By Sandra Rose  | 

Serena Williams easily won her opening round tennis match at the U.S. Open in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, NY on Monday. She wore a black tutu designed by Virgil Abloh x Nike and a pair of Off-White x Nike tennis shoes designed exclusively for her.

The 36-year-old champ defeated Poland's Magda Linette 6-4, 6-0 to advance to round 64 on Wednesday.

Serena's sister Venus Williams, 38, also won her opening round match in 3 sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, against Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova on Monday.

Serena made headlines last week when the French Open announced it was banning the provocative black catsuits. Serena has won the French Open title three times.

Bernard Giudicelli, president of the French Tennis Federation, said the ban was necessary to bring respectability and decorum back to the French Open.

"I think that sometimes we've gone too far," he said without naming anyone in particular.

But Serena knew he was referring to her -- since she is the only player who wears the sexually suggestive skintight tennis outfits.

The tennis superstar was asked about the catsuit ban at a press conference ahead of the U.S. Open tennis tournament this week.

Serena, who was previously hospitalized with blood clots in her lungs, said she wears the catsuits for medical reasons, not to flaunt her ample curves.

"I think that obviously, the Grand Slams have a right to do what they want to do," Serena said, explaining that she had spoken to Giudicelli and that she had a strong relationship with the French official.

Serena added that she is confident she will get the go-ahead to continue wearing the black catsuits at the French Open at Roland Garros Stadium next year.

"If they know that some things are for health reasons, then there's no way that they wouldn't be okay with it. So, I think it's fine," the tennis legend added.

Check out this tearjerker ad showing 9-year-old Serena being coached by her dad in a new Nike commercial. Dads are so important in a young girl's life.


Photos by MediaPunch / BACKGRID

  • Trace da Ace

    damn...her arms give me goals.....not sure how I feel about the Tu-Tu.......don't think I like it...but oh well..she won so yah!!!

  • Dahl

    Good for her getting back to competitive level and winning...

  • MJF

    not sure how I feel about the arms tbh, too much but for an athlete I guess it comes with the territory

  • Kimocha

    No she DIDN'T have the fishnet stockings on too! Wtf? I'm DONE....

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    “If they know that some things are for health reasons, then there’s no way that they wouldn’t be okay with it. So, I think it’s fine,” the tennis legend added.

    well 'played' Serena. tell them, it's necessary to support your neck and your back! LOL!

    up there talking about "respectability and decorum" yet he probably parades around in a catsuit at the 'mens only' spa, LOL! i do suspect that she's being singled out, but then again, dude did put his foot on Sharapova's neck for doping, and told her she could NOT participate. so.... i'm not That bothered by it... she's still the gold standard and still making millions... maybe it's time to change it up anyway, and continue to GET MONEY BISH!!!

  • TMW

    Are those fishnet compression hose? Asking for a friend.

  • Carrington

    I'm VERY pissed off at how the NTA treats our queen of the court... but, she wears some UGLY $hit on the court. I'm just going to go on record with that thang there.

  • davine puddin

    Talent and personality aside. She still look a hot mess. Just because i am proud of her that dont mean i dont wanna slap my forehead and ask what the hell she has on. White maybe in black black no bueno!

  • Trace da Ace

    she got them "will round house slap a bitch into next year" type

  • SoulfulLove

    I love Serena but Yikes at those pics Sandra chose

  • Bdot

    That's ugly as hell. Rock the catsuit from here on out. F the French

  • Bashi22

    Hmmm that's all i got for now

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Venus is beautifully toned.
    *flexes pre-church mama arm and hangs head*

  • PhillyFacts

    That's right Serena compression helps reduce clotting let them know, them compressed cat suits are "for health reasons"... Love this lol (Tell them mfos you can come butta** naked n they still can't find a European to phuck wit u) #getemgirl

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao @ pre-church mama arm......damn Gina....

  • KLove

    Wow...those are some huge biceps!!

    And who knew you can play Grand Slam tennis in some fishnets!!

