Fashion has been increasingly important in women's tennis and brands are making sure that their representatives always look the part. Marija Zivlak of Women's Tennis Blog has joined the WTA contributors team, bringing you a new monthly column highlighting the best on-court styles.
The world of women's tennis fashion is becoming ever more dynamic and competitive, as we're having more and more brands working hard to always offer a great variety of top-notch designs, even in the periods not highlighted by Grand Slams. Let's see whose clothes brightened up the WTA courts this February.
Not only has Adidas Adizero had two tournament champions so far this month, with Daniela Hantuchova winning the PTT Thailand Open and Simona Halep lifting the prestigious Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, but without a doubt all the players clad in the purple and orange spring collection looked spectacular, regardless of whether they opted for the dress or the separates. The Adidas Adizero has found the perfect common ground between traditional athletic silhouette and trendy details that bring the edge to an outfit, while keeping performance the No.1 priority.
Besides the Slovak and the Romanian, Ana Ivanovic is also a notable representative of the line and in this photo you can see the lovely mesh insert on back, highlighted by the orange bra, my favorite detail of the collection which also features coordinated wristbands and the Adidas Adizero CC Tempaia III shoes.
The second best this February has definitely been the Adidas Barricade line designed by Stella McCartney. Andrea Petkovic got halfway through to taking home the stunning $1.5 million gold and diamond racquet-shaped Antwerp trophy wearing Stella's pale pink tank and the ultra-feminine floral skort, while Garbiñe Muguruza made the Dubai semifinals looking equally impressive in the kit.
Caroline Wozniacki has been sporting the green Adidas Spring Stella McCartney Barricade Dress, featuring a large keyhole cutout on back, while Flavia Pennetta opted for the black version of the separates. The entire Stella camp rocked it. Stella can sometimes go over the top with excess ruffles and details, but this time she's found an ideal balance in a combination of subtle femininity and romantic florals.
Venus Williams' EleVen brand has been experiencing a stellar rise on the WTA fashion scene. The new Ola collection includes solids and prints, offering a wide variety of looks despite combining just teal, white and black. Being part of the EleVen family, Jarmila Gajdosova and Arina Rodionova also got all the right fashion attention this February.
Heather Watson has recently joined forces with New Balance and the brand's bright-colored designs fit the Brit perfectly, while another positive development has been the revival of Yonex with the lively and youthful stripes for the rising star Belinda Bencic.
Nike's February has been dominated by pink. The energetic printed tank/short-sleeve top and the matching skort have been a constant sight on the WTA courts this month, sported by Sara Errani on her way to the Rio Open title, as well as by Petra Kvitova, Sabine Lisicki, Lucie Safarova, and many others.