On Friday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to lace up his tennis shoes and trade ground strokes with one of the greatest tennis players in the world, Serena Williams.
In a match that might have been dubbed "The Volley at Vanderbilt," Morgan and Williams suited up for a showdown from the exclusive club inside New York's Grand Central Terminal:
"I'm from Britain, Serena's obviously from America," noted the host. "This is kind of a tennis version of the Ryder Cup."
But staring across the net at a 13-time Grand Slam champion, Morgan needed to level the blue, hard-court playing surface. For that, he called upon a previous edition of tennis' "Battle of the Sexes."
"Billie Jean King was tweeting earlier, some advice for me," he shared. And with that, out came two 1970's era wooden tennis racquets.
"What's good enough for Billie Jean," said Morgan of the woman who defeated Bobby Riggs in 1973's "Battle of the Sexes II." "Is going to be good enough for you, Serena."
Set to the soundtrack of "Eye of the Tiger," 2012's mixed-gender match featured grunting and gamesmanship, serves and celebrations. And also, an equipment upgrade:
"Just to clarify, the four-time winner of Wimbledon, doesn't want to play with the old racquets," explained the host.
But changing "tools" couldn't change the inevitable, as after a vigorous rally, a stunning, crosscourt backhand drop shot by Morgan set up a Grand Slam-worthy victory cry:
"Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!" bellowed the Brit.
Only in America, the host consoles the champ: "Don't get down, you're a good player. You will come again, you will. Thank you for a nice game."
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