sharapova's teardrops — the good kind

Maria Sharapova took over three hours to defeat 26th seed Alexandra Dulgheru 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) in the quarters of this week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Up next will be Andrea Petkovic, who’s already upset Caro Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic on the way to the semis. And things don’t look good for Maria: Petko’s already beaten her once this year, at the fourth round in Melbourne.

In the bottom half of the women’s draw, the Radwanksa/Zvonareva and Clijsters/Azarenka matches’ll determine who ends up with spots in the semis. (Scan: SEO Draws)

But who cares about Masha’s ugly stats — 17 double faults; twice as many unforced errors as Dulgheru — or that she rolled her ankle late in the third set? Take a look at those turquoise teardrop earrings from Tiffany! Matches her turquoise dress, of course.

Buy: Elsa Peretti Teardrop earrings, $725, tiffany.com.

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del potro pumps up the volume

What an apropos shirt on Juan Martin del Potro, who — even though he fell to Mardy Fish 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the fourth round of this week’s Sony Ericsson Open — has continued to work his way back to the top of the game after last year’s debilitating wrist injury: he followed up two early round losses in Sydney and Melbourne with three semi appearances (San Jose, Memphis, Indian Wells) and a title at Delray Beach. Next week’s rankings should put him just inside the top 50.

Draw: Up next for Fish is a possibility of taking over the top American spot on the ATP (ousting Roddick). He’ll need to defeat David Ferrer to get this done. (Scan: SEO Draws)

We couldn’t find this yellow Nike crew on any retailer’s site, but we’re all about the subtle circles up top and the honeycomb columns on the bottom. Looks like an equalizer display, no? (Update: This is the Showdown Movement Top, $55. The polo version is available at Tennis Express.)

Two shots: More Delpo after the cut…

clijsters lends her hand(writing) to the japanese cause

Fundraiser: Kim Clijsters did her part to raise awareness and funds for those affected by the tsunami that hit Japan while the tennis world had all eyes at Indian Wells. Working with her sponsor, Fila, a shirt was designed and turned around in about a week — ready for sale at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne. All proceeds will be donated to relief efforts.

Info: We’re not really big on wearing autographed things, but this one’s an exception: men’s versions available for $30 (in red or navy); women’s in black and red for $28. Unfortunately, only for sale at the tournament. They’re selling like hotcakes, so hopefully those who want it can get it.

Brackets: Kimmie is still in the running for the SEO title. She faces Ana Ivanovic today for a spot in the quarters. The winner will meet Vika Azarenka. (Draws: SEOpen)

Group Shot! Two more images of the players wearing their Japan shirts after the cut. We love Victor Troicki‘s photo face! [Read more...]

feli lopez: spotty shirt, spotty record

No words for this Joma shirt on Feliciano Lopez. Was a half-erased whiteboard the inspiration for this print pattern? In their defense, the other tee floating around at this week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami — that blue crewneck on Marcel Granollers — gets high marks, esp. for that gold print on the collarbone.

Meanwhile, Feli’s out early again, this time losing to Rafa Nadal in the third round (and after two tight three-setters before that). And life goes on…

Browse: This shirt isn’t for sale (thank god?) but you can check out the rest of the Joma goods here.

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it's a gas!: put some neon in your spring

Rafa‘s back in graphic print at this week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. The design’s nothing to write home about — another nod to that rebel/youth market that Nike‘s had since Agassi — but we paid attention to the green and yellow meshy overlay on the Courtballistecs. Still, there are some who want tenis a la Nadal, so here you go: Nike Rafa Tennis Crew, $85; Courtballistec 3.3, $125; Rafa Tennis Jacket, $90.

Spanish brawl: Rafa took care of Kei Nishikori and will next face fellow Spaniard Feli Lopez for a spot in the Round of 16. (See the SEO draws.)

