Archive for January 24th, 2010

with roddick-like humor, espn gets it right

January 24, 2010

… with this clip. Enjoy.

(screen grab via ESPN.com)

it’s “asia’s” slam, after all…

January 24, 2010

Two snaps to Zheng Jie for being the first (of two!) Chinese players in the women’s quarterfinals at the 2010 Australian Open. She upset 31st seed Alona Bondarenko 7-6 (5), 6-4. The 2008 Wimbledon semifinalist will vie for a spot in the semis in Melbourne against Maria Kirilenko.

We love the hidden print in the (half!) pleats of her ANTA skort. Note the monogram (“Z”) on the back of her dress.

Up close: More pics of Jie’s dress after the cut…

may igor andreev’s biceps rest in peace

January 24, 2010

Igor Andreev got the distinction of being Roger Federer‘s opening round opponent at the 2010 Australian Open. He even took away a set from the top seed before falling 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (2), 0-6.

And more notable is the Russian’s switch from wearing Under Armour, where we got full view of his wares, to the more classic polos of Sergio Tacchini (replacing Tommy Robredo, who’s now with Los).

Thankfully, Igor’s wearing a polo in a size that’s proportional to his body. And he leaves all but one button undone (are you taking notes, Andy Roddick?).

Andreev’s duties at the Aussie Open aren’t done, though. Now he gets to play the supportive bf while Maria Kirilenko plays in a quarterfinal match against Zheng Jie.

More: Two more pics of Igor after the cut…

will another set of russians pass dementieva by?

January 24, 2010

Russian Elena Dementieva had the misfortune of drawing a second-round match against Justine Henin at the 2010 Australian Open. While the Belgian’s skills (and prior Aussie Open record) should have given her a high seeding, the tour’s ranking/seeding process hasn’t yet adjusted for Justine’s 20-month absence (which recently ended when she un-retired at the beginning of the year).

Too bad for Dementieva, since she was coming into the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 title win over Serena Williams in Sydney. But we’re also not shocked, are we? Elena’s spent years and years flirting with her potential to be a trophy winner at a Slam, but something always seems to work against her (that serve, her head, a dark horse).

And there are a few other Russians hitting their stride this year., including Zvonareva, Kirilenko (squee!!), and Petrova (though Nadia can really be lumped in the same underachieving group as Dementieva). Will Elena be left in the dust, or is this her year to shine?

A demure dress: Compared to all the skimpy stuff she wore last year (hey, if I had gams like her, I’d wear the same!), the pale green Yonex dress seemed more proper. Or perhaps we’re all just distracted by Venus‘s second homage to Borat — who knows? Still, we love the white Vs breaking up the solid block of color (but could have lived without that waistband).

Buy: Yonex Spring 2010 Dress, green/white, $69.95, midwestsports.com

(image via Getty Images)

del potro’s sophomore slump

January 24, 2010

That epic second-round match that Juan Martin Del Potro played against James Blake — which he won 10-8 in the fifth — finally bit him in the ass two rounds later. The Argentine fell to fellow lank Marin Cilic 7-5, 4-6, 5-7, 7-5, 3-6.

Unfortch, we see Marin falling in the quarters to Andy Roddick. (Draw: Men’s Singles.)

Del Potro wears a “Cyber Green” sleeveless top from Nike; a chunky diagonal stripe breaks up the thin horizontal lines on the front of the tank. This is probably the most subtle of all the shirts produced for the company’s Trend line this spring. Gael Monfils is one of the guys wearing the black version of the tank.

Buy: The crew version of Del Potro’s top, $50; Slam Shock Shorts, $50; at Midwest Sports.

(image via Getty Images)

fashion focus: ivanovic stung by dulko

January 24, 2010

One of the more anticipated dress debuts at the 2010 Australian Open, that of 20th seed Ana Ivanovic, is now a distant memory after she was upset by Gisela Dulko 7-6 (6), 5-7, 4-6 in the second round. Unfortunately, even Dulko (cute in her orange Lacoste dress) is knocked out, falling — rightfully so — to ninth seed Vera Zvonareva in the round after. (Draw: Vera will face Azarenka for a spot in the quarters.)

As one of the main faces of adidas‘ adilibria line, Ivanovic did well to show the collection’s spring 2010 dress. Free from crazy ruffles and asymetrical tops, the piece instead focuses on marrying an athletic aesthetic — that intense yellow and black colorway — with the feminine detailing of lace, cutaways, and subtle pleating.

Buy: adilibria Spring 2010 Dress, in Core Yellow, $75; Jacket, in Phantom (black), $85.

More: Photos of Ana’s dress after the cut…

kirilenko: finally bridging the gap?

January 24, 2010

Maria Kirilenko has the gods working in her favor at the 2010 Australian Open, moving her through to the quarterfinals after Dinara Safina withdrew with a back injury while trailing 30-40, 4-5.

Here’s hoping that this run through the second week of a slam will help up the profile (and confidence) of the fashion-flexible Kirilenko. I think she’s got her fair share of fans in the Maxim-reading crowd, but it would be nice to have more casual tennis fans see her game, too.

(image via Getty Images)

sunday survey: your picks, video style

January 24, 2010

We break down the draws on the men’s and women’s side and wonder who your pick is to take the title.


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