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Sarah Gronert: A new tennis gender war?
A German player's trouble gaining acceptance on the women's tour
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here’s a new gender war in the world of tennis, said Toshiba Reynolds in the Post Chronicle. Sarah Gronert, a 22-year-old professional tennis player from Germany, was born with both male and female genitalia, a fact that’s making it tough for her to gain acceptance on the women’s tour. “She serves like a man,” one coach said.

It’s unfair to question Gronert’s eligibility, said The Women on the Web blog. Her male genitalia was surgically removed. She was born a hermaphrodite, but "she's now medically—and legally—a woman." The scrutiny has been intense—at 19 she even considered quitting the game because of the constant abuse, but she has stuck in there and is now ranked No. 619 in the world.

"I'm torn," said Emily Moulton in Gather.com. "While I feel Sarah Gronert should be allowed to live her life as a woman, it does seem a little unfair to the other women in the tennis circuit." On the other hand, all athletes have an advantage over the rest of us thanks to their genetic gifts, "so I guess I say let Sarah Gronert play."

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