Caroline Wozniacki Wants More Women’s Matches On The Show Courts At Wimbledon
by Tom Gainey | July 7th, 2015, 10:13 am
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After falling in the fourth round to Garbine Muguruza on Court 2 at Wimbledon yesterday, Caroline Wozniacki took a snipe at the tournament for not giving women equal time on Centre and Court 1 as the men.

Customarily, Wimbledon plays one women’s match and two men’s on the two biggest courts. Wozniacki played her second round match on Centre.

“The women really haven’t gotten the opportunity here to play on the big courts,” Wozniacki said Monday. “You only get one woman’s match on Court 1 and Centre Court. Most of last week it was only one woman’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.”

Roger Federer, who has played all his matches thus far on Centre, says it’s up the tournament how they want to schedule.

“It’s totally up to the tournament organizers to make that call,” Federer said of Wozniacki’s request. “Usually it’s always very balanced, to be quite honest. But here this is grass, there’s no night session. Matches start earlier maybe. They don’t want to have too many people running around on the grass, I don’t know. So they only have three matches, like today, on Centre. That’s not a lot. Usually you have four to five or six.

“It’s just the scheduling and thinking that maybe those are the matches now they want to play on Centre, that’s it. Of course, they would try to be fair. I would be surprised if it would be otherwise.”


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57 Comments for Caroline Wozniacki Wants More Women’s Matches On The Show Courts At Wimbledon

jane Says:

keys vs aga very close.
vika’s up a break but we’ve seen this before.


FedExpress Says:

vika choked 4 matches againt williams. AO 2010, USo 12, madrid 15, FO 15.

hope she doesnt this one. the h2h could have been closer. at the end of the day she can at least challenge williams. unlike maria. 11 years since she beat SW. wow


FedExpress Says:

that scream from williams. better not to comment it.

2 SPs came and went


FedExpress Says:

vika choking already


jalep Says:

yep. we have seen it all before: Vika v Serena.

Aga and Madison going to a tiebreak 1st set.

Madison saved 3 set points and looking pretty confident. But I’m pulling for Aga…

Vika is trying to serve for the 1st set…

Both matches at the same time on different channels :/


FedExpress Says:

that was clutch from vika. but we have seen it this year that she can compete with SW. she has to sustain the intensity


jalep Says:

Vika wins the 1st set 6-3

At the same time Aga wins the tiebreak!

Both good matches so far!


FedExpress Says:

let it be serena. these screams full of madness


FedExpress Says:

i will never understand why the belgium women player henin and kim retired so early. esepcially henin. bot came back later and kim won 3 GS but henin was never the same


FedExpress Says:

did serena say biitch?


FedExpress Says:

boah that grunt from williams in that rally. aza is nothing compared to serenas grunt


jalep Says:

Keys has far more power than Aga by a long ways.

Her serve and forehand are clicking now.

And Serena is fired up. Vika has to sustain the intensity and hold serve, FedExpress…it’s going to be tough. hahahaha…Serena suddenly starts out grunting Vika

As much as I love Aga, Muguruza vs Keys would be a better semi, I think.


FedExpress Says:

give serena an oscar for her performance


jalep Says:

very entertaining stuff! Vika/Serena Lol….


FedExpress Says:

vikas celebrations and come ons are just “sexier” than serenas. more natural


jane Says:

vika/serena is very entertaining.

“sexier”? are you just trolling fedex? lol.


jalep Says:

Vika’s 2nd serve is killing me.


calmdownplease Says:

seems like someone else has a weak 2nd other than Andy


calmdownplease Says:

while Serena’a 1st is simply the best!


jalep Says:

Oh….

huge serving saves Serena. At least Vika was able to apply some pressure.

Keys about to take the 2nd set.


FedExpress Says:

if vika had a karlovic like serve she would dominate the tour


FedExpress Says:

the suisse guys playing on court 1 tomorrow


FedExpress Says:

that grunt from serena put vika off hence netted and broken


FedExpress Says:

vika got a violation cause she said the f word


FedExpress Says:

serenas scream is a hinderance and should be called by the umpire.


jalep Says:

That’s what it comes down to: The only one player that might be a better server on grass lost to Jankovic.

Now Vika has to hope that Serena chokes a little on serve…and Vika misses her first and maybe only chance to break back


FedExpress Says:

i wonder by so much screaming and grunting serena isnt exhausted


FedExpress Says:

i am switching off. cant stand that woman. at least be humble and dont cry after every point.


jane Says:

i know jalep. much as i like jj, i really wanted petra to win that match; she would’ve had a better chance generally.


jalep Says:

This Keys/Aga match is a lot more tame. But no less interesting. Aga working hard to hold serve – Keys serving bombs..

