Archive for the ‘anta’ Category

before the gloomy weather, some bursts of yellow at the u.s. open

September 9, 2011

Golden Girls: Both Jelena Jankovic and Elena Baltacha opted to wear shades of yellow at this year’s U.S. Open. Jankovic, who lost in the third round to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, played in a gold ANTA dress. Note the boning detail, the ruching at the bust, and all that busy-ness (which we love!) at the top: a set of straps for the dress and one for the mesh bra.

And in Elena Baltacha we have the heir to the Yonex throne once occupied by that other Elena — Dementieva. The Brit lost to 15th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round. The slit and the white stripe down the dress’ right side tones down the hard blue-collar feel of the contrasting black trim; ultimately, we’dve rather seen this in the dark blue version that Yonex printed in their catalog.

More: Pictures of Elena and Jelena’s clothes after the cut…

jelena jankovic goes back to pink

May 25, 2011

Jelena Jankovic continues on her bright-hued fashion path with a bright pink stop at this year’s French Open. (She wore pale pink to start out the year in Australia.) The floral pattern on her Anta dress is the same as the one she’s worn this spring (but in green). We might have opted for something other than the purple shoes — perhaps some yellow, to tease out that accent color from her dress? — but we’re loving how it looks against the clay.

Tennis: Jelena’s through to the third round after beating Alona Bondarenko and Vera Dushevina in straight sets. Her opponent will be the currently on-fire Bethanie Mattek-Sands. (Draw: Women’s Singles)

More: Two more pics after the cut…

fed cup: jankovic is one step ahead of the law

April 21, 2011

Can you convict her of a fashion crime if she’s already in prison stripes? Sneaky, Jelena!

We’ve already pointed out a few highlights from this past weekend’s Fed Cup ties, including Yanina Wickmayer‘s parade and the ladies with their patriotic manicures. Below’s what’s left, including Jankovic in Anta, Sabine Lisicki in geometric Under Armour, and Aravane Rezai toning down but spicing up where it counts: there’s a flirty lace hem on her black skirt!

Photos: after the cut…

jankovic blooms in the charleston dirt

April 8, 2011

Jelena Jankovic left the orange in Miami, opting for green floral print to start off her spring clay campaign.

Draw: At this week’s Family Circle Cup in Charleston, Jelena — as the third seed — beat Paszek and Scheepers and is now playing the quarterfinals against McHale. The winner gets to play top seed Wozniacki in the semis. On the other side of the draw, Peng plays the winner of Goerges/Vesnina. See how all the ladies are faring here.

(image by Chris Smith via FamilyCircleCup.com)

jelena’s stars and stripes

March 31, 2011

Jelena Jankovic became one of Andrea Petkovic‘s scalps at this week’s Sony Ericsson Open, losing 6-2, 2-6, 4-6 to the German upstart in the quarterfinals. If it’s any consolation, Jelena’s put together a decent run so far in 2010: one final (Monterrey), two semis (Dubai and Qatar), and the fourth round at Indian Wells.

Anta: Jelena’s moved on from the pink dress she used to start the beginning of this year. Same slinky shape, but now in orange, with two blue stripes curving their way down the left side; the lines frame an odd print of fading circles and yellow stars. We saw the dress up close (while on Jankovic) but couldnt tell whether the pattern was a burnout.

Not her best (and really, we miss the ginormous white bags that came with last year’s clothes!), but props to Jelena for infusing our spring with even more neon.

In the trenches: Speaking of Petko, she’s currently playing for a spot in the SEO semis against Sharapova (as of this post, Andrea won the first set but is down a bageled set and 0-3 vs. the Russian). Maybe Maria’s getting tired of that dance.

(images via Getty Images)

green, and maybe with envy

October 5, 2010

Jelena Jankovic got booted from this week’s China Open in the second round. She lost to qualifer and fellow Serbian Bojana Jovanovski in three sets: 6-4 2-6 2-6. As the de facto third seed, Jovanovski will face Shahar Peer in the next round. Other notable third round matches: Dementieva vs. Ivanovic, Zvonareva plays Kirilenko, and Li Na squares off against the weight of the Chinese hometown crowd. (Brackets: See them all here.)

