Sharapova downs Mattek Sands to progress


Maria Sharapova

Debuting her Nike Premier Tunic Dress, Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 victory over always-colorfully-dressed Bethanie Mattek Sands.

The third-seeded Sharapova made nine double faults and 28 unforced errors, while her percentage of first serves was just 53. From an initial 4-0 lead, Sharapova gave Mattek Sands a chance to break back and approach her with two straight games won, but Sharapova kept the lead and took the set.

Bethanie Mattek Sands

At 4-4 in the second set Sharapova earned a crucial break on her opponent’s double fault and soon wrapped up victory in the late but still hot match. (photos via Australian Open)


  1. Hey Marija! The tunic dress seemed more a dress than a tunic the way Maria was wearing it… If you compare it to the model of tennis warehouse, I think Maria chose to make it a little longer or wear a size bigger….

  2. Liz, I also noticed that! It looks like a regular dress on her and the shorts are not as dominant as I thought they would be. It’s a bit of a disappointment, though. It’s not that edgy.

  3. I was actually going to make the same comments, then I didn’t thinking I’d be nitpicking too much. Lol! But yeah… Maria was my last “hope” for the Nike collection. It looked a lot more daring in the promo pics. After seeing Serena’s, Vika’s and then Maria’s kits, I was thoroughly disappointed by Nike. They all look nice, but none of them are very memorable or refreshing.

  4. Zech, Nike is marketed better and has a wider range of clothes and more variety, but Adidas has had better designs for a long time, in my opinion.


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