Serena Williams complains favoritism on Wimbledon 2011, gets support from WTA

By on Jun 24, 2011 in Europe, Sports, Tennis Comments

Updated: June 26, 2011 12:12 a.m.

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Serena Williams complained favoritism after reportedly being forced to play at Court Two of Wimbledon, and won the support from WTA (Women’s Tennis Association).

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As noted at British news sites on Friday, June 24, 2011, defending champion Serena Williams accused All England Club officials of favoritism after she won against Simona Halep of Romania on Thursday.

“They like to put us on Court Two, me and Venus, for whatever reason. I haven’t figured it out yet. Maybe one day we’ll figure it out. I don’t know.” Serena Williams was quoted as saying.

According to Mirror, Court Two can hold only 4,063 spectators, which is 7,330 fewer than Court One and 10,916 fewer than Center Court.

“They are never moved across. Actually, Venus and I have won more Wimbledons together than a lot of the players.” Serena added, referring to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Meanwhile, Serena‘s moan have reached the knowledge of WTA and backed her claims of favoritism against All England Club, as the 29-year old American tennis player faces Maria Kirilenko of Russia in the third round.

Serena Williams is a four-time Wimbledon singles champion, the defending champion of Wimbledon, and a 13-time grand slam singles champion. I share her disappointment.” WTA Tour Chairman Stacey Allaster was quoted at Telegraph.

On the other hand, All England Club categorically denied Serena’s accusation and noted that there was no bias in the decision in choosing Court Two as the venue for her.

“I don’t think it’s anything deliberate, clearly, it’s a hugely complex jigsaw puzzle.” Wimbledon spokesman Johnny Perkins was quoted on reports.

“Everyone probably looks at it from their own point of view, so she’s obviously quite entitled to.” Perkins added.

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