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Style Seeds: Queens of Adidas (Ana vs. Caroline)

The resident Princesses of Adidas may share similar tennis prowess, but in style, they couldn’t be more different. Who will be crowned this week? Only you can decide.

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| Sydney |

The 2013 “Season of the Diaper” at the hands of Stella McCartney reclaimed its on-court calling at the Apia International Sydney where Danish roadrunner Wozniacki began her quest for domination Down Under. Inspired by Stella’s own miracle dress, an optical illusion figure hugging red carpet creation, Wozniacki’s Adidas Women’s Stella McCartney Fall Dress Ink combined color blocking, multi-straps, spandex inserts and the kitchen sink.

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| Auckland |

Fashion Disclaimer: Prepare to see an astounding amount of blue. Serbian sensation Ivanovic began her 2014 campaign in stunning fashion at the ASB Classic in Auckland, claiming what would be the first of her four titles (her best effort since 2008). Ivanovic defied an 1-8 head-to-head against Venus Williams in the final clad in 2013’s Adidas Women’s Fall Adizero Dress featuring mesh inserts and hi-res red color accents.

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| Australian Open – Indian Wells |

It seems only appropriate that the sunshine girl of the WTA Tour should sport her signature shade. And what’s more appropriate under the Aussie sun than solar blue and glow orange? Stella’s Adizero two-teir frilled dress incorporated a unique waterfall mesh design with mesh insets and sheer back, held securely in place by seatbelt straps and built in sports bra. Sportswear technology – check.

Pleasing to the eye? Well, you decide.

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| Australian Open – Doha – Dubai – Indian Wells – Monterrey |

Ana Ivanvovic’s Adizero dress for the 2014 Australian Open featured an opaque geometric back with cowl neck draping and peekaboo orange accents. It appeared a whopping nine times in 2014, which explains why I’ve featured it twice this week.

Seriously Adidas, up your style game.

Following her New Zealand success, Ivanovic made headlines after a surprise win over top seed Serena Williams en-route the the quarterfinals. But not even an ajde-fistpump-twirl could maintain her focus in the next round, where she fell to forever rising star Genie Bouchard in a topsy-turvey three setter.

The dress did provide more on-court success on the hardcourts of Abierto Monterrey Afirme in Mexico, where Ivanovic claimed her second title, beating her Style Seeds rival in the semifinals.

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| Doha – Dubai – Monterrey – Madrid |

Wozniacki transitioned from sunshine yellow to cool shades of mint for the Middle Eastern leg of her season. Though an opening round defeat to Yanina Wickmayer at the Qatar Total Open and a semifinal drubbing to Venus Williams in Dubai weren’t the most fruitful efforts, her Stella McCartney separates comprised of a Barricade tennis tank with cheetah print in joy green (ironic much?) with two-tiered tennis skort in fresh aqua, complete with the Adidas Women’s Stella McCartney Barricade tennis shoe in matching shades of fresh aqua and white, kept her firmly in reach of a style victory.

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| Miami |

Both Adidas girls sported shades of black at the Miami Open. For the first time in what feels like decades Ivanovic actually deigned to don separates. Released from her blue dress captivity, her tank and skort duo was directly tied with the newly relaunched ClimaChill line introduced by Adidas for specific heat ventilation.

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Showcased in a variety of shades, from solar blue, glow, glow orange and vivid berry, the tank offered an ideal solution to the heavy south eastern heat and humidity.

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| Stuttgart – Madrid – Rome – Birmingham |

Ivanovic’s slam Adizero dress made another appearance on the clay courts of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, the Mutua Madrid Open and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The Serb compiled a 11-3 match win record on the dirt, losing a thriller to “Claypova” in Stuttgart (but getting revenge two weeks after) and falling victim to the wrath of Serena Williams in the semifinals of Rome, in the very dress she’d worn to defeat her at the Australian Open.

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| Roland Garros – Eastbourne |

Wozniacki chose slam separates from the Adidas Women’s Stella McCartney line for Roland Garros, transitioning the outfit onto the lawns of the Aegon International in Eastbourne. Her Barricade Seamless tennis tank in white and universe gray complete with matching Barricade skort in signal green complimented both clay and grass courts perfectly. Her favoured Adidas Women’s Stella McCartney Barricade Shoe arrived updated for summer in a unique fresh aqua and joy orange colorway.

