Serena Williams is crediting Australian espresso with helping her overcome an 0-6 first set to win her first match of the Hopman Cup in Perth.
“I just asked them to get me a shot of espresso,” Williams, the top-ranked player in the world, said in a post-match press conference. “I asked them if it was legal, because I’ve never done it before.”
Once caffeinated, Williams fell down 1-2 to 12th-ranked Flavia Pennetta in the second set but would only lose one more game, winning the match 0-6, 6-3, 6-0. The Hopman Cup is a prelude to the Australian Open later this month.
Williams said it was a combination of jet lag, an early match start and breaking from her normal coffee routine that caused the sluggish start.
“I needed some espresso. I needed to wake up – the jetlag gets you all the time,” she said. “I wanted coffee with my bagel and whatever coffee it was, it was really good.” She also described the espresso as “miracle coffee.”
In this video, Williams is seen requesting the espresso, which is served to her in a branded, brown paper cup. Let us know if you have any insight into who may have roasted this “miracle coffee.”