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High seed Iga Swiatek says it was “disappointing and shocking” to listen to French Open event director Amelie Mauresmo say ladies’s video games weren’t as interesting as males’s matches.
Mauresmo, a former world primary, has confronted criticism after solely one of many 10 night time periods at this yr’s occasion was a ladies’s match.
Poland’s Swiatek, 21, has performed all of her 5 matches within the day time.
“I feel ladies’s tennis has a number of benefits,” mentioned the world primary.
The one night time session to function a ladies’s match was final Thursday, when France’s Alize Cornet beat Latvian thirteenth seed Jelena Ostapenko in three units.
Former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Mauresmo, who’s in her first yr as event director on the clay-court Grand Slam occasion, said it was “more difficult” to place ladies’s matches on late.
“It’s a little bit disappointing and shocking as a result of she was additionally within the WTA,” mentioned Swiatek, who meets Daria Kasatkina within the semi-finals on Thursday.
“From my standpoint, for each participant it is extra handy to play at a standard hour, however for certain I wish to entertain and I additionally wish to present my finest tennis in each match.
“So I feel it is form of the private opinion of each particular person in the event that they like males’s tennis or ladies’s tennis extra, or in the event that they like them equally.
“And a few could say that it is unpredictable and ladies aren’t constant.
“However however it could even be one thing that’s actually interesting and it could actually appeal to extra folks. So it is determined by the private views of some folks.”