Aga’s got far more creativity and magic. Not sure it’s enough to win this contest.


jalep Says:

Yeah…I missed the JJ v Petra match but was disappointed to see Petra out. I like watching JJ too – she’s very dramatic :D

Aga struggling to hold serve but can outwit Madison and draw an error…clever Aga.


jane Says:

Second Serve Points Won
Williams 59 %
Azarenka 33 %

tale of the tape. feels like an inevitable trudge/bludgeon by serena toward the title.


jalep Says:

Yay! brains over brawn. Love it when it happens.

Aga broke Madison and will try to serve for the match…yikes.


jane Says:

yay for aga!

why did serena scream “bi..ch” at vika anyhow?


jalep Says:

She did it! Aga won!

But she will have to try and outwit the powerful Garbine Muguruza…more trouble for Aga.

Madison just lacks experience. Her game is huge.


jalep Says:

I missed the name calling.

Had to switch matches and see Aga win.

Vika not giving up without a fight. if she only had a better serve…more consistent 1st and better 2nd.

lol, Serena ain’t losing this.


Hippy Chick Says:

^I wonder what the handshake will be like at the net,Serena i believe once called Henin a b1tch,if i remember rightly?anyway like most i believe its inevitable she will win this title and its a matter of time before she surpasses Graff,however its refreshing to see her at least tested form time to time,instead of players just simply folding….^


Okiegal Says:

I don’t think either one of these players really get put off by the outbursts of one another. Vika the Queen of Scream and Serena the Guru of Grunts….They’re both a couple of drama queens!


jalep Says:

I don’t think Aga can beat Garbine Muguruza…or anyway if she does, the final will be just silly. Much rather see Muguruza vs Serena…or Sharapova.

…hahaha Vika laughing at the ridiculous aces Serena is hitting. Vika is a good sport.

Congrats Serena. She’s unstoppable.


Hippy Chick Says:

Well i was wrong i thought there might be some tension at the net,but they hugged at the end,even smiling,unless Vika didnt here what Serena said hmm dont know?….


jalep Says:

Fun wta quarterfinals, really.

But yeah, Hippy Chick, I agree.

the drama was outstanding = Vika v Serena

wig pulling…lol…

maria v serena = earplugs, please.


FedExpress Says:

I will never class Serena williams as the GOAT.she can win more that steffi but she will always remain behin her and martina. U should have class as a champion and she hasnt that


sienna Says:

hope she signed some british balls on her way to lockerroom.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, Serena. Another come from behind Slam win. She is an amazing champion. You have to wonder how many generations of women she can dominate before someone takes it to her.

One of the reasons I believe no one beats Serena but Serena is the variety of women she DOES lose to. She is as likely to lose to someone in the top 50 as top 5 at a Slam, which indicates that it is Serena’s level that determines the winner, not her opponents. Of course this is not true in every match, and some of the top women have played phenomenal tennis to beat Serena. But, for example, look at her record against Sharapova. Sharapova is the 2nd best player in women’s tennis since, what Henin? Serena’s record against Sharapova and other top women is obscene.


Hippy Chick Says:

Im relieved that Williams and Sharapova are on the same side of the draw,so we dont have that possibility of a final,however although im no fan of Williams i dont seem to get tired of her kicking Sharapovas backside,im more of a tennis though and prefer to see a nice competitive match come the final….


Okiegal Says:

The commentators I was listening to stated that she and Vika were very congenial with one another. At one of the tournaments Serena said she liked
Vika’s shorts she wore on court and she gave Serena a pair of shorts. Now how they know this stuff, I’ve no idea, but probably FB or Tweets! I wondered if she was calling herself the B-word, because she said “C’mon b###h” when she won the point. But however it was meant, she should have been warned. She must have slipped it by the official, because Vika did not get away with dropping the f-bomb, she got warned. Oh, and she could have directed it toward Vika, after all she now has Sasha, her old coach!! Who knows??? Who cares??


Hippy Chick Says:

Okie great post and true,anyway if Serena had said that to her,i doubt Vika wouldve been so friendly towards her after the match ended….


Okiegal Says:

@Chick….Yeah, thanks! They were very friendly at the net. I’m sure Vika heard her, becoz the commentators definitely did. There was a lot of fight from Serena today…..even if you can’t stand her, she got game!! Her passion for tennis is second to none. She seems to always manage to get herself out of some major jams…… never giving up!! Reminds me of another player I know….


