in flushing meadows, the anta girls sputter



2010 US Open fourth seed Jelena Jankovic wasn’t really in the conversation as a gunner for this year’s title, as seen by her immediate hiccup in the first round against Simona Halep, who served for the match against the Serbian before falling 7-5 in the third. JJ also needed three sets to beat qualifier Mirjana Lucic (two snaps to her for making it to the main draw, btw) and then fell to Kaia Kanepi in the third round.

We love that she added the pink sports bra and hot pants under the purple ANTA dress that she’s been wearing for the summer hardcourt swing; way to rejuvenate an outfit, no? Note the purple detail in her shoes, and the pink in her fingernails.

And on 21st seed Zheng Jie, the Chinese brand went with swirling shades of white and blue — an underdeveloped version of what Fila put on their ladies (Clijsters, Agi Szavay). Zheng crashed into the resurgent Ana Ivanovic in the second round and only won three games.

More: Detail pics (including Zheng’s warm-up jacket) after the cut…

so much for being tamarine tanasugarn II



Another early exit at Wimbledon for 2008 semifinalist Zheng Jie, who followed last year’s early loss to Dani Hantuchova with a 4-6, 6-2, 2-6 performance against Petra Kvitova in the second round of the 2010 tournament. Ever since her run to the semis in Melbourne this year (save for an uptick at Warsaw, where she got to the final), Zheng’s been sputtering. What gives?

ANTA scales back: Unlike all the crazy — dare we say gratuitous — use of fabric at this year’s draw, the normally ruffled Zheng went for a simple look, even down to her puffed-sleeve warm-up.

Draw: Kvitova next plays Azarenka. Both are in the top half of the draw with Serena.

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who says you can’t buy maria sharapova’s love?



Zheng Jie put on a show in front of the Southern California crowd in attendance at last weekend’s session at the BNP Paribas Open when she took out Maria Sharapova in the third round. The loooong match, which Zheng won 6-3 2-6 6-3, lasted for about three hours; it didn’t help that Masha has a Mary Pierce-like pre-serve ritual; neither did the multiple games with multiple deuces.

But what does it matter when you’ve got a hot baller boyfriend? Or when you’ve out-accesorized your opponent? There were the green drop earrings; the warm-up jacket in a Victorian silhouette; the Prince racquet bag, prettier (in person) than we’d expected it to be; and the gym duffle (“Valentine”) from her line with Cole Haan. The duffle reminds us of Masha’s black and silver dress from the 2009 U.S. Open.

Buy: Cole Haan Valentine Large Duffle, $228, also available with patent leather detail; Small Tote, $198, also available in black patent leather (our choice!); colehaan.com.

Bracket: Zheng made it to the quarters before losing to Caro, who’s now in the semis. (Singles Draw). And her doubles team with Chan upset top seeds Huber/Black in the opening round but they couldn’t get past Peschke/Srebotnik in the semis. (Doubles Draw)

More: Detail shots of Maria’s Indian Wells outfit — all after the cut…

five unforced errors, people



Zheng Jie has reached her second major semifinal after beating Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Australian Open. Mazel tov.

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it’s “asia’s” slam, after all…



Two snaps to Zheng Jie for being the first (of two!) Chinese players in the women’s quarterfinals at the 2010 Australian Open. She upset 31st seed Alona Bondarenko 7-6 (5), 6-4. The 2008 Wimbledon semifinalist will vie for a spot in the semis in Melbourne against Maria Kirilenko.

We love the hidden print in the (half!) pleats of her ANTA skort. Note the monogram (“Z”) on the back of her dress.

Up close: More pics of Jie’s dress after the cut…