Sharapova's new attire a classic little ensemble

06:31, Dec 15 2010
Maria Sharapova poses during a 2002 photo feature in Indian Wells, California.
Maria Sharapova poses during a 2002 photo feature in Indian Wells, California.
Maria Sharapova prepares to serve against Elena Vesnina of Russia during the China Open in 2010.
Maria Sharapova prepares to serve against Elena Vesnina of Russia during the China Open in 2010.
Maria Sharapova visits the Sony Ericsson booth during day four of the 2010 China Open.
Maria Sharapova visits the Sony Ericsson booth during day four of the 2010 China Open.
Maria Sharapova serves against Kimiko Date Krumm during their women's singles first round match at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo in 2010.
Maria Sharapova serves against Kimiko Date Krumm during their women's singles first round match at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo in 2010.
Maria Sharapova reacts after winning a point against Svetlana Kuznetsova during day two of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in 2010.
Maria Sharapova reacts after winning a point against Svetlana Kuznetsova during day two of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in 2010.
Maria Sharapova in the second round of the mixed doubles at the 2004 US Open in New York.
Maria Sharapova in the second round of the mixed doubles at the 2004 US Open in New York.
Maria Sharapova models earrings from Tiffanys that she was to wear while playing at the Australian Open in 2010.
Maria Sharapova models earrings from Tiffanys that she was to wear while playing at the Australian Open in 2010.
Maria Sharapova poses with the trophy after winning the women's final against Jelena Jankovic at  Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis tournament in 2009.
Maria Sharapova poses with the trophy after winning the women's final against Jelena Jankovic at Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis tournament in 2009.
Maria Sharapova signs a poster after beating Samantha Stosur at the Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis tournament in Tokyo in 2009.
Maria Sharapova signs a poster after beating Samantha Stosur at the Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis tournament in Tokyo in 2009.
Maria Sharapova, international tennis star and global brand ambassador for Sony Ericsson, strikes a pose in the window of Liberty store as she unveils winning designs from students at the London College of Fashion in 2009.
Maria Sharapova, international tennis star and global brand ambassador for Sony Ericsson, strikes a pose in the window of Liberty store as she unveils winning designs from students at the London College of Fashion in 2009.
Tennis star Maria Sharapova (centre) poses with Maria Sarapova look-alike models at the unveiling of the new Canon PowerShot Diamond Collection in New York City in 2008.
Tennis star Maria Sharapova (centre) poses with Maria Sarapova look-alike models at the unveiling of the new Canon PowerShot Diamond Collection in New York City in 2008.
Maria Sharapova sits on a Harley Davidson motorcycle she won after beating Vera Zvonareva in the final of the WTA Qatar Total Open in 2008.
Maria Sharapova sits on a Harley Davidson motorcycle she won after beating Vera Zvonareva in the final of the WTA Qatar Total Open in 2008.
Maria Sharapova warms up before a training session at the Canada stadium in Ramat Hasharon, north of Tel Aviv, before a Fed Cup clash between Russia and Israel in 2008.
Maria Sharapova warms up before a training session at the Canada stadium in Ramat Hasharon, north of Tel Aviv, before a Fed Cup clash between Russia and Israel in 2008.
Maria Sharapova holds her winners trophy during the presentation ceremony after their women's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne in 2008.
Maria Sharapova holds her winners trophy during the presentation ceremony after their women's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne in 2008.
Russian Maria Sharapova reacts after her compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova won the decisive game of Fed Cup World Group women's tennis final against Italy in 2007.
Russian Maria Sharapova reacts after her compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova won the decisive game of Fed Cup World Group women's tennis final against Italy in 2007.
Maria Sharapova holds her trophy as the lid comes off  after winning the woman's singles final at the 2006 US Open in New York.
Maria Sharapova holds her trophy as the lid comes off after winning the woman's singles final at the 2006 US Open in New York.
Maria Sharapova interviews a model at the Palace hotel in 2006 in Madrid. Models were selected to work as ballboys for the Women's Tennis Championshoips in Madrid that year.
Maria Sharapova interviews a model at the Palace hotel in 2006 in Madrid. Models were selected to work as ballboys for the Women's Tennis Championshoips in Madrid that year.
Model Rachel Hunter, tennis star Maria Sharapova and model Daniela Pestova participate in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue unveiling event in New York City.
Model Rachel Hunter, tennis star Maria Sharapova and model Daniela Pestova participate in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue unveiling event in New York City.
Maria Sharapova celebrates after she won a point during an Australian Open tennis tournament quarterfinal match in Melbourne in 2006.
Maria Sharapova celebrates after she won a point during an Australian Open tennis tournament quarterfinal match in Melbourne in 2006.
Maria Sharapova poses for a photograph after donating the value of a Porsche won at the 2004 WTA Tour Championships to charity during the Australian Open Grand Slam at Melbourne Park in 2005.
Maria Sharapova poses for a photograph after donating the value of a Porsche won at the 2004 WTA Tour Championships to charity during the Australian Open Grand Slam at Melbourne Park in 2005.
Maria Sharapova poses with the Billie Jean King Trophy in front of a Porsche Cayenne the day after winning the single's title at the WTA Tour Championships Tournament in 2004 at the Fin Santa Monica, California.
Maria Sharapova poses with the Billie Jean King Trophy in front of a Porsche Cayenne the day after winning the single's title at the WTA Tour Championships Tournament in 2004 at the Fin Santa Monica, California.
Maria Sharapova celebrates winning the women's singles final against Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2004.
Maria Sharapova celebrates winning the women's singles final against Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2004.
Maria Sharapova poses during a photo feature in Indian Wells, California in 2002.
Maria Sharapova poses during a photo feature in Indian Wells, California in 2002.
Brand Collaboration award winner Maria Sharapova attends the 14th Annual ACE Awards presented by the Accessories Council at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City in 2010..
Brand Collaboration award winner Maria Sharapova attends the 14th Annual ACE Awards presented by the Accessories Council at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City in 2010..
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Maria Sharapova at Auckland airport on her arrival to play in the ASB Classic, with tournament director Richard Palmer.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova at Auckland airport on her arrival to play in the ASB Classic.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova at Auckland airport on her arrival to play in the ASB Classic.

Tennis – and fashion – fans in New Zealand will be the first to see what glamour player Maria Sharapova will be wearing on court next year when she unveils a new outfit at January's ASB Classic.

Pictures have emerged of Sharapova's planned outfit for the Australian Open and it's customary for players to wear the same clothes at the Classic as they'll wear in the first Grand Slam of the year.

Sharapova, the world No 18 and top seed in Auckland, will wear the "Oz Open Ace Dress", which is made of lightweight dri-FIT material by her Nike sponsors.

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ENSEMBLE: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open.

This is supposed to let her move freely around the court while absorbing sweat and moisture from her skin.

The dress is peach and grey, although there is a two-piece variant, which is peach on top with pink trim and a grey skirt.

Sharapova was involved in the design process, including being responsible for the "boomerang back", which will see her back revealed more than in most other outfits.

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"What we like to think about for the Australian Open is keeping our female athletes as unrestricted as possible," said Janice Lucena, creative director of Nike Tennis.

"With Maria's dress, there is some playful inspiration around Australia and some unrestricted mobility around the top."

Being the most photographed sportswoman in the world, there is always intense interest in what Sharapova will be wearing each year.

It's certain that pictures of her in action for the first time next season, at the ASB Classic, will be shown in newspapers and magazines around the world, giving the tournament unprecedented global coverage.

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