Almost anything goes when it comes to fashion in New York and Serena Williams certainly pushed the boundaries in the Big Apple.
Stepping out onto the streets of NYC, the tennis superstar wore a striped shirt dress with heart prints as the cameras got more than they bargained for. At one point part of the lower half of Williams’ dress was whipped to the side, revealing her upper left thigh as her underwear became exposed.
The daring looks didn’t end there. The American icon was wandering the streets and her upper thighs and underwear were again on show as the bottom of the dress decided it didn’t like staying in place at the front.
There was some debate online as to whether the fashion statement was intentional or perhaps the result of a slight wardrobe malfunction, but either way, Williams made it work.
While in New York, Williams made an appearance on the Today Show where she got candid about her on-court legacy.
“Obviously grand slams are most important to me, I was really close last year, so close,” she said, alluding to her controversial loss to Naomi Osaka at the US Open final in September.
Speaking of making her way to the final match of the year’s last major exactly one year after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Ohanian Jr, she said: “Literally just back from having the baby, looking back, I don’t know how I did that.”
That US Open final will be remembered for Williams’ extraordinary meltdown in which she blasted chair umpire Carlos Ramos after he suspected she was taking signals from her coach in the stands.
She called Ramos a “thief” and a “liar”, and eventually broke her racquet in a one-sided 6-2 6-4 loss to Osaka.
“You owe me an apology,” Williams yelled to Ramos. “I’ve never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and stand for what’s right for her.”
But looking back on it, Williams seems to have accepted there was no need for her blow-up.
“I had the audacity to be upset when I didn’t win, and I’m like, ‘Why am I angry? This is beyond amazing’,” she said.
Looking to the future, Williams, who recently withdrew from the Miami Open due to a knee injury, says recovery time was “fun while it lasted”, but she’s back to training — with her sights set on another grand slam title.
“I have a better shot now but we’ll see, I’m just taking it one day at a time,” she said.