vika, ‘encouraged’ by serena, celebrates cincy with champers



Moet & Chandon Celebrates The 2013 Western & Southern Open

World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka added another chapter to her rivalry with Serena Williams when they faced off at the 2013 Western & Southern Open this past Sunday. Azarenka edged Serena 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) to increase her head-to-head against the 16-time Grand Slam champion to… 3-12. Azarenka can take comfort in that stat, though, with 2 of those 3 wins against Serena coming in matches played this year.

In their trophy ceremony, Azarenka was awarded a Jeroboam of Moët & Chandon Imperial, which she asked Serena if she should open. “I was encouraging her,” said Serena in the post-match conference, being careful to point out that it was Azarenka’s idea to spray the champagne on the court.

“She did [encourage],” Vika said. “She said, ‘yeah, you should pop it.’ I was like, I know, I want to, but I need to get more practice because I felt like I’m not directing it too well.” Seems like you did just fine, Vika!

Further Reading: More on the friendly rivalry between the top two ladies.

(Photo courtesy of Moet)

moët & chandon toasts cincinnati



Moet & Chandon Celebrates The 2013 Western & Southern Open

 

Moët & Chandon toasted both 2013 Western & Southern Open men’s title winner Rafael Nadal and runner-up John Isner (pictured) for their efforts at this year’s event. The Spaniard, who owns 9 Grand Slam titles, notched his 26th Masters Series title — and first ever in Cincinnati — with his 7-6(8), 7-6(3) victory over the unseeded American.

Moët, the official champagne of the Western & Southern Open, also celebrated the tournament’s record-breaking attendance numbers for the event: over 186,000 over the 10 days of play, including a one-day record of 25,155 for Thursday’s combined day and night sessions, and a session record of 13,704 for Wednesday’s day session.

Save the Date: The Western & Southern Open will take place August 9-17, 2014.

trophy watch: is it real ceramic, rafa?



2013 Western & Southern Open Trophy - Rookwood Cup - Cincinnati Rafael Nadal

Legit: Spaniard Rafael Nadal has made a habit of biting his trophies, and so this picture after he won the Center Court Rookwood Cup.

No. 26: Nadal bagged his 26th career Masters Series title — and fifth of the year — with his win over unseeded American John Isner in the final. The scoreline: 7-6(8), 7-6(3).

serena: aneres is making a comeback



Serena Williams talks about reviving Aneres clothing brand

Serena Williams survived some strong play by defending champion Li Na at the 2013 Western & Southern Open, winning their semifinal 7-5, 7-5 on Saturday night.

This victory also catapulted Serena to the top of the Emirates U.S. Open Series; she was awarded the trophy on court after her victory. Winning the U.S. Open Series could be a financial boon for the World No. 1 should she win the U.S. Open trophy in a few weeks: she would get a $1 million bonus to go with the $2.6 million paycheck awarded to the Champion.

In her post-semi press conference, Serena talked about what she would do with her potential earnings and possibly investing in a new business.

Q. What company is that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I’m actually starting my company Aneres, which is my clothing line. It will be Aneres.com. You can buy fashions from there. We’re going to have to find some potential investors, and I’m looking at that as well. Probably do some more stuff like that.

Q. How does that fit with your HSN stuff?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It fits well. [At} HSN, my client is a particular I have a particular client at HSN. So when I’m designing — and I’m actually designing for Aneres now — I have more freedom, and I can draw and sketch what I want to and send it to our manufacturers and go from there.

So I’ll definitely have more I can be more creative. I can definitely get more influenced from the fashion outside of just colors. I mean, I love working for HSN. We’re doing incredible there, but I wanted to expand with Aneres.

It will be really fun. I’m really excited. I’m already starting the wheels on that.

Q. Is it more high end?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It’s definitely more high end, but it’s also really it’s also reasonable as well.

Take, for instance, someone like me. I do make a lot of money, but I’m not going to spend I’m the type of person that’s not going to spend $10,000 or even $1,000 for a top.

The prices, we’re still working on it. It’s going to be very it’s not going to be like Forever 21, but it’s going to be more or less like BCBG prices.

When asked about her next HSN appearance, Serena said that the next collection would appear in September, but that she herself would not appear again to hawk her products until February 2014.

(image by Ian A.C. Johnson via Cincy Tennis FB)

cincinnati gets a new tourney director



Former Cincinnati Bengals suit Vince Cicero has been appointed the new tournament director for the Western and Southern Open. The hiring is still subject to approval by both the WTA and ATP Tours; those decisions are expected to come before the start of the tourney in August 2011.

Full release after the cut.