Posts Tagged ‘wta tour championships’

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)

elena’s little black dress

October 30, 2009

Elena Dementieva played in her eighth WTA Tour Championships — dating all the way back to 2000 — wearing a little black dress from Yonex. Way to show off those gams!

The Russian failed to make it out of the event’s round robin stage, winning her match against Venus Williams but losing to Serena and Kuznetsova.

Looking ahead: In the semis, Venus will play Jelena Jankovic and Serena will go up against Caroline Wozniacki. In doubles, the team of Cara Black/Liezel Huber will vie for a spot in the final, and Stosur/Stubbs will try to down the second-seeded Williams sisters. More: Scores here.

(image via Getty)

this is how you do it: doha edition

October 30, 2009

Tournament organizers in doubt about how to stage a draw ceremony can now use the 2009 SEWTA Tour Championships as a reference.

They dolled up the ladies, threw them in the Museum of Islamic Art, and snapped away. The results? Venus gets our vote for “Best Style”, Elena gets “Most Glam”, and we are all about Azarenka‘s big bow. (Is that you, Blake Lively?)

Who was your fave?

Up close: Pics of each lady after the cut.

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dressing up doha

October 8, 2009

Fila expands its apparel/footwear sponsorships (Wimbledon, Indian Wells, Miami) by adding the SEWTA’s Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha to its roster.

The event’ll feature the top eight singles players and the top four doubles players, all competing over six days for prize money totaling $4.55 million. Five ladies have qualified for singles so far: Safina, Serena, Wozniacki, Dementieva, and Kuznetsova. Get more info about the tournament here.

Fila created a bespoke range for Doha that draws inspiration from the event’s purple and green theme as well as Fila’s 70′s and 80′s archive. The clothes will be seen on court officials, ball crew, and on-site staff.

TSF gives top marks to the women’s line official jacket (pictured above). What do you think of the clothes? Tell us!

More: See more pics — of the men’s line judge jacket, ballboy and ball girl tops, staff jacket, and the Doha-specific Alfa shoe — all after the cut…

at the year-end party, maria shines in thakoon

November 14, 2007

You know Maria Sharapova wasn’t too bummed about being runner-up to Justine Henin at last week’s Year-End Championships in Madrid.

She sat out for almost two months to nurse her ailing shoulder, and in the meantime cleaned out the skeleton in her closet by auctionining off that cursed U.S. Open day dress. The result? A sexy librarian look from Nike and a kick-ass serve that got her a $500,000 check for second-place.

maria sharapova - yec 2007 - thakoon

To celebrate after the long match (and a long year), Maria attended the tournament’s players’ party dressed in the metallic orange Thakoon frock and a pair of black t-strap platforms by Lanvin.

What do you think of the outfit? Tell us!

(Photo by Action Images via WTA)

trophy watch: madrid + asian hopman cup

November 11, 2007

maria sharapova - yec 2007

The SEWTA Tour capped its 2007 season with a thrilling match between winner Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova. The 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 match — played over three hours, 24 minutes — was the longest three-set final in tournament history. (It was played as a best-of-five final from 1984-1998.) Jesus, that 12th game of the first set was agonizingly long, and not even in the nail-biting kind of way.

We were surprised about Masha’s late-season run, which came after a nearly two-month layoff due to shoulder injury. (More after the cut…)

the winter blues: an adidas and reebok preview

November 9, 2007

jelena jankovic, anna chakvetadze, ana ivanovic

Serbians Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic might have the winter blues, but they’re not sad about how their 2007s are ending.

Ana is ranked No. 4 in the world after a year that saw her win three titles (Berlin, Los Angeles, and Luxembourg) plus an appearance in the French Open finals. She faces Justine Henin in the semis of this week’s SEWTA Tour Championships in Spain after hard-fought wins over Hantuchova (with a second-set tiebreak) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (7-5 in the third).
ana ivanovic - edge dress - reebok

We haven’t seen shades this intense since spring! Ivanovic rounds out this year’s fashion show with a solid cyan Edge dress from adidas. (Her earlier choices include a white YOC dress for Wimbledon and the purple YOC tank.)

While her Madrid outfit is blue overkill, you can see from this white/cyan version (above, left) that the dress’ construction is very intricate, with lots of panels sewn together, ruching at seams on the bust, and a gathered hem on the skirt.

FYI: This Edge line should drop in stores by Thanksgiving. Judging from the timing of the release, this will likely be here Aussie Open dress. (Man, are we talking about 2008 already?!)

Buy: The YOC dress, $65, adidas.com; YOC tank, $31.99, TW.

Meanwhile, World No. 3 Jelena got schooled by Henin 2-6, 2-6 and took a set off Anna Chakvetadze but went down 3-6 in the third. She’ll end her year on a high note, though: 4 out of 5 career titles were racked up in 2007 — Auckland, Charleston, Rome, and Birmingham — plus a few other finals appearances.)

She wore Reebok separates in “Island Waters” blue and is also writing the last SEWTA player blog of the season.

(WTA Tour Championships photos via Getty Images; Edge dress photos via adidas.com; Island Waters via reebok.com)

maria the sexy librarian

November 6, 2007

maria sharapova - nike - madrid

Maria Sharapova returned to action at this week’s WTA Tour Championships after a four-week absence. She faced Daniela Hantuchova in a round-robin match for the Red Group.

The dueling Nike-sponsored babes came out in their fall frocks, with Hantuchova continuing with the black Fall Control pieces (including the cute two-tiered ruffle skirt; see a picture here) and Maria sporting a bow collar blouse in deep burgundy and a front button skort in sheen pink. (No Drop Shot dress for her, I guess.)

Sharapova eventually triumphed 6-4, 7-5. But who do you think won the fashion showdown? Tell us!

p.s. No word on who has Maria’s pieces for sale.

(photos by Getty Images)

year-end photo with serena

November 6, 2007

okay, okay. So I accidentally cut out Serena Williams from my year-end post.

year-end championships wta 2007

Here’s the photo with Serena. You can see this photo and the rest of the WTA Gallery here.

trophy watch + year-end championships

November 5, 2007

justine henin - year-end no. 1

We all breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing a cleaned-up Justine Heninsans pirate pants, that is — receiving this lame trophy from the SEWTA in Madrid. The Belgian will finish 2007 as the No. 1 player female tennis player in the world. This is the second year in a row that Justine has achieved this feat; she also did it in 2003.

Look at those biceps. Rawr.

Of course, Henin’s in town to vie for Sony Ericsson Championships, which begins next week. On the Baseline handicaps the field.

My picks: Henin wins the Yellow Group round robin and Daniela Hantuchova wins the Red Group. Henin takes it all. Who do you think will win? Tell us!

(Henin photo via Getty Images; group photo via WTA)

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