Old tricks: Barbora Krejcikova flouts bathroom break rule

Barbora Krejcikova flouted the bathroom break rules en route a battling win over Jelena Ostapenko at the Australian Open

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Barbora Krejcikova flouted the new toilet break rules at the Australian Open

French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova was seen bending the rules yet again as she took a bathroom break lasting over eight minuted during her third-round clash against Jelena Ostapenko.

Krejcikova fought back from a set down to defeat Ostapenko 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the Australian Open.

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But the Czech star once again came under the scanner as she took a long bathroom break at the end of the second set.

On receiving a time violation for breaking he new toilet break rules, Krejcikova wasn’t too happy. Her defence was the delay was caused due to a ‘broken necklace’.

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It is the second time in two Grand Slams that the Czech player has come under fire for her gamesmanship.

‘Unprofessional’

At the 2021 US Open, she was accused of being ‘unprofessional’ by her opponent Garbine Muguruza.

The Spanish player had fought back from 0-4 down in the second set to edge to a 6-5 lead when Krejcikova took a medical time out that lasted for almost nine minutes.

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In a frosty exchange at the net, Muguruza told Krejcikova, “you’re so unprofessional,” after losing 3-6, 6-7 (4).

Due the controversy over Stefanos Tsitsipas’ long toilet break during the US Open, the rules have been changed.

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Players can now take one break in a three-set contest, not lasting more than five minutes.

Krejcikova will next face another former major-winner in No.24 seed Victoria Azarenka, who dropped just two games in her own third-round win over No.15 seed Elina Svitolina.

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