When I think of tennis fashion, I think of Maria Sharapova and hence it was about time I included her in my 2013 fashion retrospections, having already covered Adidas Adizero on Ana Ivanovic and Stella McCartney on Caroline Wozniacki. Off the court, the Russian is definitely and by far the best-dressed WTA player, while her on-court outfits are a blend of her own sense of style and that of the renowned Nike, so let's see how good of a job they did in 2013.
This year's Australian Open was predominantly yellow in terms of fashion and, just like Adidas, Maria Sharapova opted for a combination of yellow and grey for the first Grand Slam of the season.
The Russian raced to her Indian Wells title in the green version of the dress she wore at the Australian Open, while she defended her Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title in grey separates with orange details and accessories, and wore the same outfit later in Madrid and Rome.
Since Masha's tennis clothes and accessories probably inspired me to start my signature fashion retrospections, my first such overview covered her apparel, back in 2007, so here on Women's Tennis Blog you can enjoy a comprehensive picture of Sharapova's Nike fashion:
- 2012: Nike dresses Sharapova wore in her stellar Career Slam and Olympic silver season
- 2011: All the dresses of tennis fashion queen Maria Sharapova
- 2010: The Queen of Tennis Fashion and her Nike designs
- 2009: Masha and Nike throughout the year
- 2008: All Maria Sharapova's Nike outfits for this season
- 2007: On-court looks of Maria Sharapova in Nike
During her title defense at the 2013 French Open and eventual runner-up finish, the four-time Grand Slam champion wore a greyish purple dress with narrow bright yellow straps and details giving a pop of color and pared it with matching shoes.
During her brief and slippery appearance at this year's Wimbledon, which she will remember by three falls in a single match, Masha wore the Nike Women's London Premier Maria Flounce Dress – style similar to her French Open dress, only with a more feminine skirt with zig-zag details.
In Cincinnati, in the sole match she played at what proved to be her last tournament of the season due to injuries which forced her to skip a significant part of the second half of the season, including the US Open, Sharapova continued the dominance of grey paired with a pastel color, this time mint.
I still find it hard to adjust to Sharapova's toned-down outfits and lack of extravagance and edge that used to mark her fashion, now already years ago. Not only are designs very sporty, practical and simple, but even the colors are subtle and plain.
However, I have to mention that Masha did have one big fashion experiment during 2013, and unfortunately a very unsuccessful one. It was the Nike Women's Autumn Premier Maria Print dress for the US Open, but having missed the tournament due to a shoulder injury, the biggest victim of the design was Canadian Eugenie Bouchard who looked like she had slipped in ink and couldn't wash off the stains. Here you can see the dress.
What do you think of Sharapova's style? Do you consider her an on-court fashion icon? (photos: © Neal Trousdale, Michael Heiman/Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, JJ Tennis, Julian Finney/Getty Images, Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)