. But comparing team sports to individual sports is an "apples to oranges" comparison.

Maria, Vika and Caro do not routinely face crowds against them the way Serena does. You have to be really dishonest to believe that.
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Re: The media coverage of fan bias gives me even more respect for Serena

In the past Serena faced a lot of adversity but I think now she's just a well-respected champion of the sport A lot of people cheer for her and love to watch her play, even non-fans can usually appreciate her great tennis. Obviously crowds are going to give her opponents a lot of support because her opponents are (almost always) pretty big underdogs against Serena.
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They just want an upset
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ao crowd has been good to her though
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Watching the coverage of the Australian Final, I was amazed at how much the fans being against Vika was such a huge media storyline.

But this is what Serena faces in almost every tournament.

The crowd was no more against Vika today than what they usually are against Serena. But with Serena its not a big story. In fact its no story at all.

Its amazing how much of an issue this was, when for just one match, another player had to go through what Serena faces daily. In fact, crowds are routinely against Serena far worse than what Vika faced today, and nobody even thinks about it. The TV coverage rarely mentions it. Its a non-story.


It's funny what a big issue it is, when another great player enters Serena's world for one night.
Before I make my two statements I want to say that I agree with you in part.

1. If you watch United States coverage(ESPN, TTC, NBC, CBS) then your claim is pretty accurate, with the exceptions of several matches that the commentators just could not deny/ignore(2003 French Open, 2003 Australian Open etc.). Chris Fowler has been the leader of those comments as he is a bit bias towards the girls(oops Serena)

2. As parenthetic above, Venus plays a huge role in that development. BOTH have been booed, jeered and rooted against for most of their careers. Tennis has never had characters like the Williams Sisters with their Dad making bold and in some eyes condescending and disrespectful predictions and statements.

Eurosport has always mentioned the unfairness of the crowds at these events. This is why I prefer to listen to their commentary rather than the Americans, who have a nasty history of racial inequality.
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Re: The media coverage of fan bias gives me even more respect for Serena

Serena has always had decent crowd support at the AO, even before she was a champion. Certainly more than I've noticed in their support for Vika, as defending champion. But of course the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. The crowd as a whole did not by any means "hate" Azarenka.
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Old Jan 26th, 2013, 05:23 PM   #14
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In the past Serena faced a lot of adversity but I think now she's just a well-respected champion of the sport A lot of people cheer for her and love to watch her play, even non-fans can usually appreciate her great tennis. Obviously crowds are going to give her opponents a lot of support because her opponents are (almost always) pretty big underdogs against Serena.

Good point.

I agree the underdog fan status is legit. But with several ATP players who are just as dominate, you don't get the "underdog cheer curve" in their matches.

On the WTA side, I have sensed an "underdog cheer curve" work against Sharapova. I would say she is second to Serena is this regard.


Still, that doesn't explain all of it. Even in the US Open, at the height of USA Nationalism, the crowd isn't with Serena when she is playing a foreign opponent.





Again. Not calling Serena a victim. Fans can support who they want. I just find it interesting seeing all the hoopla over an issue Serena deals with routinely. It really adds to her greatness. It's clear even the top WTA players, would have difficulty playing matches under crowd scenarios Serena handles all the time.
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The crowd as a whole did not by any means "hate" Azarenka.

Agreed. At one point I thought it distracted from ESPN's coverage. They were really trying to overhype the issue.

As I have pointed out, there are cases where Serena fights against crowds far worse, and its not considered an issue at all.
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