This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 12 °C Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Does my ranking look big in this? Venus causes a storm in latest dress

She’s a dedicated follower of fashion. And one of the best tennis players to ever live, of course.

Image: AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill

SHE’S ONE OF the most successful female tennis players ever to swing a racquet.

But Venus Williams seems to inspire more headlines with her on-court fashion choices sometimes.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion turned up for her Australian Open second round match with Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic in a Jean Byrne-esque outfit this morning.

After a scare, she ultimately squeaked though to the next round. Her outfit, however, is the real top seed today.

On Monday, Venus opened play in Melbourne, winning decisively in straight sets over Sara Errani, in a little blue dress that was the centre of the post-match analysis.

The 30-year-old American informed reporters it was an “illusion” piece and confessed that at the last minute she chose to pair it with black shorts rather than go with the ‘commando look’ of shorts in a nude color.

Not so this morning however. Baffled commentators were left to wonder aloud if, like a dubious line call, she was in or out.

Her unique style has certainly never held her back in the past, so expect the elder Williams’ sister to accessorise her latest creation with the Australian Open title in a couple of weeks’ time.

Here’s 10 of Venus’s best on-court efforts.

Does my ranking look big in this? Venus causes a storm in latest dress
1 / 10
  • Venus Williams

    Venus once said the worst thing about Wimbledon is the lack of colour. she makes up for it at other Grand Slams - like the US Open. Source: Mehdi Taamallah/PA Wire
  • Venus Williams

    This is a relatively practical outing during the action at Flushing Meadows last autumn. Source: AP Photo/Darron Cummings
  • Venus Williams

    Williams rocked up to the Rod Laver complex in the now-infamous hot-cross bun dress this morning.
  • Venus Williams

    Williams reacts after winning her match against Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in Queens last September. Source: (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Venus Williams

    Williams beat Shahar Peer last year in this 'New York-inspired' purple number.
  • Venus Williams

    Venus opened play on Monday in Melbourne. This dress drew plenty of ink from the sports journalists in attendance.
  • Venus Williams

    Williams drew whistles when she appeared on the court in Paris in last May in a lacy, red-trimmed, black can-can outfit. She had come straight from a lock-in at the Moulin Rouge.
  • Venus Williams

    Williams returns serve to Australia's Jarmila Groth in a tutu-effect skirt at the All-England club last summer. This is as avant-garde as it gets in SW19.
  • Venus Williams

    Venus serves to Shahar Peer of Israel during day six of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in 2009.
  • Venus Williams

    The 30-year-old celebrates a victory in a relatively traditional effort at Wimbledon in 2008. Source: INPHO/Getty Images

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Read next: