Saturday, 19 October, 2019

Karolina Pliskova smashes racquet through umpire's chair after loss at Italian Open

Pliskova wields her racket like an axe Pliskova wields her racket like an axe
Shannon Reynolds | 17 May, 2018, 15:36

The scene sparked when both the linesperson and umpire couldn't spot Pliskova's ball mark in the clay with the deciding set tied at 5-5.

Former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova was so irate with an umpire in Rome that she smashed the umpire's chair with her racquet several times - instead of shaking hands - after a stunning loss to Maria Sakkari.

After vehemently arguing with the umpire to no avail Pliskova was furious when 42nd-ranked Sakkari was given the advantage and break point at a crucial stage of the match. The point happened in the final set when Pliskova was serving a 30-30 and five games all.

She proceeded to approach Marta Mrozinska with a fake handshake before reneging and smashing up her chair with her racket, causing visible damage. She then hit her racquet against the umpire's chair "several times", USA Today reports, leaving a gaping hole.

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Pliskova's twin sister Kristyna, who is also a professional player, threw her support behind her sibling by calling out the horrendous umpire decision.

USA Today adds that no punishment or fine has yet to be announced by the Women's Tennis Association.

"This behaviour cannot be tolerated".

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