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Grading the court scheduling on day 5 at Wimbledon

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Because Serena Williams complained about her placement on Court 2 on Thursday, Busted Racquet decided to grade the All England Club on Friday's court scheduling.


Feliciano Lopez vs. Andy Roddick (9), Centre Court

Andy Murray (4) vs. Ivan Ljubicic, Centre Court

Caroline Wozniacki (1) vs. Virginie Razzanno, Court 2

Vera Zvonareva (2) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (32) Court 2

The latter Andy is always a shoo-in for Centre Court given that he's both a Brit and not a member of the Williams family. As for Roddick, he's a crowd favorite playing a veteran, two-time quarterfinalist. Wozniacki AND Zvonareva out on Court 2? Well played, All England Club, well played.


Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez vs. Venus Williams (23), Court 1

It's not Court 2 but it's not Centre Court either. I wonder where Venus would have been sent if Serena hadn't spoken up on Thursday?


Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Gilles Muller, Court 1

Daniela Hantuchova (25) vs. Victoria Azarenka (4), Centre Court

This is Nadal's annual kick-out to Court 1; he's played the previous two matches on Centre Court and will likely play the rest of them there too. The Hantuchova-Azarenka match on Centre Court does nothing to dispel the (disproven) notion that attractive players get face time on the big court but backs up my theory that the AELTC makes some scheduling decisions out of spite. That being said, it's clearly the best women's match of the day.


Petra Kvitova (8) vs. Roberta Vinci (29), Court 18

Tomas Berdych (6) vs. Alex Bogomolov Jr., Court 18

Last year's women's semifinalist and men's finalist get Jankovic'd out to Court 18. See comment above.


Maria Sharapova (5) vs. Laura Robson, Court 1

If the up-and-coming British star, who grew up five minutes from Wimbledon, can't get on Centre Court against the biggest non-Williams star in the game, what hope does the rest of the WTA have?

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