Genie Bouchard back in the Semi’s

Genie Bouchard is back in the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament as she defeated Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-3. Bouchard becomes the first player since Dianara Safina in 2009, to qualify for a spot in the semifinals of the in the first three major tournaments (Australian open, French open & Wimbledon). Bouchard has progressed by leaps & bounds since a year ago. Entering the 2013 Wimbledon Tournament, the young Canadian was ranked No. 66 in the world; next week she will reach a world ranking of at least No. 8.  Bouchard is set to face Romanian, Simona Halep, who is ranked No. 3 in the world & is having a fabulous year as well. Below is a quote from Bouchard tweeted by Wimbledon’s official twitter account. Also take a look at the outfit Bouchard is wearing during the Wimbledon tournament. 


Genie Bouchard’s Gear

The Queen of Clay?

Maria Sharapova French Open Gear

Maria Sharapova has reached her third straight finals at Roland Garros after defeating 20 year old Canadian, Genie Bouchard, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.  Sharapova has won 19 of her last 20 matches at Roland Garros, her only loss came at the hands of Serena Williams in the finals last year. Sharapova is trying to relive some of the magic she found in 2012, after she marched through the field at Roland Garros & achieved the allusive career grand slam (wins at all of the major tournaments) and first title at the French Open.  Sharapova won the title in 2012 after defeating the crowd favorite & one of France’s own, Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-2.

Sharapova’s road to the finals this year drew clear after the World No. 1 & defending French Open Champion, Serena Williams, was upset in the 2nd round.  Before the tournament started, many fans had penciled in a Williams vs. Sharapova quarterfinals matchup.  That potential matchup could have been a gigantic hurtle to overcome for Sharapova, who is winless versus Williams since 2004 and holds a 2-16 career record against Serena.

The match between Sharapova and Bouchard for a chance at a finals berth was a clear example of Sharapova’s clay dominance. Sharapova has proved to be the “Queen of Clay” over the past 3 years, partly due to her charm and grace on and off the court, but particularity due to the impressive 53-4 record Sharapova holds on clay since 2010. Sharapova took her normal, not necessarily good, “slow start” approach to this match, dropping the first 6-4 to Bouchard. Sharapova battled back resiliently in the next two sets, fight off the 20 year old, 7-5 in a well contested 2nd set. In the 3rd set, Sharapova started to mix in her proven experience at grand slams to go along with her overall talent on the clay surface, asserting her dominance over the future star from Canada, 6-2 in the 3rd.

Sharapova will take on 22 year old & soon to be World No. 3, Romanian, Simona Halep in the finals on Saturday. Sharapova holds a 3-0 record versus Halep. These two last met in the finals of Madrid Open in early May in which Sharapova won 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.


Maria Sharapova French Open Attire

Genie Bouchard French Open Gear

Genie Bouchard French Open Gear

Genie Bouchard has emerged as one of tennis’ next stars. She not only brings a sense of youth to a sport in search of a future star, but through her sponsor, Nike,  Bouchard brings a great sense of style to the court. During the 2014 French Open, Bouchard has powered her way to a semifinals appearance where she will face Maria Sharapova. Bouchard, ranked 16th in the world, has now advanced to her second career Grand Slam semifinal.

The 20 year old Canadian, models some of her game after Maria Sharapova, fittingly, her outfit is from the Nike “Maria” Collection. The Nike Premier Maria Tank features a supportive built in bra in a fun contrast color, with a perforated mesh back for ultimate breathability. This top while being fitted in the bust has a body skimming aesthetic on the torso which is comfortable while playing in the summer months!

This tank is available in 3 fashionable colors; lilac, geranium and the go-to white! The Nike Maria Athlete Tank is also available in junior sizes! It can be purchased at your favorite tennis shop Midwest Sports!


