Pliskova attacks umpire's chari after loss

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Pliskova's coach Tomas Krupa was seen giving the finger to a fan who was taking

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova has damaged the umpire's chair after repeatedly smashing her racquet against it in the aftermath of her controversial defeat to Greece's Maria Sakkari at the Italian Open.

Pliskova smashed a hole in the umpire's chair in anger after a contentious line call late in her loss to Sakkari in the second round of the Italian Open.

No fine was announced and USA Today reported that the Women's Tennis Association had not responded to queries regarding the incident, but event organizers have been clamping down on tennis players for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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

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

As both players went to shake hands with the umpire in typical sportsmanlike fashion after the match, Pliskova first put her hand out before beating up the chair.

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.

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