Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

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

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

Former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova was in no mood to shake hands with the chair umpire after losing her Miami Open second-round match against Maria Sakkari yesterday.

The Czech was locked at a set all, 5-5, and 40-40 in a tense match against the world number 42 in Rome.

The sixth seed had a number of clashes with the umpire during the match but she appeared particular incensed when a smash was called out during a crucial point of the final set. The ball, which was clearly in, was ruled out.

Replays showed the ball landed inside the sideline but umpire Marta Mrozinska refused to accept Pliskova's arguments to overturn the call.

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.

But the drama didn't end there.

Sakkari was awarded the point, says the BBC, after no "physical marks" could be found on the clay after the line-call review.

Karolina Pliskova is now the world number six in the women's singles rankings, and topped the pile as recently as July 2017.

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

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