Indian Wells star says ‘f**k this s**t’ three times after beating Emma Raducanu


Aryna Sabalenka confronted the umpire after beating Emma Raducanu in straight sets.

Aryna Sabalenka swore on multiple occasions in her post-match press conference after beating Emma Raducanu in the third round at Indian Wells. The reigning Australian Open champion was made to work hard but managed to get the job done in straight sets, claiming a 6-3 7-5 victory on her fourth match point.

Sabalenka was given a warning in the second set and was not best pleased with the umpire, who she confronted after the end of the match. While her relentless screaming after hitting every ball would have been enough to warrant a warning, she was penalised for swearing on the court.

The 25-year-old then wagged her finger in the direction of the umpire before leaving the court and used some colourful language in her press conference as she explained why she was so frustrated.

“I just told her, like, come on, you could just avoid that warning,” said Sabalenka. “It wasn’t that bad. Yes, there was, like, one specific word, but it wasn’t, like, I didn’t forward it to her. I was just, like you’re p****d and you’re just: ‘F**k this s**t’.

“I was just like: ‘Come on. You could have, like, ignored that’. Did I really say that, f**k this s**t? I did it again. Well, f**k this s**t.”

Sabalenka was pushed to her limit by Raducanu, who would have been encouraged by her performance against one of the world’s best players despite ultimately falling to defeat. Her spirited display was proof that she can still be competitive at the highest level in spite of her lowly ranking, which sees her well adrift of the top 200.

Giving credit to Raducanu after the match, Sabalenka added: “It was a tough match, she played unbelievable tennis and I am super happy with the level today. You guys brought the best atmosphere, thank you so much for the support.

“I was just staying with myself and controlling myself and doing everything I can to win this match. That was the key for today’s match. She’s an incredible player and she played great tennis today, even though she didn’t play many matches in the past couple of months.

“I know that the level is there, and she can play some great tennis, but on those key moments I was focusing on myself and things that I have to do on court to be in this match and I think it’s worked well.”

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