Shara­pova pans male play­ers for fight­ing women’s equal­ity

The Borneo Post - - SPORT -

FIVE- TIMES Grand Slam cham­pion Maria Shara­pova has of­fered a dim view of male play­ers’ sup­port for gen­der equal­ity in ten­nis, say­ing Bri­ton Andy Mur­ray has been one of the few “ex­cep­tions” cham­pi­oning the cause.

A num­ber of prom­i­nent women in the sport have paid trib­ute to Mur­ray for tak­ing a stand against sex­ism and push­ing for equal prize­money at tour­na­ments af­ter the Bri­ton re­vealed on Fri­day that he might be forced to re­tire af­ter the Aus­tralian Open due to a trou­ble­some hip in­jury.

“Rel­a­tively speak­ing, I think they have been re­ally tough, es­pe­cial ly when it came to equal­ity, as a gen­eral point,” Rus­sian Shara­pova told re­porters on Mon­day, a f ter thrash­ing Bri­tish qual­i­fier Har­riet Dart 60 6- 0 to reach the sec­ond round.

“I mean, sit­ting at a press con­fer­ence in Wim­ble­don five, seven years ago, there was not a lot of warmth com­ing from that side or that per­spec­tive.

“That ’ s tough. I mean, I think there is def­i­nitely a few ex­cep­tions in the game, and I’m sure that ( Mur­ray’s) been one of them.

“But from an ef­fort point of view and what, you know, he’s able to do for the sport and for Bri­tish ten­nis in a sense is iconic.”

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