agnes szavay retires from tennis



Agnes Szavay wears Marta Makany at the 2007 US Open

Hungarian player Agnes Szavay announced her retirement from tennis via her website. She does not expect a 100% recovery from surgery to fix a nagging back injury. As such, she’s ready to focus on the next chapter of her life and career, where she plans to develop a tennis academy and work with children:

I am confident that I have acquired the knowledge and experience I’ll be able to give to the next generation.Therefore, my big dream to do a tennis school and deal with children. I believe this now is the time, though they did not planned to retire so early. I know this will be a big change in my life, but I have plans and I will take it done, so I will soon be able to hear much about the Szavay Tennis Academy.

Flashback: One of our first TSF fashion moments came from Agi, who burst onto the scene ala Mona Barthel and Camila Giorgi (and as of late, a little bit, Vania King) wearing logo-less dresses during matches. Szavay’s clothes were designed by Marta Makany. She wore a few different dresses during that run into the 2007 U.S. Open quarterfinals, where she lost to Kuznetsova.

We wish Agi the best in her future plans.

tsf interview: agnes szavay



Hungarian tennis player Agnes Szavay (pronounced SHAH-veye) had a whirlwind 2007 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. She started the year ranked 185 and catapulted herself into the 20th spot with two singles titles (Palermo, Beijing) and strong showings on the North American hardcourts (losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova both at the Pilot Pen final and the U.S. Open quarterfinals).

This success has not gone unnoticed; Ági, as she is affectionately called, was recently signed to a clothing deal by Fila. TSF talked to Ági over e-mail about her plans and goals for 2008, dealing with newfound celebrity, and — now that she’s signed with Fila — what will happen to those cute dresses from last season.

TSF: How did you go about choosing Fila as your sponsor?

Agnes Szavay: I really liked Fila’s style, I think it is very neat and fashionable. When they contacted me I did not hesitate to say yes. Fila’s designer is a very nice person and we can discuss about what I like to wear. I love working with them and I cannot wait to wear the new Australian (Open) outfit.

TSF: During the U.S. Open 2007, many people were impressed by the clothes you wore on the court. Who designed them? Were they made specifically for you?

AS: The clothes that I was wearing from July was designed especially for me by Marta Makany, who is a famous Hungarian designer. She has her own salon in Budapest called Nara. Marta will keep designing me more clothes but just off-court. I hope you will see those at player’s parties. Actually, I have already got two or three very nice dresses that I could wear at parties in Budapest. She is a very funny person and I’m very pleased to work with her.

TSF: What are your goals for 2008? Are you planning to participate in the Beijing Olympics?

AS: My goal is for the next season to keep my position and to reach the best 15. My childhood dream is to participate at the Olympics so I can promise you I will be definitely in Beijing to represent my country. It is an honor for me to be part of the Hungarian national team and I will work hard to show my best performance.

Click here to read the rest of the interview.

trophy watch: sunfeast is in the running



Congrats to the Sunfeast Open for being in the running for Most Innovative Trophy of 2007. Winner Maria Kirilenko received this traditional Indian painting (unveiled last week by Sania Mirza). Runner-up Mariya Koryttseva received her doorstop. The scoreline: 6-0, 6-2.

But the cabal behind all these stuffed tournament mascots needs to take a break. Don’t overdo it, people. Calcutta had the yellow sun, and Beijing had its own lime green version below…

In doubles, Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva beat Koryttseva and Alberta Brianti 6-1, 6-4.

At the China Open, Jelena Jankovic got a little karmic lecture when she lost in the finals to current hot potato Agnes Szavay (again dressed in her cute Marta Makany outfit). Szavay came from behind to defeat Jankovic 5-7(7), 7-5, 6-2.

As you may remember, Jankovic took out Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-5 in the semis and accidentally hit her with a ball. How funny that it was Lindsay who bore the brunt, since she channeled her fair share of Eeyore back in the day.

And on the other side of the world, Tatiana Golovin gets back to being match tough by winning against Katarina Srebotnik 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Slovenia. I love the orange Lacoste skirt!

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another look: agnes szavay + marta makany



The dream U.S. Open run of Agnes Szavay ended with her loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarters.

agnes szavay and marta makany

Above’s another look at her outfit designed by Hungarian designer Marta Makany. (See Agnes’ other outfits and Makany’s other designs.)

Even Tennis World’s Peter Bodo was impressed that she hasn’t chosen to wear off-the-rack Nike or adidas.

We love the braids, the halter, and the pleats!

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fashion: agnes szavay + designer marta makany



At this year’s U.S. Open, Hungarian SEWTAer Agnes Szavay knocked off the hard-hitting Michaella Krajicek in the second round 7-6 (4), 6-3. She did so wearing the simple white dress she’s had all summer — an outfit designed by compatriot Marta Makany.

On the catwalk: Above are photos of of Makany’s ’07/’08 collection presented on Dec. 4, 2006 in Budapest. (And you can see clothes from previous collections in this video.)

More, more!: Szavay is next scheduled to face Russian Nadia Petrova. Let’s hope her success continues, if only so Makany can create more clothes for her. I’d like to see those layered pleat dresses on the court.

(photos via Reuters)