Serena Williams seeded 17 at U.S. Open, nine spots above her ranking

Yes, you are right. The FACT that she’s being/ has been drug tested more than the other top players was just a figment of her imagination. She must have made that up. Again, this was not her decision, it was the decision of the USTA. Strange that it’s her you attack and not them.
Maybe they are trying to make up for the 2 years she was never tested?
 

reaper

Legend
Why would they not bump up the seeding of a 20 something time grand slam champion whose ranking is artificially low due to having a baby? If they didn't do it in this instance why retain the discretionary power?
 

Rafa's OCD

Semi-Pro
not a fan of this, nor am I a fan of any of the arbitrary ranking adjustments made at Slams. if you're active on the tour coming into a Slam, your seeding should be your rank.
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
Rankings are an ATP invention. Seedings are tournament concerns and at their discretion if they choose to exercise it. Nothing new about all this!
 

skyline

Legend
Fedr and Nadl are bigger than Serena worldwide.

You can say Serena is bigger in America but America isn’t the world even if some like to think it is.
And yet this is an American tournament predominately attended by Americans.

I’ve gone to USO and paid specifically to see Serena play. And I’m not the only one to say the least.

The decision is completely in line with their ‘business first’ approach, much like the decision to give WC and Central Court to Sharapova last year. I can’t believe someone would actually be naive enough to think they did it as a favor to her personally.
 
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skyline

Legend
Most of this world is really against her, but never because of her skin colour. This very same world used to admire Arthur Ash, love Zina Garisson and Ivonne Goolagong. It's very favourably disposed to Madison Keath and Sloane Stephens. S.Williams is despised for her abominable rudeness, insolence, impudence, arrogance, and entitled attitude.
Or maybe bc she’s a little too successful for your taste. Easier to love those who aren’t in contention for the GOAT status.
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
Serena Williams speaking prior to the USO:

You have to continue to work hard and believe in yourself. Things don't always go your way, but continue to climb that mountain.

She's an inspiration. Although someone got there first:

 

TennisBro

Semi-Pro
He added that the USTA thought the decision "recognizes Serena, and is fair to the remaining seeded players".
I wonder if he and/or any USTA reps or its sponsors have actually talked to any of the seeded players who may be affected by the skewed ranking for the US Open 2018. Justifications of the most powerful who only want to make money so often stink. But I look forward to another fashion statement from the Nike and its fine competitor Serena who's, yet again, jumped the line to be served ahead of other hard working ones so that tickets would be sold and TV rights assured earnings.
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
Here we go, Serena at 7:00 pm Monday night, Simona at 11:00am.
Hasn't Halep recently stated she has the worst scheduling generally at tournaments.

That said, it makes sense for a tournament to put it's biggest draws for when people get home from work to watch on TV.
Murray is often scheduled later in the day at Wimbledon.
 
Hasn't Halep recently stated she has the worst scheduling generally at tournaments.

That said, it makes sense for a tournament to put it's biggest draws for when people get home from work to watch on TV.
Murray is often scheduled later in the day at Wimbledon.
Nice fat shaming on Serena, really crossing the line...
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
I wonder if he and/or any USTA reps or its sponsors have actually talked to any of the seeded players who may be affected by the skewed ranking for the US Open 2018. Justifications of the most powerful who only want to make money so often stink. But I look forward to another fashion statement from the Nike and its fine competitor Serena who's, yet again, jumped the line to be served ahead of other hard working ones so that tickets would be sold and TV rights assured earnings.
Only one player was affected by the seeding boost and that was Gavrilova who went from a top 24 seed to #25. Everyone else stayed in the same bracket as they would have. This isn’t like Wimbledon where Cibulkova got screwed out of a seeding altogether (although she ended up making the QF so it kinda helped her).
 

TennisBro

Semi-Pro
Only one player was affected by the seeding boost and that was Gavrilova who went from a top 24 seed to #25. Everyone else stayed in the same bracket as they would have. This isn’t like Wimbledon where Cibulkova got screwed out of a seeding altogether (although she ended up making the QF so it kinda helped her).
So if you bump someone up 17 spots only one gets affected?
 
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TMF

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Only one player was affected by the seeding boost and that was Gavrilova who went from a top 24 seed to #25. Everyone else stayed in the same bracket as they would have. This isn’t like Wimbledon where Cibulkova got screwed out of a seeding altogether (although she ended up making the QF so it kinda helped her).
Still, the decision made by the USTA to bump up Serena seed was dishonest and favoritism toward their compatriot.
 

skyline

Legend
Still, the decision made by the USTA to bump up Serena seed was dishonest and favoritism toward their compatriot.
They’re doing it for the money, not out of love for her. Same story with Sharapova and her WC plus scheduling last year.

Serena didn’t ask for it and probably doesn’t much care.
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
It's the tournament's prerogative to seed players how they wish and to give Wild Cards to whom they like.

The tournament is a money-making venture, but my guess is that they have asserted this right for a very long time.

They’re doing it for the money, not out of love for her. Same story with Sharapova and her WC plus scheduling last year.

Serena didn’t ask for it and probably doesn’t much care.
 

skyline

Legend
It's the tournament's prerogative to seed players how they wish and to give Wild Cards to whom they like.

The tournament is a money-making venture, but my guess is that they have asserted this right for a very long time.
Well yes. That’s my point.

They don’t care that Serena is a ‘compatriot.’ They care that she’s bankable, just like Sharapova.
 
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Ann

Hall of Fame
At this point I just want the US Open to begin. I'm chomping at the bit here. Been watching US Open classics on the Tennis Channel all weekend. All I care about now and for the next two weeks is LET'S PLAY.
 
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Bartelby

Bionic Poster
My point is that it is an organisation that has always asserted this right both for financial reasons and because they assert the right to make their own judgements.

People seem to think that if seeds don't follow rankings some sort of unfairness necessarily follows.

Well yes. That’s my point.

They don’t care that Serena is a ‘compatriot.’ They care that she’s bankable, just like Sharapova.
 
It's the tournament's prerogative to seed players how they wish and to give Wild Cards to whom they like.

The tournament is a money-making venture, but my guess is that they have asserted this right for a very long time.

If your stance is accepted they should put a disclaimer "this draw is non-compulsory, and the organisers reserve the right to make further changes in it".

The way they did it until now at least it looked to follow certain rules.

:cool:
 

MLRoy

Hall of Fame
Bc she deserves it. No more or less than Australians who get WCs at the AO. Its only news bc she has an army of haters. Go LOVE something for once, sheesh. The woman first won the USO looking like this:

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Turn ur satan down a notch.
Perfect caption for this pic!!
 
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