The Australian Open presents a chance for the world’s best players to get it right at the outset. Suffice it to say, though, that not everyone has his or her head in the style game. Paired with this year’s opening-major fashion aces, here are the relative faults among fashions in Melbourne. They are notably fewer so, in a word, rejoice.
Caroline Wozniacki termed her first-round loss a “pretty sh*tty start to the season.” That’d be a harsh way to frame her dress at this Aussie Open, but it still disappoints. What we want from Woz in Oz (and in Adidas) is a statement piece. We are so rarely seeing that anymore, maybe once every couple years. She’s too much of a celeb-friending, globe-trotting fashion away from the court to not look outstanding every time she’s on it.
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2016
In her own EleVen by Venus garb, Venus Williams appeared dressed in a painting, albeit not in a grand way. It looked like a pile of spots plopped down among each other, and the color tones weren’t memorable, as with her 2016 Melbourne experience. Despite that, the fit was complementary. One hopes that Venus resurrects her style games in Paris to deliver something on par with her ballyhooed can-can dress of yesteryear.
The Nike-sponsored Nick Kyrgios couldn’t seem to find comfort in his own skin at this Aussie Open. He chided a chair umpire over music allegedly coming from the crowd, felt pressure as the most talked-about homegrown star in the Post-Hewitt Era, and put one tank-top under another. None of it worked. It all made him look small.
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) January 22, 2016
Mona Barthel’s garish doilies and grandmotherly floral prints continue their reign in her wardrobe. So many unforced errors from Denise Cronwall’s designs to date.
— Ace A La Te (@acealate) January 20, 2015
Jelena Jankovic’s jarring yellow frock from Fila dared to out-bumblebee Serena Williams … and it succeeded. As a reprieve to the eyes of many, in person and on TV, JJ got stung by Laura Siegemund in round 2.
— Bobo Kovač (@bobo_supportsJJ) January 19, 2016
Then there’s Serena. Steady Spin readers likely noted she wasn’t among our AO fashion aces, which can only mean she lands here. And here’s the rub: Her yellow is fine. Flaunting that belly-button ring is fun. The concept of a crop-top can be frisky and loud in its own way. What’s wrong is the cut of that crop. It does in the entire look.
Blame it on the kit: After a certain point (or six), Garbine Muguruza didn’t look like she wanted to be in Melbourne anymore. Perhaps she was just done wearing two pleasant shades of sherbet.
The Baller Known as Sveta loves her some Michael Jordan, as evidenced by the logo on her bandanna. That said, Svetlana Kuznetsova’s Qiaodan look would’ve worked on its own periwinkle-and-pink merits. You’ve got to fault those New Balance shoes in gray and orange, though. Among all unforced errors, she doesn’t escape that one.
— FOX SPORTS News (@FOXSportsNews) January 20, 2016
YOUR TURN: Fancy yourself a fashionista? Sound off below as to who also didn’t make the cut, or who should’ve been saluted among the sartorial aces sized up on court.
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