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WTA: Women ready for five-set matches in Grand Slams

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WTA: Women ready for five-set matches in Grand Slams




Stacey Allaster, head of the Women's Tennis Association, says her players are "ready and willing" to play five sets at Grand Slams.

Allaster said that female competitors are "ready, willing and able - all you have to do is ask us."

Britain's Andy Murray believes women should play five sets, but Allaster admitted there are challenges with scheduling, and questioned whether fans of the women's game really want them to play five sets.

"It's already challenging (scheduling) the Grand Slams with (men's) five-set matches. For us, we think three sets works well for our fans, and as we look at the consumption of sport it's being done in shorter form," she said.

The debate over match length has increased with women now earning equal prize money to the men at the four Grand Slams.

French player Gilles Simon claimed last year that men deserved more money than women because they provided greater entertainment.

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Allaster indicated the decision on match length was up to the Grand Slams, saying "you would have to ask" the tournaments why they had not invited women to play longer matches.

Allaster was also keen to point out that in a sign of the times China's Li Na match next week against men's world number one Novak Djokovic is merely a sideshow, 40 years to the week after Billie Jean King's famous "Battle of the Sexes" win over Bobby Riggs.

"I think that's two great players on the men's tour and women's tour getting together to promote our sport, that's what that match is about," she said.

"It's a very different time. You know, the women's movement - women couldn't even get a credit card in 1973 in America. That was a whole different issue back then, this is about promoting our sport."

Forty years since King was instrumental in forming the WTA, Allaster said that while women had made huge leaps towards equality in tennis they remained "a microcosm of society" and had a long way to go.

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Cool, Daniela and her stamina would have a shot for a Grand Slam

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Re: WTA: Women ready for five-set matches in Grand Slams

Are any fans really DYING to see the girls play 5 sets?

Victoria Azarenka.
Serena Williams. Maria Sharapova.

Wozniacki. Stosur. Jankovic. Bouchard. Halep. Muguruza.
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Nobody is interested in BO5 for the women. It would be a complete mess.
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Imagine Petra playing 5 sets

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Best of 5 isnt necessary even on the mens side. yeah, you get the occasional thriller but you also get an endless amount of shut outs which should end after 2, but instead the audience and the losing player have to sit through another set.

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I can't wait for some R1 5 setter with 2 pushers
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best of five matches are the most boring thing ever. I could count interesting ones from past ATP decade on one hand.
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Re: WTA: Women ready for five-set matches in Grand Slams

Just wait them to apply this rule. After a month of shitfest rounds, they will return to 3 sets. Matches like 6-0 0-6 6-0 0-6 6-0 or 6-0 6-0 6-7 1-6 2-6.

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but Allaster admitted there are challenges with scheduling, and questioned whether fans of the women's game really want them to play five sets.
The answer is no.
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Best of 5 isnt necessary even on the mens side. yeah, you get the occasional thriller but you also get an endless amount of shut outs which should end after 2, but instead the audience and the losing player have to sit through another set.
It would be hugely unpopular with tournament, media, spectators, players not to play best of five for the men at the slams in singles. And that is simply not going to happen.

LOL at Stacy - "We haven't been asked but our players are willing to play best of five" knowing full well that she won't be asked by the slam tournaments on this.

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I can't wait for some R1 5 setter with 2 pushers
Or worse, IW like 5 setter between Woz and KErber
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It would be hugely unpopular with tournament, media, spectators, players not to play best of five for the men at the slams in singles. And that is simply not going to happen.

LOL at Stacy - "We haven't been asked but our players are willing to play best of five" knowing full well that she won't be asked by the slam tournaments on this.
oh, I wasnt implying that the men should come back down to 3 sets, just saying we have any example and for a large part 5 set matches are just not entertaining enough to keep people interested. If it aint broke dont fix it.

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Re: WTA: Women ready for five-set matches in Grand Slams

I think it should be three-set matches for men and women. Just semifinal and final five-set matches for all.
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