  • Judge Mental Will

    please adults don't start wearing tutus in public again! I can't! No! I CAN'T!

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    Artwork in motion!!!!

  • iWasteTime

    That pic ??
    She whooped that woman ass in straight sets though!
    She better work!

  • Rayne

    That looks good on her! Do u see her gunz? I would not attempt to fight that brick house.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    Dang, She is Definitely her FATHERS TWIN! Sheesh! Homegirl is BUILT! I am HAPPY SHE whopped that other players CULO! YASS honey!!! They need to stop dogging my girl out tho

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Damn! That's all I got.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    sorry but nah .... I can not.. ?

  • WhooCares


  • sunni_daze

    So this was the best picture you could find

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Pretty sure she is on a steroid

  • WutizstillHERE!

    To me the lil skirts show MORE bare skin..but yeahokay... they just wanted to see more of her sexy self we get it lol!

  • FukkFolks2018

    Serena had a full ass gun show yesterday. Those arms are not here to play

  • They’re ALL false God’s fools

    @sandrarose Those shoes aren't high tops tho.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Haters in full effect

  • MJF

    LOL right

  • tintin

    wow these photos are atrocious

  • WutizstillHERE!

    I see why they think she is injecting.. but thats awwwwnatural fit black Queen!

  • Solstice
  • Alextra Ballard

    Yall bedda go look at Queen Rere in her Red Stiletto Pumps in her open casket!

  • Li-Wright

    Do NOT LIKE THIS. Why doesn't she wear her sister's athletic wear?

  • Faithz

    I am Just Saying To those who love to trash Serena ...What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it And.. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain, and Better still Skip the post on her, because You can't hurt, are Kill Serena Vibes, she's on to the next big win, Thank You Very Much ~

  • Li-Wright

    Yeh, I saw that. I don't want to see the funeral. I just can't do it.

  • SandraRose

    The photos, or Serena?

  • Alextra Ballard

    That's all Naturale!!!

  • Solstice

    The Detroit Press states that her Cadillac hearse also carried her father and Ms. Rosa Parks ??

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao!!! damn...dude kicked the shit out of ole boy!!!!!!

  • Solstice


  • SandraRose

    They're hi-tops; the socks are part of the shoe. But since some of you are so easily confused by facts, I'll change the description.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!


  • Faithz

    Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it, Keep right on hitting the, Tennis Balls...
    Williams Sisters...

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!


  • Connie

    *cackling too*

  • Connie

    snapped his neck and everything!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i think it's time for me to eat something... i read your comment and gasped. (i read it as if her father and Sis Rosa were IN the hearse, as in, they rode together to the fune). i'm gonna eat and get back to work. i may need to sit the blog out today, (and now i can't stop laughing at myself). i'm not worthy, smh

  • tia

    Serena is a true "stallion" and that Chase commercial is everything. I saw it in my sleep this morning and I had to raise up. Her body is off the charts!

  • Trace da Ace

    lol...its aight dear....its a slooowwww Tuesday.....I aint get shit done....go eat and come back to will feel

  • Trace da Ace

    man...I felt that!!! Had to clutch my pearls and all!!!

  • free

    i just saw them feets! off the damn chain!

  • Sircaput

    huh, whats wrong with the photos?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Yes Ma'am!

  • IAmLegend

    Because Serena is under contract with Nike and Venus owns her line.

  • IAmLegend

    Venus is so beautiful

  • jayhawkpride

    When Serena married the white guy, all of her sex appeal left at once for me!!

  • Coco_Butter

    I hope Serena wins that trophy especially this year to spite them all

  • SayWhatNow?

    I think her outfit is cute and they did't say she couldn't wear fishnets so if they don't like it, put it in writing! But people are worrying about the wrong damn thing I swear. That girl came to WIN and she won baby!

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Lol buddy kicked the hell out of dudes face

  • CookieMobster

    That top pic looks like a man in a dress. She is awesome but dayum

  • Solstice

    Was not playing around!! ?

  • missarewa

    Go Serena!!

