‘Nothing to Live On’- Daria Kasatkina Opens Up on the Woes Plaguing Women’s Tennis as She Refuses to Draw Illogical Comparisons

Published 12/28/2023, 10:10 PM EST

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Russian tennis player, Daria Kasatkina revealed a distressing truth about the women tennis players. Recently, many tennis legends, including Martina Navratilova spoke about the pay disparity in men’s and women’s tennis. Now Kasatkina’s revelation brings out another interesting aspect about pay equality. However, this Russian tennis star is in no mood to add fuel to the comparison between men’s and women’s tennis. Instead, she aims to bring out the women’s tennis’s pay disparity as a separate subject.

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Kasatkina has been vocal about the tennis rights for women. Previously she lashed out at the WTA TV for purposefully not promoting women’s tennis. Now her recent revelation helps fans to understand how the pay disparity issue of women’s tennis has nothing to do with men’s tennis.

Daria Kasatkina explains why people shouldn’t compare men’s and women’s tennis

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In a recent interview, this Russian tennis star revealed an exclusive opinion on the matter. She said- “Comparing men’s & women’s sports makes no sense at all. I don’t understand why we’re doing it, we’re not competing with each other. I think the topic of equal prize money was not invented by tennis players. We realise that this is impossible nowadays. We want our prize money to increase.”

Her opinion asks fans to rely on women’s tennis as a separate subject. She further added- “And it’s absolutely normal when you work & you want the best, you want to be paid more. Especially when you know that the capacity to pay is there. We know a little bit more than others, so we’re not satisfied. That’s what we’re fighting for.”

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Kasatkina finally addressed why she doesn’t want fans to compare men’s and women’s tennis. She added-“No one wants to take men’s money away from them. We don’t want to sit with what we have because it’s not enough. The top-50 WTA are doing well, the rest are just surviving. ATP has a better situation with that. Even if we look at the prize money at WTA 250 or WTA 125, it’s absurd. After all the taxes & expenses, there’s nothing to live on.”

Daria Kasatkina’s mindblowing journey into the world of professional tennis

This Russian tennis star’s journey to professional sport began at an early age since both of her parents are national-level ice hockey players. In 2018, Kasatkina entered into WTA’s list of tennis players. She further improvised to become the world’s eighth-best tennis star at some point. Daria Kasatkina might not have a Grand Slam yet but she won six singles championships in her career. Not to mention, fans are truly attracted to this Russian tennis player’s strokes.

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Daria Kasatkina’s comment proves that she is a true activist who aims to bring the women’s tennis pay disparity issue to the public. The way she approached the topic with logic, fans could get a good grasp of the idea. If she continues to be vocal about this issue, soon WTA will have to look into the matter and bring a conclusion that suits both parties.

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Upasana Banerjee

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