Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal have both had a stellar week as they both won the singles titles at the US Open. Aside from being two of the best tennis players on the planet, they are both very fond of taking breaks by the beach. Rafael is fond of taking yacht trips with his friends while Serena is no stranger to the sandy shores of Miami Beach. Click through to see how Rafa, Serena, and other sports stars let loose when they're not working on their game.
The tennis court isn't usually the first place you look for bold beauty looks, but that's all changed with Serena and Venus Williams. Yesterday, Serena won her fifth US Open, and the 3D nail art we've been keeping our eye on was still intact. Throughout the tournament, the Williams sisters' hair and makeup looks were far from boring. Serena went with dramatic black winged eyeliner and a bold brow for most of her matches. She kept her voluminous curls pulled back into a ponytail while she was on the court. Serena also went with sparkling nail art in a peach shade to match her coral wristbands. She also went for an accent nail with white-polish-studded appliqués.
See Venus's look, after the jump.
With the 2013 US Open tennis championships in full swing, we can't help but wonder what kind of fashion statement the Williams sisters will serve up this year! Unless they're wearing the requisite white of Wimbledon — and even sometimes then! — the dynamic duo redefines tennis fashion with their daring looks. Here are our favorites throughout the years; click through and let us know what you think.
— Additional reporting by Nancy Einhart
"They're athletes, so it's clean," said key makeup artist Lottie of the fresh-faced look. "Some are wearing Aqua Black eyeliner tight to the lashes, but we're focusing on the skin." For a sweat-proof finish, Lottie applied Make Up For Ever HD Foundation to the face and body. Hair was similarly athletic, with John Barrett Salon hairstylist Mahogany creating individualized ponytails and braids for each athlete. "They're all sporty and trendy styles," she explained, "but they still allow you to move." Consider it a real-life beauty look created for a larger-than-life superstar.
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By Kate Fagan
After her first-round win at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati last week, Venus Williams went back out that same night to hit more balls. For most players, that would not be a big deal. But practicing extra is something Williams hasn't been able to do — at least not nearly as often as she would like — since announcing at last year's U.S. Open that she suffers from Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that produces joint stiffness and prolonged fatigue. Williams then stepped away from competitive tennis for seven months, and, since returning this past March, she has suffered some of the worst singles defeats of her career, most notably her listless first-round exit at Wimbledon, where she has won five of her seven Grand Slam titles.
Yes, Williams won Wimbledon and Olympic gold doubles titles with her sister Serena. But, at age 32, Venus finds herself answering new questions, as tennis fans and pundits wonder whether we are watching one of the greatest players ever shrink before our eyes. After her straight-set Wimbledon defeat, there was talk that we might have seen her last singles match at the All England Club. And now, on the eve of the U.S. Open, which starts Monday in New York City, some are asking whether this could be her last hurrah there, too.
Not a chance.
"She has absolutely no plan of retiring anytime soon," said Mary Joe Fernandez, who coached the U.S. Olympic tennis team in London. "People believe when you turn 32 that you should be done, but Venus says, 'Why?' That was really refreshing for me to hear. I saw a different side of her in London, that she loves the game and doesn't want to stop playing. She was even talking about the next Olympics — four years from now."
Fernandez asked Williams whether she would retire from singles and just play doubles. "She dismissed that idea out of hand," Fernandez said. "She is quite focused on playing singles." Which brings us back to Cincinnati and that postmatch practice session. Maybe it really was no big deal, just a momentary energy surge. Or maybe it was a sign that Williams is writing the opening page to a new script: How to Win with Sjogren's. "I'm doing a lot better than this time last year," Williams told reporters in Cincy, where she made it to the semifinals. "So much better than a couple of months ago, as well. I am learning to deal with everything a lot better."
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Bergdorf Goodman will celebrate its 111th birthday this year with window installations, an in-store pop-up shop, and special merchandise created by over 100 designers "for every single division and floor in the women's and men's stores." [Racked]
- Venus Williams doesn't know yet where she'll stage the presentation for her sportswear line EleVen during New York Fashion Week. "I'm not sure of the exact location because I just got back from the Olympics," she said. "I'm still getting updated. Who am I? Where am I? Why?" [The Cut]
- Michelle Dockery says she's nothing like her Downton Abbey character, the infinitely imperious Lady Mary Crawley. But she does acknowledge that "it's amazing, really, how [the show] has affected fashion." [Harper's Bazaar]
- Industry darling Azealia Banks has landed her very own September cover. [Spin]
- Tyra Banks (no relation to the aforementioned Banks) has started documenting her life with GIFs she created for the photo-sharing site Cinemagram. [BuzzFeed]
- The image of a swimsuit-clad Michael Phelps sitting in a bathtub that was originally believed to be part of a campaign for Louis Vuitton "is not an official Louis Vuitton image," according to a spokesman for the company. [The Daily Mail]
Photo: Michelle Dockery photographed by Benjamin A. Huseby for the September 2012 issue of Harper's Bazaar.
With Wimbledon kicking off next Monday, tennis's power set stepped out last night for a little off-court fun at a pre-Wimbledon party in London. The fete brought out the likes of world champion Maria Sharapova and the Grand Slam masters Venus and Serena Williams. And while we're used to seeing these ladies in sportier attire, they certainly pulled out all the stops on their cocktail party ensembles. Venus chose a summery Amanda Wakeley LWD that draped in all the right places, Danish stunner Caroline Wozniacki showed off her form in a cool Stella McCartney LBD, Maria opted for a supergirlie high-low profile in embellished Antonio Berardi and ruby-red Roger Vivier heels, Serena went for short and sweet in a purple taffeta Burberry number, and Serbian beauty Ana Ivanovic looked ultrafeminine in a feather-accented Matthew Williamson dress. No matter how fierce these women can get on the court, they're just as skilled in the after-hours style department. Now it's match point — you decide who deserves the Most Fab title below.
With colorblocking being such a huge trend for Spring, we were thrilled to see two lovely ladies sporting it at the Vanity Fair Oscar party last night in Hollywood. Rosario went for a tropical mix of turquoise, orange, and magenta in her Salvatore Ferragamo gown, while Venus opted for pink and purple Christiane King. Both showed lots of leg. Rosario, however, kept jewelry to a minimum and accessorized with black peep-toe heels, while Venus chose statement earrings and sparkly heels. Who wins this match?
History is marked with talented black athletes who asserted their civil rights and defied segregation to play professionally. To celebrate Black History Month, here is a look at noteworthy black female athletes who have risen to the top and the women who helped pave their way.