kit count: australian open women’s QFs

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The Women’s QF draw at the 2013 Australian Open: adidas (6), Nike (4), Lotto (2), and 1 each for Under ArmourFilaLacoste, and Qiaodan.

Breakdown: See the complete list after the cut…

goerges keeps it classy

No better way to dress up your Nike clothes than with some pearl studs and painted nails. Too bad Julia Goerges couldn’t run away with a first set win over Marion Bartoli, eventually losing 6-3, 2-6, 4-6 to the 11th seed.

Draw: Things are all kinds of crazy in that top section of the draw, with both Caro out (upset by Dani Hantuchova) and Stosur going down to Dulko. See how it’s all playing out.

Clothes: Julia wore the Nike Maria Sharapova separates from this season.

(photo by Alexander Klein/Getty Images)

trophy watch: trophy-less shots of trophy winners

Their prizes come in faces: Don’t worry, we have shots of last week’s winners — Rafael Nadal and Julia Goerges — with their trophies after the cut, but how about those celebratory faces? I know, I’ve said this before with Rafa, but these two really look like they enjoy winning. Two very different storylines accompanied their respective wins: for Nadal, he is the man who no one can beat (or touch) and for Julia, she was the hometown hero who took out the world no. 1. Congrats, folks.

Oh right, and their trophies after the cut. [Read more...]

sunday survey: after a goerge(ou)s week, what's next?

Pretty in (dirt) red: Julia Goerges took a happy tumble after her epic run in Stuttgart this week, the German breaking through for a title win by a home-grown German girl for the first time since Anke Huber won the event in 1994. Not only did Goerges win Stuttgart, she also banked $111K, a sports car and beat world no. 1 Caroline Wozniaki for the first time in three tries, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

More Julia: TSF’s teal top love

It got us wondering: Who’s next on the WTA to go big-time? Petko? Yanina? Julia?! Vote below.

(image via Getty Images)

any reason to bring up anke huber? <3

Julia Goerges became the first German finalist at the WTA stop in Stuttgart since Anke Huber (!!) got there in 1996. She upset Sam Stosur 6-4 3-6 7-5 to book a spot in the final against Caro Wozniacki.

Also of note is how cute she looks as a Nike mascot in the tank version of the current Maria Sharapova collection — that teal tank is part of the same line as the gold-trimmed dress on Masha herself. Yes, we said tank because that skirt is non grata in our book; looks like something Alexis Mateo would’ve dreamed up on this season’s run of “Rupaul’s Drag Race,” no?

Bone up: All the Stuttgart news that’s fit to publish — at the event’s site.

Buy: Nike Maria Sharapova Statement Tennis Tank, $60, tennisexpress.com.

(image via Getty Images)

trophy watch: golubev propelled, chakvetadze returns, goerges’s first, fish extends streak

Andrey Golubev has made history by being the first player from Kazakhstan to win a title. He upset the 15th-ranked (and 2010 Roland Garros semifinalist) Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the German Open in Hamburg.

The thirty pounds Mardy Fish lost in the last year certainly came in handy in winning the Atlanta Tennis Championships final against marathon man John Isner. The score: 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Props to him for upsetting top seed Andy Roddick in the semis and overcoming local fave Robby Ginepri in the second round. Fish also won last week’s HoF tourney in Newport — he’s looking good for the Open!

Chakky’s baaack! Former top-fiver Anna Chakvetadze bagged her first title since 2008 by taking out Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the Slovenia Open.

Julia Goerges beat Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 6-4 to win her first career singles title at the Gastein Ladies in Austria. Goerges has had a good couple of weeks; she also made it to the semis of the Palermo tournament before losing to top seed Pennetta.

(ATP images via Getty; Chakvetadze photo by Ales Fevzer; Goerges photo by Matthias Hauer/GEPA Pictures)