Mar 26, 2010, 11:00 AM EST
Oh sure, I show up at one parent-teacher conference wearing a red spaghetti-strap corset with a flounce, and it’s an international incident. But Venus Williams does it at the Sony Ericsson Open, and nobody minds. No doubt Corana Cirsteo was a bit distracted on Thursday during their first-round match, as Williams prevailed, 6-4, 6-3, in the first round, while wearing a dress that was last popular before electricity.
“Like ‘Can-Can,’” Williams said following the match. “The motif is really about sporty sexy, and kind of that whole attitude of bringing that to my game. I usually don’t wear red. This is kind of new for me.”
Venus, we begged you to seek help.
The dress will be back in the third round, when the No. 3-seeded Williams plays unseeded Roberta Vinci, who beat No. 30 Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-4, 7-6 (5). With sister Serena sidelined by a knee injury, Venus may be the woman to beat in a tournament she considers her hometown event.
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