Fuming Karolina Pliskova smashes umpire's chair

Fuming Karolina Pliskova smashes umpire's chair

Fuming Karolina Pliskova smashes umpire's chair

Despite the anger from the Austrian world number eight, he slightly made up for his outburst by handing the now-unusable equipment to a fan in the crowd.

Pliskova put away a simple smash which seemed to land on the line to give her a point to lead 6-5.

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

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Gavrilova came from 4-0 down in the final set to edge third seed Muguruza 5-7 6-2 7-6 (8-6) in a marathon clash lasting more than three hours.

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

It was the first time Sakkari had beaten a top five player in her career.

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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.

In Rome on Wednesday, Karolina Pliskova lost her cool in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 loss to Maria Sakkari.

Pliskova did not shake Mrozinska's hand after the match and instead smashed her racket several times against the side of the umpire's chair, breaking the wood.

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He added: "I love my life, it's been fantastic but there have been a lot of struggles to get to this point". He went on to praise those who had supported him over what has been almost a decade in the public eye.

World No.6 Pliskova had several run-ins with umpire Mrozinska during the stormy match and now faces a heavy fine from the WTA.

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