Jelena Ostapenko rips a fan: "He was screaming like crazy!"

The Latvian tennis player explained what happened on the court at the press conference

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Jelena Ostapenko rips a fan: "He was screaming like crazy!"
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Jelena Ostapenko was the protagonist of a curious action during the third round at the US Open. The Latvian tennis player, as she was preparing to win the match against Bernarda Pera, started arguing with an allegedly US fan, so much so that she demanded that she be removed from the stands.

The fan annoyed the 26-year-old and not a little every time she was ready to serve, at one point also drawing the attention of the chair umpire who naturally called him back for the behavior she was holding. In the end the same spectator took the way out, with Jelena who wanted to take a sort of revenge by making sweeping gestures with her hands to the fan to leave.

Ostapenko returned to the case in the press conference and explained what happened: "I was leading 4-1 in the third set and suddenly, while I was serving, she started screaming like crazy. And not a word or two, but two or three sentences in a row.

Of course the referee told him to shut up. He left and so I told him to do it." Even the Latvian player highlighted in front of the media the strong smell of marijuana or cannabis that can be felt from the court, especially in the one where she played her last match: "With weed it's a normal thing.

I smell it every game. I don't I'm surprised other tennis players have seen this and complained."

The 3rd round matches of the women's singles

Iga Swiatek beat Kaja Juvan 6-0, 6-1 in under 50 minutes.

Too much difference between Swiatek and the Slovenian player, who was unable in any way to counter the acceleration of her rival. The very first exam that Swiatek may have to face on her path bears the name and surname of Jelena Ostapenko.

The Latvian secured the best result of her career by overcoming Bernarda Pera in comeback. Caroline Wozniacki doesn't stop. The Dane returned to playing a Grand Slam after three years and was immediately ambushed in the second week by eliminating first the head of six number 11 Petra Kvitova and then Jennifer Brady with a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

A break ahead, Wozniacki began to suffer in her serve and at 4-5 she gave up the serve to zero by missing her forehand in attack. Brady took the lead in the second set, but she greatly diminished her serve drive. Wozniacki did not hesitate and understood the American's difficult moment.

The counter break came in the third game; that of overtaking in the seventh. Brady completely shut down in the third set and only picked up one game. The Czech signed the break immediately and held her serve to zero twice in a row before definitively closing the accounts.

Wozniacki will find on the other side of the net in the round of 16 Coco Gauff, one of the main suspects for winning the title. The American, at the press conference, had reassured everyone about her physical condition, even bothering Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz.

Jelena Ostapenko