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The Defiant Message 'Hidden' In Serena's French Open Outfit

Last year at the French Open, Serena Williams was told she couldn't wear her black catsuit.

"It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place," the bloke who runs the French Tennis Federation said.

Serena did what they said, and turned up in something different for her next match. But she wasn't happy. She'd been having blood clots after giving birth, and the tight suits helped with blood circulation.

This year?

This particular sports reporter knows few fashion adjectives, so we'll just say Williams has turned up in a flowy black-and-white two-piece thingy.

Here's the important part.

If you look closely, you'll see four words on said outfit: "Championne", "reine"", "mere"" and "déesse". That means "champion", "queen", "mother" and "goddess", and we think the meaning is pretty clear.

With all those empowering words, the ensemble appears to be sending a message straight to French Tennis Federation HQ conveying Serena's feelings about last year's outfit outrage.

Interestingly, Serena lost the first set 2-6 in last night's first round French Open encounter against Russian Vitalia Diatchenko. She then removed the outer layers of her outfit and decisively won the last two sets.

Image: Getty.

Make of that what you will. The final score was 2-6 6-1 6-0.