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short balls: the diva collection

The first three days of action are complete at the Australian Open and the tournament has provided some interesting talking points thus far. There was the Maria Sharapova upset to start. And then the Roger Federer hiccup. Serena made sure she ignited some week-one controversy because the tennis isn’t entertaining her enough. And if you wanted entertainment hopefully you caught the dramatic match up between Elena Dementieva and Justine Henin. We’re just sorry we had to listen to it on AO Radio.

This week we have three videos we want you to check out, but only one of them features a player still in action in Melbourne. The first two are recently-released commercials that we found thanks to the prompt Tweeting of our good friend TheDoubleBagel. First Serena, then Maria. Check them… they’re pretty dang cool.

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who wore it best?


You choose. And let us know what you think.

(photo via yahoo; via thedoublebagel)

short balls: (tennis) party in the usa

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Brooklynites have become quite hip over the last decade. But trying to pair the trendy New York borough with the sport of tennis would be like setting Serena Williams up on a blind date with Unnamed Lineslady. Things just wouldn’t work out.

But members of the Williamsburg neighborhood in BK, one of the trendiest of them all, are coming together to repair the tennis courts in McCarren Park, just off Bedford Avenue. The group is hosting the Williamsburg Open this coming weekend (the 10th and 11th) to raise funds for their venture, and are throwing an on-court party (of course!) Saturday night that DJ collective Ohio Party.

Check out the artsy and eye-catching flyer here. Design done by Nick Pattison.

Catty Caroline: Caroline Wozniacki finally let out some steam after trying to take the title as “Nicest Girl on the WTA Tour” from Kim Clijsters following a complaint of the tour’s schedulers this week in Beijing. Wozniacki, who lost early in Tokyo and again in Beijing, said she requested an extra day of rest to shake a virus she’d been stricken with since arriving in Asia. The tourney director denied such request, and Caro’s post-US Open finals record is now 0-2. That’s enough to put anyone in a foul mood, no?

Back on track: Jelena Dokic hopes to be back on track after winning a $100,000 ITF satellite tournament in Athens last week, beating former top 20 player (and home-towner) Eleni Daniilidou. The Australian had gone just 7-10 on the year after her run to the AO quarterfinals early this year, and suffered a debilitating injury that kept her bed ridden and allowed her to play just two matches from June through August (Wimbledon and the USO). Welcome back, Jelena! We’re happy you have some ranking points so you won’t plummet after the Aussie…

One, two… three? Maria Sharapova may have done her part in starting a three-way cat fight yesterday in Beijing after Victoria Azarenka took a second injury second timeout during their three-set thriller. “Is her last name Jankovic?” Sharapova asked a tour official. Who do you think would win in that Celebrity Deathmatch?! We’re banking on Jelena. (UPDATE! Check out the video here of Maria’s jab. Thanks for posting, Mr. James LaRosa!)

Shortest balls: In case you missed it: Fila was named the new official sponsor of the Sony Ericsson Championships; Melanie Oudin hasn’t beat a player inside the top 800 since her US Open run; Andy Roddick and Juan Martin del Potro have Asian burnout-flu; and even though Venus had the best hair in China, Anastasia was awarded with pizza after her win. 

(photo by mugsniffer via flickr)

a quiet tank crushes the draw

This mellow racerback dress from Lacoste‘s spring line has gotten a lion’s share of airtime in the ten days of French Open play thus far. Jelena Dokic wore it as she fell apart with a back injury in her second round match while ahead against Elena Dementieva. “Obviously it’s not my time at the grand slams,” said Dokic, who suffered a similar fate with an injured ankle in the fourth round of the 2009 Australian. “I’m not 15 anymore, so it’s time probably to take more care now and I just really, really hope it’s nothing serious.”

The dress, with its contrasting white tank and blue skirt, took matters into its own hands with the fourth-seeded Dementieva, using Sam Stosur as the vehicle to avenge Dokic’s defeat. Stosur is still in the draw, defeating Virginie Razzano in the quarters and will face Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semis.

BTW, Kuznetsova won the big-babe battle between her and Serena Williams that took three sets: 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-5. The American, as expected, gave no credit to her opponent. “I pretty much gave it to her. It was like, Here, do you want to go to the semis? Because I don’t. She was like, Okay.” Hey — I guess that’s what you can do when you’re BBM buddies, right?

Meanwhile, Dominika Cibulkova‘s been swatting down her fellow blondes all week, eager to be the prettiest one hosting the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen by fortnight’s end. She fended off unseeded Argentine Gisela Dulko in the third, Agi Szavay (bye!) in the fourth, and upset couture queen Maria Sharapova in the quarters. Sharapova almost notched a double bagel loss if not for Cibulkova’s nerves; the Russian managed to win two games down 0-5 in the second set. Sadly, we’re unsure of how Dominika will hold up against her semifinal date with Dinara Safina. (At the very least, she can comfort herself knowing that Safina needed to go the distance to defeat Victoria Azarenka.)

Buy: Lacoste Sleeveless Racerback Dress; white/eclipse blue; orig. $145 now, $99.

(images via Getty Images)

the way of the samurai: tsf interviews sam querrey

By Krystle Russin

TSF chats with Sam Querrey about tennis, his new condo, his goals for 2009, and wanting a date with Taylor Swift.


Sam Querrey is driving his Range Rover en route to the Home Depot Center, an enormous athletic training facility in Carson, Calif. It’s where you might find David Beckham bending it on the soccer fields. Today, though, it’s all about Sam.

“I just got off a little while ago to get breakfast. I have to practice from 11:00 to 12:30 and then again from probably 1:30 to 3:00, and then I’m going to work out with a trainer from 3:00 to 4:00, and I’ve got to pick up some new ankle bracelets,” Querrey says, firing off a to-do list with nothing but tennis, tennis, tennis.

But this regimen is not without its rewards: Querrey is now the fourth-ranked American men’s tennis player, and in 2008 racked up some notable achievements, including his first title at the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas, putting up a fight against Nadal at the US Open, and participating in the Beijing Olympics.

When he’s not focusing on his craft, the 21-year-old Southern California native stays busy adjusting to life on his own. He recently bought a condo in the coastal city of Santa Monica. “It’s cool to have my own place and accomplish that at a young age, and I feel good about myself,” he says. The best part of his pad? “The hot tub.”

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