Following the controversial ban of Serena Williams' "superhero" catsuit (which, aside from looking cool as hell, was literally worn to keep her healthy and help avoid life-threatening, post-pregnancy blood clots), the tennis player took to the court for Day One of the U.S. Open yesterday in another brilliant sports style moment. "I've been feeling really good in practice". Yeah, the tutu is easy to play in because I practiced in it before.
With no replay allowed for her iconic all-in-one outfit, Williams instead opted for a piece from the Nike, Serena Williams and Virgil Abloh collaboration. She made this known while speaking at a press conference at the US Open.
Williams plays world No. 101 Carina Witthoeft of Germany in the second round, before a possible blockbuster clash against her older sister Venus, who overcame former U.S. Open victor Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation in a three-set match lasting close to three hours. After noting that she wears tight designs to prevent the blood clots she's been experiencing after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian previous year; she said they would "come to an understanding".
None of that mattered against Linette, whom Williams dismissed in 70 minutes as she struck 23 winners and made 18 unforced errors. "Magda, she's such a fighter".
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Linette, the world number 68 from Poland who was facing Williams for the first time, held her own in the early going.
Serena Williams, a six-time victor in NY who is seeded 17th after returning from maternity leave earlier in the year, didn't want to be drawn on playing her sister just yet.
Over the years we've seen her play in a studded biker jacket, a pink leopard print bodycon dress, a white trench coat, and a pleated denim skirt with knee-high sneakers.
In response to the decision, Williams said: "I feel like if and when they know that some things are for health reasons, then there's no way that they wouldn't be OK with it".