It's very hard to find information about this, but these are a couple of graphics i found -
Highest paid athletes in 2012 - http://www.statista.com/statistics/2...mpic-athletes/
Fairly equal-ish between men and women in tennis (would be even more so if Muzza managed to snatch another Slam).
Nothing much do take from these numbers though. It's obviously an overall money ranking, not prize money.
Most watched sports events in 2009 - http://www.statista.com/statistics/7...orting-events/
Not fully serving my cause as the only tennis event in this ranking is at number 4, the Wimby male final in 2009.
But what is interesting to notice - Right after Wimby is Japan - South Korea baseball, not far behind South Korea - China badminton, 15th position - Pakistan - Sri Lanka cricket (
Gives us a look at how some interest in Asia could bring a sporting event in the top 15 World wide and i'm pretty sure this is based on some official data that doesn't reflect things perfectly.
It also shows how our idea of "popular" could be a bit limited due to our environment and interests, while the big corporations are surely very well aware of these numbers and much more of them.
At the end of the day if the question here is - Should women get as much cash as men in tennis? - "Should" means - personal opinion, so there isn't right and wrong.
Mine is that their sport, which looks like retarded tennis, shouldn't get paid a quarter of what it gets.
But i, personally, would live perfectly well without women tennis at all.
On the other hand, by considering this sport as "not exactly tennis", hence a different sport overall, i can imagine them getting paid even more than male athletes, or the football players of my favorite Levski Sofia (which is a scandal, but what can you do..). Because if it was up to me, the cricket players would be paid a dollar per European watching their sport, but as the World isn't Europe or USA only, i can understand ppl getting excited by this strange children game and i can imagine that with so much interest these guys could be very well paid.
So WTA = cricket. We don't understand it, we don't like it, but the ppl who do pay these athletes shate loads of money and it's their own problem.