tattoo watch: olga govortsova



Tattoo watch: A ho-hum tattoo from Belarus’ Olga Govortsova, who lost to Li Na in the third round of the 2009 French Open.

We were suprised to see Li as the only Chinese woman left in the draw, expecting that Zheng Jie would go deeper.

Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka, another Belarusian, is going into a third set against Carla Suarez Navarro. They have a set a piece (7-5 for both) and will continue their suspended match tomorrow.

See a picture of Olga’s cute K-Swiss skort after the cut…

olympics: nike in red, white, and blue



TSF’s sad that we won’t get to see Maria Sharapova in her kit for the Beijing Olympics. So we’ll have to do with what we’re given:

Serena Williams wears a patriotic version of the Doubles Dress that she debuted earlier this year. In her first Olympics singles match ever (she won gold in doubles with Venus in 2000), she took out Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3, 6-1.

Zheng Jie took advantage of playing on her home court in her win over Hungarian Agnes Szavay.

Notice the ghosted pattern on the back panel of the top. (Thanks for a reader’s help with this one.)

Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova brushed aside veteran Ai Sugiyama 6-2 7-5.

(images via Getty Images)

fashion flashback: govortsova in quebec



Belarusian Olga Govortsova, along with currently being the No. 2 Belarusian player on the SEWTA Tour, is dropping hints of a Bethanie Mattek-esque fashion sense.

olga govortsova - quebec

Here’s a photo of her playing the Quebec City Bell Challenge last month. We’re all about stirring the fashion pot, but it looked like Olga’s glittery top wasn’t built for tennis: “She clearly looks pretty uncomfortable with the ensemble, always tugging and pulling it down and adjusting the ties,” says Stephanie Myles.

It’s hard to say if the fashion will get in the way of her play (fyi, she’s ranked about 50 spots above Mattek); while she may have lost to eventual finalist Julia Vakulenko in the quarters of Quebec, she can also be proud of her one Top 20 scalp in 2007 (Shahar Peer at Stanford).

Kudos: By the way, for those of you who griped that coverage of the Quebec tournament was almost non-existent, Myles did a mighty fine job keeping us abreast of happenings above the 49th parallel. Check out the blogging here.