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tennis’ reception line for queen elizabeth II

June 24, 2010

…And ‘Best Dressed’ goes to: Perhaps it’s the American in us, but we were all about Andy Roddick and his wearing a white blazer to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Day 4 of the 2010 Wimbledon tournament. (The tailored Federer suit is so predictable!) QEII attended the day’s session to watch Andy Murray play his second-round match against Jarrko Nieminen.

Roddick and his jacket (we can only assume it’s Lacoste) was part of a reception line which included Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Laura Robson, Jelena Jankovic, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki Kai-Chen Chang, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams (who’d been practicing her moves in anticipation of this meeting!).

As Nick said earlier, Her Majesty wore the perfect color to complement the bright green grass of the AELTC. It’s a boost to the sport to see her around these parts.

(images via AP)

short balls: mac does the times, djoko the big screen and serena is no justine (!)

May 12, 2010

John McEnroe might not act like one any more, but he still knows how to dress like a teenager. The tennis legend got front-page billing on NYTimes.com with a story about his new New York-based academy. (Screengrab via NYTimes.com)

Action! No Djoking Around. Serbian star Novak Djokovic has struggled in the last couple of years with his on-court stamina (will this be the issue that haunts his career?). He hasn’t struggled, meanwhile, with the ability to garner big-time acting roles in his home country. Djoko is starring in a documentary about the 1923 Serbian World Cup team, and fellow tennis buff Nenad Zimonjic is putting his footwork on display, too.

I’m no Justine. There were plenty of moments in Rome last weeks (Rome-ments?!). But one of our faves was Serena making sure that Jelena Jankovic know that she wasn’t pulling a Justine on the Serb. After the match, Serena assured Jankovic that she didn’t intentionally try to distract her opponent by putting her hand up while Janky was serving in the third-set tie-break, an exchange Serena knows plenty about.

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sunday survey: your rome-ment

May 9, 2010

There were plenty of moments in Rome. Let us break them down for you:

Maria Kirilenko takes out French defending champ Svetlana Kuznetsova, sending Kuzzie’s clay court record this season to almost equal that of fellow ’09 champ Roger Federer in the “Dismal” category.

Ana Ivanovic marches to the semifinals with wins over Victoria Azarenka and Elena Dementieva.

Jelena Jankovic creams Venus Williams, losing just one game in their quarterfinal encounter.

JJ prevails over Serena in a dramatic three-set win, giving her back-to-back wins over the Williams sisters.

Maria Jose Sanchez Martinez beats Caroline Wozniacki, Ivanovic and Jankovic to take the Italian title as an unseeded player.

Which was your Rome-ment? Was one most surprising to you? Did you take pleasure in Ana’s run? Could you believe Sveta exited early again? What do you make of JJ’s wins over the Williams sisters? Is she a threat for the French? Are the Williams sisters a threat themselves? Let us know in the comment section.

(photo by getty images via wta web site)

monday’s sunday survey

March 22, 2010

What do you think of Jelena Jankovic and Ivan Ljubicic winning at Indian Wells? How does it bode for the rest of their year? Can Jankovic finally win a Major? And will Ljubicic ever re-enter the Top 10? Become a threat again? Tell us what you think.

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jelena jankovic’s fed cup garb

February 9, 2010

Our hats are off to Jelena Jankovic and the folks at ANTA for producing one of the better Fed Cup outfits of 2010 so far. (I know Nick wasn’t really a fan, but I will stick to my guns!) She and the rest of the Serbian gals couldn’t fight off the hard-hitting Russians in this first round tie of the World Group I bracket.

Especially with all the talk of Venus‘ skin-colored undies at the Australian Open, it’s refreshing to see someone take a step back and go with sheer instead. (See the panels on the chest and the side of her dress.) We could have lived without those awkward slits that made Jelena’s dress look like it got caught in an escalator, though.

FYI, she wore a white version during her doubles match with Ana Ivanovic.

Again, the details: We love the red nails, the red and gold in her bracelet and necklace, and the same color motif in her shoes. See ‘em all after the cut…

fed cup 2010 – first round

February 5, 2010

That’s Bojana Jovanovski, Ana Jovanovic, captain Dejan Vranes, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic at the official Fed Cup dinner on the eve of the tie between Serbia and Russia. As you can see from the schedule below, the headcase Ivanovic will go up against Svetlana Kuznetsova first, and then Jelena, whose back injury could hamper her performance, will then face the hard-hitting Alisa Kleybanova.

Russian team: Captain Shamil Tarpischev, Vera Dushevina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Alisa Kleybanova.

If the tie was based solely on footwear, the Serbians win. What is up with Anastasia’s red bra??

