Serena Williams started her probably-long 2015 French Open run with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Czech Andrea Hlavackova. After storming to a 3-0 lead, Williams gave away two straight games to her opponent, maybe even a bit distracted by her own laugh that followed a clumsy move that resulted in Hlavackova’s ball hitting Serena’s body, but all in all the American recorded a straightforward win and safely moved into the second round. From 3-2 in the first set, Serena won six games in a row.
The Williams vs. Hlavackova match-up had not been awaited as a blockbuster first round, but tennis fashion lovers certainly longed to see what the top seed would end up wearing, as Nike had, for some unknown reason, been concealing the outfit of the No.1-ranked player. Anyways, now there’s no more room for speculation and this is the dress Williams sported in the first round of Roland Garros.
Apparently, it’s very similar to Serena’s pink leopard US Open 2014 dress, only that this new dress has a solid-colored top part and elastic band racerback. However, we still haven’t seen the dress fully exposed in action, since the American wore a purple jacket over it, throughout her first-rounder.
Whatever the reason may be that Nike failed to make a decent pre-French Open promo of this item, what do you think of it now that you’ve finally seen it?
UPDATE: Now I have additional information that further explains the lack of Nike advertising for the dress — the item had been globally dropped from retail even before Roland Garros. I just don’t understand why Serena is not wearing something else then, but alright. (photos: Getty Images/Clive Brunskill)