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k-swiss x undefeated = the “deuce” shoe

October 4, 2010

K-Swiss is the latest collaborator working with Undefeated on footwear, having their “Deuce” shoe re-imagined in five new colorways for the fall. It’s a pretty simple shoe; note the placement of that gum toebox, covering a larger surface area than what we’re used to. TSF’s pick, btw, is the bright blue one in the back!

The shoe’s now for sale at the Tokyo Undefeated store; eveyrone else gets ’em on October 29.

A Vera good year: Meanwhile, K-Swiss workhorse Vera Zvonareva has booked her berth in the WTA Year-End Championships, joining Caroline Wozniacki, Serena Williams, and Kim Clijsters in this 8-woman field held in Doha. (Info: Tournament site.)

(image and info via Hypebeast)


for k-swiss’ fall, a potent purple

September 30, 2010

The second drop of clothes from K-Swiss for Fall/Winter 2010 includes a darker purple than the hyachinth worn by Kateryna Bondarenko earlier this fall. (Flashback: K-Swiss at the US Open.) This shade — called Potent Purple — appears in the line’s every offering, with each piece having its own special detail, like the thumbhole on the cuffs of the half-zip, the ribbon trim on the pleated skort, and the straps on the a-line dress, the tankini, and the tank. Take a gander below and you’ll see what we mean.

Draw: Meanwhile, Vera Zvonareva‘s great runs within the last calendar year have cemented her reign atop the Russian WTA rankings. Unfortunately, compatriot Elena Dementieva sent her down memory lane with straight-set upset in the quarterfinals of this week’s Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Dementieva next plays Schiavone. (Draw: Singles)

Browse: Check them the goods out — including product info — (more…)

sealed with a k-swiss: 2010 us open

September 12, 2010

The Bondarenkos made dents in the 2010 US Open women’s singles brackets and looked good doing it. Kateryna and Alona both wore versions of K-Swiss‘ Y-Back dress — in hyacinth violet for Kateryna and black stripe for Alona (there’s also a version in red that went untouched).

Alona’s was easily the best outfit from the first day of play in New York (and we hadn’t even seen VenusEleVen dress at that point). In the second round, the blonde sister crushed a repeat of Melanie Oudin‘s run deep into the US Open draw; she fell to 6th seed Schiavone in the third round. Meanwhile, Kateryna scored one of the tournament’s first upsets by beating Li Na, the eighth seed. Kateryna lost in the second round to Cibulkova in a third-set tiebreak.

And Vera Zvonareva, of course, didn’t drop a set all the way through to the finals (including an upset of top seed Caro Wozniacki in the semis). Unfortunately, her mental and emotional (un)resolve got caught up in the intensity of playing that final, and she couldn’t give Kim Clijsters a fight, winning only three games.

Buy: Y-Back Dress, $75; Mesh Pleat Skirt, $50; Striped Pleat Skirt (not pictured), $55; Criss-cross tank (not pictured), $48;

Bonus: It would be fun to see the girls go Cali (say, at Indian Wells? or Miami?) with these board shorts? They’ll set you back $40.

More: Closer shots of all three ladies’ outfits after the cut…

sunday survey: your summer thoughts

July 25, 2010

Novak Djokovic and Vera Zvonareva have already pulled out of their respective first stops on the US Open Series calendar. Vera won’t be popping in at Stanford for The Bank of the West Classic, and Novak isn’t heading to LA for the Farmers Classic. As the draw shows [PDF] and Chris Oddo notes, the BOTW isn’t hurting too much without the Wimbledon finalist on hand. And Andy Murray is headed down to LA to fill Djoko’s slot.

Andy Roddick is already struggling in his summer season, losing in the semifinals at the Atlanta Tennis Championships to a slimmed-down Mardy Fish. Will it be a ho-hum summer for A-Rod or will he pack at the Open like he wants to?

Sunday Survey: What do you think the big story lines will be for summer 2010? Injuries galore? Serena missing? A Delpo comeback? What woman can break away from the pack and become a favorite for the year’s last Major? And who of the men will make their claim for a Slam title in New York? Rafa? Roger? Andy(s)? It’s your turn to tell us in this week’s version of the Sunday Survey.

(photo by MartinWorster via flickr)

breakfast at wimbledon: 2010 ladies’ final

July 3, 2010

Trophy time: A women’s doubles final between Vesnina/Zvonareva and Shvedova/King doesn’t exactly inspire a ratings smash, but NBC Sports should be showing that instead of the Nadal/Murray semi, no?

