Sunday, June 19, 2011

WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at London - Event pictures

The world of tennis, fashion and celebrity collided at the WTA’s Pre-Wimbledon Party on Thursday night of June 16, 2011. The British Fashion Council has connected to player with the British designers, who proved the unique fashion in the Pre-Wimbledon party held at the Kensington Rooftop Gardens in London.

The dresses designed by the Britain's best designers were worn by 15 of the players during the Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens, Kensington in London. Caroline Wozniacki wore in Stella McCartney, Serena Williams in Burberry, Maria Sharapova in Alexander McQueen, Li Na in Giles Deacon, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in David Koma, Ana Ivanovic in Matthew Williamson, Jelena Jankovic in Vivienne Westwood, Andrea Petkovic in Richard Nicoll, Heather Watson in Mulberry and Laura Robson in Temperley. Nicholas Kirkwood provided shoes for the Pre-Wimbledon bash occasion which will be auctioned to raise money for the Women's Tennis Association's charities.

Take a look at some of the pictures of these top tennis beauties in their fashionable best.... walking the red carpet during the Pre-wimbledon party....

Maria Sharapova sizzles in red wearing Alexander McQueen at the Pre-Wimbledon Party

Russian tennis fashion icon Maria Sharapova at the red carpet of Pre-Wimbledon party in London

Bethanie Mattek-Sands wore a tennis ball outfit dressed by Lady Gaga's designer Alex Noble

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki wearing Stella McCartney's dress at the Pre-Wimbledon bash

Serbian tennis beauty Ana Ivanovic arrives in Matthew Williamson during the Pre-Wimbledon bash

Serbian Ana Ivanovic sharing a light moment during the Pre-Wimbledon bash

USA's Serena Williams came in Burberry during the Pre-Wimbledon party

Chinese star Li Na in the red carpet with a good fashion sense

Serbian Jelena Jankovic sizzles in Vivienne Westwood on the red carpet

Indian star Sania Mirza fashionable in pink at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party in London

 Bulgarian beauty Tsvetana Pironkova in a chic fashion dress during the Pre-Wimbledon Party

 Laura Robson at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party

 Sabine Lisiki of Germany at the red carpet fashion

  Romanian fashionista Sorona Cirstea at the red carpet

Fashionista Serena Williams in a green Burberry at the red carpet

World No.1 and top seed in Wimbledon Caroline Wozniacki shines in a black dress in the red carpet

Pictures sources: Various internet sites including WTA.

These beautiful ladies of WTA tennis are competing for the Women's title at Wimbledon 2011. May the best lady win :)

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Nike - Make Yourself Team Campaign Pictures

Last year (2010), Nike ignited the Make Yourself movement to inspire and motivate women everywhere to achieve their goals and become the best ‘versions’ of themselves, whatever this may be: fit, proud, fast, healthy, strong or beautiful.

And this year (2011), Nike has come up with a Make Yourself Team campaign with an elite group of female sportstars and athletes who've reached the top of their professions and are passionate about making themselves the best they can possibly be.

Nike's Make Yourself Team Campaign - Team Poster shot

The team features USA track and field Olympian Allyson Felix, Chinese tennis player Li Na, Algerian- French dancer Sofia Boutella, British hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton, Russian-born tennis star Maria Sharapova, USA goalkeeper Hope Solo and Australian surfer Laura Enever. Legendary fashion photographer - Anna-Lou Leibovitz aka Annie Leibovitz has shot the whole campaign.

Check out the individual photo shots of the Nike Make Yourself Team.....

Russian tennis superstar Maria Sharapova in Nike's Make Yourself Team photoshoot

The current French open tennis champion Chinese Li Na in Nike's Make Yourself Team campaign

Algerian- French dancer Sofia Boutella in Nike's Make Yourself Team Campaign

US track and field Olympian Allyson Felix in Nike's campaign

US Soccer Goalkeeper Hope Solo posing for Nike's Make Yourself Team campaign

British hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton stretching for Nike's Make Yourself Team Campaign photo shoot

Australian surfer Laura Enever poses in a beautiful shot for Nike's Make Yourself Team Campaign

The legendary American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz who shot Nike's Make Yourself Team Campaign

Nike's Make Yourself Team Campaign - Sports star Group photo

As part of the this campaign, each of the sports star shared their inspirational life stories, fitness routines and goals to encourage women across the world to put a stake in the ground and start making themselves too.
So, all you women out there get inspired :)

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Rafael Nadal - French Open 2011 Champion

The King of Clay Rafael Nadal conquers French Open for the sixth time beating Swiss master Roger Federer to seal a place in the history equalling the legendary Bjorn Borg's record of six Roland Garros titles.
This is the news that would be going in the televisions, news papers, websites and blogs for the next few days...

