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Venus plans to be simply the best again at Wimbledon

sports Updated: Jun 22, 2010 08:53 IST

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Venus Williams has revealed her bid for a sixth Wimbledon singles' title is being inspired by pop star Tina Turner.

Venus raised more than a few eyebrows at the French Open last month when she played in a black corset-style dress and flesh-coloured underwear.

The powers that be at the All England Club would never tolerate such a flamboyant outfit, so the eight-time Wimbledon finalist has had to tone down her appearance in London.

But Venus still took to the Court One on Monday for her match with Rossana De Los Rios in a uniquely personal outfit.

She claims the so-called shimmy dress is inspired by Turner, whose hits includes the likes of 'Simply The Best' and 'What's Love Got To Do With It'.

Williams was definitely far too good for De Los Rios as she crushed the Paraguayan 6-3, 6-2 to set up a second round meeting with Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

"My dress was inspired by Tina Turner," Venus said. "It still has a lace motif and I think it's just a fun, elegant dress. Here it's all about white. There is no illusion this time.

"I love Tina Turner. Obviously, she's just an amazing, amazing artist, just a survivor.