WATCH: Anna Kalinskaya defeats Daria Kasatkina to reach the quarterfinals in Guadalajara.


During their time at the Guadalajara Open Akron, the WTA’s elite players have been fighting round by round for the coveted last few spots into the season-ending Finals—but they’ve still found time for a bit of fun and games.

Top seeds and fan favorites including Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Belinda Bencic and more were challenged to pick up and try out traditional Mexican toys—without the instructions.

The women started out confidently with the familiar wooden yo-yo, but then things soon devolved:

They quickly moved on to probably the most emblematic traditional Mexican toy of all, tablitas magicas. A game of interlocking wooden tablets, the toy creates a hypnotizing illusion when it’s handled correctly—as Daria Kasatkina quickly discovered in one particularly hilarious part of the video.

“Bloody hell!” the mesmerized Russian player said in Spanish, before dubbing the toy “magical”. The players also tried some taka taka, a game of clacking balls, and did their best with a bit of balero, a traditional Mexican wooden cup-and-ball game—to varying degrees of success.

Special mention to Leylah Annie Fernandez, though, who should get bonus points for her impeccable pronunciation throughout the video.

The Canadian, who has Uruguayan and Filipino heritage, frequently delights Latin American crowds with her great Spanish, and she was wisely chosen to narrate and name the toys—though when it came time to demonstrate how to play them, she seemed just as in the dark as everyone else.