Re: Would You Prefer YEC To Be Top 8 or Top 16 (As Before) ???
The RR has less on the line. For me, of all the YECs, 2004 was the only one were the players put their all into every match. Remember Serena, Myksina, and Lindsay all 2-1? Then we had two amazing SFs between Sharapova/Myskina and Mauresmo/Serena.
There is less urgency for the players and more pullouts. If the field were knockout, there would be more desperation from the players and higher quality matches. They would know there is no tomorrow. Top 16 also allows players who are in recent form to qualify. Take Venus for example, she hasn't done anything since Wimbledon but comfortably qualifies over someone like Jankovic or Clijsters.