WUHAN, China – Barbora Strycova lost her temper and broke down, which led to her loss over Jelena Ostapenko during their Tuesday match in China.
Strycova easily nailed the Set 1, but ended with a 6-2, 5-7, and 3-6 loss. She was distracted because of a supposed bad call from the officials.
Due to the weather conditions, the umpire called the heat rule to suspend the game for 10 minutes in between Set 2 and Set 3. This did not sit well with the Czech tennis player, as she wanted to move on with the game. She did not get what she wanted and became even more frustrated when she lost the second set.
Barbora Strycova did not stop there. She claimed that the French Open champion gave a long ball and should not count as a score. She went to the umpire and verbally abused the official.
Tumaini Carayol, a prominent tennis writer, shared the incident on Twitter. The Czech player strongly believed that the decision was a poor call. Allegedly, she said that the umpire had no idea because he was just sitting and “counting the points.” She threw the f-bomb in between.
Strycova’s composure continued to be sour all throughout the game. However, Ostapenko agreed with the Czech player that Hawkeye could have helped provide accurate calls.
Meanwhile, Daria Kasatkina from Russia won against Simona Halep from Romania with a 6-2, 6-1 score. Halep was second in the world rankings. She went home early with Denmark’s Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who lost against Greece’s Maria Sakkari on a 5-7, 3-6 crash. Wozniacki places sixth in the world rankings.
However, the world’s number one tennis player in the women’s division, Garbine Muguruza from Spain, maintained her post when she defeated Lesia Tsurenko from Ukraine. Muguruza finished with a victory at 6-4 6-4.
Barbora Strycova might not make it to the third round, but the experience would surely be a lesson learned for the Czech player.