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Entries in Venus Williams (31)

10:17PM

US Open Day 3: Wayward Braids, Cramps, and Ugly Wins

Here's something I hadn't seen before... Caroline Wozniacki lost a point because her racket got stuck in her hair! Guess that's the risk you take when you have such pretty, long hair. She bravely tried to play the point, (I say brave because that could have hurt!), but failed. She won the match anyway. 

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12:37AM

US Open 2014 Fashion Hits and Misses

I've been moaning a lot about how boring tennis fashion has been this year to the point I didn't even bother to review Wimbledon, (they banned coloured undershorts and I gave up). So I'm grateful that the US Open is bringing it; I'd rather have ugly or wild fashions than boring, safe ones. With that in mind, let's start with Serena Williams.


Getty ImagesThis is a little Kim Kardashian pre Kanye, I have to admit. I think with leopard print you either love it and have scarves and pencil cases and shoes all covered in it, or you don't go anywhere near it. I am the latter. So while I like that Nike have done something different with this dress and I think the cut is nice, (if, like usual, too short), it's just not really me. But it IS Serena, and if anyone is going to pull off a leopard print tennis dress, it's her. So kudos to her for rocking the animal look with as much grace as she can, and paired with the pink it does come together. Now there was a blazer, but I'm going to be nice and pretend I never saw it. 

7/10

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7:43PM

US Open Day 1: Bees, Potty Mouths and Almost Upsets

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In a day of 'almost' upsets, Nick Kyrgios managed to pull one off over 32 year old veteran Mikhail Youzhny. The dangerous Aussie faced the 21st seed out on court 17, and from what I hear it was a great match, (I caught the end of the second set at 3am... and went back to sleep). After winning the first two sets, Kyrgios let his foot off the pedal enough to allow Youzhny to storm back and claim the third set 6-2, but Youzhny failed to serve out the fourth to take the match to a fifth. Kyrgios took his opportunities in the tiebreak, something he's becoming quite well known for. Another thing he's becoming known for? Emotional tirades. Kyrgios earned three code violations for hitting a ball out of stands and two audible obscenities... one more and he would have been disqualified. Kyrgios apologised on Twitter for his outbursts.

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7:45PM

Wimbledon Recap: Day 3

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Just as we were celebrating Victoria Azarenka's return to winning, she loses. Her three set loss to Bojana Jovanovski was a reminder of just how hard top players work day in and day out to get the wins expected of them. Spend a few months off due to an injury and the setbacks are enormous. Vika came off court "pissed off" (her own words) that she'd lost and somewhat impatient to get back to her best.
                        
"I have to be [hard on myself]," Azarenka said. "I have to be realistic. I cannot sit here and say it's all great, because there's no moving forward from there. I'm going to be hard on myself just because I want to be better. ... I want to go back to practice like tomorrow, maybe even today. That's it... Im ready to work."
          
It's a good thing - compare her determined attitude to that of Sloane Stephens complacency and it explains why one of them is a Grand Slam winner and the other is fading out.

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8:01PM

Venus Williams and Tomas Berdych Get Naked

ESPN Mag's 2014 Body Issue is almost out and last night they released pictures of none other than Venus Williams and Tomas Berdych. The feature includes quotes from both stars... but I think we all are just interested in what these two look like without their kit on. And let me tell you, both of them look pretty damn fine. Check out the nude shots after the cut (NSFW). ESPN's Body Issue comes out July 11. 

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7:14PM

Roland Garros Recap: Day 4

AFPSerena Williams suffered her worst ever defeat at Grand Slam level in terms of games won and it was the earliest exit for a defending champion since 2005. Her vanquisher was Garbine Muguruza, who is having a great year after winning her first ever WTA title in Hobart and reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open. Serena admitted nothing was working for her on-court, but gave full credit to her opponent. She even joked that her outfit was to blame. “I am never going to wear green in Paris again.” This comment confused me a bit... surely that dress is yellow??!!

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10:40PM

Australian Open Day 1 Roundup

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Venus Williams was in a knock-down, drag-out fight with the #22 seed Ekaterina Makarova (the woman who took out her sis Serena in the 4th round in 2012).  She battled fiercely, but in the end she made one too many errors and was knocked out the Australian Open in 3 sets.  Here is the *slightly* silver lining.......the consensus on her dress (via Twitter) was two thumbs WAY up and we will get to see more of it because she is still in the doubles draw with Serena.

On the flip side, Tomas Berdych started his AO campaign with a fairly easy 3 set win, but even with the win, all people could talk about was his H&M kit. I thought he would be wearing some of his signature gear from his collection but instead we got this: 

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