Serena Williams cruised into the third round of the Australian Open before revealing her eye-catching outfit almost didn’t happen.
Williams demolished world number 99 Nina Stojanovic 6-3, 6-0 on Rod Laver Arena as her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title stayed firmly on track.
It is her ‘Flo-Jo’ inspired one-legged catsuit that is the talk of the tennis world, though, although Serena says it was rushed through after she was unhappy with Nike’s previous offering.
“Yeah, actually, this outfit was last-minute, to be honest,” Williams said after the match.
“I just felt like the design that we had before wasn’t as Serena-esque, and so the Nike team went back and created something very Serena-like and didn’t have time to put it in retail.
“So it was definitely more of a last-minute outfit than usual.
“So, yeah. So it’s light. It’s actually, if you look up close, it’s actually breathable and it’s perforated, so it’s actually super light and to a point where I need to make sure I’m wearing underwear. Nude colour, though.”
On the match itself, Williams said added: “l wasn’t thinking as much in the second [set], as I was in the first.
“I’m here to have fun and it’s great to be playing in front of a crowd.”
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