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Why Don't Women Play Best of Five in Finals?

Nowadays, when women are earning same prize money as men and fighting for all-around equality they seem to simply underperform for this money

This year we had only one really entertaining final in WTA tour(Na-Sharapova) and a plenty of finals which looked so poor, that they were hardly watchable

I believe that playing best 3 of 5 will make final winners less random. Women are often a headcase and not often can bring their best tennis from the beginning of the first set. In ATP there are pretty much matches starting with 0-2 in sets and finishing 3-2 just because losing player adjusted his game to the opponents. In women tennis it hardly happens that often. For instance in the first set players had petty even game, reached tiebreak and one of them lost it. Very often she will lose 1-2-3 games in 2nd set just because she is still emotionally overcoming her 1st set loss. If she plays 3of 5 women will have more chances to overcome any accidental losses and will often add some drama to women matches.

I know that the main drawback of the 5-setters will be that women can't endure such long matches, but if 5sets will be only finals at Slams it won't be a great problem
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Re: Why Don't Women Play Best of Five in Finals?

The women are much too smart to play Best of Five.

Did you know that most of the ATP wants to change to Best of Three?
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Re: Why Don't Women Play Best of Five in Finals?

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Did you know that most of the ATP wants to change to Best of Three?
gain same money for working less will be always prevailing

But neither Federer nor Nadal will support it , i mean whose opinion really matters
Federer considers that "Best Of Five Sets Should Return To Masters' Finals, for instance and Nadal feels calm and more confident at 3of 5 matches
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Re: Why Don't Women Play Best of Five in Finals?

These days WTA players can't produce two quality sets of tennis in finals, let alone five


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Re: Why Don't Women Play Best of Five in Finals?

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These days WTA players can't produce two quality sets of tennis in finals, let alone five
as usual, in WTA three setters are more quality matches than the matches finishing in 2 sets . Girls have enough power to play 3-4 sets now for sure

Sam Stosur at Charleston played about 4,5 sets in Charleston in one day this year(if i am not mistaken)

I would've been really pissed, if i had payed for ticket and attended this year WTA finals in Australian Open or Indian Wells or even USO 2011
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as usual, in WTA three setters are more quality matches than the matches finishing in 2 sets . Girls have enough power to play 3-4 sets now for sure

Sam Stosur at Charleston played about 4,5 sets in Charleston in one day this year(if i am not mistaken)

I would've been really pissed, if i had payed for ticket and attended this year WTA finals in Australian Open or Indian Wells or even USO 2011
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Re: Why Don't Women Play Best of Five in Finals?

There are players like Sam Stosur who could probably play 7 best of 5 matches if required, but I have my doubts whether most of them could even finish one in a dignified way if it went the distance. More often than not the players that reach women's slam finals win most of their matches in 2 routine sets. If suddenly forced to play 5+ hours in the final it could get very ugly.
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Then it would be all about endurance since its a lot easier for guys to play best of 5. Not to mention equal prize Money shouldn't be about the top players anyways.
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Re: Why Don't Women Play Best of Five in Finals?

I don't think that a lack of endurance is a real reason for stopping women from playing five set matches. Many of the women on tour might find it physically challenging right now, but only because they haven't been training to last for five set matches. Women used to be banned from competing in athletic events longer than 800m at the Olympics because they were thought to be too fragile. Same BS imo.

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Then it would be all about endurance since its a lot easier for guys to play best of 5. Not to mention equal prize Money shouldn't be about the top players anyways.
men are playing 7 matches in a row best of five during the same timeframe , I offer for WTA to make finals best of five (with tiebreak in 5th set)

2 set finals are often not worth those interest of public as it should be
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Re: Why Don't Women Play Best of Five in Finals?

i just can't imagine watching 5 sets of sharapova and azarenka screaming on my tv.

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Re: Why Don't Women Play Best of Five in Finals?

Longer matches are not nessesary better matches.
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Longer matches are not nessesary better matches.
let's make one set matches , if the shorter -the better



I don't think that we need 54-minute finals or 1h11minute finals

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Re: Why Don't Women Play Best of Five in Finals?

This is probably the only way Wozniacki would win a slam.
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Re: Why Don't Women Play Best of Five in Finals?

i think 3 sets are enough.
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