The first Women's Tennis Blog's fashion retrospection was dedicated to Maria Sharapova's Nike dresses in 2007 and the unofficial queen of tennis elegance remains an absolute must in our yearly overviews. During the five years we've been paying close attention to her outfits, we noticed that 2011 is the year she tuned down her glamorous and extraordinary looks and turned to more common dresses, wearable for everyday practice.
In the period between 2007 and 2010 Sharapova had at least one piece that absolutely stood out with uniqueness and extravagance – in 2007 those were the red and white US Open dresses with a chest area resembling a New York skyline (my all-time favorites!), in 2008 it was a luxurious Federer-style Wimbledon outfit, in 2009 the light layers of her dresses from the start of the season, in 2010 it was the seaweed Australian Open dress and again very unique US Open collar dresses.
In my humble opinion, Sharapova's 2011 dresses are all beautiful but more sporty, more simple than in the previous years. There still are a lot of details, but the designs are less striking than what we got used to associating with the Russian fashion queen. What's your view? Did you happen to notice the same?
Let's move on to the actual talk about the 2011 looks. In the beginning of the year Sharapova wore the Oz Open strap dress with a boomerang-resembling back. In Miami she debuted a blue Nike Cross Court Statement dress with bronze detailing, and for the French Open she prepared a light yellow dress inspired by the Eiffel Tower.
I love it that for Wimbledon Sharapova always has an elite-looking outfit enhanced by a stylish jacket and bag. The Maria Ace Lawn dress itself is nothing extraordinary (at least not for Sharapova's standards), but the champion's complete look left me breathless as expected.
At Toronto and Cincinnati Sharapova wore both her Wimbledon and Stanford outfits, while the following tournament of the US Open was again a special treat for Maria and the Nike team.
Day and night dresses are a must for the US Open and this year Nike made two dresses that differed in both design and color. The night dress inspired by New York was stunning, especially in combination with the accompanying jacket.
At the WTA championships in Istanbul Sharapova sported a Nike winter dress with asymmetrical lines and different shades of blue and gray.
Looking ahead, we already have insights into how Sharapova will most probably look at the 2012 Australian Open. The 24-year-old will wear a white and green racerback dress.
Talking about Nike, compare their another approach to women's tennis fashion, without dresses, on the example of the hottest player of the season, Petra Kvitova. (photos: Fairways and Forehands, Tidalist, Lylux, Ralf Reinecke, © Neal Trousdale, tennis buzz, iShot71, fatal_success)