Archive for May, 2009
TSF knows that Russian Nikolay Davydenko is an acquired taste, so those not interested — just look the other way!
Scoreline: The 10th-seeded Kolya beat Stefan Koubek 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round.
The Serbian team of Nenad Zimonjic, Janko Tipsarevic, Viktor Troicki, and Arsenije Zlatanovic defeated the German team of Nicolas Kiefer, Mischa Zverev, Rainer Schuettler, and Philipp Kohlschreiber to win their first Tennis World Team Cup title, proving to the world that there is a strong tennis presence in Serbia — even without Novak Djokovic.
More: Titles from Strasbourg, Austria, and Warsaw — all after the cut…
Buy: the adidas adilibria Ana Dress, cyan, $70, adidas.com.
(image via Getty Images)
Here are TSF’s picks from the 2009 Roland Garros shop. We will show you our favorite towels in a different post.
Flashback: Here are our picks from 2008.
(screengrabs from the RG store)
Serena Williams is coming into the 2009 French Open as the second seed after compiling a lackluster spring record. She made it to the finals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami but fell to Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1. She followed that up with opening round exits in Andalucia (Klara Zakopalova), Roma (Patty Schnyder), and Madrid (retired against Schiavone).
Looking ahead: In order for Serena to claim another French, she’ll have to face Zakopalova again. Will she fare better than their last meeting?
Meanwhile, here are some pictures of Serena’s Nike kit, which includes items from the Spring Slam Group. And of course there are the accessories: orange fingernails in Miami, a brown handbag (trimmed with a scarf, natch) in Madrid, and lots and lots o’ bling. See them all after the cut…
Alona Bondarenko could bag her first SEWTA Tour title of the year if she defeats Romainian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru in tomorrow’s Warsaw Open final. Alona beat Anne Keothavong 6-2, 7-5 to advance to the final, while Dulgheru upset Dani Hantuchova 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-1.
At next week’s French Open, Alona opens with a match against Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, and has Amelie Mauresmo, Agi Szavay, and Venus Williams in her section of the draw.
Tattoo watch: Meanwhile, we’ve discovered this photo of Alona’s back tattoo, taken during the a 2009 Aussie Open match against Svetlana Kuznetsova. It looks similar (and is inked almost in the same spot) as her sister’s.
More: See a blow-up after the cut…
Two snaps to Venus Williams and her EleVen line for going where no other player has gone before in recent years — at least not successfully. She made good on what she told TSF back in February, bringing out a print in purples, teals, and fuschias for a spring-appropriate tennis dress. I don’t know about you, but it’s making me crave Hypercolor!
Her year so far: Venus has two titles under her belt (Mexican Open, Dubai) and made it to the semis of Miami (losing to sister Serena) and Roma (losing to Safina). On the flip side, she’s also had disappointing early-round losses to Carla Suarez Navarro (Australian Open) and Alisa Kleybanova (Madrid). All that being said, she is ranked third in the world and is also seeded third for next week’s French Open.
In the details: Once you get over the pyschedelic effects, look for the dress’s tiered skirt whose staggered layers don’t quite wrap around the entire waist; the drawstring collar; and the teals and purples of her earrings and undies. See everything after the cut…
men.style.com’s Matthew Schneier, in anticipation of Roland Garros starting next week, gives us a roundup of dirtied tennis outfits from French Opens past. Because with all the buzz about Rafa’s knees and Roger’s confidence-boosting Madrid title, we can’t let the fashion discussion take a back seat. Someone has to stand up for the clothes!
Cavalier and clay
May 22, 2009
(image grab from style.com)
Jelena Jankovic moved away from the baby doll dresses she and clothing sponsor ANTA dreamed up for the beginning of 2009, choosing Miami as the event to debut this faux one-shoulder kit (hey, if it’s good enough for Michelle Obama, it’s good enough for Ms. Jankovic!).
Jelena crashed out of that tournament, unfortunately (losing to Gisela Dulko in the second round after a bye), but she bounced back the week after with a title win at the Andalucia Tennis Experience. Following that, she had three quarterfinal losses at Stuttgart, Roma, and Madrid.
What’s in store for Paris? We here at TSF eagerly await what she’ll wear while playing on the terre battue of Roland Garros (which begins next week). Judging from her choices so far, I don’t think she’ll disappoint…
More: A few more pictures during Janks’ Madrid Open run — including the white/blue sneakers and the blue mascara she paired with her blue warm-up — all after the cut…
They smell blood: Former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova lost in the quartefinals of the Warsaw Open to Alona Bondarenko, ending the Russian’s first bid at a singles title since August of last year.
Props to Alona for dictating play and stepping up for this 6-2, 6-2 victory. Sharapova put in 78% of her first serves, but they were much weaker because of lack of match play (and a bum shoulder).
Eggs in a cushy basket: We all scratched our heads when K-Swiss decided on Ukranian Bondarenko as the postergirl for their tennis attire, but it looks like it’s paying off. She’s received her fair share of photo time with wins over Kuznetsova and Chakvetadze in Madrid and now Masha in Warsaw.
