she’s killing me, larry!



I don’t even know what to say about that layering job. Whatever gets the job done, I guess? Marion Bartoli, 11th seed at this week’s Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, made quick work of Ana Ivanovic, beating the Serb 6-2, 6-1. Up next is Vika Azarenka. (Draw: Singles)

Buy: Nike Fall Challenge Glow Tank, Voltage Cherry, $50, TW.

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long lost siblings?



A little Friday fun for you who are still stuck at work on this beautiful – well, at least in NYC – late-summer afternoon.

We’re simply wondering: Is San Francisco pitcher Tim Lincecum, seen below, Marion Bartoli‘s long-lost brother?!

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Click the jump to decide for yourself. And let us know who you think. What other pro tennis star has a doppelganger lurking out there?? [Read more...]

janked out: bartoli defeats top seed



Marion Bartoli and her sweet teeth gnawed at the inconsistent game of top-seed Jelena Jankovic in their fourth round match at the Australian Open. The sixteenth-seed used her piercing two-handed groundstrokes and powerful returns of serve to put the Serb on the defensive throughout the 6-1, 6-4 match.

No more Reebok: Ms. Jankovic and Reebok didn’t renew their contract (which expired at the end of 2008), and instead she signed an agreement with ANTA Sports, a company based in Fujian, China with a logo surprisingly similar to Diadora‘s. (What is it with Chinese companies aping this stuff?) They’ll team up to develop a range of products under the “JJ” brand.

Their first outing wasn’t so bad — an homage to Australian sports in the form of a green empire waist baby doll dress printed with a yellow logo. She accessorized with white shoes and a three-color wristband.

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blacks, metallics, and leopard print (!!) at the yec party



(My thoughts go out to those affected by the earthquake that hit Chile today…)

The SEWTA Tour hosted their Year-End Championships Players’ party in Madrid on Sunday night (after the longest three-set final which saw Justine Henin defend her title).

Black was the evening’s shade, found on LBDs, floor-length skirts, and a sexy halter bubble dress on Serena Williams. Metallics showed up on Ana Ivanovic and Sharapova (in Thakoon). There were lots of gold accessories, too: a belt on Ana, a brooch on Anna Chakvetadze, and chains adorning Serena’s Louis Vuitton bag. And Jelena Jankovic separated herself from the pack with a body-hugging leopard print dress that puts Bethanie Mattek to shame.

Here are some photos from the shindig. Make sure to check out the entire gallery on the WTA website.

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Anna punctuated her black half turtleneck knit top with a gold brooch at the bust and toted classic quilted leather purse. Meanwhile, her oft-braided hair got some air.

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Ana went Victorian with her lacy silk top, gold belt, and floor-length skirt (is that a key around her neck?); and Jelena pulled off a leopard print ensemble.

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Momma long-legs Daniela Hantuchova let her hair down and wore a fur caplet over her little black mini dress.

See Serena, Sveta, Justine, and Marion after the cut…

champions dinner + venus rosewater dish



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With their Tbags (that’s “tennis boyfriends and girlfriends”) in tow, Roger Federer and Venus Williams were among those toasted at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner held in London’s Savoy Hotel. Also in attendance were runner-up Marion Bartoli and lovebirds mixed doubles champions Jelena Jankovic and Jamie Murray.

About the Savoy: See pictures of this Art Deco hotel (which opened in 1889) here.

Trophy watch: From Off the Baseline’s Wimbledon Fact File — “The Ladies’ Singles Trophy is a silver salver, 18 ¾-inches (sic) in diameter, referred to as the ‘Rosewater Dish’ or ‘Venus Rosewater Dish’. It was first won by the Champion when the challenge round was introduced in 1886.” The dish is a replica of an electrotype by German artist Caspar Enderlein of a pewter piece called The Temperantia by Frenchman Fracois Briot (did you catch all that?).

Photos from the party: Bartoli, Jankovic, Jankovic with Murray, Roger with girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec, Venus with boyfriend Hank Kuehne, Roger and Venus with their trophies.

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