French Open: Venus Williams is back in black (lace)


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Venus Williams is sticking to what seems to be working for her at the French Open -- a crushing serve and lacy, black corset.

Wearing the same outfit that raised more than a few eyebrows during Sunday’s opening round in Paris, the second-seeded Williams beat Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain, 6-2, 6-4, in the second round Wednesday.


‘Lace has never been done before in tennis, and I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time,’ Williams said of the outfit she wore despite a brisk change in the weather, with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s. ‘The illusion of just having bare skin is definitely for me a lot more beautiful.’

Top-ranked and returning champion Roger Federer also advanced, enduring one tense set and two rain delays before eliminating Alejandro Falla of Colombia, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4, in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday.

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-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.