In 2012 Vancouver-based brand Tonic launched their first tennis line in cooperation with Martina Hingis, the youngest Grand Slam champion of this era and the youngest top-ranked player, and now Tonic by Martina Hingis has been named Official Clothing Partner of the Southern California Open, the Premier-level tournament taking place July 27-August 4 at La Costa Resort and Spa.
Venus Williams shared with us her new EleVen design – a white dress for Wimbledon 2013. Personally, I find it the best EleVen and Wimbledon 2013 design so far. The shape of the skirt is perfect, it follows the body shape but is not too sporty, straight or tight, while the top is beautifully highlighted by the back with mesh inserts and stylish piping which adds visual interest to the dress and makes it memorable.
You can buy the dress at Tennis Warehouse, price: $88. It's officially called EleVen Women's Perfect Mesh Dress.
Reminder: Here's what Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams will be wearing at the grasscourt Grand Slam. (photo via Venus Williams' Facebook)
After double injury-marred 2012 and missing the first two months of the 2013 action, Andrea Petkovic has slowly climbed the rankings in recent months and has now reached the final of the Nurnberger Versicherungscup by defeating top seed Jelena Jankovic 6-4 6-3, the player who reached the semis with just 12 games lost. Petkovic has now won nine straight matches, including the five she won last week en route to an ITF title in Marseille.
At the new WTA stop, the players' last chance to play on clay before the action shifts entirely to grass, after beating Sofia Arvidsson in the first round, the current world No.103 Petkovic worked her way past two fellow Germans and seeded players No.4 Julia Goerges and No.8 Annika Beck, before bumping into Jankovic and taking her out in straight sets.
In Saturday's final, Petkovic will play seventh-seeded Simona Halep, who beat fifth-seeded Lucie Safarova 6-3 0-6 6-2. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)
After finishing runner-up at the 2013 French Open, Maria Sharapova is sitting out the Wimbledon lead-up period, but this time in the stands, supporting her boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov at the AEGON Championships. The Russian took a train to London and cheered for her new partner during his first-round victory over Dudi Sela on Monday, the first day of the tournament at Queens Club. Read more »
I don't remember it had ever before happened that all the major tennis commentators expected the same player to win a Grand Slam, but prior to this French Open all the predictions were united for world No.1 Serena Williams and they proved to be right – in the Saturday's high-quality final, the American continued her dominance over world No.2 Maria Sharapova, the second biggest favorite for the title, and lifted the Couple Suzanne Lenglen, for the first time since 2002. It is Serena's 16th Grand Slam and her head-to-head record against Sharapova is 14-2 now, not having lost to the Russian since 2004. Read more »
As expected, Serena Williams was absolutely ruthless against poor Sara Errani and the match can best be summed up by the fact that the Italian celebrated the winning of her first game, which happened in the tenth game of the encounter, as if she won at least the set. That game turned out to be the one and only game Errani won in the entire semifinal.
Who would have thought that Errani played the final of this same Grand Slam just last year! But anyone who faces Serena nowadays has a 90% chance to just hit the wall. Can you imagine, Serena hit 40 winners in the 46-minute match!
In the big championships match, Williams will face defending champion Maria Sharapova, who overcame Victoria Azarenka earlier in the day. Since the start of the tournament Williams and Sharapova have been by far the biggest favorites for the trophy. Will Sharapova be able to stop Serena? Considering Serena's dominance and the fact that she has not lost to the Russian since 2004, having beaten her in their last ten matches, Sharapova will need all the luck in the world. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)
In the first semifinal of the 2013 French Open, defending champion Maria Sharapova once again reminded us and herself that the days when she hated clay are long gone and the Russian worked her way past Victoria Azarenka on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Bombarding Azarenka with winners, Sharapova rocketed to a 6-1 lead in just 28 minutes, while her opponent forgot what it means to hold a serve. The second set opened with Azarenka winning her first service game of the match and after the first five games went with serve, Azarenka broke Sharapova for a 4-2 lead and then again in the eighth game to win the set. A short rain delay followed and when play was resumed, after two tight holds of serve and then two breaks for 2-2, Sharapova took her opponent's serve to lead 3-2 and from then on she slowly but surely, despite dropping serve and wasting four match points when serving for the match at 5-2, earned her place in the prestigious final with a 6-1 2-6 6-4 victory.
The action on Wednesday completed the semifinal line-up of the 2013 French Open, as Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka joined Serena Williams and Sara Errani, by the way all the representatives of Nike.
Defending champion Maria Sharapova was shockingly bageled in the first set by the revived Jelena Jankovic, but left the blowout behind her and went 5-1 up in the second set. Read more »