Amidst of discrimination against women in sport, one tournament in China is offering the biggest prize money in the history of women’s tennis.
This year’s Shiseido WTA finals in Shenzhen will award its winner an eye-watering 4.75 million if only the player makes it to the final without losing one single match.
The ATP finals, the equivalent competition on the men’s tour, only set aside 2.71 million for an undefeated champion last year-demonstrating the work being done to uphold equal pay in tennis.
Current World no.1 Ashleigh Barty says the prize money is the ‘icing on the cake’ as she thanked sponsors for staging such a lucrative competition.
Barty told CNN in a statement, “As tennis professionals, we are very fortunate to make a living from playing sport we love, and to be rewarded so well for it is a real privilege.”
“I also take my hat off to all the amazing players over the years who helped to make women’s tennis so popular with fans around the world.”