Naomi Osaka is one of many women in sport who has felt bullied, patronized and disrespected by journalists. The answer is not to withdraw and refuse to partake in a considered dissection of a match.
The No. 2-ranked player was fined for skipping a news conference Sunday and withdrew from the competition the next day, citing anxiety over media interviews.
"Professional athletes have a responsibility to their sport and their fans to speak to the media surrounding their competition, allowing them the opportunity to share their perspective and tell their story," the WTA said in a statement.
Tennis icon Billie Jean King is the latest woman to become a Barbie in the toy's Inspiring Women series.
The tennis star thinks Maria Sharapova "might be perceived by the public as nicer."
The Canadian is a fierce critic of Sharapova, saying the Russian should not have been welcomed back to tennis after her doping ban.
The Russian returned from a doping ban in April.
The Canadian had called her Russian opponent a 'cheat.'
Sharapova beat Roberta Vinci upon her return from her doping ban on Wednesday.
She will be 31 in two years—time enough for a comeback.
The sports manufacturers will continue their agreements despite two-year ban.
This is an unusual way to prepare for an important match.
It is the latest in a series of organizations to back away from Grand Slam winner.
The Spaniard also defended himself against past doping allegations.
The tennis world No. 6 faces a provisional suspension on March 12.
The multiple Grand Slam winner failed to turn up to a press conference after the defeat.