Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka supplied tennis fans with a thoroughly entertaining 6-4, 6-4 final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Sunday. Vika ultimately snatched her fourth career championship-round victory over Serena, the most of any WTA tour player. She also improved her fairly dismal mark against the tour's No. 1 star to 4-17.
This morning in the SoCal desert, though, tournament CEO Raymond Moore made some fairly disparaging statements about the WTA.
"You know, in my next life when I come back, I want to be someone in the WTA, because they ride on the coattails of the men,” he said. “They don't make any decisions and they are lucky ... If I was a lady player, I'd go down on my knees every night and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport. They really have."
It only got more problematic from there, with Moore extrapolating that the WTA has a number of "attractive" players making moves to the top, including Garbine Muguruza and Eugenie Bouchard. Asked whether he meant that they are attractive physically or as competitors, he clarified: both.