olympics: nike in red, white, and blue

TSF’s sad that we won’t get to see Maria Sharapova in her kit for the Beijing Olympics. So we’ll have to do with what we’re given:

Serena Williams wears a patriotic version of the Doubles Dress that she debuted earlier this year. In her first Olympics singles match ever (she won gold in doubles with Venus in 2000), she took out Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3, 6-1.

Zheng Jie took advantage of playing on her home court in her win over Hungarian Agnes Szavay.

Notice the ghosted pattern on the back panel of the top. (Thanks for a reader’s help with this one.)

Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova brushed aside veteran Ai Sugiyama 6-2 7-5.

(images via Getty Images)

reebok’s summer/fall shimmer dress

It’s funny how Reebok steps it up after letting the fashion-forward Venus Williams out to make her own clothing line… They trade in the aqua from Wimbledon with some red for the North American summer.

Soon-to-be No. 1 (ouch) Jelena Jankovic switched to the pink version of the Fall KFS Shimmer dress for her quarterfinal run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

And Shahar Peer wore the separates (Cutout Tank) during her 2-6, 2-6 loss to Ai Sugiyama, also at the Rogers Cup.

Buy: Fall KFS Shimmer Dress, $49.99; Shimmer Tank, $36.99; Cutout Tank, $36.99. All styles available in Endurance Blue/Caspian Sea, Sassy Pink/Pompous Pink, and White/Endurance Blue.

Trophy Watch: Kolya’s second Masters, Serena defends title



He’s not for the birds:
Top Russian Nikolay Davydenko won his second Tennis Masters Series title by handily beating Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-2 at the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open. This after overcoming Andy Roddick in the semis. Looks like Kolya has finally shaken off the mental insecurities that came with being under investigation for match fixing. Like Mary Carillo said in during CBS‘ coverage of the final, “This is what Davydenko will be known for” even if he’s cleared of allegations. Better leave all that worrying to your lawyers, Nikolay.

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prince’s spring lookbook + women’s skivvies get their due

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I don’t know what’s in the desalinated water this week, but there are waaaaaaaaaay more than the usual number of crotch shots coming out of the wires from last week’s tourney in Doha. First, there was the unfortunate flesh-colored underwear worn by Li Na.

And now here’s Japanese veteran Ai Sugiyama, layering in Prince.

Flip through it: The company’s spring/summer lookbook might not be anything to look at, but it’s at least fun to look through. There are even realistic sound effects for when you flip the pages! Check it out.

(photos by Getty Images)

trophy watch: cincinnati and toronto

Crystal, crystal, and more crystal for this week’s trophies (and for most of the U.S. Open Series so far)…


Roger Federer defeats James Blake in Cincinnati and goes home with the usual Masters Series paperweight/doorstop.

Stat: At 26 years old, Roger is the fifth youngest player to win 50 career singles titles. (Borg set the record at 23 years, 7 months. Jimmy Connors was 4 months older when he got to fifty. John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl were 25 when they won the 50th singles title. And this woman is still single.)

At the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Justine Henin takes the title in two tight sets over Jelena Jankovic in singles and the doubles team of Katarina Srebotnik and Ai Sugiyama beats Cara Black and Liezel Huber.

(ATP photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images, SEWTA photos by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

quickie before i head out to east west bank classic night 2

Venue: The Home Depot Center is definitely a great facility. There is one way for everyone to get to their seats (how egalitarian) and the space was very compact. My only beefs: the VIP suites look like guard towers and the Tennis Center is only accessible by freeways. Uhm, has anyone heard of rush hour traffic? No wonder the stands were empty at 7. Tournament organizers should really consider how spectators get to the event. I suggest setting up park-and-rides. The East West Bank Classic had gluttonous amounts of parking but no access by public transportation. That’s another for the green file.

Wrap-up: Chris and I got more than we bargained for at yesterday’s visit to the East West Bank Classic. The two outer courts (plus all the practice courts) were pretty much just open to the public by 3:00 p.m. We saw Flavia Pennetta and Maria Kirilenko hitting on one court as Sharapova (with Yuri) drilled at another. Jelena Jankovic finished up her session as we got there, and I sat courtside while Chucky worked on her serve (for a doubles match later that day with Dani Hantuchova). They beat the Chinese team of Peng Shuai and Yan Zhi).

FYI: I’ve been running into a bunch of people confused about these Chinese names. In their case, Peng and Yan are the surnames. but in Chinese you always say last name first.

Other sightings: Shaughnessy lost to Azarenka, Sugiyama lost to Safarova, and the team of Mirza and (a surprisingly untacky) Mattek beat the team of Krajicek and Husarova. I don’t know what was going on with Michaella. She was totally dead weight yesterday.

Night match was Sharapova winning when Eleni Daniilidou retired with breathing problems. (I hope she’s okay.) After that, Ana Ivanovic, wearing her pink adidas summer hardcourt outfit, beat a scrappy Ashley Harkleroad. There were a couple of good points in that match, but the rallies during the Sharapova/Daniilidou match were significantly more entertaining.

(photo via Irwin Seating)