At the Women's Tennis Association Finals in Singapore, Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova surprised everyone including her opponent, Agnieszka Radwańska.

She asked for a break in the third set of the round robin opener before settling down to cut her hair with a pair of scissors. The trick did seem to work in Kuznetsova’s favor who went on to win the match 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 with an impressive comeback.

Her actions generated a lot of interest online, and even match commentators speculated over what could have led her to do something like this while the match was still on.

She later clarified her stand by commenting at the post-match conference: “Every time I would hit a good shot, it would hit my eye every time and I had [to] struggle”.

“I thought, ‘OK, what’s more important now, my hair, which I can let grow, or the match?’ I thought, ‘OK, I got to go for it right now’, and that’s it. I was not thinking too much, though.”