Serena Williams slays at US Open in tennis tutu amid catsuit controversy

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"Since You've Been Gone", one of singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson's hits, could have applied to Serena Williams absence past year at the US Open. Nike designed the form-fitting, circulation-enhancing one piece for Williams' return to the court after complications during childbirth left her with an increased risk for blood clots.

"When I first tried on the dress, I felt very strong and feminine at the same time".

Williams, the victor of 72 career singles titles, has the ability to sense when she has an opponent on the ropes and moved in quickly to deliver the knockout punch, breaking the 68th ranked Pole to open the second.

Earlier in the day, older sister Venus Williams, opened with a tough three-set win against 2014 US Open champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the intense afternoon heat and humidity.

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.

For her first match in this year's US Open on Monday against Madga Linette of Poland, the 36-year-old, 23 time Grand-Slam victor wore basically a tutu, which didn't stop, help or hinder her playing a sensational tennis match, beating Linette in two sets: 6-4, 6-0.

Williams is the favourite to claim her 24th career singles grand slam title in what is just her third grand slam tournament since the birth of daughter Olympia.

"Olympia doesn't celebrate birthdays", said Williams.

The superstructure for the open roof at Ashe trapped the muggy air and amplified the ardent cheering as Williams was introduced before her meeting with Poland's Magda Linette.

"I think that everybody is fair to do whatever works better for the tournament", Nadal said on Tuesday (AEST) after winning his opening match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, before invoking the all-white clothing policy that has always been enforced at Wimbledon.

Serena Williams, a six-time victor in NY who is seeded 17th after returning from maternity leave earlier in the year, didn't want to be drawn on playing her sister just yet. Once I got settled, I started to doing what I tried to do in practice.

The No. 16 seed Venus Williams will next line up against Italian Camila Giorgi, who defeated American wild card Whitney Osuigwe 6-4, 6-1. "It was my first match back here in NY so that wasn't the easiest".