WTA Year end championships kick off in Turkey

World #1 Victoria Azarenka leads the pack into the WTA year end championships in Istanbul, Turkey

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 WTA title this past weekend since the beginning of 2010.

-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.

 

Caroline Wozniacki won her 2nd title of 2012 at the Kremlin Cup.

 

 

Stay tuned this week as the world’s best battle it out in Turkey for the year end championships!  Thanks for reading!

 

 

-AG

A Dress For Every Budget

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.

Dresses Shown (L to R): Wilson La Divine, KSwiss New Accomplish, DTL Crush Criss, Fila Fall Baseline, Reebok Spring Vibrance Statement

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.

Dresses Shown (L to R):: Jerdog Strands Twist, adidas Fall adiZero Feather, Sergio Tachini Shana, Tail Wild Card Exuberance, Bolle Spring Awakening

Between $51-$75, this category features dresses with brands such as Jerdog, adidas, Sergio Tacchini, Tail, and Bolle.  Take a look at all the different styles, colors, and cuts to choose from.

Dresses Shown (L to R): Lacoste Spring StripedNike Fall Set Point, Pure Lime Fall Colorblock, Lacoste Fall Tennis, Nike Fall Smash Hard Court

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!).

Dresses Shown (L to R):Nike Fall Maria Ace Lawn, Lija Neo Fuse Angle, Eliza Audley Color Guard, Lacoste Fall Pique Polo, Nike Fall Maria Ace Day

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!

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Brittany

Make the dirt fly!

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.)

Lacoste Spring Pleated Dress

Lacoste Spring Pleated Dress

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.

Happy hitting!
Tiffani, TW