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Serena sees funny side of male streaker

AFTER more than a decade on tour, Serena Williams knows better than most the importance of avoiding unnecessary distractions on the court.

Yet even the American's famed powers of concentration were tested when a male streaker dashed onto court and started dancing while she was playing doubles with sister Venus on yesterday.

"I saw him jump over and then I noticed he didn't have underwear on. I thought 'Okay, I must be seeing things'," Williams told reporters after beating China's Peng Shuai in singles today.

"Then he disappeared, and I was like 'Okay, so he's not coming'. But then I saw him, he recovered I guess, and ran out on the court.

"I was thinking, I hope he doesn't come, because he was pretty close to me and V (Venus).

"I was like, I hope he doesn't come, he's too close. I thought, 'this is crazy'.

"(It) doesn't really happen too much. I just thought, my eyes, my innocent eyes."

The man, naked from the waist down, performed an impromptu jig on the court for less than a minute before running away.

He was later caught by security staff and handed over to police before being charged with offensive behavior.

Williams said she had never really feared for her safety but did admit the incident left her with a bad case of the giggles.

"In those type of moments, it seems really long, but it was weird," she said. "It was just funny and everyone was was interesting."


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