Why is it that the quality of the officiating seems to get worse when the hotheads play?
OPEN PAIR REPORTED FOR SWEARING
January 7, 1987
Sydney Morning Herald
Two players in the $230,000 Family Circle NSW Women's Open at White City yesterday were reported for swearing during a fiery match.
The players, England's Ann Hobbs and Canada's Helen Kelesi, exploded after some very doubtful decisions during their three-set second-round match.
Tournament referee Bill Gilmour was at the end of the court when Hobbs yelled out to a group of English supporters in the stand.
She was serving for the match when two serves which appeared to be clean aces were both called faults.
"That's two f---ing aces I have served that have been disallowed," she yelled.
Gilmour went on to the court at the end of the game. He told the umpire, Peter Duncan, what had happened and Hobbs was issued with a code violation.
At the end of the game, which she lost, Hobbs yelled at the supporters again.
In the tense finish, Kelesi lost the match on another doubtful call.
With the crowd yelling, the umpire did not hear the call of "out". He asked the linesman to repeat the call. The linesman said the ball was "out", which gave Hobbs the match 7-6 6-7 6-4.
It was a very doubtful call and Hobbs probably reasoned that it made up for the two services that were called faults in the previous game.
With tears streaming down her face, the Canadian girl stormed off the court without shaking hands.
Hobbs went over and shook hands with Kelesi, who was sitting and fuming.
Kelesi said later she would consider forfeiting if she was ever drawn in a match umpired by Duncan.
As Kelesi walked off the court she yelled at Duncan: "You are f---ing incompetent."
That was also reported.
In the second set Duncan was advised that Kelesi could be receiving some outside coaching.
Duncan soon after warned Kelesi about receiving coaching from a male spectator.
The incidents are now in the hands of Pam Whytcross, the new tour director who has a tough situation in this, her first major tournament since her appointment.
Both players were highly critical of the standard of umpiring and line calling and it seemed that there was some justification for their complaints.
It was a day of high drama.
The major upset of the day was the 6-4 6-2 defeat of the fourth-seeded Claudia Kohde-Kilsch by the improved Japanese player Etsuko Inoue.
Inoue, who is ranked 80th in the world and is on her fifth trip to Australia, had to finish off an uncompleted match before going into her second-round clash against the tall West German.
With the scores locked at one set all when bad light stopped play on Monday night against Ann de Vries, Inoue had to battle to take out the deciding third set 7-5 to win the match 7-6 4-6 7-5.
The gritty Japanese player was far too consistent yesterday for Kohde-Kilsch, who was very tentative and at no stage seemed likely to produce the quality of tennis to win.
It was the first time in four matches that Inoue had beaten Kohde-Kilsch, the highest ranked player she has beaten.
For Elizabeth Smylie it was a disappointing day when she was eliminated in three gruelling sets by the tall South African Elna Reinach, 6-2 3-6 6-3.
The two players had a tough match in Brisbane last week but on that occasion Smylie won 6-4 in the third set.
She thought she had a better chance if she stayed back and rallied with the South African, but it did not work.
Reinach, who hits a double-handed backhand with unerring accuracy, relished the opportunity to play the match from the back court and generally outrallied the Australian girl.
Smylie trailed 2-0 in the second set but fought back and took the set. Her failure to get her returns back at critical stages in the third set was a match decider.
Pam Shriver, second seed for the tournament, looked in excellent touch when she crushed Sara Gomer 6-1 6-2 to go into the third round.
Shriver is enjoying her tennis, and while there is the usual intensity in her play she is not as demanding of herself off the court.
She has other diversions from her sport. She is involved in projects in her home city of Baltimore, she is promoting her book and her holiday home has just been completed.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend Shriver organised a tennis weekend which raised about $180,000 for one of her favourite charities.
"In my weeks off I don't feel I have to practise three hours a day," she said.
"If I have 10 days off I won't hit for five days and I know if I stay in shape by riding a bike or doing my weight work then it takes only three or four days to get my eye in.
"I find that I don't get sick of it as much. That's what Martina (Navratilova) does.
"She will go ski-ing for two weeks then about five days before the event she will start to hit again.
"You get a little smarter as you get older, fortunately."
Wendy Turnbull had a strong 6-1 6-1 win over Terry Holladay and was pleased with the result of some hard work she has done since the disappointment of being beaten early in the Brisbane tournament.
Twelfth-seeded Jo Durie, a former titleholder, double faulted on match point to lose to Camille Benjamin 7-5 6-4, while another seed, Dianne Balestrat, was forced to withdraw from the singles and doubles.
Balestrat was taken to hospital yesterday with a viral infection but she was released and expects to play in the Ford Australian Open starting at Kooyong next Monday.