Serena Williams probably felt she had to make herself heard with her outfit on Monday.

As the 23-time Grand Slam winner took to court in the Australian Open against Laura Siegemund – Tom Brady was busy making headlines in the US with his seventh Super Bowl win.

But Williams will be making waves in her homeland too, although not simply for tennis reasons.

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She downed Siegemund 6-1, 6-1 in less than an hour – but arguably made an even bigger statement in the fashion department.

Remember her ‘Black Panther’ catsuit that was later banned from the French Open? (Independent)

Well, this one-legged catsuit went a step further.

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Serena Williams outfit was tribute to legendary sprinter

Serena Williams revealed that her outfit choice was a tribute to the late sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner.

Joyner, who died aged 38 in 1998, is still the women’s record holder for both the 100m and 200m.

She was instantly recognisable for her one-legged look on track.

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“I was inspired by Flo-Jo, who was a wonderful track athlete, amazing athlete, when I was growing up,” Williams said, as per the Guardian.

“Watching her fashion, just always changing. Her outfits were always amazing.

Williams will face Nina Stojanovic in round two on Wednesday.

Elsewhere on Monday there were wins for fellow Grand Slam winners Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka, Iga Swiatek, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams.

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