June 30, 2005
Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova have been bling-battling it out at the British tennis championships, wearing enormous earrings, dazzling diamond rings and sparkling sneakers. But who's winning the style showdown? Here, a scorecard on (and off) the court. (Compiled by New York Daily News).
On-court bling: Sharapova sports Nike's Air Zoom Vapor Speed sneaks, with sparkling specks of 24-karat gold built in. Matching white-and-gold uni is so this season.
On-court bust: Gold dangling earrings whip against her face while she plays.
Best off-court look: Minidress and cropped capelet at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. In gold, natch. The girl's got a signature style and she's sticking with it.
Fighting rumors: That all the attention may turn Sharapova, 18, into the next Anna Kournikova.
Ad campaign coup: $20 million worth of product pushing (including Motorola). Swats balls into a fence, spelling out "MARIA WAS HERE" in a Canon commercial. Has her own perfume, due out this fall.
Lucky girl: Has been in Italian Vogue
Oncourt bling: Alternates doorknocker-huge gold hoops with chandelier earrings.
Oncourt bust: Huge dazzling diamond ring.
Best off-court look: Slinky siren-red dress at a party in L.A. in May.
Fighting rumors: The 25-year-old's outside interests - in fashion and interior design, for example - are distracting her from her game.
Ad campaign coup: Scored a reported $40 million from Reebok in 2000. Earlier this year, teamed up with her sister to sling grub for McDonald's.
Lucky girl: Has been on "Oprah."
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