With talk of fabulous clothes dominating the week leading up to the 2007 U.S. Open, how funny that the first day of matches had people talking about wardrobe issues:
Now you see it, now you don’t.
Pesky German, pesky bow: During Serena Williams‘ win 6-3, 7-5 against German Angelique Kerber, the seesaw second set found Williams ripping off the bow on her Nike dress out of frustration. Ripping. off. the. bow. So much for keeping this “young, hip and fun” outfit intact for two weeks.
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TSF owns up: Okay, okay. So we merely speculated that Serena would be wearing this dress. We’re much happier with her current choice — a conservative hybrid between Vaidisova‘s bow-at-the-bust dress from Reebok and Ivanovic‘s pink and brown outfit from Roland Garros ’07.
Jelena’s left shoe: And Serbian Jelena Jankovic, clad in simple pink Reebok, struggled un poquito in her defeat of Slovakian Jarmila Gajdosova 6-2, 7-6 (2). On top of dealing with heavy hitting from her opponent, Jankovic also had to deal with her faulty left shoe:
“I got tight at the end, but I managed to kind of recuperate and do my best as much as I can and finish the match. Because also I broke somehow my shoe. My shoe broke at the end of the first set. I kind of lost my concentration a bit because I was thinking, you know, what am I going to do if this shoe completely wears out? Can I play barefoot? What am I supposed to do (laughter)?
“It was a little bit — it was difficult. The trainer came out. I didn’t even know if she was allowed to come if the shoe breaks because that’s not a medical timeout.
“She helped me. She put some glue, which she stuck my sock to the sole, so I had some other problem there. I managed to get through everything and win the match.
EleVen does good: The new Steve & Barry’s line by Venus Williams — EleVen — looked even better on the tennis superstar than it did on the mannequin. She wore it tonight for her first round match which followed a tribute to tennis legend Althea Gibson. Aretha Franklin performed and in the audience sat Janet Jackson (also clad in EleVen).
Roger needs a do-over: When the number one seed was asked what he knew about Althea Gibson, he answered: “I don’t know. You’re putting me on the spot. I don’t know what you’re talking about.” The reporter clarified that Gibson was being honored tonight, and Roger clarified his answer, too: “(I know) nothing, to be honest. It’s before my time. Isn’t much I can really say about it. I don’t know, I’m sorry.”
Uh, what?! Aren’t there reading prerequisites to joining the tour? Tennis legends’ biographies should be on it. In the words of my friend Wally, “this is unacceptable”.
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