Jelena Ostapenko caught up in 'disrespectful' chair umpire scenes
The 2017 Roland Garros winner once again found herself in the action.
Controversial tennis star Jelena Ostapenko has once again divided fans after an unsavoury interaction with the chair umpire over a line call. Ostapenko has been in strong form on clay heading into the French Open and she continued her ridiculous shot making in a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win over No.8 seed Daria Kasatkina.
The Latvian hasn't reached the quarter-final since 2021, which she also achieved in 2018, but has backed up her win over Barbora Krejcikova with a brilliant victory in Rome. Although Ostapenko attracted her usual drama after a rather crude interaction with the chair umpire.
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Ostapenko became infuriated in the second set on serve when she thought a ball from Kasatkina landed out. The line judge and chair umpire Marija Cicak thought the ball was good.
Ostapenko often debates close line calls and Cicak wasn't having any of it as she deemed the ball was clearly good. "Jelena, come here. Look at it, the ball is in," Cicak said pointing to the ball mark.
The 2017 Roland Garros winner was gesturing towards her player's box in frustration, before she took a dig at Cicak. "You will never, ever be at my match again," she appeared to say.
The crowd were certainly not on Ostapenko's side as jeers rang around the arena as she protested the call. Viewers were left surprised at Ostapenko's words to an official as some claimed she crossed the line.
The most disrespectful player ever
— Anita Salát 🥗 (@noseinabook3) May 15, 2023
— Sharon Davies (@shazzad1970) May 15, 2023
Name a better duo than this, I'll wait. pic.twitter.com/iLq51Qr3gB
— LorenaPopa 🕵️♀️🎾 (@popalorena) May 15, 2023
Ostapenko is an example of how you may not behave if you are an internationally known athlete. What a shame of you, Jelena!
— Thiago Cedraz (@ThiagoCedr47822) May 16, 2023
It would be weird if it was Jelena Ostapenko NOT complaining.
— FA (@arg_f29) May 15, 2023
Only two points later, Cicak had to come down off her chair to look at a serve Ostapenko wanted to review. While the Latvian was fired up, she went on to win four straight points to hold serve.
While Ostapenko went on to lose the set, she bounced back in a fashion only she knows how to bagel the World No.8 in dramatic fashion. The two players embraced at the end of the match in a strong sign of respect.
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The 25-year-old Latvian will be looking to make a push at the Italian Open considering she is a real chance of winning her second Roland Garros title if she gets going.
A number of top seeds have fallen already in Rome, including Madrid Open winner Aryan Sabalenka and Coco Gauff. However, Iga Swiatek, Paula Badosa and Elena Rybakina remain in the draw. The Polish World No.1 will be the favourite to take out the title in both Rome and Paris.
Swiatek has won Roland Garros twice and heads into the tournament as the most in-form player having reached the Madrid Open final and winning the Stuttgart Open.
She won 12 consecutive games in her last match against Lesia Tsurenko in Rome and took her clay court season to 11-1 having reached the quarter-final.
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