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Danielle Collins accuses the chair umpire of favoring Ash Barty

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American Danielle Collins has accused a referee of appealing for Ash Barty “because she’s Australian” in a bizarre explosion en route to an upset victory over the world No.1 in Adelaide tonight.

Collins stunned Barty to advance to the round of 16 at Adelaide International with a straight-set victory 6-3, 6-4, marking the Australian’s second big surprise in seven days after her fall at the Australian Open in the last week.

But in the opener, Collins looked like he couldn’t keep his cool, enraged at chair umpire Tom Sweeney after being denied the opportunity to challenge before his serve went out. be interrupted.

At 15-40 on his serve, Collins was denied a request to challenge a Barty return, which appeared to bounce back.

Barty’s fierce backhand had seemed to last a long time but the American continued to play, only to lose the point when her forehand landed.

Moments after losing the point, Collins quizzed the referee and asked her why she couldn’t challenge Barty’s original shot.

“The ball was one foot away,” Collins told Sweeney.

“Don’t give me that. I hit three aces in the singles line and then I didn’t get the point and the other girl did.

“Please contest the appeal. The ball was one foot away.”

Sweeney replied, “You were waiting for this one, then you wanted to come back to this one.”

Collins then said, “Oh really? Do you think I do this strategically when the ball is far away?”

After dropping out of the match, the US world No.37 continued to argue with the chair umpire and appeared to question his integrity.

Collins: This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen in my life

The ball was so far away. I’m sorry, this is unacceptable.

I immediately, after hitting the ball – said? What difference does that make? I’m waiting for a call. Sometimes the calls only last a second after.

Sweeney: Because I saw your attention go in that direction, that’s where I moved.

Collins: You do it because she is Australian.

Sweeney: Danielle, be careful with questions like that.

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