'Serena and Venus Williams are leaders but young generation is coming up'

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'Serena and Venus Williams are leaders but young generation is coming up'

In an interview to Tennis365 the WTA President Micky Lawler spoke about the situation that women's tour is going through. Lawler believes there is a nice mixture between older and younger players. She said: "What is really cool about this era is we still have Serena and Venus Williams as very active leaders of our game, playing at a time when we have this wonderful new generation of stars coming through.

To see Serena and Venus playing against these new stars is a wonderful spectacle. We are seeing an evolution of champions. Elina Svitolina, Karolína Plíšková, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep are established champions and we also have the next generation of Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty and Bianca Andreescu all here after winning Grand Slam titles in 2019.

Looking back three years, I recall the questions being asked about what happens when Serena retires. Obviously, it goes without saying that she is irreplaceable as she is a champion like no other, but it’s really great to see the next generation of stars coming up and being so phenomenal”.

Lawler also spoke about why Shenzhen will host WTA Finals for the next ten years: “We are all so excited to be a Shenzhen. We have been working on this for a long time and I just can’t believe the moment has finally arrived and the WTA Finals are here.

The court looks fantastic, the whole team have worked so hard to bring this to fruition and we are so excited by the show we are putting on. The media centre looks amazing, the arena is fantastic and this will come through on TV.

We had five cities very interested in staging this event and it was a very tough decision for us to make. Shenzhen as a city is a really exciting destination because it has 20 million inhabitants, it is a technology hub that has some massive companies here and the average age of inhabitants here is under 30, so it is a wonderfully dynamic city."