Tennis players are known for their sportsmanship, but sometimes the intensity of competition can lead to heated exchanges, as was the case at BNP Paribas Open.
In the wake of Karolina Pliskova’s defeat to Maria Sakkari, the former world number one threw a tantrum at the net during the post-match handshake. Pliskova refused to look Sakkari in the eye, delivering a cold and frosty gesture that left many onlookers shocked.
The incident occurred after a tight three-set contest, which Sakkari won after two hours and 45 minutes. Pliskova was clearly unhappy with the result, and according to reports, she believed that her opponent had cheated in the third set.
However, it is unclear what exactly happened on the court that led to Pliskova’s outburst. Despite the bad blood at the net, Sakkari remained composed and gracious in victory, and the match will surely be remembered for its drama and intensity on the court.