Monday, September 12, 2011

CBS should be embarrassed for trying to spoil Stosur’s victory

Sam Stosur did what no one thought was possible yesterday: she beat a resurgent Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3 on the American’s home court at the U.S. Open to become the first Australian woman to win a Grand Slam title since 1980 (Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Wimbledon), but you wouldn’t know it watching the overly biased television coverage by CBS.

For her second straight last appearance at the New York major, Serena was a bad sport on the world’s stage; no surprise there. Unfortunately, the network’s production and TV commentators’ comments focused on this loser of the tournament, instead of the victor. Yes, there was a call that went against Serena and yes, as she has countless times in the past, she played the victim. Serena is so good at it that she sucks a lot of people into her "all drama, all the time" vortex and some believe what she does: that there is a conspiracy against her etc. Of course, this is ridiculous, as ridiculous as her boorish behavior which almost spoiled Kim Clijsters’ – and now Sam Stosur’s – win and dominant performance over Serena in their semi – and final – matches in 2009, and 2011.

Both champions, Clijsters and Stosur, had incredible tournaments, and we’re fortunate that Kim’s victory over Serena was in the semis, and that she had her daughter Jada on the court with her after the final so that our minds could have those images foremost in our memory from that year. Unfortunately yesterday, CBS chose to show and reshow Serena, post match, and even replayed the controversial point from the first game of the second set (again and again) in lieu of focusing on Stosur, her post match celebration or her historic achievement.

Bad on you CBS!

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