If you’re just joining us this morning and wondering who the biggest loser of the Aus Open so far is, then meet Yulia Putintseva whoÂ is making the likes of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios look like rookies when it comes to irking the general public.
No stranger to controversy theÂ KazakhÂ Â player is fast becoming the biggest loser of the 2019 Australian Open, making headlines for all the wrong reasons yet again, this time for a shocking act directed at the Aus Open crowdsÂ on Wednesday.
After losing herÂ second round clash with Belinda BencicÂ 7-5, 4-6, 6-2,Â PutintsevaÂ produced the lamest of efforts when it came to shaking hands with her opponent and the chair umpire.
But it’s what happened as she left the court and made her way to the locker room that really shocked.Â Shaking her hand, seemingly disappointed with the crowd (which by the way was full of children), she delivered a middle finger salute as she disappeared.
Good to see she takes defeat in her stride.
Earlier this week,Â PutintsevaÂ was caught up in another handshake controversyin her opening round win overÂ Barbora Strycova.
Afterwards, the defeated Strucova said:Â âI like to squeeze hand normal, but she squeezed me, like, hardcore! These bones â oww! Oww!â Strycova said afterwards.
âI was like, âWhyâd you do that?â She said, âYou squeezed my hand.â I said, âI squeezed your hand normal! Just let it be.â
âI didnât really care. Itâs nothing big. Just, why?â