Tuesday, July 7, 2015

WIMBLEDON: Wozniacki says scheduling is unfair to women at the All England Club


Caroline Wozniacki feels women are not scheduled fairly on the bigger courts at Wimbledon, the world No5 said on Monday after crashing out of the tournament to No20 seed Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4.

With no tennis played on Middle Sunday, all last 16 matches of both the men and women were played on Monday with the ladies all scheduled early on six different courts so they could have the maximum time possible to rest before returning for the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

That unique scheduling - which does not happen at the other three grand slams – meant that Wozniacki played her fourth round against Muguruza on Court No2. Only two ladies matches were scheduled on the big courts yesterday with Serena Williams taking on her sister Venus on Centre Court and Maria Sharapova facing Zarina Diyas on Court No1.

Wozniacki called out the organisers implying that the scheduling was preferential towards the men. She also said she preferred to play on a bigger court and later in the day – forgoing some hours of rest time – rather than be scheduled early on an outside court.

“I would love to play on a big court. I think that's what it's all about. You work hard and practice to play on the big courts,” said Wozniacki, a former world No1.

“The women really haven't gotten the opportunity here to play on the big courts. You only get one women's match on Court 1 and Centre Court. Most of last week it was only one women's match on Court 2 as well.

“It's definitely different. That's all I can say. I think a lot of us women feel like we deserve to play on the big courts in front of a big crowd, as well.”

Wozniacki, who has made it to the fourth round here on five occasions but has never reached the quarter-finals, admits Wimbledon feels differently due to Middle Sunday and the different scheduling scheme.

“It feels different for some reason. I think if you're in the fourth round in a grand slam, in any of the other slams you know you're going to play on a big court because there's very few matches left,” she added.

“Then all of a sudden here you come into the second week - I think it's great for the spectators, they get to see top players on outside courts - but you kind of feel like you have to start over.

It's like it's a new tournament. You get put out on the smaller courts again and then you have to build your way up. The difference is here you start with playing great players from the start of a new event.”

Meanwhile Muguruza, who spent the night before her Wozniacki match watching Silence of the Lambs, was beaming after she entered her first career quarter-final at Wimbledon, where she takes on Swiss No15 seed Timea Bacsinszky on Tuesday.

Bacsinszky has a fairytale story that saw her stop playing tennis for a while - after struggling psychologically due to abuse she has suffered in her childhood from her father – and working in the kitchen of a hotel restaurant, only to return to tennis and reach her current ranking of No15.

“She has a reason to play, when you have something like this inside. Every time you go to the court, you want to fight and win. It helps her, her motivation,” Muguruza said of Bacsinszky, who made the French Open semis last month.

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