Sara Sorribes Tormo hit back on criticism of her and doubles partner Marie Bouzkova’s behaviour in their third-round women’s doubles match at the 2023 French Open. The Spaniard said that all she and her partner did was explain the situation that unfolded during the match to the chair umpire. The game eventually ended with a default win to Sorribes and Bouzkova.
Sorribes said about approaching the umpire, “We were saying that the ball kid was crying because we were scared (…) Then we were saying that the ball was direct because he didn’t saw the ball. All the rest the decision was taken by the supervisor, and I think it’s not our thing or we haven’t done anything bad.”
Sorribes and Bouzkova were facing Japanese pair Miyu Kato and Aldila Sutjiadi when Kato unintentionally hit a ball girl with a return. The referee issued a warning to Kato and Sutjiadi. But Sorribes and Bouzkova approached him to point out that the ball girl was crying and continued to argue with the official. The supervisor was then called to court and concluded that the match should end in a default win for the two players.
The pair received criticism from all quarters for seeming to influence the result after the chair umpire had already given a decision. The smiles the two flashed after the decision was highlighted by many for criticism. More aggrieved fans even branded them ‘cheaters’. But Sorribes has held her ground and believes she is not in the wrong.
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Sorribes lost her fourth-round tie to Beatriz Haddad Maia in three sets. The close-fought match featured four aces from Sorribes, but it was not enough to get the better of the 14th seed. She started by winning the first set narrowly but lost the next two to end her run in France.
The 132nd-ranked player beat Maia 7-3 in the tiebreak of the closely fought first set. But Maia came back fighting and took the second set 6-3. The final set was close again, but the Brazilian overcame Sorribes with a 7-5 win to progress to the semifinals.
The match lasted three hours and 51 minutes. This was just 16 minutes short of the longest women’s singles French Open match. Sorribes remains in the women’s doubles of the French Open. Her partner Marie Bouzkova and her will face the sixth-seed pair of Ellen Perez and Nicole Melichar-Martinez in the quarterfinals.
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