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short balls: ladies in wanting

February 16, 2011

Aussie Open contributor Benjamin Snyder is back for more. Taking on the longest of tasks: short balls.

Back in the habit: Vera – circa USO 2009 – got the meltdown bug again last week in Thailand. (Getty Images)

Well, it looks like we’re back to some shaky form for the top women — and, man, you girls were all looking so sharp in Australia, according to Tennis.com’s Tom Perrotta. Check out how world no. 3 Vera Zvonareva allowed a line call and a swearing violation get the best of her big game. She lost it versus Daniela Hantuchova in the Pattaya Open semis, prompting this charged statement: “There is a big difference between being mentally tough and being emotional. It’s a huge difference. I will always be emotional. As long as I use those emotions to my advantage, that’s only a plus to me. If I need to break the racquet to pump myself up, then I will break the racquet. I don’t care.” | Watch the drama

At least Vera stayed on her feet. This week in Dubai, Anna Chakvetadze collapsed due to a stomach bug against Caroline Wozniacki. Déja vu? Good thing she chopped her pony or she really could have hurt herself.

Before you call Petra Kvitova the next big thing, waiting for her to win everything, Federer-style, get this: she choked in her first-round match in Dubai.

Speaking out. Former world no. 1 Amelie Mauresmo isn’t scared to voice her opinion, especially when it relates to her home Slam at Roland Garros. She recently lowered the boom on French officials who bid to keep the clay-court major in Paris. “We are the smallest of the four grand slams and I think it is important to have the chance to grow, and for the public to have more room,” she said.

Ana Ivanovic split with coach Antonio van Grichen (just what we were thinking… who?!) last week, saying she plans to keep the solo mojo going for longer. Maybe that’s not working too well, Ana. The ’08 FO champ lost to veteran Patty Schnyder in the first round of Dubai, just three short months after snacking on her in the final of Linz.

trophy watch: there’s a hole in my trophy, dear liza!

February 14, 2011

Petra Kvitova slayed the biggest giant of all this weekend in Paris: new world no. 1 and Aussie Open winner Kim Clijsters, 6-4 6-3 in the final. Isn’t there something missing from her trophy though? Like… a big chunk of it??

Meanwhile, over in San Jose, Milos Raonic became the first Canadian man to win an ATP title in 16 years. His prize(s)? A Sharks jersey and bottle of maple syrup. I mean, jeez, don’t paint him as Canadian or anything…

Check out Daniela in Thailand, Soderling in Rotterdam and more of the isn’t-there-something-missing trophy of Kvitova’s.

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gallery perusing

January 16, 2010

There is always plenty of interesting (and sometimes questionable) photos to peruse on the WTA’s photo gallery from each tournament each week. This last week, the folks at the tour put together a couple of gems from Hobart and Sydney. We picked out a few of our faves.

Alicia Molik and Sania Mirza try on some cricket gear with a couple of beefies.

We really do believe that Daniela Hantuchova belongs in the ’70s. According to her tee, so does she.

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Jankovic on the red carpet at Sydney. Which outfit do you like better?

(photos via WTA.com/getty images)

wimbledon, on the d list

June 23, 2009

TSF note: Tennis Chatter’s Nick McCarvel is in London this week, doing his time as a Wimbledon fan by queueing up for tickets. He’s graciously offered report back through TSF even though he’s also writing for the New York Times’ Straight Sets blog (Mazel tov!). Read on…

The tennis was in full force yesterday at the All England Club for day one of the 2009 Championships. As play was called to start over the loud speakers just before noon, there were bright blue skies above head – an unusual sight. Maybe that roof wasn’t necessary, after all?

If you’ve never been to a professional tennis event, one of the funnest things about them is how close you can get to the players. “Oh! There’s James Blake practicing on Court 5″ and “Whoops! Sorry Maria, didn’t mean to bump into you on the way to the bathroom.” It’s like a little town and you’re all just chum-chum with each other.

