Hungarian tennis participant Amarissa Toth stated she was “extraordinarily sorry” for her habits in the direction of China’s Zhang Shuai on the Budapest Open.
Toth, 20, was seen strolling in the direction of a disputed ball marking and scuffing it together with her foot as Zhang spoke to the referee.
Zhang retired earlier than finishing the primary set and left the courtroom in tears.
“I did not suppose my very first WTA predominant draw success of my profession would trigger such a storm,” Toth stated.
“I’m extraordinarily sorry for what occurred, I respect Zhang Shuai as a participant and as an individual. I by no means meant to disrespect, harm or upset anybody.
“I used to be performing within the warmth of the second and I bought caught up in my feelings and the second. I targeted on tennis, I did not wish to win like that.
“I hope sooner or later I get the possibility to take a seat down and speak with Zhang and inform him how a lot I really feel our match ended this fashion.”
Zhang, a former world quantity two in doubles, retired main 6-5 within the opening set.
As she argued with the referee over the linesman’s determination, Toth appeared to chuckle and the gang booed.
The incident was broadly condemned by the tennis world.
Subsequently, Toth was eradicated in straight units by Ukraine’s Kateryna Baindl within the spherical of 16 on Thursday.