A look at the items she’s worn from the K-Swiss Spring and Summer 7.0 Groups after the cut…
Grass vs. clay… red vs. green… Rafa vs… Rafa?
After dabbling with nautical themes for their last collab, Lemar and Dauley and DC Shoes turn to tennis for their current release, the Xander.
Available in honeydew (grass) and coral (clay) colorways, the high-top shoes have tennis DNA all over: the mesh on the side panels and the tongue of the shoe look like waffle pattern of strings on the racquet face, while DC’s signature houndstooth print appears as a “stencil” on the tongue. The shoe’s translucent sole mimics the nylon material used to make the strings themselves, and the use of leather around the edges — as well as under the sole — represent the racquet grip. And to round it all out, the insoles have an abstract graphic print of a court surface.
What do you think of the shoes? Tell us!
This isn’t the first time L&D’s geeked out on us. Remember their homage to Andre Agassi for their Holiday 2007 collection?
More: See two more images after the cut…
Aww — don’t they look adorable? That’s Andy Murray and gf Kim Sears soaking last week’s Wimbledon Centre Court Celebration, aka the exo which featured husband-and-wife team Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi along with Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters.
Sears, in this pic, reminds me of Jennifer Aniston…
(photo via Getty Images)
Attention, Aeron potatoes: If you’re stuck at work this summer and without access to cable (heaven forbid you miss out on Rafa‘s bid for a fifth straight Roland Garros title, or Federer defending his U.S. Open title, or the fashion show that is Wimbledon) — fear not. Keep your behind squished into that meshy seat without worry, because ESPN360 is coming to the rescue.
From now until September 13, the broadband network is covering tennis live — that’s nearly 1300 hours of programming from the rest of 2009’s majors. The only caveat: your ‘net access has to come from one of ESPN’s affiliated ISPs. (Comcast subscribers join the family later in the summer.)
Pencil it in: See a breakdown of ESPN360.com’s Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open coverage after the cut…
For those of you addicts, you know that one can never have enough lines. So to satisfy your fix, here’s another round-up of horizontal stripes from around the internets, brought to you by the folks over at men.style.com. They even included a stripe count for each item. Love it.
Browse: Level Best, men.style.com.
(image grab via men.style.com)
Leave it to Maria Sharapova to stay glam on the clay courts of Warsaw even while nursing her taped-up bum shoulder. The former women’s No. 1 (now ranked 126th) stepped onto the courts of the Warsaw Open yesterday for her first singles match in nine months. Masha’s lack of match play clearly showed; she struggled to close out the first round match against Tathiana Garbin, but eventually figured it out. The final score: 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-3.
The first round of the tourney is still playing out. The only notable change is the absence of Caroline Wozniacki, who pulled out of the event because of a bad back. (Wait — there isn’t a notation for a second seed… did someone else pull out?)
On her own: Maria and Nike keep on with their special make-ups, this time a high-waist dress with a mesh overlay that made its first appearance at Indian Wells (this picture above). This time around, the accent color goes from a light yellow — or “liquid lime” — to a bright orange.
One more: See Maria’s full Warsaw Open outfit after the cut…
How we’ve missed that forehand! Steffi Graf returned to the site of her great tennis success today when she participated in an exhibition with Andre Agassi, Tim Henman, and Kim Clijsters at Wimbledon. They were asked to show off the new Centre Court — now complete with a retractable roof made of a concertina fabric. (The renovation only took three years to complete!)
More: A picture of the roof, a new Court 2, and product info about Graf’s kit — all after the cut…
Was it our fault? Man, can we stop and reflect for a second? All this talk about Roger Federer‘s underperformance is based on a record that has him through to four semis and two finals in six tries; one of those finals is at tomorrow’s Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open showdown between him and Rafael Nadal.
This is the first time the World No. 1 and Federer are facing each other since that epic Aussie Open final. To get there, Federer easily beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4. Nadal had a significantly harder time because of his bum right knee, brusing aside Nole Djokovic 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9) in four hours and three minutes — the longest match in Masters Series history.
Opponent’s chronic injury a-flaring + auto-peptalk = possible Madrid title for Roger? We’ll find out tomorrow!
Buy: Nike Classic Open Tennis Polo, sterling blue/charcoal/white, $65.
More: Photos of his shorts, his shoes, his bag, and warm-up jacket — all after the cut…
Haydn wanted to extend the lifespan of the balls beyond the tennis court — only so many can be used as dog toys and for walkers, right? — so he came up with this design which incorporates 297 of ’em into a fun, green conversation-starter. See some other items from his playful FUNATURE line here.
(via inhabitat; image via inhabitat)
Masha‘s nine-month layoff from singles play possibly ends at next week’s Warsaw Open, where she shares the same quarter as top seed Caroline Wozniacki and Alona Bondarenko (Alona upset Kuznetsova at Madrid this week).
In the same half of that draw are Jelena Dokic and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Lurking in the other half are Dani Hantuchova and Zheng Jie.
Sharapova, who enters the tourney as a wildcard, has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since August of last year. She played doubles at Indian Wells this year and lost in the first round.
Buy: something in a similar style — Nike‘s AW77 Woven Men’s Jacket, Neo Turquoise, $65, nike.com.
(image via Getty Images)