NYC Round Up – Cilic Wins 1st Slam; 100 titles for the Bryans & more

In an unlikely turn of events at the US Open, two players who had never made it to a Grand Slam final found themselves taking the stage to battle on Monday.

Cilic_Win_1Croatian sensation and Head player, Marin Cilic closed out an amazing two week run by defeating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in a routine win. With 17 aces and 35 winners, Cilic saved 8 of the 9 break points he faced and played like he belonged at the top. The 25 year old credited his win to all of his hard work and his team, including former Wimbledon Champion, Goran Ivanisevic. Nishikori also had a tournament to be proud of, left his heart on the court but just didn’t have enough to put away the big hitting Cilic on Monday.

On the women’s side of things, off court besties, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki faced each other in the finals. Serena proved to be too strong again and was running Wozniacki all over the court — even her marathon training wasn’t enough to upset the number one seed. Serena captured her 6th US Open title and 18th Grand Slam title to add to her impressive resume.

The Bryan Brothers hit 100 titles last weekend at the Open taking the men’s doubles, while  the Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, long time Fed Cup partners, captured the Women’s doubles title.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already missing the tennis…good thing we have some Davis Cup action to look forward to this weekend!

Play with heart,

Michelle

Why I’m rooting for Caroline Wozniacki

Truth be told, I have never been a big fan of Caroline Wozniacki. Mostly because I found her style of play to be boring and I couldn’t relate to her passive tennis. I always found myself critiquing the fact that she didn’t seem to have a weapon besides her consistency. Until recently.

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Maybe it was the break up with Rory or the fact that she is training for the NYC marathon. Or maybe she is just maturing into her game and building a more offensive style. Whatever it is, I am loving this new Wozniacki and here’s why:

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US Open Gear Check: Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki is going into the US Open this year in top form. She clinched her first round match against Ying-Ying Duan 6-2, 7-5 and next up for Caroline is Chanelle Scheepers. Let’s take a look at what Caroline’s gear is for the US Open this year.

Caroline Wozniacki  in action during the US Open  - photo by Cynthia Lum

Caroline Wozniacki in action during the US Open – photo by Cynthia Lum

Her look: Caroline is looking sharp in hues of blue in her adidas Stella McCartney Fall Ink Dress. Her Stella Barricade 8s (in navy) match perfectly — these durable, stylish shoes are quick on the court and provide great traction combined with stability. They received high marks in our playtest and we love the look of these! She tops off her look with an adidas visor to help shield the NY sun.

Her equipment: Controversy has swirled around Caroline’s current racquet of choice as she is playing with a blacked out frame at the moment — if you take a closer look, I think you can figure out what 16×19 frame she has decided to use as her weapon of choice this year at the Open. Her blacked out frame is accessorized with Yonex Super Grap over grip in white and pink Yonex dampeners. Since she is not with a current racquet sponsor, she is sure to be seen toting around all of her gear in the Stella McCartney Bag.

Hope you are enjoying all of the tennis and if you want a closer look at any of the player’s gear — be sure to let us know!

Play with heart,

Michelle, TW