French Open: Irina-Camelia Begu given warning after racket strikes child

Irina-Camelia Begu hits child with racket

Romanian tennis player Irina-Camelia Begu received a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after bouncing her racket into the French Open crowd and hitting a child.

The incident happened during Begu’s second round match against Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia.

Alexandrova had won the first set 7-6, before Begu responded with a 6-3 victory in the second set. With the encounter entering a deciding third set, Begu trailed by two games.

In her frustration, Begu slammed her racket onto the clay court of Roland-Garros. It then bounced off the surface and into the crowd, hitting a child.

The crowd gasped as the umpire jumped out of his chair to call a supervisor, temporarily pause the match, and make sure the child was unhurt.

Begu, who received a warning for her behaviour, also checked on the child. She then posed for photos with him after the match had ended.

Video: Irina-Camelia Begu accidentally hits child with racket at French Open

The 31-year-old embarked on a comeback in the third set and defeated Alexandrova 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. She will now play Leolia Jeanjean, the home favourite who stunned former world number one Karolína Plíšková in the second round.

Begu is on track to match her best finish at the French Open, which was a fourth round exit in 2016.

She has enjoyed more success in doubles, reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garros last year alongside Nadia Podoroska of Argentina.

Romanian tennis player Irina-Camelia Begu

There have already been a number of upsets at the French Open this year, including Plíšková’s shock defeat to Jeanjean.

Defending champion Barbora Krejčíková, Ons Jabeur, Anett Kontaveit, Garbiñe Muguruza, Emma Raducanu, Naomi Osaka and Maria Sakkari are among the stars to exit the tournament in the early rounds.

They have left the route to a sixth successive WTA title clear for world number one Iga Świątek, who is set to play Alison Riske in the second round.

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