wardrobes malfunction and shine on the first day

With talk of fabulous clothes dominating the week leading up to the 2007 U.S. Open, how funny that the first day of matches had people talking about wardrobe issues:


Now you see it, now you don’t.

Pesky German, pesky bow: During Serena Williams‘ win 6-3, 7-5 against German Angelique Kerber, the seesaw second set found Williams ripping off the bow on her Nike dress out of frustration. Ripping. off. the. bow. So much for keeping this “young, hip and fun” outfit intact for two weeks.

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TSF owns up: Okay, okay. So we merely speculated that Serena would be wearing this dress. We’re much happier with her current choice — a conservative hybrid between Vaidisova‘s bow-at-the-bust dress from Reebok and Ivanovic‘s pink and brown outfit from Roland Garros ’07.

Jelena’s left shoe: And Serbian Jelena Jankovic, clad in simple pink Reebok, struggled un poquito in her defeat of Slovakian Jarmila Gajdosova 6-2, 7-6 (2). On top of dealing with heavy hitting from her opponent, Jankovic also had to deal with her faulty left shoe:

“I got tight at the end, but I managed to kind of recuperate and do my best as much as I can and finish the match. Because also I broke somehow my shoe. My shoe broke at the end of the first set. I kind of lost my concentration a bit because I was thinking, you know, what am I going to do if this shoe completely wears out? Can I play barefoot? What am I supposed to do (laughter)?

“It was a little bit — it was difficult. The trainer came out. I didn’t even know if she was allowed to come if the shoe breaks because that’s not a medical timeout.

“She helped me. She put some glue, which she stuck my sock to the sole, so I had some other problem there. I managed to get through everything and win the match.

EleVen does good: The new Steve & Barry’s line by Venus Williams — EleVen — looked even better on the tennis superstar than it did on the mannequin. She wore it tonight for her first round match which followed a tribute to tennis legend Althea Gibson. Aretha Franklin performed and in the audience sat Janet Jackson (also clad in EleVen).

Roger needs a do-over: When the number one seed was asked what he knew about Althea Gibson, he answered: “I don’t know. You’re putting me on the spot. I don’t know what you’re talking about.” The reporter clarified that Gibson was being honored tonight, and Roger clarified his answer, too: “(I know) nothing, to be honest. It’s before my time. Isn’t much I can really say about it. I don’t know, I’m sorry.”

Uh, what?! Aren’t there reading prerequisites to joining the tour? Tennis legends’ biographies should be on it. In the words of my friend Wally, “this is unacceptable”.

(photos via AP and Getty Images)

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Chernobyl to get a visit: After getting a surprise from some Russian children at the Acura Classic (above), Maria Sharapova plans to return the favor by visiting Chernobyl — as a U.N. ambassador — sometime after next year’s Wimbledon. (IHT)

The grunting stays out of the bedroom: Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who had a brief romance with Masha after her 18th birthday, reveals why they broke up. Apparently, the “Shriekapova”, as DTL calls her, is totally silent in bed! (Fact or not, this made me chuckle…)

“She wouldn’t make any noise during sex…said. “I can’t tell you how disappointed I was. I really thought, like a lot of guys, that she’d be the loud screaming type. But instead, she just lay there like a dead frog. She even got angry if I started to moan, said it ‘ruined her concentration.’ It was so disillusioning that I went on Paxil for a month afterwards. Really, it was much more of a shock than when I found out there’s no such thing as the Easter Bunny.” (The eXile)

Althea Gibson gets her due: While she may have gotten left out of Venus‘ acceptance speech at this year’s Wimbledon, tennis pioneer Althea Gibson gets her due with Sue Stauffacher’s Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson. The author chose to write about a great athlete with a compelling story: “Given all our American history, I would guess that most kids in the United States haven’t heard about Althea Gibson,” she said. “I’m 45 and I can talk to people my age, and they’ve never heard of her.” (Knopf, $16.99, Buy.)

RIP: New York philantropist and socialite Brooke Astor died yesterday. She was 105.