Bravo to USA Network - Some thoughts on women 1R

Bravo to USA Network - Some thoughts on women 1R

Post by Ge » Wed, 29 May 1996 04:00:00


I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw 3 women matches (partial) in a row
on USA network eventhough Agrossi played on the same day!  They had some
audio difficulties, but I think it's just in my area.  The audio basically
just went out, but it didn't bother me that much, especially after hearing
the announcers making a big hoop about having ASV and Capriati appearing
in the same GS for some reason.

Matches they showed:  Seles - Looking very good, trimmer than the
last time I saw her on TV, but still nailing those balls hard.  She's
serving well also so I'm giving her a good chance to make it to at
least SF.  The french WC player I thought was pretty good, hitting
the balls with a lot of pace also, just erratic and not as consistant
as Seles.

Hingis - also looks good, I haven't seen her play that much so it was
a good surprise when I saw her match televised.  At least QF I think.

Pierce - Didn't look too convincing, and the black dress is too much
like Agrossi's black outfit.  Perhaps "winning ugly" coach has something
to do with it.  She is still not too consistant, and her opponent was
hitting the ball a lot harder than her a lot of times.  Pierce will
be lucky to make it to R16.

They kept showing "coming up, Capriati" banner, but I didn't see
any Capriati match.  From the way she's playing lately, I'd be
surprised to see her make it past 2R.  I can't believe people
actually expect her to make it to the round of 16 after such a
poor showing at the Fed Cup.

GL

 
 
 

Bravo to USA Network - Some thoughts on women 1R

Post by Jordan Chodor » Wed, 29 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw 3 women matches (partial) in a row
>on USA network eventhough Agrossi played on the same day!  They had some
>audio difficulties, but I think it's just in my area.  The audio basically
>just went out, but it didn't bother me that much, especially after hearing
>the announcers making a big hoop about having ASV and Capriati appearing
>in the same GS for some reason.

>Matches they showed:  Seles - Looking very good, trimmer than the
>last time I saw her on TV, but still nailing those balls hard.  She's
>serving well also so I'm giving her a good chance to make it to at
>least SF.  The french WC player I thought was pretty good, hitting
>the balls with a lot of pace also, just erratic and not as consistant
>as Seles.

>Hingis - also looks good, I haven't seen her play that much so it was
>a good surprise when I saw her match televised.  At least QF I think.

>Pierce - Didn't look too convincing, and the black dress is too much
>like Agrossi's black outfit.  Perhaps "winning ugly" coach has something
>to do with it.  She is still not too consistant, and her opponent was
>hitting the ball a lot harder than her a lot of times.  Pierce will
>be lucky to make it to R16.

>They kept showing "coming up, Capriati" banner, but I didn't see
>any Capriati match.  From the way she's playing lately, I'd be
>surprised to see her make it past 2R.  I can't believe people
>actually expect her to make it to the round of 16 after such a
>poor showing at the Fed Cup.

>GL

-----> The observation that they showed parts of several women's matches
despite the fact that Agassi had played -- and even earned yet another
point penalty -- is a good one.  However, today's coverage left something
to be desired.  They stayed with the Chang-Prinosil match and -- I'm
afraid to say -- the Alami-Edberg match long after those matches had lost
sufficient interest to stay on.  Meanwhile, M. Maleeva and Raymond were
involved in a long three-setter.  Here's a hint to USA: The viewer should
never be told that two players are "at 11-10 in the third set _on another
court_"; you need to be there showing that match.  
        As for yesteday's play, I thought the Pierce-Schnell match was
quite exciting, about as exciting as a 7-5, 6-2 first-round match can be
-- and it's not every 7-5, 6-2 match that lasts about two hours.  I did
not know "just from watching a few points" who was going to win the
match.  Many people complain that the women's draw doesn't get exciting
until about the quarters.  They should see the Pierce-Schnell match and
certain others.

-- Jordan

 
 
 

Bravo to USA Network - Some thoughts on women 1R

Post by Steve Barnar » Wed, 29 May 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> -- and it's not every 7-5, 6-2 match that lasts about two hours.  I did
> not know "just from watching a few points" who was going to win the
> match.  

Jordan,

I'm obviously a more astute observer of the game than you are :-)

Seriously, I liked the Pierce-Schnell match, too.  I think Schnell
played to Pierce's strength with her power tennis.  When Pierce meets a
patient baseline tactician we'll she what she's made of and what Gilbert
has taught her.

        Steve Barnard

 
 
 

Bravo to USA Network - Some thoughts on women 1R

Post by VICTORIA BUR » Thu, 30 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>audio difficulties, but I think it's just in my area.  The audio basically
>just went out, but it didn't bother me that much, especially after hearing
>the announcers making a big hoop about having ASV and Capriati appearing

                                               ^^^     ^^^^^^^^

Quote:
>in the same GS for some reason.