Hippy Chick Says:

Okie to be honest i have nothing against Serena,i think shes an amazing champion,whos done fantastic to come after the injuries and almost been at deaths door,but i dont really a favorite,or much time for the womens tour,i do admit that i dislike Maria for her gameswomen ship antics like moving from side to side when Coco was serving trying to put her off and force a fault,Coco complained to the umps about it,even Martina said it was hinderance on Wimbledon 2Day….


JoeG Says:

Until women’s tennis goes to 5 set matches, it’s hard to take their “Grand Slam” 3-set matches seriously when the men are battling through gruelling 5-set play. The men deserve to be showcased. The women’s game is a side show.

From a marketing & revenue perspective, the whole notion of “equality” will always be part of the conversation – ie. as long as fans are willing to pay the same $$ for a women’s 3-set match v. men’s 5-set match.

However, 3-set matches aren’t worthy of a “Grand Slam” moniker. It’s a joke. You can bring up ftiness and injury issues, but modern day females can adjust to the demands. The technology, training, & medical monitoring are all in place. They would evolve with the times.

The last thing I want to sit through is 5 hours of Sharapova shreaking every 5 seconds, but it’d be awfully interesting how much fortunes could change in the 4th & 5th sets.

Women’s tennis is a sprint compared to men’s marathon “Grand Slam” victories. Here again, the men deserve to be showcased in a “Grand Slam” event.


Okiegal Says:

Yep, JoeG, three sets in WTA is enough!!


Okiegal Says:

@Chick…..I watched every bit of the CoCo/Maria match and did not notice that. If the commentators brought it up, I missed it! I will Google it on you tube……it will be there…..You tube is full of interesting hoopla!!


sienna Says:

Fedrxpres
So Serena scream is hinderence. and Vika ,Sharapova? they scream even when sitting down for changeover.

Serena only when she goes through limit just like Nadal Djokovic.


FedExpress Says:

Did u her her scream on bp in the second set how she prolonged it to pass azarenka. Even ben rothenberg tweeted about it that it was a hinderance.


calmdownplease Says:

`From a marketing & revenue perspective, the whole notion of “equality” will always be part of the conversation – ie. as long as fans are willing to pay the same $$ for a women’s 3-set match v. men’s 5-set match…`

I’d be interested to see what the WW viewing figures were for the WTA and whether or not this is true overall.
If it is (which I doubt) I wonder what these tennis fans are smoking.
Long gone are the days of Seles Navratilova and Graf
You know REAL TENNIS
3 set tennis has it’s own particular challenges to be fair but they should have 5 sets in the semis and finals and it wouldn’t hold back the men’s tennis either as they are usually held on alternate days in most big tournaments.
Women can run marathons and other gruelling sports so they shouldn’t get a free pass in tennis for fear their mascara might run!


JoeG Says:

“… Women can run marathons and other gruelling sports so they shouldn’t get a free pass in tennis for fear their mascara might run!”

Amen to that!

If anything, it would add more meaning to someone being recognized as a “Grand Slam” champion. WTA needs to do something to set the majors apart, or else it’s just another 3-set tournament win. The semi’s & finals idea is a good starting point I’d say.

On the men’s side, how many times have we seen the match dynamics change in the 4th & 5th sets? The 1989 French Open is a great example. Michael Chang would’ve never made it out of the 4th round (v. Lendl) let alone win the final against Edberg.

Wimbledon this year has seen at least 64 4-5 set matches. If this were a 3 set tournament, Djokovic doesn’t make it past the 4th round. Wawrinka wouldn’t be in the semi’s, etc.

If a “Grand Slam” is what separates the pinnacle of tennis to the other tournaments, 3 set matches completely detract from its inherent value & importance. History & tradition aside, it’s just another 3-set tennis match. Winning 5-set matches distinguishes the best from the rest. Women’s tennis is doing itself a disservice by not allowing the true “champion” talents to rise to the top.

Re. Stefi Graf … she was simply amazing to watch. Loved her sense of urgency and tremendous pace. Loved watching her smack down on her forehand on her tippy-toes. Women’s tennis was actually interesting back in the day.


Okiegal Says:

I watched a classic match from back in the day between Evert and Navratilova not long ago. I can’t believe I even watched the boring tennis of yesteryear…..serve and volley time and again. I now prefer the baseline game and the intensity that goes with it. I guess as I get older I need some excitement to get the blood pumping……Yeah, those two get loud and louder and louder…..They both were trying to outdo the other in the grunting and screeching dept. If it’s too disturbing, I hit the mute button…..hit it a lot, btw!! Will be hitting it again when Maria and Serena hook up on Thursday!LOL

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