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Twenty years ago, when Serena Williams made her debut as a professional tennis player, she brought more to the court than her game-changing talent: She and older sister Venus also brought their audacious sense of style, making them subject to both praise and unwarranted criticism.

In 1999, during the Australian Open, Venus received a penalty point after a strand of her notoriously colorful hair beads slid from one of her braids and fell on the court; it was deemed distracting to her opponent, Lindsay Davenport. (Davenport said it wasn't a total distracting, but a little annoying.) In 2002, during the US Open, Serena Williams wore a skin-tight faux leather black Puma bodysuit (that she helped design) and was criticized for being inappropriately dressed. She's since moved on to denim skirts, knee-high tennis boots, flouncy mini skirts, hot pink bodysuits and, most recently, a love of animal print. Plus, she was the first black female athlete to grace the cover of Vogue.

Though she's¬†the number one women's tennis player, Serena is constantly ridiculed for her athletically curvy figure. Yet she continues to use her outfits¬†on the tennis court to celebrate her body and dismiss public (and media) opinions. She's also been¬†designing clothing for other women‚ÄĒfrom one-off athletic collections with Puma and Nike¬†to designing her own line, Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection, which will show¬†at New York Fashion Week this year.¬†After being signed with Nike for almost a decade, Williams introduces the biggest collection she has designed with the brand yet, befittingly called the Serena Greatness collection. She explained her attitude in¬†an interview with¬†The New York Times:¬†

‚ÄúIs greatness winning? Is it losing? Is it recovery?‚ÄĚ she asked, by way of example. Then she offered her conclusion: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs all of them, plus being good to yourself.‚ÄĚ

She'll be wearing her Nike collection‚ÄĒthat consists of a bomber jacket, three pairs of sneakers, a day game dress and a night game dress‚ÄĒat the US Open, which officially starts Monday. Her performance at the Open will decide if she becomes the first woman in 27 years to win a Grand Slam in a calendar year. In typical Serena Williams fashion, the¬†dress she's designed has animal prints and accentuates her curves. In celebration of the Serena Greatness collection launching today, here's a look at some of Serena's best looks on the tennis court.

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Practicing the monochromatic trend at a young age.

October 1990: Nancy Reagan Tennis tournament.
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Prints on prints.

1992: Serena Williams in action on the tennis court.
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August 2014: Western & Southern Open
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September 2014: US Open
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June 2015: French Open
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July 2015: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships
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on August 24, 2015 in New York City.
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Simple outfits, major hair.

March 1998: Lipton Championships
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August 1998: US Open
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September 1999: US Open
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June 2000
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Fun embellishments. 

July 2001: The All England Lawn Tennis Championship
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January 2003: Australian Open
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September 2004: US Open
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Matching sneakers. 

September 2001: US Open
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May 2002: French Open
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December 2002 : Collins Cup
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January 2005 : Australian Open
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March 2012: Sony Ericsson Open
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September 2013: US Open
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October 2014: BNP Paribas WTA Finals
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Metallics and glitter. 

May 2002: WTA Tennis Masters
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August 2002: JP Morgan Chase Open
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June 2002: French Open
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Bodysuits. 

September 2002: US Open
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March 2005: NASDAQ-100 Open
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Pleats. 

July 2004: the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship
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September 2004: US Open
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November 2004: WTA Tour Championships Tournament
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January 2006: Australian Open
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June 2010: French Open
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June 2011: AEGON International
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October 2012: TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships
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January 2013: Brisbane International
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August 2015: Western & Southern Open
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Shades of Pink.

January 2001: Australian Open 2001
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May 2004: French Open Tennis
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December 2004
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May 2010: Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open
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January 2014: Australian Open
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April 2015: Miami Open
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Jackets. 

June 2008: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships
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January 2014: Australian Open
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All white. 

July 2010: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships
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June 2011:
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July 2014: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships
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Color blocking. 

September 2012: US Open
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January 2013: Australian Open
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March 2013: Sony Open
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March 2014: Sony Open
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January 2015: Australian Open
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Tahirah Hairston is a style writer from Detroit who likes Susan Miller, Rihanna's friend's Instagram accounts, ramen and ugly-but cute shoes.