Textural details and innovative pleats: Maria Sharapova’s 2018 Nike dresses


Maria Sharapova‘s 2018 was below par when it comes to her tennis success — if we exclude her Meldonium-ban 2016, this is the Russian’s first season since 2002 without a WTA title. When it comes to Nike fashion, though, the five-time Grand Slam champion never disappoints, so let’s see how she looked on court during eleven tournaments she played in 2018.

Masha opened the season at the Shenzhen Open, wearing a chevron-perforated tank and skort from the 2017 Asian Swing. From afar it looks like a basic tank and skirt, but the outfit is all about texture, which is only seen at a closer look.

At the Australian Open, the 31-year-old wore the barely rose version of the Nike Spring Maria Dress, specific for its sheer cap-sleeves, as well as for mesh waistline that widens at the back.

Moreover, we can see that there is a zipper at the racerback.

At the BNP Paribas Open, Masha introduced the crimson bliss version of the Australian Open dress.

In Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome, Sharapova rocked an orange slim racerback tank and black skirt with perforated side panels.

As you can see, the racerback is also perforated in order to maximize ventilation.

Nike was all about textured blue apparel at Roland Garros.

Sharapova’s Nike Summer Maria Dress featured thin criss-crossed straps at back, mesh sections and scalloped hemline. You can have a closer look at the dress in my preview.

Reflecting the Russian’s status of an extraordinary champion are her personalized tennis shoes.

The Nike Fall Maria London Dress for Wimbledon was a very innovative design, because pleats were included both in the skirt and in the racerback. You can see this better in my Wimbledon outfit unveiling post and my photos from the Rogers Cup in Montreal, where Masha wore a light silver version of the same dress.

As you can see, the dress looks ordinary in the front, while the back does all the talking.

The US Open night matches are Maria’s favorite and although her 22-0 record under the lights in NYC was snapped by Carla Suarez Navarro this year, Maria looked stunning in a dress with peculiar cutouts at back and atypical choice of colorblocking where the left side is not mirrored to the right.

A light version of this Nike Fall Maria NY Dress also exists and you can see it in my unveiling of the Russian’s look for the season’s final Grand Slam — it’s in wolf grey with orange peel and guava ice.

How would you rate Masha’s 2018 fashion on a scale from 1 to 10? What’s your favorite dress? Mine is the orange Indian Wells version of the Nike Spring Maria Dress. My second favorite is the pleated Wimbledon design.


  1. I think that Maria would look better in some stronger colours. She has very pale colouring and these pale and murky colours don’t do much for her. For example Caroline Wozniacki and Kristina Mladenovic, who are also blonde, look much better in the Stella Macartney gear which has stonger colour combinations.

  2. I like most of her ’18 outfits, every few months Nike came up with new designs n colors for her (unlike her mid 2013-15 were all recycled designs)…
    My favorite was definitely her 2018 AO dress, the short sleeve dress is something we’ve never seen of Maria.. Its very refreshing n very elegant about it..

  3. CLT, I think blonds can look soft and romantic in pale colors, especially in white. Maria looked great in her Wimbledon dress.


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