Serena Williams struggled at the beginning of her 2020 US Open quarterfinal match but managed to turn things around thanks to one incredibly quirky play.
The 23-time major champion was already down a set when she returned a serve from Bulgarian veteran Tsvetana Pironkova using her left hand.
Rather than shifting her feet to hit a forehand shot from her right side, or, as is more conventional, returning the serve with a backhand swing, Williams held the racket with her non-dominant hand and managed to keep the ball in play.
Williams proceeded to win the point, and her lefty return appeared to move the energy enough at Arthur Ashe Stadium Wednesday evening to prod a rebound for the 38-year-old. She proceeded to win the second set 6-3 preceding taking a predominant 6-2 triumph in the third set.
Generally thought about the best tennis part throughout the entire existence of the game, Williams is only one significant title triumph away from tying Margaret Court’s record 24 vocation Grand Slam singles titles.
Williams hasn’t won any of the game’s four significant competitions since she brought home the Australian Open title in 2017, however she’ll proceed onward to confront either Victoria Azarenka or Elise Mertens in the competition elimination rounds on Thursday.