|dates: May 22-5 June Location: Roland Garros, Paris|
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Top class Iga Swiatek says it was “disappointing and surprising” to hear French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo say that the women’s matches were not as attractive as the men’s matches.
Mauresmo, a former world number one, faced criticism after only one of 10 nights at this year’s event was a women’s competition.
The 21-year-old Swiatek from Poland has played all her five matches during the day.
“I think women’s tennis has a lot of advantages,” said the world number one.
The only evening session with a women’s match was last Thursday, when France’s Alize Cornet defeated Latvian 13th seed Jelena Ostapenko in three sets.
Former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Mauresmo, who is in her first year as tournament director on the clay Grand Slam event, said it was “more difficult” to allow women’s competitions to take place too late.
The Frenchwoman said there was “more attraction and attraction” in the men’s matches, adding that she found it difficult to find a “confrontation or star” to show in the women’s matches.
The WTA said a balanced game schedule was “critical” for building women’s tennis.
“It’s a bit disappointing and surprising because she was also in the WTA,” said Swiatek, who will face Daria Kasatkina in Thursday’s semifinal.
“From my point of view, it is more convenient for every player to play at a normal hour, but I definitely want to entertain and I also want to show my best tennis in every match.
“So I think it’s kind of everyone’s personal opinion whether they like men’s tennis or women’s tennis more, or whether they like them equally.
“And some might say it’s unpredictable and girls aren’t consistent.
“But on the other hand, it can also be something that’s very attractive and it can really attract more people. So it depends on the personal views of some people.”
The WTA said the current generation and depth of talent in women’s tennis right now is “incredible”.
“Our fans want to see the thrills and spills of women’s tennis on the biggest stages and in premium timeslots,” it added.
“There is certainly room for improvement and if we are to build the value of our combined product, a balanced race schedule is key to providing that path.”