Sharapova Makes Fashion Statement, Hantuchova Loses at US Open


Posted on August 29, 2007

Choose your favorite women's story Tuesday at the US Open: a) the debut of Maria Sharapova's red dress; b) top 10 seed Daniela Hantuchova making a first-round exit.

Sharapova kicked off the night session in a flattering red Nike dress with sparkling gems in cascading waves below an elegantly draping neckline -- and that skinny Slovak girl lost. Sharapova beat Roberta Vinci 6-0, 6-1, while Hantuchova ran out of gas mentally 6-1 in the third against Julia Vakulenko.

"When you feel good about what you're wearing and you feel good about putting it on, you know what it's like," Sharapova said. "Put on a nice outfit and some makeup and you're the bomb."

Additional seeded players into the second round Tuesday were (4) Svetlana Kuznetsova (d. Zakopalova), (6) Anna Chakvetadze (d. Weinhold), (7) Nadia Petrova (d. Bacsinszky), (11) Patty Schnyder (d. Benesova, bagel in the second), (13) Nicole Vaidisova (d. Kudryavtseva), (16) Martina Hingis (d. M.Johansson, bagel in the first), (18) Shahar Peer (d. Tu), (22) Katarina Srebotnik (d. Molik), (24) Francesca Schiavone (d. Dechy), (26) Sania Mirza (d. Kanepi 6-1 in the third), (30) Agnieszka Radwanska (d. Morigami), (31) Anabel Medina Garrigues (d. Wozniak), and (32) Michaella Krajicek (d. Brianti, bagel in the second).

In the only other upset on the day, Dominika Cibulkova topped (23) Tathiana Garbin.

Wednesday's highlights are (5) Ana Ivanovic vs. French comer Aravane Rezai, (12) Venus Williams vs. Ioana Raluca Olaru, (8) Serena Williams vs. Maria Elena Camerin, (1) Justine Henin vs. Tsvetana Pironkova, and American Ahsha Rolle vs. Karin Knapp.

Rankings
ATP - Apr 21 WTA - Apr 21
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 David Ferrer5 Simona Halep
6 Tomas Berdych6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Milos Raonic9 Maria Sharapova
10 John Isner10 Dominika Cibulkova
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