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The Roland Garros On Court Tennis Dress for Ivanovic (yes it was another blue dress with orange accents) incorporated innovative ClimaCool technology from the creatives at Adidas. Featuring an asymmetric shoulder strap design with accent baby blue panel complete with opaque back featuring a multicolored elastic tape motif worked well against the clay. Ivanovic maneuvered the courts in CC Adizero Tempaia III tennis shoes updated in white and night blue.

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| Wimbledon – Istanbul – Cincinnati |

The lawns of Wimbledon saw an all-white affair from the Adidas Women’s Stella McCartney Barricade line. There’s few things a designer can do to revamp a classic white outfit, but with double layer mesh fabric, a peplum skirt and interlocking cut-out back, Wozniacki’s fashion foray looked every inch the modern “little white dress.” She also showed off the design at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup, where she took her first title of the season with a straight sets win over Italy’s Roberta Vinci in the final.

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Wimbledon offered little success for the Serb, as she fell in the third round to grass court specialist, Sabine Lisicki. Her simple Adizero dress with tiered bubble hem added just the right amount of sophistication to the lawn, complete with CC Adizero Tempaia III tennis shoes pristine in white and black.

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| Montreal – New Haven |

Wozniacki alternated her Adidas Women’s Stella McCartney warmup shirt in both a vibrant terra orange shade and classic white between the Rogers Cup and her beloved Connecticut Open in New Haven, all in the lead up to the last major of the year. It’s rare to see the women of the WTA Tour opt for shorts on-court, but there’s something rather charming about the curve hemmed ones, however polarizing they may be outside of the fashion realm.

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| Stanford – Montreal – Cincinnati – Wuhan – Linz |

Think pink. At least that’s what Ivanovic did for the last leg of her 2014 season. Frankly anything that doesn’t remotely resemble a shade of blue is fine in my book.

The Adidas Adizero fall dress in bold pink (no kidding) perfectly complimented Ivanovic’s boisterous on-court personality. Built with ClimaCool technology, the dress featured an open-back design with a high bib neck adorned with matte crystals. Ivanovic paired the design with her go-to CC Adizero Tempaia III tennis shoes, this time in a complimentary bold pink and core white colorway.

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| US Open – Wuhan |

Wozniacki defined her 2014 season under the glitz and glamor of Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, reaching her second Grand Slam final on the same hallowed court that took her to her first in 2009. Unfortunately for her, the World No. 1 and ultimate BFF was hungry to prove doubters wrong following a difficult season. Though she only mustered six games (which is pretty good by anyone’s standards against a determined Serena Williams) she walked away with a paycheck of nearly $1.5 million, and the respect of her contemporaries. On-court she debuted the Adidas Women’s Stella McCartney Barricade dress that featured a unique asymmetric peplum panel in deep red, contrasted against a bodice in the Adidas sake shade. Wozniacki teamed the look with Adidas Women’s Stella McCartney Barricade shoes given the delicate colorway of poppy pink and soft powder.

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| US Open – Tokyo – Beijing – Singapore |

The Adidas Adizero fall dress Ivanovic donned during the lead up to the US Open arrived midnight-match ready in a slick palette of black. Ivanovic paired the look with CC Adizero Tempaia III tennis shoes in vivid mint and black and matching interval sweatband. Though she under-performed on the last leg of her 2014 journey the knowledge of a Top 5 finish – the first since 2008 – an impressive 58-17 win/loss record, ten Top 10 wins and four titles will be enough to comfort the Serb during the off-season.

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The feminine McCartney aesthetic was fully realized during Wozniacki’s Asian swing, leading up to the WTA Finals in Singapore. In a fruitful year that saw a 49-19 win/loss match compilation, a dominant hardcourt showing, a second major final, a return to the world’s Elite 8 and a clean sweep of her round robin group, Wozniacki bowed out the only way she knew how – to BFF Williams in one of the matches of the year. Under the lights of the Singapore stadium Wozniacki, clad in a ginger and soft powder version of her US Open garb fought tooth and nail to prolong her 2014 season.

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About Christopher Prince (36 Articles)
Fashion writer by day, tennis reporter by well also day but it's night given the time difference. You know when you wake up like dis, and you're flawless? Yeah that's me. @cosmicvoices

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