Tennis 'brat' booed off court in ugly scenes after loss at Wimbledon

·Sports Reporter
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Jelena Ostapenko (pictured right) walking off court at Wimbledon after knocking down a chair (picture right) in anger.
Jelena Ostapenko (pictured right) will most likely be fined for her ugly exit at Wimbledon after she threw a water bottle and left a chair overturned. (Images: Getty Images/Twitter)

The tennis world has let rip at Jelena Ostapenko after yet another poor showing of sportsmanship following her exit at Wimbledon.

World No.103 Tatjana Maria stunned the tennis world to defeat Ostapenko to reach her maiden Wimbledon quarter-final.

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However, while plenty were talking about the remarkable run of the 34-year-old at this year's Wimbledon, the behaviour of Ostapenko also raised eyebrows.

Ostapenko often finds herself in the headlines for her on-court behaviour and did so again after storming off court to a chorus of boos from the crowd.

Following the loss, Ostapenko didn't immediately greet her opponent with a handshake.

Instead, she stormed to her bag.

Ostapenko quickly returned to Maria for a handshake.

She then threw her water bottle at the chair, knocking it to the floor, before walking off court.

Her poor behaviour at the end of the match sparked backlash from the tennis community and those in the stands.

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Maria saved two match points at 4-5 in the second set before running down Ostapenko and sealing victory in two hours and eight minutes.

With a previous best grand slam result coming with a third-round appearance at Wimbledon in 2015, the German will play compatriot Julie Niemeier on Tuesday for a most improbable place in the last four.

"There's always the belief that I can do it," said Maria, who had her first daughter in 2013, then a second last April.

"That's why I came back after the first one. It's why I came back after the second one. If not, if I don't believe I can do these things, then I would not be here.

Tatjana Maria (pictured) fist-pumps in celebration at Wimbledon.
Tatjana Maria (pictured) celebrates a point against Jelena Ostapenko in their fourth round match at Wimbledon. (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

"So there's always this believing and keep going and improving and trying my best at the end.

"I'm now in the quarter-final of Wimbledon, so it's really amazing for me.

"This means also that you always have to keep going. Doesn't matter how old you are, doesn't matter how many kids you have - you just have to keep going and to believe in yourself."

If Maria goes on and lifts the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday, she'll have achieved a feat that not even Serena Williams has managed - winning a grand slam as a mother.

She is now just three matches from becoming the first tennis mum since the great Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980 to win Wimbledon.

with AAP

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