trophy watch: madrid + asian hopman cup



maria sharapova - yec 2007

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.

We were surprised about Masha’s late-season run, which came after a nearly two-month layoff due to shoulder injury. (More after the cut…)

the winter blues: an adidas and reebok preview



jelena jankovic, anna chakvetadze, ana ivanovic

Serbians Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic might have the winter blues, but they’re not sad about how their 2007s are ending.

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).
ana ivanovic - edge dress - reebok

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?!)

Buy: The YOC dress, $65, adidas.com; YOC tank, $31.99, TW.

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.)

She wore Reebok separates in “Island Waters” blue and is also writing the last SEWTA player blog of the season.

(WTA Tour Championships photos via Getty Images; Edge dress photos via adidas.com; Island Waters via reebok.com)

maria the sexy librarian



maria sharapova - nike - madrid

Maria Sharapova returned to action at this week’s WTA Tour Championships after a four-week absence. She faced Daniela Hantuchova in a round-robin match for the Red Group.

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.)

Sharapova eventually triumphed 6-4, 7-5. But who do you think won the fashion showdown? Tell us!

p.s. No word on who has Maria’s pieces for sale.

(photos by Getty Images)

year-end photo with serena



okay, okay. So I accidentally cut out Serena Williams from my year-end post.

year-end championships wta 2007

Here’s the photo with Serena. You can see this photo and the rest of the WTA Gallery here.

trophy watch + year-end championships



justine henin - year-end no. 1

We all breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing a cleaned-up Justine Heninsans 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.

Of course, Henin’s in town to vie for Sony Ericsson Championships, which begins next week. On the Baseline handicaps the field.

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)

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