Victoria Azarenka blasted for taking 11-minute break during Naomi Osaka clash

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 0

Victoria Azarenka embroiled herself in controversy for taking an extended break during her second-round clash against Naomi Osaka at the French Open on Thursday.

After splitting the first two sets, the two players headed off the court for a short break. Even as Osaka returned in due time, Azarenka was back only after 11 minutes.

On-air commentators Simon Reed and Frew McMillan didn’t shy away from calling it ‘disrespectful’.

“This is downright disrespectful for the audience. It is shocking that it is allowed,” Reed fumed, as quoted by Express.co.uk.

“Can you imagine any other sport where you take a break of up to a quarter of an hour? It just wouldn’t happen. But tennis has allowed it to happen.”

McMillan corroborated, saying: “I’m not sure really what the problem is. They’ve got dressing rooms. They’ve got facilities here for the players.

“It is not as if they have got to wander back to the Court Philippe Chatrier to use them.”

The long break helped Azarenka in no way as she was handed a 4-6 7-5 6-3 defeat to Osaka in what was an enthralling contest between two two-time Grand Slam champions.

Moving on, the world No. 1 is scheduled to lock horns with Katerina Siniakova in the third round on Saturday.

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