Canadian rising star Katherine Sebov and Alycia Parks took part in a violent struggle involving the exchange of physical blows on the tennis court in the round of 16 of ITF W60 Las Vegas, NV 43 A at Dragonridge Country club Tennis and Athletic Center on Thursday.
Twenty-year-old Katherine Sebov bageled Alycia Parks in the opening set before winning the second set tiebreaker and defeating the American in straight sets 6-0, 7-6(9) and reached the quarterfinals of the W60 Vegas, NV 43 A.
After losing the second set tiebreaker and the match, Alycia Parks threw her racquet into the court out of frustration and slowly went to shake hands with her opponent, who was waiting for her at the net.
However, the shaking of hands went completely off the rails. Apparently, Sebov squeezed Parks’ hand too hard at the net. It was when Alycia Parks lost her cool and went after Sebov to beat her up despite the chair umpire stopped her. Parks’ father was also very angry at the end as he jumped over the railing and rushed the court as well.
Alycia Parks’ compatriot, Sachia Vickery, who lost to Olga Govortsova in the round of 16 was also present on the court and urges ITF to take action against Sebov.
“I was there, she definitely squeezed her hand at the net. I hope they don’t try to spin this. The referee clearly says he saw it. Won’t be shocked if nothing is done about it though,” Sachia Vickery wrote on Twitter.
In a post-match interview, Parks revealed, “She (Sebov) squeezed my hand very hard”. The ITF has still not taken any action against the two players as they are investigating about the on-court fight and the series of events that happened.
Katherine Sebov will face the former World No.35 in the WTA rankings Olga Govortsova in the last eight in Las Vegas.
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