Serena Williams wearing black ruffled tutu wins U.S. Open match

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The 17th seeded Williams ditched the controversial black catsuit that she wore in her matches at the 2018 French Open, which French officials subsequently banned, in favor of the one-shoulder tutu. 

Tennis pro Serena Williams prepares to serve the ball during her women's singles first round match against Magda Linette of Poland. Williams’  black ruffled tutu made a splash at the U.S. Open after her Nike catsuit was banned from the French Open earlier this year.
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The outfit was designed for Nike’s new “Queen” collection by Virgil Abloh, according to The Cut. Abloh said he was inspired to create the tennis dress after learning Williams is a big fan of dance.

Williams, who holds a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles, does seem to dance across the tennis court with her graceful serves, powerful leaps and quick sidesteps.

Williams takes on Carina Witthoeft in her second match.

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The tennis great returned to competitive play this year after giving birth to her first child with husband Alexis Ohanian last fall.

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