Can WTA Championships beat Grand Slams at tennis fashion?


I’m regularly reviewing fashion at Grand Slams (take a look at this year’s tennis outfits at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open) and this time I’ve decided to add the season-ending Championships, as another great tennis stage. The singles field at the $4,900,000 tournament this year played in Istanbul consists of eight players, so only the mere quantity of players significantly reduces the diversity of outfits. Therefore, nothing can outclass Grand Slams as the best stages for all the fashion fun, although some stars had brand new looks prepared for the WTA Championships.

Li Na and Victoria Azarenka are sporting neat outfits, but they are nothing new, we’ve seen them in previous tournaments. Li is wearing Nike Women’s Holiday Smash Classic Top and Pleated Skort. Azarenka already gave a lot of exposure to her Nike Women’s Holiday Set Point Graphic Tank and a matching skort during her run to the Luxembourg title and Tokyo semifinals.

Petra Kvitova, another Nike representative, is just like Azarenka wearing purple and grape tones. Caroline Wozniacki is wearing the best of her recent Adidas by Stella McCartney dresses, which she should’ve worn at the US Open, in my opinion, instead of the similar dress in white.

Vera Zvonareva has been wearing K-Swiss, but for some reason she concealed the K-Swiss logo on the tank. Is she changing sponsors? Also, you can see the Russian wearing a black ribbon on her visor (other players wore it as well), for those who lost their lives in the unfortunate attacks and earthquake in Turkey.

Only Maria Sharapova wore a completely new, winter collection outfit at the Championships, but her campaign at the tournament was the least successful, as she pulled out with an ankle injury which had kept her away from the courts since late September. The full name of the piece is Nike Women’s Winter Maria Rival Knit Dress. Samantha Stosur is wearing a well-known Lacoste dress (Dominika Cibulkova won the Kremlin Cup last week in it).

Agnieszka Radwanska is wearing a simple red Lotto dress.

Fashion buzz was much more prominent at Grand Slams this season (it was actually very prominent, especially with Bethanie Mattek Sands at Wimbledon, and Venus Williams didn’t lag behind). The WTA Championships, although a prestigious and glamorous tournament gathering the best of the best women’s tennis players, isn’t as interesting this time when it comes to clothes.

What do you say? (Li photo by REUTERS/Murad Sezer, Azarenka, Zvonareva and Radwanska photo by Getty Images, Kvitova photo sport-bilder, Wozniacki photo ApricotCafe, Sharapova photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images, Stosur photo via angela n, )


  1. Basically, only Sharapova and Rawanska wore something new, which makes this tournament fashionably very boring. But at least there are some good matches.:D Maria’s dress is cool, and i love the back of that Lotto dress, and i’m glad Lotto now has a player who wears their dresses.

  2. Wasn’t Bartoli supposed to wear Under Armour? (Read that on TennisIdentity lately) Instead she too was wearing Lotto..

    Personally I’m not a big fan of the Lotto lines, but I think that’s because the ladies who wear it don’t look as stunning as some other players do.. Like Francesca Schiavone, the ruffles on the clothes totally don’t fit her body and it seems she’s wearing too large sizes…

    I love Wozniacki’s dress and I too think she should have worn it at the US Open, expected that too.. The Nike lines are great. What I love about these series is that you could combine the different colours (like the basic red, brown, black, white with all the seasonal colours)! Don’t like Maria’s dress though. It’s something with the asymmetrical lines…

    Serena always had a new outfit for the championships too, didn’t she? Must be something with Nike and its “symbols”.


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