who says you can’t buy maria sharapova’s love?

Zheng Jie put on a show in front of the Southern California crowd in attendance at last weekend’s session at the BNP Paribas Open when she took out Maria Sharapova in the third round. The loooong match, which Zheng won 6-3 2-6 6-3, lasted for about three hours; it didn’t help that Masha has a Mary Pierce-like pre-serve ritual; neither did the multiple games with multiple deuces.

But what does it matter when you’ve got a hot baller boyfriend? Or when you’ve out-accesorized your opponent? There were the green drop earrings; the warm-up jacket in a Victorian silhouette; the Prince racquet bag, prettier (in person) than we’d expected it to be; and the gym duffle (“Valentine”) from her line with Cole Haan. The duffle reminds us of Masha’s black and silver dress from the 2009 U.S. Open.

Buy: Cole Haan Valentine Large Duffle, $228, also available with patent leather detail; Small Tote, $198, also available in black patent leather (our choice!); colehaan.com.

Bracket: Zheng made it to the quarters before losing to Caro, who’s now in the semis. (Singles Draw). And her doubles team with Chan upset top seeds Huber/Black in the opening round but they couldn’t get past Peschke/Srebotnik in the semis. (Doubles Draw)

More: Detail shots of Maria’s Indian Wells outfit — all after the cut…

in the hot desert sun, a cool and refreshing nadia petrova

Nadia Petrova must have heard about our dislike for desert heat (yeeeahah, we don’t “dry” heat a consolation) because she came out dressed as an orange creamsicle for her second-round match against Patty Schnyder at the BNP Paribas Open, happening at Indian Wells this week.

Nadia’s Ellesse outfit is the same she’s worn so far this year (including the 2010 Australian Open); there’s also a black version of this dress as well as a sleeker (i.e., non-ruffled; non-rouched) counterpart.

Bracket: Petrova, the 16th-seed at Indian Wells, lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round. The Dane’s set to face Agnieszka Radwanska in the bottom-half semi; Jankovic and Sam Stosur will duke it out in the top half. (Draw: Women’s Singles)

Up close: See a few more shots of Nadia’s dress after the cut…

tattoo watch: philipp kohlschreiber

German Philipp Kohlschreiber fell to second seed Nole Djokovic at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open — but not without a fight. He took the second set and pushed Djokovic to a tiebreak in the third, exposing the Serb’s weakened game; Djokovic lost to veteran Ivan Ljubicic 7-5, 6-3 in the round after. Up next for Ivan in the quarters is Juan Monaco (!), who beat Gigi Lopez in three sets. (Draw: Men’s Singles.)

Buy: adidas Men’s Spring Competition Crew, in black/core teal/white, $38.99; the Barricade-esque Tirand III, $59.95.

Tattoo Watch: TSF ran into Kohlschreiber during one of his practice sessions. Did you know he has a tattoo on his right shoulder? Up close: See it after the cut…

yanina wickmayer: you should go read “open”

Belgian Yanina Wickmayer — 13th seed at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells — was the last of her countrywomen to stand ground in the singles draw: wildcard Justine Henin was “upset” in the first round by Gisela Dulko; Kim Clijsters‘ plan to play no matches (save for the BJK Cup) between the Aussie ’til now failed against Alisa Kleybanova; and Kirsten Flipkens couldn’t hold her own against Elena Dementieva, who we’re hoping will take this whole thing.

Yanina fell to the Twitter-unfriendly Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-4, 6-4 in the fourth round. MJMS next faces eighth seed Sam Stosur, who booted (coachless!) defending champion Vera Zvonareva from the tourney. (Draw: Women’s singles)

Wickmayer’s drug-related off-court battles are still in the air; she has an appeal pending with Belgian courts as well as with the Court for Arbitration of Sport. It could be months before rulings are handed down by those institutions. (Speaking of, the president of the ITF has been asked if anything’s going to happen to Andre Agassi after he revealed in his autobiography that he’s used meth during his career and lied to officials about it. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations is eight years and has already expired [just the right timing for publication?]. Thus, he’s off the hook.)

And now for the serious stuff: As usual, Yanina looked good in her Erke get-up, this time using a palette of blue and grey with pops of pink (and some graphics). See some detail shots (including her Nike shoes and her pink gym bag) — all after the cut…

roger and nike at indian wells

Keeping with the usual plan of keeping R-Fed’s Nike outfits fairly low-key, the top seed’s clothes at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. didn’t distract from his game. (Still, he was upset by Marcos Baghdatis in the third round.)

