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Published: 16:43 | 16/5/18

Pliskova smashes up umpire's chair with racquet after shock loss


Former world number one Karolina Pliskova could face a heavy fine after repeatedly smashing her racquet into the umpire's chair following a controversial three sets loss to Greece's Maria Sakkari in the Italian Open.

The Czech sixth seed was furious after a linesperson called out her overhead smash at 5-5 in the deciding set. The decision was not over-ruled by the umpire despite the ball being clearly in.

The linesperson was unable to find the ball mark in the clay and then a supervisor was called who refused to over-rule the initial decision. There is no hawk-eye in use at the Italian Open.

Pliskova went on to lose her serve in the game and world no.47 Sakkari then served out for the match 6-3 3-6 7-5.

After the two players shook hands at the net, Pliskova faked a handshake with umpire Marta Mrozinska before smashing her racquet into the umpire's chair several times with Sakkari forced to take evasive action.

Television pictures clearly showed damage caused to the side of the chair with a large chunk on the side ripped out.

And Pliskova's twin sister world no.71 Kristyna was so incensed that she took to Twitter to defend the Czech player.

Sakkari will face No.11 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany who beat Irina-Camelia Begu 3-6 7-5 7-5.

Elsewhere, current world no.1 Simona Halep cruised into the third round with a 6-1 6-0 victory over Japan's Naomi Osaka, while British and seventh-seed Caroline Garcia of France beat Bulgaria's Timea Babos 6-3 6-4.

British No.1 Johanna Konta will face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko after beating Hsieh Su-wei 6-0 6-4.

The WTA Internationali BNL D'Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome is live on BT Sport 1 & 3 from Monday 14 May to Saturday 20 May.

Images: Getty Images/ Julian Finney

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