Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Plea

Courtesy of Women Who Serve:

Ah, Vika's pink-and-battleship-gray dress... it's been the subject of debate and, well, yes, a little ridicule in this spot for the past few weeks. Remember the "glory days" when Azarenka burst onto the slam-winning scene, bucking tennis fashion tradition by sporting a pair of white shorts in Melbourne that proved that she was not only a champion, but an athlete with a one-of-a-kind funky style and a mind of her own?

She's still great, and has shown many sides since then. But, oh, those were the days when she looked the part, too.

Click here for Diane Dees' plea to Nike on behalf of Vika... and, all in all, the rest of us who like our Vika standing out for all the right reasons, and not one that you have to strain to try to overlook. Heehee.

All for now... but the battle rages on.


Blogger 224jax said...

I did not realize Serena had been cited for foot faults in this match. I watch Azarenka matches without sound (no matter what). I do not hear commentary or calls. I sacrifice the talking so that I can block out the high pitched, distracting screams. I wonder do the transcribers include the screams in their closed captioning?
I guess I am more hung up on her screaming than what she is wearing.

I realize the point you are making is that the dress Azarenka wore was fugly. I agree !!! The color nor the style was flattering to her or anyone else.

Each time Serena and Azarenka changed sides the influence of the wind became apparent. Every female playing in the U S Open this year probably could have benefited from wearing shorts. The wind seemed to create distractions as well as havoc for all players without respect of person.

Nike missed the mark with the battleship gray...on everyone.

Tue Sep 10, 03:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Venus (who designs her own outfits) and Giorgi (whose mother does it for her) have the right idea. Nike seems to be willing to focus on a certain style for sine if the men's players, but the women -- where creativity/fashion could be utilized even more -- seem to be ignored when it comes to that. I don't know how many times I've seen two top-ranked women's players wearing essentially the same -- if not exactly the same -- attire, and it's really a lost opportunity. You'd think Nike would realize that. Apparently not. :(

Tue Sep 10, 04:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Diane said...

Addidas is all over Nike when it comes to design, though they don't always pair the right dress with right player. Lacoste is wonderful, but they also don't always pair the player with outfit.

Tue Sep 10, 05:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

thought you'd enjoy this:


Tue Sep 10, 08:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...


Good comment: Vika is transforming into a superheroine in front of our eyes (notice the Batman-like logo on her chest?).

"Bad" comment: Vika just caught a glimpse of herself in the reflection of a camera lens. :)

Tue Sep 10, 09:50:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jo shum said...

vika vika vika!
shorts shorts shorts!
we want funky style and not barbie doll!

nika should ride on chris evert's comment on vika, and develop a 'street fighter' line.

Wed Sep 11, 12:58:00 AM EDT  
Blogger jo shum said...

actually thinking of how the women tennis has evolved in last 2 years is incredible. from no steady no.1 to a triangular hold of top 3, and now likely top 2. how serena bounced back and vika catching up. how everyone is bashing WTA to now seeing excitement in match prediction. and the way no. 1 and 2 develop such a nice off court friendship. it is actually ironic, when has serena been friendly to anyone except venus genuinely? i feel that if she has a younger sister, vika would be the adopted one. and because now serena is being so much loved as the legend, vika benefits from serena's approval too, media has turned around quickly to warm up to her after AO disaster just 8 months ago. i thought espn was pretty nice to devote the first video on vika after the final. http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/9651045/2013-us-open-serena-williams-battles-wind-victoria-azarenka-fifth-us-open-championship

Wed Sep 11, 06:41:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

I like the "Street Fighter" line idea... someone should really consult all of us on these things, you know? :D

Ha! Yeah, it's funny that the one reporter there talks about Vika's "great sports(wo)manship," considering you almost felt like anyone associated w/ ESPN who said that eight months ago might have been fired. :)

I think she's earned some respect after taking all the shots in Australia, taking the title, then going on to to defeat Serena twice and prove to be her best/only real consistent competition on tour.

Wed Sep 11, 01:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jo shum said...

Yea but that's earning it the real hard way, good thing though she doesn't care that much. I still think the media wouldn't like to embrace her naturally if not her performance has forced them to recognize that she is not going away. And redfoo definitely has positive impact on her in opening up in communication to media.

Thu Sep 12, 12:05:00 AM EDT  

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