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Azarenka once more took intention at officers following her defeat by Pavlyuchenkova, when requested in regards to the scheduling of the brand new evening classes —with six of the seven thus far that includes males’s matches.

Victoria Azarenka in motion throughout French Open 2021. AFP

Paris: Victoria Azarenka criticised French Open organisers Sunday over what she described as an absence of equality, suggesting that other than the even prize cash on provide males acquired higher therapy than girls on the match.

The previous World No 1 misplaced within the fourth spherical to Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, ending her finest run at Roland Garros since she reached the 2013 semi-finals.

Final yr, Azarenka fumed at being left to “sit like a duck” and walked off courtroom complaining that it was “too chilly” to play, because the 2020 match was delayed to late September because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Azarenka once more took intention at officers following her defeat by Pavlyuchenkova, when requested in regards to the scheduling of the brand new evening classes —with six of the seven thus far that includes males’s matches.

“What issues me is when someone from French Federation is frequently attempting to say there may be equality, and solely stating to prize cash, which is true,” stated Azarenka.

“Every thing else, I would not even agree for just a little with that. And that is disappointing.”

Serena Williams received the primary official evening match beneath the lights on Court docket Philippe Chatrier, however all night classes have been performed behind closed doorways attributable to a government-imposed COVID-19 curfew.

The French Tennis Federation’s three-year partnership with Amazon Prime Video that runs till 2023 means the day’s so-called prime match is reserved for primetime audiences.

However the imbalance between males’s and ladies’s matches chosen for the late timeslot has raised eyebrows, a difficulty difficult by the early exit of Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka, and the absence of an injured Simona Halep.

“I feel there are sufficient examples through the years the place we have heard remarks in the direction of girls, the place we have seen two girls’s semi-final matches enjoying on the surface courts,” continued Azarenka.

“I feel generally you must maintain some folks accountable for a few of these issues and never repeatedly level out to the plain of prize cash.”

“I simply assume that generally generally issues listed here are made a bit too difficult,” she added.

“It is simply truthfully a bit irritating each time you are attempting to cope with the organisation right here, it is turning into ‘pas potential’. Every thing you hear is ‘pas potential’.”

In an effort to right the scheduling imbalance, Monday’s final 16 match between defending champion Iga Swiatek and Marta Kostyuk has been given the night slot.

Pavlyuchenkova, whose win noticed her seal a primary French Open quarter-final look since 2011, was, like Azarenka, a former member of the WTA participant council.

“I imply, I settle for it that we’ll in all probability by no means actually be type of equal by way of tv and recognition possibly,” stated the Russian.

“I do not know if I ought to actually waste my vitality and time preventing over this as a result of proper now, I imply, I am doing my job, I wish to win matches.

“And I actually do not thoughts, truthfully with you, if I play on Court docket 2 or Philippe Chatrier. Okay, it is nicer. On the finish of the day what I would like is to win the match and play good. I do not really feel like losing and speaking about this.”

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Updated: June 6, 2021 — 11:15 pm

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