Caroline Wozniacki rips US Open over Sharapova's plum schedule

NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki slammed U.S. Open organizers for putting her on an outside court while Maria Sharapova, in her first grand slam since returning from a doping ban, has been featured on the tournament's main stage.

World number five Wozniacki, twice a runner-up at Flushing Meadows, was upset by Ekaterina Makarova in a second round match that went into the wee hours on Thursday, well after Sharapova soaked up the applause in Arthur Ashe Stadium where she has played and won both her matches.

"Putting out a schedule where the number five in the world is playing on court five, fifth match on after 11 p.m., I think that is unacceptable," the 27-year-old Dane said.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning her first round Women's Singles match against Simona Halep of Romania on Day One of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning her first round Women's Singles match against Simona Halep of Romania on Day One of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates her victory over Simona Halep of Romania during their Women's Singles match at the 2017 US Open Tennis Tournament August 28, 2017 in New York. Sharapova marked her first Grand Slam appearance since her doping ban ended with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over second seed Halep. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 28: Maria Sharapova of Russia competes against Simona Halep (not seen) of Romania Women's Singles within 2017 US Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, United States on August 28, 2017. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning her first round Women's Singles match against Simona Halep of Romania on Day One of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Simona Halep of Romania during their Women's Singles match at the 2017 US Open Tennis Tournament August 28, 2017 in New York. Sharapova marked her first Grand Slam appearance since her doping ban ended with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over second seed Halep. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her first round Women's Singles match against Simona Halep of Romania on Day One of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball to Romania's Simona Halep during their 2017 US Open Round 1 Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Romania's Simona Halep reacts after losing a point to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their 2017 US Open Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Russia's Maria Sharapova serves to Romania's Simona Halep during their 2017 US Open Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova (R) of Russia and Simona Halep of Romania meet at the net after their Women's Singles match at the 2017 US Open Tennis Tournament August 28, 2017 in New York.. Sharapova marked her first Grand Slam appearance since her doping ban ended with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over second seed Halep. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates her victory over Simona Halep of Romania during their Women's Singles match at the 2017 US Open Tennis Tournament August 28, 2017 in New York. Sharapova marked her first Grand Slam appearance since her doping ban ended with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over second seed Halep. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates her victory over Simona Halep of Romania during their Women's Singles match at the 2017 US Open Tennis Tournament August 28, 2017 in New York. Sharapova marked her first Grand Slam appearance since her doping ban ended with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over second seed Halep. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates her victory over Simona Halep of Romania during their Women's Singles match at the 2017 US Open Tennis Tournament August 28, 2017 in New York. Sharapova marked her first Grand Slam appearance since her doping ban ended with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over second seed Halep. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Maria Sharapova (R) of Russia shakes hands with Simona Halep of Romania after defeating her in their first round Women's Singles match on Day One of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 28: Maria Sharapova of Russia gestures after winning against Simona Halep (not seen) of Romania Women's Singles within 2017 US Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, United States on August 28, 2017. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 28: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after winning against Simona Halep (not seen) of Romania Women's Singles within 2017 US Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, United States on August 28, 2017. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning her first round Women's Singles match against Simona Halep of Romania on Day One of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning her first round Women's Singles match against Simona Halep of Romania on Day One of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 28: Maria Sharapova (L) of Russia celebrates after winning against Simona Halep (R) of Romania Women's Singles within 2017 US Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, United States on August 28, 2017. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FLUSHING MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 28: MARIA SHARAPOVA (RUS) during day one match of the 2017 US Open on August 28, 2017 at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadow, NY.(Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FLUSHING MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 28: MARIA SHARAPOVA (RUS) during day one match of the 2017 US Open on August 28, 2017 at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadow, NY.(Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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"When you look at center court, and I understand completely the business side of things, but someone who comes back from a drugs sentence, performance-enhancing drugs, and then all of a sudden gets to play every single match on center court I think that's a questionable thing to do. It doesn't set a good example.

"Someone who has fought their way back from injury and is five in the world should play on a bigger court than court number five."

Wozniacki played her opening match on Monday on the third show court, Grandstand, but her second round match scheduled for court five was ultimately moved to court 17 as organizers had to fit in a backlog of matches following Tuesday's rain.

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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during the girl's singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 29, 2006. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki kisses her trophy after defeating Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova during their girls' final match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London July 8, 2006. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico (BRITAIN)
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Sabine Lisicki of Germany holds the trophy after winning her women's tennis match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament final match in Charleston, South Carolina, April 19, 2009. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES SPORT TENNIS)
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates defeating Melanie Oudin of the United States during their quarter-final match at the U.S. Open tennis championship in New York, September 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jeff Zelevansky (UNITED STATES SPORT TENNIS)
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts after suffering from cramp during her WTA Tour Championships tennis match against Vera Zvonareva of Russia in Doha October 29, 2009. Wozniacki went on to win the match. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad (QATAR SPORT TENNIS)
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark holds the trophy after achieving the number one world ranking following the WTA Championships in Doha October 29, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer (QATAR - Tags: SPORT TENNIS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki hits a shot during her third round women's singles match against Germany's Angelique Kerber at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing October 4, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
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Sharapova, who returned from a 15-month doping ban in April after testing positive for heart drug meldonium, was handed a main-draw wildcard for the year's final grand slam after being rejected one at the French Open.

The Russian, who counts the 2006 U.S. Open among her five grand slam titles, has quickly reclaimed her status as the tennis darling of the Big Apple, playing to standing ovations and raucous cheers from the sellout crowds on Arthur Ashe.

Many players, however, have been less enthusiastic about seeing former world number one Sharapova back in the spotlight as if nothing had happened.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who voiced her unhappiness earlier in the year about Sharapova getting wildcards instead of having to go through qualifiers, was asked her thoughts about the Russian's warm welcome had little to say but her message was clear.

"My thoughts on that are very public," Bouchard said after her opening-round loss to Russian Evgeniya Rodina. (Reporting by Steve Keating in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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