The Wimbledon Seeding Controversy
Wimbledon gave #5 ranking Hana Mandlikova the #2 seed, setting off a storm of protest. The WTA officially protested the decision to no avail.
The committee skipped over #2 Tracy Austin, #3 Martina Navratilova, and #4 Andrea Jaeger. All were moved down one slot in the seedings.
1969 Wimby champ and current WTA chair Ann Jones called Wimbledon "too autocratic". wimbledon defended its choice by pointing out Miss Mandlikova has won the last two slams contested.
Ironically, on the day after the seedings were announced hana was an upset victim of Kim Sands at Eastbourne by the bizarre score of 0-6 6-0 6-3.
Martina was none too pleased, accusing the club of holding a grudge against her from a scheduling dispute last year. "I would like to know what criterion the committe works on-computer rankings over the year or recent form? Eithe rway I figured I should have been at #2."
"I don't hold a grudge against them but they obviously hold a grudge against me. "
Tracy Austin also blasted the seedings, and even Hana thought her seed was too high
Tracy: "I feel the seedings are unfair.
We have a computer and that's what it's for. I thought I should have been #2, but when I wasn't it had to be Martina."
Hana:"I think I should have been seeded #3 and Martina #2. She has won 6 tournaments and Tracy has not played too much."
Chris Evert thought the seedings were correct.