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U.S. Open random draw questioned

ESPN analysis finds top two seeds had easier first rounds than statistically probable

Updated: August 15, 2011, 5:21 PM ET
By Paula Lavigne | ESPN.com

An "Outside the Lines" analysis of 10 years of men's and women's Grand Slam draws shows the top two men's and women's seeds in the U.S. Open -- on average -- faced easier opponents in the first round than is statistically probable if the draws were truly random.

Not only do both of the men's and women's first-round U.S. Open matchups deviate significantly from true randomness, this skewed pattern was not found at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, which use a similar draw system. ...

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