Venus Williams and her yellow net dress reach round three

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Venus Williams worked her way into the third round of the Australian Open after suffering an injury scare in the first set against Sandra Zahlavova. Medical treatment and a strapping around her right thigh helped, and the fourth seed returned to the court, bageled the world No.97 in the second set and worked her way through the third. Final score: 6-7(6) 6-0 6-4.

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Williams managed to push her own boundaries when it comes to ugly tennis dresses. Last year her US Open fireworks dresses were trashy, but on Day 3 of the 2011 Australian Open she surpassed not only those pink and black dresses, but even her blue zipper dress from two days ago. Nothing is impossible, that’s what Venus is suggesting! Things can always get worse. The upper yellow part looks horrible, but a special touch of awfulness is provided by the undefined design/colors in the bottom.

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki advanced with a 58-minute 6-1 6-0 victory over Vania King. Wozniacki’s opponent in the third round will be Dominika Cibulkova, who won their last encounter, only last week in Sydney.

Maria Sharapova booked her place in the third round, with a 7-6(3) 6-3 win over Virginie Razzano, just as Justine Henin and Victoria Azarenka did. Henin beat Elena Baltacha 6-1 6-3, Azarenka beat Andrea Hlavackova 6-4 6-4.

Many other seeds also advanced, but here are those that fell in the second round action on Day 3: No.15 Marion Bartoli was upset by Vesna Manasieva, No.21 Yanina Wickmayer lost to Anastasija Sevastova, No.32 Tsvetana Pironkova was defeated by Monica Niculescu, and No.20 Kaia Kanepi fell to Julia Goerges.


  1. Maria, please beat Venus in 4th round so we don’t have to watch this trashy outfits anymore!!! (who knows, maybe she has a new one for every round)! Btw, Venus said the dress was inspired by ”Alice in wonderland”, I don’t know what kind of movie has she seen or book she read!

  2. This Venus’ dress is incredible, I couldn’t believe my eyes and I still can’t comprehend how she could have worn something like that…

    Mirjana, you’re right, no one really knows what movie she has seen -.-

  3. Eeek, what’s that? Does her company need to save money on fabrics? That’s just awful. She’s not doing herself any justice here looking like a clown.

  4. Ok, don’t get angry, but i actually like the dress. If the dress was more fitted and perhaps if it was a different material. The bottom is a mess, totally doesn’t match the top, if it were a plain yellow it would look great.

    EleVen have good designs, they just arnt executed well enough.

  5. Jacob, I’m not angry, I’m just stunned, motionless haha! 🙂 I can’t think of a good execution of that dress.

  6. I agree with Jacob here.. I sort of liked the design of the dress although the top part and the bottom should have been different dresses.. either one or the other..


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