“Imagine if Novak”: Fans Compare Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to Novak Djokovic After Racquet Smash at Billie Jean King Cup Finals 2021

Published 11/05/2021, 11:32 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts as he smashes his racquet on court during his quarter final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Loren Elliott


It was the semi-finals of the Billie Jean King Cup Finals 2021 and Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was up against the United States’ Danielle Rose Collins. Interestingly, something quite intriguing took place during the match because of which the fans are drawing links between the Russian and the World No.1 Novak Djokovic.

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Notably, it was the American who kept her calm and made an incredible comeback against Pavlyuchenkova. She won the match in three sets and shocked the Russian.

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Why fans are comparing Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to Novak Djokovic?

Pavlyuchenkova survived a tough tie-breaker in the first set of the match. However, she failed to maintain the momentum and didn’t play well in the last two sets. As a result, she got frustrated and started beating the net with her racquet. She was hitting the net so hard that even Collins got scared.

Because of her actions, many fans are comparing her to Novak Djokovic. The World No.1 has a reputation for losing his calm and smashing his tennis racquet in anger; He has done the same on many occasions this year. As a result, a fan tweeted, “Imagine if Novak Djokovic did that.”

While many believe that the referee was kind and didn’t penalize her, others feel that she should face a ban following her actions. Even her friend and fellow compatriot, Daria Kasatkina, started smashing her tennis racquet on her bag after Pavlyuchenkova’s incident.

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Russia qualifies for the Billie Jean King Cup Finals 2021 even after Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova’s defeat

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Even though Pavlyuchenkova lost against Collins, Russia managed to beat the United States in the other two matches to seal the spot in the finals. They will now face either Australia or Switzerland.

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Russia is looking in some terrific form at the moment. Fans also have huge expectations from them and want them to win the title after 13 years. Will they be able to lift the cup for the fifth time this year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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