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Friday, July 8, 2011

What a racket: Tennis star’s embarrassment as mobile phone starts ringing – as she faces match point


Not ace: Caroline Wozniacki laughs as she realises where the mobile ring is coming from

We all know that letting your mobile phone ring during a tense tennis match is not such smashing behaviour, but in the Swedish Open a tennis star was left red-faced when her own handset went off.

World No1 Caroline Wozniacki was about to serve for the match against French No3 Alize Cornet when a distinct mobile phone ring broke the silence.

The ring was just too off-putting for Wozniacki, who stopped and looked around for the perpetrator– but it turned out that the guilty party was her opponent.

Courting trouble: The TV camera zooms in on Cornet's kit bag, where the noise is coming from

The faux pas occurred in the first-round match in Bastad while the Danish ace was one set to the good, 5-3 up in the second set and winning the game 40-30.

A somewhat crucial moment, then.

At first she just tries to ignore the ring, but it had clearly broken her concentration, so she waits for it to be silenced.

Then she breaks into a huge grin and the TV camera swings around onto Cornet’s kit bag, where the noise is coming from.

Guilty: Cornet rummages through her bag to stop the handset ringing

Net a to-do: Cornet apologises for the disruption

Embarrassed: Cornet puts her head down in shame as she scurries back to the baseline

The 21-year-old scampers over to it and turns off her handset. Laughing, she holds her hand up in apology and takes up her place at the baseline once more.

The break in play did her a favour – because she broke serve. But her luck didn’t last, with Wozniacki taking the final set 6-4 and winning the game.

Wozniacki is World No1 despite not having won a grand slam yet.

She went out in the fourth round to Dominika Cibulkova at Wimbledon and also ended up taking an early exit in Bastad after retiring from the tournament mid-way through a second-round clash against Sofia Arvidsson with a shoulder injury.

Alize Cornet was beaten in the first round of Wimbledon by Kateryna Bondarenko from Ukraine.

source :dailymail


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