A very eloquent and appreciative Zvonareva puts it all in perspective: it’s every player’s dream to play Centre Court at Wimbledon, and she got it done!

6-3, 6-2: For the fourth time, Serena wins a major without losing a set. Mazel!

5-2: Serena’s up to bat for her 13th major singles title. Opens with an ace.

5-1: Zvonareva had the tape working in her favor in the seventh game to hold. Fun fact: her favorite college subject is statistics. Oh, those Russians!

3-1, deuce #2: Vera hits her first two forehand winners to dig out of a break point… aaaaand Serena ends up winning the game anyway.

3-1: Roger Federer will fall to No. 3 in the world when the rankings come out next week. It’ll be the first time he’ll be down there since 2003. Who were the top two back then?

2-1: Centre Court looks pretty banged up — it’s playing like a clay court, says Nadal — but we’d really like to know how Court 18 is faring…

2-0: One game later, Vera’s still beefing about losing her serve to open the second set. She rights the ship and holds.

0-0, second set: SERGEY.

6-3: Serena, even with some faulty serving — winning points on 27% of her second serves — takes the cake.

5-3: Awesome defense by Serena leading to a break of serve. There probably won’t be a third set the way this is going. BTW, Zvonareva’s wearing the Open Racerback Tank from K-Swiss. That teal and yellow motif is much better than the navy she had on for the first few rounds.

4-3, Serena: FYI, Mariana Alves is calling this match.

3-3: Vera digs out of a break point with some awesome serving. That forehand of hers, though…

3-2, Serena; And now begins the sightings in the stands: BJK, Navratilova, Brazilian Maria Bueno, and Christie Brinkley.

Changeover: Back to the drawing boards, Geico. You have Billie Jean King sitting in a linesman’s chair in that ad with the Caveman… but she ends up looking like a geriatric in a wheelchair.

2-2: Vera holds again with some good defense but some horrible slicing. (She’s in the doubles final with Vesnina.) Stat: this is the 16th major in a row that Serena’s played. If the kids only knew how spotty her attendance used to be…

2-1, Serena: At least Vera’s getting into points even with Serena’s crazy first-serve percentage for the tournament (over half have been unreturnable!). On another note, when do we get to see Sergey??

1-1 Serena’s serving again after holding to open the match. Is it really just Mary and Ted in the booth? With no McEnroe to hog up air time, we’re excited to see what she’ll spew!

Warm-up: We still have beef about those warm-up pants on Vera Zvonareva.

in vera’s corner, a&f model/ hitting partner/ distraction tactic

July 1, 2010

Models, actresses, singers and political powers have made their presence felt in the players boxes at Wimbledon and beyond over the years, especially as tennis has transitioned the last few years as more of an entertainment sport. But how often can we say a model slash coach slash hitting partner sits him or herself in the box to watch a major semifinal? Not often. Well, if you count Matthew Perry as a hitting partner, maybe… but the boy is no model, that’s for sure!

Vera Zvonareva’s surprise run to the Wimbledon final can now add this footnote: she has a model in her corner. Sergey Demekhine, a former touring pro from Russia, has been spotted in her box throughout the tournament, as well as hitting with her on the practice court. On Zvonareva’s web site, he’s listed as the 25-year-old’s coach.

Somewhere along the road, Demekhine has put his tennis body to work for him in different ways, most notably as an Abercrombie & Fitch model. Check out the pictures after the jump to see the proof.


sa watch 2010 – wimbledon 2010

June 26, 2010

Andre Sa and his partner Vera Zvonareva beat hometown faves Jamie Murray and Laura Robson 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of mixed doubles (that’s the way to endear yourself to the Brits, right?).

FYI, he and partner Huss are out of men’s doubles; they lost lost to Aussies Ball and Gooch.

trophy watch: acronym edition

February 14, 2010

SAP: At the SAP Open in San Jose, Fernando Verdasco beat a top-ten player for the first time in 15 tries with his 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 upset of Andy Roddick. Andy was none too happy about a few line calls that didn’t go his way.

GDF: Top seed Elena Dementieva needed three sets to overcome a nagging Lucie Safarova 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4. This is Dementieva’s second title of 2010; she also won the Sydney tournament before the Australian Open.

PTT: Vera Zvonareva successfully defended her title at the PTT Pattaya Open title in Thailand by taking down hometown fave Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-4.

ABN AMRO: Swede Robin Soderling was the last man standing in Rotterdam after Mikhail Youzhny retired while trailing 0-2 in the second set. Youzhny sustained the injury after he stunned top seed Novak Djokovic 7-6 (5), 7-6, (6). Soderling also upset a seed, Nikolay Davydenko, in the semis.

