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WTA – Montreal: Sakkari and Collins tear themselves apart in the middle of a match

Emmanuel LANGELLIER, Media365: published Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 3:58 pm

In the 2nd round of the Montreal tournament, Maria Sakkari and Danielle Collins had a tough exchange.

In the WTA 1000 in Montreal, Caroline Garcia is no longer there but the event does not lack attractions. Each Swiatek number 1 in the world, is still in the race, as his finalist Aryna Sabalenka or Elena Rybakina, and they will face Karolina Muchova in the round of 16 in a remake of the last Roland-Garros final (the Polo won 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 after a superb fight in 2h46). After qualifying, Danielle Collins will also be there after creating a surprise by eliminating Maria Sakkari, the 9th in the world (6-4, 6-2).

“Shut up!” Collins threw at Sakkari

The match between the Greek, beaten a few days ago by Coco Gauff in the final of the Washington tournament, and the 49th player in the world became particularly tense. One moment in particular marked their minds. A tough exchange between Sakkari and Collins took place in the second moto. Behind one put in nothing, a very nervous Sakkari hit the ball back after missing a first serve. After bouncing off the floor, the ball landed in the stands in a gesture of annoyance that the Canadian public had a bit of a crush on. Collins then asked the referee to sanction the gesture of his Greek opponent. “You saw that? You see what happened?”, then questioned the 29-year-old American.

When Sakkari witnessed this scene, he quickly became angry and replied to Collins: “It (the bullet) did not hit anyone. It was on the field! ” To the American player sternly retorted: ” Shut your mouth! Then the exchange continues. “What’s your problem? I didn’t hit anyone, “Sakkari said. A replay that Collins answered the Greek: “You hit the ball towards Maria, and you almost hit someone. The chair referee then asked both players to calm down and be quiet. At the end of the meeting, Sakkari and Collins still shook hands at the net, sporting.

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