Archive for January, 2008

no more sweaty mess: a classy daniela through to the semis

January 22, 2008

Drop it like it’s (not) hot: Those unflattering photos of Daniela Hantuchova wearing the brown version of Masha‘s Australian Open dress probably led to the wise decision of going with this simple white number.

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This is the Bloom Dress (as opposed to the Bloom Tunic worn by Serena Williams), paired with a variety of visors in pink, black, and white (seen here, as she beat 29th seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2 for a place in the semifinals of the women’s draw).

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And she wears a white watch which reminds me of this one from Nixon that I’ve been eyeing for a few weeks.

Buy: Nike Bloom Dress, $80, at Tennis Warehouse.

(photos by Getty Images)

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vegetarians, be warned…

January 22, 2008

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The Australian Open men’s semifinal between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Rafael Nadal will be 100% pure beef.

Their only meeting was in last year’s U.S. Open. Nadal won that one in straight sets.

Whet your appetite: More pictures after the cut…

youzhny splits, tsonga left standing in australia

January 22, 2008

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Jo-Wilfred Tsonga continues his amazing run Down Under (Chris called it) with his 7-5, 6-0, 7-6 (6) defeat of Mikhail Youzhny in the quarterfinals. That is one limber Russian.

Both Tsonga and Youzhny were wearing versions of the adidas Edge Theme Polo in white/black and white/blue, respectively.

More photos: One more set of Mikhail’s on-court faces after the cut…

fashion focus: maria and yuri dressed in nike

January 22, 2008

Wow. I didn’t think for a second that I would be waking up to news of Maria Sharapova blowing top seed Justine Henin out of the water. The 6-4, 6-0 women’s quarterfinals scoreline at the Australian Open gave Justine her first bagel since the 2002 French Open.

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All in the deets: Here’s a closer look at her visor this week; it reminds me of the one she wore at last year’s French but in white with gold accents. And those earrings of hers are significantly more diminutive than those of the Williams sisters, but do the job of keeping Maria’s look elegant.

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Out for blood: And her father Yuri brought his own fashion to the stands with the Bape-like camouflage hoodie from Nike (who’s Maria’s clothing sponsor).

“He (said) he has a cold so he had to put the hood on tonight,” Sharapova said of her father’s “unfortunate” hoodie. “I told him ‘you look like an assassin with that jacket on.”

And assassin he was as he “made a dramatic throat-slitting motion as his daughter blew kisses to the crowd” after her defeat of top seed Henin. Yikes, that’s intense.

One more: See a photo of Maria toting her new gold Prince tennis bag, plus a Nike gym bag in the Spring pink color. Both after the cut…

whose schnoz is bigger?

January 21, 2008

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Marin Cilic hung out with some animals at the Royal Melbourne Zoo in between matches at the Australian Open.

The Croat should be proud of his performance Down Under this year. He took out two seeds, No. 27 Nicolas Almagro and No. 7 Fernando Gonzalez and succumbed to James Blake in the fourth round.

(photo by Getty Images)

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taking a break: youzhny and nieminen as australian tourists

January 21, 2008

Jarkko Nieminen and Mikhail Youzhny, two of the men’s quarterfinalists at the Australian Open, took time off Monday to enjoy the sights of Melbourne.

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Mikhail and his girlfriend, Julia Thomas, enjoy a water taxi ride. Youzhny will play against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga for a place in the final four.

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And the Asics-sponsored Nieminen visits the Melbourne Aquarium. [Insert pun about Finns here.] He’ll need all the distractions he can get before facing second seed Rafael Nadal.

One more photo of Jarkko after the cut…

checking in on the women’s draw

January 21, 2008

I picked six out of the eight quarterfinalists…

So Lindsay looked a little lazy and didn’t blow out Masha like I had suspected, for good reason: Sharapova has been doing really well and could give Henin some trouble.

Vaidisova gave Serena less of a challenge than I thought she would.

Radwanska, showing her US Open victory over Sharapova was no fluke, has played giant killer of the women’s side taking out Kuznetsova and Petrova.

My dark horse Michaella Krajicek went out early. I’m tired of believing in her.

Surprises thus far:

  • Outback favorite Dellacqua taking out Schnyder and Mauresmo before going down to Jankovic.

  • Wozniacki showing that she might make a name for herself once she gets out of her teens.

Looking forward: Based on who’s left, I’m still picking the Serena-Venus final with Serena taking it in three sets.

chris reworks his bold aussie open predictions

January 21, 2008

Sorry if you put money down on my picks for the men’s draw. Of the eight quarterfinalists, I had a remarkable three correct: Federer, Nadal, and Ferrer. I know I was stretching by going with Gooch, Baghy, and Wawrinka, but Marcos came close with his five-set victory over Safin, then his five-set loss to Hewitt.

