Female star stuns US Open with shocking post-match 'shove'

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

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.

Camilla Giorgi didn't want a bar of Maria Sakkari's handshake. Image: US Open

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.

Sadly, Giorgi has form in this area.

She gave Caroline Wozniacki similar short shrift after a match in 2014.

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."

with AAP