There was an unsavoury end to the Adelaide International clash between Yulia Putintseva and Laura Siegemund on Tuesday.
After Putintseva secured a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 win over the German – the pair failed to acknowledge each other at the net, instead walking to their chairs and departing the court.
It was an unappealing end to a match that had threatened to boil over throughout.
Both Putintseva and Siegemund are known for their passion on court – and there was a clear tension in the second set as the former took time to re-lace her shoe.
Siegemund was far from happy with the time taken by her opponent as she mouthed off to umpire Miriam Bley.
Putintseva and Siegemund didn’t embrace after match
Putinsteva had already been involved in a heated debate with Bley after becoming frustrated by some close line calls.
The match could have gone either way but the seventh seed edged the big moments, with her victory sealed by Siegemund’s double fault.
At that point, eyes turned to the embrace at the net, but it wasn’t forthcoming as both players trudged to the side of the court.
Putintseva will face home favourite Storm Sanders in the last 16 tomorrow – after she saw off compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic in two routine sets.