Williams, 36, missed her home Slam a year ago, giving birth to daughter Olympia shortly after the tournament started.
It was not the imposing performance many have come to expect from Williams as the six-time champion continued to scrape the rust off her game following the birth of her first child.
First, there was controversy over the black Nike catsuit Williams wore at Roland Garros, which prompted officials to introduce a dress code for the first time in Paris next year.
According to HuffPo, Williams wore "a custom-designed tutu by Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh and Nike in her Monday match against Magda Linette". "It is one of those feeling I only get here in NY".
Williams, the victor of 72 career singles titles, has the ability to sense when she has an opponent on the ropes and moved in quickly to deliver the knockout punch, breaking the 68th ranked Pole to open the second. One person posted on social media: "Serena Williams was told she wasn't allowed to wear her Black Panther catsuit back to the French Open because she had to "respect the game".
Next up, if Venus keeps performing as well as she does, Serena Williams could ultimately meet her sister face to face to square off for the Grand Slam title. "The tutu is easy to play in because I practiced in it before". Even Minaj, whose new album is titled Queen, took to Instagram to give all praise to Williams.
Williams discussed her US Open dress with Vogue last month, and explained that her newest outfit choice made her feel "very strong and feminine". It really embodies what I always say: "that you can be strong and lovely at the same time".