Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova entered the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time since 2008 on Sunday despite becoming involved in a row with the chair umpire over on-court coaching.
The 31-year-old 13th seed battled back from 2-5 down in the final set to defeat American 18th seed Sloane Stephens 6-7 (1), 6-2, 8-6 and set up a last-16 clash with defending champion Serena Williams.
But the Russian was hit with a code violation for coaching early in the final set which prompted a bitter exchange with umpire Marijana Veljovic.
“I’m just doing my job,” said the official.
“Well, you’re not doing it very well,” responded Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open champion and 2009 French Open winner.
Kuznetsova inisted that she was not being coached by Hernan Gumy, claiming he was only passing on encouragement.
“It’s really frustrating,” said the three-time quarter-finalist.
“She warned me but I said, ‘did you hear what he said?’ I told her he talks a lot.
“He just said, ‘great job, keep going’. It’s very frustrating. I lost a little momentum after that but I managed to fight back.”