As Serena William retires from tennis, FEMAIL looks back at her most daring fashion moments 

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As the tennis star announces her retirement, we look back at her fashion achievements, on and off the pitch. In 2016, she put on an ultra feminine display in Beyoncé's Sorry video, where she could be seen dancing, twerking and grinding on the floor, in what was seen as a departure from her sporty image

Williams, 40, is a tennis player who has earned a reputation for being one of the most fashionable in the world. In Vogue’s September issue, Williams announced her retirement from the sport. 

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The mother-of-one revealed she will give up the sport competitively after a 27-year-long career, posing in a light blue gown with a generous train held by her daughter Alexis Olympia, five. 

It was a fitting reminder that Williams, who holds 23 Grand Slam titles, was once the World’s No. 1 for 319 consecutive week.

Williams has been a regular at all major fashion events – from LA’s Academy Awards red carpet to New York City’s Met Gala in New York City – and she knows how to style an outfit. 

In 2016, she put on an ultra feminine display in Beyoncé’s Sorry video, where she could be seen dancing, twerking and grinding on the floor, in a departure from her sporty image. 

She has not only made history on the court but also broke fashion records with the wedding dress she wore, which was said to be the most expensive celebrity gown ever, and cost $3.5 million. 

She caused a stir when she wore a skin-tight bodysuit to the French Open in 2018. The outfit was eventually banned. 

2016 SORRY MUSICAL VIDEO

As the tennis star announces that she is retiring, we look back on her fashion achievements. In 2016, she put on an ultra feminine display in Beyoncé’s Sorry video, where she could be seen dancing, twerking and grinding on the floor, in what was seen as a departure from her sporty image

When Beyoncé released her conceptual album Lemonade in 2016, fans were surprised to see the starring role Serena Williams held in the video for Sorry. 

Shot in black and white in a Southern mansion, Williams could be seeing dancing seductively around Beyoncé, dressed in a lacy black body and a flowing black negligee. 

Williams was seen dancing alongside the singer and writhing around the floor, a departure from her usual sporty image.  

Williams spoke out about the reasons she appeared in the video with the Associated Press. 

Shot in black and white in a Southern mansion, Williams could be seeing dancing seductively around Beyoncé, dressed in a lacy black body and a flowing black negligee

Shot in black and white in a Southern mansion, Williams could be seeing dancing seductively around Beyoncé, dressed in a lacy black body and a flowing black negligee

It was a departure from her sporty image, with Williams twerking next to the singer and writhing on the floor

Williams was seen twerking alongside the singer and writhing around the floor, a departure from her usual sporty image.

She said her ties with Kahlil Joseph, who directed the video ,and her friendship with Beyoncé brought the project around. 

“I have known the director since I was nine years old. I know Beyoncé pretty well, so they were like, “We would love for you to be in this particular song. It’s about strength and it’s about courage and that’s what we see you as”She said, ” 

She also admitted that she struggled with leaning as the camera rolled. 

‘[Beyoncé]She said that she wants me dancing, and that I should just be free to do whatever I want. She said that although it was difficult at first, it became easier over time. 

Williams stated that she didn’t regret her role in the anthem as she reflected on it a few weeks later.  

She said that she was not sorry for who she is.

“I’m not sorry about anything.” She said that she was able to connect with the lyrics and felt good about it. 

2017 PREGNANCY RED CARPET

The tennis player was about five months pregnant when she attended the 2017 Met Gala with her fiancé

The tennis player was about five months pregnant when she attended the 2017 Met Gala with her fiancé

The tennis player was about five months pregnant when she attended the 2017 Met Gala with her fiancé. 

The pink carpet was her first appearance since she announced her pregnancy a few weeks prior. 

She wore a body-hugging dress by Atelier Versace, which highlighted her bump. 

The graceful silhouette draped elegantly around Serena’s curves and complimented her body. 

Known for her love of eye-catching, luxury accessory, she completed the look with  XIV Karats emerald drop earrings that matched her dress. 