Y'know, I heard that too -- not once but twice -- and I was wondering right
along with you.  Frankel starts out the telecast by informing us all that
"This is the first time in <whatever it's been> that Graf, Seles, Sanchez,
and Capriati are all in the same GS event!", or something like.  

Companion and I said, almost in unison, "So the hell what?!"  I mean, you
could just feel it laboring to invent significance.  Are they really that
hard up for news?

vwburns.
--
|||| Victoria Burns, MBA |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||



 
 
 

Bravo to USA Network - Some thoughts on women 1R

Post by g.. » Thu, 30 May 1996 04:00:00


tes:

Quote:


>>audio difficulties, but I think it's just in my area.  The audio basically
>>just went out, but it didn't bother me that much, especially after hearing
>>the announcers making a big hoop about having ASV and Capriati appearing
>                                               ^^^     ^^^^^^^^
>>in the same GS for some reason.

>Y'know, I heard that too -- not once but twice -- and I was wondering right
>along with you.  Frankel starts out the telecast by informing us all that
>"This is the first time in <whatever it's been> that Graf, Seles, Sanchez,
>and Capriati are all in the same GS event!", or something like.

>Companion and I said, almost in unison, "So the hell what?!"  I mean, you
>could just feel it laboring to invent significance.  Are they really that
>hard up for news?

Yes!

Quote:

>vwburns.
>--
>|||| Victoria Burns, MBA |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||




Gail Fullman
Manager - ADMO
 
 
 

Bravo to USA Network - Some thoughts on women 1R

Post by Da » Thu, 30 May 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> -----> The observation that they showed parts of several women's matches
> despite the fact that Agassi had played -- and even earned yet another
> point penalty -- is a good one.  However, today's coverage left something
> to be desired.  They stayed with the Chang-Prinosil match and -- I'm
> afraid to say -- the Alami-Edberg match long after those matches had lost
> sufficient interest to stay on.  Meanwhile, M. Maleeva and Raymond were
> involved in a long three-setter.  Here's a hint to USA: The viewer should
> never be told that two players are "at 11-10 in the third set _on another
> court_"; you need to be there showing that match.  

Excellent point. If a pharmaceutical company could chemically reproduce
the sedative properties of Chang-Prinosil they would have a billion-dollar
winner ... a powerful, effective sleeping aid that's *not* habit-forming.

Edberg-Alami held my interest a bit more, but more for reasons of
prurience than anything else (except for the occasional splendid Edberg
backhand volley ... what an awesome shot to possess).

And I am sure that the final few games of the second set between
Maleeva-Raymond must have been exciting, with Maggie so close to wrapping
it up and Lisa clawing to stay in the match ... and, of course, the entire
third set.

I heard someone at some point (Barry McKay, maybe) sort of explain away a
couple of coverage glitches (like showing a replay of previous point
during an exciting first point of a new game) by saying that they were
getting their tennis feed from French television. So maybe USA has no
control over what was shown ... although I guess they could pick and
choose how *much* of each match to show? Who knows? But some things
indicate that some of those choices might be out of the network's hands
... the extensive coverage of two Europeans when there were **Americans**
playing, the relative ignoring of Capriati and Agassi's first-round
matches but the extensive coverage of Pierce, even the fact that they
showed almost a full set of Halard-Decugis and Lee.

But I'm loving it anyway ... 3 or 4 hours of tennis a day!

dar

--
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Will play tennis for food.

 
 
 

Bravo to USA Network - Some thoughts on women 1R

Post by shun.cheu » Thu, 30 May 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


>tes:
>>>the announcers making a big hoop about having ASV and Capriati appearing
>>>in the same GS for some reason.
>>Y'know, I heard that too -- not once but twice -- and I was wondering right
>>along with you.  Frankel starts out the telecast by informing us all that
>>"This is the first time in <whatever it's been> that Graf, Seles, Sanchez,
>>and Capriati are all in the same GS event!", or something like.
>>Companion and I said, almost in unison, "So the hell what?!"  I mean, you
>>could just feel it laboring to invent significance.  Are they really that
>>hard up for news?
>Yes!

Definitely; remember the media keep on saying that women's tennis
was in good shape again because Seles and Capriati are back? Didn't
Tracy Austin say a couple of times projecting a "great 3R match up"
between Capriati and Pierce, never mind both of them are playing
terribly. A lot of people don't even care about the quality of the
tennis; they just want to watch Capriati and Pierce.

Now Capriati is gone, Agassi is gone, Pierce is shaky ...  I guess
USA and NBC's FO ratings will go down the tube as well.
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