Serena Williams wins US Open opener in sparkling Nike shoes – WWD
Serena Williams started her last US Open tennis tournament with an out-of-this-world fashion look.
The six-time US Open champion worked with Nike to create a custom look for her first tennis match on Monday night, which she won against Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic. Williams’ crystal-embellished black dress is inspired by the uniforms worn by competitive figure skaters. Her skirt featured six layers, which referenced her six US Open wins, and the crystal embellishments were designed in a pattern resembling the night sky.
Williams finished the tennis look with NikeCourt Flare 2 PE sneakers designed with a diamond-encrusted Nike swoosh logo. The sneakers also featured a solid gold lace tag designed by Serena Williams Jewelry.
Monday’s US Open match was Williams’ third tennis match since she announced earlier this month that she would be “moving away” from the sport after the US Open, hinting at her retirement.
Williams’ first match at the US Open attracted many celebrities and public figures, in addition to her husband Alexis Ohanian, their daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. and her sister Isha Price. Celebrities in attendance included Hugh Jackman, Rebel Wilson, Ashley Graham, Bella Hadid, Queen Latifah and others.
Throughout her career, Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, winning Wimbledon and the Australian Open also six times each. She has been playing tennis professionally since 1995 and paved the way for people of color to make a name for themselves in the sport.
Besides tennis, Williams runs her own venture capital firm, called Serena Ventures, and a clothing brand called S by Serena.
Williams’ next match at the US Open is on Wednesday, where she faces Estonian Anett Kontaveit.