Genie Bouchard’s Gear

Roger Federer’s French Open Gear

Roger Federer Post

Roger Federer is looking to collect his 2nd career French Open title in 2014. His style is casual and effortless, yet built to perform. The Nike Premier RF Crew is a high performance shirt constructed of a DRI-FIT heathered knit, with perforated armholes and back panel. Federer has gone away from his usual style which includes a collared polo. Federer is currently wearing a v-neck styled shirt. Elevate your game to the next level & look like the legend on the court!


Serena Stunned at Roland Garros

Serena Williams will be packing her bags earlier than expected as she was upset by 20 year old Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza in the 2nd Round of the French open, 6-2, 6-2.  The win over Serena marks the first in the modern era that the top 2 women’s seeds have been eliminated before the 3rd round.  Number 2 seed, Li Na, lost in the first round of the tournament yesterday to Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

Serena struggled the entire match, only winning four games which is the fewest games won by Serena in 288 grand slam matches. Although Serena played poorly throughout the match, she was impressed by Muguruza’s game telling her at the net, “if she keeps playing like this, she can win the tournament.”

Photo Credit: Corinne Dubreuil

Photo Credit: Corinne Dubreuil

Staff Picks!

First Edition of Staff Picks featuring Kacie!

Kacie’s top apparel pick this month that the fashion forward tennis star cannot miss out on is the Nike Premier Maria Tank.  This tank is being worn by the likes of WTA pro’s, Maria Sharapova and Genie Bouchard during the 2014 clay circuit including the French Open.

This top features a supportive built in bra in a fun contrast color, with a perforated mesh back for ultimate breathability.  Kacie’s favorite element of this product is the fit! This top while being fitted in the bust has a body skimming aesthetic on the torso which is comfortable while playing in the summer months!

This tank is available in 3 fashionable colors; lilac, geranium and the go-to white! The Nike Maria Athlete Tank is also available in junior sizes! It can be purchased at your favorite tennis shop Midwest Sports!

 

Photo Credit: Valentina Alemanno (Flickr Creative Commons)

Photo Credit: Valentina Alemanno (Flickr Creative Commons)

WTA Sony Open 4th Round Results

Women’s WTA 4th Round Results (March 24th, 2014)
Serena Williams defeats Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-1
Maria Sharapova defeats Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Petra Kvitova defeats Ana Ivanovic  3-6, 6-0, 6-0
Dominika Cibulkova defeats Venus Williams 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Agnieszka Radwanska defeats Elina Svitolina 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-2
Li Na defeats Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-2
Angelique Kerber defeats Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Caroline Wozniack defeats Vavara Lepchenko 6-0, 6-1

 

Serena Williams performs the splits during her 4th round match at the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Serena Williams performs the splits during her 4th round match at the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Photo Credit: Sony Open Tennis

Top Tennis Fashions – Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin del Potro

Player Photo Credit: Yann Caradec

At the 2012 French Open, Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro lost in the quarterfinals to Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 0-6, 6-3.  He definitely wasn’t afraid to stand out in this super-bright Nike Advantage Crew! Perfect for players with a bold sense of style, this neon yellow number pairs well with toned-down, grey Nike Gladiator Shorts, Nike Swoosh Bandana and player favorite, Nike Air Max Cage Tennis Shoes. Not into neon? The Nike Advantage Crew comes in a variety of colors and graphics to suit anyone looking for a great-quality shirt.

Top Tennis Fashions – Victoria Azarenka

Victoria-Azarenka

 

Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) lost to Australian tennis player Samantha Stosur at the 2013 Southern California Open, which bumped her from the #1 to #2 spot in the Womens Tennis Association rankings. Despite her loss, Azarenka looked as graceful as always in this winning outfit. She pulls together the always-versatile Nike Woven Pleated Skirt with the loose-fitted Nike Woven Tank for a casual, feminine look. We’ve chosen the Nike Advantage Tank for layering. It’s made of a Dri-FIT stretch jersey fabric and has a built in bra, making it a great layering piece or a one you can use on its own.

Wilson Juice 100 Tennis Racquet