“My question is: Are you trying to kill the players?”


“It’s a terrible schedule,” said one of the two finalists of the WTA 500 tournament in Abu Dhabi. He does not copyright the sentence, as it is part of the common vocabulary of tennis players, on both circuits, of men and women.

The season runs from late December of one year to early December of the next. Commitments increase, team competitions also appear and, yes, also, exhibitions of a friendly nature but usually well financed financially.

In a particular case on the table, the complaint is stronger: “I have a question, and I don’t know whether to direct it to the WTA (governing the Women’s Tour) or to the organizers of the tournament: Are you trying to kill the players or hurt they?” more often?”.

The Russian growled Daria Kasatkina, who described his situation as “unfair.” This Sunday, 5:00 pm local time, they will play the final in Abu Dhabi against Kazakh Elena Rybakina.

The next day, Monday, she has a first round match at the WTA 1000 in Doha, against her compatriot Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova. “And we still don’t have the technology that allows me to snap my fingers and stand up in Doha in five seconds,” said Kasatkina, ranked fourteenth in the world, ironically.

Her rival in Abu Dhabi, Rybakina, will have more of a margin as she is exempt from the first qualifying round in Doha due to her ranking: she is fifth in the WTA.

“I don’t understand how it can be programmed like that,” insisted Kasatkina. The WTA 1000 in Doha starts this Sunday, when Abu Dhabi is not yet finished, as it should be finished on Saturday.

The trip to Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai is as intense as it is important because many points are at stake in being one WTA 500 and two WTA 1000.

The American Danielle Collinsfor example, added four consecutive days of matches between reaching the quarterfinals in Abu Dhabi and then facing the qualifying phase in Doha.

Daria Kasatkina spent almost 4 hours to defeat the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia by 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2). In the second semi-final, Elena Rybakina defeated the Russian Lyudmila Samsonova by 6-0, 4-6 and 6-2 in 2h.51′.

Source: La Verdad


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