BWF Umpire Allegedly Commits CRITICAL Error During the India Open Women’s Singles Quarter Finals
During the women’s singles quarter finals of the 2019 India Open in New Delhi, India, defending champion Beiwen Zhang of the United States fell to China’s He Bingjiao in a nail biter 21-18, 26-24.
However, during the second set, umpire Vrushali Upadhye allegedly made a critical error by failing to see He commit a fault after she seemingly touched the net with her body before the rally ended at 23-23, which would have given Zhang the lead.
Zhang immediately protested, but the umpire disagreed and asked her to continue the match. The commentator during the livestream briefly mentioned that he didn’t believe He Bingjiao had touched the net either.
Shortly after the match, Zhang took to Instagram to voice her disdain in a series of posts.
“Dear All here is slow motion (that’s why not really clear)for the early video . If you review this video, you can clearly see that my opponent’s body touches the net before the bird drops (umpire told me is the shuttle not he body )At this moment the score was 23-23 so it was a VERY important point. I think this was very unprofessional of the umpire to miss this obvious infraction. The outcome of the match could’ve been decided by this point. ( Check Normal speed of video the NET is shaking like crazy ),” Zhang wrote in a second post
“Whoever was watching the live stream today can clearly see what happened . I can’t believe the net was shaking so much that you can tell even from a bad camera angle. Imagine that happening right in front of your (my) eyes…this was a very crucial point and I tried my best to adjust my emotions (even I have poker face this is actually bothering me😂) on court, but unfortunately I couldn’t win the second set. I’m self-funding player play for living , you never know how I feel .easy to say everything. I know I can’t change anything but In game i did immediately protests and this is prove what I see . Back home 36 days remaining . Travel started from 10 December 2018,” she wrote in a third and final post.
Most of the commenters sided with Zhang, while offering her moral support.
Other’s criticized the BWF for not having a system in place to review questionable rallys like this.
The National Football League (NFL) in the United States has an instant replay review process to ensure officials are making the right calls during games. No system of any sort currently exist in the BWF aside from hawkeye to challenge line calls.
The full match is available below.
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