On Doubles Seeding (Williams2x)
I would not wish to penalize the teams that played doubles week-in and week-out. They deserve their seeding. But not seeding Williams2x leaves some possiblities that are difficult. it hasn't mattered this slam.
Facing the #15 seed in the round-of-32 is more than fair. But that could have as easily been the #1 seed in the 1st round. No advantage to a superteam that doesn't play 'regular season' doubles, but how about a rule that a tournament, at it's discretion, could say such and such a team couldn't face a seed in the first round. And no seed higher than #17 in the second round.
Okay, I re-read that paragraph, and it beomes 'My niece won't face a seed in the opening round, even though she can't play a lick'.
So that idea is bogus. And in fact, maybe the tournaments are handling it the best way possible. As I said, it's more than fine at this tournament. But if Azarenka and Greater Radwanska decided to play doubles at the slams 'to keep their volleying tuned,' they could upset the seeding almost as badly as the Willies do.
You might recall, ten years or so ago, Hingis and Seles teamed up and beat Williams2x. There aren't two players near that good outside of V&S on tour right now, but the theory is sound.
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