  • chaisun

    the man in a dress thing is so played out. she is way more than her appearance. one day, maybe Black people will start to uplift one another.

  • Chuck


  • Soda

    Probably the first word your mom said to you when the nurse handed you to her.

  • Tlowe89

    Ohhh lawd I would never want to get in a fight with Serena. That first pic with that arm ... oh lawd... she is one fit, strong women.

  • Tlowe89

    That makes a lot of sense.. and even if she wasn’t under contract with Nike she can still wear what she wants.

  • Soda

    Pretty sure you're stupid.

  • Tlowe89

    I don’t think she is. I had a friend who said when she played tennis in her early 20s her arms got pretty muscular and she showed us pics and they were. Lol we were like damn Yasmin. But when we knew her she still had a slight athletic build but not as pronounced as her early 20s. So just imagine if you’ve basically been play tennis all your life, what your arms are going to look like.


    Ya'know'what! Say whatever u want about Serena, but we ALL know she is no EJ Johnson soooooooooo..........

    There is nothing wrong with her catsuit, medical issues or not! We cannot help those who choose not to focus on the match b/c she decides to wear something that PROUDLY DISPLAYS her GOD given hips, breasts, thighs, and the rest of her womanhood! There are thousands of born men who are trying to "simulate" what she has naturally!! I HOPE SHE WINS EVERY F*CKIN' MATCH......NAKED!!!

  • Blak

    I like Serena but she reminds me of those men who want to look like masculine women

  • rodt

    fine woman. Damn shame a brother couldnt get it together to wrap that up

  • chaisun

    you mean trans women?

  • Marlika

    I’m glad they’re betting them white bishes ass!!!! ????

  • chaisun

    what is the deal with the Black community refusing to acknowledge and support Black greatness. we are living and witnessing Black history and the only thing y'all want to talk about is how "she looks like a man"? its ridiculous and disheartening. she singlehandedly gives Black children the courage they need to live outside of and strive for things other than what is expected of them. this beautiful woman is a living legend.

  • Rashida Collins

    wth u talkin about ..the black communuty supports Serena
    ..just cause ur retarded crew doesnt they dont speak for all of the black community..lawd

  • Jethro

    Do the damn thing, Williams Sistas!! ???????

  • Notatall

    My name starts with a T and my maiden last name was Lowe

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    With Venus and Serena, we're witnessing black greatness in tennis. We should appreciate it while we can and not take it for granted, because these ladies probably only have a couple of good years left in them.
    We might not see another black woman playing at this high level for a long long time.

  • Miss Thang


  • Miss Thang

    Thank God life is about so much more than sex appeal!! More like creating a family with someone with whom you can create a wholesome, mutually respectful, and spiritually fruitful relationship and legacy.

  • TMW

    What about Sloane Stephens? She’s ranked #3 in the world right now. I want to see her play against Serena.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Sure, Sloane is very good, but she's not Hall-of-Fame caliber like Venus and Serena, in my opinon. I dont see her becoming one of the all time greats.

  • Tlowe89

    Lol that’s crazy.

  • chaisun

    I’m speaking about the comment section and every other blog post about Serena, everywhere. If you read comments the vast majority of Black people will refuse to acknowledge her accomplishments and go straight to her outward appearance, which doesn’t fit the ideals of western beauty. I’m speaking on the Black community and the way most / some don’t reward but turn to verbal hate. The same way you did by the way in which you chose to reply to my comment. If you don’t do it, then I’m not talking about you. Plain and simple.

  • Oretta Grace Smith


  • Oretta Grace Smith

    I been checking the live feed all day.

  • What???

    Even if Serena isn't currently on steroids, its obvious her body produces WAY MORE testosterone than the average woman. How is that some kind of goal for black women? Why do all these black women want to be men, look like half a man and be sexy at the same damn time? WTF is wrong with ya'll? Congrats to her for winning, but what's wrong with being feminine??

