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

Karolina Pliskova

Sakkari grabbed that opportunity with both hands and successfully served out the match for a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win as the embittered Pliskova failed to produce any fightback.

She moved forward to the net as Sakkari sent a ball lobbing up high in the air towards here, offering up the chance of an overhead smash. The point happened in the final set when Pliskova was serving a 30-30 and five games all.

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

Her coach Thomas Krupa got in on the action, making a rather rude gesture to the TV cameras. 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.


She argued with the umpire on several occasions during the match about points that went out of her favour and calls that were obviously wrong when shown on replay.

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

"Four blows of her racquet".

"Umpire and line judge were shockingly bad".

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