25/10/2016 4:04 PM IST

Tennis Player Chops Off Ponytail In Middle Of Match In Bizarre Video

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SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 24: Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia cuts her hair in her singles match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 24, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

This is the bizarre moment a Russian tennis player chopped off her own ponytail in the middle of a match.

Svetlana Kuznetsova was 1-2 down in the third set to world number three Agnieszka Radwańska when she took the unusual step. 

According to the Guardian, she requested a break in play during the WTA opener in Singapore on Monday and a pair of scissors, before hacking off her hair.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova holds a handful of her hair

Once the ponytail was removed, Kuznetsova returned to court where she claimed victory, winning 7-5, 1-6, 7-5.

She later posted a clip of her impromptu haircut on Instagram, with the caption: “Sometimes you gotta do it not by best hairdressers and not at [the] best time.”

Kuznetsova later explained that her hairstyle had been bothering her during play.

According to BBC Sport, she said: “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?’”

This is not the first time a tennis player has been spotted giving themselves an on court haircut. 

While playing Rafael Nadal during last season’s ATP finals, Andy Murray gave himself a quick fringe trim.

It seems that was less effective than Kuznetsova’s haircut, since the British player went on to lose against the Spaniard.

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