whatever, they are comparing top women players playing qualifier with average ATP players.
The only exception with two top ATP players having a close match was Safin - Kiefer, what about Agassi? Lleyton Hewitt? they didn't struggle much did they?
We did have a close match involving a top player in the women's side, Martina vs. Marissa Irvin.
oh yes, Capriati double bagels a qualifier who got a wild card into qualifying, and Igor Kunitzin vs. Noam Okum went to 4 sets!!!
give me a fucking break, Danilidou vs Nagyova went to 3 sets and many other women's matches.
They are twisting the comparissons to make women look bad and boring.
Plus, the men play 5 sets, in a five sets match is very common to drop a set, it's more difficult to win in straight sets, a 4 sets match isn't necessarily a close match.
And notice that many of the long men's matches involve a clay specialist.
It's time that Courier and co. stop talking trash, I think Courier should dedicate his life to poetry instead
PD: I am too lazy to bring the result, but just check the US Open site and you'll get what I mean.
Plus, 7 men's matches ended before time due to injuries, exciting isn't it?