More Ova unders: We just met a seductress named Maria. The defending champ was anything but demur in a seamless red dress with 600 (count 'em 600!) crystals. The shmata was tres, tres chic -- and got more pub than Maria's drubbing of Roberta Vinci last night at the Open. Maria, we salute you! (Though we did cringe at the silky black cover-up you wore while exiting the court: this isn't ice skating, girl!)
Nipping at Maria's heels on the fashion front is Nicole Vaidisova, another statuesque blonde with machine-gun groundstrokes and deadly looks to match. She went with a happy Easter-egg blue dress and matching visor. I think the message is: "I'm young, I'm cute, don't worry about me, Maria." And then she steals the spotlight -- and maybe the title.
As for the men, Andy Roddick did his Johnny Cash/Man in Black thing last night. Very boring, kinda like Andy's game. But Justin Gimelstob, the 30-year-old journeyman who is retiring to a career of commentating, made more wardrobe changes than Madonna. Wearing a rainbow of different shirts in his otherwise uneventful defeat to Roddick, at least Gimelstob went out in style.
Take a note, Andy.
Finally, here's one way for no-name players to get noticed. Wear a shimmery gold dress and an ill-fitting bra. Works for me. (For the record, that's Bethanie something or other.)