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    Serena Williams uses jolt — of espresso — to win tennis match

    Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Flavia Pennetta of Italy during their third session women's singles match on day two of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TONY ASHBY IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USETONY ASHBY/AFP/Getty Images
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    Serena Williams at the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth on Jan. 5, 2015.

    After losing the first set, 6-0, Serena Williams took a seat. Tired and weary playing in a tournament in Australia, she looked up at the chair umpire.

    “Is it illegal to order an espresso?” she asked. “I mean, I don’t know if it’s allowed. Is it allowed? I’m tired.”

    Someone came over and told her it would be OK. He asked what she would take with it.

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    “Black,” she said. “As black as it gets.”

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    When it came in a paper cup, she gulped it down.

    It must have done the trick.

    She won the next two sets, 6-3 and 6-0.

    “I am a coffee drinker,” she told reporters after the match. “I didn’t have mine this morning and I was just feeling it, so I just had to get some coffee into me.”

    Matt Viser can be reached at matt.viser@globe.com.