Archive for August 25th, 2010

finding grace and beauty in power

August 25, 2010

This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine has an article in this Sunday's edition about the power game dominating women's tennis. It's bundled with slo-mo video of top WTA players — Serena, Dementieva, Stosur, Clijsters, Jankovic, Zvonareva, and Azarenka — wearing designer dresses while hitting balls. Our fave is Jelena in Herve Leger. Meanwhile, wtf is Sam wearing???

Can’t wait to buy the paper on Sunday!

(image via NYT)

a swig of fresh water

August 25, 2010

Maria Sharapova dropped by Evian’s “Babies on the Inside” event in Soho yesterday. The Openhouse gallery was packed with folks taking pics with the Baby tees, and in the back, Maria spent some time hanging out, chatting about idolizing Bono (for his humanitarianism), being a fan of Jack Nicholson (her favorite movie: “Something’s Gotta Give”), and other topics.

Over the Evian tee Maria wore a black DVF crop blazer with frayed lapels. She matched those with metallic Phillip Lim hot pants and peep-toe booties from her Fall 2010 Cole Haan collection.

And while there’s no official announcement from Tiffany, Maria will again be wearing their jewelry as part of her U.S. Open ensemble — this time drop earrings with yellow diamonds. Expect a Cole Haan bag to go with the Nike clothes and shoes, of course.

Buy: Cole Haan Air Swan Sandal, $198, colehaan.com.

(image by TSF)

she’s got gams, not game

August 25, 2010

Tsvetana Pironkova‘s noise-making run into the 2010 Wimbledon semis didn’t quite convert into success during this summer’s US Open series. At this week’s event in New Haven, the Bulgarian lost to qualifier Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 7-5. This is the second time in a month that Tsvetana’s lost to Anastasia. (Draw: Women’s Singles.)

On the flip side, the girl takes a good picture! (Nick found the link above… can someone help us with the Cyrillic text?)

Looking forward: Because of all the drop-outs at the top of the WTA rank list, Tsvetana’s seeded 32nd for the 2010 U.S. Open. (She’s ranked 34.)

(image source; via @lynnlovestennis)

the “courage” to “believe”

August 25, 2010

Busy New York bee Melanie Oudin on her 2010 U.S. Open miadidas Barricade 6.0 shoes from adidas: “The reason I chose the word COURAGE is because in order to believe you have to have the courage to do so… Courage to me means playing with no fear and going for it no matter what. You can believe in yourself so much but unless you have the courage to go on the court and put yourself on the line every time you won’t make it. You need courage and belief to make it to the top.”

Kit: Melanie will complement the vibrant colors of this shoe with her Fall Barricade tank and skort, both in “Collegiate Purple” and “Radiant Red”. Can’t wait to see it all in action next week!

Slow start: At this week’s Open warm-up in New Haven — the Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale — Oudin snatched a set from Dominika Cibulkova (a lucky loser, even!) before losing: 2-6, 7-5, 4-6. (Draw: Women’s Singles [pdf])

(image courtesy of adidas)

venus, ralph lauren make eleven (brand) babies + macy’s appearance

August 25, 2010

Venus Williams is teaming up with Polo Ralph Lauren to put on the Legends Clinic tomorrow on Randall’s Island, an affair that will feature interactive instruction (streamed live on RalphLauren.com) and a limited-edition dress in partnership with Williams’ apparel brand Eleven to be worn by the champion during the clinic.

TSF will be there to strut our tennis stuff (or just gawk at V herself) and check out the Eleven/Ralph Lauren offspring first hand. Submit your questions for Venus via this link and she just may answer them live tomorrow.

See Venus: Tomorrow night in NYC, at the Herald Square Macy’s when Venus herself will be on the 2nd floor (the men’s department of all places!) at 6 PM. More details are here, including how you can score awesome Venus/tennis stuff with Macy’s purchases.

Two more Venus shots after the cut. (more…)

caro makes play for verdasco on twitter, gets no @reply

August 25, 2010

Wozy got no @reply love from Fernando Verdasco after sending out this Tweet late last night. Maybe she thought he only dates world number 1s? Caro, you’re the number one seed! And Serena would never date Fernando. We would though, especially after Kenneth in the 212 posted some GQ shots from Verdasco’s shoot with them.

While Wozy was falling asleep dreaming of having little Ferdies running around with high pony tails wearing Stella McCartney spring dresses, Verdasco was with his sisters, chowing down in Chinatown and looking beautiful.

(wozniacki screen grab via twitter; gq picture by gq via kenneth in the 212; verdasco picture via twitpic)

oops! she did it again?

August 25, 2010

Oudin knows the camera (phones) will be turned on her over the next two weeks. “Crazy things happen in NYC.” (TSF photo)

Brand Oudin is making its biggest push in New York this week, one year after Melanie Oudin wowed the New York crowds and captured the nation’s attention with her eye-popping upsets. Oudin is part of campaigns with adidas, American Express and Virgin Mobile in and around NYC to promote the Open (and said products), even though the American teen is a dismal 3-11 on tour since May.

The web was buzzing earlier this week with the announcement that Oudin would wear customized adidas shoes, this year with the word “Courage” emblazoned on them. Last year, her “Believe” shoes were a US Open obsession, spawning what many called “Melanie Mania” and setting Oudin up for commercial success with deals with companies like Virgin Mobile. The Women Who Serve blog said if it were really up to Oudin she might have wanted to chose “Forget” to go on her shoes this year… as in forget last year’s Open.

But if Oudin wants to Oops! Do it again, she’ll have to do all those things: have courage, believe in herself and forget. The New York media will be shameless in the coverage and glamorization of Oudin in her return to New York, even the girl has obviously worked hard in the gym (check the adidas link… those biceps!) but hasn’t seen results on the court. Can’t we all just leave her alone? C Note thinks that’ll help, too.

After the cut: ad shots from Oudin’s adidas customized shoe and the American Express video. (more…)


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