Category: De’Tennis

  • Agnieszka Radwanska Survives First Round Scare

    It was a long day at the office for Pole Agnieszka Radwanska in her first round match at the Australian Open. The #8 seed fought hard for three long sets against American veteran Bethanie Mattek-Sands and was able to pull through 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-2.

    It was the quintessential WTA style match. Breaking-to-hold. Lots of emotions. Bad calls. No Hawkeye. Let me break it down…

    Agnieszka Radwanska

    Under tough conditions – the sun was blazing and the win was blowing – BMS jumped out of the gates and quickly was up 5-2. At this point all eyes were on Court 2, and the first upset of the Australian Open was looming in every one’s minds. How silly we all were. Up 5-2, Radwanska broke BMS to make it 5-3. The Pole held for 5-4, then broke the American again for 5-5. At this point we all knew it would be one of those matches… We head into the tie-break. Radwanska got a couple breaks and she looked to be cruising quickly getting two set points. We all got our hopes up for the #8 seed to hold true to form and take control. Radwanska had three set points in the tie-break but miraculously BMS was able to take the breaker 12-10.

    Cool. First set in the bag. Maybe the American was actually going to pull off the first upset of the tournament? Silly me. Did I forget how WTA matches work? Next thing you know BMS calls the trainer out to the court. It was hard to make out what exactly she said, but it appeared to be that the American was struggling with a groin or hip flexor. There was no physical wrapping applied to BMS but she did leave the court to receive some treatment.

    After Radwanska took the 2nd set 6-4 (after a slight comeback from BMS), Radwanska finally looked to be in control… And she did stay in control. Somewhat. The Pole struggled with painstackingly long service games throughout the match. Especially when it came to her 2nd serves, BMS was just eating them up and often converted many 2nd service-returns into winners.

    Overall the match was messy, but there were many entertaining points, especially from BMS who employed a play often seen from Radwanska – a drop shot followed by a lob. In the end BMS just couldn’t string together enough points to stay with Radwanska.

    Radwanska was lucky to pull this match out. It would have been a big shame for her to bomb out of Melbourne in the first round, considering she stated at the end of 2011 that she would make slams a higher priority on her list.…

  • Serena Williams Debuts 2012 Australian Open Nike Tennis Dress In Melbourne

    Last Thursday, Nike Tennis and Serena Williams debuted her dress for the 2012 Australian Open.

    When I first brought to you a sneak peak of Serena’s Australian Open dress back in December, I felt a little underwhelmed by the design. And now looking at it in person… I still feel the same way.

    Serena Williams

    There isn’t anything particularly special about the dress’ dresign and I’m not that huge of a fan of the shade of blue chosen for the dress. It’s a little too much on the purple side of the spectrum for my tastes. But, what do I know? It’s not like I don’t know fashion or what looks good on Serena…

    I will say this however… The dress does make Serena look fierce. The vertical piping on the bodice really accents her ridiculously fit figure. I mean, have you seen the woman’s mid-section? Get it right, get it tight honey.

    Hopefully, she maintains this fitness throughout 2012 – that would only mean more tournaments and more titles!

    Nike is also celebrating it’s 40th anniversary of being in tennis. As part of Serena’s presentation of her dress, Nike also displayed every other Nike Tennis dress that Serena has worn when winning the title down in Melbourne. When Serena took to the mic to detail to the press how she (meaning the Nike Tennis creative design team) came up with the design for her 2012 Australian Open, the concept was pulling from the past or in her words “going retro.” …Which I just take as them as recycling old ideas – but that’s fashion for you!

    Serena took a moment to describe how her style has changed over the years. When she first started with Nike, her outfits were very “fun and outgoing” which (if you can recalled) translated into a lot of cut-outs and denim on the court… How I miss that Serena. Her style now she says is conservative, but not boring.

    Serena’s 2012 Australian Open look is reminiscent in it’s structure to her 2004 Wimbledon dress which is one of Serena’s all-time favorite Nike dresses. It has a similar gladiator-type structure with its vertical piping on the bodice, short pleats along the skirt, and strong wide stripes.

    Check out each Nike Tennis dress Serena has sported whenever she won the Australian Open below:

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    My personal favorite would honestly have to be the dress Serena wore in 2009. The proportions and cut of the dress were so perfect for Serena’s body and frankly would be flattering on every woman out there no matter the shape.

    Which Nike Tennis dress was your favorite when Serena took the title in Melbourne?…

  • 2011 Tennis Fashion: Venus Williams

    Yet again, Venus Williams (@VenusESWilliams) debuted another look at the Australian Open (@AustralianOpen).

    This look was less dress and more shirt than her previous looks in the second round and first round. Take a look for yourself:

    Venus Williams

    This black look shares the same mesh style that her first look had. It’s short and very tight, but instead is studded out. Like I said, this dress is more of a shirt, and Venus wore a longer black short to compensate.

    We all know that Venus had to retire from her match, so I guess we will never get to see what other dresses Venus would have debuted should she have continued on in the tournament. Sad.…

  • 2010 Davis Cup Final: Starring Novak Djokovic

    This time of the year it is rather quite on the tennis front.  Let’s be honest, after the US Open, almost all tennis fans fall asleep and return to hibernating in the warmth and comfort of their indoor tennis facilities.  Unless you subscribe to the TENNIS channel, then you’ve probably been ignorant to the fact that some fabulous tennis has been going on.
    Check out this highlight reel of the epic Federer–Nadal ATP World Tour Final.The one final event taking place is the Davis Cup Final. (Seriously, who really cares about Davis Cup?) France and Serbia are duking it out for a trophy that looks a lot like the Stanley Cup trophy.  Serbia has recently leveled the score at 1-all after Novak took the 2nd rubber against Gilles Simon.  Gael Monfils topped Janko Tipsarevic (who is one of my favorite tennis tweeters and tweeters overall) in the first rubber.  Next up will be the doubles rubber.

    If you don’t care for Davis Cup, much like me, what reason do you have to pay attention to the tennis. One thing: Novak Djokovic’s clothing. Yes. Do whatever you have to. YouTube it. Google images. Anything.  If you recall, not to long ago did we all see Novak wearing his “signature” Sergio Tacchini line of dragon tattoo-themed tennis gear. THANKFULLY, that was the last time the line would be seen.  Any tattoo-themed clothing warn on the court needs to be burned.  This whole dragon-theme reminded me of Serena William’s 2006 US Open dress, another Far-East inspired outfit.

    Novak has traded in the dragon for a classier and much cleaner tennis outfit for the Davis Cup Final against France.  It’s cleaner, and the distribution of color on Novak’s body is much more flattering.  Let’s just hope those dragon shirts never return.…