Archive for October 16th, 2007

who’s blue and green and envied all over?

October 16, 2007

(This is the last post in a series looking back at the 2007 Australian Open. Enjoy!)

Look at this wonderful green Nike ensemble worn by Serena Williams during the two weeks she tore up the draw at the 2007 Australian Open in Melbourne.

I’m pretty sure her fellow SEWTAers were green with envy over her performance. Serena started the year ranked 81st after a lackluster 2006 (which saw her affected by injury and off-court distractions). She was seen as a dangerous floater and took the part to heart: she beat fifth seed Nadia Petrova 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 — her first win over a Top 10 player since beating Lindsay Davenport at the 2005 Australian Open. She followed this up with a fourth round routing of eleventh seed Jelena Jankovic; a tight 3-6, 6-2, 8-6 battle over Shahar Peer in the quarters; and a straight-sent win over Nicole Vaidisova in the semis.

But it was in the final that Serena made her boldest statement. She took out the pale Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 in 63 minutes to win her eight Grand Slam singles title (and third Aussie title).

Up close: What made Serena’s look so complete? She paired the green outfit with hoop earrings in a metallic royal blue and topped it off with a green wristband. And Nike paid close attention to the detail by adding white and striped trim to her dress.

What do you think of the outfit? Tell us!

bring on the bling: tiffany + u.s. open 2007

October 16, 2007

For this year’s U.S. Open, the USTA partnered with another New York institution — Tiffany & Co. — to produce one of the better merch lines for the tourney.

tiffany & co - u.s. open 2007 tennis

The collection consisted of a few charms plus a money clip, luggage tags, and paperweights (boo).

Clockwise, from top left: yellow leather luggage tag, $55; sterling silver money clip, $100; Flaming Ball charm, $85; Tennis Ball charm, $85; U.S. Open Logo charm, $85; Tag pendant necklace, $195. All charms available as necklaces for $125 and as charm bracelet for $185.

What do you think of the jewelry? Tell us!

By the way, the U.S. Open merch turned out okay, so I was a little premature ragging on it back in the spring. But I will stick to my guns about this: they should have had all the goods up and ready for sale by the time the U.S. Open series started in July (at the Countrywide Classic). From what I remember, things weren’t in full swing until sometime in August.

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photos: janko tipsarevic + kremlin cup

October 16, 2007

A bunch of Janko Tipsarevic pics from last week’s Kremlin Cup — where he lost to eventual champ Nikolay Davydenko 6-7 (6), 1-6 — after the cut…

short balls: keeping up with the joneses

October 16, 2007

I’ve felt a little out of touch with tennis these last few weeks so I’ve been resorting to some picture-packed posts (some of you aren’t complaining, though…). So for this round of short balls I thought I’d check back in with some real issues.

Better days ahead: Tom Perrotta shrugs off Maria Sharapova‘s shoulder woes as a mere hiccup in what has been (and could still be) a great career. and FYI: to help with her shoulder troubles, former coach Robert Lansdorp had suggested that Masha take her racquet up immediately during her service motion (i.e., no more loop). Let’s hope it helps. (The New York Sun)

Six degrees with Steve Jobs: The challenge? Connect Masha with tech god Steve Jobs. Give it a shot. (macenstein)

Pam Shriver speaks: Pundit Pam Shriver wants match-fixers banned for life. I agree! (Baltimore Sun via On The Baseline)

Race to the Chase: I know it’s not called that anymore (and yes, yes — it’s not Lipton anymore, either), but it just sounds so fun. Serena Williams is the latest to qualify, joining Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Ana Ivanovic. Whodathunk that Sveta would be the first Russian to make it? (The Canadian Press)

Zurich: This week, the women are flocking to Zurich for the last Tier I of the year. And for many, the last chance they’ll have to make the cut for the Year-End Championships. (On The Baseline) The folks next on the list are Chakvetadze, Venus, Masha, Dani Hantuchova, and a Beijing-focused Elena Dementieva. Masha might run into trouble, since she’s the defending champ at Zurich and has pulled out with her shoulder injury. FYI, Martina Hingis has also pulled out because of her nagging hip injury.

The mens: The top two men (that’s Roger and Rafa) return to the courts for the first time since the U.S. Open at the Madrid Masters. R-Fed ponders his 2008 schedule while all eyes are on whether Nadal’s knees have recovered enough to let him vie for this hardcourt title. A look at their year-end tourney — The Masters Cup — will be for another post.

The Hewitt gene: While the tenacity of the Hewitts made Lleyton a top tennis player (hmm, will he make it into the Hall of Fame with two titles, I wonder?), his sister Jaslyn is making her mark in the bodybuilding world. Enjoy. (amaz0ns.com)

Speaking of Hewitt, he’s pushing for Tennis Australia to help fellow Aussie Mark Philippoussis with a wildcard lifeline for the 2008 Australian Open.

Meanwhile, he won’t be playing Madrid doubles with Nadal since he’s withdrawn — along with Andy Roddick — due to injury. (IHT)

Karlovic’s new(er) record: Another for the whodathunk files is Ivo Karlovic‘s latest feat — winning a title on three surfaces in 2007 (carpet in Stockholm, clay at the U.S. Clay Courts, and grass in Nottingham) — is shared only by Roger Federer. (Fox Sports)

On up-and-comers: American Wayne Odesnik looks like Guillermo Canas. (sacbee.com — annoyingly, reg. req’d)

More mushy Davenport stories: We can’t get enough! ESPN’s Bonnie D. Ford writes about Lindsay and Jagger at a WTT event in Villanova, Penn.

(OT) This week’s amazing building: As you can probably tell, I have a little thing for good architecture. My latest pick is the Quinta Real Zacatecas (in Zacatecas, Mexico). Once the Plaza de Toros San Pedro, North America’s largest bullring — it has now been turned into a gorgeous five-star hotel. Check out their website. (UrbanDaddy)

(OT) With mixed feelings, the runner-up: The Green Mountain project in Libya will try to preserve one of the last undeveloped areas of the Mediterranean Coast. It’s ambitious, so I hope they pull it off. Otherwise, they just effed up one of the last undeveloped areas of the Mediterranean Coast. (NYT)


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