US Open: Serena and Venus Williams take step towards third-round clash

US Open: Serena and Venus Williams take step towards third-round clash

US Open: Serena and Venus Williams take step towards third-round clash

Paris: French Open director Guy Forget says Serena Williams' attitude defused a potential row over an up-coming dress code that he insists will be far less strict than the one at Wimbledon, French sports daily L'Equipe reported on Tuesday.

Williams went all out with her US Open look, pairing the black tutu with a custom pair of glittery silver Nike sneakers, which are also part of the Queen collection. "No one's flawless, [they're] always talking about our bodies and what we can wear and what we can't wear and I don't hear too much about the guys, do you?"

In an interview with CNN, Williams said she was forced to have an emergency C-section, where serious consequences arose.

Meanwhile Britain's Andy Murray enjoyed a winning return to Grand Slam tennis as he fought back to beat Australia's James Duckworth in the US Open first round.

For the stylish 23-time Grand Slam champion's first match of the 2018 U.S. Open, Williams sported a one-shoulder black athletic tennis dress with a ballerina-esque tutu skirt. Health benefits aside, Williams said the outfit made her feel like a "Warrior Princess" on the court.

She played in a custom-designed tutu by Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh and Nike in her match against Magda Linette.

The new ruling sparked an outcry among Williams' fans, but the champ herself, who suffered life-threatening blood clots after giving birth to daughter Olympia past year, took it in stride.

Serena missed the 2017 US Open and the entire summer US swing previous year while pregnant.

People have applauded Williams for wearing what she wants. It was my first back here in NY, so that wasn't the easiest. "It is one of those feeling I only get here in NY".

"It's easy to play in", Williams said in a news conference afterwards.

The tennis star has confirmed that she won't actually be celebrating her little one's first birthday because of her belief as a Jehovah's Witness.

The 38-year-old had two match points at 5-3 in the second set after relinquishing a 4-1 lead, but Kuznetsova rallied back to force a third and final set.

From there, it was all Williams as she raced through the second set in 28 minutes.

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