No, Williams was not wearing a nightie at the French Open; and yes, she was wearing underpants. The corset-style red-trimmed dress, which Venus designed herself, was not as transparent as it appeared it was lined with fabric and her undies were actually quite decent, if flesh in color. The athlete downplayed the chatter surrounding the ensemble, which is a part of her EleVen clothing collection. "The outfit is about illusion," she said. "And it's obviously lace and kind of having that illusion of wearing lace and not having anything under it." While it's unusual and possibly uncomfortable, it has its advantages: imagine the effect on an opponent if she believes Williams doesn't even need to get out of her negligee to hand her a whupping. Which she did, beating Patty Schnyder in straight sets.