This is Serena Williams' tutu at the US Open.
Just a few days after the president of the French Tennis Federation, Bernard Giudicelli, said that his black catsuit with compression stockings that prevent the formation of clots "will no longer be accepted", Williams chose a single-arm black tutu dress of Virgil Abloh of Off-White to face Magda Linette in the opening.
Maybe her shiny shoes adorned with her name and & # 39; queen & # 39; They also helped.
On Wednesday night, playing against Carina Witthoeft, Williams wore another tutu dress that is part of her new collaboration with Nike and Abloh, who is also the artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Anna Wintour seemed pleased as she watched Williams beat Witthoeft.
She won again, as did her sister Venus, establishing a confrontation between the Williams sisters in the third round on Friday.
Serena Williams tour after defeating Carina Witthoeft, from Germany, during the second round of the US Open tennis tournament.
Venus and Serena Williams will meet in the third round of the USA. UU On Friday
Serena takes a picture with her purple tutu designed by Virgil Abloh from Off-White
The Queen collection is inspired by Williams' love for dance. She combined the black look with a leather biker jacket.
The dresses have transparent panels on one shoulder and long sleeves on the other. Williams pulled hard in his sleeve when he started his game on Wednesday.
The Grand Slam winner on 23 occasions used compression nets with her tutu-like appearance to protect her against blood clots, a problem she struggled with shortly after giving birth last September.
Retail prices range from $ 130 to $ 900 for several pieces in the new collab.
The superstar brothers will meet in the third round at the US Open, their first major tournament match in 20 years.
Serena Williams prepared the expected showdown at Flushing Meadows by scoring 13 aces and beating Germany's 101st-ranked Carina Witthoeft 6-2, 6-2 in just over an hour at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night.
Hours earlier, on the other side of the road at the Louis Armstrong stadium, Venus Williams did her part with another straight sets victory, knocking out 40th-placed Camila Giorgi of Italy by 6-4, 7-5.
"Unfortunately and fortunately, we have to play with each other, we get better at each other, we get the best out of them when we play with each other, that's what we do," Serena said. "I think we're used to it."
When they play on Friday, it will be their thirtieth match at the level of the tour, plus, of course, of all the times when they exchanged shots from the net as children in California, and then in courts of practice around the world.
It is also soon that the sisters have met in any Grand Slam since their first game of the tour, all year at the 1998 Australian Open. Venus won that. But since then, it has been the young Serena who has grown dominant.
Serena is represented by returning a shot in a purple tutu during Wednesday night's game
When the sister's work is on Friday, it will be her thirtieth tour-level encounter
The reason why this match arrives so early is because their rankings are not what they have been in the past. Serena is number 26, playing in the seventh tournament since she was away from the tour for more than a year while she had a baby.
Even though the US Tennis Association UU She made her seeding rise to reflect her success in the past, still placing her in the 17th position. Venus, meanwhile, is number 16.
"He's very young in the tournament," Serena said. & # 39; We would have preferred to see us later & # 39;
She leads the series 17-12, including 10-5 in majors.
Both have been classified in n. ° 1. They have won a combined total of 30 Grand Slam trophies, 23 of Serena. They have eight individual US championships UU Open, six of Serena.
They have met in the final of the four Slams, including in the United States opened in 2001 (when Venus won) and 2002 (when Serena did).
"It's amazing what they've done … I mean, really amazing." Obviously, there have been other brothers who have had fantastic careers in tennis, but none anywhere near what they achieved, "said three-time main champion Andy Murray, whose first major hip surgery ended with a loss of four sets for No. 31 Fernando Verdasco. "I would be surprised if something like that happens again."
Venus, 38, eliminated Camila Giorgi, ranchera 40, from Italy 6-4, 7-5
Serena, 36, hit 13 aces to beat Germany's 101st-ranked Carina Witthoeft on Wednesday.
Defensive champion Rafael Nadal followed Serena to Ashe and was not really worried, except when he received a warning for letting the 25-second service watch expire, something he thought was really his opponent's fault.
Either way, Nadal downplayed the distraction of the third set and ended with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Canada's Vasek Pospisil.
Two other previous champions won – Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated Dennis Kudla of the United States, and Stan Wawrinka – as well as the runner-up of 2017 Kevin Anderson, and the No. 11 seed John Isner.
Two-time main champion Garbine Muguruza faced Czech qualifier number 202 Karolina Muchova in the last match on Wednesday.
Women with seeds that advanced earlier on another day with a temperature that exceeded 95 degrees (33 degrees Celsius) included No. 7 Elina Svitolina, No. 8 Karolina Pliskova, No. 15 Elise Mertens, No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova and No. 23 Barbora Strycova, all in straight games.
Serena Williams reacts after a point against Magda Linette, from Poland, during the first round of the USA. UU Open where he wore a black tutu
During his post-victory press conference, which came long before Serena put her feet on the court against Witthoeft, Venus clearly had little interest in entertaining questions about the possible encounter of everything in the family.
"It's early in the tournament, so we're both going to be eager to continue playing better," Venus said. "Obviously, it's definitely a difficult project."
Later, when a journalist tried to direct the conversation to Williams against Williams, Venus offered this warning on the subject: "You're hitting him now."
During her interview on the court, she was a little more communicative, joking: "The last time we played, in the Australian, it was two against one", a reference to the fact that Serena was pregnant when she beat Venus in the final of the Open of Australia 2017.
Combined the sisters of William have won 30 Grand Slam singles
"At least this time," Venus told the crowd, "it will be fair."
Serena seemed much more impressive on Wednesday than her sister, but the levels of competition were also different.
Of the 82 points that followed the steps of Venus, only 13 came through their own winners. Giorgi had 29 winners, but also 41 unforced errors and 28 forced errors.
Serena, meanwhile, put together a 30-10 lead in the winners, and then declared that her serve is much better than it has been in recent times.
Very soon, his thoughts were on his next game and a true and quite familiar enemy.
& # 39; I never blush against her, no matter what. So I think that's the hardest part for me: when you always want someone to win, you have to beat them, "Serena said." I know the same thing is for her. "