WTA Championships Fashion Hits and Misses

Merlisa Lawrence Corbett@@merlisaFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2013

WTA Championships Fashion Hits and Misses

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    One of the highlights of the WTA Championships is the pre-tournament Draw Ceremony. It's a chance for the top players on tour to put their athleticism on the shelf and release their inner "girlie girls."

    As part of the event, the WTA brings in hairstylists and makeup artists to get the players red carpet-ready for the big evening.

    Some players wowed, while others left us wondering, what the...? Here's a look at the fashion hits and misses from the weekend at the WTA Championships. 

Hit: Radwanska's Catsuit Ensemble

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    Agnieszka Radwanska has made some risky style choices this year. First she posed nude for ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue. Then she bleached her hair blond. 

    Back to her radiant brunette hair, Radwanska looked daring in this black number. The fit and cut remind you of a comic strip vixen. The flirty sheer elements add elegance. From the innocent-looking nude poses to this little black dress, Aggie walks the fine line between good girl/bad girl. 





Miss: Professor Jankovic

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    Jelena Jankovic loves experimenting with fashion. But this secretarial look just doesn't work. Does she need glasses? Can't remember ever seeing her wear them before. They are a cute pair, but with the safe hairdo, she looks more prepared for taking dictation than taking on the world's best players. 

Hit: Sassy Sara Errani

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    Last year Sara Errani wore what could best be described as a purple prom dress. Perhaps unsure of what to expect, Errani played it way too safe last year. She looked uncomfortable and unhappy standing next to all those tall divas. 

    This time Errani chose a flowing and flattering satiny silver dress. Her makeup looked natural, soft and pretty. Most importantly, she appears happy and at ease in the outfit. 

Miss: Angelique Kerber's Biker Chick Chic

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    Angelique Kerber is an attractive young woman. But she went wrong on this outfit. First, it seems way too casual when compared with what the other players are wearing. Second, it does nothing to flatter her figure. The sleeveless shirt makes her arms look massive. The cropped pants and metal belt cut her 5'8" frame into pieces. 

    This outfit is more Harley than haute. 


Hit: Li Na's High Fashion Nod to Heritage

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    Li Na looked sensational in this lovely cheongsam dress. Her loosely done hair is soft, yet refined. The dress accentuates her curves in a modern, yet modest way.

    Li's look is the essence of less is more. 

Miss: Victoria Azarenka's Granny Getup

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    Yo Vika, granny wants her pearls back.

    Sometimes the women who have it all care the least about flaunting it. Victoria Azarenka is 6'0" and built like your average supermodel. She has long lean legs and beautiful long hair. So it's disappointing that at age 24 she chose to dress like someone's grandma.

    The oversized black frock layered with Barbara Bush pearls looks ridiculous. Standing next to red-hot Serena Williams, considered the senior citizen on tour, you wonder if Vika is the one feeling old these days. 

Hit: Red-Hot Serena Williams

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    Red may seem risky. But it's a safe choice if you want to stand out and turn heads. Williams wowed in a red dress last year. This one is shorter and a lot more revealing.

    However, it's fun and festive. Instead dressing for the party, Williams' dress screams "I am the party." 

Miss: Serena's Mommie Dearest Brows

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    Everyone knows Williams loves doing her own makeup, nail polish and all things associated with beauty and fashion. But sometimes she needs to trust the professionals to do their job.

    Brow shaping is a big trend. But not brows this big. It's unfortunate because you take away the brows and that's a nice look for Williams. She needs to remember that brows should frame the face, not overpower it. The moment someone notices your brows, that's when you know you've gone too far.


Hit: Petra's Beauty Transformation

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    Petra Kvitova can sometimes look lanky and awkward. When she won Wimbledon in 2011, she seemed like she was still growing into her 6'0" frame.

    She was never an ugly duckling. However, she transformed into a knockout at this year's championships. Her hair and makeup are fresh, and she rocked that blue dress. 

Big Hit: The Style Suite

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    The WTA players are women first, and like most ladies they enjoy a bit of pampering. Kudos to the WTA for providing this pre-tournament experience for the top players. Because nothing says a job well done like a day of beauty treatments.