fila japan blog + did anyone see morigami?

We’re in love with the banner for Fila Japan‘s blog. Yep — that’s pretty much how I fell every time I step out on a court.

BTW, their mascot, Akiko Morigami, has apparently recovered from her injury is now back in the pro tennis fray. She tried to qualify for the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo last week, but got shut out in the first round by Jill Craybas. If there’s anyone out there with pics of Morigami from the event, I’d love to see ‘em!

(image via fila japan)

trophy watch: winning matches by hitting the ball? so 2008

Not many repeats this week as the lower-profile players — at least when it comes to wins — chomped off pieces of the trophy pie.

Golden statement: In Kuala Lumpur, Russian Nikolay Davydenko wore his gilded Airness track jacket as he received the trophy for beating Fernando Verdasco to take the Proton Malaysian Open on Sunday.

Kolya now has three titles (Hamburg and Umag are the other two) and has yet to catch a FeVer; he’s now 6-1 in his head-to-head against Verdasco.

Simon’s say: In Bangkok, new TSF fave Gilles Simon kept his clothes on long enough to bag the PTT Thailand Open title with his 7-5, 6-3 victory over Viktor Troicki. This is Simon’s first title of the year and sixth of this career.

Wrist accesories: Like a good pro, Russian Maria Sharapova slapped on her Tag Heuer watch just after winning the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Unfortunately, the victory came from Jelena Jankovic injuring her wrist in the seventh game of the first set. Masha also won this in 2005, defeating Lindsay Davenport in the final. This was Sharapova’s first title since Amelia Island in April 2008.

On the right is a pic of the many bracelets (cute charms!) that Jelena wore with her red ANTA dress.

(images via Getty)

what should’ve been: the k-swiss switch

TSF let out a squeal when we saw this dress hanging in the K-Swiss showroom, and smiled when we learned that it would have a fall drop. Unfortunately, it didn’t appear at the 2009 U.S. Open as we’d expected, though its bright color and sexy silhouette would’ve been worthy of the tennis catwalk that is Flushing Meadows.

Instead, the dress debuted after the slam: at this week’s Toray Pan Pacific Open, K-Swiss mascot Kateryna Bondarenko fell to Li Na 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 after she upset Elena Dementieva in the second round. Take a look at the draw (pdf) to see how the rest of the ladies have fared.

Buy: K-Swiss Women’s Fall Dress, clover pink/black and white/ebony grey, $74.99. (Note: we had incorrectly reported the price of this dress as $59.99; the retail price is $74.99.)

More: A few other views of the dress in action after the cut…

sweet but short: caro’s second outing with stella

Canuck Aleksandra Wozniak‘s been on a mini-roll this week at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, first dispatching Korea Open winner Kimiko Date Krumm in three sets before getting to the quarters after Caroline Wozniacki retired in round two due to a viral infection.

But it was enough time for Caro to show off her second outfit from the adidas by Stella McCartney line, the same pieces she debuted at the 2009 U.S. Open, but this time in onyx (grey).

The two-tiered performance skirt is sold out (le sigh!), but the hyper-stitched, chunky-zippered jacket is still available via TW for $175. See another view of the jacket here.

We wish Caro the best and hope she makes a full recovery.

(image courtesy of adidas)

fashion focus: venus williams in tokyo

Venus Williams had such cute hair at this past weekend’s press conference for the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Too bad that the first round scoreboard looks like a massacre. Top seed (and World No. 1) Dinara Safina got upset in three set to No. 132 Chang Kai-Chan; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Venus in two; Sveta goes down to Andrea Petkovic in three; and both Pennetta (No. 9) and Ivanovic (No. 10) lost to Vinci and Safarova, respectively.

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Moving on: That pic above made me window-shop for hairwear, and I ran across these three. Rhinestone headband (right), $7.80; and Jeweled satin headband (left), $5.80; both at forever21.com. And if you’re feeling adventurous (and splurgy), these Side Poms (center) are for you! Available at Topshop for $75.

(Venus image via Getty; hair accessories images via topshop and forever21.com)

fashion focus: reebok cuts away the fat

Amelie Mauresmo might not be doing so well — she got beat by Dominika Cibulkova back-to-back: 6-0, 1-6, 6-7 (8) at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo and 6-3, 4-6, 3-6 at the China Open this week — but she can take solace in looking awesome wearing Reebok‘s fall KFS line. They’ve hit the mark with these flattering greys, pinks, and blues, and with those slimming side panels (which shows off Mauresmo’s awesome stomach).

Shahar Peer continues with the cutout separates (that square hole on the back of her tank) while mixing up her wristband choices: blue at the U.S. Open, black and pink at the Korea Open this week.

But of course the toast of the fall was Jelena Jankovic‘s limited edition U.S. Open dress, also designed by Reebok. The yellow layered dress’ first incarnation involved an asian-inspired bat sleeve capelet — this would have made for a better choice for the Beijing Olympics, no? — and a silver sash.

Jelena pared it down to the basics at last week’s tourney in Japan, where she lost 6-2, 5-7, 5-7 in the quarterfinals to eventual finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova.

On the left, her shoes from the Open; she switched to a busier pair during this current Asian WTA swing.

Buy: Jelena US Open dress, $75, sold out; Fall Cutout Dress, $49.99; Fall Shimmer Dress, $49.99; Fall Cutout Tank and Shimmer Tank, $36.99; Fall Skort, $32.99. Colorways: Endurance Blue/Caspian Sea Blue, Soft Black Grey/Cool Shadow, Sassy Pink/Pompous Pink, White/Endurance Blue.

(photos by Getty Images)

fashion focus: elena denimentieva

Yonex decided to flex its design muscle by using “denim” — printed on a moisture-wicking synthetic — for its fall ’08 collection, which debuted in time for the fashion-forward U.S. Open. They even opted for orange thread as contrast stitching, giving the pieces a more authentic and rugged look.

Elena Dementieva played in the separates at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she lost to Katarina Srebotnik in the quarters. Notice the knot on th front lefft tank strap.

And this Russian wore the halter version during her semifinal run in New York. (She’s had a pretty good summer, following her semi @ Wimbledon with a gold medal from Beijing and the semi in NYC.)

More: See her kit from Beijing and the Yonex men’s denim line after the cut…

trophy watch: while the men are away, the russian women take names

The Russian men might be bamboozling their opponents down in Argentina, but the women mean serious business. Dinara Safina has beaten Svetlana Kuznetsova in all their 2008 meetings, including the 2008 final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The score: 6-1, 6-3.

In doubles, Nadia Petrova teamed with Vania King to win over Lisa Raymond and Sam Stosur 6-1, 6-4.

Across the Sea of Japan, Vera Zvonareva took down local Peng Shuai 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-2 at the Guangzhou Open. This is Vera’s second title, after taking Prague earlier this year.

(photos by Getty Images)