Caroline Wozniacki blames US Open exit on poor scheduling

Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova aren’t the best of friends, to say the least, but she has a point here.

Wozniacki, a two-times US Open runner-up who is ranked No 5 in the world, was unhappy that her second-round match against Ekaterina Makarova, the world No 40 of Russian Federation, was scheduled in the last slot on Court 5 yesterday.

World No.5 Caroline Wozniacki played on an outside court and was beaten by Ekaterina Makarova.

Wozniacki has also been critical of the wild cards which have been given to Sharapova since April, when her 15-month suspension for the use of meldonium, a banned substance, ended.

‘You know, and when you look on Centre Court – I understand completely the business side of things – but someone who comes back from a drugs sentence – performance enhancing drugs – and all of a sudden gets to play every single match on Centre Court, I think that’s a questionable thing to do.

Wozniacki, 27, played her opening match on Monday on the third show court, Grandstand, before losing 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 to Makarova on Wednesday.

The reprieve was short-lived, however, as Makarova swept through the first five games of the third set to set up a victory that denied Wozniacki a chance of reclaiming the world number one ranking had she gone on to claim the title.

“I think with the way that I played Monday night, I don’t think there are any more questions”, she said.

Sharapova, 30, was given a wildcard into the main draw, because she is ranked 146th as she makes her way back following the ban. It doesn’t set a good example. Finally they moved us to Court 17, which is a really nice court actually, we had great atmosphere out there.

Sharapova’s agent Max Eisenbud responded by branding Wozniacki a “journeyman player”, with the Dane later rejecting Eisenbud’s apology. I mean, I felt it while I was away.

Wednesday’s schedule had been an unusually hard one to compile, because the backlog created by Tuesday’s persistent rain required no fewer than 87 matches to be completed in the day. I felt it in a real presence since I’ve been back.

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