Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says hormones are to blame for the top women's players being unable to dominate tennis as consistently as the top men.
Cheeky Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has blamed emotional instability for the lack of a consistently dominant group in women's tennis to match the men's "big four".
Swiss great Roger Federer's five-set quarter-final 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 quarter-final on Wednesday, with China's Li Na having ousted fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska a day earlier.
"The girls they are more unstable emotionally than us," Tsonga said with a smile, when asked on Thursday why there were more upsets in the women's draw.
"I'm sure everybody will say it's true, even the girls.
"No? You don't think?" he asked, when met with an uncertain reaction from listening media.
"I mean, it's just about hormones and all this stuff. We don't have all these bad things so we are physically in a good shape every time and you are not. That's it."
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.
"I don't know what is the difference," the world No.8 said.
"I'm just working hard. I do my best. Maybe I'm less talented for the moment."
He 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.
What do you guys think of the tournament so far? Are you in love with Sloane Stephens like I am? Li Na / Djokovic as the champs please!
Also, lol Tsonga