Scheduling shows women's tennis is undervalued - Pegula column

2023-06-07 21:18:46  • 5 mins

American Jessica Pegula, who is third in the singles world rankings and second in the doubles, is the latest leading WTA Tour player to feature in a BBC Sport column.

In her third piece at the French Open, Pegula discusses the decision to put only one women's match in the Roland Garros primetime night session.

The lack of women's matches in the night sessions at this year's French Open is disappointing.

Only one of the 10 night sessions featured WTA players - that was when Aryna Sabalenka played Sloane Stephens in the fourth round on Sunday.

We want to see more women in those spots, to highlight good tennis matches if we can, so it hasn't been ideal that there has only been one primetime match for us.

I'm a member of the WTA players' council and this issue has been raised a lot.

Last year, when there was also only one women's night match, we spoke to tournament organisers about it.

That makes this year more disappointing because we tried to address it. We haven't seen any improvement. We're not sure what has happened.

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