Tennis player smashes racket against umpire's chair in post-match tantrum

Karolina Pliskova

The sixth seed was tied at 5-5 in the deciding set with her Greek opponent when her smash was called out by a line judge.

After both women met each other at the net, Pliskova refused to shake the umpire's hands before bashing a noticeable hole in the umpire's chair as the crowd and Sakkari watched on in shock. Pliskova argued but the call ultimately stood even though replay clearly showed Pliskova's ball catching the line.

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova has damaged the umpire's chair after repeatedly smashing her racquet against it in the aftermath of her controversial defeat to Greece's Maria Sakkari at the Italian Open.

The outburst overshadowed what was an otherwise great day for Sakkari, who fell behind 1-5 in the first set to the soon-to-be-fined world No. 5 before rallying for a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win, which was her first against a top-five player.

The umpire called for the tournament supervisor to settle the debate and Pliskova was eventually convinced to carry on.

After the match, Pliskova approached the umpire's chair and faked a handshake before unloading on the chair with her racket. On the next point, Sakkari converted a break then served it out.

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.

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