oh, serena!

At the end of NBC’s broadcast of Venus Williams def. Maria Martinez Sanchez 6-1, 7-5.

xxxxx: yeah … they were showing serena in the stands
xxxxx: doing her nails
Erwin: oh
xxxxx: “i didnt realize this is the court 1 spa” (ted robinson)
Erwin: HAHAHA
Erwin: i didn’t notice that
xxxxx: then like she didnt even realize the match was over
xxxxx: realized it, stood up and started yawning

Could he really do it?

Butter’s Bubble

Marat Safin won his 3rd round Wimbledon match against Andreas Seppi, 7-6, 3-6 ,6-7, 6-4. Is it still shocking that he won another match? It’s so hard to feel confident to watch him play these days.

If Safin could escape another match, he could face Marcos Baghdatis or Feliciano Lopez! The latter ousted Marat during their 3rd round match in Wimbledon back in 2005.

Remember this? lol….

Mario Ancic and Roger Federer are also in the same section of the draw as Marat, so he’ll need all the luck he can get. As much as I love to see Marat go deep into the tournament, I have to be realistic. His chances are kinda slim.

(photo by Getty Images)

eleVen spreads its wings

Venus Williams must be getting excited that her clothing line, EleVen is finally catching on. Russian Nadia Petrova, who is no longer with French company Airness, is through to the fourth round of these Championships wearing EleVen whites. The press asked Venus for comment after her first round match.

Q. You brought out a new clothes line here, but you have Petrova wearing your clothes, right?
VW: Uh-huh.

Q. Is that the first time you’ve had another player wearing your clothes? Talk about how you worked that out with her.
VW: I think she’s just in transition between — was in transition, so she I think wanted — she was doing me a favor. So I’m hoping to see her in the clothes. I saw her in some warmups yesterday, but I haven’t seen her in the match clothes. I’m hoping to see her. She’s a great girl. I have a lot of respect for her on and off the court. She’s a good person.

Scoreline: 21st seed Petrova upset the 16th seed Victoria Azarenka to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon. There she will face either Shuai Peng or the Sharapova-thrashing Alla Kudryavtseva.

(transcript via ASAP Sports; photo via Babs)

top seed falls before bearing wimbledon fruit

Following in the footsteps of French Open top seed Maria Sharapova, Wimbledon top seed Ana Ivanovic, who fought off two match points in her second round match against Nathalie Dechy, fell to the Chinese wildcard Zheng Jie today 6-1, 6-4.

“It was a very emotional last couple of weeks for me and it took a bit of a toll,” revealed Ivanovic. “I didn’t have great preparation.”

Zheng performance made Ivanovic the earliest top seed to bow out of Wimbledon since Martina Hingis got booted by Jelena Dokic in 2001. The native of Chengdu, Sichuan, China wore a Nike top with a curved v-neck.

Meanwhile, Ana shed the florally-hemmed Edge Dress after her first round match against Rossana De Los Rios. She then switched to the more sophisticated Edge Polo with its boatneck collar, cap sleeves, and swirly mesh insets.

More: See her white warm-up jacket here.

Buy: adidas Edge Summer Dress, white/mauve, $65; Edge Summer Skort, white and mauve, $45; Edge Summer Polo, $45; Edge Summer Shorts (cute!!), $40.

(photos by Getty Images)

tattoo watch: maria sharapova?!

This could just be a error, but the caption accompanying this Abaca Press photo of female player’s nape at Wimbledon identifies it as Maria Sharapova‘s. I’ve never seen her nape, so…

Three things:

1) Is this her neck? The top doesn’t look like the Nike tuxedo top. Even if you took off the sheer layer (leaving the sports bra), it still doesn’t look like Maria.

2) If this isn’t Maria, who is it?

3) What does the tattoo say?

(photo by Corinne Dubreuil/Abaca; thanks, Lu!)

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fashion focus: jewelry at wimbledon


Serena Williams goes Dionysian at Wimbledon 2008.

Let’s talk jewelry for a sec. I write about it once in a while when it looks good, but I’d like to address some folks out there who have come to me asking that their jewelry be featured on TSF.

God bless their entrepreneurship and knack for making things, but please — mini-bedazzled tennis balls as necklace charms and racquets as earrings — that’s just too easy. (As Samantha Jones once said, “Owning a hot-glue gun does not make you a hot designer.”) These designs might sell at the country club, but that’s not cutting it here.


