Wins and defeats are parts and parcel of the game, but, the sportsman spirit should always be there. However, a few people quite clearly don’t believe in this and one of them is the emerging youngster from China Miss Lin Zhu.
The other day at Indian wells, Lin Zhu was playing against Francesca Schiavone. In the second set of that match, she was wrongly awarded a point by the chair umpire who was probably not focussed enough on the court proceedings.
But, Lin knew quite well that she did not deserve that point as the ball that she had hit had already touched the ground before going to the other side of the court. But, she preferred keeping silence rather than going to the umpire and tell him what had actually happened.
Schiavone even urged her to admit to the umpire that it was not a fair call, but, the teenager refused. She obviously did not want to lose the opportunity of winning that second set and getting levelled with her much senior opponent.
Schiavone was absolutely furious. She could not believe that Lin was lying plain and simple. She kept telling the Chinese player that what she had done was against the spirit of the game and she should not have done that at all.
The television relays that came up proved what Schiavone was saying was right and the Italian even tried to argue with the umpire after that, but, it was all in vain. The call had already been made.
A disappointed Schiavone was seen telling Lin, “It’s not fair. The game isn’t played like this. You cannot lie.”
But, none of those urges affected Lin at all who came back after the break and won the third set as well to win the match.