2017 PREGNANCY SHOOT PHOTOSHOOT 

The star, who was about seven months pregnant  when she graced the cover of Vogue's August issue in 2017

The star, who was about seven months pregnant  when she graced the cover of Vogue’s August issue in 2017

The ace confirmed she and Alexis Ohanian, then her fiancé, were expecting on 17 April 2017. 

The star shared the news via Snapchat. She posted a photo of her baby bump and revealed she was currently 20 weeks pregnant. 

She then followed up her early days announcement with a larger photoshoot at Vanity Fair, which saw her appear on the cover for the August edition. 

The star, who was about seven months pregnant at the time, starred in an intimate beach photoshoot with her fiancé. 

Inside the magazine, the pictures by Annie Leibovitz immortalised the player in a silk orange dress  , while another snap showed her nude, wearing only a skin-colour thong and cradling her baby bump, which was circled with a jewelled belt. 

The cover was, in true A-listed fashion, a nod towards Demi Moore’s 1991 pregnancy cover, in the same way that she posed naked. 

The breath-taking pictures were called ‘powerful’  by fans online when they were first revealed.

2017 WEDDING

It is believe the confection Serena wore for her wedding on 16 November 2017 was worth £2.6million, and it is still considered the costliest celebrity wedding dress of all time

It is believe the confection Serena wore for her wedding on 16 November 2017 was worth £2.6million, and it is still considered the costliest celebrity wedding dress of all time

Serena did not stop at breaking records in the pitch. She also broke records with her wedding gown. 

Alexis and she tied the knot on 16th November 2017 in a Beauty and the Beast-themed wedding, attended by Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, as well as Anna Wintour. 

It is believe the confection she wore for her big day was worth £2.6million, and is still considered the costliest celebrity wedding dress of all time. 

Stylish Serena opted to wear a Sarah Burton dress by Alexander McQueen, with a large tulle skirt and sparkling XIV Karats jewellery. 

Talk about the dress with VogueShe stated that she had just spoken to Sarah shortly after the wedding, “I flew to London to meet Sarah and fell in love” with the ball dress silhouette. This is quite the opposite of what she expected.

She stated that she loved the idea of creating a truly spectacular ball gown and that it turned out to be an incredibly special piece. 

After the ceremony, the sporting legend changed into Versace to dance with her star-studded guests and her husband.  

2018 ROYAL MARRIAGE

For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May 2018, Serena donned a stylish dusty pink ensemble

Serena wore a chic, dusty pink outfit for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 2018 wedding. 

She completed a look with a large chunky necklace from Bulgari's heritage collection. She was accompanied  by her husband Alexis Ohanian

A large, chunky necklace from Bulgari’s heritage collection completed her look. She was accompanied  by her husband Alexis Ohanian 

When 1.9 billion people tuned in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on May 19 2018, Serena Williams was amongst the very stylish guests who got to watch the whole thing live. 

The tennis star and her husband Alexis made a very handsome pair when they arrived at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. 

Williams, who has a long-standing friendship with Meghan, wore a dusty pink dress,  with a matching fascinator.

The actress looked stylish as she smiled and laughed as she made her way into the chapel for the service. 

She finished the look with a chunky necklace from Bulgari’s Heritage Collection.

According to a spokesperson for the brand, the extravagant piece featured Roman Imperial Silver, Gold, and Bronze Coins as well as pave Diamonds.

The oldest coins date back to the 1st Century AD and are over 2,000 years old.

Serena finished her look by wearing her hair in long braids, which were pulled over one shoulder.

After taking a few pictures of her own, Serena made sure to take a photo with her husband. They looked great in a traditional morning suit and pale blue tie.

Later that night, the ace was able to top her previous look by wearing a Valentino vibrant dress.

The floor-length dress featured a floral skirt and a black square neck bodice.

The look was completed with a gorgeous gold necklace and golden earrings. Her hair was left loose.

She shared her outfit via social media and thanked Pierpaolo Picccioli, the creative chief of the Italian fashion house for putting it together. 

2018 FRENCH OPEN

The player raised eyebrows when she rolled up to the French Open wearing a skin-tight black catsuit in 2018

The player raised eyebrows in 2018 when she wore a black, skin-tight catsuit.

