Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Tennis player Karolina Pliskova takes it out on umpire's chair

Tennis player Karolina Pliskova takes it out on umpire's chair

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.

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 sixth seed was tied at 5-5 in the deciding set with her Greek opponent when her smash was called out by a line judge.

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However, the line-judge deemed the ball to be out, and this decision was not over-ruled by umpire Marta Mrozinska.

A seething Pliskova made her feelings clear after the match when she made a brief handshake with the victor and then stretched her hand out in an apparent attempt to shake hands with Mrozinska before quickly withdrawing it.

Pliskova duly lost the game to go 6-5 down, and Sakkari served out to win 7-5 in the third set.

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Sakkari visibly winced as Pliskova vented her fury, taking several steps backwards before the Czech had stormed off, before shaking the umpire's hand.

It was the first time Sakkari had beaten a top-five player in her career.

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