Serena Williams maybe didn't finish the year ranked No.1, but we can safely say she was overall the best player of 2012. Let's see now how the queen of big tennis stages did in the fashion department with her sponsor Nike, which is clothing the largest number of big WTA names – just to illustrate, all the 2012 US Open semifinalists were dressed in Nike.
Serena Williams opened the year in a black pleated skirt paired with bright yellow shirt, shoes and headband. However, the very beginning of the season is never there to impress and players usually wear clothes that they finished the previous season with. Fashion statements are waiting to be released at the Australian Open.
The American opened her Australian Open action in a blue dress with custom-made headband and sneakers celebrating Black History Month (here you can have a closer look at the special attire). The Nike Statement Dress had wide straps, pleated bottom and seams accentuating the feminine silhouette. There were also thin white accents on the collar and under the bust. In Miami she wore the same dress, although the color looks purple in the above photo.
REMINDER: ALL SERENA WILLIAMS' OUTFITS IN PREVIOUS FOUR YEARS
At Roland Garros Serena wore a Statement Rally Dress in three shades of green. The item turned out to be one of Serena's least promoted, as she shockingly lost in the first round of the tournament, her first loss in the opening round of a Grand Slam ever, in 47 matches!
At first glance Serena's Wimbledon outfit looks all-white, as it should be, with just a touch of pink, but the American actually stretched the All England Club rules by flashing a purple shorts underneath, matching a purple headband and wristbands. The green Roland Garros dress was alive for only one match, but this Wimbledon one was put to good use as Serena took it all the way to the champion's photo shoot.
I love Serena's dress for her run to the gold medal at the London Olympics and Career Golden Grand Slam. The delicate pattern of the navy section, the red bra underneath and thin white straps flowing on the back look beautiful.
After a standard sporty look in the lead-up to the US Open, Nike prepared pink and navy dresses with lime contrasts for Serena's US Open campaign which ended with the big trophy in her hands.
And last but not least, Serena crowned the landmark season with the WTA Championships title in Istanbul, wearing a classic, Fila-like combination of red shirt and super cute navy skirt.
Do you like how Serena looked in 2012? Which is your favorite outfit? Since I've been doing there retrospections I don't remember any major misses from Nike for Serena. They choose good colors and cuts for her body. My 2012 favorite would be the Olympic dress, followed by the US Open dresses. Also, I love the Istanbul skirt.
Here you can see a list of all the fashion retrospections we've ever done on Women's Tennis Blog. So far this year we've covered:
- MARIA SHARAPOVA: Nike dresses Sharapova wore in her stellar Career Slam and Olympic silver season
- KIM CLIJSTERS: Fila clothes for Kim Clijsters' farewell year
- CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: The colors of Stella for Wozniacki's 2012 dresses
- VENUS WILLIAMS: Roses, geometric and art prints in Venus Williams' EleVen 2012