Monday, March 25, 2013

Lauren Davis gets stung on backside during Sony Open match

When Lauren Davis lost her third-round match at the Sony Open in Miami Sunday, it wasn't just the defeat that stung.  The 19-year-old also had to deal with a wasp sting to her behind.

During the gruelling loss to No.36 Alize Cornet under the hot Florida sun, a wasp buzzed Davis and stuck its little stinger right in her backside.

Davis was in obvious pain but refused to blame her 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 defeat on the insect's sting.  The heat was another thing though.

Davis started the match — which lasted two hours and 36 minutes — with on-court temperatures soaring into the 90's with high humidity.  WTA rules let both players takes a 10-minute heat break at the end of the second set. But by the end of the third, the ladies were so exhausted they had to be wheeled off the court in wheelchairs.

Davis — who trains with Chris Evert's brother John — got off to a great start against the experienced Frenchwoman before the heat took its toll.

“My energy level started to drop and she broke back before I actually won the set,” said Davis. “It got a lot hotter and the points were long. She played well in the end and just wore me down.”

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