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Russian tennis pro Svetlana Kuznetsova, 31, defeated defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland (7-5, 1-6, 7-5) in Singapore at the Women's Tennis Association finals, and she left it all out there—literally, in the case of her long, thick braid. The athlete asked the umpire for scissors before the start of her third set and quickly chopped off the lengthy locks that were irritating her.

"It was bothering me a lot. When I was hitting the forehands I hit a good shot and it would hit my eye...I thought, 'what's more important? My hair, which can grow, or the match?'"

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Even her opponent approved. "I didn't even know that," said Radwanska. "Good thing she didn't cut her anything else. I think hair is not very important."​

The most famous previous incident of a mid-match haircut was Andy Murray, who cut the front of his hair when playing Rafael Nadal in 2015. Murray, however, still lost.