where were the gays at nadal v. simon?



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Haaay: In case you were wondering where the gays were sitting during the quarterfinal match between top seed Rafa Nadal and french upstart Gilles Simon, they were putting in their two fashion cents about Nadal’s new look.

Scoreline: Rafa beat Simon 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 (and shared a moment at the net!). The Mallorcan will next face Fernando Verdasco in an all-Spanish semifinal.

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for the love of earrings: anticipating maria sharapova’s return



One of the reasons why we’re giddy about the planned return of Maria Sharapova to the SEWTA next month: we’ve missed her earrings.

If you may remember, she teamed up with Tiffany & Co. for a multi-year deal to show their wares at the slams, beginning at the 2008 French Open. She followed these up with some silver drop earrings to match her tuxedo outfit at Wimbledon.

Masha has entered the draw for the Open GDF SUEZ in Paris (formerly the Open Gaz de France). This indoor tournament begins on February 9.

fashion focus: fila’s last stand



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Stopping on a quarter: The dream run of Jelena Dokic at the 2009 Australian Open ended in the quarterfinals at the hands of No. 3 Dinara Safina. (By the way, TSF is picking Marat‘s younger sister to face Serena Williams in Saturday’s final.)

With Dokic’s amazing performance came a chance for Fila to showcase their spring women’s collection. We’re not going to lie — it’s taking us some time to warm up to it. The season’s loud print worked best as trim and accents on solid-colored pieces — this is no Cavalli runway show, after all — worn by Dokic and Anna Chakvetadze in their second-round match. Dokic won 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Up close: See pics of Fila girls Anna, Jelena, and Svetlana Kuznetsova after the cut…

oh, mirka!



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She’s no Serena: Unlike Serena Williams, second lady Mirka Vavrinec isn’t ready to downgrade just quite yet. Here she is toting a Louis Vuitton Shimmer Comete while watching her boo Roger Federer rub out Juan Martin del Potro in an embarassing 80-minute quarterfinal match. Del Potro, the 20-year-old Argentine, won only only 14 points total in the second and third sets.

“The last couple of games [were] not that much fun,” Federer said after the match. “You want to almost put him out of his misery because you know how tough it is for him to come back.”

This 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 performance brushes off any doubt that Federer is ready to face Andy Roddick in the semis. (Roger flubbed his previous match, needing almost 3.5 hours — and five sets — to take down Tomas Berdych.)

Buy: Louis Vuitton Monogram Shimmer Comete, $2,260, 866-VUITTON.

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blake flatlines, but fila’s baseline shines



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American James Blake had the misfortune of running head-long into the Tsonga train in the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open. Tsonga took out the ninth seed 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3). While it didn’t seem like Jo-Wilfried would spring back to defend last year’s run to the finals, his game peaked at the right time (picking up a title along the way — over Nole Djokovic at the Thailand Open in September). He’ll be up against Fernando Verdasco in the quarters.

Baseline: TSF had initially reported Blake wearing pieces from Fila‘s Collezione line in Melbourne, but it turns out that they shipped him both Collezione and Baseline, and Blake went with the latter.

We’re happy for James’ first venture into the Fila world. He wore both the white/heritage blue and heritage blue/black versions of the Baseline Solid Polo throughout his run to the fourth round. The polo’s spruced up with vertical stripes screened down the front and back of the left torso, plus perpendicular lines on the sleeves. (It looks like the lines on a tennis court — get it?) We also like the similar Stripe Polo, whose added feature is a stripe pattern ghosted over the entire shirt.

What do you think of James in Fila? Tell us!

And there’s no worries about Collezione not getting love from Blake; Janko Tipsarevic and Marin Cilic did a fine job giving that collection some press time.

Buy: Fila’s Winter Baseline collection — Solid Polo, $41.99; Editor’s Pick: Striped Polo, $41.99; Crew, $36.99; first three items come in white/heritage blue and heritage blue/black colorways. Short, black with white trim, $36.99; Warm-Up with heritage blue top and black pants, $89.99; Terry Headband, $3.99.

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