Tennis star goes on racket-smashing rampage to umpire's chair
17 May, 2018, 05:31
Former world number one Karolina Pliskova is facing a hefty punishment after smashing her racquet on the umpire's chair in an irate outburst over an incorrect call in the second round of the WTA Italian Open.
With both players locked at 5-5 in the decisive set, Pliskova smashed home a victor which was incorrectly called out much to the dismay of the Czech Republic star.
And with no hawkeye technology in place to give a definitive decision, the call stood against Pliskova, who ended up losing her serve and Sakkari went on to win the set, and the match, 7-5.
Sports fans also took to social media to point out that several calls made by the umpire were wrong.
After the match, Pliskova didn't shake hands with the chair umpire and struck the chair several times with her racket.
"The worst i have ever seen @wta and i hope this lady Marta Mrozinska will never ever judge any match of me or Karolina again #blacklistforever". She went on to lose that game and the match as Maria Sakkari got the biggest win of her career in the two-hour-and-21-minute match. World No 2 Caroline Wozniacki began her campaign with a comfortable 6-1, 6-4, victory over Belgian Alison van Uytvanck.
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