World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka (Player Profile) recently discussed the topic of women potentially playing best-of-five set matches in Grand Slam events, in light of the equal pay between the males and females. While she is not particularly opposed to the idea, she suggests that men should consider playing best of three matches in Grand Slams, claiming it would be more “interesting.”
“I think we can stand by one opinion that all the women have: We’re ready to play whatever it is,” Azarenka said. “I just think that, you know, playing five sets can be very challenging for the scheduling. I actually think men should play three sets. It would be, you know, more interesting.”
Top stars Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have been vocally opposed to the idea of playing five-set matches, favouring the idea of men playing three-set matches. Other top ten stars such as Venus Williams, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber have been more receptive to the idea of playing longer matches.
The Belarusian is scheduled to meet Jelena Jankovic at the WTA Championships 2013 in the second match on Center Court tomorrow afternoon. She has already won her first match against Sara Errani, recovering from 5-2 down in the first set to finish the match 7-6, 6-2. Her third match in the group stage will be against Chinese No. 1 Li Na, who she defeated in the finals of the Australian Open earlier this year.