Australian Open 2018 fashions hits and misses: The adidas jumpsuit, Nike's hot pink and Hydrogen's howler

Reem Abulleil 28/01/2018

Another Grand Slam comes to a close and we can’t move on just yet before weighing in on the fashion hits and misses at the opening major of the year.

Many players brought their A-game to the ‘Happy Slam’ Down Under, but others perhaps tried a little too hard — or more like their clothing sponsors did.

From Nike’s hot pink, to the Mizuno fluorescent… the tournament at Melbourne Park was certainly a bright one.

Here’s a look at some of the most memorable outfits from the 2018 Australian Open.

THE HITS

The adidas romper gets points for creativity and style. Not so much for the obvious sweat patches. We’re not sure how easy it was to get in and out of, and it probably added a few minutes to those mid-match toilet breaks, but we still give it a thumbs up and hope we see more jumpsuits on tour. (We’ll always give credit to Alize Lim for her romper game).

Whether worn with the sleeveless top or the t-shirt, the Nike shorts look was brilliant in its class and simplicity. Madison Keys, Caroline Garcia, Elina Svitolina and Elena Vesnina were just some of the women to rock that number in Melbourne.

We love a good old classic Sergio Tacchini shirt any day of the week. Mate Pavic won the men’s doubles title on Sunday wearing one, while Goran Ivanisevic sported the same look in Legends’ action this past fortnight.

The Fila pleated skirt, donned by Ashleigh Barty, Timea Babos and others, combined the brand’s classic palette of red, white and navy, with a contemporary twist.

Nike’s variations on the hot pink grew on us as the tournament progressed. Roger Federer said he was part of the reason the brand kitted up their players in that colour and we must say most of them wore it well.

The New Balance kit worn by the likes of Heather Watson and Nicole Gibbs had beautiful details. From the white stitched trim, to the front slit, to the cool racerback, this outfit was a winner.

The sky blue striped kit from adidas that Alexander Zverev wore was a sleek choice. Shame we didn’t see much of it.

THE MISSES

Fabio Fognini has done many unforgivable things on a tennis court in the past. This is another one. An inexplicable design from Hydrogen!

Maria Sharapova’s dress with mesh sleeves and inserts is a creative design from Nike and would make for a great outfit for a fancy brunch out. Not so much for sweating it out on a tennis court in 40-degree weather.

The Mizuno neon yellow kit was not easy on the eyes, especially on the doubles court. Also seen in singles on Tennys Sandgren, while Malek Jaziri took it a step further by going neon AND sleeveless.

Baking under the scorching Melbourne sun, Andre Agassi chose this black Nike hat to protect him. We sympathise with everyone who braved the Australian Open heat, but we argue that surely Agassi could have come up with a better option.

While we don’t disagree with Andy Murray that for Rafael Nadal, “sleeveless is better”, we must say that Nike’s twist on their hot pink look for the Spaniard was more sleepwear than activewear.

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Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win Australian Open title

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Caroline Wozniacki finally lifted her first Grand Slam title at the 43rd attempt as she beat Simona Halep 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open on Saturday.

The Dane, who will take over as world number one, burst into tears as she secured the title against the battling Romanian top seed on her first match point of a gruelling, epic encounter.

Both players needed medical attention on court before the Dane prevailed in 2hr 49min in energy-sapping hot and humid conditions on Rod Laver Arena.

Wozniacki, 27, has long carried the unwanted moniker of best player never to win a major, having reached the US Open final in 2009 and 2014, and first becoming number one in 2010.

Both of them were in their third major final — their first in Australia — and both had saved match points in earlier rounds to get there.

Wozniacki started the stronger and broke Halep’s opening service game with the early evening temperature still above 30 Celsius (86 Farenheit).

The Dane sped into a 3-0 lead behind a consistent first serve.

Wozniacki had not won a set in either of her previous two Grand Slam final appearances and tightened visibly serving for this one at 5-3. Halep aggressively took advantage and moved to three break points at 0-40.

A big second serve and a first ace saved two of them but the relentless Halep forced Wozniacki long with a sliced forehand and the final was back on serve.

