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Wimbledon 2015: Caroline Wozniacki sparks sexism row as Maria Sharapova bid hots up

By Nick Purewal

Published 07/07/2015

Tough test: Maria Sharapova celebrates win over Zarina Diyas
Tough test: Maria Sharapova celebrates win over Zarina Diyas
Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki has sparked a Wimbledon sexism row by claiming women do not receive as many chances as men to feature on SW19's show courts.

Danish fifth seed Wozniacki tumbled out of Wimbledon's last-16 for the fifth time in her career on Monday, then hit out at organisers of the All England Club's scheduling.

Wozniacki claimed Wimbledon's tournament bosses should feature as many women's as men's matches on the top courts at London's grand slam tennis event.

"I would love to play on a big court," said Wozniacki , after her 6-4 6-4 defeat to Spain's Garbine Muguruza.

"I think that's what it's all about; you work hard and practice to play on the big courts.

"The women really haven't gotten the opportunity here to play on the big courts.

"You only get one women's match on Court One and Centre Court. Most of last week it was only one women's match on Court Two as well.

"It's definitely different, that's all I can say.

"I think a lot of us women feel like we deserve to play on the big courts in front of a big crowd, as well."

Wozniacki has never reached a Wimbledon quarter-final, despite this being her fifth appearance in the last 16.

World number 20 Muguruza eased past Wozniacki 6-4 6-4, with the match taking place on Court Two.

The Williams' sisters' first battle at Wimbledon in six years opened Monday's last-16 programme on Centre Court, while 2004 champion Maria Sharapova started proceedings on Court One against Zarina Diyas.

Coco Vandeweghe's clash with Lucie Safarova and Agnieska Radwanska's meeting with Jelena Jankovic were played out in Court Three.

Sharapova endured her toughest match of the tournament so far but still made it through to the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas.

The Russian fourth seed, who won the 2004 title, has yet to drop a set but came through what was by far her longest match of the tournament in the 97-minute contest on the 11,000-seater Court One. She faces Vandeweghe in today's quarter-finals.

Sharapova had a nervy start against world number 34 Diyas and was 3-1 down in the second set but the 28-year-old's experience was the differenmce.

"The further you go, the tougher it gets. My opponent is a really good grasscourt player, stayed really low and hit so hard so I really had to be ready for all her shots," Sharapova said.

"Coming into this tournament, I didn't have a warm-up event and I wanted to start off strong and give a good chance for myself.

"I thought I've been doing good but as we all know, it only gets tougher from here.

"It's a great position to be in. I lost at this stage last year so was extremely happy to go a round further and continue."

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