Actually, it was another finger that got Flavia Pennetta in trouble today during Italy vs. France first round Fed Cup action in Orleans. The Italian, who was playing Amelie Mauresmo in the opening rubber, flew off the handle during the second set tie breaker. The chair umpire overruled a call on her passing shot, declaring it out and giving Amelie a match point at 7-6. Pennetta, who later admitted that she “lost control” of herself, gave the umpire a naughty gesture and a few rough words. Mauresmo apparently took more offense than the umpire did and went on to double fault, lose the tie break, and then squander a 4-1 lead in the third set. Pennetta won the match! Nicolas Escude, France’s team captain, cried “RED CARD!” and according to Reuters, is filing an official protest.
Amelie Mauresmo explained afterward:
“She (Pennetta) should have been kicked out of the court. When (Zinedine) Zidane headbutts (Marco) Materazzi (in the 2006 World Cup soccer final) he’s kicked out. It’s crystal clear. To me (this decision) is unacceptable. . .I lost my rhythm because we had to wait (for play to resume) but I’m not looking for excuses.”
Amelie, I’m sure if Flavia headbutted you or the chair ump, she would have been kicked out. But come on, you were up 4-1 in the third! Did the memory of that rude gesture really come back to haunt you five games later? Sorry, you are looking for excuses for what really is an inexcusable loss. . .sigh. . .
DID FLAVIA DESERVE A RED CARD?
- F*ck, no! Amelie's a wuss (70%, 33 Votes)
- Kick that b*tch out! (30%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 47
Alize Cornet made matters worse for the French team, losing 1-6, 6-2, 6-8 to Francesca Schiavone, a player who hadn’t won a main draw match in 2009. Ouch! And now the young Frenchwoman needs to go out tomorrow and kick Flavia’s butt to keep her team alive. It’s a tough task, given that France has lost to Italy the past two times they’ve played, but it could be a career-transforming experience for the Alize. Allez, girl!
Side note: Why is doubles played last in Fed Cup? It’s so much more interesting in that key third rubber position that Davis Cup uses. Plus, for French fans – Dechy/Bremond would have a great chance over Errani/Vinci.
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