Sunday, September 10, 2006

Congrats, Maria! Tennis's New Girly Girl

MARIA SHARAPOVA slaughtered JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE (6-4, 6-4) Saturday to win the U.S. Open. After watching burly, she-males like LINDSAY DAVENPORT and MONICA SELES rule the courts for so long, it's so much fun to see a girly 19-year-old like Maria take center court. Here's Maria posing with her trophy (above) and happily imitating fashion idol AUDREY HEPBURN ("Funny Face"). Nike custom-made Audrey-like outfits for the spokesbabe, including her final, all-black, tennis dress, which included a round collar, black bow around the waist and even crystals for "sparkle"! She accessorized it with her usual gold, dangly earrings and a black bow in her hair. Maria reportedly ripped out pages from fashion magazines and showed them to the senior product designer for Nike, who used them as inspiration to create the looks. Her selections added up to a style that was "classic Givenchy." "The look of it was basically like a little black dress for going out on the town," Maria told the NY Times. "Night matches in New York are kind of the 'it' thing, so you can do something a little more crazy and extravagant and get away with it." Yay, tennis is girly again!


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