Seesaw in sea foam: Jankovic continues her sloppy second half of 2010 (after running deep into events up until Wimbledon, including a title at Indian Wells), losing to Kanepi twice, to Yakimova, Kleybanova, Benesova, and Akgul. Jelena wore a sea foam Anta dress with a flora print at the neck. It reminded us of the Maria Sharapova skyline-inspired day dress from the 2007 US Open.

Up close: See a few more pics of the dress after the cut…

jelena jankovic goes yellow and purple in tokyo

September 27, 2010

Jelena Jankovic‘s purple ANTA dress from the 2010 US Open has given way to a yellow version, showing this week at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. She’s pariing them with white shoes with purple detail.

Bracket: In the singles draw, Jelena is still on track to defend her finals appearance last year (she lost to Maria Sharapova) with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Alona Bondarenko. She’ll play the winner of Kanepi vs. peer in the the quarters. Meanwhile, Masha, the defending champ, bowed out to Kimiko Date-Krumm 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in her first meeting against the Japanese veteran. (Draw: Singles)

(images via Getty Images)

in flushing meadows, the anta girls sputter

September 12, 2010

2010 US Open fourth seed Jelena Jankovic wasn’t really in the conversation as a gunner for this year’s title, as seen by her immediate hiccup in the first round against Simona Halep, who served for the match against the Serbian before falling 7-5 in the third. JJ also needed three sets to beat qualifier Mirjana Lucic (two snaps to her for making it to the main draw, btw) and then fell to Kaia Kanepi in the third round.

We love that she added the pink sports bra and hot pants under the purple ANTA dress that she’s been wearing for the summer hardcourt swing; way to rejuvenate an outfit, no? Note the purple detail in her shoes, and the pink in her fingernails.

And on 21st seed Zheng Jie, the Chinese brand went with swirling shades of white and blue — an underdeveloped version of what Fila put on their ladies (Clijsters, Agi Szavay). Zheng crashed into the resurgent Ana Ivanovic in the second round and only won three games.

More: Detail pics (including Zheng’s warm-up jacket) after the cut…

those JJ bags: for now, only in serbia

June 27, 2010

(Off to enjoy my middle Sunday by taking in the Buena Vista Social Club and Goldfrapp at the Hollywood Bowl. Get some rest for that action-packed Monday!)

Jelena Jankovic is quietly through to the fourth round of this year’s Wimbledon. She had to face Robson, Wozniak, and only gave up three games against Alona Bondarenko. Jelena’s next opponent is Zvonareva and potentially a Belgian (it’s Henin vs. Clijsters) in the quarters. Draw: Women’s singles [pdf]

ANTA‘s been doing a good job outfitting their ladies (Janks and Zheng Jie) with some cute warm-ups, include this one with the cropped sleeve and oversized collar (it’s been done, but we’ll never tire of it). And like the rest of the top ladies, the ruffles on Jelena’s dress look wonderful and perform well during match play. They even look great when she’s sitting idle during a medical timeout.

For your eyes only: Jelena’s racquet and gym bags are from her line. We got to see another set — bedecked with bows — from earlier this year, at Indian Wells. (Check out the close-ups we took in the gallery below.) During one of Jelena’s matches, we spoke with Snezana, who was carrying a purse from the JJ line, and she mentioned that the bags are currently just available in Serbia (Marija, have you seen these around?). Oh wells, I’m sure the Floridians will eat this up when the Jankovics are ready to expand stateside.

(images via Getty Images; photos of bag close-up by TSF)

so much for being tamarine tanasugarn II

June 24, 2010

Another early exit at Wimbledon for 2008 semifinalist Zheng Jie, who followed last year’s early loss to Dani Hantuchova with a 4-6, 6-2, 2-6 performance against Petra Kvitova in the second round of the 2010 tournament. Ever since her run to the semis in Melbourne this year (save for an uptick at Warsaw, where she got to the final), Zheng’s been sputtering. What gives?

ANTA scales back: Unlike all the crazy — dare we say gratuitous — use of fabric at this year’s draw, the normally ruffled Zheng went for a simple look, even down to her puffed-sleeve warm-up.

Draw: Kvitova next plays Azarenka. Both are in the top half of the draw with Serena.

