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Sorry for another Emma thread but this is honestly more about Sharapova than about Raducanu.

I wasn't following tennis much in 2004, but I am imagine having a blonde teenager winning a grand slam (beating Serena in the final) would have gathered a lot of traction to the youngster not calling her a possible GOAT but rather an advertiser's dream.

Those who were following tennis back then, how does Raducanu's 2021 feel different from Sharpova's '04?
 

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Not in UK, or China, which are very important markets today
But it was a different era with Serena, Venus, Kournikova, Hingis.. there were huge stars around.
I remember she lost to Pierce at the next major. But she won the YEC

 

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Huh? Emma has done great but to compare her US Open win to Sharapova's 2004 run is beyond ridiculous. Emma beat a clearly fatigued teenager. She did not play ONE Top 10 player or former GS finalist. Maria breadsticked SERENA WILLIAMS. She prevented her from winning Wimbledon three years in a row. Please do not even try to draw parallels between the two.
 

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Globally? Moreso, and in part because she won with a proper big victory (or two) along the way.

The reason it feels unprecedented now is because social media didn't exist to this extent in 2004, and digital communications were less widespread so the media firestorm didn't run rampant over social media the way British press has managed to in 2021.

Also, Russian and American media are generally less sensational than the British press, which has gone into Emma Overdrive. We're two weeks removed from her win, and 23 of the first 24 stories on Telegraph Tennis are still about Raducanu.
 

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Huh? Emma has done great but to compare her US Open win to Sharapova's 2004 run is beyond ridiculous. Maria breadsticked SERENA WILLIAMS. She prevented her from winning Wimbledon three years in a row. Please do not even try to draw parallels between the two.
But the question is about HYPE, not achievement. Sharapova's achievement was undoubtedly the superior, but whether she's getting the same hype is the issue.
 

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It where different times, there was no tv no internet no social media no twitter or insta .
We had nothing
If someone won a GS then you only knew it the next morning when you read the morning paper
So no the hype was never this big , it was only a big deal because she beat Serena but Serena was so triggered since then that it was a good thing for her

Sharapova was 17 and won Wimbledon the most prestigieus of all and she beat the best of all , that was a whole other story then beat the nr 85

Emma is only over hyped at this forum , but not in the real world

Ask the women at the street who is Emma and she has no idea

Ask her who is Sharapova and she know
 

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But the question is about HYPE, not achievement. Sharapova's achievement was undoubtedly the superior, but whether she's getting the same hype is the issue.
It's a moot point because there was no social media. I can say that Maria winning wimbledon was huge regardless because she beat Serena in straight sets with a breadstick included.
 

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Sharapova made waves before social media really took off so it's difficult to offer direct comparisons. Most of the headlines that were made back then were through word-of-mouth, in newspapers and on TV.

However, had Sharapova been around today and won Wimbledon at 17 years of age beating a 22 year old Serena? There would have been more hype than Raducanu, yes.
 

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Sharapova was already hyped when she collected shark teeths in 2002 or so.
 
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It's a moot point because there was no social media. I can say that Maria winning wimbledon was huge regardless because she beat Serena in straight sets with a breadstick included.
And I can concur, and add to it (to make it more accurate) that the hype was also global, whereas Raducanu's hype is primarily localized to the UK. Aside from the Brits, most people seem to remember that a teenager has won a slam in more dominant fashion more in very recent memory, hence why the global hype is pretty mellow compared to Sharapova's win.

In short, the Raducanu hype is "BIG ILLUSION", whereas the Sharapova hype was more widespread and deeper.
 

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And I can concur, and add to it (to make it more accurate) that the hype was also global, whereas Raducanu's hype is primarily localized to the UK. Aside from the Brits, most people seem to remember that a teenager has won a slam in more dominant fashion more in very recent memory, hence why the global hype is pretty mellow compared to Sharapova's win.

In short, the Raducanu hype is "BIG ILLUSION", whereas the Sharapova hype was more widespread and deeper.
I disagree. Raducanu's video in Mandarin after she won the US Open hit over 200 million views in China, so no the hype isn't localised to "just the UK". Provided her success continues, she'll be the most marketable female athlete on the planet in 2-3 years alongside Osaka.
 

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Sharapova hands down even considering it was the pre-social media era. And the publicity quickly rained down even heavier with Athens OG around the corner (ultimately she couldn't be selected) and Myskina & Dementieva showing open hostility. The beef only got bigger after she won YEC and Myskina flat out said "She's not Russian". It was the big turnaround for Russian tennis in general winning three GS that year but Sharapova quickly flushed the hype away from Myskina in particular.
 

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There was no social media but you could see who was popular with how many hate groups you had on yahoo. It was no difference from twitter 🤣
 
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Huh? Emma has done great but to compare her US Open win to Sharapova's 2004 run is beyond ridiculous. Emma beat a clearly fatigued teenager. She did not play ONE Top 10 player or former GS finalist. Maria breadsticked SERENA WILLIAMS. She prevented her from winning Wimbledon three years in a row. Please do not even try to draw parallels between the two.
Besides, Raducanu was 18y10m, while Sharapova was 17y3m.
Quite a difference at such a young age...
 
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