Maria Sharapova is playing the Sony Ericsson Open for the first time in three years, and her opening round was successful, both in terms of her result and fashion-wise.
The 16th-seeded Russian, two-time finalist at the event, cruised past Croatian wildcard Petra Martic 6-3 6-2 in the second round. Also, the tennis fashion icon used the high-profile tournament to debut the Nike Maria Sharapova Cross Court Statement Dress ($110). Nike has switched from orange and gray tones to blue combined with gold – actually, the official colors of this dress are "chlorine blue, copa and bronze" (copa?).
Nike has had less extravagant and less cutting-edge designs for Sharapova so far this year. These simple and pretty dresses remind me of adidas' approach. However, Wimbledon and US Open are yet to come, those are the tournaments where Sharapova brings her most unique fashion.
Sharapova's opponent in the third round will be another wildcard, Sabine Lisicki, who had a retirement victory over seed No.18 Nadia Petrova. (source: Down the Line, first photo via Yahoo)