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17 May 2018, 05:34 | Anna Jefferson
Tennis star goes on racket-smashing rampage to umpire's chair
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.
The chair umpire acknowledged that she "lost" the ball mark and therefore said the point should be awarded to Sakkari. Pliskova argued but the call ultimately stood even though replay clearly showed Pliskova's ball catching the line.
After a lengthy delay that saw Pliskova call for the tournament supervisor, Sakkari converted the subsequent break point before serving out the match.
The world number six had a number of run-ins with Mrozinska during the heated encounter and now faces a heavy fine from the WTA.
Sakkari won the game and then served out the match to win 3-6 6-3 7-5.
The decision prompted fury from fans online, some calling for the umpire to be removed from their position, whilst some claimed Pliskova went too far in her actions.
Pliskova's twin sister Kristyna, who is also a professional player, threw her support behind her sibling by calling out the horrendous umpire decision. The victory means the 24-year-old Gavrilova recorded her first top 10 victory of the year, and her first back-to-back match wins since Acapulco in February.
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