Caroline Wozniacki was very angry after her second-round loss to Ekaterina Makarova on Wednesday at the US Open. The match started around 10:00 PM after the organizers decided to move it from Court 5 to 17 as many matches were on the schedule.
The Odense Native showed all her disappointment and mentioned Maria Sharapova whose matches until now have had been scheduled on the Arthur Ashe Stadium: against Simona Halep on Monday, Timea Babos on Wednesday and on Friday she will play against Sofia Kenin in the night session.
'I think putting out a schedule where the no. 5 in the world in playing on Court 5, fifth match on after 11 [AM], I think that is unacceptable,' said Wozniacki. 'When you look at center court, I understand completely the business side of things and everything, but someone who comes back from a drug sentence, and you know, performance enhancing drugs, and then all of the sudden gets to play every single match on center court, I think that’s a questionable thing to do.' 'Someone who is fifth in the world deserves to play on bigger court than Court No.
5 and, you know, finally they moved us to Court 17 which is a really nice court actually,' added Wozniacki, who will play her next event in Tokyo in three weeks. US Open Coms Head Chris Widmaier replied to Wozniacki's criticism in an interview to Ekstra Bladet, as reported by Mark Nixon on Twitter. 'Its a legitimate standpoint.
But our philosophy, which likely parallels many others, is that her punishment is over. Now Maria Sharapova deserves a new chance. It was a really difficult day to schedule, because everything was rained away Tuesday. A lot of matches needed to be placed.
As for Caroline, we realised it was a mistake to put her match on Court 5, and an hour-and-a-half later we moved it to Court 17. We respect her opinion. It was unfortunate that the matches before hers on that court dragged on so she had to start at 9.10 PM and then play a long match.
It was a long day for her, and it must have been hard for her after the match.' ALSO READ: Maria Sharapova: 'It's incredible what Roger Federer has done'