Australian Open 2023: Jelena Ostapenko’s cold handshake with Elena Rybakina after quarter-final loss, live line technology

Jelena Ostapenko has been criticised for her cold handshake with Elena Rybakina after her quarter-final loss in the Australian Open.

The Latvian 17th seed was outclassed 6-2 6-4 by Elena Rybakina on Tuesday as the reigning Wimbledon champion continued her charge towards another grand slam title.

Ostapenko cut a frustrated figure for the entire match, complaining about the live electronic technology and gesturing that the line calls were way off.

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After Rybakina sealed victory with an ace, Ostapenko barely made eye contact with her opponent, giving her a very cold handshake at the net.

Viewers noticed the 2017 French Open champion, who has a history of icy handshakes after her matches, couldn’t get off the court quick enough.

Legendary American coach Brad Gilbert tweeted: “Wow how quick to Penko just walk straight off the courts.”

The incident brought back memories of a rather frosty handshake between Andy Murray and Roberto Bautista-Agut after their third round match.

The fired up Spaniard and the shattered Brit slapped hands and barely made eye-contact as the two didn’t exchange any words before shaking the chair umpires hand.

Ostapenko had rediscovered career-best at the Australian Open, but the 25-year-old has repeatedly stated she has no faith whatsoever in the ball tracking technology that has replaced human linespeople.

“I’m not really happy with the system they are using,” Ostapenko said in her post-match press conference.

“But couple times it was really, like, not even by couple of centimetres.

“It was much more than that. But I cannot do anything about it, because it is the way as it is,” she said.

“But I feel like some lines, sometimes the system is not, how you say, not ignoring, but sometimes the calls are — first of all, they are really late sometimes.

“You already hit the ball, and then you hear ‘out’, which is normally not the way it is with the line umpires.

“And second of all, some balls were quite, how you say, not a little out. They were a bit out and they were not called.

“Honestly, in my personal opinion, I wish it would be the Hawk Eye system and the line umpires, because I feel like that way it’s more precise and (with) much less mistakes, in my opinion.”

Ostapenko said she’d even like to see the return of linespeople.

“To have just the Hawk Eye system, because this is the live system, but to have a Hawk Eye but still have the line umpires,” she said.

“I think it’s also, I don’t know, that way it looks a little better for me on the court how it is.

“Not just the calling-wise but in general how the court looks. Because with no line umpires, for me it looks a little empty.”

Rybakina will face two-time Australian Open Victorian Azarenka in the semi-finals on Thursday.

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