French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli last week said Williams' outfit at this year's French Open - a skin-tight, black catsuit - would not be tolerated at Roland Garros in the future because "you have to respect the game and the place".
"My dad always said negative attention is better than no attention, so, as long as the truth lives inside of us and we know what the truth is, that stuff really doesn't bother you, " she said back then.
23-time Major champion Serena Williams will continue her quest for a seventh US Open title when she takes on Carina Witthoeft of Germany. She defeated Magda Linette of Poland in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.
The tutu dress came specially designed by Virgil Abloh, the founder of Off-White and current artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, bringing a high fashion twist to the court.
The crowd noise swelled again when Williams successfully challenged a line call and again when she secured the only service break she needed in the first set.
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"I think I'm getting there", Serena said after crushing the willowy Linette in the featured night match, wearing a designer motorcycle biker-like kit.
And a third added: "You can't wear a catsuit to play [tennis]".
Williams aced it on court and in fashion..
A year ago, Williams, the oldest of seven mothers in the draw at 36, was only days away from giving birth to Alexis Olympia by emergency C-section, when she survived a pulmonary embolism.
In an Instagram post after that French Open first-round victory over Czech Kristyna Pliskova - her first match on clay since the 2016 French Open final - Williams wrote: "Catsuit anyone?"
She went on to say that 'I read articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to three years if not dealt with. She began her US Open campaign against Caroline Dolehide of the U.S., of whom much is expected in the future.