Hungarian tennis participant Amarissa Toth mentioned she was “extraordinarily sorry” for her behaviour in direction of China’s Zhang Shuai on the Budapest Open.
Toth, 20, was seen strolling in direction of a contested ball marking and scuffing it out along with her foot as Zhang spoke to the umpire.
Zhang retired earlier than finishing the primary set and left the court docket in tears.
“I didn’t suppose that my first ever WTA fundamental draw success of my profession would trigger such a storm,” Toth mentioned.
“I’m extraordinarily sorry for what occurred, I respect Zhang Shuai as a participant and as an individual. It was by no means my intention to disrespect, harm or upset anyone.
“I used to be appearing within the warmth of the match and acquired caught up by my feelings and the second. I targeted on tennis, I did not need to win like that.
“I hope that sooner or later I’ve the chance to sit down down and discuss with Zhang and inform her how badly I really feel that our match ended this manner.”
Zhang, a former world quantity two in doubles, retired whereas trailing 6-5 within the opening set.
As she argued with the umpire on the road choose determination, Toth gave the impression to be laughing and the group booed.
The incident acquired widespread condemnation from the tennis world.
Subsequently, Toth was knocked out in straight units by Ukraine’s Kateryna Baindl within the final 16 on Thursday.