I was pretty much on in saying that the winner of the Tsonga-Murray first round match would have a good shot at making it to the semis, and now only Youzhny stands in Tsonga’s way.

And maybe Djokovic isn’t due for a sophomore slump, or maybe it’ll kick in at the spring hardcourt tourneys or the French. I’m still waiting for the other adidas Barricade to drop.

Surprise of the tournament thus far:

  • Roddick crashing out so early (but we weren’t surprised about his potty mouth tirade)

  • Blake still hanging around (and coming back from two sets down against Grosjean in the process)
  • Hewitt looking like he’s a top 10 player again
  • Nieminen showing that the Scandinavians can do more than just ski
  • TSF fave Tipsarevic cementing his name on the list of Serbians sitting atop the pro tennis heap.

Some close quarters: Out of the final eight remaining, I think Fed gets an easy win over Blake, Djoko needs 4 to put out Ferrer, Youzhny takes out Tsonga in 5, and Nadal dispatches Nieminen in 3 easy sets. Then we have a Fed-Nadal final. I think Nadal is playing better than Fed this week so far. I’m saying Nadal in 5.

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roger and nike bring back stripes

January 21, 2008

Roger Federer‘s night match outfit at the Australian Open stays with the black he and Nike used during last year’s U.S. Open (remember Darth Federer?). This time, though, they infuse it with some more color, mainly the New Blue that’s part of the Spring 2008 line.

And they’ve also brought back vertical stripes — a staple pattern of tennis fashion back in the 80′s, It appears on Roger’s warmup jacket and his wristband. See both (plus his white gym bag) after the cut…

reebok goes feminine – amelie mauresmo

January 21, 2008

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Amelie Mauresmo continues her lackadaisical performance as of late by bowing out of the Aussie Open’s third round. She lost to Casey Dellacqua 6-3, 4-6, 4-6.

But we give her props for that lovely Reebok separates. The v-neck is significantly more flattering than the collar on her Wimbledon wear from last year.

Buy: The Spring RBK Pro Tradition skort and tank are both available for $39.99.

Casey hits the bullseye: Hometown darling Dellacqua, who will likely be signed by Nike after this tournament, also cashed in on her revelation that Target Australia was her favorite place to shop.

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Target did the logical thing and sent the 22-year-old on a shopping spree, with photographers in tow.

(photos by Getty Images)

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why botox is bad

January 21, 2008

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You can’t tell from her face, but Nicole Kidman is enjoying some high-quality tennis at the Australian Open.

She took in the fourth round match between Novak Djokovic and Lleyton Hewitt, where the Serbian defeated the Aussie hope 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Nole will face David Ferrer in the quarters.

(photo by Getty Images)

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roger’s aussie open day wear

January 20, 2008

More fashion: Top seed Roger Federer and Nike don’t deviate too much from the black and blue they used during the 2007 U.S. Open. (Why fix what ain’t broke, right?) For Roger’s 2008 Aussie Open day wear, the colorway is New Blue, Soft Grey, and White.

Some nice detail, too. Notice the grey stripe running the length of his blue wristband. And of course the monogram on the polo.

What do you think? Tell us!

Buy: Federer Control Polo, $65 (order will ship on 2/6/08); Global Control Short, $45. Alas — the headbands and wristbands are not available.

Scoreline: Roger has taken out Diego Hartfield, Fabrice Santoro, and Janko Tipsarevic so far. His opponent in the fourth round is Tomas Berdych, the first seed Roger will face in this tourney.

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more stripes: filippo volandri in EA7

January 20, 2008

Filippo Volandri lost in straight sets to Sebastien Grosjean in the first round of the Australian Open.

The Italian dressed up for his performance (of course!), wearing white from his sponsor, EA7 (that’s Emporio Armani‘s sports line). They’ve also jumped on that stripes trend, adding some diagonal black and white detail to Volandri’s polo. Nice and simple. We like it.

Flashback: See Filippo’s previous EA7 outfits here.

Shop: Everyone’s still doing winter clearance, including EA7. I loved the lookbook. Some highlights below the cut…

photo feed: tipsarevic goes down in five sets

January 19, 2008

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For those of you who can’t get enough of Janko Tipsarevic, here are some photos from his epic third round battle against Roger Federer at the Australian Open.

Janko made the top seed work for his 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-1, 10-8 win. Yep, that’s someone not named Rafa Nadal taking Roger to five.

I’m not responsible for what you do with these photos. Just don’t defile him, okay? Enjoy…

if i didn’t have to go to work so early tomorrow…

January 19, 2008

….you know I’d be all over that Federer-Tipsarevic match right now. Janko is up 2-1!!!

This is the one time I wish I had TiVo. :( If someone out there is taping the match (and can get me a DVD or something), I’ll pay for your troubles…

fashion: finally, sania shines in adidas!

