Shibahara knocks down Perez with forehand headshot (VIDEO)

Melichar-Martinez/Perez defeated Aoyama/Shibahara 4-6, 6-2, 10-6.

by Claudiu Pop
Shibahara knocks down Perez with forehand headshot (VIDEO)
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During the WTA Finals doubles match between Melichar-Martinez/Perez and Aoyama/Shibahara, Shibahara hit Perez in the head with a strong forehand. Perez fell to the ground immediately but quickly recovered from the hit and went on to grab the victory.

Watch the moment below.

After beating the Japanese pair, Perez and Melichar went on to beat the pair formed of Schuurs and Krawczyk to obtain a place in the semifinals.

There, they meet Dabrowski/Routliffe.

What did Ash Barty taught Ellen Perez

No wonder that Ellen Perez recovered so fast from the Shibahara's headshot. Retired Ash Barty taught her to reach for her goals. "What Ash Barty has taught me; March to the beat of your own drum.

Know who you are, what you want, what makes you happy/fulfilled and go get it. You have given Australia and this sport so much, so thank you! What a career, what a person. Enjoy the next chapter of life mate," Perez tweeted. For context, here's Barty's retirement message.

"Today is difficult and filled with emotion for me as I announce my retirement from tennis. I wasn’t sure how to share this news with you so I asked my good friend @caseydellacqua to help me. I am so thankful for everything this sport has given me and leave feeling proud and fulfilled.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, I’ll always be grateful for the lifelong memories that we created together," Barty wrote. However, Ellen Perez can be considered a doubles specialist (no.22 in the world).

Her singles ranking is not as impressive (455). Maybe that's one of the reasons people always ask her about whether she played Serena instead of being interested about her performance. "Without fail, every time I enter the US and customs asks my purpose for travel and I say tennis, they ask me if I have played Serena Williams,” Perez wrote on Twitter in 2020.