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Come On, Come Overrule: The Dramatical Doha Devolution

It all began innocently enough.

The battle between two friends and former World No. 1 was a rematch of an earlier encounter at this year’s Australian Open, where Victoria Azarenka eased past Melbourne darkhorse and No. 8 seed Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. Though the Belorussian remained the much lower ranked¬†combatant heading into Thursday’s Doha quarterfinal, a reassuring run through the second week of the first Grand Slam of the season – along with a solid weekend at Fed Cup – has allowed her stock to remain relatively high. The Dane, by contrast, appears to be leveling off; a semifinal finish in Dubai was ultimately obscured by a virus and final set battering at the hands of eventual champion, Simona Halep.

Rising to prominence around the same time Wozniacki and Azarenka certainly have history, particularly at this tournament. At one of the Middle East’s most prestigious tournaments, the two have shared laughter…

…and tears.

Today’s encounter didn’t appear poised to have the same drama, but in retrospect, there were signs from the start that the match would be, if nothing else, interesting.

Playing the second match on Centre Court, the No. 3 seed was immediately perturbed by the conditions:

A blustery day tends to most easily show itself in the serving stats, and today was no different:

Serving down 3-5, Wozniacki hit a second serve that dribbled off the netcord. No call was made, and Azarenka saw it *this* out:

Just when you think Hawkeye will come to save the day, it fails. From there, all hell breaks loose:

While Azarenka demands an overrule, Wozniacki sees the delay as an opportunity to request a first serve.

This moment had everything: umpires, supervisors, even swear words:

There was even laughter through the tears:

Everyone had an opinion, even 2008 US Open giant slayer, Julie Coin #tbt:

And no 2015 moment would be complete without a Vine to capture it all:

When all was said and done, play went on. Wozniacki emerged the more rattled of the two, winning just one more game in a 6-3, 6-1 decision. The handshake was, well, encouraging?

Hope they’re still friends.

Check out the full video, courtesy of @TheOverrule, and let us know what you thought of this WTA-tastic moment in the comments!

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About David Kane (138 Articles)
23-year-old tennis writer. Long Island raised me, @Twitter made me. My hindrances are deliberate; my whole life is thunder. @DKTNNS

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