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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Confused ball boy delivers odd mid-match request


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Gutsy Venus Williams has saved five match points before her 21st US Open campaign was ended by Elina Svitolina.

Williams also had a peculiar moment on court during a break in play after the first set, where a ball boy was called on to deliver some coffee to her.

A member of her team was seen passing a coffee cup to the ball boy and ordering him to take it to Williams, however as she walked into the tunnel he was comically turned back from the restricted area and ended up doing half a lap of the court back and forth before placing the beverage at her player's bench courtside.

"Looks like Venus wants a coffee. We've seen that before from Serena," commentator Sam Smith remarked during the match broadcast.

"Need some caffeine!" Another commentator remarked.

"Half a step faster," Smith said after the ball boy missed Williams. "Venus just going off for a bathroom break.

"Oh dear, what is he going to do with the coffee?"

Venus Williams' coach hands a coffee to a ball boy to deliver to the tennis star

Williams did a similar thing at the Cincinnati Masters, requesting her coach get her a coffee during a changeover.

Unfortunately the coffee kick didn't help Williams at her home slam on Thursday.

Serving to stay in the match, the 39-year-old American did show her never-say-die spirit remains undimmed in a marathon penultimate game.

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She forced Svitolina to serve for the match but the Ukrainian fifth seed eventually crossing the line for a 6-4 6-4 victory on Wednesday.

"It was a really incredible match," Svitolina said.

"It was really special. It's unbelievable what Venus does, on and off the court she is a big inspiration.

"I had to stay very focused and try to put an extra ball over the net. She knows how to handle moments like this, it was incredibly tough and only a few points decided the match."

Third seed Karolina Pliskova is also through to the third round, the 27-year-old from the Czech Republic beating Georgia's Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1 6-4.

Also advancing is Madison Keys, who eased through after a slow start and an early loss of serve to beat China's Zhu Lin 6-4 6-1.

The 10th-seeded Keys, who lost in the 2017 US Open final to fellow American Sloane Stephens, struck 31 winners in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

Zhu, who exited the first three Grand Slams of the year in the first round, converted two of three break point opportunities but struggled to cause problems for her opponent.

"I think she came out and she was playing really well," Keys said of Zhu.

"I just kind of stuck to my game and knew that I'd have and opportunity and stayed calm."

- with AAP

Gutsy Venus Williams has saved five match points before her 21st US Open campaign was ended by Elina Svitolina.

Williams also had a peculiar moment on court during a break in play after the first set, where a ball boy was called on to deliver some coffee to her.

A member of her team was seen passing a coffee cup to the ball boy and ordering him to take it to Williams, however as she walked into the tunnel he was comically turned back from the restricted area and ended up doing half a lap of the court back and forth before placing the beverage at her player's bench courtside.

"Looks like Venus wants a coffee. We've seen that before from Serena," commentator Sam Smith remarked during the match broadcast.

"Need some caffeine!" Another commentator remarked.

"Half a step faster," Smith said after the ball boy missed Williams. "Venus just going off for a bathroom break.

"Oh dear, what is he going to do with the coffee?"

Venus Williams' coach hands a coffee to a ball boy to deliver to the tennis star

Williams did a similar thing at the Cincinnati Masters, requesting her coach get her a coffee during a changeover.

Unfortunately the coffee kick didn't help Williams at her home slam on Thursday.

Serving to stay in the match, the 39-year-old American did show her never-say-die spirit remains undimmed in a marathon penultimate game.

https://twitter.com/tumcarayol/status/1166805328807309313

She forced Svitolina to serve for the match but the Ukrainian fifth seed eventually crossing the line for a 6-4 6-4 victory on Wednesday.

"It was a really incredible match," Svitolina said.

"It was really special. It's unbelievable what Venus does, on and off the court she is a big inspiration.

"I had to stay very focused and try to put an extra ball over the net. She knows how to handle moments like this, it was incredibly tough and only a few points decided the match."

Third seed Karolina Pliskova is also through to the third round, the 27-year-old from the Czech Republic beating Georgia's Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1 6-4.

Also advancing is Madison Keys, who eased through after a slow start and an early loss of serve to beat China's Zhu Lin 6-4 6-1.

The 10th-seeded Keys, who lost in the 2017 US Open final to fellow American Sloane Stephens, struck 31 winners in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

Zhu, who exited the first three Grand Slams of the year in the first round, converted two of three break point opportunities but struggled to cause problems for her opponent.

"I think she came out and she was playing really well," Keys said of Zhu.

"I just kind of stuck to my game and knew that I'd have and opportunity and stayed calm."

- with AAP

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