They may only be ranked 99 and 105 in the world, but Coco Vandeweghe and Yulina Putintseva made headlines after their three set match in Brussels Open qualifying.
Putintseva c'moned and fist pumped her way to a win over Vandeweghe, but she was not satisfied with letting her racket do the talking. Vandeweghe claimed on Twitter that her 18 year old opponent insulted her after the match.
I have never played a person with worst sportsmanship... Putintseva...— CoCo Vandeweghe (@CoCoVandey) May 20, 2013
...How can anyone comment on my game style after you have already won the match in such a negative way is unbelievable!...— CoCo Vandeweghe (@CoCoVandey) May 20, 2013
Her exact words were "You are a terrible player only serve. I win all the rallies" that comment is totally uncalled for...— CoCo Vandeweghe (@CoCoVandey) May 20, 2013
...and on top of it your father clapping while you say this haha, unreal! #venting— CoCo Vandeweghe (@CoCoVandey) May 20, 2013
It wasn't long before Putintseva saw the tweets and wrote her own reply.
And by the way saw a twit of Coco... Wont comment much!Really surprise that people can act like that after losing to younger player:p— Yulia Putintseva (@Yulka1995P) May 20, 2013
The Kazakh player's behaviour has landed her in hot water before. She received a code violation for profanity and a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct at the 2011 US Open. She's known for smashing rackets, fist pumping double faults and errors, and she has a father that encourages her behaviour. Putintseva may have mentioned her youth in her tweet, but that's no excuse for her acting like she does.
According to tennis.com, the WTA is looking into whether Putintseva or her father can be fined for unsportsmanlike conduct.