But, my favorite part of being at big tourneys like this is the D-List sightings. You know what I mean. Not the Andy, Roger, Rafa and Serena sightings… more like the “Isn’t that Sesil’s mom?!” and “OMG I think that’s Jill Craybas’ hitting partner!” Here’s a few of my Monday bump-ins:

Tracy Austin in a hideous, leprechaun green get-up courtside during Michelle Larcher de Brito’s first round encounter on Court 17. Austin appeared to be doing some sideline commentating off-and-on during the match (fact check, anyone?!). But Austin was most definitely not happy when Ms. Grunty herself walked past her after the match without so much as a head nod. Inter-generational bitch fight? I sure hope so. Divas got ‘tude!

Paradorn Schrichapan and Miss Universe wife (Natalie Glebova) hanging out outside of Centre Court while wifey tried to argue her way in without a pass. Paradorn looked sexy in street clothes (a black tee and jeans), while Natalie must’ve been saying: “Look, my name totally sounds like one of these tennis phenom names. I’m an OVA! Just let me in and I’ll let you see my Miss Universe crown.”

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sports illustrated’s 2009 swimsuit issue

February 11, 2009

SEWTA bombshells Daniela Hantuchova, Maria Kirilenko, and Tatiana Golovin appear in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Joining them in the magazine is Brookly Decker, Andy Roddick‘s fiancee.

The three tennis ladies were photographed by Walter Iooss in Cap Cana, Juanillo, Dominican Republic.

Here are the pics — a million times better than the non-HD preview we posted two days ago:

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Among many costume changes for Dani was this pink number from V del Sol.

“Being a part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue was a unique experience that gave me a rare and fun opportunity to let the people see me in a different light, away from the tennis court,” Hantuchova commented to the SEWTA website.

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Meanwhile, Maria was shot wearing this print bikini from adidas by Stella McCartney.

From Kirilenko’s site: “I have very good memories of the photo shooting for Sports Illustrated. I went to Dominican Republic with my mother. I was there for three days and I had a great time ! All days on the beach posing I can tell I was busy all the days but it was so nice ! A great team worked with me. The great photographer Walter Iooss, I think it is a greatest photographer I ever work with.”

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Tati looked comfortable (has she recovered from her injury?) in this Rachel Pappo suit.

“It is such an honor to be a part of the Swimsuit issue and while I have done lots of photo shoots in my career, none of them can compare to the fantastic atmosphere of this shoot and the positive energy of the crew,” Golovin said on the tour site. “It was a fantastic experience that will stay with me for a long time.”

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…aaaaaaaand Brooklyn Decker blows them all away. Just keep this picture in your wallet, Andy!

(Decker photographed by Raphael Mazzucco in Canouan Island, The Grenadines. Swimsuit by Elizabeth Kosich; all images via si.com)

breaking out: tati, dani, and makiri in si’s 2009 swimsuit issue

February 9, 2009

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While they might not have any major titles among them (one or two Tier I’s, at most), the blonde tennis trifecta of Maria Kirilenko, Dani Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin has the distinction of being included in Sports Illustrated‘s 2009 Swimsuit Issue. They’ll join Andy Roddick‘s fiancee Brooklyn Decker, along with a long list of scantily clad babes.

A sneak peek of the issue aired on CBS Sunday Morning (who was the target demo?), spun as a profile on legendary photographer Walter Iooss, who shot the trio for the magazine.

And on tonight’s episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, the magazine will announce the cover girl.

(screencap by busted coverage)

the aussie open in greyscale

January 19, 2009

At this year’s Australian Open, players are celebrating the Australian summer with bright kits in shades of blue, green, orange, yellow. But there are some who have chosen a cleaner black-and-white slate, leaving their tennis games to do the talkin’.

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Don’t adjust your screen: Spaniard Tommy Robredo defeated Bobby Reynolds 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 in the first round. Robredo wore a simple Sergio Tacchini polo to complete his look. Compatriot Feli Lopez disappointed us with his anemic Joma kit. The 27th seed lost to Gilles Muller 6-3, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 4-6, 16-14.

Meanwhile, Andy Roddick couldn’t care less if he played in a potato sack (as long as he wins another Grand Slam!), so it’s no surprise to see another ho-hum shirt from Lacoste. His first round scalp was Bjorn Rehnquist, whom he beat by dropping only four games.

