Maria Sharapova arrives for a pre-Wimbledon party at Kensington Roof Gardens, west London. (AP Photo)
Maria Sharapova, who recently won the French Open, regained the world number spot and is one of the favourites to win the Wimbledon. (AP Photo)
Style sisters Serena and Venus pose at the Pre-Wimbledon Party. (AP Photo)
Coming Up: Style Divas of Wimbledon.
When we think of Wimbledon, we think of grasscourt, strawberries and cream, British elegance and of course the symbolic Whites. Unlike all other Grand Slams, Wimbledon Tennis Championship follows a dress code and all players - Ladies and Gentlemen - are expected to sport white dresses. Over the years, the women players have experimented a lot with it. From length to cuts to fabrics, we have seen it all at the Wimbledon. Here's a look at the style divas in action at the Wimbledon.
Last year, Bethanie Mattek-Sands made no bones about her over the top admiration for pop queen Lady Gaga. Bethanie, who also calls herself 'the Lady Gaga of tennis', sported a top which had one sleeve missing along with her under-eye tattoos. (AP Photo)
Bethanie lived up to her flamboyant reputation wearing a white jacket covered in tassel and cut-in-half tennis balls. (AP Photo)
The always 'experimental' Serena Williams had played it safe last year. She wore the Smash Lawn Dress by Nike. Made with Dri-FIT material with a deep v at the front and back with micro-hole mesh inset panels, the dress had contrast piping details and an empire waist with bust darts. (AP Photo)
However, Serena's elder sister, Venus Williams wore a white romper - an all-in-one outfit with shorts and cutout sleeves and a big triangle cut out the back. The playsuit had a V neckline and was adorned with a gold belt and zipper in the front. (AP Photo)
When asked about her dress, Venus said: "It's a jumper, and jumpers are very 'now,' as is lace." She also liked the draping shoulders, which she called "in the moment." She said: "It's just kind of like a trendy dress. It's fun." (AP Photo)
However, the lady who Venus beat in her first round match, Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan, dressed more like a man. Don't believe us? Check out the pic!
And before experimenting with the cuts and designs, the players did their bit with the length. Let's take you down into the memory lane. (AP Photo)
From the flowing skirts of 1930s, they have come a long way. But with time they just got shorter. (AFP Photo)
As seen in the picture of Helen Wills Moody and Helen Jacobs, the knee length skirts became a fad in late 1930s. (AFP Photo)
By 1950, the whites shrunk further as seen in the image of USA's Doris Hart and Shirley Fry. (AFP Photo)
Australia's Margaret Court-Smith is seen sporting a mini skirt in the photograph of 1960 Wimbledon Championship. (AFP Photo)
Unlike previous times, it was not only about the length. By 1990s, style became an important element of dressing of tennis stars. In this winning photograph of Steffi Graf, the German legend is seen sporting a dress that's both sporty as well as feminine. (AFP Photo)
Mid-90s hailed the arrival of Williams sisters, Serena (in pic) and Venus, who have since then ruled the tennis courts in all departments. They became style icons, accessorizing the dresses with diamonds, and did not shirk away from going for micro-minis. (AFP Photo)
Russia's Maria Sharapova took the baton ahead. Apart from becoming the World Number 1, Maria also became tennis's favourite pin-up girl. Though she lost the numero uno tag, she continued to be the fashion queen. In the 2008 Wimbledon, she hogged the limelight for her white tuxedo shorts. (AFP Photo)
Defending champion Venus Williams went extremely short in the 2008 edition of the Wimbledon Championship. What remains to be seen is, is there any scope left to go any shorter? (AFP Photo)