Miami Open Ajla Tomljanovic Amanda Anisimova Anett Kontaveit Angelique Kerber Aryna Sabalenka Belinda Bencic Carla Suarez Navarro Caroline Wozniacki Cori Gauff Daria Kasatkina Elina Svitolina Garbine Muguruza Karolina Pliskova Naomi Osaka Simona Halep Venus Williams Yanina Wickmayer Yulia Putintseva

Miami Open PHOTOS: Osaka & Halep progress, Svitolina upset in the second round

Friday was another action-packed day at the Miami Open, almost like the first round of a Grand Slam. Twenty-five second-round matches took place and our Jimmie48 made it to about a half of them. Top two seeds Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep advanced, and our photographer witnessed their victories, while Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza were upset, and we have photos from those matches as well.

The sixth-seeded Svitolina fell to Wang Yafan, who recorded her first Top 10 victory, still on the wings of her recent maiden WTA title in Acapulco. Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza lost to qualifier Monica Niculescu after nearly three hours of play, while ninth seed Aryna Sabalenka was conquered by Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets.

All this and much more is in our Friday’s gallery which contains more than 200 photos!


BNP Paribas Open Anett Kontaveit Angelique Kerber Belinda Bencic Carla Suarez Navarro Julia Goerges Karolina Pliskova Kristina Mladenovic Madison Keys Mona Barthel Monica Puig Naomi Osaka Petra Kvitova Venus Williams Yulia Putintseva

Indian Wells PHOTOS: Second round wraps up on Saturday

Third-round draw was defined on Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open, as the busy day delivered 16 women’s singles matches in the second round. The most talked about encounters were defending champion Naomi Osaka‘s revenge against Kristina Mladenovic and Venus Williams‘ elimination of Petra Kvitova.

Our Jimmie48 is bringing us photos from these two, as well as from a great deal of other Saturday’s matches, including Mona Barthel‘s upset of seed No.17 Madison Keys, Angelique Kerber‘s quick victory over Yulia Putintseva, Karolina Pliskova‘s three-setter against Misaki Doi, Belinda Bencic‘s progress past Alison Van Uytvanck, Anett Kontaveit‘s defeat of Monica Puig, and more.


Sydney International Angelique Kerber Ashleigh Barty Elise Mertens Kiki Bertens Petra Kvitova Timea Bacsinszky Yulia Putintseva

Sydney PHOTOS: Kvitova impresses against Kerber, semifinals set

All quarterfinal matches were completed on Thursday at the Sydney International, even though the schedule was badly affected by rain.

The highlight of the day was the 13th encounter between Grand Slam champions Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber, which finished close to midnight, after twice being interrupted by rain. The fifth-seeded Kvitova used her powerful and deep groundstrokes to break the defense of the second-seeded defending champion Kerber and with a 6-4 6-1 victory got ahead 7-6 in their head-to-head stats. The Czech’s opponent in the semifinals will be Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who beat Timea Bacsinszky 6-3 6-3.

Last year’s runner-up Ashleigh Barty, the Australian No.1 who had eliminated top-ranked Simona Halep from the draw and followed it up by beating tenth seed Elise Mertens 6-3 6-3 in Thursday’s quarterfinal, will face seventh seed Kiki Bertens, a straight-set victor over Yulia Putintseva.

Our Jimmie48 had another long day at the office, but that’s why we have plenty of excellent photos from all four today’s singles matches.


Sydney International Anett Kontaveit Ashleigh Barty Elise Mertens Monica Puig Petra Kvitova Samantha Stosur Simona Halep Timea Bacsinszky Yulia Putintseva

Sydney PHOTOS: Halep exits early, Kvitova completes quarterfinal lineup

Quarterfinal field was rounded out on Wednesday at the Sydney International and world No.1 Simona Halep is not in it. The Romanian was rusty in her first match of the 2019 season and lost to Australia’s top-ranked player Ashleigh Barty in straight sets.

Barty’s quarterfinal opponent will be tenth seed Elise Mertens, who followed up her 7-6(4) 2-6 6-2 victory over qualifier Katerina Siniakova in the first round with a routine 6-3 6-1 win over Anett Kontaveit on the same day.

