World No 6 Australian Open star slams her opponent for shouting and pumping fists in livid outburst: ‘If she screams in my face another time I will name the referee’
- Maria Sakkari angered by Diana Schneider’s theatrics in the course of the match
- Sakkari instructed the umpire that she was going to name the referee if the shouting continued
- Greek world quantity 6 wins hard-fought match after weak begin
World No. 6 Maria Sakkari, angered by the shouting and punching of her opponents throughout her Australian Open match, dramatically misplaced her cool within the second spherical.
The 27-year-old Sakkari finds herself in serious trouble towards 18-year-old Russian school pupil Diana Schneider on the Margaret Courtroom Area on Wednesday.
Maria Sakkari utterly misplaced her mood on Wednesday when her opponent’s fist-pumping and shouting after scoring the successful level obtained her
The 27-year-old Sakkari discovered herself in serious trouble towards 18-year-old Russian school pupil Diana Schneider (pictured) on the Margaret Courtroom Area
The unseeded teen took the primary set 3–6 towards the US Open semifinalist, earlier than Sakkari got here again to win, taking the ultimate set 7–5, 6–3.
The hard-fought match lasted greater than two and a half hours, and when Schnyder tied the second set at 5–5 and a wild scream broke out, Sakkari misplaced his mood and rushed to the chair umpire.
‘If she screams in my face another time, I’ll name the referee,’ she warned umpire Christian Rask.
After the match, Sakkari praised his spirited opponent.
‘I believe he performed an incredible match. You recognize, she’s so younger, she’s so promising,’ Sakkari mentioned.
‘Possibly he ought to take into account turning professional, not going to varsity.’
After the match, Sakkari (pictured) praised his spirited opponent
It is not straightforward taking part in somebody you have by no means performed with earlier than or seen on tour earlier than.
‘I used to be just a little hesitant. She was swinging very arduous, she was taking part in very aggressively.
“I do know I ought to have been extra aggressive as a result of I used to be working too far behind the baseline and defending each single ball, which isn’t my sport.
‘I attempt to discover methods and I believe I am good at it. I believe I’m good at discovering options in the course of the match and making an attempt to enhance my sport.
The Greek has now reached the third spherical of the Australian Open for the fifth time and can subsequent face both Jill Teichmann of Switzerland or Lin Zhu of China.