Serena Williams plays against Venus in the tennis tournament in New York City

Tennis superstar Serena Williams and her sister Venus played in The Tie Break Tens tennis tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday. This is Serena's first professional tournament after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, on September 1, 2017.

Serena Williams plays against Venus in the tennis tournament in New York City

Serena dealt with severe complications following the high-risk birth of her first child. She suffered from blood clots and her heart rate dropped after delivering her baby via C-section.

The 36-year-old also has to contend with a case of unsightly post-pregnancy cellulite. Serena wore black compression capri leggings under her tennis skirt to conceal the unsightly lumps during a match on Monday.
SEE ALSO: Medical Minute - Cellulite: Causes and Tips to Get Rid of It
Experts say more women have cellulite today because women wear less panty hose/stockings. Panty hose acts as a compression hose, reducing swelling and promoting better blood flow to the legs.

Serena Williams plays against Venus in the tennis tournament in New York City

Cellulite usually appears on a woman's buttocks, hips and thighs beginning at age 25 and can affect girls as young as teenagers.

As young women start approaching menopause, estrogen production decreases and fat begins to accumulate and protrude due to decreased blood circulation in the legs and buttocks.

Scientific American suggests wearing less panties with elastic and wearing more thongs (make sure the thongs are 100% cotton).

Also, wearing panty hose (with loose or no panties) helps to promote blood flow to your legs.

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  • ShelbyMoore
  • ShelbyMoore

    Experts say more women have cellulite today because women wear less panty hose/stockings. Panty hose acts as a compression hose, reducing swelling and promoting better blood flow to the legs.


    I bet these so called experts are men. Well, they can keep that shat. Panty hose/stockings are itchy af. Nobody can't force me to wear them shats. If I do, it's because I want to.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    So this is the news today, huh?! This girl just had a baby. Let me see you pop one out Auntie, and then show the world what your body looks like. Every one has cellulite!!! EVERYONE!! You reaching Sandy.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    I was just writing my post, pressed enter and saw this. #perfect

  • justlooking

    MY grandmother had me in a girdle, slip and pantyhose and slip at age 12 on Sundays.

    I was a mere 60 pounds.

    Rubbing lotion on your body helps as well. That spary on lotion is not going to help.

  • ShelbyMoore

    I went through that mess to. And, when I have kids, they don't have to worry about that. Fiyah bun panty hose.

    What uncomfortable, restrictive items have men worn in history that's as uncomfortable as they things that they make for or suggest that women should wear?

  • MoniquetheGeek

    So she's wearing compression leggings to hide cellulite and not to compress an injury? Gotcha.

  • Karen Brady

    Experts say all women even thin ones have cellulite. Can it be unattractive and a pain in the ass? Sure. But it's life. Next.

  • Nophace

    Throw shade much Sandy?!? Smdh

  • MoniquetheGeek

    I bet these so called experts are men
    Don't forget the thong part...definitely screams man/stud-logic.

  • MsChocCookie

    Auntie, please it's called life.......Next Case!!

  • ShelbyMoore

    Right...she's stretching them arms boy. Reaching like a mug.

  • Kemi

    Wow hitting below the belt in this write up.... I guess the moral of this write up is to never get pregnant or be human!

  • You Could Never

    Body shaming post of a new mom. So classy.

  • Shawty

    Why we can't just say glad to see her back out there. I know I am! I actually watch when she's playing.

  • iWasteTime

    No we are not about to do this.
    She fresh of a WHOLE person coming out of her.
    She not doing to much though? Cause yesterday another mom was ...

  • i troll it like i see it

    Well she's a mama now, her body will never be totally the same again.

  • Noirluv45

    This is why I always hated those bragging "post baby body" posts because it gives people the impress that women that are slender before giving birth are supposed to walk out the hospital the same way after giving birth. Realistically, it doesn't work that way even though there are some women who lose the weight fast, but those who don't should've be shamed.

    There is no way in the world I'm wearing a thong. I don't want anything flossing my butt and they look uncomfortable.

  • JoJoDancer

    Her cellulite is still more fierce than most people's muscles.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    Serena is one of the greatest athletes of all time. Her record cannot be matched. With that said, she'll probably have to get a little leaner to get back to her prime competitive status. Poor thing's legs and ankles look swollen.


    Really!!! isn’t this something that all women go through? She still looks great?????. Let’s focus on the positive stuff.

  • SandraRose

    Because this is a teachable moment.

  • SandraRose

    This is a teachable moment. That's all.

  • McKay

    Still one of the sexiest women I have ever seen. Sexy nuh rass....

  • stav

    This is so petty, so what? Do you have cellulite Sandra? She's not the first nor last ... now what?


    so she never gonna where shorts again ???Maybe she was in the mood to wear leggings.. She wore them plenty times in her career.

  • Connie

    Serena reads this blog. This is just an attempt by Sandra to get Serena to post some snap back pics so Sandra can drool y'all

  • Kim’s Original Face

    listen I would rather have her cellulite and money than mines!

  • Yardgirl

    Serena wore black compression capri leggings under her tennis skirt to conceal the unsightly lumps
    Yeah right!! Those leggings are a fashion choice. That woman's body fat has to be in the lowest percentile for women and lower than the average man. We should all be so lucky to have her body issues *kanye shrug*

  • Jethro
  • Trace da Ace

    The 36-year-old also has to contend with a case of unsightly post-pregnancy cellulite. Serena wore black compression capri leggings under her tennis skirt to conceal the unsightly lumps during a match on Monday.
    really Sandy??? I'm gonna need receipts to verify this.....

