Bianca Andreescu and Danielle Collins have come under fire for their on-court antics after first round wins on the opening day of the Australian Open. 2019 US Open champion Andreescu beat Czech star Marie Bouzkova 6-2 6-4, while Collins was given a sterner test in her 7-5 5-7 6-4 win over Anna Kalinskaya.
Andreescu and Collins were both accused of distracting their opponents after being called out by the tennis world for screaming during points. Neither player was sanctioned during their respective matches but both opponents and fans watching were less than impressed.
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Bouzkova complained to the chair umpire after losing a point at 4-3 down in the second set, following a loud scream from Andreescu. The Canadian blasted a cross-court backhand from the baseline after her Czech opponent had come in to the net.
Andreescu let out a loud and long scream after hitting the ball, just before Bouzkova stuck a racquet out to try and return the shot. Having seen her attempted volley fly into the net, Bouzkova then confronted the chair umpire in annoyance after claiming she had been put off by her rival's scream just before she hit the ball.
After a short delay the chair umpire decided there was no intentional hindrance on the part of Andreescu as the Canadian went break point up. The Canadian eventually went on to claim the second set 6-4 to seal her place in the second round at Melbourne Park.
Kalinskaya also complained about American Collins yelling loudly during points, with her annoyance bubbling over towards the end of an absorbing three-set encounter on the opening day at Melbourne Park. Ultimately, it was a fan yelling out at a crucial point late in the deciding set that left Kalinskaya fuming.
Tennis fans were unimpressed with Andreescu and Collins screaming during rallies in their matches, with both players accused of deliberately trying to put off their opponents. Anger quickly spread on social media, with fans expressing their outrage.
Emma Raducanu and Coco Gauff set up blockbuster
In other women's action on day one, Emma Raducanu put her injury concerns behind her to set up a blockbuster second round showdown with Coco Gauff after an impressive straight sets victory on the opening day of the Australian Open. The British number eased to a 6-3 6-2 win against Tamara Korpatsch to set up the mouthwatering match against American teen sensation Gauff, who beat Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-1 6-4.
Aussie youngster Olivia Gadecki produced a stunning victory in her grand slam debut, beating Polina Kudermetova of Russia on Monday. Gadecki, who is being mentored by retired Aussie champion Ash Barty, stormed into the second round with a dominant 7-5 6-1 victory.
Gadecki will now face exciting Ukrainian talent Marta Kostyuk on Wednesday after she beat 28th seed Amanda Anisimova. Gadecki has also secured a life-changing payday of $158,850 for making the second round.
Amanda Anisimova broke down in tears during a shock first-round loss to Martya Kostyuk. The 28th seed from America went down 6-3 6-4 to her Ukrainian opponent on Monday in the first big upset of the tournament at Melbourne Park.
Fellow American Pegula wasted no time stamping her title credentials, powering into the second round in just 59 minutes. One of the title favourites alongside World No.1 Iga Swiatek, Pegula beat Romania's Jaqueline Cristian 6-0 6-1.
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