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Pliskova smashes umpire's chair in anger

17 May 2018

Karolina Pliskova vented her frustration on the umpire's chair with her racket after her loss to Maria Sakkari Wednesday in Rome.

The Times reports that "controversy abounded" in Miami when a Pliskova smash in the deciding set was wrongly called out "despite clearly landing in".

However, the judge couldn't point out the ball mark in the red clay, nor could the umpire.

However, the line-judge deemed the ball to be out, and this decision was not over-ruled by umpire Marta Mrozinska.

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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.

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.

Sakkari, ranked no. 47 in the world, awaits her third-round opponent at the French Open warmup tournament.

Pliskova's twin sister Kristyna took to Twitter to defend her, claiming Mrozinska as the "worst she has ever seen" and hoped that she would "never referee" a match involving herself or her sister.

Pliskova smashes umpire's chair in anger