Serena Williams opens the US Open in a tutu

Tanya Cunningham
August 29, 2018

Serena Williams made a triumphant return to the US Open on Monday, launching her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam victory with a straight-sets win as top-seeded Simona Halep made dubious history with a first-round exit.

That's what ran through my head as I saw the phenom that is Serena Jameka Williams walk onto the court at the U.S. Open, in a black tutu, looking like a magical girl character from Princess TuTu.

The 23-time Grand Slam champ wore the tights to prevent the same blood clots just like her Black Panther-inspired Nike catsuit was meant to do.

"It's easy to play in, kind of aerodynamic with the one arm free", said Williams. "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", she said.

"There's still several matches to play before you're there", said Williams, about a possible meeting with her sister. "I've been feeling really good in practice".

Now, for those who think this is just a fashion issue, Williams wore the suit to help to prevent blood clots after she had a pulmonary embolism after giving birth to her daughter.

Williams, the victor of 72 career singles titles, has the ability to sense when she has an opponent on the ropes and moved in quickly to deliver the knockout punch, breaking the 68th ranked Pole to open the second.

"Because [men] gotta stop policing us and our bodies, you know women are taught to be ideal and boys are taught to be courageous and it's ridiculous", she told ET at the event. Magda is such a fighter and she's a very hard worker.

She didn't face a break point in the 70-minute match, firing 23 winners and wrapping up the second set in less than half an hour.

Serena Williams' daughter Alexis Olympia will be turning a year old this weekend - but there won't be any party marking the occasion. At just 11 months old, she is already a social media star with over 4 lakh followers on her verified Instagram account.

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