  • Faithz

    Bahahahah ,,,eaisly confused by facts, Omg
    that has turned my tickle box over Auntee

  • Miss Thang

    not true. plenty of seriously built women that size. It's not the norm because most people don't have the dedication to push their bodies to the limit like that. She has a very muscular feminine body.

  • What???

    Femininity and female are two different things time to get your head out your azz. There is a genetic LIMIT to the amount of lean muscle a man or woman can build and anyone who surpasses that has done so with the aid of drugs, regardless of whether or not that person has passed numerous drug tests. Serena is not the only female athlete who has an unusually high amount of muscle but as a rule, women have around 10% the testosterone that men have, that's part of how they developed into a female in the womb bozo.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    I have some stubborn loose skin on my arms. I'm getting them lipo'd/lifted.....My dude was like just use small weights.....I instantly thought about Sarena. Yes my girl body is tight/firm but it lost the femine/soft look a woman's body should have (in my opinion). I don't want to look like a women who looks like she bench presses 500 pound men for lunch....No thanks I'd rather have a slim long scar then for a man to wonder if I can beat his ass. lmao

  • dru and neil

    Yes she has a very strong build but she’s an elite athlete and she’s also feminine in her own way. There’s more than one way to be feminine. Just say it’s not to your personal liking because her man doesn’t mind.

  • What???

    She hasn't visited Serena's "doctor" yet.

  • dru and neil

    You will not lose the soft look. It takes a ton of work and effort to build muscle, it doesn’t happen by accident.

  • dru and neil

    I wouldn’t train to be Serena’s size but I for DAMN SURE appreciate and recognize the time, effort, discipline and strategy that goes into maintaining an elite physique that wins grand slams. I don’t know why people don’t get that. This woman puts in WORK.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    That may be true, but for my body- I like the soft sexy demur look. One thing most folks forget is that with age comes gravity. Those muscles may look good today but once you get in your 50's, it doesn't look so good. Do you think her body will look this good in her 50's? Not without a knife....

  • dru and neil

    Those muscles are actually what’s going to keep you looking youthful when you do get into your 50s. It’s all that soft loose skin and weak muscles that make folks look old. Need an example? Reference Angela Bassett. Strength training is just as important as cardio if not more.

  • What???

    You're obscuring science and facts so you can feel good and what's worse is you think my perspective primarily comes from the same place as you. Goodbye.

  • dru and neil

    I agree. Why can’t folks just say it’s not to their liking? You don’t like a strong build on a woman fine, but folks are wrong for making it seem like she’s just so damn ugly...She’s a wife and mother so somebody digs it even if you don’t.

  • dru and neil

    Goodby to you too hun, have a good one.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    You still have to factor in genectics. All the exercising, muscle building, eating clean only can do so much. Gravity will always trump age. Angela seems to be a petite built woman based on her genectics. There are exceptions to all/every rule but again.......Age/gravity trumps all at some point...No exceptions to that rule.......Not without a knife......

  • the guest

    The tutu is adorable! Love Abloh, what a gift to outfit an icon.

  • Roderick2011

    Sloane doesn't have the mental toughness or hunger or dare a I say 'meanness' to be on Serena or Venus's level.

    Whenever Sloane loses it doesn't seem to bother her and she just shrugs it off.

    Serena gets mad at herself when she makes too many errors even if she wins.

    That's the difference between a GOAT like Serena and a multi-Grand Slam winner like Sloane.

  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    I am getting Xena, Warrior Princess vibes from that first picture.

  • the guest

    I remember when I was a little girl black men loved and married black women all sizes, color, weight, hair lengths and textures. All my parents friends and all my grandparents friends were married. Black men and women liked and loved eachother.

    Whether slim, big boned, muscular, skinny, overweight, 6 ft tall or 5 ft tall, all black women were loved and married. That's what I remember. These days the hatred against black women is unreal.

  • Roderick2011

    I love it whenever a new white girl wins and Slam and you can hear the female sports commentators brag how good she is and how she's the 'future' of the game...basically pushing the Williams sisters aside but Serena comes back and either wins a grand slam or is at least a finalist and that new girl fades away again.

