World No.4 Paula Badosa has caused uproar after an unsavoury handshake at the end of her shock defeat to World No.169 Jodie Burrage.
The WTA draw collapsed at Eastbourne with a number of top seeds losing, but the biggest upset was British 23-year-old Burrage defeating the top seed Badosa 6-4, 6-3.
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Badosa would have been left regretting the change to gain a couple more warm-up matches ahead of her Wimbledon campaign, but was outplayed against Burrage.
Although, plenty of drama occurred after the match when Badosa showed little sportsmanship in her opponent’s greatest career moment.
Burrage waited at the net for Badosa to shake hands with the World No.4.
But, the Spaniard didn’t appear in the mood to congratulate her opponent with any warmth as she offered a drive-by handshake without making eye contact.
The tennis world was quick to call out Badosa for the lack of sportsmanship towards her younger opponent.
After the match, Burrage was thrilled with the biggest victory of her career.
“I’m not sure I have the words to describe how I feel right now,” Burrage told Amazon Prime after the match.
“I’m just over the moon with that win and with how I’ve been playing and handled myself on court. I can’t really believe it so I’m trying to let it sink in a little bit.
“The last few weeks for me have been amazing. I’ve got so much confidence at the moment and I’m loving every single bit of it.”
Top seeds collapse at Eastbourne event
Badosa’s loss was followed by a number of upsets at Eastbourne.
Katie Boulter upset World No.7 Karolina Pliskova 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to cap off a remarkable day for the British.
It marked Boulter’s first win against a Top 10 opponent in her career.
A number of other top seeds also exited the draw.
Barbora Krejcikova lost to Ukraine star Marta Kostyuk, Anhelina Kalinina shocked World No.5 Maria Sakkari and No.9 seed Elena Rybakina fell to Lesia Tsurenko.
Despite the carnage, after 12 months on the sidelines, Serena Williams made her long-awaited return to tennis in the lead-up to Wimbledon.
Williams teamed up with Jabeur to produce a 2-6, 6-3, 13-11 win over Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova in the first round clash.
Williams made a slow start but soon got into the groove and hit an array of winners sprinkled with a handful of aces.
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