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Does women’s tennis offer value for money?


lisickiNow is not a good time to compare the men’s game with the women’s and the question of value for money, both for the people who hand out the prize money and for those who buy the tickets, has come up again.

Three of the four women semi-finalists have yet to drop a set and three of the four quarter-finals — Dinara being the exception — together lasted less time than the fourth round battle between Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka under the new roof.

Yet here’s the number that has got a lot of people talking on Tuesday — the four semi-finalists are guaranteed at least 212,500 pounds each in prize money for their troubles. In three cases, that’s for playing eight sets of tennis apiece.

But any calls to turn back the clock and reinstate the disparity in prize money should be resisted.

Mum’s the word as Clijsters bids to match Goolagong


clijstersKim Clijsters’s return to the WTA Tour during the U.S. hardcourt season later this year will inject more excitement into the unpredictable world of women’s tennis.

Since the retirement of her Belgian compatriot Justine Henin last May, the world number one ranking has changed hands so many times that most fans must be thinking they are suffering from blurred vision.