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You’ve come a long way baby… but why don’t you want to stay home?

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Sania Mirza is an accomplished doubles specialist and currently 50% of one of the best women’s doubles teams in recent memory. She’s recently released an autobiography telling the story of her rise to the top,  “Ace Against Odds”. We haven’t read the book yet but her book tour has drummed up a bit of drama.

In the middle of one of Sania’s tour stops, Rajdeep Sardesai, a television host, asked her…wait for it…

“When [are you] going to settle down? Is it going to be in Dubai or any other country? What about motherhood? You know, building a family, I don’t see that in the book. It seems you don’t want to retire just yet to ‘settle down.'”

Whoops.

As you might expect, the top doubles player on the planet was ready to respond. Here’s the whole interview; that question is at the 7:00 minute mark if you want to scroll ahead.

In fairness to the TV host, he did quickly backtrack and apologize. (“I would never ask this question to a male athlete!”) And from his tone, I don’t think any disrespect was intended – but, hello, you don’t ask stuff like this in this way!

Sardesai has added fuel to a simmering fire.

The comments come after those made by Ray Moore, formerly of Indian Wells, who suggested that WTA players ride ATP coat tails.

“How about a little media training?! I continue to be shocked that individuals given a microphone by major organizations receive no training in keeping personal opinions and archaic notions to themselves, particularly with hot button issues such as a woman’s role in society,” says Karin here at Tennis Identity. “People in visible positions need to take the lead in stopping sexism. It’s going to take a village.”

Women’s rights in sports is a hot topic (and rightly so). Case in point, former UCONN women’s hoops star Breanna Stewart was awarded Best Female Athlete at last night’s ESPY awards and made the following statement during her acceptance speech:

“Equality for all takes each of us making an effort. Thank you for this honor and together, let’s be better.”

Brianna Stewart

Hear her below:

“You’ve come a long way baby!” was the tagline of the Virginia Slims tournament way back when. Still have…there’s just a lot farther to go.


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