Archive for April 1st, 2008

the belarusian polka

April 1, 2008

Victoria Azarenka - Miami 2008

Victoria Azarenka fell to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open, but not before giving the Russian a scare; Azarenka won the first set and held a match point against Sveta before losing 6-1, 5-7, 0-6.

She wore the Set Point polo from Nike. Yep, my friends, those are polka dots you’re seeing.

Buy: Nike Set Point Polo, $50.

(photo by AP Photo/J. Pat Carter via DTL)

davydenko’s in the quarters + an update on the match-fixing scandal

April 1, 2008

Nikolay Davydenko - Miami 2008

Nikolay Davydenko seems to be shaking away his demons left and right.

First, he’s standing up against the ATP anti-corruption team (“Tennis Integrity Unit”) investigating the match-fixing scandal, refusing to hand over phone records of his brother, Edouard, and his wife, Irina, until the ATP decides to foot his legal bill. His lawyer, Frank Immenga, told BBC Sport that charges will be dropped very soon, and that it’s not out of the question that Kolya will sue the ATP for damages.

Meanwhile, he just reached the quarters at the Sony Ericsson Open for the first time in his career, taking out Mario Ancic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Ancic was on a roll before falling to the Russian, beating 13th seed Andy Murray and 18th seed Juan Monaco (le sigh) in the previous two rounds. Kolya has yet to face a seed, and will take on Janko Tipsarevic in the quarters. The only time the two have met was in the hard courts of Russia in last year’s Davis Cup tie. (Kolya won that one 7-6, 6-1.)

As usual, he’s wearing a ho-hum kit from Airness.

(photos by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

vintage janko tipsarevic

April 1, 2008

Janko Tipsarevic - Miami 2008

So much for the clean-cut look of Janko Tipsarevic. After spending the first part of 2008 sans piercings, glasses, and breathing strip, he’s fallen back to his usual ways — likely to help deal with the heat and the humidity of Florida in the spring.

Yay: Tipsy’s on a roll so far, knocking out two seeds (No. 29 Fernando Verdasco and No. 11 Mikhail Youzhny) to get a spot in the quarters. He took out Yooz in three sets: 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

(photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


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