elena dementieva upset by sharapova in stanford



Entertaining matches going on at the Bank of the West Classic this week in Stanford. Caught the middle of the Sharapova/Dementieva match on ESPN2 last night (just before Elena took the second set).

QF results are as follows:
[5] Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. [2] Elena Dementieva (RUS) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
[1] Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. [7] Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
[8] Victoria Azarenka (BR) d. [4] Marion Bartoli (FRA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
[3] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 7-5 6-0

Stosur plays Azarenka and Sharapova plays Radwanska in the semis.

Buy: Elena’s Yonex Paris Dress in blue and black, $69, available at Tennis Warehouse.

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davis cup: nalbandian moves argentina into the semis



Two clutch performances by David Nalbandian at this past weekend’s Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals in Moscow moves Argentina into the next round. Even though he’s been sidelined by injury for the past few months, the former World No. 3 won the opening singles rubber (vs. Davydenko) and the decisive fifth rubber (upsetting the unflappable Mikhail Youzhny), both of which contributed to their 3-2 victory against the Russians. (Read up: Tie Details)

Top clothing marks go to Leonardo Mayer in Lotto. Everyone else came predictably dressed (Eduardo Schwank in Topper‘s standard issue; Nalbandian in Yonex; Davydenko — with costume changes — in Dunlop; Kunitsyn and Youzhny in Fila and adidas whites, respectively).

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hewitt goes down in style



We’re still not sure where all this Lleyton love is coming from, but we’re going with it: look at his shoes from last night’s fourth round Australian Open match against Roger Federer. Cute, no? Too bad he lost in straight sets against the tourney’s top seed.

Draw: Up next for Roger is Nikolay Davydenko. And while the Russian’s had his number as of late (with wins against him and Nadal at London and Doha), R-Fed can breathe a little easier after it took Kolya five sets to take out Fernando Verdasco in their fourth-rounder. (Draw: Men’s singles.)

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will another set of russians pass dementieva by?



Russian Elena Dementieva had the misfortune of drawing a second-round match against Justine Henin at the 2010 Australian Open. While the Belgian’s skills (and prior Aussie Open record) should have given her a high seeding, the tour’s ranking/seeding process hasn’t yet adjusted for Justine’s 20-month absence (which recently ended when she un-retired at the beginning of the year).

Too bad for Dementieva, since she was coming into the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 title win over Serena Williams in Sydney. But we’re also not shocked, are we? Elena’s spent years and years flirting with her potential to be a trophy winner at a Slam, but something always seems to work against her (that serve, her head, a dark horse).

And there are a few other Russians hitting their stride this year., including Zvonareva, Kirilenko (squee!!), and Petrova (though Nadia can really be lumped in the same underachieving group as Dementieva). Will Elena be left in the dust, or is this her year to shine?

A demure dress: Compared to all the skimpy stuff she wore last year (hey, if I had gams like her, I’d wear the same!), the pale green Yonex dress seemed more proper. Or perhaps we’re all just distracted by Venus‘s second homage to Borat — who knows? Still, we love the white Vs breaking up the solid block of color (but could have lived without that waistband).

Buy: Yonex Spring 2010 Dress, green/white, $69.95, midwestsports.com

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the hewitts: a family that dresses together…



Until they’re upstaged by the Federers, we’re expecting the Hewitts to rule the roost as the best dressed family of tennis.

Like father…: On Cruz, a black/green version of his dad’s limited-edition Yonex tee, available on the Hewitt site for AU$20 a pop.

Bec wears a salmon tank (with a zipper graphic) to Lleyton’s second-round match.

And for a family tennis session, she wears a boyfriend tank by Lauren Moshi. (You can pick one up here for $110.) And props to daugther Mia for rockin’ that badass cast.

Maybe it’s the faux hawk, maybe we’re feeling bad about his impending retirement (or about his having to face Roger Federer in the fourth round), or maybe it’s the red. Whatever it is, we are all thumbs up for Hewitt’s look at this year’s Australian Open. Good job, Yonex.

Buy: Yonex Aussie Open Crew, in white/navy/yellow/red, $49.95; and Shorts, black/grey/navy, $46.95; both from Midwest Sports.

Bracketology: Hewitt might be well rested after an easy win (at the expense of Marcos Baghdatis‘ shoulder), but the Aussie will need every trick in his bag if he wants to beat Roger. The odds are against him, of course; Hewitt has lost 13 consecutive matches to Federer (out of 23 played), including seven losses at the majors.

More: More Lleyton pics after the cut…