The player raised eyebrows when, in 2018, she rolled up to France Open wearing a black catsuit that was skin tight. 

Williams said that the suit made Williams feel like a superhero. Bernard Giudicelli the president of French Tennis Federation decried the costume, saying it was disrespectful to the game.

Giudicelli stated, “It will not be accepted.” “One must respect the game, and the place.”

He said that Roland Garros’ rules would not be as strict than Wimbledon’s, which require players to wear white, but would “impose certain limits”.

He said that the FFT would request manufacturers to give them an early look at the designs that players were planning to wear at competitions starting in 2018.

While Williams said the suit made her feel like a superhero, the confection was decried by the French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, who said the get up was 'disrespectful to the game, and was eventually banned

Williams claimed that the suit made her feel like an a superhero. However, Bernard Giudicelli the president of the French Tennis Federation, decried the costume and said it was disrespectful to the game. He eventually banned it 

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There was a practical reason for the long legs and skintight clothing: Williams had suffered blood clots in the past.

She wanted to express self-worth and feel powerful with the outfit.

‘I call this, like, my Wakanda–inspired catsuit’, referring to the fictional nation depicted in Black Panther.

She said that she had designed it long before the movie. But, it still reminds me of that.

Williams stated that she feels ‘like a warrior Princess, kind of’ when she wears this outfit.

She added that she lives in a fantasy universe all the time. “I have always wanted to become a superhero and it’s kinda my way to being one.

The champion gave birth on September 1 2017, then dealt with complications related to a pulmonary embolism — and the catsuit was also meant to help with her circulation.

“I had a lot trouble with my bloodclots. I don’t know how many I’ve had in the past twelve months. Williams stated that it has a certain functionality.

“I wear pants a lot when playing, to keep my blood circulation going.” It’s fun, but functional so I can play without any problems.

Twitter users were furious when Giudicelli banned Williams’ catsuit from the French Open.

Others were also unable to understand why Williams made the decision and pointed out that Williams’ entire body was covered by her outfit.

Serena, however, moved on from the controversy by stating that she had spoken to Guidicelli and maintained strong relationships with the French Federation. 

She also stated that she would not be wearing the suit anymore and quipped: “When it comes fashion, you don’t want to be a repeat offenders.”

2018 US OPEN 

Fresh off the French Open controversy, Serena stunned in a black suit with a tutu designed by the late Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director, in a collaboration with Nike at the US Open

Fresh off the French Open controversy, Serena stunned in a black suit with a tutu designed by the late Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director, in a collaboration with Nike at the US Open 

Serena chose a single outfit to make her US Open debut just days after the French Open scandal. 

She opted for a black suit with a tutu designed by the late Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director, in a collaboration with Nike. 

She also wore compression tights made of fishnet to improve her circulation and prevent blood from clotting.

In an interview at the time, she said that she enjoyed wearing the trendy tutu dress.  

She also wore fishnet compression tights designed to help with her circulation and avoid blood clots

She also wore compression tights made of fishnet to improve her circulation and prevent blood from clotting.

“It’s easy, aerodynamic, with the one-arm free,” she said about her outfit. The tutu is easy because I’ve practiced in it before. That was a lot of fun.

Fans loved the eye-catching, one-shoulder dress with a tutu in tulle that featured a tulle motif. It also included a jacket for Serena, which she could wear off the pitch. 

She was also seen carrying a matching tennis bag that was labeled ‘AKA QUEEN’ and adorned with Abloh’s signature quotation marks. 

Fans saw the outfit in response to comments made by the French Federation about the catsuit, since it was happening right after the French Open controversy. 

One Twitter user wrote that she aspired to be as badass and as good as Serena Williams, winning the first round at the U.S. Open in her tutu. 

“Serena Williams wore a tutu to her U.S. Open comeback match. This was days after French Open officials had criticised her clothing. She won by the side,’ AJ+ wrote. 

2019 MET GALA

Serena wore a delicate number adorned with 3D butterflies by Atelier Versace to the 2019 Met Gala

Serena wore a delicate gown embellished with 3D butterflies by Atelier Versace for the 2019 Met Gala

In 2019, the sportswoman was a star when she wore a stunning gown to the Met Gala. 

