Amelie Mauresmo was one of the many to express frustration and downright outrage at the scheduling of the women's semifinals at Roland Garros on Friday. Due to the weather forecast, organizers put both women's matches on at the same time at 11 a.m. (Paris time) on the smaller stadiums.
"The scheduling of the women's semis at Roland Garros tomorrow is a disgrace," Mauresmo said.
Marketa Vondrousva beat Johanna Konta on Court Simone Mathieu while Ashleigh Barty fought past Amanda Anisimova on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The men's semifinals were scheduled for 12:50 p.m. on Court Philippe Chatrier, with Novak Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem following Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal. Tickets were sold separately for men's and women's semifinals.
WTA CEO Steve Simon's statement on the scheduling of the 2019 Roland Garros women's semifinals: pic.twitter.com/XbbUBtQjz4— WTA (@WTA) June 6, 2019
Vondrousova will play her first match on Philippe Chatrier in the final.
"I'm just happy that I won. And I'm not trying, like, to think about it, but it's weird," the 19-year -old said. "I'm going to play first final and just the first match on center court tomorrow. Yeah, I mean, it's strange. But also rain and stuff. I don't mind, but I don't think it should be like that."
Konta played on Philippe Chatrier for her quarterfinal win over Sloane Stephens. She had a little bit more to say, but her press awareness was great.
"I know you guys want headlines on this and you want me to say something really juicy," she said. "What is tiring and what is really unfortunate in this more than anything is that women have to sit—athletes, female athletes—have to sit in different positions and have to justify their scheduling or their involvement in an event or their salary or their opportunities.
"And I think to give time to that is even more of a sad situation than what we found ourselves in today in terms of the scheduling."
Anisimova upset Simona Halep on Philippe Chatrier, while Barty got to beat Kenin on the biggest court at Roland Garros.
While the American teenager wasn't asked about the court she played on, Barty was, and settled the matter with her humbleness on full display.
"I think for me it was an opportunity, in a Grand Slam semifinal, I will play no matter what court it is," she said. "Obviously, Philippe Chatrier is a beautiful and amazing court. But for me, I'm scheduled where I'm scheduled. I'll play wherever I'll play. It's an opportunity to be in a Grand Slam semifinal. I won't complain at all."
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