In the qualifying draw of the WTA of St. Petersburg, Tereza Martincova got defaulted from her second round match against Elisa Mertens on 5-all in the third set due to 'due to extreme unsportsmanlike behaviour and insults', ITF wrote in a statement.
Martincova had a discussion with the umpire and asked in Czech to Michaella Krajicek if she could punch the umpire. One of the linesmen, who was Czech, heard it and told it to the umpire. 'It was an overrule of the umpire on a ball that was called out to Mertens, but then she did overrule and I got angry', Martincova explained at the end of the match.
'I am sorry for the whole situation, because overall I was playing a good match.' 'I was so exhausted and I was cramping too. I don't remember exactly what I said. It was a calm situation, only that two sayings were the expection.
Anyway, it's my fault and for me it's a great lesson for the future. I am sorry, but I didn't deserve the immediate ban.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'I'm not sad, I competed well against everybody this month'
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