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The Australian Open in underway and Venus Williams is back in the tennis news again, and the stories have nothing to do with her backhand or her serve.

Known for pushing the envelope fashion-wise, Williams is making headlines because of the very short top she wore this week at the Australian Open. The 30-year-old athlete told reporters it was an "illusion dress" and confessed that at the last minute she chose to pair it with black shorts rather go with the commando look of shorts in a nude color. At the U.S. Open last summer, Williams wore a skimpy form-fitting outfit decorated with glittering fireworks, which Williams told an interviewer was her tribute to New York. Williams drew whistles when she appeared on the court in Paris in May in a lacy, red-trimmed, black can-can outfit with a corset-like top and a tutu skirt that gave the illusion of being see-through.

And last year at the Australian Open, she wore an outfit with a flesh-colored bottom had everyone wondering whether she had gone commando.

20-year-old Caroline Wozniacki who entered the Australian Open as the top-ranked woman tennis player after winning six tournament last year. Wozniacki entered the Grandslam only once in 2009 only to lose against Serena Williams in the U.S. Open. Her story is not an isolation. World's women No. 2 Vera Zvonareva of Russia reached her first two Grand Slam finals in 2010 but she has yet to win the elusive trophy. Her compatriot Dinara Safina was No. 1 in 2009 and Serbia's Jelena Jankovic ascended to the top in 2008. Both has yet to win any major title. Safina made it in the 2009 Australian Open match, along with two other major finals. But on Tuesday night, consider her tennis odds, she lost 6-0, 6-0 to U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters in the first round of the Australian Open.

Clijster herself lost three Grand Slam finals before finally winning a major tournament at the U.S. Open in 2005, offered some consolation to Sarina. For her part, Wozniacki is feeling confident in the ongoing Australian Open. And Jankovic says being ranked No. 2 does not pose any pressure on her part.


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