‘Don’t Really Care How Stable Our Tennis Is’ – Russian Former French Open Finalist Gives Honest Opinion on the Current State of ATP and WTA Tours

Published Jun 19, 2022 | 12:27 AM EDT

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The difference between men’s and women’s tennis has been a long-standing debate. However, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova doesn’t really seem to be much affected by it. Having a pleasant gone by year, the 2021 French Open finalist played just a handful of tournaments in 2022 before ending her season due to a recurring knee injury. 

Currently in her recovery phase, the 2022 Rome Women’s doubles champion recently spoke to a media house. During the conversation, she gave her views on why, to date, men’s tennis is preferred over women’s tennis. 


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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on the difference between men’s and women’s tennis 

Indulging in the conversation, Pavlyuchenkova spoke about the stability amongst players in the game. Initially, the former World No. 11 asserted that women’s tennis is equally stable. However, the view turned table when she was counter questioned about stability with examples of situations in which women’s players didn’t show stability. 


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Counter questioning Pavlyuchenkova, the interviewer pointed out the 2022 French Open final where only Iga Swiatek made it to the second week of the tournament. Going further back, she also pointed out that the 2021 US Open final had two unseeded players. Diving deeper, the interviewer also spoke about the then World No. 150, Emma Raducanu winning the US Open.


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Learning about the instances, Pavlyuchenkova, who was previously asserting of men and women players being equally stable, was now forced to change her stance. Addressing the examples given by the interviewer, Pavlyuchenkova said, “Well, yes, maybe because of this it is harder to sell women’s tennis. If taken as a percentage, men are more and more stable.”

Being a prominent player, she gave her views on the matter. However, she also admitted that the difference does not bother her at all. Adding on her views about stability, Pavlyuchenkova ended by saying, I’m more focused on myself, I don’t really care how stable our tennis is. There are always critics, it doesn’t touch me at all.”


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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova’s opinion comes as another addition to the long-standing debate of difference between the two genders. The critics have their own take on the matter. Meanwhile, Pavlyuchenkova’s fans are just hoping to see her back on court soon.

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Ahmar Wasif


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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.
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