Women’s Tennis – Worthy Equals?

Are women tennis players worthy equals of today's male tennis players? Several men's tennis players have questioned the quality of women's tennis and suggested that women should also be playing the best of five sets.

A number of women's players would certainly be prepared to play the best of five sets but more important concerns include such questions as, 'Are women players as good as they once were?' 'Is there any depth in women's tennis?' 'Do they provide the same entertainment value as the men?' You can find more information about women’s tennis and live scores updates via online.

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I would suggest that the second of these questions is particularly pertinent. The leading women's player by some distance is Serena Williams. She is thirty-three years old and definitely past her best, yet is still capable of dominating women's tennis.

This fact alone suggests that women's tennis lacks depth. Serena Williams and Roger Federer are the same age. In the past two years, Williams has won four grand slam titles while Federer has been unable to add to his tally.

The modern emphasis on women's tennis appears to be power rather than skill and speed. Serena Williams herself is powerfully built but she is an athlete. Many of the rest are neither quick enough nor skillful enough and do not possess the athleticism that should be expected at the highest level.

A quick glance at top rankings players today shows us Kerber, Kvitova, Petkovic, Pavlyuchenko, Azarenka, Lepchenko and Barthel, all weighing in at around 70 kilograms. Looking back two or three decades there are Hingis, Evert, Goolagong, Seles, Novotna, Sanchez-Vicario, all smaller, quicker, and I would suggest, more skillful players.

 

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