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Deja Vu for Indian Wells spectators

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Aranxta Rus of Holland wearing the popular adidas brand tennis outfit

Paul Martinez / PHOTOSPORT

By Sara Acott

Indian Wells, Calif., Mar 07, 2011 – Something seemed quite familiar to the thousands of spectators who braved the gale force winds for women's qualifying on Monday. On court after court, players were wearing the same dress.

     In particular, the purple and lime adidas ensemble seemed popular, adorning Monica Puig, Aranxta Rus and Sorana Cistea.

     Puig, coming in as a wildcard to the qualifying round, was first on the court, and downed Anne Keothavong of the UK 6-1, 6-1.

     In an almost simultaneous match on a nearby court, Sorana Cirstea, in the same dress, fought off wildcard Sabine Lisicki of Germany 4-6, 7-6(2) 6-2. A bit later, Aranxta Rus was the only adidas dress-wearer to lose, falling in a three hour match to American Jamie Hampton, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

     To be perfectly honest, wearing the same dress is not the same sort of fashion gaffe as it would be on the red carpet, especially in qualifying, but it will be interesting to see tomorrow if Puig and Cirstea make a matching set when they meet for a spot in the main draw.

     In other qualifying action, Americans had a so-so day. Madison Keys started them off strong with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Junri Namigata and then Hampton beat Rus, but Maria Sanchez, Madison Brengle and Irina Falconi were unable to repeat this success against Mirjana Lucic, Tamira Paszek and Andrea Hlavackova respectively. WTA qualifying wraps up Tuesday.

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monica puig (c) Matt Dunn PHOTOSPORTMonica Puig in adidas

sorana cirstea (c) PHOTOSPORTSorana in adidas

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