For Venus, hoops to go with her new EleVen outfit.

People need to think outside the box. Tennis jewelry can be something other than racquets and balls. Just take a look at what the likes of Venus, Serena, Daniela, and Maria wear on the court. They have jewelry that are inspired by tennis or are appropriate for the rigors of competitive play. You’d never see a tennis ball from their lobes — it’d just be too much. And really, there would be no other appropriate occassion to wear’ em! Tennis overkill.

If you want to incorporate tennis iconography in your jewelry, some suggestions:

Charms sold by Links of London include strawberries, trophies, and ump chairs.

Other examples: A shop out of the UK created a strawberries and cream charm bracelet (here); a brooch of a tennis shoe (I once saw one from Marc Jacobs); a brooch made with shoe soles; rocks cut in the shape of tennis strings, etc.

This is how you do “tennis” jewelry.

marat lives up to his title…

Editor’s note: We got Butter of Butter’s Bubble — the now-defunct Safin-centric blog — to write up a note about Marat’s incredible win over Novak Djokovic in the second round of Wimbledon 2008.

Mr. Unpredictable a.k.a Marat Safin won a three-set match against the No. 3 in the world, Novak Djokovic. Marat won 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Had I known Marat was going against Novak the day before, I would’ve said, “okay,” content to see our favorite hot-headed Russian roll out the green carpet for the top Serb. Honestly, Marat hasn’t been really playing well, and for him to beat Nole today was really unexpected. According to Nole, he respects Safin so much, and thinks that factor probably affected his game today. As for Marat, most of us know what he is really capable of doing; the guy could’ve been in the top 5 right now had he been consistent with his game.

Marat was interviewed by Patrick McEnroe and Darren Cahill after his match. He looked very calm and somewhat tired.

(Sorry I couldn’t upload the video of the interview… computer problems.)

Some excerpts:

P-Mac: “Marat, great win today over Djokovic, straight sets. I’m not sure you expected it, certainly none of us expected you to win this match so easily. How did you do it?”

Marat, in a very low voice: “Thanks a lot guys, I’m still wondering how did I do it, and i’m just surprised with myself.”

Cahill: “Marat, I saw you play in Las Vegas. I know you’ve been working extremely hard over the last couple of years to get back to this top of form. What do you think this win does for you?”

Marat: Well, you saw me in [my] best shape in Las Vegas. I lost to Hewitt 6-2, 6-1, and no chance to get better, and finally I started to play well on the clay-court season. Had a bad draw in the French Open, lost to Davydenko in the 2nd round, then I’m here playing against Djokovic nothing to lose. The guy is under pressure because he’s gonna finish #1 in the world, at least. And he has a lot of pressure so I needed to take advantage of it.”

P-Mac: “I guess you have to change your flight plans now because apparently there’s an 8:30 flight to Moscow tonight.”

Marat: “There are flights everyday.”

Oh snap! ahahahahaha……

I really wish Marat the best like I always do, and hopefully he reaches at least the semis! If you saw him today, he had a different look in his eyes, he looks very calm! (wow) and he seemed to have that special *twinkle* in his eyes…

Marat, this could be it!

Buy: Safin wears the adidas Competition 7 Crew, in Rave Blue, Navy, Rave Yellow, and White; $37.99.

(photos by Getty Images)

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davydenko’s nightmare isn’t over

Kolya Davydenko was the first top casualty at this year’s Wimbledon Championships with his straight set (4-6, 4-6, 4-6) loss to the 116th-ranked Benjamin Becker. It’s really sad that his titles in Miami and Warsaw were nowhere to be found in any of the post-match articles. Instead, the questions still focused on the match-fixing scandal that has rocked the Davydenko world for a very long time.

“It is like a bad dream. Not one day but months,” he says of the experience.

Too bad he bowed out early (but really, apart from his 4th round appearance last year, Kolya has lost in the first round of Wimbledon five of the last seven years), because that Airness polo he wore is the best and cleanest thing I’ve seen come out of the French company’s performance collection so far this year.

By the way, I heard from a colleague that Nadia Petrova, a former Airness beneficiary, was seen at Wimbledon wearing EleVen. Can anyone confirm with pics?

(photos by Getty Images)

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