Archive for September 28th, 2009

trophy watch: monfils hatches a green egg, date set a date with history, etc.

September 28, 2009

Proud achievement or slap in the face? Japanese phoenix Kimiko Date-Krumm became the oldest SEWTA winner since BJK in 1983 by beating Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-3 at the Korea Open. Set this win beside Kimmie‘s U.S. Open triumph (and alongside Dinara‘s first round disaster in Tokyo) and what you get is fodder for naysayers of the deflated WTA Tour. Either way, congrats to Kimiko!

You can’t Photoshop that even if you tried: Israeli Shahar Pe’er beat local (Uzbekistani) Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-4 at the Tashkent Open. Shahar also won the singles title at last week’s Guangzhou Open.

More: The men, and toasts to Agassi and Kramer after the cut…

photo feed: juan monaco falls and hurts his right leg

September 28, 2009

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Peekaboo: Blame the “just because we can” syndrome, but here’s a photo of Juan Monaco, who made the finals of the BCR Romania Open this past weekend. He lost 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6) to Albert Montanes. The Argentine was up 5-2 in the second set before he fell and hurt his right leg. Unfortunately, he was not able to recover. What is it with him and leg bad luck?

More: See a few more pics after the cut…

fashion focus: venus williams in tokyo

September 28, 2009

Venus Williams had such cute hair at this past weekend’s press conference for the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Too bad that the first round scoreboard looks like a massacre. Top seed (and World No. 1) Dinara Safina got upset in three set to No. 132 Chang Kai-Chan; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Venus in two; Sveta goes down to Andrea Petkovic in three; and both Pennetta (No. 9) and Ivanovic (No. 10) lost to Vinci and Safarova, respectively.

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Moving on: That pic above made me window-shop for hairwear, and I ran across these three. Rhinestone headband (right), $7.80; and Jeweled satin headband (left), $5.80; both at forever21.com. And if you’re feeling adventurous (and splurgy), these Side Poms (center) are for you! Available at Topshop for $75.

(Venus image via Getty; hair accessories images via topshop and forever21.com)

FV does LV — were we surprised?

September 28, 2009

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Consider our cockles warmed after learning that Fernando Verdasco is a suitcase-toting member of the Louis Vuitton club!

Kuala Lumpur up close: Head over to HC Foo’s blog for some in-the-trenches coverage of the inaugural Proton Malaysian Open. It’s even more intense via Twitter.

The top five seeds at this ATP 250 event are: Kolya, Verdasco, Soderling, Gonzo, and Metz winner Gael Monfils. Taylor Dent is one of the wild cards; he won his first-round match against Andrey Golubev and next faces Davydenko. How do you say gulp in Russian?

(photo via HC Foo)


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