  • Applebootay

    I mean really!!! So you just don't GAF hun Sandra? She just had a baby, that's why she's wearing leggings, she put on weight...her muscles are toned and skin is TIGHT ...that whole medical minute was a total waste of time. You don't have any kids, so I understand the ignorance...and post-pregnancy cellulite isnt even a thing....stawp it!

  • Applebootay

    She's having a slow she straight playing...

  • ?Royalty?

    Petty petty. ??

    Some of us are over 25, over 30 and just don't suffer from cellulite, period.

  • Nikkiknows

    But how did she play, tho? No one cares about her cellulite...

  • Liah

    Shady BOOTS!##STOPIT

  • Jethro

    Have you seen the alleged cellulite or are you just assuming? I've followed Serena's career from day 1 and have seen her play in leggings plenty of times.

  • Ebony Starr

    I was there last night. Serena was having the time of her life and she is happy to be back on the court. I was happy for her.

  • You Could Never


  • Vixen

    Could it be the fact that she's married now?

  • Tausha T. W.

    Of course they want us to wear thongs

  • Trace da Ace

    girl and she is....cause we ALL know that Serena can mule kick Sandy into infinity with them legs.....#legdayon1000

  • Guess Who

    Wow, you dead azz talking about Serena Williams and her possible cellulite, huh?

  • Drape Tomania

    Wear, not where shorts u moron.

  • SweetTEE

    Auntie, you tripping. She was in tip top shape before that baby..Im sure she is snapping back just fine. Those calfs and thighs still look tight, I doubt theres cellulite to hide. Now that booty probably spread a little or maybe she has the tights that cover her belly so it can snap back

  • MsPam

    Can someone point out her cellulite, I can’t see it through the tights!?

  • KLo

    SR go get a mirror and a scale. That being said, how's your compression stockings ? You mud duck

  • MrsHBC

    Oh Sandra, please stop reaching! She’s wearing compression tights to lessen the chance of getting another blood clot! I’m so happy she’s back on the court!

  • Lady_Elle

    So what!!!
    I would too!
    She needs to continue with her livelihood!!!
    Make that $$$ Serena!

  • A D N

    Happens to the best of us. I hope she takes some time and relax. Or maybe that is what she needs to do; work.

  • James Hudson

    Who cares? She's healthy, happy, & has a new baby, she's never been on drugs Or alcohol, didn't date multiple men black or white, never been involved in a scandal, One of the greatest of all time & paved the way so that a Sloan Stevens could exist....Why you hatin on Serena?

  • zero options

    Maybe she's wearing them because it's kinda cold up there!

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Andddddddd? Girl bye! I don't even have kids but im in my 30's and my cellulite is poppin in too. Hell i ran to buy a bunch of compressing leggings and i drink more water and still it rises. Dont come for selena shit

  • Quitedeliteful

    Serena looks good... She's thicker than a snicker but she's in shape...

  • Glowing

    She looks beautiful. She definitely has the glow of a new mommy. And for the haters, her face looks more feminine than ever.

  • Renee26

    Stop hating Sandra...if the woman had blood clots then the compression pants are for circulation. Her legs are still firm and muscular

  • Jennifer

    Serena is way too muscular to have cellulite. Gotta have some body fat to have it and sista girl ain't got much! I ? Serena! In her, we have our own, real life Wonder Woman.


    The skirt is awful....

  • Marlika

    Serena seems like such a sweet young lady. ?

  • Ang

    What type of b.s. headline is this? Tennis players wear leggings under the skirts all the time. Some don't even swear skirts. This level of hating is not cute.

  • Upgrade

    Dayum! ?

  • suganspice68

    I am so happy for her too! I hope that Venus will be lucky in love with a good man too.

  • gro$$

    I bet its for muscle recovery, she had to slow her training from all the complications from delivery. shes a strong woman, all the way physically and mentally! I dont believe she has time to worry about haters bringing up cellulite criticisms.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    If her & her sister wore them instead of flashing their whoLe asses during matches I think I could stomach watching the sport. It should be regulation that the players don't get to play semi nude just bc they're from compton&"thick ". It's bad enuff they hv the white girls grunting like imbeciles... thank god most players hv2wear clothing that covers their body appropriately., &maybe her high risk pregnancy is her high risk karma,,,

  • 90’sBawdy

    “&maybe her high risk pregnancy is her high risk karma,,,” Really?????

  • 90’sBawdy


  • Shawty

    What are we teaching here, how to throw shade?

  • missarewa

    I've never seen Serena look better! I hope to see her at the Open this year

  • Lucy

    SMH... So sad that people have to put others down to build themselves up. She look s great.

  • Legacy

    Exactly! She is solid anyway. I doubt they would be that noticeable if she did have any.

  • chrissy w

    Was the red, black and green coincidental or nah?

  • Smoke

    Aww damn here comes the shade.....if they are compression leggings then she isn't hiding her legs they are helping her....stop ya nonsense miss girl

  • Smoke

    Now why would you say something so cruel about her pregnancy....having a high risk pregnancy is a very scary time for an expectant mother because you and your baby can's clear you don't have a heart


    come on now...yaw know she bounced back after that baby...stop being petty! Shes in great shape and who cares IF she has cellulite

  • Smoke

    Facts....and we all know if anyone can teach us how to throw shade miss Sandy definitely has a phd in it....

  • Goodii2Shoes

    lol, ijs, if you had my perspective you might speculate similarly

  • Minkie Babie

    Slave mentality. But this blog has be purchased a long time ago.

  • SandraRose

    Do you have the receipts to prove it?