Fifth seed Wozniacki was originally shunted out to Court Five for her own second-round match last night, before a late shift moved her and her opponent Ekaterina Makarova to Court 17.
“When you look on centre court [Arthur Ashe], I understand completely the business side of things and everything, but someone who comes back from a drug sentence, performing-enhancing drugs, and all of a sudden gets to play every single match on centre court, I think that is a questionable thing to do”.
“I think someone who has fought their way back from injury and is five in the world deserves to play on a bigger court than court five”, said the Dane, twice a finalist in NY.
The No.5 seed couldn’t find the answers to Makarova’s controlled aggression and tricky lefty shots, and Makarova came away with the edge after three straight breaks of serve, before reeling off another five straight games to grab the opening set and start the second a break to the good.
Wozniacki was one of the seven women left in the draw with a shot at ending the fortnight as the WTA World No.1, but Makarova dashed those hopes after outlasting the Dane 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1.
Babos broke Sharapova in the first game of the match, but with Babos serving for the set at 5-4, she was broken back by the Russian.
“I think they should probably look into what they need to do in the future”.
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 feel when a player is banned for drugs, I think someone should start from the bottom and fight their way back”, Wozniacki said in March.
“I’ve had an incredible reaction from fans since I’ve been back, and that’s been very special. I felt it in a real presence since I’ve been back”. “It’s a very special feeling”.
Caroline Wozniacki is upset in second round and then bashes the Open on her way of NY. After that, 2008 Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was scheduled to meet 18-year-old Canadian qualifier Denis Shapovalov.
“There’s a certain level of “I know I can do this, I’ve done it before”. But there’s also the realistic understanding of, ‘okay, you haven’t been in this situation for a while.