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This loss stung more than most: Lauren Davis encounters angry wasp at Sony Open

Mar 25, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

2013 Sony Open Tennis - Day 7 Getty Images

If you’re a fan of vintage tennis posters — or, you know, hot chicks — the you may be familiar with ‘Tennis Girl’. That’s the photo of 18-year-old Fiona Butler showing her mostly bare backside, shot by her boyfriend, Martin Elliott, and made into an iconic, best-selling poster in the 1970s.

Lauren Davis of the U.S. made somewhat of a recreation of that shot on Sunday during Day 7 of the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Florida. She was stung by a wasp following the second set of her match against Alize Cornet of France.

Did you know there are more than 100,000 species of wasps, and that most feed on pest insects that are harmful to crops? Lauren Davis: not impressed.

The 19-year-old who trains at the Evert Academy in Boca Raton, insists the wasp sting did not have an effect on her 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Alize Cornet of France, but the heat could not have helped.

Davis was wheeled off the court in a wheelchair following the loss, which had more to do with the heat than the wasp. She says she’s fine now, however.

  1. lewp - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Lucy wasp..

  2. lewp - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I should say “lucky” wasp