(images via Getty)

jelena jankovic’s fed cup garb

February 9, 2010

Our hats are off to Jelena Jankovic and the folks at ANTA for producing one of the better Fed Cup outfits of 2010 so far. (I know Nick wasn’t really a fan, but I will stick to my guns!) She and the rest of the Serbian gals couldn’t fight off the hard-hitting Russians in this first round tie of the World Group I bracket.

Especially with all the talk of Venus‘ skin-colored undies at the Australian Open, it’s refreshing to see someone take a step back and go with sheer instead. (See the panels on the chest and the side of her dress.) We could have lived without those awkward slits that made Jelena’s dress look like it got caught in an escalator, though.

FYI, she wore a white version during her doubles match with Ana Ivanovic.

Again, the details: We love the red nails, the red and gold in her bracelet and necklace, and the same color motif in her shoes. See ‘em all after the cut…

it’s “asia’s” slam, after all…

January 24, 2010

Two snaps to Zheng Jie for being the first (of two!) Chinese players in the women’s quarterfinals at the 2010 Australian Open. She upset 31st seed Alona Bondarenko 7-6 (5), 6-4. The 2008 Wimbledon semifinalist will vie for a spot in the semis in Melbourne against Maria Kirilenko.

We love the hidden print in the (half!) pleats of her ANTA skort. Note the monogram (“Z”) on the back of her dress.

Up close: More pics of Jie’s dress after the cut…

jankovic earned her fashion stripes

October 30, 2009

Not over yet: Serbian Jelena Jankovic could end her year on a high note — the rest of it hasn’t been the best (titles in Andalucia and Cincinnati; a finals appearance in Tokyo) — since she’s still jankovic earned her fashion stripesin the running for the 2009 Sony Ericsson Tour Championships, happening this week in Doha.

The tour’s final outing of 2009 brings out another outfit from the partnership between JJ and ANTA. This time, she let the fabric do the talking, staying away from complicated details and instead placing a monogram on the back of the pink wrap dress.

Scores: Jelena got shut down by Victoria Azarenka in their opening round robin, but rebounded with a win over Safina (well, Dinara withdrew with a back injury) and Caroline Wozniacki. In case you’re actually following the results…

(image via Getty)

phoenix returns to the nest, leaves with the queen

October 7, 2009

We’ve just finished Day 3 of play and already Caro‘s out (grumpily), Venus is gone, and Jelena‘s title defense fizzled. Maybe a lesson should be gleaned from women who get their on-court kits custom-made?

Not convinced? Then we present Exhibit D in the form of Zheng Jie, who had her “Z” monogram adapted by ANTA to reflect her participation in this week’s China Open in Beijing.

The design’s named “Phoenix Returns to Nest” — symbolic of Zheng’s return to her home SEWTA tourney after months of playing all over the world. “I especially like this apparel as the design is simple yet it contains a lot of Chinese elements,” said Zheng of the apparel.

Sadly, Zheng lost in the first round to sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova; the Russian’s slated to face Venus-killer Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarters.

Bracketology: Serena is lurking in the same half as Kuzie, and will probably go up against Peng, who’s through to the quarters after beating Sharapova. Meanwhile, in the other half, Chinese No. 1 Li Na is out, losing to Dementieva in the third round. In the other quarter, Shuai Zhang will go up against Marion Bartoli for a spot in the final eight. Draw here (pdf).

Pleats, at least: See Zheng’s kit up close after cut…

“pearl crown” dress can’t save the china open queen

October 6, 2009

The Shuai-caused upsets continue at the China Open, with Shuai Zhang‘s defeat of Dinara Safina preceding the fizzling of Jelena Jankovic‘s tourney run. The defending champion lost 6-4, 5-7, 2-6 to local Shuai Peng. Jankovic was still being bothered by the wrist injury that forced her to retire from the Toray Pan Pacific Open final last week; she “couldn’t hit the ball hard enough” to keep the match competitive in the third set.

ANTA, Jelena’s sponsor, created a special dress just for their hometown event (Zheng Jie got the same treatment). They created a “pearl crown” pattern on the layered purple dress, which made references to Jelena’s title reign for this past year.

“I love this design very much,” Jelena said about the design. “I am very touched.” Not touched enough to defend! (Jay kay! xo – tsf)

We really do love this dress, and think that Jelena and ANTA have created a great collaboration that we expect to see more of in the coming weeks — if Jelena is fit enough to play. What do you think of the dress? Tell us!

