Irina-Camelia Begu racquet smash nearly hits fan

Irina-Camelia Begu racquet smash nearly hit a young fan in the stands at French Open

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Irina-Camelia Begu racquet smash nearly hit a young fan in the stands during the French Open.

A racquet smash by Irina-Camelia Begu nearly hit a young fan in the stands during the second round of French Open.

Having escaped a default, the Romanian player went on to beat 30th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.

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The incident occured in the deciding set, when the 31-year-old Begu dropped her serve.

Begu slammed the racquet down and watched in horror as it bounced up into the nearby crowd on Court 13 and caused a kid to cry loudly.

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There were gasps from the fans around the incident and the umpire immediately jumped down from the chair to check the kid was okay.

There was a delay in proceedings as the players stood by to check on the child and the umpire called a halt to the match temporarily.

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Even though the supervisor was called in, Begu was not defaulted for her action, much to her opponent’s frustration.

Begu’s act adds to the growing list of on-court transgressions from tennis players, albeit mainly from male pros.

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Two days ago, Andrey Rublev smashed a ball at the player bench and it almost hit the court sweeper in the head.

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