trophy watch: london hardware

Different paths, same result: The lead-ups to their respective Wimbledon titles could not have been more different, but it was Petra Kvitova and Novak Djokovic who were at the Champions’ Ball on Sunday night, each posing with their respective, hard-earned trophies. Kvitova’s 6-4 6-3 victory over Maria Sharapova shocked us a bit — at least in the ease that she saw it through — and the way she took it all in stride (no on-court breakdown, P?!) after winning. For Djokovic, his 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal was the Spaniard’s first loss to someone other than Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final. Below, a look at all the Wimbledon champs from the Bryan brothers’ historic doubles victory to the winning juniors. Above: We are digging Kvitova’s toned-down side bun and simple, but gorgeous manicure. A classy champ!

Forbes blog: Djoko’s season a flash in the pan? | Full Wimbledon gallery

Us, too! It was a monstrous week for Bob and Mike Bryan, who won their third round match 16-14 in the fifth set and semifinal match 9-7 in the fifth set before comfortably rolling in the final, 6-3 6-4 7-6 (2) over Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania. Their win in London was their 11th Major title, which ties them with Aussie duo Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge for most Grand Slams by a doubles pairing.

Not just you, Novak: Djokovic became the world’s no. 1 player in yesterday’s rankings with his win at the All England Club, but so, too, did Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, who took the ladies’ doubles crown. Peschke and Srebotnik subdued Sam Stosur and Sabine Lisicki 6-3 6-1 for the title.

Smile, Jurgen: Our life wouldn’t be complete if we couldn’t include mixed doubles cutie Jurgen Melzer in this week’s Trophy Watch. The Austrian paired up with Czech Iveta Benesova to take the mixed crown over Elena Vesnina and Mahesh Bhupathi, 6-3 6-2. | TSF Vault: Jurgen Melzer

After the cut: Australia wins a double in singles with boys’ and girls’ winners while Novak gets a champion’s welcome home in Belgrade. [Read more...]

if a dress drops in the store but no pro is around to wear it, did it make a sound?

Reebok has been banging out some solid stuff for the pros as of late. It’s too bad that their ladies aren’t hanging around long enough to show case the goods.

To be fair, Shahar Peer did put on a good show as she clashed against former Reeboker Venus Williams in the fourth round of the 2010 US Open, giving the third seed a scare by taking that first set to a tiebreak. Fortunately for Venus, she overcame all that dress-tugging (so. much. tugging.) and ran away with the second. The scoreline: 7-6 (3), 6-3. At this week’s Toray Pan Pacific Open, Peer lost in the first round to Kaia Kanepi, who fell in three sets in the quarters to Francesca Schiavone. (Draw: Toray PPO Singles.)

As is Shahar’s style (we think of her kinda like Justine Henin sometimes), she chose the short-sleeved top with a three-buton collar and constrasting stripes (diagonal at the neck and horizontal at the torso). The rest of the goods from the company’s fall line add that feminine touch to athletic wear: the spaghetti-strapped tank, with the embossed design around the neck; the racerback dress with detailing on the skirt and the left strap.

Props: While we would never wear a sweater in the sweltering North American summer, honorable mention goes to the cable-knit design on Shahar’s red separates from earlier in the US Open series. Also, check out the super-crisscross design on the back of the Summer Radiant Tank (similar to adidas men’s crew from last summer).

And then there was the red outfit worn by Iveta Benesova. Simple, with the tank and a pleated skirt. Not much else you need to do on a body like hers, no? (In Tokyo this week, Benesova lost to Olga Govortsova in the first round.)

Buy: Reebok Fall Textured Top, $29.99; On the Move Tank, $33.99; Dress, $49.99; Skort, $33.99; most in Glacier Blue, Rose Red, and White; Summer Radiant Tank in Heroine Pink, Black, and White, $30; available at TW.

Pics: See our other Benesova pics — plus the Reebok On the Move goods from Fall 2010 — afer the cut…