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WTA Style Seeds: This Dirt Game of Love and War

Which WTA fashionista slayed the style critics at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia? Find out below in this week’s Style Seeds.

In tandem with last week’s ATP Style Seeds, which analyzed the current crop of clay fashions donned by the top male players, this week brings you Part II (or should I say ‘deux’) showcasing the style from the WTA stars.

Serena Williams

Although the World No.1 was forced to withdraw before her third round match against fellow American Christina McHale earlier this week, citing a right elbow injury ahead of Roland Garros, Williams has been in fine form on the fashion front. Donning Nike’s summer line, the American looked great on the red dirt in a color palette of grey, white and turf orange featuring a double-layered tank and Victory Skirt in midnight navy.

The footwear of choice? A pair of Nike’s designed with an in-built ankle strap in shades of grey and orange.

Maria Sharapova

The Russian has been finding her feet again on the dirt following a disappointing couple of tournaments (by Sharapova’s standards) leading up to this week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Nonetheless, the World No. 3 is back in the semifinals and vying for her first clay title of the season. Should she fail, it’ll be the first time in six years that Sharapova will head into Roland Garros without a clay title.

Stats aside, Sharapova has been sporting a fresh and girly outfit over the past few weeks consisting of her signature Premier Strappy Tank featuring an intricate spaghetti strap design in fuchsia glow and embossed Premier Skirt in white. The outfit wouldn’t complete without, of course, Sharapova’s trusty Zoom Vapor 9.5’s — in a complimentary color palette of pink and white.

Simona Halep

Also sporting shades of pink this week is World No. 2 Simona Halep. The Romanian has been making light work of her draw, reaching the semifinals of Rome with the loss of just one game to fellow Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru.

Adidas has offered Halep a Summer Adizero Tank and matching skirt in a seasonally-appropriate flash red colorway that zings from the red clay courts. She is maneuvering through Rome in a pair of Adizero CC Tempaia III’s in a fresh fade summer color update of white, red and lime.

Petra Kvitova

Though she may have just been bundled out of Rome at the hands of Carla Suarez Navarro, Kvitova recently hit a purple patch in the high altitude of Madrid — dominating her way to the title and defeating Serena Williams for the first time in her career in the semifinals. The time Kvitova took off from the WTA in the spring seems to have paid off because the Czech is looking leaner than ever — and it’s not just down to her two-tone Nike Touch Tank in white and light aqua Court Skirt, complete with matching bandana and sweatbands.

Venus Williams

Shades of fuchsia were on the agenda for Williams’ summer EleVen line on the clay courts of Rome. The American has been experimenting with prints for a fair few seasons, and it’s an element that makes her designs stand out from the generic collections from the sporting big guns.

Donning a Fleur Double Cross Tank in a luxe shade of vivide viola complete with a Fleur De Monde Flutter Skirt in a artist-inspired watercolor flower print and matching india ink colorway, the American looked every inch the sophisticated lady the Eternal City.

Angelique Kerber

‘Clayber’ had been enjoying a stellar past few weeks on the dirt, picking up titles on the green clay of Charleston and in her (indoor) backyard of Stuttgart — delivering Maria Sharapova’s first ever loss at the tournament in the process. While Kerber didn’t claim success this week in Rome falling at the hands of the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, her Adidas All Premium Strappy Tennis Tank in night sky with flash orange trim and matching skirt set a sophisticated tone.

Which leading lady nailed it on the fashion front? Sound off in the comments!

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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