In terrifying, bee-related news, a winged nemesis of humanity swooped down to wreak havoc at the U.S. Open on Monday afternoon.
The bee’s reign of terror began in the second set when it zipped in to interrupt a Date-Krumm serve. Wisely, the 43-year-old pro immediately went into a self-preserving waltz with the flying scourge.
Her face was brave. Her fear was real.
Unable to shake the bee, Date-Krumm valiantly served up several balls with the pest whipping around her face.
ESPN’s Pam Shriver couldn’t believe the pro managed to soldier through the serves.
“I don’t know how [Date-Krumm] served the last point,” Shriver said during the broadcast.
“I don’t know why she’s not taking a swing,” added former pro and current ESPN analyst Mary Joe Fernandez.
Three ball people (ball persons?) attempted to corral the insect before it disappeared into thin air.
The match resumed for a short while before the bee returned for two more interruptions.
Clearly, this insect was some kind of shadow agent—a Black Ops assassin on a kamikaze mission from the Hive Mind with clear instructions to sacrifice itself for the colony.
Williams stood up to the menace, using her racket to bat the bee into a ball boy’s towel, where it met its demise.
Williams went on to win the match in three sets. Afterward, Shriver asked the winner who was tougher competition: the bee or opponent?
“The bee was a challenge, but easily the answer is Kimiko,” Williams said.
Don’t tread on us, bees. We know what you’re up to. You’re highly organized food-chain climbers with plans to wipe out humanity and create super hives in our thriving metropolises.
Picking off our best and brightest one by one? Not happening. Just be glad Serena Williams wasn’t on the court. She would’ve picked this pollen sucker off with a cross-court fastball immediately.
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