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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Lark on

to the person who said “…wasn’t asking anyone to watch” — what part of “she tweeted a picture of herself” doesn’t translate for you?

Corey (nu-authority.com) on

Glad to see Serena doing well and looking good. From a Serena fan thanks Jenisha for the update!

Tamika on

It’s amazing how some people are critized more then others when it comes to reporting news. People are so funny to me. Serena has done things in her life then you will do in a lifetime. I love her fashison. keep up the good work Serena.

evil one on

YUCK,on so many levels!

Linda on

GiGi, if you were a real tennis fan, you would focus on her form and her outfits would not bother you. What you are is a Serena hater. If she wore what you wanted her to, you would still find fault with her. There’s just no pleasing some folks. If you don’t like it and it bothers you that much, don’t watch.
Womens tennis sucks without her.

Hilary on

My husband had a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lung). While he was recovering, he started throwing clots in his legs & arms. He was in ICU for 3 weeks, and is now on blood thinners for life. He had to wear compression stockings, and all the other garb in order to protect himself. While on blood thinners, the slightest cut or bruise can send you back to the ER. Granted he didn’t wear pink, but whatever Serena has to do to protect herself so be it. Just glad she is recovering & back on the court!

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[...] last night’s Range Rover Evoque event Serena Williams explained why she was sporting that hot pink bodysuit and it turns out there’s a legitimate medical reason [...]

Lori on

She are her sister are hidious

MaryAnn on

She and her sister need to respect the game and do not dress like tramps. They are a disgrace to the game.

Jon on

I liked Wierd Al Yankovic’s Lady Gaga Born this Way Parody!

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