I’ve always liked Venus and Serena Williams, not just because they’re great tennis players, but also because they’re usually good sports. If it were possible for the sisters to move up a notch in my book, the photo on the right (from The Hindu, via SAJAforum) did the trick. (Here’s another photo.) They wore the saris at a players party on the eve of the Bangalore Open.
The sisters donned the traditional Indian costume – complete with
gold earrings and bindis on their foreheads – as they joined fellow
competitors at the Southern India bash. While Venus – who has a keen
interest in style and trained as a fashion designer – stepped out in a
cerulean blue affair, Serena had opted for a striking saffron creation
which revealed her uber-toned stomach.
Both colours have a special significance in India, where blue is
associated Lord Krishna and represents calm, while saffron orange — the
country’s favourite hue — is considered auspicious as well as sacred. [Link]
Madhav: Is this the last time you will be wearing a saree?
No, not at all. I love India and this is my first time in the country.
I hope to come back here a lot more often and wear more beautiful and
colourful sarees. [Link]
That may not make everyone in India happy. At least one writer, Kimi Dangor of India Today, didn’t care for the sari look.
… although the siblings pack quite a punch on the court, their sari-clad look turned out to be a definite double fault. [Link]
Far be it for me to question Dangor’s judgment. I’ve got a feeling she knows a thing or two about double faults.