And top marks go to the sponsorless Australian Casey Dellacqua, whose wardrobe — with its moving Target bullseye — has shown us that black and white can be used to spice up many a tennis outfit; she’s had a few good ones since the beginning of this year. Who makes her clothes, anyway? Eh, it won’t really matter anymore this week. Dani Hantuchova took her out 7-6 (11), 6-4.

(photos by Getty Images)

trophy watch: the post-Open asian swing

September 29, 2008

Trophy watch: The men and the women stopped by Asia this week to contest titles in Beijing, Bangkok, Korea. We saw rematches and familiar faces from last week and last year. A roundup of the winners, their trophies, and what they wore — all after the cut…

olympics: nike in red, white, and blue

August 11, 2008

TSF’s sad that we won’t get to see Maria Sharapova in her kit for the Beijing Olympics. So we’ll have to do with what we’re given:

Serena Williams wears a patriotic version of the Doubles Dress that she debuted earlier this year. In her first Olympics singles match ever (she won gold in doubles with Venus in 2000), she took out Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3, 6-1.

Zheng Jie took advantage of playing on her home court in her win over Hungarian Agnes Szavay.

Notice the ghosted pattern on the back panel of the top. (Thanks for a reader’s help with this one.)

Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova brushed aside veteran Ai Sugiyama 6-2 7-5.

(images via Getty Images)

fashion focus: jewelry at wimbledon

June 27, 2008


Serena Williams goes Dionysian at Wimbledon 2008.

Let’s talk jewelry for a sec. I write about it once in a while when it looks good, but I’d like to address some folks out there who have come to me asking that their jewelry be featured on TSF.

God bless their entrepreneurship and knack for making things, but please — mini-bedazzled tennis balls as necklace charms and racquets as earrings — that’s just too easy. (As Samantha Jones once said, “Owning a hot-glue gun does not make you a hot designer.”) These designs might sell at the country club, but that’s not cutting it here.


For Venus, hoops to go with her new EleVen outfit.

People need to think outside the box. Tennis jewelry can be something other than racquets and balls. Just take a look at what the likes of Venus, Serena, Daniela, and Maria wear on the court. They have jewelry that are inspired by tennis or are appropriate for the rigors of competitive play. You’d never see a tennis ball from their lobes — it’d just be too much. And really, there would be no other appropriate occassion to wear’ em! Tennis overkill.

If you want to incorporate tennis iconography in your jewelry, some suggestions:

Charms sold by Links of London include strawberries, trophies, and ump chairs.

Other examples: A shop out of the UK created a strawberries and cream charm bracelet (here); a brooch of a tennis shoe (I once saw one from Marc Jacobs); a brooch made with shoe soles; rocks cut in the shape of tennis strings, etc.

This is how you do “tennis” jewelry.

the sewta players’ party: wimbledon edition

June 21, 2008

Richard Branson hosted a pre-Wimbledon event for the ladies of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour on Thursday night at his Roof Gardens in West London.

Serena Williams keeps her pets secure in a Matthew Williamson gown while wearing 2.5 million Euros in Duttson diamonds.

Venus Williams looking glam in black.

Dani Hantuchova poses in off-the-shoulder brown.

Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic (no cell phones died in the making of her dress), and Sania Mirza.

(photos by Getty Images, Wireimage, Belga Picture)

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madrid fashion week: dani hantuchova struts for TCN

February 13, 2008

We have barely recovered from all the buzz of New York Fashion Week and now it’s time to turn to Madrid.

(Lest you think we are snubbing Christopher Lemaire‘s awesome ski-themed f/w show for Lacoste, we’ll have more on that later…)

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For now, let’s focus on another fashion darling, Dani Hantuchova, who strut down the catwalk for Spanish fashion house TCN. Their collection, shown on Sunday, opened Madrid Fashion Week.

Apparently, Dani worked the runway, walking as if she’d already done twenty shows. Unfortunately, she won’t be appearing in any more; she hopped back on a plane and is vying for this week’s Proximus Diamond Games in Belgium.

Richard Pagliaro also writes that Dani counts Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, and Armani as her favorite labels.

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More on TCN: The brand is designed by Toton Comella. This f/w ’08 line brings together lingerie, heavy knits, and tulle in an autumn setting. Comella brings in some birds of prey to round out the show.

