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U.S. Open: Caroline Wozniacki calls Maria Sharapova’s spot at Arthur Ashe ‘questionable’

Caroline Wozniacki returns a shot to Ekaterina Makarova

Caroline Wozniacki returns a shot to Ekaterina Makarova during her women's singles second round match on day three of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday was critical of tournaments handing out wild cards to Maria Sharapova after she came back from a drug suspension in April. Sharapova is playing on a wild card at the U.S. Open.

After falling to Ekaterina Makarova in a second-round match on Court 5 early Thursday morning, the fifth-seeded Wozniacki was critical of U.S. Open officials for scheduling Sharapova’s Wednesday day match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“I think putting out a schedule where the No. 5 in the world is playing on Court 5, fifth match on after 11 [p.m.], I think that is unacceptable,” Wozniacki said in the wee hours Thursday. “When you look at center court, I understand completely the business side of things and everything, but someone who comes back from a drug sentence, and you know, performance-enhancing drugs, and then all of a sudden gets to play every single match on center court, I think that’s a questionable thing to do.”

Sharapova’s third-rounder against another wild card, American Sophia Kenin, is scheduled as the second match tonight at Ashe.

Rogers-Gavrilova sets record

Shelby Rogers’ 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) victory over Daria Gavrilova Thursday took 3 hours and 33 minutes, the longest women’s match in recorded U.S. Open history. That eclipsed the mark of 3:23 set in 2015 in Johanna Konta’s three-set win over Garbine Muguruza.

Gibbs-Pliskova goes three sets

American Nicole Gibbs, a qualifier, lost to No. 1-ranked Karolina Pliskova in three sets at Ashe Stadium.

“Two months ago I was playing at the LSU and Auburn campuses,” Gibbs said. “Even to be here in Flushing Meadows is a huge change of scenery, a pleasant one, and to get to play on Ashe, I mean, it’s one of the greatest honors in the sport. I’ve gotten to play there twice now [a two-set loss to Flavia Pennetta in 2014], and it was a much better show this time.”

Day sessions sold out through Sunday

Day sessions at the U.S. Open are sold out through Sunday, officials announced Thursday, saying fans should not come to the National Tennis Center ticket office those days. Instead, those interested in attending these sessions should visit to shop for verified resale tickets. Tickets remain for day and evening sessions on Monday, as well as day sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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