Maria Stirs Controversy Down Under

Well, not really. It was the tennis looker’s father who caused a fuss when he made a throat slashing gesture after his daughter put an end to Justine Henin’s 32 match win streak in the quarter finals of the Australian Open.  While to most people this gesture can be written off, for governing sports bodies such as the WTA or ITF, these gestures need to be dealt with. At least that’s what people thought; Sharapova’s dad would be fined or banned for awhile, etc.  I mean if the NFL outlaws the gesture the ruling bodies of women’s tennis will certainly react to such a threatening gesture, right?  Wrong.  The WTA and ITF didn’t do jack.  They actually made up stories, like it was an inside joke.

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