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Venus Williams captures imagination

Response to lacy outfit at French Open says more about fantasy than competition

Updated: May 28, 2010, 5:37 PM ET
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

Over the last few days, I feel like I've heard more about Venus Williams' bottom than the oil spill in the Gulf.

The comments about Williams' posterior, which were ignited by a tennis outfit she wore at the French Open this week, have ranged from appreciation to surprise to disgust. The way some folks reacted, you would have thought Williams planted a stripper pole in the middle of Roland Garros, brought out some strobe lights, and started gyrating like Britney Spears.

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