US tennis superstar Serena Williams is not only known from being an incredible player but also known to be dramatic during her games.
The 38-year-old player, who is currently taking part in the Western and Southern Open, invented her own method to cope with sweltering heat on the court by getting rid of her clothes during a match which she went on to win.
Williams needed three sets to beat lower-ranked opponent Arantxa Rus from the Netherlands and advance to the third round. So, she wouldn’t let a skirt get in her way.
The 23-time major champion who is getting ready to fight for yet another Grand Slam title next week struggled against the less-experienced qualifier who forced her to spend two hours and 48 minutes on the court.
Williams needed a tie-break to secure a hard-fought victory in the match opener 7-6, before losing the second set 3-6. After the set, the players who were playing in the sweltering heat went on a 10-minute break which Williams used to change her outfit.
The US champion took off her skirt which she was wearing from the beginning of the match, leaving a tight-fitting catsuit underneath.
The dress change apparently helped her to feel more comfortable under the burning sun as she reversed the course of the match-winning the third set 7-6.
“Physically, I feel I’m incredibly fit,” Williams said. “I did hit a wall today in the second set, it was so hot. That never happens.”
She will next face No. 13 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece who took consecutive straight-set wins over Coco Gauff and Yulia Putintseva.