Originally Posted by ti-online
I'd go play in the Antarctic if they paid me $300,000, Sharapova should be able to do whatever she wants.
However, any top 10 player would be critisized
for playing a Tier IV and even more so after having
won a Grand Slam.
Not only does she get the appearance fee, she has no competition so
she'll take home the bulk of the prize money for winning this title.
I think people are upset about the money issue
as well as her having no competition and the girls who
would've benfitted most from this tournament monetarily
and confidence building game wise, things just got that much
Either way Sharapova will be critisized.
She wins, it's because she had no competition
and showed up simply for a pay day and another title.
She loses, it's a major upset.
She lambasted for being beaten by a player outside the
top 80 and for taking the appearance fee money.
Even if she wins, she loses.