Wimbledon | Ostapenko is galvanised by code violation
Twelfth seed Jelena Ostapenko, the second highest seed left in the draw, recovered from 5-2 down in the first set to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
The Latvian, a former French Open champion, was struggling when she received a code violation for allegedly receiving coaching from her box to which she reacted by crushing Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(4) 6-0.
Actually, that code violation made me even more motivated and angry, so I just started to play better. Jelena Ostapenko
The warning came following a well-executed lob by the Belarussian
However, Ostapenko appeared to be stung into action and reeled off four games to turn the tables.
“Actually, I didn’t even understand for what it was given because I didn’t really hear anybody saying anything. Probably somebody from the crowd said something,” said Ostapenko, at 21 the youngest player in the round of 16.
“But I didn’t hear anyone from my team saying anything. That’s why I spoke to the chair umpire. Actually, that code violation made me even more motivated and angry, so I just started to play better.”
Unlike the WTA Tour, coaches at Grand Slam events are not allowed to speak to their charges.
“I think the opponent played quite well in the beginning. I couldn’t get used to the rhythm,” Ostapenko explained her poor start. “But then slowly I started to feel my game. I think at the end I finished really confident.
“I think my game suits grass pretty well. I really enjoy time here, just looking forward to my next match.”
Ostapenko will have to start a lot better if she is to stop Dominnka Cibulkova in the next round.