Serena Williams's Hot Pink Bodysuit Explained

04/20/2011 at 01:00 PM ET

Serena Williams Pink Bodysuit ExplainedCourtesy Serena Williams

When Serena William posted a TwitPic of herself playing tennis in a hot pink bodysuit last week, she sent the fashion world into a frenzy. “Honestly, I just Tweeted a picture in the suit and I didn’t realize it would go that crazy,” she told PEOPLE Tuesday night at the Range Rover Evoque Event in N.Y.C. And while she finds the attention to be fairly amusing, the story behind the suit is a bit more serious. “After my hematoma, I have to wear something like a long bodysuit to keep my stomach warm,” she explained, adding the skintight suit helps for compression purposes. “My practices are really … interesting right now.” Williams, who was first sidelined from the tennis courts last year by a foot injury, then her health scare, said she hopes to return to the sport soon. But she wants the focus to be more on her form, and less on her infamous fashion. “I think I’m going to come back casual,” she shared. “I don’t want to shock too many people too much. I want it to be all about my tennis.” Off the court, her illness and injury have also affected her style: “I have to wear flats,” she said, not so happily. “Hopefully, in the summer I can wear heels. I am a girl that loves heels. I can’t wait.” Until then, Williams, who said she’s “on the up” and “feeling so much better,” is “counting her blessings” and planning her next practice outfit. When asked how long she’ll be wearing the bodysuit for, she cheekily replied, “As long as you guys want to see it.” –Jenisha Watts

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Maggie on

Thank you Jan

Lacy J. on

“I want it to be all about my tennis.” — It’s about dang time! I’m so tired of watching her suck all the class out of tennis with those tacky outfits she puts together!

Jon on

Interesting to hear, but since it’s for Health Reasons and what shoes she has to wear, then I’m glad it’s helping her out!

Jon on

Interesting to hear!

Jon on

Happy 8th Birthday goes out to Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones Daughter, Carys!

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qL on

Off the charts … sexy!

bok on

First, I am sure that those outfits she wears are intended to encourage the ones that can’t to get back into shape, the ones that can surely love them. Second, the men love them regardless of what you close minded women think. She is attractive with a great body and obviously a great mind. She designs her own clothing. So keep shopping at JCPenney and layoff a sister!

Jean on

This is ridiculous!!. There are under garments you can wear for that purpose! Give us a BREAK!!!!

Kathy on

She did what she needed to and wasn’t asking anyone to watch. the sad thing with celebs if they are having an off day and want to for go getting fixed up to go somewhere well the cameras are out and ready. I wish her the best in recovery and not being afraid to be differnt just don’t show it all …leave something to the wonder.. Good Luck

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