'I wore that outfit because of health reasons' - Serena Williams

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'I wore that outfit because of health reasons' - Serena Williams

Serena Williams was the only player speaking on Saturday in a press conference at the Us Open, as she postponed her press conference initially planned for Friday due to her daughter Olympia dealing with a fever. The main topic was the French tennis federation chief Bernard Giudicelli saying that a 2018 French Open-like outfit won't be accepted anymore in the future.

Serena understands the decision. 'I think that obviously, the Grand Slams have a right to do what they want to do. I feel like if and when, or if they know that some things are for health reasons, then there’s no way that they wouldn’t be okay with it', the 36-year-old said, before joking a little bit: 'In fashion, you don’t want to be a repeat offender.

It will be a while before this even has to come up again.' Serena dealt with a pulmonary embolism last year, that's why she chooses this kind of outfits. 'I wear tights that keep everything going with my blood, make sure that I’m staying pretty healthy out there.' Serena feels willing to go far at the US Open: 'I have more fire in my belly.

It’s very hard to describe. It’s very difficult to describe. I thought after having a child I would be more relaxed. I think I’ve said this before, but I’m not. I work just as hard if not harder actually. I just feel like I take it just as serious if not more.

That’s been really surprising for me.' Commenting on her chances to win the title, the former world No. 1 added: 'I don’t know, that I would be the favourite at this point, almost a year after having a baby, is quite interesting.

I don’t know my draw, but if I want to be the best, I’m going to have to start beating these people anyway. It doesn’t matter to me. If anything, I can just continue to strive. That’s the message I’ve been preaching to women and people, that we face obstacles.

You have to face those obstacles. Whether you get through them or not, there’s always another chance to get through them. You have to continue to work hard and believe in yourself. Things don’t always go your way, but continue to climb that mountain.' ALSO READ: 'Serena Williams' extravagant outfits won't be accepted at French Open