flashback: allez, aravane

TSF was banking on Aravane Rezai to join the ranks of Nadia Petrova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the fashion trenches of Flushing Meadows, but the Frenchwoman instead kept with the same white armadillo Scheyda dress she’d been wearing since the start of the grasscourt season.

Still, her spirit found a way to make a mark: as we roamed the grounds of the 2010 US Open, we ran across this man who’d designed his own Rezai tee. It’s not quite the impressive as Nole fan shirts, but “A” for effort.

Meanwhile, just for posterity, here’s Rezai playing against American (and wildcard) Beatrice Capra in the second round. Capra won (the hearts of internet users, even) but got a massive spanking from Maria Sharapova in the round after.

(fan photo by TSF; match image via Getty Images)

capra trending, gets sharapova in 3rd round

Remember this scenario? A young, unknown teen upsets a seed in the 2nd round of the US Open and is set to play Maria Sharapova in the third. Yep, that’s pretty much how things played out last year for Melanie Oudin, and now Beatrice Capra, an 18-year-old from Maryland finds herself in a similar situation after beating 18th-seed Aravane Rezai 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 on the Grandstand Court Thursday.

Capra got a nod from Yahoo! in their trending box (above, right), landing at number three Friday morning.

(screengrab via yahoo!; capra getty photo)