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October 5, 2009

World No. 1 Dinara Safina cemented her place atop a rank list — that of “Worst No. 1 Ever” — with her second-round, 7-5, 7-6 (5), loss to the 226th-ranked Shuai Zhang at this week’s China Open. The previous record was held by Ana Ivanovic, who, as the world no. 1, lost to the 188th-ranked Julie Coin in the second round of the 2008 U.S. Open.

Two snaps to Zhang, who received a wildcard into this tournament. Not bad for her first SEWTA Tour win, right?

And we love those patriotic Nike wristbands.

BTW: If Serena bests Dinara’s performance this week (and she could do so by winning against Ekaterina Makarova in the third round tomorrow), she’ll be back at No. 1. The flip flop continues!

(images via Getty)

pavlyuchenkova too much for venus’ tutu

October 5, 2009

Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has Venus Williams‘s number, having upset the American for the second time in two weeks, more recently in the second round of the China Open. The score: 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

“I just tried to play as simple as I can just into the court and just make her move,” said Pavlyuchenkova of Venus at her post-match presser. “And today I just tried to do the same thing.”

Make Venus — one of the tour’s best movers — move? Kids these days can stare death in the face and not flinch one bit!

Bracketology: Anastasia next faces Wozniak, and could face Kuznetsova in the quarters. The rest of the draw is here (pdf).

Thumbs up: Many of you didn’t like Venus’ U.S. Open ’09 bowling shirt dress, but make sure to send love to her doubles outfit from that Slam, which she also wore for singles this week. Straps criss-crossed down the back of the bright pink dress, fitting for a ballerina.

(image via Getty)

warm-up jackets: gasquet (wimbledon) and cibulkova (french)?

October 5, 2009

And in case they don’t put Andy Roddick or the guys in their french stable in those shorts (we can only dream!), Lacoste can at least grab two looks from their Spring 2010 runway show and slap ‘em on some tennis pros.

Since everyone is all about accessorizing for their short strut from locker room to player’s chair, I recommend these for Slam entrances for the upcoming year:

The white jacket would be perfect for Wimbledon, and the black anorak capelet will work for the ladies during the Roland Garros appearances.

(images via style.com)

fashion focus: lacoste spring 2010

October 5, 2009

We’ve been watching a lot of Tennis Channel at Chez TSF — especially those classic matches from the 80s — and’ve been totally fascinated by the short shorts worn by Borg, Connors, Ashe, et al. We want them to come back!

Our only concern is how they’ll keep junk in the trunks, but it worked back then, so it must work now. How about starting off with the men of Lacoste?

The French company’s Spring 2010 goods made a showing in New York last month, and creative director Christophe Lemaire churned out the classics: blazers and polos for the men, and flirty skirts and jumpsuits for the women.

We can totally see Gilles Simon wearing that white outfit on the very left. Do you agree? Tell us!

View: The Lacoste 2010 rtw slideshow is here.

(images via style.com)

SPRING 2010 SHOWS WE LOVE
>> bottega veneta
>> max mara
>> thakoon
>> fendi
>> marc by marc jacobs
>> giorgio armani
>> burberry prorsum

chiudinelli: hum or yum?

October 5, 2009

The third best Swiss ATPer, Marco Chiudinelli, made it through qualifying at this week’s Rakuten Japan Open and beat Dudi Sela 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. He’s had momentum as of late, making it to the third round of the U.S. Open and the quarters of last week’s Thailand Open. Unfortunately, he lost his only rubber at the World Group 2009 Davis Cup Playoff tie against Italy (his doubles match with Wawrinka against Starace and Bolelli). Still, Switzerland won it 3-2.

Looking ahead: The Rakuten Japan Open counts Del Potro, Simon, Tsonga, and Monfils as its top seeds. MC next plays Monfils. The draw’s here (pdf).

And now to the important stuff:

a) Marco’s outfitted with clothes from HI-PRO’s Black and White Collection. HI-PRO is a sports marketing company founded by Ivo Heuberger — a former pro and one of Martina Hingis‘s former flames.

b) I was once told I like really bland guys (and I sort of believe them. Exhibit A), but I’m thinking my new fascination is Chiudi is the real deal. Take a look at the pics after the cut and help me out?

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trophy watch: winning matches by hitting the ball? so 2008

October 5, 2009

Not many repeats this week as the lower-profile players — at least when it comes to wins — chomped off pieces of the trophy pie.

Golden statement: In Kuala Lumpur, Russian Nikolay Davydenko wore his gilded Airness track jacket as he received the trophy for beating Fernando Verdasco to take the Proton Malaysian Open on Sunday.

Kolya now has three titles (Hamburg and Umag are the other two) and has yet to catch a FeVer; he’s now 6-1 in his head-to-head against Verdasco.

Simon’s say: In Bangkok, new TSF fave Gilles Simon kept his clothes on long enough to bag the PTT Thailand Open title with his 7-5, 6-3 victory over Viktor Troicki. This is Simon’s first title of the year and sixth of this career.

Wrist accesories: Like a good pro, Russian Maria Sharapova slapped on her Tag Heuer watch just after winning the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Unfortunately, the victory came from Jelena Jankovic injuring her wrist in the seventh game of the first set. Masha also won this in 2005, defeating Lindsay Davenport in the final. This was Sharapova’s first title since Amelia Island in April 2008.

On the right is a pic of the many bracelets (cute charms!) that Jelena wore with her red ANTA dress.

(images via Getty)


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