Archive for November 14th, 2007

serena the showman

November 14, 2007

serena williams - svetlana kuznetsova - YEC 2007

Serena Williams might have looked like all fun and smiles at the SEWTA Year-End Championships Players’ Party, but let’s just say there was something grumbling right under the surface.

Her beef: the WTA forced her to stay in Madrid even after she’d pulled out of the YEC after her first round-robin match (because of her ailing knee) — in order to make a mandatory appearance at the party. This, Serena was none too happy about.

From her blog:

“Now I am in a severe depression. I need to go to my doctor in the U.S.A to make sure I am ok but what u [sic] guys don’t know is that I have to go to a mandatory player party on Saturday night. It’s kinda ironic and unfair that I can’t go get healthy because of a party. I mean who in their right mind made up these rules.

So not only do I have to hang in Madrid I have to be here knowing I had a chance to play in the most prestigious tournament of the year but I was forced out due to injury, and I have to watch someone else go on to glory. Do u know how that feels? I am always happy for the next person, and I always love when people better themselves, but I need to go home and get well, and start my healing process.”

Yikes! I guess a rule is a rule, eh? We wish you the best in your recovery, Serena.

(photo by Action Images via WTA)


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.


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.

ana ivanovic and jelena jankovic

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.

daniela hantuchova - YEC 2007

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…

at the year-end party, maria shines in thakoon

November 14, 2007

You know Maria Sharapova wasn’t too bummed about being runner-up to Justine Henin at last week’s Year-End Championships in Madrid.

She sat out for almost two months to nurse her ailing shoulder, and in the meantime cleaned out the skeleton in her closet by auctionining off that cursed U.S. Open day dress. The result? A sexy librarian look from Nike and a kick-ass serve that got her a $500,000 check for second-place.

maria sharapova - yec 2007 - thakoon

To celebrate after the long match (and a long year), Maria attended the tournament’s players’ party dressed in the metallic orange Thakoon frock and a pair of black t-strap platforms by Lanvin.

What do you think of the outfit? Tell us!

(Photo by Action Images via WTA)

davydenko ends losing streak

November 14, 2007

What a relief for Nikolay Davydenko, who received a temporary reprieve from all this negative press when the ATP upheld his appeal to reverse a $2,000 fine imposed on him for “tanking” his St. Petersburg Open match against Croat Marin Cilic.

Perhaps they realized that this kid’s got Kolya’s number; Cilic he also beat him more than a month before that in China.

(AP, via IHT)

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