COPENHAGEN, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Danish top tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on Monday criticized WTA for "bending rules" and awarding German player Angelique Kerber a late-minute wild card at WTA tournament Generali Ladies Linz in Austria last week, reported the Danish national broadcaster DR.
"I do not understand that you (WTA) can suddenly change the draw and allocate of wild cards that way," Wozniacki told DR in an interview on Monday evening.
Kerber won the title of Generali Ladies Linz and also secured the last spot in the season final of WTA Tour Championships 2013, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from Oct. 22-27.
Wozniacki would have a chance to qualify for Istanbul, but Kerber's title in Linz beat the Dane out of the competition.
"There are many things that have been done in an unsportsmanlike and unethical manner. And you can hear from other players at WTA tours. They think it's so ridiculous," said Wozniacki.
Kerber was able to get in to play in Linz, when the world No. 337 Austria's Lisa-Maria Moser gave up her wild card for "personal reasons". Moser was presumedly persuaded by the organizer to give the place to the top player Kerber and thus make the tournament more attractive, as Moser had no problem with playing and actually played in doubles in Linz.
"Tennis should be a gentleman's sport, and that is the direction you should go for. This does not give the best reputation for WTA. There are definitely some things that need to be changed," added Wozniacki.
Wozniacki takes No.9 in the current WTA ranking and was former world No. 1 women's tennis player during 2010 and 2011.