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July 26 2014

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The Eyes of a Champion

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“Racket? Got it. Sneakers? Yep. Headband? Uh-huh. Eyeliner? Winged and ready.” That’s the checklist that we’re guessing Serena Williams went through before each match at this year’s U.S. Open—she didn’t hit the court once during the tournament without kohl-rimmed eyes. Of course Serena, who is not known for being demure, didn’t just opt for subtle definition. Instead, she went with bold, extended strokes of carbon-black liner that rivaled the retro look we spotted backstage at Prabal Gurung.

And although we can’t imagine getting through a spin class with our makeup still intact, Serena endured last night’s grueling two-hour, forty-five-minute final against Victoria Azarenka (one of the longest women’s matches ever) without a smudge in sight. And, oh yeah, she scored her fifth U.S. Open win (her seventeenth major title overall). During her post-match interview, the number-one ranked player was grilled about the gusts of wind that rattled her nerves and that nail-biter of a tiebreak. The one question we would ask the champ: What eyeliner do you use?

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