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in flushing meadows, the anta girls sputter

September 12, 2010

2010 US Open fourth seed Jelena Jankovic wasn’t really in the conversation as a gunner for this year’s title, as seen by her immediate hiccup in the first round against Simona Halep, who served for the match against the Serbian before falling 7-5 in the third. JJ also needed three sets to beat qualifier Mirjana Lucic (two snaps to her for making it to the main draw, btw) and then fell to Kaia Kanepi in the third round.

We love that she added the pink sports bra and hot pants under the purple ANTA dress that she’s been wearing for the summer hardcourt swing; way to rejuvenate an outfit, no? Note the purple detail in her shoes, and the pink in her fingernails.

And on 21st seed Zheng Jie, the Chinese brand went with swirling shades of white and blue — an underdeveloped version of what Fila put on their ladies (Clijsters, Agi Szavay). Zheng crashed into the resurgent Ana Ivanovic in the second round and only won three games.

More: Detail pics (including Zheng’s warm-up jacket) after the cut…

so much for being tamarine tanasugarn II

June 24, 2010

Another early exit at Wimbledon for 2008 semifinalist Zheng Jie, who followed last year’s early loss to Dani Hantuchova with a 4-6, 6-2, 2-6 performance against Petra Kvitova in the second round of the 2010 tournament. Ever since her run to the semis in Melbourne this year (save for an uptick at Warsaw, where she got to the final), Zheng’s been sputtering. What gives?

ANTA scales back: Unlike all the crazy — dare we say gratuitous — use of fabric at this year’s draw, the normally ruffled Zheng went for a simple look, even down to her puffed-sleeve warm-up.

Draw: Kvitova next plays Azarenka. Both are in the top half of the draw with Serena.

(images via Getty)

who says you can’t buy maria sharapova’s love?

March 19, 2010

Zheng Jie put on a show in front of the Southern California crowd in attendance at last weekend’s session at the BNP Paribas Open when she took out Maria Sharapova in the third round. The loooong match, which Zheng won 6-3 2-6 6-3, lasted for about three hours; it didn’t help that Masha has a Mary Pierce-like pre-serve ritual; neither did the multiple games with multiple deuces.

But what does it matter when you’ve got a hot baller boyfriend? Or when you’ve out-accesorized your opponent? There were the green drop earrings; the warm-up jacket in a Victorian silhouette; the Prince racquet bag, prettier (in person) than we’d expected it to be; and the gym duffle (“Valentine”) from her line with Cole Haan. The duffle reminds us of Masha’s black and silver dress from the 2009 U.S. Open.

Buy: Cole Haan Valentine Large Duffle, $228, also available with patent leather detail; Small Tote, $198, also available in black patent leather (our choice!); colehaan.com.

Bracket: Zheng made it to the quarters before losing to Caro, who’s now in the semis. (Singles Draw). And her doubles team with Chan upset top seeds Huber/Black in the opening round but they couldn’t get past Peschke/Srebotnik in the semis. (Doubles Draw)

More: Detail shots of Maria’s Indian Wells outfit — all after the cut…

five unforced errors, people

January 26, 2010

Zheng Jie has reached her second major semifinal after beating Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Australian Open. Mazel tov.

(image from Getty Images)

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…

phoenix returns to the nest, leaves with the queen

October 7, 2009

We’ve just finished Day 3 of play and already Caro‘s out (grumpily), Venus is gone, and Jelena‘s title defense fizzled. Maybe a lesson should be gleaned from women who get their on-court kits custom-made?

Not convinced? Then we present Exhibit D in the form of Zheng Jie, who had her “Z” monogram adapted by ANTA to reflect her participation in this week’s China Open in Beijing.

The design’s named “Phoenix Returns to Nest” — symbolic of Zheng’s return to her home SEWTA tourney after months of playing all over the world. “I especially like this apparel as the design is simple yet it contains a lot of Chinese elements,” said Zheng of the apparel.

Sadly, Zheng lost in the first round to sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova; the Russian’s slated to face Venus-killer Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarters.

Bracketology: Serena is lurking in the same half as Kuzie, and will probably go up against Peng, who’s through to the quarters after beating Sharapova. Meanwhile, in the other half, Chinese No. 1 Li Na is out, losing to Dementieva in the third round. In the other quarter, Shuai Zhang will go up against Marion Bartoli for a spot in the final eight. Draw here (pdf).

Pleats, at least: See Zheng’s kit up close after cut…

all frills, no fun: zheng jie’s cannot defend her semifinal run

June 25, 2009

We are sad to see the 2009 Wimbledon run of Zheng Jie, one of last year’s semifinalists, come to an end so quickly. But we’re not surprised that was in the hands of the always dangerous Dani Hantuchova; the sixteenth seed lost to Hantuchs in straight sets — 6-3, 7-5.

Zheng was wearing another new outfit from ANTA. This time, though, it looks like they overdid the trim on her all-white separates.

More: Two more pics after the cut…

loving lavender: zheng jie in ANTA

May 26, 2009

Zheng Jie became the highest-ranked female Chinese player recently by reaching the No. 15 spot (beating Li Na‘s No. 16 back in 2007). Zheng’s had a so-so year so far, making it to the fourth round of the Australian (ret. Kuznetsova) and Miami (l. S. Williams), the semis at Monterrey (l. Bartoli), and the third round in Roma (a third-set tiebreak loss against Safina).

But she’s still in this year’s French, brushing aside Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-1, 6-3 in the first round. As the 15th seed, she’ll next face Michelle Larcher De Brito and will likely end up falling to Safina in the round of 16.

<3: We’re continually impressed with the different designs that Chinese companies Li Ning and ANTA — the latter now Zheng’s sponsor — are bringing to the table. Zheng is currently in a lavender/purple blouse trimmed with pleats and a cloud-like print on the mandarin collar.

What do you think of it? Tell us!

More: A few more shots of Zheng’s outfit after the cut…

monogrammatization: zheng jie

May 26, 2009

Some detail shots of Zheng Jie‘s monogrammed kit at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, where she lost to Serena Williams in the fourth round 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 (Zheng led 2-0 in that third set).

While she’s been logo-less for a while, the print detail on her white tank makes me think that she was with ANTA all along (but perhaps with a deal not yet inked). Seems like everything’s set for the French, though, where Zheng’s shown up in beautiful blue separates. More on that later.

(images via Getty Images)

honorable mention: zheng jie in australia

January 28, 2009

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She’s legit: China’s Zheng Jie set the tone for her 2009 with a fourth round showing at this year’s Australian Open. Unfortunately, she had to retire during that match (against Svetlana Kuznetsova) because of a wrist injury she sustained during a fall. Kuzie was up 4-1 in the first set.

As you may remember, Zheng reached the semis at last year’s Wimbledon (where she fell to Serena Williams), causing Nike to up her prominence in Olympics-related advertising in China.

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Is this Nike? She spent her first (and maybe second) round playing in a light pastel pink dress with a fabric belt and gathered detail on the shoulders.

She then switched up to simple bow-adorned whites, the top trimmed two light yellow floral graphic strips at the bust and a pink gothic “Z” on the chest. This reminds me of a pre-Fila Agi Szavay.

(images via Getty Images)

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)


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