Saturday, 10 March 2007

Women on top with KL prize purse

In an article I wrote a while back I asked readers to comment on the popularity of the women's game.

Nicol DavidLack of spectators is obviously not a probem in Kuala Lumpur, where the prize fund for the KL Open 2007 WISPA event was $44k, compared to $40k for the men.

This may be down to the participation of world champion Nicol David, a big star in her home country of Malaysia and the eventual winner of the tournament, beating Australia's Natalie Grinham in the final.

The fact that the women's prize fund exceeded the men's suggest that it is player marketability, and not the more well-worn factors such as game length or greater fitness, that determines who should be paid more in a particular event.

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How strong is the women's game?

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