"You have no f*%king idea" – Paula Badosa engages in heated debate with chair umpire after on-court tantrum, loses San Diego Open quarterfinal to Danielle Collins

Paula Badosa engages in a heated conversation with chair umpire
Paula Badosa engages in a heated conversation with chair umpire

Paula Badosa was involved in a heated conversation with the chair umpire right before losing her quarterfinal fixture against Danielle Collins at the San Diego Open on Friday.

While trailing 7-6 (5), 5-3 in the match, Badosa sat down on the court and threw her racquet in frustration. She eventually held on to her serve to get to 4-5 in the second set.

The chair umpire, however, was of the opinion that Badosa targeted the hit at a camera person and gave her a code violation, which set the Spaniard off. Badosa argued that the chair umpire was unempathetic after such a tough point and clarified that she was not aiming at anyone.

“You know, first, before her, there’s the camera. I threw it three meters from there! Yes, yes, three meters, and after this point! I mean, can you empathize a little? Can you empathize a little? No. You didn’t. The first time, the first time in the match! The first time in the match that I threw the racquet. It’s not someone’s direction! It’s over there! Someone’s direction? No. You have no f*%king idea!” she protested.

Danielle Collins won her next service game and handed Badosa a 7-6 (5), 6-4 loss, to set up a clash with Croatian Donna Vekic in the semifinals of the San Diego Open.


Danielle Collins and Paula Badosa still in contention for WTA Finals

Paula Badosa and Daniella Collins are still in contention for a spot in the WTA Finals
Paula Badosa and Daniella Collins are still in contention for a spot in the WTA Finals

World No. 4 Paula Badosa and World No. 19 Danielle Collins are both still in contention for the WTA Finals, which is set to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, from October 31 to November 7.

Badosa is currently 11th in the race to the finals. Australian Open finalist Collins, meanwhile, is in 14th place.

Three players – Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur and Jessica Pegula – have already qualified for the tournament, leaving five spots up for grabs. The immediate contenders are Coco Gauff, Aryna Sabalenka, Caroline Garcia and Daria Kasatkina.

Veronika Kudermetova, meanwhile, is next in contention, owing to Simona Halep’s early end to the season.

The outcome of the ongoing WTA 500 event in San Diego and the upcoming WTA 1000 tournament in Guadalajara could be decisive for the remaining five spots.

Badosa will hope to reach at least the semifinals of the WTA 1000 in Guadalajara to have a chance at overtaking Kudermetova in the race. Collins, however, needs to produce good results at both the San Diego Open and the Guadalajara Open.

If she triumphs in her semifinal encounter against Donna Vekic, she will be 304 points behind Kudermetova. And if the American manages to win the tournament, she will be placed just 140 points short of the Russian.

A good showing in the WTA 1000 thereafter would greatly help Collins' chances of getting a spot in the WTA Finals.

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