For the sixth year in a row, Women's Tennis Blog is using the relaxed off-season period to review the on-court styles of our top players and brands. Of course, who else will kick off the series than our fashion darling Maria Sharapova. Let's see what the Russian wore in the year that saw her complete a Career Slam and win the Olympic silver.
In 2012, the Nike-clad Sharapova continued her subdued sporty femininity. Glamour, layers, frills and popping details have not described the Russian's tennis style since last year. Of course, Masha is still the most glamorous WTA player, but on court that glamour is toned down now, fitting the simple, everyday wearable category. There still are details in her designs, but you have to look deeper to find them.
White with electric green accents was Sharapova's color combination for the Australian sun and it transcended to the indoor hardcourt of Coubertin Stadium in Paris.
At Indian Wells, the 25-year-old wore a blue dress with light blue scales on the sides and in the back, matching the color of the straps.
Very ordinary red tanks followed for four tournaments, paired with simple white and black skirts.
For the red clay of Roland Garros, Sharapova surprised with a low-contrast black and khaki dress. I find the colors too dull for spring.
It's hard to spot a difference between the Wimbledon dress and the Australian Open one, isn't it? Both are white with lime straps. More variety would have been welcome. For the Olympic Games, Sharapova wore separates in red and white, just like in Miami.
The light pink US Open dress will stay in my mind as the most memorable Sharapova's dress of 2012. For the big stage of New York the Russian fashionista dedicated a solid dark night dress. The 2007 red night US Open dress is yet to be surpassed, it's my all-time favorite!
At the season-ending Championships in Istanbul, Sharapova sported a peach tank and gray skort from her winter collection.
Sharapova's outfits are always spot-on, but I miss her more innovative designs. In my opinion, the 2008 season was her fashion prime with so many different styles – retro, ruffles, pleats, vests and shorts, strict lines, sporty, there was everything. Have a look at all the 2008 outfits – do you agree with me?
As suggested in the article, my favorite 2012 dress would be the US Open day dress. Which of the above looks would be your No.1?
REMINDER – SHARAPOVA FASHION THROUGH THE YEARS:
- All the 2011 dresses of tennis fashion queen Maria Sharapova
- Maria Sharapova's Nike looks throughout 2010
- Maria Sharapova's on-court fashion in 2009
- All Maria Sharapova's 2008 Nike outfits
- Retrospection of Maria Sharapova's 2007 tennis clothes