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Karolina Pliskova attacks umpire's chair in epic tantrum

17 May 2018

But something is clearly in the air in the Italian capital, as a top female competitor's aggression completely came out following the completion of her match.

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.

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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No fine has been announced, and messages left with the Women's Tennis Association were not immediately returned.

At 5-5 in the third, Pliskova got engaged in a lengthy argument after she had an overhead smash called out.

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

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Sakkari visibly winced as Pliskova vented her fury, taking several steps backwards before the Czech had stormed off, before shaking the umpire's hand.

Pliskova's twin sister Kristyna, who is also a professional player, threw her support behind her sibling by calling out the horrendous umpire decision.

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Karolina Pliskova attacks umpire's chair in epic tantrum