Spaniard Rafael Nadal with the French Open 2011 Trophy

Nadal's trademark pose - biting the French Open Trophy

In one of the greatest French Open finals, Rafael Nadal called on every ounce of his talent, athleticism and courage to down the Fedex - Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1 and boy what a contest it was...

With this victory, the Spaniard Nadal pocketed his 10th Grand Slam and retain the world number one ranking.  Nadal's 10 titles consist of six French Opens, two Wimbledons, one US Open and one Australian Open.

The two champions and future legends of tennis - Nadal and Federer posing after a grueling final contest at Roland Garros 

Rafael Nadal reacts after beating Federer in finals of 2011 French Open Grandslam

"It's very special to equal the six French Opens of Bjorn Borg - it's an honour to be compared to Borg," stated the 25-year-old Spaniard.

Nadal celebrates after winning the French Open title for the sixth time

"To win this kind of title is always satisfying. But sometimes when you fight a lot to win, when you try your best in every moment to change the situation, it makes the title more special" said Nadal

Top seeded Rafael Nadal's reaction after equalling Bjorn Borg's record of 6 French Open titles

Roger Federer congratulates Nadal after the later won the French Open 2011 beating Federer

Federer, contesting a Grand Slam final for the first time since the 2010 Australian Open, was pleased with his display but knew things could have turned out much better.

Rafael Nadal slumps in the locker room with his French Open Trophy after a grueling finals against Roger Federer

Congrats Rafael Nadal for this special record victory of French Open title... Being a Federer fan, its a bit sad to accept it but let me say that you are giving a great competition to Federer and you both are a legends in tennis already... All the best for more such contests in the future..

Pictures courtesy: Roland Garros site

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Li Na - Asia's first grand slam winner and 2011 Fench Open Women's Champion

China's Li Na becomes Asia's first-ever Grand Slam title champion when she beat the defending champion Francesca Schiavone to win 6-4, 7-6(0) and take the women's title at Roland Garros. Thus, Li Na also becomes the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singles trophy.

China's Li Na with the 2011 French Open Women's Trophy

The seventh seed Chinese sports icon claimed her first major title, after falling short in the Australian Open final earlier this year. In January, she became the first Asian-born player to reach a major championship match at the Australian Open, where she lost to Kim Clijsters of Belgium.

The 29-year-old from Wuhan hung up her racquet temporarily because she was languishing around the 120 mark in the world rankings and wanted a back-up plan in case her tennis didn't pan out. She enrolled on a journalism course and spent two years away from the tour. Nine years on she is the 2011 French Open champion and describes the victory as a "dream come true".
When Li Na stopped playing tennis in 2002 to study journalism she perhaps never envisaged that she would one day be making headlines all over the world.

Li Na celebrates after being Asia's first Grand Slam champion

Chinese tennis star Na Li reacts after winning the 2011 Roland Garros women's title

Li Na is in tears after beating Italian Schiavone to win her first Grand Slam in Roland Garros

China's Li Na and Itay's Francesca Schiavone pose with their French Open 2011 Trophies

Li Na in a photo shoot with Eiffel Tower as a backdrop after winning the 2011 French Open women's title

China's First Grandslam title winner - Li Na poses with her 2011 French Open winner's trophy

Asia's first Grand slam winner Li Na with her French Open title

It's a "dream come true," Li Na said. "Since I was a young player, I wanted to be the Grand Slam champion. Someone said I'm getting old, but the old woman likes it that the dream came true. It wasn't easy."

Wishing Li Na many more Grand slams and bringing laurels to the Asian community... :)

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