January 18, 2008

Does anyone feel like we’re going though tennis storylines faster than the clackers go through handbags? (Btw, if you don’t want to buy, you can always rent…) In the olden days, we’d still be debating whether Martina Hingis was really reckless enough to do blow at Wimbledon. (Imagine her snorting the lines from her Venus Rosewater dishes!) But fear not, Swiss Miss. You can stay safely in retirement. First, the publicists are doing their jobs; in the SEWTA media guide, there’s no indication of why you retired the second time. Second, we’ve since replaced you with other scandalous bits, like Sania Mirza‘s latest run-in with Indian officials.

Apparently, someone filed a complaint after seeing this photo of Sania at the Hopman Cup with her bare feet almost touching the Indian flag. This is in violation of the country’s Prevention of Insult to the National Honour Act, but not in violation of the Harass Athletes Proudly Representing Your Country Act. Uhh, have you seen the picture? It’s called depth perception, folks. Figure it out. I’m more over this than Masha is over Nole‘s impersonations.

But since we’re talking about grievances, I totally had beef with Sania’s pre-Aussie Open adidas gear. I had high hopes, wanting her to break free from Lotto, but instead she played in some standard issue three-stripes from her new clothing sponsor.

Alas, all I had to do was wait, because she’s been rocking the s**t out of this Edge Cap Sleeve Top. It flows and works well with her sizeable rack.

Up next for Sania is Venus Williams in the third round.

in the second round, a match worthy of a fashion final

January 18, 2008

If TSF had our way, the later rounds of a Slam would have great tennis and great fashion. Sometimes, that doesn’t work out (ahem, Justine Henin), like the case of the second round match between 27th seed Maria Kirilenko and Akiko Morigami.

Maria blew Akiko out of the water 6-1, 6-1 in a second round match at the Australian Open, and could put up a fight against the not-quite-100% Anna Chakvetadze on Saturday.

The fashion scoreline was a lot closer, though. Maria passes muster (mustard?) by representing the earth tones hit week. She brings out a pleated skirt and white tank — both part of the the Spring line from adidas by Stella McCarthey. The yellow is a refreshing change from all the other women wearing various shades of pinks and purples this fortnight.

In the other corner…: And Akiko, who celebrated her 28th birthday last Saturday, previews the new Spring line from Fila Japan. Her outfit plays with pink and ruffles (at the sleeves) and and stays sporty with thick horizontal stripes of black, white, and red.

Whose outfit do you prefer? Tell us!

Hold your horses: The adidas spring line won’t drop for another few weeks (February). In the meantime, you can get your fix by raiding the Fall/Winter clearance. The tennis skirt ($60) is my pick. Browse the rest of the goods here.

And same goes for Fila Japan. They’re still in winter mode on the interwebs. We’ll make sure to update you when everything’s ripe for the picking.

(photos by Getty Images)

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fashion focus: when a frog turns to prince

January 18, 2008

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Eccentric American Vince Spadea is still in the running for an Australian Open title. He reached the third round by taking out Denis Gremelmayr in five sets: 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7. Spadea took out 30th seed Radek Stepanek in the first round.

Prince charmed him: Vince is cleaning up after all! He recently signed a sponsorship contract with Prince, which, along with a racquet deal, gives him official Prince tennis clothing to wear at ATP Tour events.

Le sad. We cringed at the sight of those (bedazzled) trucker hats from his own line, but they had a place at the table.

Going 2.0: “The Vindawg” has embraced the web full-on. Watch YouTube videos of his rapping (but really, more like spoken word). And now that I think about it, I hope his homepage layout doesn’t change. At this point, it’s so outdated that it’s hip again!

Buy: If you’re not in America right now, you probably still have money to spend. Browse the latest Prince goods here. Enjoy.

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tattoo watch: jurgen melzer

January 17, 2008

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The Australian Open edition of Tattoo Watch continues…

We already know about Jurgen Melzer‘s back tattoo (nice and clean), but we had to do a double-take when we saw this picture from yesterday’s first round match between Melzer and Jiri Vanek.

What is that on his arm? A tattoo? Medical tape?

Sleeveless: TSF isn’t sure why we haven’t seen many others in the adidas stable go sleeveless this week.

By the way, Melzer won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, and faces Marin Cilic for a place in the third round.

(Aussie Open photo by Getty Images; back photo via MTF)

sybille bammer’s chest is a superfund site

January 17, 2008

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The original 21st century tennis hot momma, Sybille Bammer, lost early at this year’s Australian Open. She only managed two games against Hsieh Su-Wei in the second round.

(And the other HM, Lindsay Davenport, won only four games as she was crushed by fifth seed Maria Sharapova.)

The Superfund logos embroidered all over her cute white and green tennis outfit refers to a European investment firm, not a toxic site. This means Sybille is no longer being sponsored by Erima.

Further reading: Business Week‘s profile about Superfund.

(photo by Getty Images)

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