Who’s playing whom + TV: Here’s the line-up for all four World Group ties (plus TC’s coverage of the US/France tie) — after the cut…

fashion focus: alona bondarenko’s fruity dress, not quite ripe

January 22, 2010

Alona Bondarenko bagged the first upset during Day 5 of play at the 2010 Australian Open with her defeat of eighth seed Jelena Jankovic in the third round.

The rusty (and “clogged-up”) Serbian never round her rythm, and the Ukranian took advantage, running away with a 6-2, 6-3 win. Up next for Alona is a match with Zheng Jie, who took out 11th seed Marion Bartoli. After that, it’s either Safina or Kirilenko. (Draw: Women’s Singles)

Pretty in pink: The “Raspberry Rose” halter dress has that faux layering at the chest (which everyone’s doing), chunky pleating, and grey and white stripes at the high waist to give the dress some extra shape (not that Alona needs the help). One of the cutest dresses of the tournament. Note that her shoes also have grey/pink detail.

Buy: K-Swiss Halter Dress, $75, in rose and white colorways; available February 3rd at kswiss.com. At some point I wish they’d figure out that this should go on sale the same day the tournament starts.

More: More pics of Alona after the cut…

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)

jankovic earned her fashion stripes

October 30, 2009

Not over yet: Serbian Jelena Jankovic could end her year on a high note — the rest of it hasn’t been the best (titles in Andalucia and Cincinnati; a finals appearance in Tokyo) — since she’s still jankovic earned her fashion stripesin the running for the 2009 Sony Ericsson Tour Championships, happening this week in Doha.

The tour’s final outing of 2009 brings out another outfit from the partnership between JJ and ANTA. This time, she let the fabric do the talking, staying away from complicated details and instead placing a monogram on the back of the pink wrap dress.

Scores: Jelena got shut down by Victoria Azarenka in their opening round robin, but rebounded with a win over Safina (well, Dinara withdrew with a back injury) and Caroline Wozniacki. In case you’re actually following the results…

(image via Getty)

this is how you do it: doha edition

October 30, 2009

Tournament organizers in doubt about how to stage a draw ceremony can now use the 2009 SEWTA Tour Championships as a reference.

They dolled up the ladies, threw them in the Museum of Islamic Art, and snapped away. The results? Venus gets our vote for “Best Style”, Elena gets “Most Glam”, and we are all about Azarenka‘s big bow. (Is that you, Blake Lively?)

Who was your fave?

Up close: Pics of each lady after the cut.

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“pearl crown” dress can’t save the china open queen

October 6, 2009

The Shuai-caused upsets continue at the China Open, with Shuai Zhang‘s defeat of Dinara Safina preceding the fizzling of Jelena Jankovic‘s tourney run. The defending champion lost 6-4, 5-7, 2-6 to local Shuai Peng. Jankovic was still being bothered by the wrist injury that forced her to retire from the Toray Pan Pacific Open final last week; she “couldn’t hit the ball hard enough” to keep the match competitive in the third set.

ANTA, Jelena’s sponsor, created a special dress just for their hometown event (Zheng Jie got the same treatment). They created a “pearl crown” pattern on the layered purple dress, which made references to Jelena’s title reign for this past year.

“I love this design very much,” Jelena said about the design. “I am very touched.” Not touched enough to defend! (Jay kay! xo – tsf)

We really do love this dress, and think that Jelena and ANTA have created a great collaboration that we expect to see more of in the coming weeks — if Jelena is fit enough to play. What do you think of the dress? Tell us!

Bracketology: Meanwhile, Serena won her third-round match and will be back at the No. 1 spot once the rankings are published on Monday. We expect Ms. Williams to survive her half of the draw (taking out Russians Petrova, Sharapova, and Kuznetsova along the way) and then face Dementieva in the finals. See the draw here (pdf).

(images via Getty)

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)

our hearts go out to jelena

September 4, 2009

At least you’re one of the tourney’s best dressed? We’re sending good vibes to Jelena Jankovic, who tried to play through her second round match against Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova after learning that her grandmother had passed away the night before.

Alas, the always emotional player couldn’t cut through the noise, falling to Shvedova 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6).

“You could see I was not happy on the court. I was really suffering,” Jelena shared during her post-match press conference. “I tried to think about my tennis, but I felt like I was so late and so slow.”

A fiery player like Jelena is bound to be affected by such off-court events. We wish her and Snezana the best, and hope that she bounces back soon. As you may remember, Jelena also spent some time earlier this year dealing with her mother’s health issues.

Meanwhile, Shvedova is one of a few ladies that can push through to the quarterfinals, but might fall at that point to Dinara Safina.

oudinmania

June 28, 2009

Oudinmania has hit the American press, folks.

