Venus, Kerber willing to play best-of-five, but not Kvitova

by: Matt Cronin September 29, 2013

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Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber say that they would willing to play best-of-five set matches at Grand Slam tournaments. WTA CEO Stacey Allaster has said that her players are "ready and willing" to play five sets in response to charges women are paid equally despite playing shorter matches than men at Grand Slam tournaments.

When asked his views on equal prize money, Andy Murray has said the men should either drop down to best-of-three sets, or the women should play best-of-five sets. The Grand Slams are not known to be considering either option.

"Sure, not a problem," Venus Williams told AFP. "If we have to play best-of-three, we play best-of-three. If it's best-of-five that's fine too. Either way it's not a problem."

Kerber added: "I think we are fit and strong enough to play five sets."

However, in the past, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have spoken out against it.

Petra Kvitova told AFP that she isn’t in favor of it either.

"I don't know if I'm prepared for best-of-five matches," Kvitova said. "The top 50 are getting so much better and that's why matches are so close now. I'd need to work more on stamina and do more running to be able to play best-of-five."

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