French Open 2013 - Maria Sharapova wants Hawk-Eye introduction at Roland Garros

Maria Sharapova (credit: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
After being hindered by an incorrect line call at the 2013 French Open on Saturday, Maria Sharapova has called for Hawk-Eye to be introduced at Roland Garros.

Sharapova battled her way past Jie Zheng on Saturday, overturning a 1-4 deficit in the second set to claim a 6-1 7-5 win. The Russian is closing in on a successful title defence in Paris and can now look forward to a fourth round meeting with Sloane Stephens.

Saturday's contest was not without controversy though. Sharapova queried a line call made when she hit a second serve at 3-1 down in the second set, and a television replay proved that the ball had clipped the line. Sharapova had some choice words to share regarding the incident.

"It's not even about the fact of the call, whether it was in and out - or out," she told reporters.

"I think for me it was the fact that the umpire did not recognise that the mark he pointed out was about a foot away from the actual mark. So that's a huge question mark, to begin with.

"All the other Grand Slams have Hawk-Eye. And I know these types of situations, although much more rarely on the clay, happen. Why not? Why don't we have a system like this? I mean, is it a money concern? I don't think so.

"This is just absolute proof that, you know, it's a big point and it can happen in any situation. So, yeah, I hope he's able to acknowledge that that was not the right thing to say."

From years of watching the French Open it's hard to disagree with Sharapova. The assumption that ball marks make it impossible to cheat is misguided, and there are several instances each day where players appear to point to the wrong mark to make their point to the umpire. Hawk-Eye wouldn't be hard to implement, especially for an event as large as the clay slam.

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