The SEWTA Tour capped its 2007 season with a thrilling match between winner Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova. The 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 match — played over three hours, 24 minutes — was the longest three-set final in tournament history. (It was played as a best-of-five final from 1984-1998.) Jesus, that 12th game of the first set was agonizingly long, and not even in the nail-biting kind of way.
Archive for November 11th, 2007
Are we the only ones who’ve noticed the recent wacky taping that’s gone on in the last few months?
Maria Sharapova, center, wore simple pink during the Acura Classic in San Diego this July; Serena Williams‘ legs looked like Humpty Dumpty at the Year-End Championships in Madrid (she pulled out in her first round match against Anna Chakvetadze); and Hsieh Su-wei, left, wore a blue “V” for victory after securing Taiwan’s spot in the 2008 Hopman Cup.
- Yep, that out-of-place bright red pair of Barricades on Nole is adidas‘s Shanghai Shout-Out.
- He’s shrugging at the ballkid, who mistakenly brought him Ferrer’s racquet during the changeover. Oops.
- The ballkid’s wearing a Lacoste uniform.
- Ferrer wears black and white Lotto as he avenges his straight-set semifinal loss to the Serb at this year’s U.S. Open. Their head-to-head is now 3-2 Ferrer. Before today, Nole owned him on hard courts, while Ferrer dominated on clay.
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Have you seen those photos from Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai’s opening ceremonies?
Simple lapel-less dark grey suits with light blue cheongsam-cut dress shirts on David Ferrer (above), Fernando Gonzalez, Richard Gasquet, and Nikolay Davydenko; while Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic decided to pair their shirts with tuxedo jackets… what?!? Of course, prom queens Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal stood out in their black suits.
Gone are the silk fabrics and the flowers — a marked improvement from what they wore in 2006 and 2005.
See pics of the other seven guys (and a list of seedings and predictions) after the cut.
The opening ceremonies at this week’s Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai (which starts today) reminded me of the silk outfits the guys had to wear back in 2005.
While I’m all for using a tennis tourney to spread the host city’s culture to the world, I just didn’t find the clothes flattering on Andre Agassi and Alberto Costa at TMC 2005.
In 2006 the organizers smartened up and went sleek. They put all the guys in black mandarin collar suits with boutonnières. (Blake, Davydenko, Federer in the front row; Mirnyi, the Bryans, Damm, and Leander Paes in the back)
Charlie’s Angels: Robredo, Davydenko, Federer.
Yikes, this match-fixing scandal continues to haunt Russian Nikolay Davydenko as he competes in this week’s year-ending Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, and it doesn’t help that Alessio Di Mauro received a nine-month suspension for betting on tennis matches online. I’m all about zero-tolerance, but I’d like to point out that never bet on tournaments that he was playing in.
Meanwhile, ATP investigators have now brought in brother Edouard Davydenko and his wife, Irina, to help get to the bottom of this mess. Their question to her: how much pain can your hubby withstand? Next question: what’s your safe word? just kidding.
Trivia: Davydenko does not own a cell phone.
(photos by ATP and AP)