The US Open officially has its first controversy.
Italian star Camila Giorgi has caused a stir after a bizarre handshake ‘shove’ of Maria Sakkari after their first-round clash.
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Sakkari absolutely demolished Giorgi on Monday, wiping her off the court 6-1, 6-0.
After being bundled out in just 57 minutes, the Italian Giorgi couldn’t get off the court quick enough.
So quick that she didn’t even have time to shake hands with her opponent properly.
Sakkari looked rather taken aback when Giorgi appeared to shove her hand away after it was offered at the net.
American tennis writer Ben Rothenberg tweeted video of the incident, sending the tennis world into a frenzy.
Sakkari, smile on her face, gestures for Giorgi to go first to the shake. But even if she wanted to go first herself, there was no stopping that freight train. 😅 pic.twitter.com/Y8X8wOjFL6— Tennis.Life (@tennislifenews) August 26, 2019
Okurrrr— Donna Vekic (@DonnaVekic) August 26, 2019
Camila Giorgi is THE WORST at the net!! I'm so glad Sakkari sent her home! #USOpen— Jackie Watkins (@JwatksJackie) August 26, 2019
Unpleasant, unprofessional, bad loser in front of one of the wta's most dignified and pleasant competitors— •Fatima• (@Fatisanmi) August 26, 2019
Never liked the way Giorgi handles herself. Very immature— Janet Dancey (@dotdancey) August 26, 2019
Sakkari dragged Giorgi like she personally owed her money. pic.twitter.com/H7uHgfVBqk— Bad Personality (@SirProdigy555) August 26, 2019
Off the court in 22 seconds flat. Security trying to clear a path for her, but no need. She was her own path clearer. A few people tried to give her words of encouragement on the way out. But they didn't exist.— Tennis.Life (@tennislifenews) August 26, 2019
Was already in press by the time I got back to the centre. pic.twitter.com/Iv7z61Sij2
Sadly, Giorgi has form in this area.
She gave Caroline Wozniacki similar short shrift after a match in 2014.
Wow Camila Giorgi is a brat isn’t she— Mahdi (@Ma5di96) August 3, 2019
Giorgi is a sore loser.— ryandy gene (@giomendrez) July 10, 2018
Barty overcomes huge scare
Ashleigh Barty breathed a big sigh of relief after surviving a scare and progressing to the second round of the US Open in New York.
Australia's world No.2 had to pull out all the stops before battling past dogged Kazakh Zarina Diyas 1-6 6-3 6-2 on day one.
Barty used her trusty trademark serve to drag herself out of a deep hole and set up a date on Wednesday with unseeded American Lauren Davis.
"I just had to start with my serve," the French Open champion said after finishing with eight aces in the three-set escape.
"I really wasn't giving myself enough chances on serve. I don't know what the percentage was in the first set ... but it wasn't good.
"(Had to) go back to the basics, start again and try to figure it out."