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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 06:15 GMT 07:15 UK
Russian disqualified in WTA event
Anastasia Rodionova
Rodionova tries to explain where she hit the ball after losing a point
Anastasia Rodionova became only the second player on the WTA Tour to be disqualified from a match when she hit a ball at supporters in the stands.

Germany's Angelique Kerber was handed a 4-6 6-4 1-0 victory at the Cincinnati Open after the Russian smacked the ball at fans cheering for her opponent.

Without warning, Rodionova was defaulted by tournament referee William Coffey for unsportsmanlike conduct.

She said: "I've never seen in my life anyone defaulted in this situation."

In the 36-year history of the tour, the only one other default in the main draw of a tournament was Irina Spirlea who was disqualified in 1996 at Palermo for directing abusive language at an official.

606: DEBATE

Rodionova added: "I'm shocked. I still don't understand why they defaulted me. I'm really upset.

"I had no warning. I didn't hit the ball at anybody. I didn't swear at anybody. I didn't throw my racquet."

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