The late Olympic sprint legend Florence Griffith Joyner still holds world records in the 100 meters and 200 meters that she set in 1988 ― and a place in the heart of Williams, seeking her 24th Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne.
Flo-Jo, as she was known, had a penchant for making fashion statements on the track, including outfits that left one leg exposed and the other sheathed in clinging material.
Williams went there in her 56-minute 6-1, 6-1 victory over Laura Siegemund.
Afterward, Williams said she was “inspired by Flo-Jo, who was a wonderful track athlete.”
“Her outfits were always amazing,” Williams added.
“We thought, ‘What can we do to keep elevating the Serena Williams on the court,’” she said, crediting her fashion team with the initial idea.
Flo-Jo, who died from an epileptic seizure in 1998, probably would have appreciated the tribute.
Stay tuned for her next sartorial serve.