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Victoria Azarenka rips X publish over feedback on her handshake with Jelena Ostapenko

© Getty Photographs Sport – Bradley Kanaris

Victoria Azarenka wasn’t impressed after seeing an X publish highlighting the handshake between her and Jelena Ostapenko as a substitute of the particular match and tennis they delivered. On Friday, former world No. 1 Azarenka edged out 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko 6-3 3-6 7-5 within the Brisbane Worldwide quarterfinal. 

On Azarenka’s recreation level within the ninth recreation of the third set, Ostapenko believed that the ball bounced twice earlier than the Belarusian managed to return it. However chair umpire Julie Kjendlie did not assume in order she remained silent and Azarenka received the purpose to go 5-4 up. 

Ostapenko then had a second of rage and frustration, through which she referred to as Kjendlie “blind” and harshly instructed her that she did not need her ever once more umpiring her match. After shedding the match, Ostapenko seemingly did not give a really heat handshake to Azarenka earlier than simply making it previous umpire Kjendlie, with out shaking the chair umpire’s hand. 

Jelena Ostapenko
Jelena Ostapenko© Getty Photographs Sport – Bradley Kanaris


“That is for the, I am Simply Right here For The Handshake crowd,” a caption on X publish learn. After the match, Azarenka observed the publish and bluntly reacted: “There’s an precise crowd like that? Unhappy… What an embarrassing publish.” The publish was deleted shortly after Azarenka’s feedback. 

Victoria Azarenka on X
Victoria Azarenka on X© Victoria Azarenka – X


Azarenka survives a thriller towards Ostapenko

Within the third set, Azarenka discovered herself down by a break after shedding her service recreation within the fifth recreation. However after getting damaged, Azarenka did not panic because the Belarusian managed to interrupt again Ostapenko immediately within the sixth recreation to tie the set to a few video games apiece.

Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka© Getty Photographs Sport – Bradley Kanaris


After the ninth recreation through which Ostapenko had a meltdown, Azarenka had 0-30 on the Latvian’s serve and was two factors away from the win. However Ostapenko managed to win the following 4 factors and degree the decider to 5 video games apiece. 

Nonetheless, Azarenka as soon as once more remained calm and routinely served out the eleventh recreation to go 6-5 up. Within the twelfth recreation, Azarenka was capable of create a break level – which on the identical time was a match level – after which convert it to seal a three-set win over Ostapenko in a two-and-a-half hours thriller.

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