- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Serena Williams doesn’t just play fierce.

The five-time champion strode on court for her opening-round U.S. Open match against Taylor Townsend on Tuesday night wearing a black-and-white, leopard-print dress that looked as tough as she plays.

After Williams’ straight-set victory, ESPN’s Pam Shriver gave her review in the post-match TV interview: “By the way, the dress is phenomenal.”

Williams responded with a growl.

It’s not the first such fashion statement for Williams, who is seeded No. 1. On her way to the 2002 title, she wore a skin-hugging, all-black “catsuit,” and in 2004 she turned heads in a midriff-baring black top with a pleated blue jean skirt.

By James Martinez, www.twitter.com/jfmartinez


BACK TO SCHOOL: Noah Rubin will stick around the U.S. Open for at least a few more days before he starts his freshman year at Wake Forest.

He’s already enrolled in classes: art history, writing, astronomy and Intro to Judaism.

And what if he’s asked in his writing course to pen an essay on what he did over the summer?

“I played a little tennis, recreationally, and took it from there,” Rubin said with a smile.

A little tennis that took the 18-year-old all the way to the junior Wimbledon title.

Rubin made his Grand Slam main draw debut Tuesday at the U.S. Open, a spot he earned by winning the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championship. He lost to 66th-ranked Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.

“I learned that I can definitely compete with these guys at the best level, definitely things to learn,” Rubin said. “Fitness is one. Nerves came into play a little bit also.”

Rubin grew up nearby in Long Island and drew a standing-room-only crowd on Court 13.

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