Maria Sharapova is usually the first person I cover in my yearly overviews of women's tennis apparel, but this year I launched the Fashion Retrospections with Eugenie Bouchard, the young star belonging to Masha's Nike clan, and then after covering Ana Ivanovic with Adidas Adizero, Agnieszka Radwanska with Lotto, Venus Williams with EleVen, and Jelena Jankovic with Fila, the time has finally come for me to feature the unprecedented tennis fashion queen.
The Russian has continued to walk the path of less glamorous on-court style that caters an average customer, offering clothes wearable at everyday practice.
Racerbacks with cutouts are a big trend in present-day tennis fashion and brands are competing who will make a more unique back design. Venus Williams' EleVen Women's Vintage Closed Grip Print Dress and Ana Ivanovic's Adidas Fall Adizero Dress are good examples that crossed my mind first, but Masha's pink Brisbane tank and cute soft blue Australian Open tunic dress are also very pretty keyhole cutouts.
Sharapova's fifth Grand Slam trophy was photographed with this pink and orange Nike Summer Maria Premier French Tunic, while her shoes for sliding towards the title were these Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tours.
Following the classic Wimbledon whites, Masha hopped into Nike's fall collection. The dark raisin skort (also available in black, fuchsia and deep royal) has side pockets and its elastic waistband is perforated, while the tank features stylish straps.
I'm always looking forward to seeing Maria's US Open dresses and I love the idea of having day and night dresses.
The tennis version of the little black dress is my favorite Sharapova's 2014 clothing item. It's perfection, especially under the lights of the grand US Open courts. Do you agree? It's still available, discounted, on the US market at Tennis Warehouse and for us Europeans at Tennis Warehouse Europe.
The fashionista's US Open day outfit was this grey and mango futuristic-looking tunic length top and shortie officially called the Nike Fall Maria Day Tunic, while the matching shoes were the Nike Air Vapor Advantage.
It was a long time ago, but I believe that Maria's on-court style inspired me to start these yearly overviews of WTA fashion during the off-season, therefore, I have never skipped to make a collage of her tennis looks. Let's see the evolution of Maria's fashion over the past years:
- 2013: Masha's simple, sporty and subtle styles
- 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
Which Sharapova's 2014 outfit was your favorite? Which of these eight years of Sharapova's fashion that I've covered do you consider the best? (photos: Banjo Pix, Jimmie48, Inspired by Chelle Photography, sr_cranks, Tennis Buzz, Michael Brown)