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Taylor Townsend loves to swing in a dance called NaeNae

Paris: She plays the violin, dances something called the NaeNae and has ridden to the rescue of American tennis just as the shock of Serena Williams' French Open exit was still being absorbed.

Taylor Townsend scores a point
Taylor Townsend scores a point 

Taylor Townsend, the 18-year-old world number 205 and making her Grand Slam debut, rocked up at the Suzanne Lenglen court and held her nerve to see off French number one Alize Cornet 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

She is now coached by Zina Garrison, the 1990 Wimbledon runner-up, who encouraged the teenager's bizarre, arm-twirling dance celebration in the aftermath of her win over Cornet.

"I have been saying since the beginning of the tournament, this dance from Atlanta, called the NaeNae. You guys should look it up, it's pretty cool," she said.

"I was like if I do it, if I win, then I'm going to do a dance. Zina was up there going, Wooh, wooh. I hope I didn't look stupid."

Her ability on the court has already been noticed by Wimbledon champion Andy Murray who tweeted: "How good is Taylor Townsend! #talent."

"What's up, Andy? I love your mom," laughed the American in response. "That's pretty cool. Maybe I'll tweet him back. Maybe I will get a whole bunch of followers."

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