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Azarenka Pregnant
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Sharapova doping
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Kerber winning 2 slams
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Puig winning the Olympics
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Biggest WTA story of the 2016

Post by Ace2Ace » Nov Mon 21, 2016 4:14 pm

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Post by Graveller » Nov Mon 21, 2016 5:35 pm

Voted for Kerber; and for me her #1 ranking is part of that story.

Sharapova and Azarenka their story is actually a story about being careless, and Puig is a fluke-story...
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Post by Ace2Ace » Nov Tue 22, 2016 5:54 pm

My vote is for "Sharapova doping". That story had a far reach, way beyond the tennis world. Magazine, news site big and small, everyone was talking about it for weeks because of who sharapova is.

Kerber's story is mostly for tennis fans. She won the Australian Open, disappeared until Wimbledon, then on and off again. If you ask people on the street who is women's #1 player, most will answer Serena. Some will even say Venus. I won't be surprised to hear Hingis. lol .. Kerber is virtually unknown outside the tennis world so her story is less known. Not the biggest story this year out of WTA in my opinion. A big personal story yes. For the public at large, no.

Same as Puig. She was unheard off by the big public, she is still a no name on the streets afer the Olympics.

Azarenka is in the same group. People on the streets will say Aza who? Her story lasted a day or two and that was it.

For me, it's Sharapova's story... by far.

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Post by Pyotr » Nov Wed 23, 2016 1:29 am

Kerber! Knew she was talented, but never expected this.

Puig I agree with Graveller was a fluke.
Vika not the first or last to become pregnant.
Maria carelessness, nothing more.

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Post by Ace2Ace » Nov Sat 26, 2016 3:05 pm

careless or not, was it the biggest story of the WTA? That's the question.#ed_op#br#ed_cl#What story made the NEWS? What story on front page for weeks, on every TV, every magazine, every web site? Kerber, Puig and Azarenka barely made the top for a full 2/3-weeks...
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Post by Graveller » Nov Sat 26, 2016 5:42 pm

WTA = Women's TENNIS Association.

Tennis happens on a court... so personally, the biggest WTA story is about something happening on a court... taking doping is not part of that.

The woman has done enough damage already. No way that I would even consider her actions more important than someone winning gold or someone winning two slams.
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Post by Ace2Ace » Nov Sat 26, 2016 10:17 pm

Again, it's not what you consider important or not important.#ed_op#br#ed_cl#It's what WTA story was the most talked about, the most publicized, had the most impact on the news in general. Kerber's 2 slams may have been great at the WTA level, but news wise, it was not as publicized and talked about as Sharapova's story.#ed_op#br#ed_cl#I posted this at TF. And some people are taking the same approach. For them, it's more what story they like and which one they don't like... But that's only about 40% of the responses.  they are missing the mark.#ed_op#br#ed_cl#at TF, from 124 responses, it's#ed_op#br#ed_cl#54% Sharapova -- 68#ed_op#br#ed_cl#25% Kerber. --- 32#ed_op#br#ed_cl#I think that's about right.#ed_op#br#ed_cl#
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Post by Graveller » Nov Sun 27, 2016 2:39 am

<font color=brown>@ <b>Ace2Ace</b>:</font>
 
For me, it is not a WTA story. WTA is about tennis achievements.

If on TF there are 54% that voted for Maria, then I conlude that only a minority are really interested in tennis. The others are actually more interested in the off-court scandals, parties, private life, love affairs etc.. of the players.

It is a sad world when those topics are considered more important than achievements on a tennis court. Says a lot about the mindset of people these days.

Glad that I am not part of such negativity and selected an on-court achievement as my story of the year.
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Post by Ace2Ace » Nov Sun 27, 2016 10:54 am

#ed_op#font color="brown"#ed_cl#@ #ed_op#b#ed_cl#Graveller#ed_op#/b#ed_cl#:#ed_op#/font#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl#&nbsp;
It is a sad world when those topics are considered #ed_op#b#ed_cl#more important #ed_op#/b#ed_cl#than achievements on a tennis court.
still missing the poll. It was not about Most Important Story of the Year.#ed_op#br#ed_cl#

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Post by Graveller » Nov Mon 28, 2016 1:05 am

Important, bigger, significant,... all interchangeable words from my point of view &#128512;

I still think it is a sad world when tennis-fans consider that someone using doping is bigger than a player further developing and winning 2 slams (+ the #1).
I can understand it when it comes from non-tennis fans, but I expected better from people who are fan of the sport (and therefore post on a tennis forum).
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Post by Ace2Ace » Nov Mon 28, 2016 9:05 am

If you consider the larger public, there are a hell more people than tennis fans.
Therefor, a famous tennis player story about doping will be a bigger story than a tennis player winning a slam.
One story is global because it reaches a larger audience, the other story is only in the tennis world.
For instance, if I ask who are the Women's beach volleyball #1 team, very few on the street will know. Even if I give the names, people would still not know who they are unless they follow that sport. It's about the same for tennis.

Sharapova's name goes beyond tennis. Therefor, the public at large will hear and remember her doping story more than some girl winning a slam. Many don't even know what a Slam is. :)
We are talking about bigger audience, bigger story.. not achievement. Those are 2 different things.

It's quite simple IMO.
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Post by Zvezda_red » Nov Mon 28, 2016 11:58 am

Aza's pregnancy is a tennis story? debatable

I think Kerber winning two majors
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Re:Biggest WTA story of the 2016

Post by King_Stacio » Nov Mon 28, 2016 3:37 pm

I submitted my vote for Sharapova, and am in agreement with Ace wholeheartedly.

Tennis, as an elitist sport, also has its pretentious fans.

The biggest WTA story is the news that transcended the sport and made the most headlines, whether tennis fans like it or not.

Sports fans in general don't even know who Kerber or Puig is. I'm Puertorican, was proud for our island's monumental win, but, as a tennis fan for over a decade (Serena being the catalyst), I know a fluke when I see one. Kerber proved us all wrong, but that was not the biggest story of the WTA, as she was never one of the sport's brightest starts. Sharapova, on the other hand... Like Serena and Venus, she transcends the sport. Her doping "scandal" not only rocked the WTA up until this point, but the sports world as a whole. Case and point, when most sports fans (unfortunately, even some tennis fans) reflect back on Serena's 2015 they will remember her US Open semifinal loss over the three slams she won. I can't tell you how often I got the, "didn't she lose the US Open that year" remark when discussing tennis and Serena.

In entertainment/media the bad news is always the "good" news. Kerber wasn't selling magazines off the shelves in masses or the topic of conversation within every media/news outlet (even outside of sports media).

Remember, tennis has its fluke tournament results, as well as its fluke years. Let's wait and see what Kerber does going forward... The cold truth is, no one is afraid to play her. She is always beatable, even at her best.
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Re:Biggest WTA story of the 2016

Post by Pyotr » Dec Thu 01, 2016 10:18 pm

If the original question had been more specific then okay. However, I suspect someone may have#ed_op#br#ed_cl#been looking to nudge everyone towards voting for a specific story, maybe?&nbsp;#ed_op#img src="/board/richedit/smileys/Teasing/5.gif"#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl#

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Post by Ace2Ace » Dec Fri 02, 2016 8:14 am

:) conspiracy galore. How would you ask the original question.

What's the biggest WTA story of the Year?
It's pretty obvious that means the story with the biggest coverage.
If that same question was asked about this country, the obvious answer for me would be the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA. But I would not be surprised some folks finding other stories like Chicago Cubs winning.

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