Browse: That green and yellow has us thinking about how to spruce up our spring with colors of the Hi-liter rainbow — read on!

andy not-so-mighty

Spring blues: Andy Roddick hobbled his way to an early exit at the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday. He finished the match but seemed bothered all along by an unidentified injury and some chest congestion (whatever it was, he needed three visits from the trainer). Draw: Cuevas will face Gilles Simon in the third round; Simon beat Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 6-3.

Buy: Lacoste Johnny Collar Super Dry Tennis Polo; in White/Blue, White/Black, and Black/White colorways; $85; tennisexpress.com.

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querrey’s quest continues

Sam Querrey is through to the third round at the Sony Ericsson Open after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-2. He’s now among a small group of Americans still in the running: the seeded Fish and Isner; the tattooed Bogomolov; and James Blake. Top American Andy Roddick lost to Pablo Cuevas today 6-4, 7-6 (4). Up next for Sam is Victor Troicki. (Brackets: SEO Draws)

Fashion: We are all about the Lichtenstein-esque spots on these K-Swiss polos. Buy: Fading Stripe Crew, $45, tennisexpress.com.

More: Two more pics (including one of his tummy!) after the cut…

oh for nine

Gut check: Things can’t be feeling very good for Australian Open finalists Li Na and Andy Murray. The two runners-up are a combined 0-9 since making their respective runs to the Melbourne title matches (including their losses there). Murray hasn’t won a set since beating David Ferrer in the SFs Down Under, losing to no. 143 Donald Young in straights at Indian Wells two weeks ago and following that up with a startlingly embarrassing loss to Alex Bogolomov Jr. 6-1, 7-5 yesterday in Miami.

Things have been a little brighter for Li – but not much. Following a hard-fought three-set loss to Kim Clijsters in Melbourne, she’s traded sets with countrywoman Peng Shuai and another Belgian, Yanina Wickmayer, only to fall in three. In Miami this week, little-known Johanna Larsson (who had never even played a top 25 player) beat Na 7-6 in the third set after the Chinese no. 1 had multiple match points.

“I just didn’t have that spark,” Murray explained after his loss yesterday. Yeah, we noticed.

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masha glitters under the miami lights

Maria Sharapova beat Czech Petra Martic in her opening round of play at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne. Her 6-3, 6-2 victory was also the debut for her new Nike outfit, the Cross Court Statement. It’s refreshing to see Nike go back to using a more sophisticated trim, with gold lines criss-crossing across the front and back of the dress. (Does anyone even remember Roger‘s gilded Wimbledon shirts?). Note that her shoes also had blue/gold detail.

Speaking of throwbacks, this was Maria’s first time playing the Miami tour stop in three years. “This is one of my favorite events,” she shared with Tennis Panorama. “It’s crazy that I’ve missed it this many years because of injuries. So I’m just so happy to get back on that court today and just I love playing in front of the crowd. They’re so enthusiastic. They love their sports and have that Latin flavor about them. You know, it’s fun.” She next plays Sabine Lisicki. (Draw: Sony Ericsson Open)

Buy: Nike Maria Sharapova Cross Court Statement Dress, in Blue Chlorine, $110, nike.com.

(front image via Getty Images; back and shoe detail by JD Bloom for Tennis Panorama News)

(shirtless) tattoo watch: alex bogomolov jr charges past andy

Raging Bull: American Alex Bogomolov, Jr. upset Andy Murray with a 6-1, 7-5 win over the Scot in a second-round match at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. It didn’t help rusty Andy’s cause that he came in with a three-loss streak (starting with that Aussie Open final loss to Nole). Bogomolov, on the other hand, had a few matches under his belt by qualifying for the main draw and beating Victor Hanescu in the first round.

Brackets: Bogomolov will face the winner of Isner/Andreev. They are all in the same quarter as Djokovic. (SEO Draws)

Clothed: Nice colors on that graphic blue/black crew from Athletic DNA. Nope, nothing to do with Charlie Sheen. Buy: Eclipse T Men’s, $49.95.

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