Follow the rest: You can see the rest of Madrid Fashion Week at El Mundo. And see a close-up of Dani (and the token hot male model) after the cut…

dani hantuchova: always in nike, sometimes in versace

February 9, 2008

At this week’s Open Gaz de France, Hungarian sensation Agnes Szavay took out second seed Daniela Hantuchova 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the quarterfinals. These losses must not be doing well for Dani’s psyche.

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But at least she’s lookin’ good on the court. Her Nike Cruise Bloom Dress show off the Portland-based sports giant’s spring tennis colors — New Blue and Blue Ice. New Blue is a darker blue (like the Argon from previous seasons), and Blue Ice is what she’s wearing in that dress above.

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Dani also wore the Cruise Net Knit Jacket, with its asymmetrical front zipper, wide cuffs, exaggerated collar, and floral print hoodie. (Get a closer look here.) They need to make a men’s version — I’d totally be all over it.

What do you think of the jacket? Tell us!

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Our picks: Cruise Net Knit Jacket, $75.00; Bloom Dress, $80; and Fauna Skort, $60; all available through Tennis Warehouse. Browse the rest of the Nike Spring 2008 Cruise line, including versions of Sharapova‘s Fauna Tank and Serena‘s Bloom Tunic, here.

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Flashback: Not to be outdone by her fellow SEWTAers showing off in designer goods (Jelena in her Louboutins, and Sharapova with her neverending list of favorites), Hantuchova dropped by the Versace store at Crown in Melbourne during last month’s Australian Open. My love for animals be damned, the fur hem on that coat looks pretty darn cute. See the rest of the photos from that shopping trip.

(Versace photos and Open Gaz de France photos from WTAworld; Nike gear photos from TW)

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no more sweaty mess: a classy daniela through to the semis

January 22, 2008

Drop it like it’s (not) hot: Those unflattering photos of Daniela Hantuchova wearing the brown version of Masha‘s Australian Open dress probably led to the wise decision of going with this simple white number.

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This is the Bloom Dress (as opposed to the Bloom Tunic worn by Serena Williams), paired with a variety of visors in pink, black, and white (seen here, as she beat 29th seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2 for a place in the semifinals of the women’s draw).

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And she wears a white watch which reminds me of this one from Nixon that I’ve been eyeing for a few weeks.

Buy: Nike Bloom Dress, $80, at Tennis Warehouse.

(photos by Getty Images)

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fashion focus: as expected, a nike switcheroo for masha’s australian open dress

January 14, 2008

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The case of the mystery tennis dress Nike designed for Maria Sharapova‘s Australian Open appearance was solved today when Maria played first round match against Croatian Jelena Kostanic Tosic. By the way, the scoreline: Masha wins 6-4, 6-3.

Wimbledon flashback? So Maria takes care of business with a white version (reminiscent of what adidas by Stella McCartney put on Maria Kirilenko for Wimbledon ’07). The pleats and other detailing keep it classy, and it’s offset by the youthful embroidery in the visor and the berry accents in the visor. Even Maria’s underwear (picture) channeled Tati‘s red knickers. FYI: Berry is a shade from Nike’s spring palette.

What do you think of Masha’s dress? Tell us!

By the way… We speculated, based on Nike’s Spring 2008 retail plan, that brown pleated wonder would be the outfit (after all, it was called the “Sharapova Dress”), but then it showed up on Dani Hantuchova at last week’s Sydney Medibank International.

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Of course Masha wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same dress as anyone else. That, and the fabrics ended up with sweat patterns that were ultra-unflattering. I hope Dani finds something else for the next two weeks.

(photos by Getty Images)

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flashback: hantuchova at the linz player party

November 27, 2007

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Say what you will about Daniela Hantuchova not knowing how to pose for a camera, but this girl can put together an outfit. Here’s Dani at the players’ party thrown by the organizers of last month’s Linz tourney, which she won.

(photos via WTAworld)

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blacks, metallics, and leopard print (!!) at the yec party

November 14, 2007

(My thoughts go out to those affected by the earthquake that hit Chile today…)

The SEWTA Tour hosted their Year-End Championships Players’ party in Madrid on Sunday night (after the longest three-set final which saw Justine Henin defend her title).

