Last week, French Open president Bernard Guidicelli proved that tennis was still a stuffy sport ran by crotchety old men when he said he'd ban Serena Williams from wearing her "Black Panther"-inspired catsuit in next year's tournament".
Talking of barring the outfit choice, Giudicelli told Tennis magazine: "You have to respect the game and the place".
Serena, making her first appearance at Flushing Meadows since 2016, won ten of the last 11 games to ease past Magda Linette, the world No 68 from Poland, 6-4, 6-0 in 70 minutes.
"It's easy to play in", Williams said in a news conference afterward.
For her first game of the tournament, the Wimbledon victor walked onto the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday wearing the Off-White x Nike Queen Collection asymmetrical ballet dress. "I've been feeling really good in practice".
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Telling the crowd that her spirit was broken after not saying goodbye to her daughter Olympia before leaving for her match, Williams displayed little appetite for a fight during an uneven opening set until she finally seized control with a break to go 4-3 up.
Now, for those who think this is just a fashion issue, Williams wore the suit to help to prevent blood clots after she had a pulmonary embolism after giving birth to her daughter.
After Williams held serve from deuce for a 5-3 lead, Linette would hold to force Williams to serve out the set. She also revealed, amid the controversy, that she felt it empowered her as she headed into a match.
'Being a Jehovah's Witness is important to me, but I've never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it, ' she said. The baby girl is turning one on Saturday, and the tennis champion and her hubby Alexis Ohanian have a very good reason they're not throwing a party.
This is a big milestone, but it turns out that Serena Williams is not celebrating baby Olympia's first birthday.
Over the years we've seen her play in a studded biker jacket, a pink leopard print bodycon dress, a white trench coat, and a pleated denim skirt with knee-high sneakers.