'Sore loser': Tennis world fumes over 'horrible' post-match act

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Pictured here, the post-match act that saw Aryna Sabalenka condemned by tennis fans.
Aryna Sabalenka admits her post-match moment with opponent Karolina Pliskova was 'not professional'. Pic:WTA

Aryna Sabalenka has taken to social media to apologise for a petulant post-match act that left tennis fans seething.

Top-seed Sabalenka went down to fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the semifinals-finals of the WTA's Canadian Open.

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However, it was her reaction after the straight sets defeat that drew criticism from fans on social media.

The Belarusian was clearly frustrated by the manner of the loss as she walked towards the net for the customary post-match handshake.

Pliskova held her hand out in a mark of respect for Sabalenka but the 23-year-old didn't appear to be in any mood for pleasantries.

Sabalenka's gesture could barely be considered a handshake as she half-heartedly dangled an arm out before quickly pulling it away.

To her credit, Pliskova didn't make a fuss as she turned away and headed off the court but viewers were filthy with Sabalenka, who later took to Instagram to apologise for her bad sportsmanship.

"My behaviour today was not professional. I want to apologise for this. @KarolinaPliskova was better today," Sabalenka wrote on Instagram. 

"PS sorry for that handshake… I just completely lost my mind in that moment."

"We'll try next time," Sabalenka added, with three flexing bicep emojis.

Karolina Pliskova into final against Camilia Giorgi

Czech Pliskova broke in the third game of the match to take a 2-1 lead when Sabalenka sent a ball long after an extended rally.

World No.3 Sabalenka began to settle in midway through the second set but Pliskova used her strong serve to stay ahead, saving a break point with an ace and two other unplayable serves.

Seen here, Aryna Sabalenka looks frustrated during her straight sets loss to Karolina Pliskova.
Top-seed Aryna Sabalenka lost in straight sets to Karolina Pliskova in the semi-finals of the Canadian Open. Pic: Getty

"I'm quite calm. Of course I have some nerves and emotions but I try not to show it that much," World No.6 Pliskova said.

"There is a lot of things happening on the court but I think the main thing is just to have a goal and follow that goal."

Pliskova won the most recent of her 16 WTA Tour titles in 2020 in Brisbane.

Last month, she beat Sabalenka in the Wimbledon semi-finals, then lost to Australia's world No.1 Ash Barty.

"I think I was super solid today," Pliskova said after her 6-3 6-4 victory on Saturday.

"Just did everything I was supposed to do to win this match."

Pliskova will face Camilia Giorgi in the decider after the Italian accounted for Jessica Pegula 6-3 3-6 6-1 in the night match.

World No.71 Giorgi has two career victories, the most recent in 2018 at Linz.

Pegula, the daughter of Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Kim and Terry Pegula, won her lone WTA Tour title in 2019, beating Giorgi in the final in Washington.

with AAP

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