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Venus Williams wore an understated dress … oh, never mind

Wow, what a simple and elegant dress Venus Williams designed for this year's U.S. Open! There's no sign of a French can-can dancer or Tina Turner or skin-colored undergarments or Cleopatra or Alice in Wonderland anywhere. Venus, we hardly recognize you!

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The little black dress with a baby doll silhouette: modern enough to look fashion forward, traditional enough to fit in well on the tennis court. And that sheer fabric really popped underneath the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium in an easy 6-4, 6-3 first-round victory over Vesna Dolonts.

Well done, Venus. For once, you've avoided the gimmicky over-designing that gets people kicked off "Project Runway" early each season. It's a new day for --

Venus Williams wore an understated dress … oh, never mind

Eh, there's always next year.

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