sealed with a k-swiss: 2010 us open

The Bondarenkos made dents in the 2010 US Open women’s singles brackets and looked good doing it. Kateryna and Alona both wore versions of K-Swiss‘ Y-Back dress — in hyacinth violet for Kateryna and black stripe for Alona (there’s also a version in red that went untouched).

Alona’s was easily the best outfit from the first day of play in New York (and we hadn’t even seen VenusEleVen dress at that point). In the second round, the blonde sister crushed a repeat of Melanie Oudin‘s run deep into the US Open draw; she fell to 6th seed Schiavone in the third round. Meanwhile, Kateryna scored one of the tournament’s first upsets by beating Li Na, the eighth seed. Kateryna lost in the second round to Cibulkova in a third-set tiebreak.

And Vera Zvonareva, of course, didn’t drop a set all the way through to the finals (including an upset of top seed Caro Wozniacki in the semis). Unfortunately, her mental and emotional (un)resolve got caught up in the intensity of playing that final, and she couldn’t give Kim Clijsters a fight, winning only three games.

Buy: Y-Back Dress, $75; Mesh Pleat Skirt, $50; Striped Pleat Skirt (not pictured), $55; Criss-cross tank (not pictured), $48; kswiss.com.

Bonus: It would be fun to see the girls go Cali (say, at Indian Wells? or Miami?) with these board shorts? They’ll set you back $40.

More: Closer shots of all three ladies’ outfits after the cut…

those JJ bags: for now, only in serbia

(Off to enjoy my middle Sunday by taking in the Buena Vista Social Club and Goldfrapp at the Hollywood Bowl. Get some rest for that action-packed Monday!)

Jelena Jankovic is quietly through to the fourth round of this year’s Wimbledon. She had to face Robson, Wozniak, and only gave up three games against Alona Bondarenko. Jelena’s next opponent is Zvonareva and potentially a Belgian (it’s Henin vs. Clijsters) in the quarters. Draw: Women’s singles [pdf]

ANTA‘s been doing a good job outfitting their ladies (Janks and Zheng Jie) with some cute warm-ups, include this one with the cropped sleeve and oversized collar (it’s been done, but we’ll never tire of it). And like the rest of the top ladies, the ruffles on Jelena’s dress look wonderful and perform well during match play. They even look great when she’s sitting idle during a medical timeout.

For your eyes only: Jelena’s racquet and gym bags are from her line. We got to see another set — bedecked with bows — from earlier this year, at Indian Wells. (Check out the close-ups we took in the gallery below.) During one of Jelena’s matches, we spoke with Snezana, who was carrying a purse from the JJ line, and she mentioned that the bags are currently just available in Serbia (Marija, have you seen these around?). Oh wells, I’m sure the Floridians will eat this up when the Jankovics are ready to expand stateside.

(images via Getty Images; photos of bag close-up by TSF)

fashion focus: alona bondarenko’s fruity dress, not quite ripe

Alona Bondarenko bagged the first upset during Day 5 of play at the 2010 Australian Open with her defeat of eighth seed Jelena Jankovic in the third round.

The rusty (and “clogged-up”) Serbian never round her rythm, and the Ukranian took advantage, running away with a 6-2, 6-3 win. Up next for Alona is a match with Zheng Jie, who took out 11th seed Marion Bartoli. After that, it’s either Safina or Kirilenko. (Draw: Women’s Singles)

Pretty in pink: The “Raspberry Rose” halter dress has that faux layering at the chest (which everyone’s doing), chunky pleating, and grey and white stripes at the high waist to give the dress some extra shape (not that Alona needs the help). One of the cutest dresses of the tournament. Note that her shoes also have grey/pink detail.

Buy: K-Swiss Halter Dress, $75, in rose and white colorways; available February 3rd at kswiss.com. At some point I wish they’d figure out that this should go on sale the same day the tournament starts.

More: More pics of Alona after the cut…

tattoo watch: alona bondarenko

Alona Bondarenko could bag her first SEWTA Tour title of the year if she defeats Romainian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru in tomorrow’s Warsaw Open final. Alona beat Anne Keothavong 6-2, 7-5 to advance to the final, while Dulgheru upset Dani Hantuchova 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-1.

At next week’s French Open, Alona opens with a match against Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, and has Amelie Mauresmo, Agi Szavay, and Venus Williams in her section of the draw.

Tattoo watch: Meanwhile, we’ve discovered this photo of Alona’s back tattoo, taken during the a 2009 Aussie Open match against Svetlana Kuznetsova. It looks similar (and is inked almost in the same spot) as her sister’s.

More: See a blow-up after the cut…

k-swiss: bondarenkos at indian wells + kournikova at the pop-up store party

The Bondarenko sisters — that’s Alona (the blond) and Katerina (the brunette) — have taken the momentum from their 2008 Australian Open doubles title to make good runs at the Pacific Life Open.

