Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Former No 1 Pliskova loses it, smashes umpire's chair

Karolina Pliskova smashes the umpires chair YoutubeKarolina Pliskova smashes the umpire's chair after losing in Rome
Frederick Owens | 17 May, 2018, 12:48

World tennis number five Karolina Pliskova faces a fine or possible suspension after smashing her racket into the umpire's chair following a defeat.

Despite TV replays proving Pliskova's shot was in, HawkEye and the challenge system isn't used on clay so the chair and line umpires rely on ball marks to settle disputes. 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.

Pliskova put away a simple smash which seemed to land on the line to give her a point to lead 6-5.

The former World No. 1 eventually called for the tournament supervisor before conceding that vital break of serve to her Greek opponent.

Karolina Pliskova left a sizeable hole in the umpire's chair
YoutubeKarolina Pliskova left a sizeable hole in the umpire's chair

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's twin sister Kristyna took to Twitter to defend her, claiming Mrozinska as the "worst she has ever seen" and hoped that she would "never referee" a match involving herself or her sister.

"Four blows of her racquet".

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