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September 02, 2004

Serena at the Open

Dear Blowhards --

Serena Williams, who's bringing out a line of clothes soon, is showing up for matches at the US Open in tinier and tinier outfits. Her trademark for the tournament: as she warms up, she wears black neoprene knee socks that look like dominatrix boots -- during last night's warm-up session, the stadium loudspeakers played "You Sexy Thing." Wimbledon this ain't!

serena.jpg The Dominator

Some quotes from Serena:

I didn't consider [my outfit today] skimpy. It's really sexy and micro-mini ... I've always considered myself an entertainer. I've never been your normal athlete ... I just think I represent all females who believe in themselves ... It doesn't matter what you look like -- it's all about having confidence in yourself. That's not necessarily having to wear some short shorts or extremely small top. It's just about believing in yourself. I represent women who believe in herself and has confidence in herself to be unique.

I love the way Serena resists the term "skimpy" but embraces "sexy and micro-mini." I guess for her the first has negative overtones, while the second has positive overtones. I wonder why. Insights from anyone here?

In any case, Serena's hinting that she'll be wearing "a kind of see-through" tennis dress before the tournament's over.



posted by Michael at September 2, 2004


She's not only not sexy, she's downright ugly!

She is and I've said it and I feel better.

So sue me.

Posted by: ricpic on September 2, 2004 10:53 AM

Shish, didn't you hear? It's all about confidence!

What I was going to say?Ah, here: there is nothing in her "see-thru" we didn't see before, is it?

Posted by: Tatyana on September 2, 2004 11:45 AM

I never particularly cared about her choice of clothing since I assumed she put performance over fashion. Knowing that is not the case just doubles my distaste for her. These girls are ugly and need to get over themselves and just play.

Posted by: . on September 2, 2004 12:27 PM

Hey, it's not that Serena's my type or anything, and it's not even that I'm wild about her style of tennis. But I think she's pretty cute -- great athlete, smiley (love that LA voice of hers), tons of bravado, enjoys struttin' her stuff, which (lord knows) isn't the usual tennis stuff (although I like the usual tennis stuff). I like following her exploits as much as I like following Britney's. Point of the posting was basically: "these extraverted, hyper-physical, in-charge girls these days, eh? Who can figure 'em?"

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on September 2, 2004 1:52 PM

You're saying that for you, "skimpy" doesn't have more negative connotations than "sexy"?

Posted by: Cryptic Ned on September 2, 2004 1:58 PM

As style icons, the Williams girls always reminded me of Cher in that here are two pretty amazing physical specimens largely devoid of sexuality. If Venus's skimpy spaghetti strap were to slip off her shoulders I'd expect to see a plastered over mannequin breast where a nipple ought to be. Same for Serena, the short squat version of same robotic girl.

Posted by: Vanessa Del Blowhard on September 2, 2004 2:15 PM

I'm with you Tatyana. It's about confidence! Snort, giggle, guffaw! What I dont get it why someone so confident in themselves has to wear butt ugly clothing.

Oh, and Michael, the ruffled miniskirts finally hit here in flyover country. My 14 yo and I had a conversation about how nasty ugly they were. As she says, "Like> why would anyone wear those?",

Posted by: Deb on September 2, 2004 7:24 PM

I think Serena is very, very hot.

Posted by: Jay on September 3, 2004 12:08 PM

This is like my nephews saying that they don't think Brittany Spears is hot because of her teen-girl music.

I asked the oldest one: "You'd do her anyway, right?"

"Oh yea," he replied.

Same with Serena. I don't like her but I'ld do her.

Posted by: Steve on September 3, 2004 12:40 PM

I believe that both the williams sisters are truly blessed to be so talented. Why take away from the talent to display very little material on your body? The attention should be on your game not your outfit. The outfits look like she should be in a hoochie video not a tennis match. Get back to basics, Serena. Keep your game TIGHT not the outfits.

Posted by: Sophisticated Vee on September 11, 2004 7:36 PM

I like the way this year's, womens' U.S. Open champ dressed. She wore a t-shirt and shorts. She was humble. I hope that is a new trend. Serena made a decision two years ago to lose this year's open. That is when she decided to put sex before her tennis game. I laughed when she complained about the call against her when playing Capriaty (spelling?. Very childlish, not to mention her big, disrespectful mouth.

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