    I really don't like any of the old hags but Pam Shriver and Mary Carrillo really hate the William sisters.

    Deep-voiced Mary loves and I mean loves her some Maria Sharapova.

    I bet she has her vibrator on high while she watches Maria play with her old ugly arse.

  • Roderick2011

    Well damn!!!!!!!

  • Roderick2011

    Right she hasn't won the U.S. Open in a couple of years and it would be nice if she finished her year out winning the final Major and her daughter turns one Saturday.

  • the guest

    She married the white guy because she loved him but also because black men were just not seeing Serena as a wife and mother.

  • Roderick2011

    I need to train with Serena.

  • Roderick2011

    It has a lot to do with diet too.
    You have to eat a low fat, high protein diet with tons of cardio to look like Serena.

  • What???

    You more than likely won't lose the soft feminine look no matter how hard you train with weights because you probably don't have enough testosterone to build that kind of muscle. Intense weight training with heavier weights will help you speed up your metabolism and burn fat as long as you keep your diet in check. Get the surgery, but don't be afraid to lift heavier weights with a proper diet. Serena's training is suspect with her temper and other symptoms of potential drug abuse.



  • Waya Hedia

    oh shit.. put the cat suit back on!

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Yes they are pathetic .

  • What???

    I respect your point but more muscles means more testosterone no matter who the athlete is. Why can't you admit that? How she got more of that hormone than the average woman is the question. On the record she's had steroid related symptoms such as PED symptomatic blood clots to infections to an uncontrollable temper. My contention is that testosterone makes a woman less feminine and more aggressive, that's science not me, even if she's a successful athlete.

  • Lady_Elle

    The colors are ALL WRONG for Serena!
    Her beautiful skin should have brights on!
    NO, NO, NO... to the black/brown combo.

    Also... drop the waist a bit.
    That might help!

  • Parent

    Serena's arms!!!

  • Dowoop

    So mini skirts are better than catsuits?

  • Sassie

    Thank u Dru!! Well said.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Thanks, I think I will get 5 pound bell's and stick with that. Reason being- I'm not as young as I type (lol).......Gravity is already down the street working the don't want to look bulky. That's why I decided on just getting them lifted. If I were in my 20's30's- maybe......Now, it's a whole nother story.......

  • Sassie

    I love Serena and her sister. I wish Serena's tutu's waistline was lower and the brown piece was substituted for something a bit more colorful, but other than that, she's good. She can't help that she's fit as hell. I doubt she's trying to look like a man. And I happen to love tutus.

  • dru and neil


  • R Smith

    Oh, trust me it looks good! You can look this good in your 50's and beyond. Google Wenda Ida and iammsbotalley (instgram). There's plenty more just like them and they haven't succumbed to the knife!

  • R Smith


  • smartchickfl

    These pregnancy hormones need to go because I did tear up a little at the commercial ?....that was beautiful to see.

  • guest

    Her arms and legs are VERY MUSCULAR!!

  • Lovey

    The best tennis player world wide!

  • TMW

    I get that. Like that massive hunger that will put her into beast mode is not there. She is technically talented, but her heart really isn’t in it.

  • Peppermint Patty

    Ok so tha first pic makes me question who holds who at night....secondly for everyone hollering out she's all natural and she put in work...this woman as great as she is has had all kinds of plastic surgery as well as fake hair...who's to say she hasn't used a substance to enhance her features it happens all the time in pro sports....but more power to her arnold schwarzenegger lookin ass....she like it...I dont

  • missmiami305

    I love Serena but she needs to stop messing with her face.

  • Roderick2011

    Oh geeze here comes Dopapova the pretty blonde white girl.

  • Roderick2011

    PP: Ok so tha first pic makes me question who holds who at night.


    As much as I love Serena I had to laugh at that one.

  • eldwdubu

    That is a load of BS, some people are just more genetically blessed than others. Women sprinters are muscular too and it has nothing to do with more testosterone or juicing PEDs. Misty Copeland is muscular but she is a ballerina would you accuse her the same?