Yesterday Sloane Stephens overcame a first-set bagel to win the second and third set in tiebreaks, but today the American was bageled by Yulia Putintseva in the decider, falling 3-6 7-6(4) 6-0 in the second round. Putintseva’s quarterfinal opponent will be seventh seed Kiki Bertens, who received a walkover on Tuesday when Garbine Muguruza withdrew from the event.

Timea Bacsinszky and qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich are the third quarterfinal pair, advancing with three-set triumphs over wildcard Samantha Stosur and qualifier Priscilla Hon, respectively.

The last player to enter the final eight was fifth seed Petra Kvitova, who battled past midnight to beat Hsieh Su-wei 7-6(2) 6-2. The Czech will next play fellow multiple Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber, who moved into the quarterfinals on Tuesday.


Sydney International Ajla Tomljanovic Anastasija Sevastova Bethanie Mattek Sands Carla Suarez Navarro Daria Saville Garbine Muguruza Jelena Ostapenko Kiki Bertens Samantha Stosur Sloane Stephens Timea Bacsinszky Yulia Putintseva

Sydney PHOTOS: Muguruza beats compatriot Suarez Navarro in the first round

After photographing the Brisbane International final, our Jimmie48 is already in Sydney, bringing us photos from Monday’s rain-affected first-round action.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza needed one hour and 17 minutes to earn a 6-3 6-4 victory over fellow Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.

Samantha Stosur usually underperforms in her home country, but this time she came back from a set down to record a confidence-boosting victory over Dominika Cibulkova 3-6 6-3 6-4. Daria Gavrilova and Ajla Tomljanovic are two Australian representatives that were eliminated from the draw on Monday, falling to Yulia Putintseva and Camila Giorgi, respectively.

The highest seed in action on Monday, seventh seed Kiki Bertens defeated Bernarda Pera 7-5 6-4, while Timea Bacsinszky upset ninth seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4.

Our Jimmie48 attended all these singles matches, as well as both Monday’s first-round doubles matches, so we can see Bethanie Mattek-Sands sporting her new funky Lucky in Love apparel.

Stay with us all week long, as we’ll deliver many more photos straight from the WTA courts in Sydney.

Samantha Stosur Anett Kontaveit Brisbane International Carla Suarez Navarro Daria Kasatkina Elina Svitolina Elise Mertens Karolina Pliskova Kiki Bertens Lesia Tsurenko Yulia Putintseva

Brisbane PHOTOS: Main-draw action kicks off on New Year’s Eve

While the rest of the world is celebrating and enjoying time off, WTA players are as busy as ever, trying to start their new season in the best way possible.

December 31st in Brisbane was marked by the beginning of main-draw play and it turned into a long day, as the match between Samantha Stosur and Marie Bouzkova finished past midnight, so it started in 2018 and finished in 2019! The world No.139 Bouzkova went through qualifying, then came back from a set down to beat the Australian in her home country and set up a second-round meeting with compatriot Karolina Pliskova, who progressed with a three-set victory over Yulia Putintseva.

Monday turned out to be a perfect day for qualifiers, as Bouzkova was joined in the second round by Harriet Dart, who defeated Priscilla Hon, and by Destanee Aiava, who stunned Kristina Mladenovic. Moreover, wildcard Kimberly Birrell upset Daria Kasatkina in a first-round match that lasted more than three hours.

In the photos by our Jimmie48 you can also see the first pics of Kiki Bertens wearing Fila, as well as former Adidas representative Anett Kontaveit in Lacoste. Both won their opening matches: Bertens eliminated Elise Mertens and Kontaveit lost just three games against Carla Suarez Navarro.


Rothesay International Eastbourne Agnieszka Radwanska Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Aryna Sabalenka Caroline Wozniacki Donna Vekic Jelena Ostapenko Karolina Pliskova Maria Sakkari Sorana Cirstea Svetlana Kuznetsova Yulia Putintseva

Eastbourne PHOTOS: Agnieszka Radwanska’s tour comeback

Our Jimmie48 photographed a number of first-round matches on Sunday at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne, including Svetlana Kuznetsova‘s win over Maria Sakkari and Donna Vekic‘s triumph over Yulia Putintseva, but the event that attracted the most attention was Agnieszka Radwanska‘s practice at her first tournament since April and we have that covered as well.

