fashion focus: fila’s last stand



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Stopping on a quarter: The dream run of Jelena Dokic at the 2009 Australian Open ended in the quarterfinals at the hands of No. 3 Dinara Safina. (By the way, TSF is picking Marat‘s younger sister to face Serena Williams in Saturday’s final.)

With Dokic’s amazing performance came a chance for Fila to showcase their spring women’s collection. We’re not going to lie — it’s taking us some time to warm up to it. The season’s loud print worked best as trim and accents on solid-colored pieces — this is no Cavalli runway show, after all — worn by Dokic and Anna Chakvetadze in their second-round match. Dokic won 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Up close: See pics of Fila girls Anna, Jelena, and Svetlana Kuznetsova after the cut…

fila’s annatomy: the baseline collection



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Fila sent out its official announcement earlier this week about signing Russian Anna Chakvetadze onto its roster. Anna was previously with adidas.

The 21-year-old is having a slow start to her 2009 so far, losing her matches at the JB Group Classic in Hong Kong, and her first round match in Hobart (to Carla Suarez Navarro).

Fila Spring 2009 Baseline Women's Collection

Country club chic: Anna will wear pieces from the company’s Baseline collection (along with Alfa shoes) at next week’s Australian Open, where she is seeded 17th.

The sea-inpsired collection takes colorful prints from the country club to the pro courts. We weren’t quite ready for the return of this ladies-who-lunch aesthetic; I suspect it’ll take some time for our eyes to adjust. (We eventually did it for Steffi Graf, didn’t we?)

Buy: Skirt, $48; Cap Sleeve Top, $45; Jacket, $68, all at fila.com. Dress, cami tank, racerback tank, sleeveless tank, polo, and pants also available. Items will drop later this month.

(images courtesy of Fila)

it’s a wrap: adidas’ women’s competition line, s/s ’09



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Not a surprise, but the spring/summer 2009 adidas women’s competition line keeps low-key, staying with that bumblebee shade that we’ve been trying to expunge from the tennis palette for two years (Yonex is keeping adidas company during this sit-in).

The bright yellow is broken up by black lines around the back of both the tank and the cap sleeve top, while the standard three-stripe detail makes an appearance on the sleeve of the latter.

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There’s a diamond in the rough, though: continuing with the Asian-inspired Australian Open top, adidas has produced this red mock wrap cap sleeve tee to kick of its players’ 2009 campaign. (With Anna Chakvetadze defecting to Fila, Dinara Safina and Patty Schnyder will be the highest-ranked women playing in these pieces.)

Buy: adidas Competition Tank and Cap Sleeve Top, neon yellow/black, starting at $45; Competition Skort, white, $45; all items available at shopadidas.com in January 2009.

trophy watch: winners at Pilot Pen



Caroline Wozniacki defeated Anna Chakvetadze in the women’s singles final at Pilot Pen. The 18-year-old is currently the only Dane in the Top 400 of the SEWTA Tour.

Meanwhile, Brazilians Andre Sa and Marcelo Melo won their doubles final over Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles 7-5, 6-2.

And Croat Marin Cilic downed Mardy Fish 6–4, 4–6, 6–2 to win his first ever ATP singles title. Congrats to him.

(photos by Getty Images)

trophy watch: keeping up with the agneses



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Looks like Anna Chakvetadze has finally shaken off the jitters (and physical toll) of that home invasion robbery during the off-season. She defeated defeated the strped Agnes Szavay 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 at the Open Gaz de France on Sunday.

<3: Anna is looking good in the adidas Competition series. You can pick up this Competition 4 Jacket for $54.99.

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And Agnieszka Radwanska eked out a win at the Pattaya Open over American Jill Craybas with a scoreline of 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (4). The Pole revived a Nike skirt (vintage!!!) from last spring’s Sphere line. Perhaps she just wasn’t into the skorts from the current season?

FYI, she had both knees taped white during the match.

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On the Challenger level, Matilde Johansson (left) defeated Canadian Ekaterina Shulaeva 3-6, 6-0, 6-1, at the Bionaire Tennis Cup Challenger in Colombia.

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