Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

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

Tennis star goes on racket-smashing rampage to umpire's chair A furious Karolina Pliskova did something shocking during her Rome Masters match
Lucia Summers | 17 May, 2018, 15:40

In Rome on Wednesday, Karolina Pliskova lost her cool in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 loss to Maria Sakkari.

The Times reports that "controversy abounded" in Miami when a Pliskova smash in the deciding set was wrongly called out "despite clearly landing in".

After the match, Pliskova approached the umpire's chair and faked a handshake before unloading on the chair with her racket.

Pliskova was served at 30-all with the final set deadlocked at 5-5 and went on to lose the match very much based on that decision. Immediately afterwards, she proceeded to repeatedly strike the umpire's chair to drill a hole in it and then threw away the racquet in frustration.

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After the match, Pliskova didn't shake hands with the chair umpire and struck the chair several times with her racket.

On social media some tennis fans think Pliskova should be suspended while others say that the umpire and line judge should face action.

No fine has been announced, and messages left with the Women's Tennis Association were not immediately returned.

Her twin sister, the 71st ranked Kristyna also became a part of the controversy after she bashed the umpire and WTA on Twitter.

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