We also have off-court photos of Caroline Wozniacki‘s sundae time.


Yulia Putintseva Alize Cornet Andrea Petkovic Anett Kontaveit Angelique Kerber Ashleigh Barty Barbora Strycova Bethanie Mattek Sands Caroline Wozniacki Daria Kasatkina Dominika Cibulkova Elina Svitolina Garbine Muguruza Heather Watson Jelena Ostapenko Julia Goerges Karolina Pliskova Madison Keys Maria Sakkari Maria Sharapova Marta Kostyuk Petra Kvitova Roland Garros Samantha Stosur Serena Williams Simona Halep Sorana Cirstea Venus Williams

WTA fashion in Paris: Nike’s engineered blues, Serena’s bodysuit, Adidas’ flowy pleats

I started doing my Grand Slam fashion overviews back in 2010 and I can tell you that WTA fashion is growing stronger every year. This French Open was marked by Nike’s textured blue apparel, Serena Williams’ shocking catwoman look, and Adidas’ pleated overlays, but read through the entire post to get an insight into the richness of women’s tennis fashion presented in Paris. This is definitely the most comprehensive overview you can find!

As if all eyes were not already on Serena Williams’ return to Grand Slam action after maternity leave, the G.O.A.T. decided to wear a black skin-tight bodysuit with red waistband, sending a message that she creates her own rules and is unstoppable in her wish to dominate tennis courts in every way.

Glitter kicks enrich the 36-year-old mom’s collection of extraordinary Nike footwear.

“I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, (a) queen from Wakanda,” Serena described her show-stopping outfit. “I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”

Venus Williams exited the singles draw on Day 1 at the hands of Wang Qiang, but her EleVen Sprint collection excelled in performance, especially the EleVen Sprint Incline Dress, a drop-waisted open-back design featuring red choker-style strap with clasp at neck and floating bra panel in the same color.

In doubles with her catwoman sis, V rocked the Sprint Shimmer Skirt and Sprint Raceday Tank.

Of course, V had a matching Sprint Visor, in the color palette including tango red, frost grey, white, and black.

Maria Sharapova‘s Nike Summer Maria Dress stands out with its scalloped hemline, super thin criss-crossed straps at back, and mesh panels that function as ventilation channels while also adding texture that makes the design more visually interesting.

The color of the dress is blue force, in line with the NikeCourt look that dominated the French Open courts this year.

Brainstorming about the French Open collection, Nike’s designers decided to pick one perfect color and go with it all the way — after careful evaluation of rich colors that contrasted with the tournament venue, most importantly the orange clay, the selection was narrowed down to a bold blue, more precisely, neo turq.

While being very simple when it comes to the color, the clothes are three-dimensional and complex when it comes to texture.

A plethora of WTA players wore the striking separates, the Nike Summer Zonal Cool Slam Tank and Nike Summer Zonal Cool Smash Skirt, including world No.1 Simona Halep, Elina SvitolinaMadison Keys, Daria Kasatkina, Petra Kvitova, Marta Kostyuk and Maria Sakkari.

Of course, Nike created several models of matching shoes, including these Air Zoom Vapor X photographed on Madison Keys.

Andrea Petkovic impressed in the V-neck Adidas Roland Garros Dress that captivates with its refreshing coral color, simple cut and flirty knife pleats at hem. The tri-color detailing is consistent throughout the company’s Paris collection, as you can see in the below outfits of Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko and Anett Kontaveit.

The pleated overlay of the Adidas Roland Garros Tank stands out from everything we’ve seen in recent years on the tennis courts. Just look at that back design!

Kerber wore a noble indigo version of the outstanding tank and paired it with the Adidas Roland Garros Skirt, just like her fellow representatives of Adidas’ separates.

As you can see in this overview, besides orange and blue, black is surprisingly dominant this spring.

Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Wozniacki showcased a number of Stella McCartney’s favorite design elements in their Adidas Summer Stella McCartney Dress: colorblocks, scuba-style zipper at the front, and of course laser cuts.

We’re used to seeing Karolina Pliskova in Fila‘s traditional navy, red and white, but this time the company is successfully venturing into the world of pastels with the Elite collection. Lilac chiffon is combined with electric club print for a youthful and feminine style.

The collection’s boldest feature are the back pleats at the below-shown Fila Elite Pleated Back Tank.

The Elite collection also includes ice green elements, as we can see on Ashleigh Barty who combined the Fila Elite Ruched Tank and Fila Elite Pleated Skirt.

With Agnieszka Radwanska absent from Roland Garros, Alize Cornet and Elise Mertens led Lotto’s representatives in the black and white Batik collection.

Besides the striking print that is inspired by the art of decorating cloth using wax and dye, the most unique feature is the solid color ruffle in the back.

Cornet sported the sleeveless Lotto Batik Dress, while Mertens opted for the combination of the Lotto Batik Skirt and Lotto Batik Top. The cut of new Lotto designs reminds me of dance performance dresses.

Bethanie Mattek Sands took things up a notch with her pink tassel skirt and its Hawaiian beach vibes.

Dominika Cibulkova wore a familiar Lacoste Spring Dress that the Slovak rocked at the Australian Open, this time in white with vibrant sunny accents.

Yulia Putintseva‘s Mizuno outfit combines a purple shade called clover, the “Kasumi“ (fog) blurry effect and color graduation to express air movement and circulation.

At first glance, Julia Goerges‘ outfit in Paris is just a simple black dress, but subtle performance details make it much more than that — strategic ventilation channels and Gel-Cool technology positioned along the back regulate heat, while the skirt’s side vents, stretch construction and slim racerback enhance freedom of movement.

Whereas Goerges wore the Asics Spring Speed Dress, Samantha Stosur presented the Asics Spring Court Tank and the Asics Spring Speed Skirt.

New Balance‘s Sorana Cirstea wore the Paris Print Tournament Dress, which I presented in detail prior to the tournamentHeather Watson, on the other hand, represented New Balance in spring collection’s Tournament Tank, featuring dotted mesh around the neckline, and the double-layer mesh Tournament Skirt.

Barbora Strycova wore the navy version of the Sergio Tacchini Curvature Dress, created with fashion designer Johanna Ho. White contrast trim at sides and pintuck pleats at back provide a figure-slimming effect.

Now that you’ve seen pretty much all the styles that graced the French Open courts this year, how would you rate WTA fashion in Paris? Tell me in the comments below!

Roland Garros Daria Kasatkina Madison Keys Sloane Stephens Yulia Putintseva

Roland Garros Day 10 quarterfinal PHOTOS: Keys beats Putintseva, Stephens storms past Kasatkina

In the first two women’s singles quarterfinals at the 2018 French Open, Madison Keys saw off Kazakh Yulia Putintseva and Sloane Stephens powered past Russian Daria Kasatkina to set up an all-American semifinal which will also be a rematch of the 2017 US Open final. Our Jimmie48 attended both these matches to continue his amazing photo coverage of this fortnight in Paris.


Roland Garros Anett Kontaveit Barbora Strycova Caroline Wozniacki Daria Kasatkina Madison Keys Marion Bartoli Sloane Stephens Yulia Putintseva

Roland Garros Day 8 PHOTOS: Keys, Stephens, Putintseva reach quarterfinals

On Middle Sunday, only three women’s singles matches finished, as Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens completed their sweep of Grand Slam quarterfinals by wasting little time on Court Philippe Chatrier to defeat Mihaela Buzarnescu and Anett Kontaveit, respectively. Yulia Putintseva reached the French Open quarterfinals for the second time in her career by defeating Barbora Strycova, who wrote “patiently, you will do it, rest” on her left hand.

The fourth-round encounter of Daria Kasatkina and Caroline Wozniacki was halted at Kasatkina’s lead of 7-6(5) 3-3 due to darkness.

Our Jimmie48 attended all these matches, so we have plenty of excellent photos.


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