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Re: Did The Chair Umpire Just Challenge a Line Call?

I get that she challenged.
But if Umpire's are allowed to challenge, why do we even need one? I thought they were supposed to make line calls on their own.
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Re: Did The Chair Umpire Just Challenge a Line Call?

Yup. That is exactly what happened. The ball landed near the line and was called in but the linesman was unsighted. Serena was unhappy and the Umpire called for a challenge herself rather than have Serena risk one of her challenges because the linesman being unsighted. The ball did catch some line and the point went to Jelena.

I must say that is the 1st time I have seen an Umpire call for Hawk-Eye. Very interesting.

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wow
she was intimidated by Serena

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Re: Did The Chair Umpire Just Challenge a Line Call?

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I don't think so. It was a pretty good call. The linesman was unsighted, the umpire was probably unsure of the call so she called for a challenge. To me, that's using the new technology in a very smart way. Kudos to the umpire.
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Re: Did The Chair Umpire Just Challenge a Line Call?

What do you mean by the linesman was "unsighted"?
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exactly but i think it says on rules they can challenge if the umpire its in doubt too!

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What do you mean by the linesman was "unsighted"?

It means that due to conditions, the line of sight between the linesman's eyes and the ball was blocked (usually the player or her racquet were in the way).
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yeah...wtf was that all about?
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Re: Did The Chair Umpire Just Challenge a Line Call?

Odd situation, but Alison Lang handled it VERY well.
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The Umpire are not really supposed to over-rule on the far side. What she did was correct. She saved both players a challenge.


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That was really smart of her to do and I enjoyed it.

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I thought it was kind of ridiculous. If Serena thought the ball was out she should have challenged it.
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I thought it was kind of ridiculous. If Serena thought the ball was out she should have challenged it.
Serena's initial reaction to it was that someone had called it out, not that he thought it was out, the lines person might have made some sorta signal or whatever...then she decided she thought it was <*******> this far out ....
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I thought it was kind of ridiculous. If Serena thought the ball was out she should have challenged it.
Serena wasn't necessarily saying that the ball was out; she was saying that the linesman who called it in couldn't see the ball clearly because she was in his way. Alison Lang agreed and asked for the review, which proved the linesman right.

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