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Andy Murray slams ‘brutal’ umpire error after wrongly overruling line call in French Open semi-final

Andy Murray slams ‘completely brutal error’ from umpire after wrongly overruling line call in French Open semi-final… with Barbora Krejcikova having to win match towards Maria Sakkari for a second time

  • Barbora Krejcikova beat Maria Sakkari in an enthralling French Open semi-final 
  • She believed she had gained initially after the Greek’s forehand was known as out 
  • But chair umpire Pierre Bacchi overruled the preliminary resolution controversially  
  • HawkEye then confirmed the Frenchman had made the fallacious resolution
  • The Czech needed to win match level once more, as Andy Murray slammed the choice 



Andy Murray criticised the umpire’s ‘completely brutal error’ after he wrongly overruled a line call in Barbora Krejcikova’s French Open semi-final victory towards Maria Sakkari.

The unseeded Czech gained an enthralling encounter towards her Greek counterpart 7-5 4-6 9-7 along with her fifth match level, having additionally saved one herself at 3-5 in the deciding set on the clay at Roland Garros in Paris.

The 25-year-old believed she had gained when a forehand from Sakkari was known as out, resulting in Krejcikova elevating her arms in jubilation earlier than checking herself to see the mark left by the ball on the clay to make sure the ball went out.

Andy Murray criticised the ‘completely brutal error’ from the umpire as Barbora Krejcikova beat Maria Sakkari in the French Open semi-final

However, chair umpire Pierre Bacchi got here down after which determined that Sakkari’s shot had clipped the bottom line, resulting in an on-court debate between the Frenchman and Krejcikova as they pointed on the totally different marks on the court docket.  

The Czech was ordered to replay the purpose however HawkEye – which is utilized by TV firms however not the event at Roland Garros – then confirmed that Bacchi had wrongly overruled the preliminary call, main Murray to scold the choice on Twitter.

The Scot posted: ‘That is a fully brutal error from the umpire,’ adopted by a grimacing face emoji.

The resolution nevertheless didn’t change the eventual final result of the match, with Krejcikova reaching her first Grand Slam last minutes later with a peaceful backhand winner down the line.

The Czech believed she had won when the Greek overhit a forehand in the deciding set

The Czech believed she had gained when the Greek overhit a forehand in the deciding set

But chair umpire Pierre Bacchi came down and overruled the initial decision as the duo debated the call

But chair umpire Pierre Bacchi got here down and overruled the preliminary resolution because the duo debated the call

She will now play Russian thirty first seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – who beat Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek 7-5 6-3 –  in the ultimate on Saturday following a semi-final that lasted three hours and 18 minutes.

‘I at all times needed to play a match like this,’ Krejcikova – who has turn out to be the fourth unseeded finalist in the final 5 years at Roland Garros – stated. 

‘Such a difficult match the place we each had our possibilities. We’ve each been enjoying so properly and just one can win. 

‘Even if I lost at the moment I might have been very pleased with myself as a result of I used to be preventing and I feel that is crucial factor.’ 

Krejcikova appeared frustrated as she was ordered to replay the point in a thrilling contest

Krejcikova appeared pissed off as she was ordered to replay the purpose in an exhilarating contest

The 25-year-old eventually won 7-5 4-6 9-7 with her fifth match point after saving one herself

The 25-year-old finally gained 7-5 4-6 9-7 along with her fifth match level after saving one herself

Krejcikova additionally paid an emotional tribute to the affect of her mentor, the late Jana Novotna.

The former Wimbledon champion coached Krejcikova earlier than her demise because of most cancers in 2017 on the age of simply 49.

‘Also Jana Novotna from upstairs,’ stated Krejcikova, choking again tears. ‘She was actually wanting after me. I actually miss her and I actually wish to thank her. It’s actually necessary to me to say this out loud.’

Sakkari in the meantime stated: ‘I acquired pressured, beginning pondering that I’m some extent away from being in the ultimate. I suppose it is a rookie mistake. I feel it is human feelings, however I feel I’ll study from it.

‘Of course I’m pleased with my run right here. But it hurts. Today’s loss hurts so much as a result of I used to be so shut.’

She will now play Russian 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final on Saturday

She will now play Russian thirty first seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the ultimate on Saturday

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