Before next week’s ATP fashion face-off, the bragging rights for Queen Minion must be addressed. With both girls donning the Nike designs of Queen Bee, Maria Sharapova, it’ll be interesting to see who wore it best in this sartorial saga.
Who will reign victorious? The forever rising star Genie Bouchard, or the low key (pun intended) Madison Keys?
| Hopman Cup – Brisbane – Sydney |
Bouchard took one for the team Down Under, participating in the Hopman Cup with fellow Canadian Milos Raonic. The fourth seeded team went 2-1 in round robin play, with Genie cleaning up victories over Aussie Sam Stosur and Italy’s Flavia Pennetta. Dressed in last season’s peplum Nike Winter Premier Maria Tank in violet frost with matching perforated high waist skort in midnight fog, she looked every inch the on-trend style maven.
Madison kickstarted her New Year on the Aussie hardcourts of both the Brisbane International and the Apia International Sydney. The latter proved to be more successful, with an opening round straight sets win over future No. 2 Simona Halep leading to a semifinal finish. She broke the style code, sporting Nike’s main line during her 2014 debut (minus Style Seeds points), pairing shades of purple with a flared skirt and speckled spring tank.
| Australian Open – Doha – Dubai – Acapulco – Indian Wells |
Bouchard’s poor Sydney showing did little to harm her form leading up to the first Grand Slam of the season. To start what would quickly become a breakthrough year, the Canadian reached her first major semifinal at the Australian Open, knocking off World No. 1 Serena Williams’ conqueror, Ana Ivanovic, before a thumping at the hands of eventual champion, Li Na. Her Nike Spring Premier Maria Tank in gamma blue featuring Sharapova’s signature racerback style and keyhole cutout with corresponding skort divided opinions. For someone without Sharapova’s physique, I can see how it could be a challenge to pull off a high waisted “spiral granny curtain.”
| Miami |
Keys kept things in the blue during the spring American hardcourt season, and at the Miami Open. Wearing a Nike Spring Premier Maria Tank in glacier ice that riffed on the style lines of Sharapova’s Aussie tunic, the young American avoided a high-waisted disaster, instead opting for a pleated woven skirt in a contrasting shade of green abyss.
| Charleston – Estoril – Madrid – Rome – Nurnberg – Strasbourg |
The clay courts of the Family Circle Cup, Mutua Madrid Open and Internazionali BNL D’Italia leading up to Paris served as style playgrounds for the Nike Summer Premier Maria collection, with both girls sporting fresh hues of white, silver and red violet. Madison’s Nike Lunar Ballistec’s in an offset colorway of chrome and neon yellow were particular Style Seeds stand outs.
| Roland Garros – Birmingham – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – Eastbourne |
Genie’s Roland Garros journey halted at the hands of her maker in the semifinals. Sharapova’s three-set victory lead to her fifth major title, but for Genie it was yet another step in the right direction. Rivaling her opponent’s pink perforated tunic, Bouchard unabashedly sported a full geranium pink and atomic orange get-up with Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour’s updated in a shocking pink colorway for clay contrast.
| Wimbledon |
A first Grand Slam final can either be a daunting prospect or a stadium in which to shine. For Eugenie Bouchard, it was, unfortunately, the former that snatched her hopes of emulating Sharapova’s victory on the manicured lawns of Wimbledon. And she suffered the same fate as Sharapova did in 201,1 against the brutally powerful Czech, Petra Kvitova. In crisp shades of white – duh! – Genie cut a classic figure pairing a kick pleated Nike Summer Premier Maria Skirt and matching tank with silver accents.
| Montreal – Cincinnati – New Haven |
The transition to the fall American hard court season saw both Genie and Madison in complimentary shades of fuchsia force, dark raisin and matte silver. Neither girls’ US Open preparations were cause for celebration, but they cut stylish figures on the courts of the Rogers Cup, Western & Southern Open and the Connecticut Open. The Nike Fall Premier Maria Tank featured interesting elastic mesh construction complete with a curved hem and sporting strapped racer back.
| US Open |
Madison’s quest to cement herself at the great American hope in her home slam faltered quite spectacularly in the second round at the hands of qualifier and World No. 145 Aleksandra Krunic. Like Bouchard, her deep royal blue garb complimented the cool hues of the US Open courts. She completed her look with a signature bandana and matching sweatband.
| Wuhan – Beijing – Osaka |
The Asian swing was slightly more fruitful for the Nike MS girls. Genie rebounded from her summer slump with a final appearance at the inaugural Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. But, she would fall victim to the crafty Kvitova in similar style to Wimbledon.
The main style note to take away from the above are the limited edition Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour’s given an updated pink colorway.
| Singapore |
Bouchard’s debut at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore wasn’t exactly the most fruitful of endeavors. She lost all three round robin matches – in straights sets, no less – and mustering just eleven games in the process. While there were no breakthrough victories, her Nike Winter Premier Maria Tank in catalina paired with a matching heathered panel skort offset the green courts beautifully.
As did her signature Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour’s, this time updated in fresh turquoise and white.