Venus Williams French Open outfit 2010 photos and pictures gallery is here. Whistles and whispers circulated through the stands at Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday, a reaction brought about not by Venus Williams’ play at the French Open, but rather by her outfit.
With a lacy, black overlay giving it the illusion of being see-through, and bright red trim on the bodice, Williams’ corset-like get-up made her look as if she were ready to perform in a 19th century Parisian cancan chorus line. Her game, a mix of power and niftier-than-usual footwork on this day, was very 21st century, and befitting a star of the show.
The red clay of Roland Garros never has been Williams’ best stage — her seven Grand Slam titles all came at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open. At this year’s French Open, she is assured of at least one more performance, thanks to a 6-3, 6-3 victory against former top-10 player Patty Schnyder of Switzerland in the first round.
“I always — goes without saying — believe I can win,” said Williams, whose biggest hitches Sunday were eight double-faults.
Williams lost in the third round at each of the past three French Opens and only once has been beyond the quarterfinals in 13 previous trips: She lost to younger sister Serena in the 2002 final. Still, Venus’ hitting partner, David Witt, said after Sunday’s victory: “If she goes out there and is smart and plays smart tennis, I think she can win the tournament.”
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