Wild and Wacky Wednesday at Wimbledon!

I woke up early this morning excited to turn on Wimbledon and watch some live tennis. I quickly started hearing about all of the weird injuries and retirements of the day. Little did I know that the day to follow would quickly be one of the most epic days at Wimbledon and tennis history.


Photos by Cynthia Lum

As Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” is playing in my head, let’s re-cap what actually happened today at the All England Club.
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Spring into action with a new tennis dress

Ahhhh … don’t you love spring? It’s January, you say? Technically it is still winter, but the big tennis apparel lines have just come out. Yay, it’s time to check out the latest fashions!

All our favorite pros are going to be donning dresses once again. Let’s take a quick look at some of them.

Caroline Wozniacki in adidas by Stella McCartney

I am so happy to see adidas by Stella McCartney pieces in a bright color. This reddish color on the spring Tennis Dress is gorgeous, and I find this dress silhouette much more universally flattering than last year’s ballerina-inspired skirt. This one has a sportier cut, but it remains ultra feminine with its use of a lacy mesh. This dress is not for the wallflower. The back has a semi-sheer mesh panel, so you might want to pick up the matching sports bra to go with it. There’s also a matching shortie. For those who like classic white tennis apparel or play at clubs with restrictions on color, there is an all white version of the dress, too.

Maria Sharapova in Nike

For the Australian Open, Maria will be keeping cool in a mostly white ensemble. Color pops come at the tank straps and the slits on the sides and back. I think the slashes give the dress a sporty, aggressive look and appear to me as if the dress has been sliced during combat so Maria will be ready — apparel-wise at least — for her on-court battles. Maria is sure to look fierce on court in this slim fitting dress.

Ana Ivanovic in adidas adizero

One of my favorite things about adidas dresses lately is that they’re three-piece sets. The spring adizero dress comes as a set with a matching bra and compression short. The dress is available in white and a light orange called Ultra Bright to start with more colors coming out later this year. The reddish hue you see on both dresses is called Core Energy and will be a color you’ll see throughout the year. The dress is also is easy to wear with its flowy silhouette.

Serena Williams in Nike

Serena will wear blue on the blue courts of the Australian Open if all goes according to plan. The Rally Statement Dress in Mega Blue is form fitting through the torso to show off your tennis figure. My favorite design feature of this dress is how the fitted torso opens up into a pleated skirt. I like how pleats add movement to skirts and dresses. They’re feminine but don’t take away from the overall sporty feel of the dress.

Happy Hitting,
Tiffani, TW

Wimbledon. Place your bets, Part Deux!

If I know my audience (and I think I do), you’ve all been on pins and needles waiting for my blog on the women’s picks for Wimbledon (starts Monday, June 22). Well, the wait is over. Here are my predictions: (Again, please don’t take these odds to Vegas.) If you missed Part I, click here.


Fav: Serena Williams. They say the only thing that can cut a diamond is another diamond. So it goes with Serena, the only person that can beat a Williams is another Williams. Odds: 6-1
DH: Agnieszka Radwanska. Lost to eventual champion Kuznetsova in the 4th at Roland Garros. This could be her coming out party. Odds: 84-1

Fav: Svetlana Kuznetsova. Entering the Championships, she’s hotter than a stolen tamale. Made the win at the French finals look easy. Odds: 6-1
DH: Caroline Wozniacki. Dad’s a pro soccer player; mom’s a pro volleyball player. Mix those together, you get a pro tennis player?! Odds: 43-1

Fav: Victoria Azarenka. Admires Roger Federer, who’s not a bad person to admire when playing at Wimbledon. Odds: 15-1
DH: Maria Sharapova. This is the GDHOAT (Greatest Dark Horse of All Time). Odds on being the loudest shrieker: 2-1. Odds: 13-1

Fav: Venus Williams. 5 time champion. Her game was built for the green stuff. My “diamond” is going to cut Chris’ “diamond” in 3 sets in the final. Odds: 4-1
DH: Maria Kirilenko. Did you know she was in Sports Illustrated this year?! Oh, and she plays tennis too. Odds: 52-1

Fav: Dinara Safina. Questions, questions. The world #1 has a big game for the grass, but can she string together 7 matches to win her first Grand Slam? Can she shake off the let down at the French Open a few weeks ago? Can she finally go past the 3rd round? Is her brother really Marat Safin? Odds: 11-1
DH: Ana Ivanovic. Speaking of #1, the former world #1 has been disappointing so far in 2009. If her game and knee holds up, she can go far. I wouldn’t sleep on this sleeper. Odds: 27-1

So there you go, the picks have been made, my opinions, voiced. All that’s left to do now is watch and see who’s going to owe whom a beer.

Check back during the tournament for my thoughts on certain matches and anything else to do with The Championships.

Jason, TW

** Editors Note: Due to late breaking news that the #1 seed, and my pick to win, Rafael Nadal is not going to play due to tendonitis, I was forced to make a scramble pick.
New Fav: Andy Roddick. I’m digging the improvement he’s made to his game and it’s perfect for Wimbledon. His serve scares everyone not named Federer and he is moving a lot better. Chant it with me now, USA! USA! USA! Odds: 10-1.