Blushing Meadows, NY - "Serena Williams beware," an International Sartorial Tennis Association stylist said today, "those orange shorts/panties just gotta go or your Grand Slam dreams will end up tits-up."
The women's World No 1 seed was being been briefed about an ancient curse at the Wimbledon Tennis Club that's already seen off World No 3 women's and men's seeds Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer.
The jinx on bright colors saw La Sharapova lose her second round match 6-3 6-4 to Portugal's Michelle Larcher de Brito at Wimbledon yesterday despite a big thumbs up from an admiring Number One Court audience for her choice of orange panties.
That same hex appears to have also struck Swiss tennis genius Roger Federer who was foot-faulted by Club officials and told to remove his orange-soled custom made Nikes.
Federer subsequently lost his Center Court match against World No 116 seed Sergiy Stakhovsky in a 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 shocker.
"Roger immediately complied with an Umpire's request to remove the offending orange-soled shoes," a QM-NewsCorpse sports reporter explained, "but unfortunately still lost to Stakhovsky.
"As for Ms Sharapova, apparently Wimbledon officials bent over backwards to stop a similar request for the Russian to remove her offending orange undergarment slap bang in the middle of Number One Court.
"There would have been ructions if she'd changed in full view of Hawkeye."
Flame-haired men's World No 2 seed Andy Murray could be next.