the talk about is she a big a star as others in the list is besides the point, IMO.
this really is about how much tennis in general and women's tennis has grown since, and a chance to ask ourselves, as fans, if it's heading in the right direction.
i think more and more of us are concerned about players out of top50\100\300 etc. ranging from not saving any money to quitting due to lack of finance to ever compete big, despite talent.
we've talked about the massive year that henin had to win 7M+ in a single season before in a thread similar to this one, in comparsion with Vika's... Good year to win the same.
money is heavily on the rise in the past 3-5 years alone, and only now are we seeing lower rounds being rewarded as well.
so far, 90 players have won over 100K$ this season (including peer...
this includes doubles.
players are now living exclusivly from playing the doubles circuit - but there are very few.
mixed has not grown the way we thought a while back ago and is pushed deeper and deeper into the "not relevant" category.
bonus pools and appearance money are also growing tremendously.
we have to think, if the tour loses it's stars and interest AKA WS, Sharapova and Li Na (chinese interest), will we still have money increases?
if there is any doubt - a players union surely must start demanding other forms of earnings.
pensions? X% of revenues? different possible means and methods to study for a degree during a players sporting life-time, better insurances for injuries etc. etc.
I'm all up for unions and organized demands. the tour can easily build a firm, long term plan to help generations of tennis players have it easier to compete and create splendid on court magicm knowing they are assured of help even if outside the top100.