Re: Amount of seeds at Slams - discussion
I loved the old 16 seed system. I think it was conducive to early breakthroughs. A top 20 player could beat a top 5er in the first round or two, and then the road is open for a surprise semifinalist. Lori McNeil beating Steffi Graf was one of the best matches I've ever witnessed, and matches that you can expect to play out like that (top 20 player/grass specialist vs. world #1) are few and far between nowadays. The only time it's even close is if someone is making a comeback (Zheng at Wimbledon, Li at the Olympics).