Bondarenko defeated China's Zheng Jie 5-7 7-6 7-5.

Kateryna Bondarenko serves underarm at the US Open

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Having gone through a gruelling three set match at the US Open, being on match point can be quite a nervous moment for any tennis player.

The nerves are then doubled if you've already sent your first serve into the net, and you've double faulted the previous two points serving from that side of the court.

However, Kateryna Bondarenko was one step ahead and came up with a seemingly perfect solution to this problem. 


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On match point, she served underarm to the bemusement of the fans, the commentators, and her Chinese opponent Zheng Jie.

In an attempt to avoid another double fault, this seemed like a good strategic call from the Ukrainian world number 59. 

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However, that is not how it turned out as, despite the drop in difficulty for a successful serve, Bondarenko wasn't able to serve into the box, meaning it was another double fault against her name, and she eventually lost out on that particular match point.

You can see her attempting an underarm serve in the video below.

After the match, Bondarenko said: "I just did two double faults to that side and I wanted just to keep it in and that’s a matter of how.

"I’ve done it a couple of times before but not on match point"

Bondarenko did go on to eventually win the match, however, fighting back from losing the first set, to claim a 5-7 7-6 7-5 victory over her Chinese opponent.

She will now face the unseeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in the third round.

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