Bracketology: Meanwhile, Serena won her third-round match and will be back at the No. 1 spot once the rankings are published on Monday. We expect Ms. Williams to survive her half of the draw (taking out Russians Petrova, Sharapova, and Kuznetsova along the way) and then face Dementieva in the finals. See the draw here (pdf).

(images via Getty)

all frills, no fun: zheng jie’s cannot defend her semifinal run

June 25, 2009

We are sad to see the 2009 Wimbledon run of Zheng Jie, one of last year’s semifinalists, come to an end so quickly. But we’re not surprised that was in the hands of the always dangerous Dani Hantuchova; the sixteenth seed lost to Hantuchs in straight sets — 6-3, 7-5.

Zheng was wearing another new outfit from ANTA. This time, though, it looks like they overdid the trim on her all-white separates.

More: Two more pics after the cut…

jelena’s french open racquet bag

June 1, 2009

You can never have enough tassels. Case in point: Jelena Jankovic‘s racquet bag, seen here as she gets a left toe blister tended to during her 3-6, 6-0, 9-7 loss to Romanian Sorana Cristea in the fourth round of the French Open. Jelena had reached the semis of Roland Garros in the past two years.

We figured that this would be a Prince bag, but is probably supplied by ANTA now that Jelena’s contract with the racquet company has expired (we have yet to hear about a renewal). Do you know who produced this bag? Tell us!

Looking forward: In the quarters, Sorana will face the winner of the Stosur/Razzano match. TSF didn’t even know that Sam or Virginie were still in the draw.

(image via Getty Images)

jelena’s spring blues

May 27, 2009

You know, we’ve been really impressed by a lot of the clothes debuting at this French Open — especially with the ladies. They’ve been been hitting out of the park, haven’t they? (And we’re not even done posting yet!)

So we’re officially ready to let our guard down with Jelena Jankovic. She was flip-flopping for a while there, mixing great fashion choices with some couture catastrophes, forcing us to withhold our applause and love for one of tennis’ biggest draws. But after that gorgeous dress she wore to Cannes, this pink one at a reception for Serbian prez Boris Tadic, and now her French Open ANTA outfit, we’re ready to leave the love faucet on full blast for Jelena.

Ms. Jankovic opened her 2009 French Open campaign in a bright blue dress accented with an asian floral print down the side and back panels. We’re all about that frilly skirt, too. What do you think of this dress? Tell us!

Scoreline: Jelena got lumped in the bottom half of the draw, and we don’t foresee any hiccups until her quarterfinal vs. Serena Williams (though our friend Chris’ bracket has Wozniacki beating Jelena in the round of 16).

More: See detail shots of her blue, blue (did we say “blue”?) outfit — including fingernails, hairpins, shoes, and maybe mascara (one can only hope) — all after the cut…

loving lavender: zheng jie in ANTA

May 26, 2009

Zheng Jie became the highest-ranked female Chinese player recently by reaching the No. 15 spot (beating Li Na‘s No. 16 back in 2007). Zheng’s had a so-so year so far, making it to the fourth round of the Australian (ret. Kuznetsova) and Miami (l. S. Williams), the semis at Monterrey (l. Bartoli), and the third round in Roma (a third-set tiebreak loss against Safina).

But she’s still in this year’s French, brushing aside Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-1, 6-3 in the first round. As the 15th seed, she’ll next face Michelle Larcher De Brito and will likely end up falling to Safina in the round of 16.

<3: We’re continually impressed with the different designs that Chinese companies Li Ning and ANTA — the latter now Zheng’s sponsor — are bringing to the table. Zheng is currently in a lavender/purple blouse trimmed with pleats and a cloud-like print on the mandarin collar.

What do you think of it? Tell us!

More: A few more shots of Zheng’s outfit after the cut…

monogrammatization: zheng jie

May 26, 2009

Some detail shots of Zheng Jie‘s monogrammed kit at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, where she lost to Serena Williams in the fourth round 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 (Zheng led 2-0 in that third set).

While she’s been logo-less for a while, the print detail on her white tank makes me think that she was with ANTA all along (but perhaps with a deal not yet inked). Seems like everything’s set for the French, though, where Zheng’s shown up in beautiful blue separates. More on that later.

(images via Getty Images)


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