Note a few deets: first up is that stripe that breaks up the collar of his All Court polo; also note the horizontal contrast line that runs along the placket of the shirt. His black Vapors are pretty darn shiny and have an “RF” monogram on the heel. TSF saw a pair of these on site (worn by a spectator) and it’s very reminiscent of his Darth Federer from the 2007 U.S. Open.

And in case you’re keeping track, he’s traded his diaper bag from the Australian Open with this more demure gym bag.

Buy: Nike Lunarlite Vapor Tour, $120; Spring All Court Polo; $80.

(Federer images via Getty Images; bag photo by TSF)

sightings in the stands: gwen and gavin

Moral support: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale were on hand to watch their besty Roger Federer — top seed at this week’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. — lose to 27th-seed Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4). Roger had a match point in that twelfth game of the third set but couldn’t convert. TSF was on hand to watch Marcos smoke Arnaud Clement 7-6 (7), 6-1 in the second round and he’s playing pretty well this week.

Looking forward: Marcos next faces Tommy Robredo (in the fourth round) and possibly Andy Roddick in the quarters. (Men’s Draw [pdf])

(image via Getty Images)

girls just want to have fun (moms included)

14th seed Kim Clijsters became the latest high seed casualty at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open when she fell to 23rd seed (and head-jerker) Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4). Up next for the Russian is Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, who took out top seed Sveta Kuznetsova in the round prior.

“What got me to be ahead was I was playing aggressive tennis and being dominant,” Clijsters said about her performance, which saw her get back into the match by winning the second set but losing a 4-0 lead in the third. “[Kleybanova] put me under pressure during those long rallies and I kind of just backed off a little bit.” Clearly her rust from not having played competitively since the Australian Open (save for two matches at the Billie Jean King Cup earlier this month) was showing.

But before she bowed out, Clijsters played to her girlier side by joining the rest of the WTAers who’ve been toting cute gym bags onto the court. From the current batch of accessories at Fila, Kim chose the brand’s Signature Quilt Bowler. We’ve been eyeing the gold version of that same bag…

Buy: Fila Signature Quilt Bowler, available in white, black, chinese red, and gold, $49.99, at buy.com. And her outfit: Center Court Sleeve Top, in ebony/white and white/hot coral, $48; Wrap Skort, ebony/white/hot coral, $45; Jacket, $68.

(photo courtesy of Fila)

shirtless: unidentified tennis object

While we prefer our guys nameless, it’s in everyone’s best interest to know more about this fella. Can anyone help with the ID? We found him hitting with Viktor Troicki before Troicki’s doubles match (with Janko Tipsarevic) against Kas/Norman at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open. (The Serbians won 10-8 in the third set; men’s doubles draw here.)

Need more information? Click for a few more pics of Troicki’s hitting partner — after the cut…

fashion focus: royal blue for a royal shirt

TSF normally doesn’t look twice at the offerings over at Prince (sorry), but that’s not the case this year. We’re totally in love with the tops from their Spring Gold Collection. The line’s distinguished by a playful take on plackets — basically, putting one where one needn’t be.

We first saw this shirt on Bjorn Rehnquist at the 2009 Australian Open. The Sweded drew Andy Roddick in the first round and went down in three quick sets, but not before getting photographed (the only perk of playing a top seed early, probably) and letting us see the Prince kit in action.

oliver-marach-indianwells09a1

Austrian Oliver Marach wore the sleeveless version at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells this week, where he was entered in the doubles draw. TSF sat next to him at the Haas/Schuettler match last Saturday, and later spotted him as a hitting partner to the hitchy backhand of quarterfinalist (and compatriot) Sybille Bammer.

Scoreline: Poor Bamma Mamma had to withdraw from the quarters with a shoulder injury, giving Ana Ivanovic one less reason to NOT be hoisting the trophy tomorrow. The Serb will face Pavlyuchenkova (who took out the seventh [!!] seed, Agnieszka Radwanska). Meanwhile, the other semi features Vera Zvonareva — whose groundstrokes were lookin pretty darn good when we saw her practice — and Victoria Azarenka (the lady who downed Dinara).

Buy: Prince Spring Gold Collection, in Cloud/Ocean (blues), Anthracite Grey/Black, Flame/Japan (red), White/Black; Crew, $37.99; Polo, $45.99; Sleeveless, $33.99; Knit Short, $36.99.

(top image via SI.com)