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Wimbledon | Pliskova says women’s tennis is best to watch

Wimbledon | Pliskova says women’s tennis is best to watch

KAROLINA Pliskova helped kicked off a display of girl power on Wimbledon’s show courts by reaching the third round for the first time, before declaring: “Women’s tennis is more attractive.”

The seventh seed overcame Victoria Azarenka 6-3 6-3 on Centre Court in a battle of former world No.1s.

I think it's good because women's tennis, for me, it's more attractive because there is more up and downs than in the men's. Karolina Pliskova

It was one of four matches women’s singles and two men’s showdowns on the Championships’ major courts when traditionally the numbers have been reversed. And other star attractions were Serena and Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki.

Czech Pliskova said: “How do I feel about that (women dominating the show courts)? It depends on the tournament. It’s their schedule. Doesn’t matter which court they put me.

“(But) I think it’s good because women’s tennis, for me, it’s more attractive because there is more up and downs than in the men’s. I like to watch. Maybe the people also. There is Serena. This match I think was worth to put on Centre Court, me with Azarenka. Then there is Serena. Obviously Federer, he has to be on Centre Court!”

Pliskova was too strong for two-time Australian Open champion.

Why has it taken until your seventh Wimbledon to reach the third round?

She said: “Why has it taken so long? I don’t know. But I’m happy that it happened. For me, doesn’t matter the past. Only the time there now.”

Belarusian Azarenka said: “I hope, it will be the last time we have to talk about it (more women’s matches on the show courts) this way, and I think that will be a real progress if we stop saying that “for the first time in the history,” you know, that would be a big progress. I’m glad it’s moving in the right direction. “

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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