'Stupid rule': Livid star unleashes at umpire over 'horrific' ruling

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Elena Rybakina (pictured left) was left fuming at the chair umpire over a brutal call during her close battle with Arnya Sabalenka at Wimbledon. (Images: Stan)
Elena Rybakina (pictured left) was left fuming at the chair umpire over a brutal call during her close battle with Arnya Sabalenka at Wimbledon. (Images: Stan)

Young rising star Elena Rybakina was left enraged at the chair umpire over a bizarre tennis rule, which cost her a point in her loss Aryna Sabalenka at Wimbledon.

Rybakina and Sabalenka were locked at one set a piece with the young Kazakhstani on serve in the thrilling decider.

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The 22-year-old launched a serve down the 'T', which looked good and Sabalenka was unable to get near it.

But the serve was called out.

Rybakina rightfully challenged the serve, which was deemed in.

However, the drama started when the chair umpire called for the point to be replayed instead of an ace.

Rybakina was furious after the serve went unchallenged from Sabalenka.

To her credit, Sabalenka said she did not touch the ball.

But the chair umpire insisted the point would be replayed per the rules.

"You're taking the point away from me!" a furious Rybakina said.

"You're taking the point away from me for no reason...If I break the racquet. I'm going to get fined. 

"And you? Are you getting fined for this?"

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Fortunately, Rybakina showed brilliant composure to regather and hold her serve to level the match.

But fans were still rightfully shocked to see the call not recorded an ace and called for the rules to be looked at for the future.

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Despite the disruption, Sabalenka put her Grand Slam nerves aside to defeat Rybakina 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach a grand slam quarter-final for the first time in her career.

Sabalenka will now take on trailblazing Tunisian Ons Jabuer, who she lost to in three sets when they last met in the French Open last year.

"That match I was really nervous. I wanted to win that match. I wasn't staying aggressive. I was just trying to put the ball back. Against her, this is something you shouldn't do. If she has the time, then she dictates the game," Sabalenka said.

"This time I'll try to stay aggressive, try to focus on my game instead of thinking about everything that happens around."

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