Maria Sharapova had a simple retort to the notion that men should be paid more than women at Grand Slam tournaments. Serena Williams just laughed and covered her face with one hand before delivering her answer.
Two of the biggest stars of women's tennis didn't hold back Thursday when responding to comments made this week by 13th-ranked Gilles Simon -- a new member of the ATP Player Council -- that has rekindled the debate over equal prize money at Wimbledon.
While Simon defended his viewpoint Thursday and added a majority of male players agree with him -- but are afraid to speak out -- Sharapova offered a clear answer to why she deserves the money she earns.
''I'm sure there are a few more people that watch my matches than his,'' she said.
Sharapova beat Tsvetana Pironkova in a tough three-set match on a packed Court 1 on Thursday to reach the third round at Wimbledon, while Simon lost in straight sets to Xavier Malisse on Court 3.
On a more serious note, Sharapova added: ''Loo...