when god pits you against a lemon dress, you make lemonade

carla-suarez-navarro

Two snaps for Carla Suarez Navarro, who upset sixth seed Venus Williams in a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 second round match at the Australian Open

The baby-faced Spaniard took an early lead in the second set, and this put Venus on the defensive — a position the American was uncomfortable in.

“I think [Carla] played some really good tennis,” Venus said. “She was super consistent and aggressive and just went for her shots. I think she just played really well. I think she took her opportunities and really showed a lot of character.”

venus-williams-aussie09a

We’re sad to see Venus and her gorgeous yellow EleVen dress bow out so soon, but we’re glad she tried the silhouette and keyhole design in yet another color (white for Wimbledon; white/lime and black for the U.S. Open). If it ain’t broke…

More: See how she accessorized around this dress (visors! headbands! earrings! hotpants!) all after the cut…

not so mellow yellow

Unlike the pastel shade used by Jelena Jankovic for her Reebok U.S. Open dress, two other players amped up their kits with some neon yellow for the fall hardcourt season. Feliciano Lopez and his Joma Sport outfits continue to impress, following up a bold red Davis Cup uniform with this current bright yellow/grey colorway.

Turning it around: The Spaniard had gone 0-6 since Cincinnati until last week’s ATP stop in Vienna. He reached that semi (falling to Pletzchner) and now faces Rafa Nadal in a quarterfinal match at the Mutua Madrilena Masters Madrid.

And before Venus Williams decided to adopt Borat‘s style, she wore an EleVen dress for U.S. Open day matches that ranks as one of the best designs the American has come up with so far.

It wasn’t lost on us that the dress’ pink logo had matching pink skivvies. We can only hope that Feli‘s kit has the same.

Buy: EleVen store locations here; Joma goods here.

(photos by Getty Images)

shoes: the next frontier + novak’s nike switch

Venus Williams and her less-than-$20 shoes have a place in the finals tomorrow. The four-time (and defending champ) took out the grumpy (and possibly misinterpreted) Elena Dementieva in the semis.

No chances for a mix-up over at Fila, who marked Sveta Kuznetsova and Dmitry Tursunov‘s shoes this week.

And here’s a look at those Alfas designed by Fila especially for Wimbledon court staff.

While Nike gets top honors for its design of Roger Federer‘s shoes, we have to point out these Lotto kicks customized for Simone Bolelli. Notice the “Bole” (his nickname) incorporated into the shoe. The designers at Fila need to go in this direction…

Shahar Peer and Reebok bring back the Israeli flag, seen here in her match against Dinara Safina.

Andy Murray playing in Nike against Ricky Gasquet of France.

Much ado about Nike: Our buddy Darren Rovell at CNBC wrote about Novak Djokovic‘s silent switch in tennis shoes from adidas to Nike Air Max Breathe Cage IIs at this year’s Championships. Nole did a fine job white out the swooshes on his shoe.

Here’s a photo of the grass court shoe he wore the week prior at The Artois Championships in London (he lost to Rafa Nadal in the finals). He apparently slipped and slid too much and decided to give Nike a try…

eleVen spreads its wings

Venus Williams must be getting excited that her clothing line, EleVen is finally catching on. Russian Nadia Petrova, who is no longer with French company Airness, is through to the fourth round of these Championships wearing EleVen whites. The press asked Venus for comment after her first round match.

Q. You brought out a new clothes line here, but you have Petrova wearing your clothes, right?
VW: Uh-huh.

Q. Is that the first time you’ve had another player wearing your clothes? Talk about how you worked that out with her.
VW: I think she’s just in transition between — was in transition, so she I think wanted — she was doing me a favor. So I’m hoping to see her in the clothes. I saw her in some warmups yesterday, but I haven’t seen her in the match clothes. I’m hoping to see her. She’s a great girl. I have a lot of respect for her on and off the court. She’s a good person.

Scoreline: 21st seed Petrova upset the 16th seed Victoria Azarenka to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon. There she will face either Shuai Peng or the Sharapova-thrashing Alla Kudryavtseva.

(transcript via ASAP Sports; photo via Babs)

fashion focus: venus takes control of her wimbledon destiny

Venus Williams will step onto Centre Court wearing an EleVen dress of her own design. Not a bad way to defend a Wimbledon title, no? (Alas, no more Reebok hot pants!)

Venus’ design stays with a simple silhouette but shows sophistication with the gathered fabric on its v-strap.

The dress will be included in a new selection of EleVen pieces that will drop at Steve & Barry’s stores in July.

(image via Steve and Barry’s)

RELATED POSTS
>> TSF’s Wimbledon coverage…

Venus isn’t done: in Bangalore, a new EleVen tank

Venus Williams - EleVen - Bangalore 08

We were tickled pink by Venus‘ latest tank from EleVen. She wore this in the quarters of the Bangalore Open against Vera Zvonareva.

And her hair is growing in quite nicely after that awkward Zac Efron phase. Those curls remind me of Lucian Freud portraits.

Next best thing: For those of you who didn’t get tickets for the Sampras-Federer exo at Madison Square Garden on Monday night, you should console yourself at the last day of the exhibit featuring the etching work of Freud at MoMA.

fashion flashback: venus williams’ gigantor jewelry in melbourne

Speaking of big earrings, here’s a photo of Venus Williams‘ extravagant jewelry at last month’s Australian Open, in case you missed it. She paired it with booty-hugging clothing from her EleVen line and made it all the way to the quarterfinals before falling 6-7 (3-7), 4-6 to fourth seed Ana Ivanovic.

Venus plans to play the Bangalore Open along with sister Serena. Tournament organizers probably won’t even know that Sania dropped out!

RELATED POSTS
>> TSF’s venus williams archive

Add to Google Subscribe in a reader or by e-mail StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It

venus graduates, celebrates in malandrino

venus-family-graduation.jpg

Venus Williams graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale yesterday with an Associates Degree in Fashion Design. (She even received an award for Best Sportswear Collection.) There to support her were her parents, Richard Williams and Oracene Price, along with sister Serena.

More photos: Her post-graduation party (looking fabulous in Catherine Malandrino, and with boyfriend Hank Kuehne at her side) after the cut…

venus throws eleven party at tenjune

venus williams - eleven launch party - tenjune

Venus Williams hosted a party for the launch of EleVen at Tenjune (located under yummy steakhouse STK). While she may be all about her short shorts on court, she sticks with conservative skinny denim and a long silver leg-of-mutton-sleeved jacket.

serena williams - eleven launch party - tenjune - starr jones

Serena, now done with her SEWTA Year-End Championships obligations, joins her sister in celebrating the line. She poses with Starr Jones on the right. Le sigh, silk is so hard to wear.

serena - venus - lydia hearst

And here the sisters flank Lydia Hearst, whose next project with Puma (more Lydia bags, likely) we’re eagerly awaiting.

(photos by Wireimage)

Btw, I went to check out the EleVen goods at my local Steve & Barry’s (that’s Beverly Connection, in case you’re interested)… I thought there’d be lines out the door, but there were only 5 customers in the store. Sarah Jessica Parker‘s Bitten section looked cleaned out, but everything else was pretty stocked.

Most of the EleVen goods I’d been eyeing on the site weren’t in this branch. I ended up helping this girl choose between hoop earrings and some dangly stars (we went with hoops). I walked out with some cute green sneakers from their Starbury line, though. and p.s. Venus will do a signing there on Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m.