serena wins her fifth australian open title



Congrats to Serena Williams for winning her fifth Australian Open women’s singles title (and 12th career major singles title) by defeating Justine Henin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Man, that third set was ug. ly.

Sunbeams or headlights? Serena’s Nike dress definitely did its part to enhance her curves in all the right places. See the details of her outfit (including jewelry, red shoelaces, and leopard-print fingernails) — all after the cut…

oudin’s chance to bounce back



Melanie Oudin has been on our mind lately. First, she was one of the big stories at the 2009 U.S. Open, where her pink “Believe” adidas shoes look dangerously close to our own version of the custom-designed Barricades. And after a dismal post-Open slump that saw her go 1-6 (including an early loss at the 2010 Australian Open last week), Oudin’ll have a chance to regain her momentum at the upcoming Fed Cup tie against France. Finally, a silver lining to the Williams sisters buying a stake in the Miami Dophins.

Further reading: Our blurb on Ms. Oudin for The Moment. Enjoy!

(image via nytimes.com)

cilic: letting the game do the talking



One loss so far this year (to Andy Murray) should be encouraging to Marin Cilic; after winning Chennai, the Croat made his way to his first major semifinal at this year’s 2010 Australian Open and stared down some big guns along the way, including the slicey (and un-retired) Fabrice Santoro, hometown fave Bernard Tomic, fellow beast Juan Martin Del Potro, and the hard-serving Andy Roddick (whom TSF picked as the men’s titleist this year). Here’s hoping for an exciting 2010 for Marin. Maybe a crack into the top 10?

Buy: Fila Spring Heritage piped polo in white, $46.99, fila.com.

sightings in the stands… and on the sidelines



I’ve been with Marin” would’ve been a more interesting sign, no?

These fans showed up to cheer for the Croat Marin Cilic‘s first appearance at a major semi. Too bad he ran right into fifth seed Andy Murray‘s freight train, which caused a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 scoreline. The Scot’s in the final against Roger Federer, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. Does anyone else think that this is Roger’s year to pick up all four major titles?

Meanwhile, an uber-excited Croatian fan (wearing his best Bob’s Big Boy) walk onto the court as the match ended, getting a chance to shake hands with Marin near the chair umpire. Can we make an example of one of these guys? Make them be a ballboy for an entire two hour match in the hot Australian sun? Have them be in charge of Rafael Nadal‘s sweat? Get their head dunked in cold water every time we “see” Venus Williams “flashing us”? Respect the access we get, people. We got off easy after Monica. Let’s keep it that way.

might we have sung a different bird call?



Maria Sharapova got into all sorts of dung for debuting her Nikepeacock” dress at the 2010 Australian Open. Fanfare about clothing is usually great for media — we can only write about backhand winners so many times — but if the athlete strays too far from the matter at hand (that’s playing tennis, in case you’re wondering), she’ll end up with a disparaging reception.

But there’s nothing we can do about a shaky game — a first-round exit, upset by fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko. An alternative could have been wearing the supporting cast to her Maria Sharapova Collection, aka the “separates” version of each of the seven Nike outfits she’ll be wearing this year.

The Golden Set tank has some mini-ruffles around the collar (taking from her Wimbledon swan dress of 2007) and there is a tactful slit on the Golden Set skirt that should set an example for how Venus will design clothes for future tournaments.

Buy: Nike Golden Set Tank and Skirt; $65; both in bluegrass/vibrant yellow and white/cool mint colorways; nike.com.

(screengrabs from nike.com)