Big money is transmitted to the Grand Slam event and to the players so a is a very positive event for a COVIT time.
The Aust Open should provide equal entertainment for both sexes. The public pay well for the privilege of viewing but women do not provide their time even though they are paid for it. They should play the best of 5 sets.
So Australia should take the initiative and make the female event EQUAL . This would give the patrons who pay quite a high entry fee receive equal entertainment from both sexes.
The female players appreciate the equal remuneration they now receive and would not mind if this Grand Slam event gave the patrons value for their entertainment dollar. At the French Open Halap and Bertens would have appreciated the opportunity to play the best of 5 sets, they may have stayed in the event.