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Amarissa Kiara Toth releases statement after ‘disgusting’ act against Zhang Shuai

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Amarissa Kiara Toth has released a statement after facing a major backlash, claiming that Zhang Shuai “made trouble for herself” in their Budapest match. On Tuesday, Zhang retired her Budapest first-round match against Toth after believing she was robbed and suffering a panic attack on the court. The scenes from the match went viral as many WTA players sent their support to Zhang and called out Toth over her stunning act of unsportsmanship.

“I didn’t understand why she made such a fuss out of it, that she wanted to overrule the judge’s decision. I don’t understand why she didn’t accept it, but she made trouble for herself,” Toth said in a statement. 

What happened in the Toth-Zhang match?

At 5-5, 15/15, on Zhang’s serve, the Chinese’s ball that seemed to be in was called out. Zhang couldn’t believe the call and she had a long discussion with the chair umpire before she requested the supervisor to come to the court. But after one more point played, Toth approached the mark and cleared it with her shoes. As Toth was making her way to the mark, Zhang was heard telling the Hungarian: “Wait, wait, wait, keep the mark. What are you doing? Why would you do that?” Toth responded to Zhang by saying: “Because you’re making problems, that’s why.” At the changeover, the supervisor was called but Zhang was already looking extremely distraught. A few moments later, Zhang retired the match. Just moments after Zhang shook hands with Toth, the Hungarian tennis player was spotted raising her arms in celebration. After seeing the outpouring support she received, Zhang took to Twitter to express her gratitude to everyone who sent her a message of support and encouragement after what happened.

“When you wanted to hit closer to the line, even touched the line still OUT. I love you guys and all girls who support me and stand by my side,” Zhang tweeted after the match.

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