Former No. 1 Pliskova bashes umpire's chair with racket after loss

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Former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova blew up at the Italian Open, smashing her racket several times on the umpire chair in frustration after a blown call ultimately decided her fate in the second round.

Despite TV replays proving Pliskova's shot was in, HawkEye and the challenge system isn't used on clay so the chair and line umpires rely on ball marks to settle disputes.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens held off a comeback from Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi in a 6-0 5-7 6-4 victory; seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia defeated Timea Babos 6-3 6-4 and 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina eliminated American qualifier Danielle Collins 6-2 6-3. She went on to lose that game and the match as Maria Sakkari got the biggest win of her career in the two-hour-and-21-minute match.

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Pliskova's twin sister Kristyna, who is also a professional player, threw her support behind her sibling by calling out the horrendous umpire decision. The Greek player had 14 break points in the match, breaking the vaunted Pliskova serve six times.

For Sakkari it was the first top five win of her career and she will face the victor of the second-round match between 11th seed Angelique Kerber of Germany and Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu.

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