Karolina Pliskova smashes umpire's chair after blown call

Karolina Pliskova smashes umpire's chair after blown call

Former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova unleashed on the umpire's chair after her controversial defeat to Greece's Maria Sakkari at the Italian Open on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time).

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

After vehemently arguing with the umpire to no avail Pliskova was furious when 42nd-ranked Sakkari was given the advantage and break point at a crucial stage of the match.

And with no hawkeye technology in place to give a definitive decision, the call stood against Pliskova, who ended up losing her serve and Sakkari went on to win the set, and the match, 7-5.

But to her astonishment, umpire Marta Mrozinska and the line judge called the ball out.

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

Instead of shaking hands with Mrozinska, Pliskova left a hole in the umpire chair-a move that will very likely result in a fine though none has been announced yet. She moves into the third round, where she will face the victor of the second-round match between No.11 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany and Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu.

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