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Wimbledon 2016: BBC condemned for questioning equal pay after Serena Williams wins semi-final in 48 minutes


The BBC have come under fire for appearing to question Serena Williams’ claim that equal pay for male and female tennis players is fair after she beat Elena Vesnina in their Wimbledon semi-final encounter in just 48 minutes.

Williams steamrolled her way past the Russian in the fastest ever Wimbledon semi-final to reach a ninth career final at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, with Angelique Kerber the only person in between the world No 1 and a seventh title at SW19.

However, a tweet sent out from the official BBC Sport Twitter account questioned whether the claim for women players to receive the same prize money as their male colleagues, given the short length of the match between Williams and Vesnina.

The tweet read: “Her match lasted just 48 minutes…but Serena Williams says female players deserve equal pay.”

The tweet was soon deleted and replaced with a straightforward post that simply quoted the American tennis great.

The post drew criticism from social media users who felt that it did not help achieving equal rights within the sport with such a tweet.

Moore resigned after his making his comments, while Djokovic apologized the following day, saying: “I don’t make any differences between the genders. I am for equality in the sport.”


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