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The American teen, Melanie Oudin, who beat Jelena Jankovic yesterday to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon is on the front page of the New York Times web site as we speak. She also graced the front page of TENNIS.com, was the main tennis story for USA Today, ESPN.com and many other media outlets.

Sure, the gal’s accomplishment is not to be diminished. But aren’t we all being a little… well, British about this? The desperate state of American tennis is to blame, if you ask me. We are DES-PER-ATE for someone to come along. But is she the real deal?

Does anyone remember Meilen Tu? Or Alexa Glatch? How about Vania King? What about Madison Brengle or Shenay Perry? Alexandra Stevenson? There’s been plenty of up-and-coming Americans for us to get excited about, but never have the media got this excited…

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jelena’s french open racquet bag

June 1, 2009

You can never have enough tassels. Case in point: Jelena Jankovic‘s racquet bag, seen here as she gets a left toe blister tended to during her 3-6, 6-0, 9-7 loss to Romanian Sorana Cristea in the fourth round of the French Open. Jelena had reached the semis of Roland Garros in the past two years.

We figured that this would be a Prince bag, but is probably supplied by ANTA now that Jelena’s contract with the racquet company has expired (we have yet to hear about a renewal). Do you know who produced this bag? Tell us!

Looking forward: In the quarters, Sorana will face the winner of the Stosur/Razzano match. TSF didn’t even know that Sam or Virginie were still in the draw.

(image via Getty Images)

jelena’s spring blues

May 27, 2009

You know, we’ve been really impressed by a lot of the clothes debuting at this French Open — especially with the ladies. They’ve been been hitting out of the park, haven’t they? (And we’re not even done posting yet!)

So we’re officially ready to let our guard down with Jelena Jankovic. She was flip-flopping for a while there, mixing great fashion choices with some couture catastrophes, forcing us to withhold our applause and love for one of tennis’ biggest draws. But after that gorgeous dress she wore to Cannes, this pink one at a reception for Serbian prez Boris Tadic, and now her French Open ANTA outfit, we’re ready to leave the love faucet on full blast for Jelena.

Ms. Jankovic opened her 2009 French Open campaign in a bright blue dress accented with an asian floral print down the side and back panels. We’re all about that frilly skirt, too. What do you think of this dress? Tell us!

Scoreline: Jelena got lumped in the bottom half of the draw, and we don’t foresee any hiccups until her quarterfinal vs. Serena Williams (though our friend Chris’ bracket has Wozniacki beating Jelena in the round of 16).

More: See detail shots of her blue, blue (did we say “blue”?) outfit — including fingernails, hairpins, shoes, and maybe mascara (one can only hope) — all after the cut…

one million dollar smile

March 9, 2009

Well, I’m not sure exactly how much Jelena Jankovic is getting paid by Orbit for her new commercial with them, but the Serb is flashing her purly whites for some of the green stuff. The commercial debuted in Serbia this month. 

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See for yourself if Jelena’s off-court smile is as electric as her on-court one after the cut.

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jelena, don’t fail us now!

March 7, 2009

Despite the fact that everything froze over in New York during Monday’s BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup, tennis still ended up with media placement — good job, Jerry Solomon — in places that mattered, like style.com’s Style File blog. Contributor Derek Blasberg, fascinated by the vibrant colors of all four women’s on-court attire, talked to Jelena Jankovic about tennis fashion.

Blasberg, of course, noted Jelena’s deal with ANTA, who gives her freedom over design; her mother, Snezana, who herself has a fashion background; and Jelena’s love of clothes.

We at TSF really do think that this is tennis’ year to have its place in the limelight so, Jelena, you have to step it up (especially now that Masha is AWOL). You’ve made some pretty sweet choices — your asian-inspired Reebok dress from the 2008 Open, for example — but you’ve also fallen to the dark side a few times. We need more Bally bags, Louboutins, and shutting-down-DKNY-for-two-hours — and less pink bows and cell phone dresses, got it? Oh yes, and winning a major wouldn’t hurt. Tennis’ popularity depends on you!

garden party

March 4, 2009

It wasn’t exactly red carpet glam on Monday night at the Madison Square Garden, but there were plenty of faces (and outfits) that came out for the Billie Jean King Cup.  Take in some more tennis shots and enjoy a few off-court ones, as well.
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outside winter, inside spring

March 2, 2009

Serena Williams captured the inaugural BNP Paribas Billie Jean King Cup on Monday night at the Madison Square Garden, beating her sister Venus in the final 6-4, 6-3.

While it may have been winter outside in the middle of Manhattan, spring was in full bloom inside the arena. Even President Bill Clinton and Billie Jean joined in the color brigade, sporting patterned purple and soft mint, respectively, on a snowy night.

The color wheel keeps spinning after the cut…


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