Archive for October 10th, 2007

trophy watch: the green egg, the yellow car, and big silver cups; aka the winners keep winning

October 10, 2007

A few days late, folks, but here are the trophies doled out for the four tournaments contested last week.

The Open de Moselle in Metz, France awarded another Yoshi egg, this time to Spaniard (and top seed) Tommy Robredo, who beat Andy Murray 0-6, 6-2, 6-3. It’s good to see the Scot (however color-uncoordinated, in Fred Perry) shaking off the rust from his wrist injury. Welcome back.

And U.S. Open semifinalist David Ferrer continues his hardcourt success with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Richard Gasquet to hoist this ginormous trophy. I’ve heard a few people mention that Ferrer was in top-player could-beat-Rafa-on-clay form during this all-blue fest.

On the women’s side, Justine Henin — in her first tournament since winning the $1 million U.S. Open prize last month — takes out Tatiana Golovin 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt. And with that victory, she goes home with a sleek trophy and a bright yellow 911 Turbo.

And in Japan, Virginie Razzano follows last week’s Guangzhou International Women’s Open title with a 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over Venus Williams, giving the Frenchwoman her second singles title in as many weeks.

More French success (but no photo): Pauline Parmentier upset top seed Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-2 to take the Tashkent Open title. Like a true professional, Azarenka has already rebounded by beating Masha in the first round of this week’s Kremlin Cup.

jurgen melzer’s necklaces

October 10, 2007

Austrian Jurgen Melzer throws his hat into the ring with this pair of necklaces at this week’s BA-CA Tennis Trophy in Vienna. He went up against countryman Alexander Peya in the first round, and came out with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

Other participants include top seed Novak Djokovic, who took out Gineps 6-3, 6-4; and JC Ferrero, who beat fifth seed Guillermo Canas 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5). (Wow. Canas’ year sure fizzled out after starting the year with two wins over Roger Federer in March.)

Melzer has also been sporting the same Incredible Hulk-esque, tight-fitting Power Web Crew Neck adidas shirt worn by Argentinian Juan Monaco earlier this summer. See the photo after the cut

masha’s day dress curse?

October 10, 2007

So we’re happy to find out that Maria Sharapova was healthy enough to play in this week’s $1.34 million Tier I Kremlin Cup in Moscow. She snuck in as the second seed (with a wild card) when Justine Henin pulled out last week.

Unfortch, she fell to the curse of her Nike 2007 U.S. Open Day Dress, again losing to a teenager — this time 18-year-old Victoria Azarenka — 7-6 (9) 6-2.

At least Masha looked good. This version of the outfit came as separates and in a black/white colorway (instead of vice-versa). Plus, is that velvet on the hem of her skirt?

And of course this Siberian siren glammed up even in training. Check out the cute shirt she wore after the cut.


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