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Ultra-feminine shades dominated the SEWTAers’ apparel during this Australian summer, and Tatiana Golovin is no different. She pulls out a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over compatriot Stephanie Cohen Aloro wearing Lacoste in solid fuschia. Sadly for France, Tati faces Aravane Rezai (another Frenchwoman) in the second round.

Not too pink: Golovin tempers the ensemble with a black sports bra and wristband. She played the Hopman Cup in the same style but different colors.

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fashion flashback: tati longstocking



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Tatiana Golovin has gone back to solids for the early part of the Australian summer hardcourts, pairing pigtails with Lacoste pink and tennis pleats (cute!) at last week’s Hopman Cup. And she looked even better sharing the court with fellow Crocodile Nono Clement (photos here).

Can’t wait to see what Tati will wear for the Australian Open. I guess we’ll find out in a few days…

(photos by Getty Images)

pics from the hopman cup new year’s eve ball



New Year’s Day landed smack-dab in the middle of the 2008 Hopman Cup calendar, so there was no doubt that they’d throw a good party to celebrate.

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This year’s organizers chose a nautical theme, with 750 guests boarding the “Hopman Princess” for the gala. Tournament Director Paul McNamee surprised everyone with his Love Boat attire (a costume he kept under wraps, even to his wife). To those who came in more formal garb, like French team member Arnaud Clement (above), they provided leis to spice up the crowd.

Of course, no tennis gala would be complete without its charity component. This event’s beneficiaries were the Variety Club and the Kids Tennis Foundation, who’ll split the 35K raised from an auction (items bid on: racquets from Serena Williams and Roger Federer, original artwork from Martina Navratilova and Juraj Kralik, a 2008 Australian Open package, etc.).

Scores: The Serbians (after beating Argentinians Gisela Dulko and Juan Ignacio Chela) will face Mardy Fish and Serena in the final. The Americans won in the semis over Alicia Molik and Peter Luczak. Jelena suffered an upper leg strain in an early match and hasn’t quite recovered. Meanwhile, Nole’s back problems have carried over from last season. Who’s going to take the title?

Take a peek: Player pics from the event (Serena, Tatiana, Lucie and Tomas, Nole and Jelena, Sania and Rohan, etc.) after the cut…

golovin bids farewell to wilander



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Add to the recent round-robin in tennis coaching the partnership of hot pants queen Tatiana Golovin and Mats Wilander. The 19-year-old told l’Equipe on Thursday that she has replaced Mats with reputed no-nonsense Dutchman Glen Schaap, former coach of Dinara Safina and Airness-sponsored Nadia Petrova. Wilander was coaching the teenager since July 2007 and worked through a few tournaments including Los Angeles (Carson), Toronto, and the U.S. Open.

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Golovin on Schaap: “I know how he is. [...] He works a lot with the ball cart, I like that.” Her new coach has the reputation of being severe. “When I have [Schaap] on the phone, I take a small voice to appear the nicest possible! [...] I told him that he could be strict, but that if he was to yell at me all the time, that would not work.”

But why end the relationship with Wilander? “The problem with Mats is that he has no desire to work with me in Paris, or in Florida, or to follow me in tournaments,” she explains to l’Equipe. (Their summer hardcourt collaboration was arranged by Christian Bîmes, president of the FFT.) FYI, Golovin could still end up with Wilander after the 2008 Australian Open, which is when Golovin will reevaluate her coaching situation.

In an earlier interview with l’Equipe, Tatiana learned of Brad Gilbert‘s alleged availability (post-Andy Murray): “Really? Since when? Brad is almost too big of a personality to have him besides you. I love to go and see him work because he really knows tennis, but to have him every day, that’s a bit stressful.” Doesn’t matter, since Brad still has a commitment with the LTA.

On what she sees as an ideal coach: “He needs to have experience. I need a coach that knows all that goes around on tour and that knows the other players. Today, to beat players in the top 10, it’s not just a matter of playing well, but of making them play bad. We would need to get along well, and to be on the same wavelength about the manner in which I want to work. He would need to be… perfect.”

FYI: At the moment Tatiana is training in the French alps (Alpe-d’Huez) with the French Federation. She’ll then travel to Miami for a charity event. Afer that, she’ll go back to Roland Garros for more training.

More on Schaap: Here’s an interview with Schaap from 2005 when he was training Petrova. He shares strategy on how to beat Justine Henin. He obviously knows tennis.

Over the years, Schaap has trained Brenda Schultz, Jennifer Capriati, Mirjana Lucic, and Magdalena Maleeva. By 2005 he had been Petrova’s coach for seven years (and they split a year later). In 2006 he was with Dinara.

I can’t find a picture of Schaap anywhere. In other recent news about Schaap: in the last week it was announced that he’ll coach Dutch player Martin Verkerk (674th) for a year beginning in January.

(via l’Equipe and Golovin Attitude; photos via Getty Images)

Thanks to Patricia for her help on this post.

trophy watch: kissing crystal



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More boring trophies from this week’s tournaments: the Zurich Open and the Mutua Madrilena Masters in Madrid. David Nalbandian beat Roger Federer 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win his first title of the year. He equaled Novak Djokovic‘s feat of defeating the Worlds No. 1 and 2 back-to-back in the same tournament. (Nole did it at the Rogers Cup.)

And Justine Henin continues her dominance of the women’s tour with her ninth title of the year. (She racked up four of them in this latest 20-match winning streak.) Justine took on Tatiana Golovin in the Zurich Open and won in straight sets — 6-4, 6-4.

More photos — plus men’s doubles results — after the cut…