szavay earning her stripes: fila collezione’s spring 2008 line

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As Fila‘s new face, Hungarian Agnes Szavay is doing her best to get the most on-court time for her clothing. She tripped up in the season’s Australian swing (losing back-to-back first round matches at Gold Coast and Melbourne), but rebounded quite well this week, beating Hantuchova and Dementieva before losing to Anna Chakvetadze in the Open Gaz de France finals.

Dress like Agnes: The Collezione Jacket, $57.99; Spring Colezione Polo, $44.99; and the Cap Sleeve Top, $39.99.

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More: Browse the rest of the line, including the Collezione Tank, Racer Tank, and Cami Tank, at TW.

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fashion focus: agnes szavay’s fila separates

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Agnes Szavay didn’t have much chance to show off her new Fila outfits in singles matches at the Mondial Australian Women’s Hardcourts, but she took full advantage of a showcase through doubles (with partner Dinara Safina).

The spring colors are white, black, and red. Fila moves away from the circles that dominated the 2007 line, and instead moves towards vertical and diagonal pinstripes. Not quite as feminine as her Makany dresses, but we’re not disappointed.

(What do you think of Agi’s Fila look so far? Tell us!)

If you’re jonesin': The pieces are not yet available through online retailers as of this posting, but of course we’ll alert you when it happens.

if you blinked, or szavay wearing her fila

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2008 is officially starting slow for Agnes Szavay, who’ll need to wait until next week to gain match experience after her 3-6, 7-5, 2-6 first-round loss to Yuliana Fedak at the Mondial Australian Women’s Hardcourts in Gold Coast.

Which is too bad, because TSF wishes her great successs… and we’re not going to lie: we were also jonesing to see plenty of her new Fila clothes. The little we saw of it left us unimpressed.

Of course, her partnership with Fila is still in its infancy. Hopefully, they’ll work with her to produce more feminine pieces, like her white Makany dresses from last season.

Bonus round: How much do you know about Gold Coast? Read up.

(photo by Szavay’s official website)

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tsf interview: agnes szavay

Hungarian tennis player Agnes Szavay (pronounced SHAH-veye) had a whirlwind 2007 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. She started the year ranked 185 and catapulted herself into the 20th spot with two singles titles (Palermo, Beijing) and strong showings on the North American hardcourts (losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova both at the Pilot Pen final and the U.S. Open quarterfinals).

This success has not gone unnoticed; Ági, as she is affectionately called, was recently signed to a clothing deal by Fila. TSF talked to Ági over e-mail about her plans and goals for 2008, dealing with newfound celebrity, and — now that she’s signed with Fila — what will happen to those cute dresses from last season.

TSF: How did you go about choosing Fila as your sponsor?

Agnes Szavay: I really liked Fila’s style, I think it is very neat and fashionable. When they contacted me I did not hesitate to say yes. Fila’s designer is a very nice person and we can discuss about what I like to wear. I love working with them and I cannot wait to wear the new Australian (Open) outfit.

TSF: During the U.S. Open 2007, many people were impressed by the clothes you wore on the court. Who designed them? Were they made specifically for you?

AS: The clothes that I was wearing from July was designed especially for me by Marta Makany, who is a famous Hungarian designer. She has her own salon in Budapest called Nara. Marta will keep designing me more clothes but just off-court. I hope you will see those at player’s parties. Actually, I have already got two or three very nice dresses that I could wear at parties in Budapest. She is a very funny person and I’m very pleased to work with her.

TSF: What are your goals for 2008? Are you planning to participate in the Beijing Olympics?

AS: My goal is for the next season to keep my position and to reach the best 15. My childhood dream is to participate at the Olympics so I can promise you I will be definitely in Beijing to represent my country. It is an honor for me to be part of the Hungarian national team and I will work hard to show my best performance.

Click here to read the rest of the interview.

agnes szavay signs with fila

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Making it big: Hungarian Agnes Szavay has cashed in on her 2007 success (two titles) by signing a clothing deal with Fila. She’ll debut the company’s new line at the 2008 Australian Open. The 70s-inspired tennis collection will have a red/black/white colorway. We’ll post pics when we get ‘em.

Collateral damage: Le sigh. This deal probably means the end of those Marta Makany-designed dresses (pictured above) that Szavay wore last season.

(marketwire via OnTheBaseline)

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trophy watch: sunfeast is in the running

Congrats to the Sunfeast Open for being in the running for Most Innovative Trophy of 2007. Winner Maria Kirilenko received this traditional Indian painting (unveiled last week by Sania Mirza). Runner-up Mariya Koryttseva received her doorstop. The scoreline: 6-0, 6-2.

But the cabal behind all these stuffed tournament mascots needs to take a break. Don’t overdo it, people. Calcutta had the yellow sun, and Beijing had its own lime green version below…

In doubles, Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva beat Koryttseva and Alberta Brianti 6-1, 6-4.

At the China Open, Jelena Jankovic got a little karmic lecture when she lost in the finals to current hot potato Agnes Szavay (again dressed in her cute Marta Makany outfit). Szavay came from behind to defeat Jankovic 5-7(7), 7-5, 6-2.

As you may remember, Jankovic took out Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-5 in the semis and accidentally hit her with a ball. How funny that it was Lindsay who bore the brunt, since she channeled her fair share of Eeyore back in the day.

And on the other side of the world, Tatiana Golovin gets back to being match tough by winning against Katarina Srebotnik 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Slovenia. I love the orange Lacoste skirt!

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another look: agnes szavay + marta makany

The dream U.S. Open run of Agnes Szavay ended with her loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarters.

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Above’s another look at her outfit designed by Hungarian designer Marta Makany. (See Agnes’ other outfits and Makany’s other designs.)

Even Tennis World’s Peter Bodo was impressed that she hasn’t chosen to wear off-the-rack Nike or adidas.

We love the braids, the halter, and the pleats!

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fashion: agnes szavay + designer marta makany

At this year’s U.S. Open, Hungarian SEWTAer Agnes Szavay knocked off the hard-hitting Michaella Krajicek in the second round 7-6 (4), 6-3. She did so wearing the simple white dress she’s had all summer — an outfit designed by compatriot Marta Makany.

On the catwalk: Above are photos of of Makany’s ’07/’08 collection presented on Dec. 4, 2006 in Budapest. (And you can see clothes from previous collections in this video.)

More, more!: Szavay is next scheduled to face Russian Nadia Petrova. Let’s hope her success continues, if only so Makany can create more clothes for her. I’d like to see those layered pleat dresses on the court.

(photos via Reuters)

fashion focus: szavay in simple white

Hungarian qualifier Agnes Szavay looked amazing as she retired with a back injury at the fashion-forward Pilot Pen final. Congrats to her on almost winning the Tier II — it would’ve been a first for a qualifier.

All week she’s been wearing a label-less white sleeveless tank (left) and pleated skirt. She mixed it up at the final, donning a halter with a metal clip accent at the bust (middle).

Does anyone know who makes her clothes?

Also, on the right is a closer look at Svetlana‘s most current Fila outfit (which we pointed out last week). We really love the stripes!

trophy watch: more u.s. open series crystal

Trophy watch: The Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven doled out these cups to winners James Blake (7-5, 6-4 over Mardy Fish) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (who won when Hungarian qualifier Agnes Szavay retired at 6-4, 0-3).

Really, another ho hum trophy? Surely you could have found some other shape to sculpt. Why don’t you start here (or maybe here) for inspiration.

p.s. that’s a nice bracelet on James.

(photos via AP)