The WTA year end championships begins today in Istanbul, Turkey, with the top 8 players competing in a round robin format. There are two groups (Red and White) of four players each, with the top two from each group moving into the semifinals. The Red Group is loaded up with world #1 Victoria Azarenka, red hot Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber (the tour’s leader in match wins this year), and Na Li. In the White Group, Maria Sharapova headlines with Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova and Sara Errani.
In other news…
–Venus Williams won her first title since February of 2010, defeating Monica Niculescu in the Luxembourg final 6-2 6-3 this past weekend. It’s her 44th career title, the second-most among active players behind only her sister Serena.
–Caroline Wozniacki won her 20th career title at the Kremlin Cup last week, defeating Samantha Stosur in a riveting final, 6-2 4-6 7-5. Caroline built up a 6-2 4-3 lead, but the Aussie came storming back, winning five straight games, winning the second set and taking an early lead in the 3rd. ‘Woz hung tough and battled back to take the deciding third set.
Stay tuned this week as the world’s best battle it out in Turkey for the year end championships! Thanks for reading!
Who doesn’t love a good tennis dress? They come in all different colors, sizes, shapes, and yes, even prices. Whether you are looking for a dress that one of your favorite pros is wearing or one that won’t break the bank, Tennis Warehouse has exactly what you are looking for.
For the frugal shopper, here are a couple dresses that will fit every budget. All these dresses are $50 and under and may only be here for a limited time. With brands such as Wilson, KSwiss, DTL, Fila, and Reebok, you have a plentiful variety to choose from.
Style and performance come together with dresses that are from $76 to $100. Nike, Lacoste, and Pure Lime show off fabulous dresses for every style of player. And with players like Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Samantha Stosur wearing these dresses out on court, you might even play like them (we can all dream, but that would be awesome!).
For those watching television and seeing pros like Maria Sharapova and want to dress just like them, these dresses are for you. With designs from Nike and Lacoste as well as brands with fabulous fabrics (see Tiffani’s blog) like Eliza Audley and Lija, these dresses shine on the court. All of these dresses are priced between $101-$125.
I believe one can never have too many tennis dresses. So make sure you load up on them for the fall season!
There have been some surprising results at the French Open this year. We just saw a big one on the men’s side (SPOILER ALERT!) with Soderling taking down Federer. This past weekend on the women’s side we also saw Samantha Stosur beat Justine Henin, whom many considered a favorite to win the tournament. I thought Henin would at least make a return to the finals of the Slam she owned before retiring in 2008. (She won it in ’03, ’05, ’06 and ’07.)
Now, we may not all be able to hit a kick serve like Stosur or rip a forehand with such panache, but we can get her Lacoste look. The Lacoste-sponsored women are wearing a navy color of the Spring Pleated Dress that we’re carrying. I like this dress for its simple beauty. It’s the little touches, like the faux snap placket and subtle pleats on the skirt, that make all the difference.
I was lucky enough to have a brief interview with Stosur earlier this year at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. If you missed it, check it out on our YouTube channel. We talked about her high level of fitness, and that’s sure to be a big help on the red clay where points can last seemingly forever.
We will now wait to see if we see Stosur through to the semis and finals at Roland Garros. Her next match-up is a tough one: Serena Williams.