This week in Wuhan we finally got to see Maria Sharapova's new Nike dress in action, but the Russian unfortunately transitioned from one injury to the other and this black and white fashion statement is going back to the closet, likely for good.
The Nike Fall Premier Dress was bound to be one of fashion hits at the US Open, bringing contrasts of black and white, with the dark color-blocks featuring perforations that are both functional and visually-appealing. However, just as the US Open was about to start, Maria Sharapova announced that she would not play in New York, extending her leg injury layoff that started after Wimbledon.
The Russian finally returned to the tour at the end of September, with the US Open dress as her clothing of choice, but unfortunately she did not return to the winning and injury-free ways. At the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, playing her first match in almost three months, Sharapova retired during the third set of her opener against Barbora Strycova, citing a left forearm injury, so her Wuhan campaign lasted only 2 hours and 42 minutes.
Truth be told, some previous Sharapova's US Open dresses never even got that much exposure, like these two lovelies intended for the 2008 US Open. In 2013 Masha also had to skip the US Open, but then her ink stain print dress was worn by Eugenie Bouchard.
Sharapova has assured us that her injury is nothing serious and that she's focused on the upcoming Fed Cup and WTA Finals in Singapore. The tennis fashionista has never worn her US Open dress at the season-ending championships, always promoting Nike's winter designs. She may decide to make an exception this time, but I doubt. I think the life of this dress has expiried, unfortunately.