January 18, 2010
Maria Sharapova was the talk of day one at the Australian Open even before her upset loss to Maria Kirilenko. The Russian beauty, whose signature has yet to dry on a $70 million contract extension with Nike, debuted a new dress for her first (and only) match at the first Grand Slam of 2010. Reviews were on par with Sharapova's disappointing performance on the court:
Busted Racquet: "The chiffon-thingy makes her look like The Little Mermaid circa 1968. Either that or Lillian Gish."
Busted Racquet's fashion plate friend: "It's bad camo negligee."
Opponent Maria Kirilenko: "It was blue, I think, like POWERade."
Selected reaction from Twitter: @paulavergara: "I'm guessing Sharapova signed off on her dress design over the phone/sight unseen."
@GoToTennis: "As much as I hate Sharapova being upset in the first round - I'm relieved that her dress is out of the tournament."
@ant_cee "Sharapova's AusOpen dress looks like she got caught in some curtains en route to the court."
@exodusrex: "uhm...i was pulling for sharapova tonight, but there's 1 upside to her loss: i don't have to see that dress again."
@alejrocha: "She crashed into a peacock."
@TruBlu: "that hideous dress was a portent of things to come."