at the korea open, more from eleven



Most of the women are taking a break this week except for World No. 9 Venus Williams, who is quietly working towards a title at the Hansol Korea Open.

She’s showing off some more pieces from her Steve & Barry’s collection, EleVen.

Venus wore a pink pleated skirt and a white sleeveless top (with pink shawl collar) in her 6-2, 6-1 defeat of fast-court specialist Tamarine Tanasugarn in the second round.

And she went all-white in her 6-2, 6-3 win over Marta Domachowska.

Into the weekend: Venus will next face Flavia Pennetta in the semis, while defending champion Eleni Daniilidou squares off against Russian Maria Kirilenko, who’s on a roll after taking the Sunfeast Open last week. I predict Maria and Venus will make the finals, and Venus will win the whole thing.

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>> see all of Venus’ EleVen tennis outfits here

davis cup: lest you thought we forgot…



The Davis Cup finals are now set — Russia and the U.S. will square off in the December at some venue (Rose Garden?) in Portland. I’ll be making a trip up and meeting with Pacific Northwestern TSF’ers. If you’re gonna be around — we should meet up! The Russians are looking to defend, but the American team seems as hungry and ready as they’ll ever be.

Some of you mentioned (ahem, Craig) that I made no mention of the semifinal tie between the U.S. and Sweden. It got lost in the fray — there were eight other ties going on last weekend, and two of them involved Roger Federer and Serbian ham Nole Djokovic — but it didn’t help that there was so much bland attire on the court. Thomas Johansson, Andy Roddick, and James Blake gave us nothing to talk about.

But then there was Joachim Johansson, who teamed up with Yonex to properly represent his country in flag colors. Roddick might beat him 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3, but the Swede wins ‘best dressed’ in our book. Cheers.

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>> TSF’s davis cup coverage…

shirtless: arnaud clement



Hey all — posting has been a little slow just because there’s not much going on (and I have lots of non-TSF things to deal with). Also, I’ve been working on some posts that require interviews, phone calls, etc. So hopefully it will turn into good reading for y’all.

Anyway, I’ve been mining discussion boards for an Aussie Open post, and I ran across this photo of Arnaud Clement. Enjoy!

(from MTF’s Arnaud Forum)

fashion hit: spadea sparkles



As much as we rag on Vince Spadea for his prosti-totes, bedazzled trucker hats, or wearing basketball shorts on the court, we have to give credit where it’s due.

See how well this eccentric American cleans up? It’s like an episode of Extreme Makeover all up in hurrrr. Here he is playing a first round match at the Thailand Open (losing to Tommy Haas 6-4, 4-6, 1-6 in the first round). Put a non-obnoxious shirt on him (from his own line, of course) and he looks great. That hair is another story…

But we should enjoy this while it lasts. Back in May, Bethanie Mattek had the crazy notion that she’d tone down her on-court fashion style. It got her a title, but it didn’t last long. She was back to her old ways by the 2007 U.S. Open.

Buy?: You can check out some of Vince’s goods at his Pro Shop.

ukranian fashion show




Striking a pose (left to right): Katerina Bondarenko, unknown, Alona Bondarenko, Tatiana Perebiynis, Oksana Teplyakova, unknown.

The $100k Kharkov tourney from earlier this month hosted a fashion show for the ladies.

Because of the bright blue and yellow pastels (read: Ukrainian flag), some fans are speculating that these were designed for upcoming Fed Cup ties. How fun — we’re all about it!

Whodunit?: does anyone know who designed these outfits?

Our faves: Teplyakova in a spaghetti strap top, Perebiynis in an empire waist dress and in a tiered ruffle skirt, and Alona in assymetrical blue.

Bondarenkos wear the mishits: Alona in a purple dress which takes the tennis theme too far; Katerina wears a cutaway dress. That’s gonna make for some horrible tan lines.

What do you think of the dresses? Tell us!

One more photo after the cut…