The "Unretiring" Serena Williams has done it again. Still fairly fresh off her stint on Vogue's April cover, she has landed another major magazine centerpiece, this time fronting for New York magazine's fall fashion issue.

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Williams' pint-sized dog, Chip, appears with her in some of the images, including an instantly iconic take on performing the splits while owning an astounding set of abdominal muscles.

The cover's language pins the timeliness of this appearance to "Serena's Sweep," with a parenthetical note "(not to jinx it or anything)." Writer Kerry Howley is credited with penning the interior story.

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Williams was surely alluding to her cover to come when, a week ago, she posted images to well-trafficked Instagram and Facebook accounts of herself performing the splits atop a pair of gymnastics rings.

"She’s eyeing a fashionable post-court life, but first she’s got tennis history to make," says the text on the opening spread of the Williams feature article. She's next in action this week in Toronto, where she will open against Flavia Pennetta or Gabriela Dabrowski. It's all a prelude to the U.S. Open, which will certainly be a more frenetic tournament than usual.

[Photographs by Norman Jean Roy]

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