Coffee and bagel served up in Serena's win

Mon Jan 5, 2015 3:43am EST
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(Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams credited an on-court coffee for her recovery after she stormed back from a first set bagel to beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta in her opening match of the year at the Hopman Cup on Monday.

The 33-year-old American looked all at sea during the first 19 minutes of the early morning match in a sweltering Perth but the caffeine hit did just the trick as her serve clicked into gear for a 0-6 6-3 6-0 win.

"I'm so jet lagged and Flavia played really, really well and yeah, everyone needs coffee every now and then. I needed coffee to get my feet moving," Williams said in an on court interview to roars of appreciation from the crowd.

"I wanted coffee with my bagel and whatever coffee it was, it was really good."

Williams had asked a ball girl to get her the hot drink fix but was initially unsure if it was allowed.

"I am a coffee drinker. I didn't have mine this morning and I was just feeling it, so I just had to get some coffee into me," she told reporters later.

"I just asked them to get me a shot of espresso. I asked them if it was legal, because I've never done it before."

The 18-times grand slams singles champion is aiming for a sixth Australian Open in Melbourne later this month and is using the round robin mixed team event as preparation for the year's first grand slam.

She watched on from the stands and pumped her fists in delight as compatriot John Isner beat Fabio Fognini 5-7 7-5 7-6 (4) to give the U.S. the victory, with the duo making it a clean sweep by staving off match points to win the mixed doubles.   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. plays a forehand shot to Flavia Pennetta of Italy during their women's singles tennis match at the 2015 Hopman Cup in Perth, January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer