In the first round, Serena Williams lured you in with her emotional reaction to her first victory on the court since being out with injuries. But now that she’s made it through the second round at Wimbledon, Serena is done with that emotional stuff. She’s on to asking the tough questions. Like why she and her sister Venus haven’t played on Centre Court yet?
“They like to put us on Court 2 — me and Venus — for whatever reason,” Serena said. “I haven’t figured it out yet. Maybe one day we’ll figure it out.”
Told of Serena’s comments, tournament spokesman Johnny Perkins said there was no intentional snub, noting that several factors go into scheduling decisions, including TV broadcasting considerations, where players stand in the draw, and what ticket-buyers want to see.
“I don’t think it’s anything deliberate, clearly,” Perkins said. “It’s a hugely complex jigsaw puzzle. Everyone probably looks at it from their own point of view, so she’s obviously quite entitled to.”
“I don’t really think about it. I don’t make it a big issue,” Serena said about the scheduling. “I think at some point, maybe I should.”
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick have had all of their matches scheduled for Centre Court or Court 1 so far this year.
“Yeah,” Serena said, “they’re never moved across.”
Emotions and controversy? Serena Williams is definitely back to her old form.