VIDEO: Controversy at Wuhan Open as Petra Martic shows middle finger to Kristina Mladenovic

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 | 0
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Croatian tennis player Petra Martic was at the centre of controversy after she showed middle finger to her opponent Kristina Mladenovic during their first-round clash at the Wuhan Open in China.

The incident took place in the second game of the second set, when Martic – after conceding a break point off her serve – lost her cool before making the inappropriate gesture at Mladenovic.

While the exact reason behind what prompted Martic to do so is not clear, bolamarela.pt reports she was unhappy with the behaviour of the Frenchwoman and her coaching team.

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Despite the contentious moment, Martic went on to prevail 6-2 6-2 over Mladenovic.

A similar incident had happened at the US Open last year, with rising star Daniil Medvedev showing his middle finger to a section of partisan crowd – an action that cost him a sum of $9000.

It will be interesting to see what the WTA deems of Martic’s action.

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