The SEWTA Tour capped its 2007 season with a thrilling match between winner Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova. The 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 match — played over three hours, 24 minutes — was the longest three-set final in tournament history. (It was played as a best-of-five final from 1984-1998.) Jesus, that 12th game of the first set was agonizingly long, and not even in the nail-biting kind of way.
Ana is ranked No. 4 in the world after a year that saw her win three titles (Berlin, Los Angeles, and Luxembourg) plus an appearance in the French Open finals. She faces Justine Henin in the semis of this week’s SEWTA Tour Championships in Spain after hard-fought wins over Hantuchova (with a second-set tiebreak) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (7-5 in the third).
We haven’t seen shades this intense since spring! Ivanovic rounds out this year’s fashion show with a solid cyan Edge dress from adidas. (Her earlier choices include a white YOC dress for Wimbledon and the purple YOC tank.)
While her Madrid outfit is blue overkill, you can see from this white/cyan version (above, left) that the dress’ construction is very intricate, with lots of panels sewn together, ruching at seams on the bust, and a gathered hem on the skirt.
FYI: This Edge line should drop in stores by Thanksgiving. Judging from the timing of the release, this will likely be here Aussie Open dress. (Man, are we talking about 2008 already?!)
Meanwhile, World No. 3 Jelena got schooled by Henin 2-6, 2-6 and took a set off Anna Chakvetadze but went down 3-6 in the third. She’ll end her year on a high note, though: 4 out of 5 career titles were racked up in 2007 — Auckland, Charleston, Rome, and Birmingham — plus a few other finals appearances.)
(WTA Tour Championships photos via Getty Images; Edge dress photos via adidas.com; Island Waters via reebok.com)
The dueling Nike-sponsored babes came out in their fall frocks, with Hantuchova continuing with the black Fall Control pieces (including the cute two-tiered ruffle skirt; see a picture here) and Maria sporting a bow collar blouse in deep burgundy and a front button skort in sheen pink. (No Drop Shot dress for her, I guess.)
p.s. No word on who has Maria’s pieces for sale.
(photos by Getty Images)
We all breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing a cleaned-up Justine Henin — sans pirate pants, that is — receiving this lame trophy from the SEWTA in Madrid. The Belgian will finish 2007 as the No. 1 player female tennis player in the world. This is the second year in a row that Justine has achieved this feat; she also did it in 2003.
Look at those biceps. Rawr.
My picks: Henin wins the Yellow Group round robin and Daniela Hantuchova wins the Red Group. Henin takes it all. Who do you think will win? Tell us!
(Henin photo via Getty Images; group photo via WTA)