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Williams Qualifies In Controversial Decision

Serena granted entry to Flushing Meadows despite ranking

Posted Jul 27, 2011 by Chris White

Serena has qualified despite being ranked number 172 in the world

13-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams has used an injury-protected ranking to qualify for this year’s US Open, despite being ranked at number 172 in the world.

Williams, who has won the tournament three times, in 1999, 2002 and 2008, spent almost a year off the court suffering from a foot injury picked up after winning Wimbledon in 2010. She made her comeback at Eastbourne, the pre-Wimbledon warm-up tournament, before this year’s competition at SW19, but was knocked out in the fourth round by Marion Bartoli of France.

This year’s US Open, which gets under way on 29th August at Flushing Meadows, will feature 97 of the top 100 female players in the world, but should Williams be there?

Players qualify for tournaments based on their performance and their world rankings; otherwise, they have to hope for a wildcard entry to the tournaments. So the fact that Williams has been granted a spot at Flushing Meadows seems quite unfair on all of the other competitors. They have all worked hard for their places, while Williams seems to have qualified because the organisers want the big names to be in the tournaments. So what about the player who has missed out because they’ve gone with Williams via the back door?

How does a player find out that she isn’t going to be taking part because Williams had an ‘injury-protected’ ranking? It seems a bit of a joke to be honest. If that is all you need to qualify, then all players should be injured and wait to be told they can take part in the Grand Slams.

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