fashion focus: royal blue for a royal shirt

TSF normally doesn’t look twice at the offerings over at Prince (sorry), but that’s not the case this year. We’re totally in love with the tops from their Spring Gold Collection. The line’s distinguished by a playful take on plackets — basically, putting one where one needn’t be.

We first saw this shirt on Bjorn Rehnquist at the 2009 Australian Open. The Sweded drew Andy Roddick in the first round and went down in three quick sets, but not before getting photographed (the only perk of playing a top seed early, probably) and letting us see the Prince kit in action.

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Austrian Oliver Marach wore the sleeveless version at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells this week, where he was entered in the doubles draw. TSF sat next to him at the Haas/Schuettler match last Saturday, and later spotted him as a hitting partner to the hitchy backhand of quarterfinalist (and compatriot) Sybille Bammer.

Scoreline: Poor Bamma Mamma had to withdraw from the quarters with a shoulder injury, giving Ana Ivanovic one less reason to NOT be hoisting the trophy tomorrow. The Serb will face Pavlyuchenkova (who took out the seventh [!!] seed, Agnieszka Radwanska). Meanwhile, the other semi features Vera Zvonareva — whose groundstrokes were lookin pretty darn good when we saw her practice — and Victoria Azarenka (the lady who downed Dinara).

Buy: Prince Spring Gold Collection, in Cloud/Ocean (blues), Anthracite Grey/Black, Flame/Japan (red), White/Black; Crew, $37.99; Polo, $45.99; Sleeveless, $33.99; Knit Short, $36.99.

(top image via SI.com)

sybille bammer’s chest is a superfund site

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The original 21st century tennis hot momma, Sybille Bammer, lost early at this year’s Australian Open. She only managed two games against Hsieh Su-Wei in the second round.

(And the other HM, Lindsay Davenport, won only four games as she was crushed by fifth seed Maria Sharapova.)

The Superfund logos embroidered all over her cute white and green tennis outfit refers to a European investment firm, not a toxic site. This means Sybille is no longer being sponsored by Erima.

Further reading: Business Week‘s profile about Superfund.

(photo by Getty Images)

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mothers who play: bammer, davenport, clijsters?!

Laguna Beach denizen Lindsay Davenport is contemplating a return to pro tennis, being lured back into play by the prospect of playing in the Beijing Olympics and adding to the gold medal she won at the ’96 games in Atlanta.

Perhaps she’s also itching to play on the U.S. hardcourts which she has traditionally done well on. The reason doesn’t matter, really — we’re just excited to have her back!

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Newlywed (and expecting) Kim Clijsters will follow in her footsteps, I hope. I’m sure Lindsay and Sybille Bammer will save the Belgian a seat in the SEWTA mommy table.

(via Kim Clijsters’ website)

amelia island: pretty in pink (and purple)

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The Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island brought out the pinks and purples. From left to right: Sybille Bammer in Erima, Nadia Petrova in Airness, Ana Ivanovic in adidas, and Tatiana Golovin in Lacoste.

(All four made it to the semis, with Petrova beating Bammer and Golovin–in her bumblebee outfit–edging Ivanovic in three.)

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