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The U.S. Open women's final was set to be broadcast in prime time after VENUS won the 2000 in effort to capitalize on the popularity of the WILLIAMS, but even thought the ratings may off the scale in the small country of Belgium, the TV ratings may be even lower than the dismal Roland Garros final with the with drawl of SERENA and VENUS still mending an abdominal injury by the time the Open begins.

The prayers of those who wanted to be back to "them good ole days" of tennis may have seemed to be answered, but the Open women's final may be broadcast in the afternoon next year, as it was in the old days.

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it still has the makings to be a good match. Imagine a Venus-Capriati final. Or a 2000 rematch Venus-Davenport. Or a Venus-Kim.
 

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The TV execs are hoping that VENUS will be in the finals to save their butts on this telecast.
 

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Look at the bright side!

If the americans are such spoiled, fair weather fans & they can't handle being interested in sports where one of their players can't always win. Then we can have fun watching their tennis program go down the tubes & start calling the tour...

Wax The Americans tour! ;)

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actually i think most people will be happy that either only one williams will be in the final or no williams will be. many people on this board have said that when venus and serena play the match isn't very high quality and people have also said that they are sick of the williams dominace. well now both williams can't play each other and they can't dominate the event because serena is out.
 

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the rest of the world doesn't give a damn
it'll get pretty good figures elsewhere :D :)
its gonna be a good final.
 

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Myskina Lina said:
Look at the bright side!

If the americans are such spoiled, fair weather fans & they can't handle being interested in sports where one of their players can't always win. Then we can have fun watching their tennis program go down the tubes & start calling the tour...

Wax The Americans tour! ;)

:p

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lol Couldn't have said it better myself!
 

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I'll probably tune in either way, but let's hope their is some sustainable interest. Say what you want, but the Williams Sisters took the tennis telecast audience to new levels. Please believe that once the American telecast dollars pull out, the other countries will downgrade their viewing schedules as well.

Unless we can find players who are as interesting to the American public/television stations as the Williams Sisters, ALL international telecasts will be down in air time.

You all may not have the All Williams final that you dread, but sometimes it's not always good to get everything you ask for. :)
 

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Sorry to sound like an ugly American, but America doen't give a damn what the rest of the world thinks, especially about a tournament that is being held and run in America. Advertisers can't afford to take a bath on ad revenue after the bath they took on the FO (ratings were dismanl for both finals; the women's final had the worst ratings in 15 years), especially with out economy the way it is. This might sound wrong, but the fact that foreign players aren't well known in the US is really their own fault by not marketing themselves better. I don't think much of Anna Kournikova's playing, but I give her credit for being able to market herself so that Americans know who she is. Years ago, I knew who Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Steffi Graff, Boris Becker, Monica Seles and the two Martinas (Navatolova and Hingis) were, because of the way they marketed themselves (not just by being great players).

Face it, if we have an all-Belgian final for the women in the US Open, TeeRexx is right; the women's final will be moved back to the afternoon, sandwhiched between both men's semifinals, which would be a shame.
 

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Face it, if we have an all-Belgian final for the women in the US Open, TeeRexx is right; the women's final will be moved back to the afternoon, sandwhiched between both men's semifinals, which would be a shame.
lizchris, you and TeeRexx are correct on the facts, but maybe not so correct on your prediction of the outcome. First of all, there are any number of options that could result in okay ratings for the women's final.

a) Final is Capriati vs Williams

b) Final is Williams vs X

c) Fair is Capriati vs X

Then you start cherry-picking certain demographics

1) Chanda - hook some of the Williams sisters huge minority fan base

2) Skinny white blonde Eastern European - There's a certain percentage of fans who'll get on board with any player that fits this desription and is going well. So Bovina, Dementieva, Zvonareva, etc. Not a big fan base, but a definable demographic that can be chased for TV ratings.

3) Dramatic style - Some of the players have games with theatrical style. That is, you see some spectacular athleticism. Henin-Hardenne, Clijsters, Dementieva (cause she'll rush the net), Mauresmo.

The Williams sisters have made it easy for the networks and the WTA. They were guaranteed ratings, and they've been making finals with regularity. But there's enough there to work with to get good rating with no Williams in the final. There's no great record of success in doing that in TV-land recently, w/o Martina Hingis or Anna Kournikova. But the players are providing high-quality, entertaining tennis. The broadcasts have no imagination at all.
 
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