JCF: In Costa do Sauipe, the Jomawearing Juan Carlos Ferrero steamrolled Lukasz Kubot 6-1, 6-0 at the Brasil Open for his 13th career title.

(images via Getty Images)

k-swiss spring/summer 2010

August 27, 2009

TSF stopped by last night’s K-Swiss “Play Nice” party at the Skyline Gallery. They had a fashion show featuring the Spring/Summer 2010 California Sports Collection.

We took photos of our favorite looks. See ’em after the cut…

razzano upsets zvonareva

February 19, 2009


Virginie Razzano reaches her second semi of 2009 by upsetting fifth seed Vera Zvonareva 7-6 (7), 7-5 at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships.

Props to the normally utilitarian Asics for spicing up Virginie’s skort with some pleating.

Scoreline: Up next for the frenchwoman is JJ-killer Kaia Kanepi, who beat qualifier Elena Vesnina in another quarter in their half of the draw. The winner will face a Williams sister in the final.

(image via Getty Images)

trophy watch: giant balls, david’s peak, jelena’s hat trick, and changing the russian guard

October 13, 2008

Another Philipp to watch: Sorry, Herr Kohlschreiber — you’ll have to save some space at the table for qualifier Philipp Petzschner, who nabbed his second career ATP title at the Bank Austria-TennisTrophy when he beat beat Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 after taking out Wawrinka, Moya, and Lopez in earlier rounds.

In Stockholm, David Nalbandian performed as expected, winning his second title of the year with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Robin Soderling. He’ll head into this week’s Mutua Madrilena Masters as the defending champion.

Marat Safin failed to convert his finals appearance in the 2008 Kremlin Cup into a title (this would have been his first since the ’05 Australian). Meanwhile, props to Igor Kunitsyn and his 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 6-3 victory over his veteran countryman for his maiden title. He even prepared a speech that congratulated Marat!

Hot potato: The top players of the SEWTA continue to keep us fans on our toes, making sure that whoever holds the No. 1 ranking isn’t the last woman standing at a tournament. In this week’s episode of “The Consistency Caper”, second-ranked Jelena Jankovic downs Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-4 for her fourth title of 2008. Meanwhile, top-ranked Serena is MIA. BTW, this is the third meeting in as many weeks between Jelena and Vera.

(Note: Apparently — see first comment below — this is no longer the case. TSF apologizes for the error. Congrats to victor Jelena, who now has all the spoils.)

It’s in the bag: The flip-flops of Roger Federer (first, he’s out “indefinintely”, next, he’s back on the schedule a week later…) played second fiddle to Rafa Nadal, who received a trophy from the ATP this week in recognition of his No.1 ranking. He’ll pretty much end the year in the top spot barring any missteps.

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: a lady on a harley

February 26, 2008


Vroom: Russian Maria Sharapova proved that her Australian Open title was no joke, backing it up with her second title of the year at the $2.5 million Qatar Total Open. The Under Armour of opponent Vera Zvonareva was no match for Masha — she took Vera out 6-1, 2-6, 6-0.



Vera takes home a nice trophy.


The men: Andy Roddick — who looks a little… chubby? weathered? (Does he look different to anyone else? Is it facial hair?) — continued to wow the San Jose crowd with a winning performance, besting Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-5 in the final. (FYI, Andy’s won this event twice before, and made the semis two other times.)

Meanwhile, David Nalbandian‘s back troubles disappeared this week during the Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires. He beat compatriot Jose Acasuso 3-6,7-6 and 6-4. I’m soooo ready for the next Yonex colorway. Yellow and red are too intense for the clay. Unless you’re Guga Kuerten.


In Rotterdam, Michael Llodra and his mouth continue to build on their early-season confidence with a second title in 2008. Llodra beat Robin Soderling 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6(4).


And this streaker, who made a statement at the Rotterdam final, is exactly why I am not vegan. Improper nutrition would lead me to do redundant things like writing “Vegan Streaker” on myself — as if the crowd could confuse me as a linesman. When he gets out of jail, can someone get him some beef?

trophies: heineken, hobart, kooyong, sydney

January 13, 2008

The girls and boys warmed up for the start of the Australian Open with another week at various tournaments Down Under. The usual fare of crystal and silver were doled out, save for minikegs in Auckland…


Philipp Kohlschreiber ends up with a silver trophy and a keg (yes!!!!) for winning the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand. He beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the finals.

More photos: Kooyong, Sydney, and Hobard (plus Auckland doubles) after the cut…

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