Can anyone tell me who was present when the draws were made?
I don't normally question the way the draws are made, but I noticed some strange coincidences, both involving the Marama sisters.
In the qualifying draw, Paula was drawn against some unheard of Diane Hollands who doesn't even have a ranking. In the next round, she faced the LOWEST SEED possible - Jill Craybas.
Then, in the main draw, there were only 2 Wildcards out of 32 players... and they ended up facing each other: Eden Marama and Shelley Stephens. Any guesses who she meets in round 2? You guessed it - the LOWEST SEED possible Anca Barna!
I know sometimes such things happen by chance, so I'm not going to question the integrity of the tournament, but such happenings do raise eyebrows -- anyone else curious?
BTW, if Eden and Paula were given the liberty of choosing their own opponents, I'd be surprised if their choices would be any different!
(Though I feel sure the sisters had nothing to do with this)