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Tsonga blames women’s ‘emotional instability’ for lack of sustained dominance in tennis

Updated: Jan 24, 2013, 11:54 AM IST

Sydney: World number eight Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has claimed emotional instability is the major reason behind the lack of a consistently dominant group in women`s tennis to match the men`s big four. Swiss ace Roger Federer`s five-set quarterfinal win over Tsonga on Wednesday night meant the top four men`s seeds all reached the Australian Open semi-finals.

That was not the case for the women, after 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens upset five-time champion Serena Williams in a quarterfinal on Wednesday, with China`s Li Na having ousted fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Tuesday. Tsonga said the girls are more unstable emotionally than men when asked why there were more upsets in the women`s draw.

The Frenchman added he is sure everybody will agree with him, including the girls, adding it`s just about hormones and all this stuff. Tsonga said men don`t have all these bad things so we are physically in a good shape every time and girls are not. Tsonga said the rankings in men`s tennis don`t lie but he was unsure what was stopping him from bridging the gap to the top four. Tsonga also tipped Andy Murray to take the men`s title, given he hasn`t dropped a set in reaching the semis, whereas the other three semi-finalists have each had to endure a five-setter.