Maria Sharapova has been accused of bad sportsmanship after taking a lengthy bathroom break during her shock loss to Ash Barty at the Australian Open. . Barty, 22, lost the first set 6-4 before dominating the second, which she claimed 6-1. . ‘Hiding in toilet to upset a competitor… just sad,’ one said, while others accused her of ‘cheating’ in a ‘pathetic attempt’ to halt Barty’s momentum. ‘Sharapova takes a momentum break – sorry bathroom break – after Barty wins the second set,’ one wrote. after going down in three sets to the Queenslander. ‘What do you want me to say to that question?’ she responded when asked if the crowd’s booing affected her performance. ‘I think that’s a silly question to ask.’ Share this article Share Sharapova also took exception to a question about her no longer being able to take meldonium, a drug she used for a decade before being suspended for 15 months after continuing to use it after it was banned. ‘Now that it’s banned and you can no longer take it, is that a struggle physically to deal with it, the demand of a grand slam fortnight?’ she was asked. ‘Is there another question?’ Sharapova fired back. Barty said she had no issues with Sharapova’s break. ‘She’s within the rules of the game. You can take a toilet break, you are allowed one toilet break per match,’ Barty said. ‘I think she just went to the locker room as opposed to the one that was close to the court. There is nothing I can do. ‘I just have to wait, and I know she was playing by the rules that are in the rule book. It didn’t bother me at all.’ . If she can topple Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova in Tuesday’s quarter-finals, she will face either Kerber’s surprise conqueror Danielle Collins, unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or world No.5 Sloane Stephens for a place in the title decider.