A year after the catsuit controversy, the tennis star is smashing old rules and stereotypes.

For most of the history of women's tennis, the "dress" — once upon a time a long skirt, now more of a wisp of an idea — has symbolised the feminine side of the game in its most retrograde sense, and been used as a means of gender stereotype, self-expression, and eyeball-attracting marketing. It has flirted with the tropes of fashion-as-decoration, and fashion as an extension of a personal brand, but only within well-behaved bounds.

Finally, however, in the hands of Serena Williams, it has

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