Earlier this week I published an interview with Bethanie Mattek Sands, so now it's a perfect time to share some of her childhood photos. This first one is HILARIOUS! You know that I practically never use all caps in my writing, but I had to use them this time. The Indian-style Bethanie, with long blond pleats, super cute!
As a nine-year-old Bethanie was not nearly as accessorized as she is today, but she did enjoy colorful outfits on the courts.
The little girl grew up to become a fashion legend in the tennis circles, always entertaining us and often shocking with her designs. A year and a half ago I even made an overview of her most memorable outfits. Since then, however, Bethanie has added much more to the table. For example, the famous tennis ball dress:
The 26-year-old Bethanie is yet to win a WTA title, but she did reach three finals. Her highest singles ranking was No.30. In doubles she went further, with nine titles, nine finals and the highest ranking of No.11.
All the young photos I found in an Xperia Hot Shots video, Bethanie's profile.
The fun-loving American is one of a dozen of WTA players Women's Tennis Blog has featured so far in the section dedicated to tennis stars when they were little, including Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Flavia Pennetta, Dominika Cibulkova.