Not a chance. :razz:This is not true and even documented by the USTA. A man is about 1 point higher by a 5.0 level rather than 1/2 a point. I would actually personally guess that a top woman pro is somewhere comparable to between a 5.5 and 6.0 men's player. It's probably closer to the 6.0 but definitely not higher than that.
I am actually a bit surprised there isn't more ego in this though. The likelihood of a 5.0 player beating Erranni is actually much higher than a 3.0 winning a round in an open tournament which I believe was a recent thread. I used to be one of the egotistical men who said a woman couldn't beat me at ..., but I was never quite stupid enough to think I could beat out a top pro.
I was actually a bit surprised by the 5.0 woman's results against 4.5s and 5.0s. The 4.5s I can see as there is a wide range, but am really surprised about playing a 5.0 man close. As a strong 4.0 player I will still egotistically say I will beat a 5.0 woman though and I think badly.
It's definitely a half point difference. I'm a 4.5, and I lost back in January 7-5 to a 5.0 woman. We were definitely competitive, but if you think you will badly trounce a 5.0 woman you are out of it.