reebok's fruit: purple peer is in season



It’s no Sharapova Swan Dress, but we smiled just the same upon seeing the pleats on this purple Reebok dress, currently worn by WTAer Shahar Peer. TSF ran into her — in uniform — at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, giving us a chance to see the detail on the tank’s straps and the skirt’s hem. The dress from this Vibrance Statement collection has pleating all around the bust.

Buy: Reebok Vibrance Statement Dress, $53.95; Tank, $41.95; Skirt, $37.95 in Malibu Blue (teal), Black, or Purple, midwestsports.com

Hitting the dirt: Peer is seeded fifth at this week’s Family Circle Cup in Charleston. The rest of the top eight: Wozniacki, Stosur, Jankovic, Bartoli, Wickmayer, Petrova, and Kleybanova. Get all the tourney info on their website.

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oh, shahar!



It’s been a while since we’ve put up a fashion mishit — nay, a fashion shank — on TSF, but this one caught our eye. Too bad, because we were in the middle of writing a post praising Shahar Peer‘s current purple Reebok dress, and this had to pop up: a pic from last month’s BNP Paribas Open Players’ Party. That sock tan! And are those loafers?

TSF Archives: Previous mishits on and off the court — including Jankovic‘s pink bow, Spadea‘s leopard print backpack, and a lot of Mattek.

On the tour: Shahar’s done decently this year, ranked just outside the top 10 and with two quarterfinal appearances (Dubai, Indian Wells). She lost in her opening round match at this week’s Sony Ericsson Open to Anabel Medina Garrigues. As you may know, AMG gave Sharapova trouble in Masha’s opening match at Indian Wells.

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if a dress drops in the store but no pro is around to wear it, did it make a sound?



Reebok has been banging out some solid stuff for the pros as of late. It’s too bad that their ladies aren’t hanging around long enough to show case the goods.

To be fair, Shahar Peer did put on a good show as she clashed against former Reeboker Venus Williams in the fourth round of the 2010 US Open, giving the third seed a scare by taking that first set to a tiebreak. Fortunately for Venus, she overcame all that dress-tugging (so. much. tugging.) and ran away with the second. The scoreline: 7-6 (3), 6-3. At this week’s Toray Pan Pacific Open, Peer lost in the first round to Kaia Kanepi, who fell in three sets in the quarters to Francesca Schiavone. (Draw: Toray PPO Singles.)

As is Shahar’s style (we think of her kinda like Justine Henin sometimes), she chose the short-sleeved top with a three-buton collar and constrasting stripes (diagonal at the neck and horizontal at the torso). The rest of the goods from the company’s fall line add that feminine touch to athletic wear: the spaghetti-strapped tank, with the embossed design around the neck; the racerback dress with detailing on the skirt and the left strap.

Props: While we would never wear a sweater in the sweltering North American summer, honorable mention goes to the cable-knit design on Shahar’s red separates from earlier in the US Open series. Also, check out the super-crisscross design on the back of the Summer Radiant Tank (similar to adidas men’s crew from last summer).

And then there was the red outfit worn by Iveta Benesova. Simple, with the tank and a pleated skirt. Not much else you need to do on a body like hers, no? (In Tokyo this week, Benesova lost to Olga Govortsova in the first round.)

Buy: Reebok Fall Textured Top, $29.99; On the Move Tank, $33.99; Dress, $49.99; Skort, $33.99; most in Glacier Blue, Rose Red, and White; Summer Radiant Tank in Heroine Pink, Black, and White, $30; available at TW.

Pics: See our other Benesova pics — plus the Reebok On the Move goods from Fall 2010 — afer the cut…

short balls: anne tweets from memphis



Tweet Me A Tune, Oh Annie: Anne Keothavong is returning to the WTA after a long layoff due to injury, and she’s creating quite the storm in Memphis, Tenn. of all places. The current British No. 3 had been as high as number 48 in the world last year before being knocked off track, but she opened her Midwest campaign with a straight-set win over German Kristina Barrois and now takes on the always-noisy Michelle Larcher de Brito. For a small tournament, the draw is seeping with intrigue, if not top-quality talent.

Keothavong added to that intrigue yesterday when she Tweeted on her account: “A certain tennis player is so rude, it’s embarrassing. There’s only so much you can do to be nice before you don’t bother. Strange stuff”. She followed that up by saying: “Not naming names but it’s not your obvious choice”.

Who could Keothavong be making a racket about? Maria Sharapova is in Memphis, a player who has often been at odds with her peers. Check out the Memphis draw and see who you think it might be. We only can guess along with you!

The Southern Belle: American darling Melanie Oudin is also in action at the Cellular South Cup after her eyebrow-raising performance in Fed Cup and a scintillating week in Paris last week. Oudin will have the chance to continue her surge in April, when the U.S. team hosts Russia for Round 2 of the Fed Cup in Birmingham, Alabama. The site, which was picked earlier this week, is just a two-hour drive from Oudin’s hometown of Marietta, Georgia.

While captain Mary Joe Fernandez called Birmingham’s love for tennis “rampant”, the choice seemed a bit odd of the USTA, seeing as Birmingham was the same city to host the Davis Cup tie between the U.S. and Switzerland last April.

Andy’s Atlantic: Speaking of Americans, Andy Roddickwon’t be anywhere near Alabama in April. Instead, the No. 1 American man will take part in an exhibition that features Mats Wilander, Ivan Lendl and Marat Safin. It seems as though Safin is playing more post-retirement than he ever did on the tour. Good money, those exhibitions… and he still can lose his first match.

SweetStruggling Caroline: It hasn’t been a friendly 2010 for U.S. Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki, who bowed out in her first match in Dubai to a spirited Shahar Peer. Peer’s denial to play in Dubai rocked tennis’s political realms last year, but the Israeli is determined to make her trip this time all about her tennis. Barry Flatman has a great piece in the The Times‘ website.

Give the Gift of (Stereotyped) Gays: Gawker.com has an entertaining – if not limiting – “Guide to All Gay Men” written by Brian Moylan. In Moylan’s interpretation, all gay men are bottoms and Serena Williams didn’t make any type’s “Diva” list. Shame shame.

Them’s Fightin’ Words: In Vancouver, where tennis courts of ice would be of season, Evgeni Plushenko is going all Johnny Weir on Evan Lysacek after the short program of the men’s figure skating competition. Talk about diva! Our fave Johnny is in a respectable sixth heading into Thursday’s long program, within striking distance of a medal.

on valentine’s day weekend, some love for shahar peer



We’re glad that the folks behind the Dubai Tennis Championships made sure to get a visa for Shahar Peer for this year’s tournament. You may remember all the flack they received after carelessly letting her papers for entry into the United Arab Emirates slip, causing the top Israeli player to sit out the event.

Peer pressure: But thanks to those who rallied around Shahar last year — the Wall Street Journal withdrew its sponsorship, Tennis Channel canceled its coverage, the SEWTA slapped the event with a $300k fine, Andy Roddick backed out of the men’s tourney in Dubai, and defending champ Venus Williams made her 2010 contingent on whether Shahar would be able to play — Shahar’s facing Yanina Wickmayer in the first round.

FYI, she’s getting no special security detail for her time in Dubai. Here’s hoping it all ends well.

Draw: Shahar’s half of the draw includes top seed (and world No. 3) Caroline Wozniacki, Venus, Na Li, and Elena Dementieva. The rest of the top eight — Jankovic, Azarenka, Aggie Radwanska, and second seed Sveta Kuznetsova — are in the other half. (Draw: Women’s singles.)