In the tiebreak the Dane went 4-1 up before a second mini-break and two solid serves gave her the tiebreak 7-2.

Wozniacki was growing in confidence and Halep needed to save four break points at 1-1 in the second set in a brutal game that lasted 11 minutes.

Soon after Halep signalled to her coach Darren Cahill in the player’s box that she wasn’t feeling well and there were worrying scenes as she had her blood pressure taken and an ice towel applied in the next changeover.

Halep re-emerged with her energy drained and needed the luckiest of net cords to hold for 4-3.

Cramping and almost limping, she decided to stand and deliver in the next game, keeping the points short.

Incredibly the tactic paid off as she broke Wozniacki with a ripping drive up the line and served at 5-3 to level the match.

Wozniacki forced two break back points which Halep saved, before levelling on her third set point.

The tournament’s extreme heat policy was invoked meaning the players took a 10-minute break before the start of the third set.

When they resumed Wozniacki held before wearing Halep down with a series of long rallies and securing the break for 2-0 as the match clock hit the two-hour mark.

Halep dug deep and got it back to 2-1 on her sixth break point of a gruelling game when Wozniacki double-faulted after almost 12 minutes.

Both players were feeling the heat and two more breaks of serve were exchanged as they struggled to find any rhythm until Halep held for 3-3.

Wozniacki’s weaker forehand let her down twice from deuce and Halep led for the first time in the match at 4-3.

Now it was the turn of the Dane to call the physio. With her left knee freshly strapped she broke Halep yet again to level at 4-4.

Finally, having not held since the first game of the third set Wozniacki managed it again and crucially led 5-4 with Halep having to serve to stay in the match.

She couldn’t manage it and a backhand into the net brought an end to her brave challenge.

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Caroline Wozniacki claimed her first Grand Slam title on Saturday, beating Romanian Simona Halep 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 in a tense two-hour 49-minute battle.

The Dane will return to the No. 1 spot in the rankings following her triumph on Rod Laver Arena.

Wozniacki and Halep were both going for their first Grand Slam trophy, in their third major final.

The 27-year-old Wozniacki had previously lost two US Open finals, in 2009 and 2014.

She ended 2017 by claiming the WTA Finals title and started 2018 by reaching the Auckland final and now winning the Australian Open.

Here, we look at the key stats behind Wozniacki’s maiden Slam success.

1 – Grand Slam title for Wozniacki from three finals reached.

1 – Wozniacki is the first player from Denmark to win a Grand Slam singles title.

3 – finals reached for Wozniacki in her last three tournaments.

4 – Wozniacki now ranks fourth for total career prize money, overtaking Agnieszka Radwanska and Victoria Azarenka as she crosses the $30million mark. Only Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova have earned more prize money.

4 – wins and 6 losses for Wozniacki against world No. 1s, following her triumph over Halep on Saturday.

5 – wins and two losses for Wozniacki against Halep.

5 – Wozniacki is only the fifth player born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam women’s singles title.

5 – Wozniacki is the fifth woman to save at least one match point en route to winning the Australian Open title.

6 – years since Wozniacki was last ranked No. 1 in the world. She will return to that spot on Monday for the first time since January 29, 2012. This is a WTA rankings record time between stints at No. 1.

11 – match wins and just one loss for Wozniacki so far in 2018.

12 – different first-time Grand Slam winners in the last 31 women’s Grand Slams.

14 – times the Australian Open women’s singles title was won by the No. 2 seed (Wozniacki won on Saturday as the No. 2 seed).

15 – wins (and 6 losses) against top-10 opponents for Wozniacki since the start of 2017 – more than any other player on tour.

23 – hard court titles for Wozniacki throughout her career.

42 – the average rank of Wozniacki’s opponents this Australian Open.

43 – Grand Slams Wozniacki has competed in to finally claim a title. She is fourth on the list of most Grand Slam appearances before winning her first title.

48 – Wozniacki is the 48th player in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam women’s singles title.

71 – tour-level match wins for Wozniacki since the start of 2017 – more than any other player.

156 – total winners for Wozniacki throughout the tournament.

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