Archive for January 20th, 2010

short balls: the diva collection

January 20, 2010

The first three days of action are complete at the Australian Open and the tournament has provided some interesting talking points thus far. There was the Maria Sharapova upset to start. And then the Roger Federer hiccup. Serena made sure she ignited some week-one controversy because the tennis isn’t entertaining her enough. And if you wanted entertainment hopefully you caught the dramatic match up between Elena Dementieva and Justine Henin. We’re just sorry we had to listen to it on AO Radio.

This week we have three videos we want you to check out, but only one of them features a player still in action in Melbourne. The first two are recently-released NikeWomen.com commercials that we found thanks to the prompt Tweeting of our good friend TheDoubleBagel. First Serena, then Maria. Check them… they’re pretty dang cool.

See our third choice after the cut… (more…)

i volunteer to make janko a sandwich

January 20, 2010

The web guys behind the 2010 Australian Open asked Janko Tipsarevic some questions before his second-round match against 18th-seed Tommy Haas.

TSF has learned that the man loves sandwiches for breakfast (“any kind”), finds escape in World of Warcraft (oy), and got engaged in the Maldives last year. Read the entire Q&A here.

Yes, the man is engaged. To a man, I hope.

FYI: Our munchkin Serb defeated Ryan Harrison 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the opening round.

(Image by Ben Solomon via AO.com)

masha opens tag heuer’s melbourne boutique

January 20, 2010

Show pony: Before crashing out in the first round of the 2010 Australian Open with a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 4-6 loss to fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko (another short-lived cameo for those fab Tiffany drop earrings, sadly), Maria Sharapova helped open the first Melbourne boutique for Tag Heuer.

Maria wore a white Chloe shirt dress and black pumps from her Cole Haan collection.

(image via Getty Images)

we all know exactly where yanina wickmayer is

January 20, 2010

Yanina Wickmayer had to qualify for the 2010 Australian Open — even though she’s the world’s 16th-ranked player — because of her alleged violation of the WADA’s whereabouts rule. She said they were looking for her in the wrong place (uhm, this sounds like a vicious cycle) and the anti-doping agency just slapped her with a one-year ban. She got it overturned, but not before it forced her to miss the entry deadlines for tournaments in Auckland and Melbourne.

Wickmayer’s quickly righting the ship, winning Auckland as a wildcard (defeating Flavia Pennetta in the final) and reaching the third round in Melbourne after beating the un-Tacchini-ed Pennetta again — this time 7-6 (2), 6-1.

Looking forward: Wickmayer has essentially taken over Flavia’s 12th seed spot in the bottom half of the women’s draw. We expect her to fall to fellow Belgian Justine Henin in the fourth round or to Clijsters in the quarters.

Lovin’ them drop earrings. She’s also put some light pink into her teal/white/black Erke rotation.

(images via Getty Images)


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