At the BNP Paribas Open, played on the Californian hard-courts of Indian Wells, Maria Sakkari beats Karolina Pliskova in three sets: 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 is the result in favor of the Greek tennis player, number seven in the world.
Not an easy match for her, who nonetheless conquers the quarterfinals at the second WTA 1000 tournament of the women's tennis season. A match that was not deprived of controversy that saw the two protagonists. At 5-2 in the third set, Pliskova plays a diagonal passer that is called out by the chair umpire.
From the replay, however, it can be seen that Sakkari actually touched the ball with his racket before it went out. The chair umpire does not notice the touch and when Pliskova points out the gesture to them, the Greek tennis player is asked to tell her about her what happened.
The latter denies having touched the ball, although the replay shows precisely the deviation of the rotation of the ball. So the point ends Greek-style, not without Pliskova's anger. Once the number of Greece has obtained the match point, Pliskova reacts to what is in fact an injustice suffered.
after the last point, in the inevitable cold handshake between the two players, Pliskova looks hers in the face opponent in the usual gesture of fair play. In the quarterfinals, Sakkari played against another Czech tennis player, Pwetra Kvitova, who won against the home player Jessica Pegula.
The two faced each other on day 9 of Indian Wells, or in the first round of the quarterfinals scheduled. Sakkari womn the super challenge in three amazing sets. In the semifinal, Sakkari will meet the Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka, who defeated in straight sets the young US tennis star Coco Gauff.
It was a storyless match with Aryna who immediately takes a break ahead in the first set and manages everything about her thanks to her service, quickly closing the first set. She finishes 6-4 and it is here that the match practically ends, Gauff gives up and the challenge passes quickly with the Belarusian who reaches the semifinals and she wins with a clear 6-4 6-0 in just over an hour of game.
A little drama in the Karolina Pliskova vs Maria Sakkari Indian Wells match
From what I can see, it looks like Maria’s racquet touched the ball & the point should’ve been awarded to Karolina.
I still don’t understand why tennis doesn’t use video replay for stuff like this..