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Nice work if you can get it; WHAT A RACKET.

Byline: RALPH ELLIS

FRENCH player Gilles Simon kicked off the annual debate about whether women deserve equal Wimbledon prize money, but there's at least one area where the girls give better value.

A snap study by some sport science students showed that in typical women's singles matches involving the top seeds, the ball is in play for about eight and a half minutes in every hour.

The s top -watch on the men's games - including Rafael Nadal's endless ball bouncing and towel wiping - showed just seven minutes and 18 seconds of live action for every hour on court.

So if whoever wins the women's title takes the near nine hours on court it took Petra Kvitova last year - meaning 75 minutes of hitting balls - this year's pounds 1.15million first prize would work out at pounds 15,211 pay per minute.

Not too bad, eh!

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OVA THE MOON: Petra Kvitova after winning the women's title last year
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2012
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