Iga Sibiong Tech (22, Poland), world number 1 in women’s professional tennis (WTA), has prize money for male and female players in tour events other than the four Grand Slam events (Australia Open, French Open, Wimbledon US Open) He said he hoped they would be equal.
The British media Telegraph said on the 23rd (Korean time), “Sibiontech, the world number one in women’s tennis, said he hopes the WTA will do more to narrow the prize money gap between men and women.”
Prize money is equal for men and women in the four major tournaments. However, compared to the men’s professional tennis (ATP) tour, the WTA’s prize money is not large. Sibiong Tech insisted that the WTA Tour, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, should approach fans more attractively.
Sibiong Tech said, “The WTA needs to expand more and become more popular than it is now in business,” she said.
According to the Financial Times스포츠토토, a British business daily, the ATP Tour paid out 75% more prize money to players than the WTA Tour last year.
“We also bring the same excitement as men’s tennis. There’s also something you can’t find in men’s tennis,” she said, emphasizing the potential of women’s tennis.
Sibiontech, who won three Grand Slam competitions (French Open in 2020, 2022, and US Open in 2022), was eliminated in the round of 16 at the Australian Open this year. However, on the 19th, she proved to be the strongest in her career by winning the WTA Qatar Total Energy Open, which ended in Doha, Qatar.
He is currently competing at the Dubai Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Karolina Pliskova (30, Czech Republic, 18th in the world), who was scheduled to face in the quarterfinals of the singles, declared withdrawal, and Siviontech advanced to the semifinals for two consecutive weeks.
Sibiong Tech competes with the winner of the quarterfinal match between Coco Gough (19, USA, 6th in the world ranking) and Madison Keith (28, USA, 23rd in the world ranking) to advance to the final.