Black was the evening’s shade, found on LBDs, floor-length skirts, and a sexy halter bubble dress on Serena Williams. Metallics showed up on Ana Ivanovic and Sharapova (in Thakoon). There were lots of gold accessories, too: a belt on Ana, a brooch on Anna Chakvetadze, and chains adorning Serena’s Louis Vuitton bag. And Jelena Jankovic separated herself from the pack with a body-hugging leopard print dress that puts Bethanie Mattek to shame.

Here are some photos from the shindig. Make sure to check out the entire gallery on the WTA website.

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Anna punctuated her black half turtleneck knit top with a gold brooch at the bust and toted classic quilted leather purse. Meanwhile, her oft-braided hair got some air.

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Ana went Victorian with her lacy silk top, gold belt, and floor-length skirt (is that a key around her neck?); and Jelena pulled off a leopard print ensemble.

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Momma long-legs Daniela Hantuchova let her hair down and wore a fur caplet over her little black mini dress.

See Serena, Sveta, Justine, and Marion after the cut…

maria the sexy librarian

November 6, 2007

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Maria Sharapova returned to action at this week’s WTA Tour Championships after a four-week absence. She faced Daniela Hantuchova in a round-robin match for the Red Group.

The dueling Nike-sponsored babes came out in their fall frocks, with Hantuchova continuing with the black Fall Control pieces (including the cute two-tiered ruffle skirt; see a picture here) and Maria sporting a bow collar blouse in deep burgundy and a front button skort in sheen pink. (No Drop Shot dress for her, I guess.)

Sharapova eventually triumphed 6-4, 7-5. But who do you think won the fashion showdown? Tell us!

p.s. No word on who has Maria’s pieces for sale.

(photos by Getty Images)

trophy watch: basel, linz, lyon, st. petersburg

October 29, 2007

This past week the men played in three tournaments (Basel, Lyon, St. Petersburg) while the women made a showing in Linz, Austria. Lots of shiny things were handed out, save for a purple oddity in Lyon…

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At the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Sebastien Grosjean defeated fellow Frenchman Marc Gicquel 7-6 (5), 6-4 to capture his fourth career title (and first since Nottingham 2002). His trophy looks like it’s stuffed with tennis balls. What do you think?

In St. Petersburg, Andy Murray hoists a cup after winning his second title of the year. The runner-up in this 6-2, 6-3 match was Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. This title will keep Murray in the running for the final two spots in this year’s Masters Cup (Shanghai). FYI, St. Pete top seed Nikolay Davydenko got fined $2,000 for allegedly tanking in his 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 loss to Marin Cilic. Poor guy can’t catch a break! On the bright side, the Russian has already qualified for the Masters Cup. But on the other hand (call me a pessmist?), he likely won’t be able to defend his title at this week’s Paris Masters.

In Linz, Slovak Dani Hantuchova (still in Nike black) came out the winner in the final against Patty Schnyder at the Generali Ladies Open. The 6-4, 6-2 victory gave Hantuchova a spot at the WTA Championships in Madrid (starting Nov. 6). This is her second title of the year in four finals. Her other title this year is from Indian Wells.

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And in Basel, Roger Federer took out Jarkko Nieminen at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors, thus defending his title (this one’s No. 52) and securing the year-end No. 1 spot for the fourth year in a row. By the way, the runner-ups were awarded with watches. Classy.

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flashback: the fashionistas at the australian open

October 9, 2007

For our little series of Australian Open flashbacks, we now turn to the women who looked good in their threads. I’ll be focusing on the consistent fashion performers — that’s Daniela Hantuchova, Maria Kirilenko, Akiko Morigami, Serena Williams, and Maria Sharapova — all of whom didn’t forget to dress up for 2007′s first Grand Slam.

Dani made it all the way to the fourth round dressed in this gorgeous Aussie Avian Dress from Nike. (Kim Clijsters beat her 6-1, 7-5.) The outfit’s bright yellow and lime green accent colors were perfect to carry her from the Melbourne through the Asian hardcourts and to her sole 2007 title so far (in Indian Wells, Calif.). The pleated skirt gave her thin silhouette more shape. As usual, she added a white visor, a watch, and some drop earrings. And check out that warm-up jacket (with a striped hood) on the right.

Akiko Morigami and Maria Kirilenko after the cut.


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