Aussie Open 2014 In Review

When the Aussie Open began two weeks ago, I don’t think anyone expected Na Li and Stanislas Wawrinka to be the champions. In becoming such, they achieved something rare. Na Li is the first Asian winner of the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific and Wawrinka became the first person outside of “The Big Four” to win a Grand Slam title since Juan Martin Del Potro won the U.S. Open in 2009.  But this tournament was also rare because it taught us so much. Here’s what we learned from the Aussie Open 2014:

1. No one is invincible Seeds fell early as upsets abounded this year. Novak Djokovic’s loss to eventual champion Wawrinka was the most notable upset on the men’s side as many had Novak tapped to win his fourth consecutive and fifth overall Aussie Open title. On the women’s side, favorite Serena Williams lost in the Round of 16 to Ana Ivanovic who was then upset by Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard. Sharapova and Radwanska lost to finalist Dominika Cibulkova and defending champion Victoria Azarenka lost to Radwanska.

2. There is beauty in simplicity The current trend among tennis clothing seems to be the busier the better, especially with Nike and their crazy shorts and tops. But Alize Cornet taught us a valuable lesson with her Lacoste dress: that more is not better.

CornetThis dress is simple yet pretty and I have to say, it’s one of my favorite outfits of the tournament. The sleeves are sheer mesh and add a little something special without being overpowering or distracting. Thank you, Lacoste for breaking from the outrageous and the neon to bring us this classy look.

Alize wants to know why Nike and Adidas have to go all crazy with their designs

Alize wants to know why Nike and Adidas have to go all crazy with their designs

3. The “hanger effect” can also happen in reverse You know the scenario. You see something on a hanger in a store and you fall in love with it. You take it to the dressing room and try it on but it just doesn’t look as good on you as it did on the hanger no matter how much tugging and readjusting you do. This is known as the “hanger effect.” But we learned at the Aussie Open this year that if it looks bad on the hanger, it might not look so bad on you. Case in point, Caroline Wozniacki’s Adidas by Stella McCartney dress.

Woz Aussie 14This didn’t look nearly as bad on Caro as I thought it would. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m still not a fan of it because it’s just too busy. And I’m also sad to announce that it’s now available in blue. Looks like we’ll be looking at this style until Roland Garros.

On the other hand, Flavia Pennetta’s Adidas by Stella McCartney outfit looked just as bad as I expected it to.

PennettaThis is a good look for no one.

4. Nike needs new designers The person who designed the high waisted skirt for women needs to be fired. The person who designed the multicolored striped shorts for men needs to be fired. Maria Sharapova needs to stop designing dresses that involve visible undershorts.

Strike 1

Strike 1

Strike 2

Strike 2

Strike 3

Strike 3

You're out! (Here's hoping)

You’re out! (Here’s hoping)

5. Back injuries blow Nadal was severely hampered by his second set back injury in the final and it’s a shame because it was shaping up to be a good match. But then he was out there sandbagging and Wawrinka’s play seemed to drop with Nadal’s and we had one very weird men’s final. And it wasn’t good in a weird way. Would Wawrinka have still won had Nadal been able to play at his normal level of sublime tennis? We’ll never know. Not only is the back one of the worst injuries you can sustain in tennis–I know from experience. You don’t realize how much you use your back in the sport until you injure it and every step and every swing hurts–but it made the men’s final far less exciting than it could have been and it denied Wawrinka the chance to really and truly celebrate his first Grand Slam title.

*All photos courtesy of AusOpen.com and TennisWarehouse.com

A Look at Caroline Wozniacki’s [future] Maybe Wedding

Happy New Year, readers! I hope 2013 finds you healthy, happy and parked in front of the TV watching lots of tennis!

Last week, rumors were swirling that young athletic power-couple, Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy, a.k.a. Wozzilroy, were engaged.  But on Friday, McIlroy’s people denied this rumor. Before the rumor was denied and Caroline was walking around Brisbane with a large sapphire and diamond ring on an appropriate finger, I got to thinking…she wears Adidas by Stella McCartney on the court so would she wear Stella McCartney on her wedding day?  So, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of Stella McCartney’s bridal designs.

Here is Madonna wearing a Stella McCartney design at her wedding in 2000.

Here is Madonna wearing a Stella McCartney design at her wedding in 2000.

And here is Kate Moss in a more modern Stella McCartney design at her wedding in 2011.

And here is Kate Moss in a more modern Stella McCartney design at her wedding in 2011.

Stella McCartney designed a dress for Nancy Shevell, her stepmother for her marriage to Paul McCartney, also in 2011.

Stella McCartney designed a dress for Nancy Shevell, her stepmother for her marriage to Paul McCartney, also in 2011.

And finally, these are some runway looks from the Stella McCartney bridal collection.

And finally, these are some runway looks from the Stella McCartney bridal collection.

Personally, I can’t see Wozniacki walking down the aisle in any of these looks.  But, since Wozzilroy is not engaged, we’ll have to wait even longer to see what she would wear.

In other tennis wedding news, Maria Kirilenko and beau, Alex Ovechkin are engaged! What will she wear???

*Photo credits, top to bottom: Serenity Moment, rte.ie, dailymail.co.uk, and Wedding Inspirasi

Published in: on January 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What Will Woz Wear?

It’s more than safe to say that Caroline Wozniacki has exhausted the Adidas by Stella McCartney collection that hit the court earlier this year. She has worn nearly every item in the collection from the pleated skirt with the sheer top to the pleated skirt with the drapey top to the ruffle dress.

Caroline Wozniacki, shown here at New Haven, in an Adidas by Stella McCartney pleated skirt, drape top and orange bra top. Courtesy Getty Images.

 

Wozniacki, shown here at Wimbledon, in the white ruffle dress from Adidas by Stella McCartney. Courtesy Getty Images.

 
 

  The new Adidas by Stella McCartney collection has arrived, just in time for the U.S. Open. And thank goodness for something new.  But these items are just not edgy enough for the U.S. Open.  Last year, Woz wowed fans and fashion critics alike with her gray sheath and bright yellow undershorts and bra top.  This year, the colors are so toned down it’s just not exciting.  The new collection is at least, for the most part, very feminine.  But most players like to wear something different for night and day matches in New York.  I just can’t see any of these items on the big stage in New York at night. 

So what exactly will Woz wear?  My guess, since she usually wears dresses at the majors (and separates at the smaller tournaments), is that she will wear the white dress in the collection.  The illusion of wearing two tops while really only wearing one has been a big trend this year…unfortunately.  I’m not a fan of the look but I like the rest of the dress and I know Woz can rock it.

New white Adidas by Stella McCartney dress. Courtesy Tenniswarehouse.com.

The other fashion diva whose dress I am looking forward to seeing is Maria Sharapova.  Her day dress has been released (I’m not a fan. The drab colors and the panel down the front are just odd to me.) but her night dress remains under wraps. 

Nike Maria Sharapova Ace Day dress. Courtesy Tenniswarehouse.com.

Both women play on Monday—assuming the tournament starts on time due to Hurricane Irene—so we don’t have to wait too long until Arthur Ashe turns into the catwalk.

Published in: on August 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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