Venus Williams wins first-round U.S. Open match over Kimiko Date-Krumm despite pesky bee disruption


(Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

The first day of the U.S. Open is proving to be quite eventful, especially the match between Venus Williams and Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm. An upset appeared possible after Date-Krumm took the first set 6-2, but midway through the second set at Flushing Meadows, things started to bug her. Or more apropos, a bug began to attack her.

But before anyone starts thinking the bee was working for Williams, take a look at this photo.


(Mike Segar/Reuters)

Indeed, the bee was an equal opportunity pest, physically and psychologically disrupting both sides’ games. Luckily, the little guy was eventually caught and the match was able to resume.


(Mike Segar/Reuters)

Williams won the second and third sets 6-2 and 6-3 to win the match. She’ll move on to Round 2, which probably, um, stings a little for Date-Krumm…

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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