Karolina Pliskova attacks umpire's chair in epic tantrum

Karolina Pliskova attacks umpire's chair in epic tantrum

The Czech went on to lose that game and the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours 21 minutes.

After Pliskova embraced Sakkari at the net, she went to shake the chair umpire's hand before pulling it back and smashing her racket several times into the umpire's chair, clearly surprising Sakkari and leaving a massive crater in the chair.

Sakkari visibly winced as Pliskova vented her fury, taking several steps backwards before the Czech had stormed off, before shaking the umpire's hand. "The worst i have ever seen @wta and i hope this lady Marta Mrozinska will never ever judge any match of me or Karolina again #blacklistforever", the 26-year-old wrote on Twitter.

After a lengthy delay that saw Pliskova call for the tournament supervisor, Sakkari converted the subsequent break point before serving out the match.

"I just tried to build my points, to build a little bit of space and open the court, and tried to make winners", said Halep.

Her most recent triumph came at the Stuttgart Open, where she defeated the American Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets 7-6, 6-4, but she didn't have the same kind of success earlier today in her Italian Open Round of 32 clash with Greek Maria Sakkari.

The 31-year-old Russian will next face Australia's Daria Gavrilova for a place in the quarter-finals.