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Tantrum Tweet-ography: Putintseva + Rodionova Burn Up the Desert

Yulia Putintseva came out smelling of roses in the desert Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Christopher Levy.

Yulia Putintseva came out smelling of roses in the desert Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Christopher Levy.

They say third time’s a charm – and in the case of World Tennis Day, it certainly rings true. Starting in Hong Kong and New York in 2013, the event has now become a global effort to increase and celebrate participation in tennis. 

And what better way to celebrate than with a dramatic bagel, courtesy of Anastasia Rodionova and Yulia Putintseva in Indian Wells. 

Two of the more – how shall we put this -“emotional and polarizing” players met in the final round of the Tuesday’s BNP Paribas Open qualifying. An ostensibly unassuming encounter, it was the match plenty of people were looking out for when the schedule of play – nay, the qualifying draw – was announced.

Twitter knew:

The umpires knew:

And the locker room, too:

Unfortunately for everyone who isn’t at the tennis mecca south of Coachella Valley, the match was not streamed. Thankfully, a number of brave souls took to twitter to provide regular updates of the players’ (read: Rodionova’s) shenanigans. The Russian-born Aussie might have eaten a bagel, but it was smeared with drama, arguments, and code violations.

Even before it began, there was something in the desert air:

It was Rodionova, already on fire…

The Australian was broken broken in the first game and Putintseva began acing her opponent..

…that’s when things escalated quickly:

Rodionova lectured on how challenging really works:

Referee Mariana Alves arrived in the SECOND game:

(…and it wouldn’t be the last time, either).

Putintseva celebrated, earning a signature deathglare from her irritated opponent:

Mariana Alves once again tried her best to calm down the situation but to no avail.

Making matter worse, the crowd was extremely pro-Putintseva:

It became a live case study for umpires far and wide:

The madness continued…

By 5-0, all hell broke loose:

Putitseva eventually served out the bagel. Rodionova cried during yet another discussion with Alves. The second set proved to be a calmer affair, perhaps thanks to sister Arina’s words of wisdom.

The Kazakh eventually won, 6-0, 6-4, and the match concluded in unsurprising fashion.

“Handshake? No, thank you, I’m outta here.”

Happy World Tennis Day, everyone.

A massive thanks to the 5 MVPs of the match: Maria, Steph, Christopher, Alyssa, and Romeo.

What did you think of the match? Are you #teamPoots or #teamRodio? Sound off in the comments!

About René Denfeld (202 Articles)
Weather is my business. Tennis is my playground. Born in the year of the Golden Slam. Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have.

2 Comments on Tantrum Tweet-ography: Putintseva + Rodionova Burn Up the Desert

  1. BethannbillyWintour // March 10, 2015 at 11:56 pm // Reply

    Amazeballs! So bummed it wasn’t streamed!


  2. Bloody embarrassing that she’s an ‘aussie’.


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