Karolina Pliskova smashes umpire's chair after Italian Open loss

Karolina Pliskova smashes umpire's chair after Italian Open loss

Karolina Pliskova, one of the leading players on the WTA Tour, is likely to receive a substantial after she damaged an umpire's chair in a fit of rage in the third round of the Italian Open.

At 5-5 in the match-deciding set, Pliskova overhead smashed a slow-dropping ball for what she assumed was a winning point.

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

Pliskova was stunned 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 by Maria Sakkari of Greece in the round of 32 at the Rome Masters.

Karolina Pliskova took to the umpire's chair with her racquet after a bad call.

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But the drama didn't end there.

A seething Pliskova made her feelings clear after the match when she made a brief handshake with the victor and then stretched her hand out in an apparent attempt to shake hands with Mrozinska before quickly withdrawing it.

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

For Sakkari it was the first top-five win of her career and she will face Germany's 11th seed Angelique Kerber for a place in the quarter-finals.

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