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Sisterhood and revolution: Old players remind us how far women’s tennis has come

Women's tennis players in the current era have benefited from the movement led by Billie Jean King (above) and eight others in 1970. PHOTO: REUTERS
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MELBOURNE - Late in the afternoon, outside the main interview room at the Australian Open, the present of women’s tennis sat on a chair and waited. Inside the past of the game was laughing, teasing, talking over each other as they spoke about equal pay, sisterhood, bra-burning and history.

Outside, the waiting Aryna Sabalenka, who had just entered her first Australian Open semi-final, knew she could not complain. Those women inside, all in their 70s and 80s, all greying revolutionaries, had forged a world which has allowed Sabalenka to make a wonderful living.

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