Women’s’ World No.1 Iga Swiatek has been forced to apolozise over a questionable act that has sparked backlash across the tennis world.
However, her victory over Croatia’s Donna Vekic has been overshadowed by an unsavory incident that has seen fans accuse the Polish star of “cheating” and being “unsportsmanlike”.
The controversial moment came at break point in the sixth game of the second set when Swiatek waived her arms in the air at the net in an apparent attempt to distract her opponent.
Vekic went on to win the rally after smashing a cross-court backhand winner to open up a 4-2 lead, but the incident did not go unnoticed by viewers.
Some fans claimed the World No.1 had form when it came to using the controversial tactic against her opponents, as the World No.1 faced the wrath of the tennis world on social media.
“Listen I like Iga, but waving your arms to distract your opponents while they’re hitting is sh*tty and she keeps doing it,” tennis journalist Caitlin Thompson wrote.