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trophy watch: while the men are away, the russian women take names

September 21, 2008

The Russian men might be bamboozling their opponents down in Argentina, but the women mean serious business. Dinara Safina has beaten Svetlana Kuznetsova in all their 2008 meetings, including the 2008 final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The score: 6-1, 6-3.

In doubles, Nadia Petrova teamed with Vania King to win over Lisa Raymond and Sam Stosur 6-1, 6-4.

Across the Sea of Japan, Vera Zvonareva took down local Peng Shuai 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-2 at the Guangzhou Open. This is Vera’s second title, after taking Prague earlier this year.

(photos by Getty Images)


trophy watch, exo edition: jb group classic and hopman cup

January 13, 2008

Forgive us for being a week behind with the trophies from last week’s exhibitions (Hopman Cup and the ladies’ JB Group Classic). But the Hopman trophy is cool, so here we go…

First, the Hopman Cup, won by the American team of Serena and Mardy over injured Serbians Jelena and Nole.


Team USA also went home (or to Melbourne, I guess) with these diamond-encrusted tennis balls. According to ABC, a new design by Doris Brinkhaus is conjured up each year, always with an Australian map and a diamond marking Perth’s location. It takes 8 months to construct.

The balls cost $35,000 each. The last one Serena won (back in 2003) ended up a gift to her mother, Oracene.


Venus Williams started off strong in 2008 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Maria Sharapova in the finals of the JB Group Classic on January 5.

More photos: Hopman Cup trophies plus JB Group players’ party and press conference photos after the cut…

fashion flashback: maria kirilenko in adidas — 2006 China Open

September 13, 2007

I ran across these photos of Maria Kirilenko while browsing through the China Open archives. The Russian competed in last year’s tourney, and bowed out in the second round against Peng Shuai.

She wore tennis pieces from adidas by Stella McCartney: a white sleeveless tank under a teal deep scoop neck, a grey pleated skirt, teal socks, and grey shoes.

Totally cute!

I still think she is consistently one of the best-dressed women on the SEWTA tour. What do you think? Tell us.

Buy: Check out the Fall 20007 adidas by Stella McCartney collection at

P.S. Stella’s London Fashion week event is scheduled for Sept. 20. I can’t wait!!

(photos via Getty Images)

>> kirilenko + adidas at the u.s. open
>> adidas by stella mccartney fall collection
>> kirilenko at wimbledon
>> kirilenko at the french

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