  • Tahj


  • Tahj

    Me too. that was FUNNY AF. I wasssss keeping my comments to myself when I saw that photo. I think I've seen a Beyonce photo in fight mode.

  • dru and neil

    Saying her man likes it wasn’t to try to prove anything, it’s more to say that her body type is not desirable to some men, not all. Her husband is also an intelligent self made tech industry millionaire, and had choices when it came to women but he preferred her, muscles and all.
    The poster I had originally responded to insinuated that Serena’s body type is far too masculine and undesirable and nobody should be aspiring to be like her, so I just mentioned, well, her man is into it, soooo....?

  • dru and neil

    Genetics can give you a leg up but everyone has their own best version of themselves and you shouldn’t be comparing yourself to others who may have an advantage when it comes to muscle development. Just be the best you.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    I agree. And I will.........with the help of a knife. Not trying to be funny but Im in my early 40's almost done raising my 2 teens...............I'm hopping on the table, bring out that best version of

  • Look@m3

    I dont care what the poster said and how much money her current husband is worth or make. Ill say it again even if it was not Serena, muscles or no muscles, financially stable or not financially stable. Marrying her was a step up financially, socially, economically even with her muscles. So it doesnt matter if she appears to have a lot of muscles, this tech millionaire just came up again. Its possible to be financially set and then marry someone else who is way more set than you and become even more financially set!

  • dru and neil

    So he married her for her money. Can’t black woman just be desired.

  • What???

    There's a difference between being born with fast twitch muscles and having fast twitch muscles AND using PED's at the same time. A lot of Women sprinters juice too AND remain ahead of drug testing by using new drugs that aren't banned yet. There are secrets in sports that aren't for the public because its business. Don't obfuscate and oversimplify my position because you like Serena's career. That has nothing to do with the business of professional sports performance.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Now see how simple that was for her to just wear a tennis skirt and still be fly and still WIN!!! MUFUGGAS wanted to start a mutiny and protest over some bullshyt when we as black folk has MAJOR ISSUES KNOCKING AT OUR DOOR

  • Chuck

    You bitches kill me trying to defend celebrities that will never, ever give a fuck about you. Quit being a silly bitchass and just relax.

  • Chuck

    Ignorant ass "your mama" shit.

  • eldwdubu

    You are speculating because you hate Serena's career. I'm a track coach and I know you don't know what the hell you are talking about. Which is nothing special because most reasonable minded people know the same just by being raised around their kin. Check your morals man or woman, you are either a woman hater or a racist. Have you spent time with athletes of various body types? The way you talk you have not and if so, it only confirms what I said about your motives. Spend some time around female black athletes and you will realize Serena's body type is common among black women. Big thighs, rump and upper body strength is very common probably in your own family if you are black.

    You do know there are steroids that will make you stronger but not bigger, Anavar (var) , Winstrol (winny). Very common in the strength world.

    The middle passage has a lot to do with Serena's genetics, btw. Only certain body types survived that trip.

    Humans come in all sorts of genetic configurations, been around football players? It does not matter what I say, you are just an hater shooting from the hip.

  • What???

    You’re speculating that I hate her career, I never said I did. Having big thighs, butt and upper body strength doesn’t necessarily equate to a better athletic performance. Sure Serena’s worked hard but What I’m stating is that she has more testosterone in her system than white female players and that’s where I’m suspicious and why she’s tested more often. As a matter of fact black women have more testosterone than other races of women which is why they’re the most aggressive and the least desired No matter how many college degrees they have.

  • eldwdubu

    I'm not speculating you don't know a damn thing about her yet you accuse her of cheating. You an asshole.

  • Soda
  • What???

    Everest College isn’t a real school get a refund.

  • red

    Serena looks like she's cycling on roids. I've never seen a woman look like that before naturally. I just don't believe those arms and legs are natural. Plus I know a chick on roids and have seen what it does to the female anatomy.