The delicate number boasted a butterfly design on its finely crafted bodice, and a generous floor-length skirt by Atelier Versace.

The confection was complete with a cape as well as a train to match the spirit of Camp that year. 

As she stayed true to her tennis roots, the athlete revealed she added a sporty twist to the pink carpet look, with a pair of neon yellow Nike Air trainers

While she kept true to her tennis roots the athlete revealed that she added a sporty touch to the pink-carpet look by wearing a pair Nike Air trainers in neon yellow. 

Incredible: Serena Williams continued to command at that year's Met Gala, as she changed into a pair of thigh-high boots

Incredible: Serena Williams continued to command at that year’s Met Gala, as she changed into a pair of thigh-high boots

Adding to her fashion credenscials, she was one of that year’s dinner host, alongside Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.

The tennis star remained true to her tennis roots and revealed that she added a sporty touch to the pink carpet look by wearing a pair Nike Air trainers in neon yellow. 

It wasn’t the only surprise of night. The ace took her skirt off at the event, and wore the bodice with eye-catching, thigh-high boots featuring the same butterfly detail. 

Serena wore a minimalistic pair of earrings and rings made from diamonds by de Grisogono and a statement watch to allow her dress to shine. 

2021 TWINNING w/ OLYMPIA

Twinning! Serena and her daughter Olympia wore adorable matching outfit to the premiere of King Richard in 2021

Twinning! To the 2021 premiere of King Richard, Olympia and Serena wore matching outfits.

Serena has been investing in matching outfits for Olympia since the birth of her daughter, in 2017 – to wear on the red carpet. 

The mother-daughter duo caused a stir on the red carpet of the  2021 AFI Fest Gala Premiere of King Richard. 

They both wore black tank tops with diamond details across their chests. 

While Serena displayed some skin with a symmetrical pair of tight black trousers and a high-boot, Olympia wore a child-friendly look. 

The right leg was decorated with sparkling gems, which matched the ones on her mother’s boots. 

Serena, beaming, completed her look by wearing black silky gloves with sparking diamond earrings. 

2021 CAPE ON The PITCH

Williams stunned wearing a cape as she stepped on the pitch of Wimbledon on June 29 2021

Williams stunned in a cape while she stepped onto Wimbledon’s pitch on June 29, 2021 

Although she didn’t win the Wimbledon trophy last season, Serena certainly earned some fashion points. 

The athlete wore a white cape when she arrived on the pitch. She also wore an asymmetrical top and a tunic similar to the Vuitton-Nike collaboration she wore at this year’s US Open in white. 

The floor-length train was a fashion statement for the ace. She paired them with white Nike sneakers and a Nike bag.

She put on the cape and began to play. However, she lost the match, and had to leave.  

2022 FAREWELL GONE 

Serena wore a baby baby blue Balenciaga gown on the cover of Vogue to tell the world she is retiring from tennis

Serena wore a baby blue Balenciaga Balenciaga dress on Vogue’s cover to announce her retirement from tennis.

Williams’ retirement announcement on Vogue cover, where she looks sculptural and elegant in a baby-blue dress, may have been the most fashion-forward exit the sporting world has ever seen. 

Photographer Luis Alberto Rodriguez shot the sports star in several awe-inducing gowns on the beach. 

The cover was done in a Balenciaga, baby-blue form-fitting gown with a generous train. 

She completed the look, which was crafted just for her by Vogue, with blue fringe earring from Bvlgari High Jewelry.

A longer shot of the photo revealed that Olympia, Olympia’s daughter, was present at the shoot. She adorably held her mother’s train in her arms.

The snap did not show Olympia or Serena wearing shoes.  

Her calm demeanour contrasted starkly with her announcement of retirement, as her body-hugging outfit revealed her womanly shape.  

Williams shared her desire to have another child in the magazine and stated that she could see herself having another child while competing. 

She stated that she was still looking forward competing in the US Open next month.  

The athlete looked sculptural in another form-hugging gown in pictures taken by Louis Alberto Rodriguez

Louis Alberto Rodriguez took photos of the athlete in another form-hugging gown. It looked very sculptural.

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