Former No 1 Karolina Pliskova bashes umpire's chair with racquet after loss

Doug Mendoza
May 17, 2018

Former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova unleashed on the umpire's chair after her controversial defeat to Greece's Maria Sakkari at the Italian Open on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time).

The Czech was locked at a set all, 5-5, and 40-40 in a tense match against the world number 42 in Rome.

At 5-5 in the match-deciding set, Pliskova overhead smashed a slow-dropping ball for what she assumed was a winning point.

After both women met each other at the net, Pliskova refused to shake the umpire's hands before bashing a noticeable hole in the umpire's chair as the crowd and Sakkari watched on in shock. Pliskova argued but the call ultimately stood even though replay clearly showed Pliskova's ball catching the line.

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The Czech went on to lose that game and the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours 21 minutes.

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

For Sakkari it was the first top five win of her career and she will face Germany's 11th seed Angelique Kerber for a place in the quarter-finals.

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