trophy watch: madrid + asian hopman cup

maria sharapova - yec 2007

The SEWTA Tour capped its 2007 season with a thrilling match between winner Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova. The 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 match — played over three hours, 24 minutes — was the longest three-set final in tournament history. (It was played as a best-of-five final from 1984-1998.) Jesus, that 12th game of the first set was agonizingly long, and not even in the nail-biting kind of way.

We were surprised about Masha’s late-season run, which came after a nearly two-month layoff due to shoulder injury. (More after the cut…)

down but not out: fashionably dressing wounds

hsieh - sharapova - serena

Are we the only ones who’ve noticed the recent wacky taping that’s gone on in the last few months?

Maria Sharapova, center, wore simple pink during the Acura Classic in San Diego this July; Serena Williams‘ legs looked like Humpty Dumpty at the Year-End Championships in Madrid (she pulled out in her first round match against Anna Chakvetadze); and Hsieh Su-wei, left, wore a blue “V” for victory after securing Taiwan’s spot in the 2008 Hopman Cup.