While the tennis media and other apologists for the state of affairs at the WTA say things are better than ever let's take a look at the ratings for the WTA US Open semi finals and final this year.
U.S. Open women's final no ratings hit
Relegated to cable and lacking any recognizable stars beyond tennis circles, the women's final of the U.S. Open was a bust in the ratings.
The Clijsters/Wozniacki U.S. Open women's final drew a mere 1.1 U.S. rating and 1.8 million viewers on ESPN2 Sunday night, down 67% in ratings and 62% in viewers from a 3.3 and 4.9 million for last year's S. Williams/Jankovic final, which aired on CBS.
This marks the lowest rated U.S. Open women's final since at least 1996 -- 50% below the previous 13-year low of 2.2 for Kuznetsova/Dementieva in '04.
Sunday's women's final was far less of a draw than the Clijsters/S. Williams semifinal the previous night. That match, which aired on CBS, drew a 2.1/4 final rating and 3.2 million viewers.
If you want more proof of who the fans, casual and fanatic, want to watch scroll down and look at the chart featured in this article. US Open Ratings 1996-2009"