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Radwanska bemoans seeding shake-up

19th December 2017, 10:58 by James Mason

Agnieszka Radwanska has questioned the decision to change the seeding process for the Grand Slams.

It has been confirmed from the start of the 2019 season that the four Grand Slam tournaments will revert back to 16 seeds instead of 32, a move that is likely to see more big-name matches in the opening rounds.

Simona Halep was drawn against Maria Sharapova in the first round of the US Open this year due to the latter having a low ranking following a 15-month doping suspension.

The Russian, who is a five-time Grand Slam champion, produced a brilliant performance to dismiss the Romanian and the change in seeding system could see more high-profile names drop out in the early stages.

However, the decision to mix things up has not gone down well with Radwanska as she believes the new structure is unfair on a lot of players.

"I don't think that's a good idea to be honest. I don't know why they changed that. I don't know what's wrong with what we've had so far," she told Sport360 during a pre-season training stint in Dubai recently.

"I think some of the rules are changing because something needs to be changed, even when something is good, they're still making changes.

"I think having 32 seeds was good. These are Grand Slams, so why do you have to play someone ranked 17 in the world in the first round instead of the fourth round? I'm not sure if that's fair, especially that you work really hard to be seeded, including those seeded 16 to 32, so I'm not sure that's a good rule."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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