Surveying Shanghai

Monday, October 07, 2013 /by
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Maria Sharapova said it herself in addressing Elle magazine: The fashion stakes are high at this Australian Open, which supplies the 2015 tennis season's first grand stage to make a style statement. Without further ado, here are the Spin's favorite court-couture wonders, or something short of that. (Related blunders—and sartorial aces and faults both from the Aussie's male competitors—will follow soon here.)

Sharapova's sleek, form-fitting Nike dress nets her our Best Dressed award at this year's opening Grand Slam event. Not so sure about those undershorts, though.

Serena Williams has her work cut out for her to win this major yet again, and she's fixing to do it in fine fashion, with breathable, utterly wearable Nike pieces. It's a casual and simple look, but it works for her purposes: Speak quietly style-wise at this Slam and wield a really big stick.

Even Eugenie Bouchard, when controversially asked to "twirl" by a male presenter on court after an Australian Open victory, said Serena's look is the best. (That's funny, as the younger Williams sister is basically sporting the reverse colors of Bouchard's own look.)

While we're on the subject of Canada's Genie, the future's bright for that one. So is her style sense, which finds her in Nike's striking pink set against Melbourne's blue courts.

Venus Williams supplies a refreshing breather from the fluorescent assault on this Aussie Open. Her EleVen by Venus dress's tones are great together and when pressed against her skin tone.

If you blinked, you missed the overly hyped Ana Ivanovic at this first Grand Slam event of the season. And that's too bad, as her Adidas halter-plus-skirt look deserves kudos.

Camila Giorgi looks comfy and cool in her collared tank and belted shorts, even if her father, Sergio, has a delusional view of the pecking order in tennis and a disregard for tact.

Purple is Adidas' thing early this season, and as it's your loyal Spin keeper's favorite color, it's hard not to like Simona Halep's attire at this major. And thank goodness, as this is how the WTA Tour's No. 3 star should look.

Blue and orange are thoroughly complementary colors, and Asics seems to understand that fully in outfitting Coco Vandeweghe, who upset Samantha Stosur in the latter's home Slam.

That's not to say Stosur wasn't radiant in a similar Asics look. She was. But she also appeared whelmed by the moment and her opponent in another desultory loss for her Down Under.

Somehow Petra Kvitova looks at home in this kit from Nike, whereas the likes of Sabine Lisicki, Sara Errani, Caroline Garcia, and others seem uncomfortable or poorly paired with the dress or its companion two-piece version.

Another deft fashion touch from Lacoste, which puts Dominika Cibulkova in a dress that complements her figure and provides just the right slivers of brightness.

There's not much to say about Yanina Wickmayer's attire, but she earns style points for her Thanasi Kokkinakis impression in falling down upon upending Errani.  

Wherefore art thou, Angie? It's too bad, really, that Angelique Kerber was bounced in round one, as her pop of orange really set the tone for Adidas styles at the season's opening major.

Ekaterina Makarova doesn't get a lot to work with in Lotto, but she sure makes the most of it. The woman is simply elegant.

Who's your own best dressed among the ladies competing for Aussie Open titles? Who did the Spin miss? Granted, style can be subjective. Stay tuned for our women's fashion faults from Melbourne, coming soon.

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