Bagger looks for respect – By Josh Massoud

Mianne Bagger is a long way behind the player with the best credentials at next week’s 2007 Australian Women’s Open.

But when it comes to attention and curiosity, she is certain to be eyeballing superstars Karrie Webb and Natalie Gulbis at Royal Sydney.

After undergoing a sex change in 1995, Bagger accepts it’s par for the course for people to discuss her personal life ahead of her game.

But despite launching into the spotlight after forcing European and Australian associations to change their eligibility rules, Bagger remains frustrated.

Speaking exclusively to The Daily Telegraph yesterday, the 39-year-old Aussie said “negative stereotypes” continue to haunt her three years after creating a global precedent.

“There’s so many negative stereotypes surrounding this issue and it makes life so much more difficult,” Bagger said from Perth, where she is fine-tuning her game ahead of next week’s tournament.