Sting in the tail: Tennis teen Davis suffers wasp attack on the backside at Sony Open… and accidentally recreates iconic poster
10:54 GMT, 25 March 2013
16:04 GMT, 25 March 2013
This is not a recreation of Martin Elliott’s iconic tennis poster from 1976 but something altogether more painful.
When 19-year-old Lauren Davis lost her third-round match at the Sony Open, it was not just the defeat that stung.
During the gruelling defeat by world No 36 Alize Cornet under the Florida sun, the American was stung by a wasp on her backside.
Wasp attack: Lauren Davis was stung on the backside while playing Alize Cornet (or should that be hornet)
She was in obvious pain and battled on to lose 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 but she refused to blame her defeat on the wasp's sting.
The pictures of Davis resembled the iconic poster taken by photographer Elliott of a female tennis player, his girlfriend at the time, that sold more than two million copies.
Heat stroke: Cornet collapses in the Florida heat during the match
Escape route: Cornet is escorted from the court in a wheelchair, as was her stung rival
Temperatures on court soared to well over
32C and both Davis and Cornet were left so physically exhausted by such
a long match in the humidity that both players left the court in
Iconic: The image shot by Martin Elliot (left) has been recreated before – unintentionally by Maria Sharapova
Kylie Minogue (see below)
Laura Robson passed up the chance to become British No 1 on Friday night, beaten in three sets in the second round defeat by Cornet.
The 19-year-old started well but, in a match which lasted two hours 36 minutes but was stretched over seven hours due to rain delays and power cuts in Miami, the 32nd-seeded Frenchwoman emerged a 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 winner.
Old times: Fiona Walker, at 53, poses with a picture of herself as the 18-year-old 'Athena tennis poster girl'
And who could forget…