Alona and Katerina Bondarenko - Indian Wells 2008

Alona, who’s featured on the K-Swiss website along with fellow tennis players Tommy Haas, Michaella Krajicek, Black/Huber, and Mardy Fish, wore the Empire Seam Top during her three-set loss to Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.

Katerina lost early in singles and wore this dress with an asymmetrical racerback (how very Ukranian of her).

Alona and Katerina Bondarenko - Indian Wells 2008

The sisters wore the black version during their doubles win over Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amelie Mauresmo. The duo will face Vesnina and Safina in the quarters.

Buy: Empire Seam Top, purple w/ gold hardware, $48; Racerback Dress, black and white, $90.

Browse: Look through the rest of this season’s collection.

Jackie Warner - Anna Kournikova - K-Swiss pop-up store party

Party pics: The K-Swiss pop-up store had its opening party on Thursday, March 13. The celebs on hand: Anna Kournikova, Workout‘s Jackie Warner, and Fred Durst. More photos here.

(singles photo by Getty Images, doubles photos by Antonio Bernal, party photos via omg!)

tattoo watch: kateryna bondarenko

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One half of the newly crowned Australian Open women’s doubles champions, Kateryna Bondarenko, had her back tattoo playing peekaboo through her K-Swiss top during that final match.

Does anyone have an idea what it’s of?

I’m liking that she and her sister Alona have become legit contenders on the tour… I guess Oksana Baiul can finally give up her “most popular Ukranian athlete” title for now.

(photo by Getty Images)

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trophy watch: doubles and wheelchair action at the australian open

As with any Grand Slam, plenty of silver (both as cups and platters) were doled out to runner-ups and winners of the various events at the Australian Open.

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The team of Jonathan Ehrlich and Andy Ram capped a historic weekend for Israeli sports by becoming the first Israeli team to win a Grand Slam title. Their opponents in the 7-5, 7-6 (4) win were the defending Wimbledon champs, Michael Llodra and Nono Clement. Suffice to say Ram and Ehrlich’s celebration is exactly how the Frenchmen would’ve done it.

More: The women’s doubles. mixed doubles, and quad wheelchair winners after the cut…

ukranian fashion show


Striking a pose (left to right): Katerina Bondarenko, unknown, Alona Bondarenko, Tatiana Perebiynis, Oksana Teplyakova, unknown.

The $100k Kharkov tourney from earlier this month hosted a fashion show for the ladies.

Because of the bright blue and yellow pastels (read: Ukrainian flag), some fans are speculating that these were designed for upcoming Fed Cup ties. How fun — we’re all about it!

Whodunit?: does anyone know who designed these outfits?

Our faves: Teplyakova in a spaghetti strap top, Perebiynis in an empire waist dress and in a tiered ruffle skirt, and Alona in assymetrical blue.

Bondarenkos wear the mishits: Alona in a purple dress which takes the tennis theme too far; Katerina wears a cutaway dress. That’s gonna make for some horrible tan lines.

What do you think of the dresses? Tell us!

One more photo after the cut…

JNP's eighth day: juniors and the bondarenkos

Photo: The Bondarenko sisters on the practice court. That’s Alyona giving me a look. (She smiled at me later so we were cool for sure.) Kateryna‘s digging for water.

Pretty slow day today, but I happened to get a good look at some young talent (the U.S. Open Juniors tournament started yesterday):

Polona Hercog — this Slovenian is a big and powerful all-court player; hits the ball deep.

CoCo Vandeweghe — a highly-regarded young junior out of Southern California.

Jessica Moore — the Australian has a small build but a big game. (She took out third seed Madison Brengle in the first round of the juniors tourney; she lost to Lucie Safarova in the first round of the main draw.)

Ksenia Pervak — the fifth seed is great, but needs to learn how to finish matches (she gave up three games in the second set to a much less developed girl).

TSF contributor JNP is in New York reporting from the U.S. Open trenches. He’s been checking in with us everyday. Read his previous posts here. And our U.S. Open coverage here.

fashion: EleVen's third outfit

Today’s match between Venus Williams and Alona Bondarenko became the stage for showcasing EleVen‘s third tennis outfit for the twelfth-seeded American.

Roger, part deux?: The all-black ensemble debuted the day after Roger Federer unveiled his tennis tuxedo look. Venus’ gear consisted of a ladies’ polo (with EleVen’s crest on the breast), a pleated skirt, a headband, and wristbands. She sealed the deal with some nice bling — two pairs of earrings and a ring on her right hand.

FYI: EleVen is Venus’ clothing design collaboration with retailer Steve & Barry’s. It will go on sale in November. She’s previewing outfits from the line at this year’s Open. (Also, Venus won the match 6-1, 6-2.)

Let’s hear it: what do you think of this third look? Tell us!

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