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Australian Open fashion hits

As Maria Sharapova noted, yellow is the color of the season in Melbourne. It's enough to make you think there was some sort of collusion among the designers to make their lives a little easier. Some (Adidas) worked it better than others (Nike), but for the most part it was the bolder colors that worked best as well as some crisp whites to keep things light. Let's not forget, it's summer in Australia. No one wants to look like they're dying in the heat. Here are my picks for fashion hits at the Australian Open. (Click here for my fashion misses.)

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Serena Williams: This purple-and-orange number might be the best-fitting dress Nike has ever put Serena in. The bold colors make her stand out from the sea of blues and yellows. Her African-patterned headband is an homage to February's Black History Month. (Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

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Novak Djokovic: The Serb is entering his first full year with Uniqlo, and it's done well by him. His green-and-white day kit looks great set against the red logo and yellow wristband. It is crisp and refreshing, a perfect look under the bright Aussie sun. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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Ana Ivanovic: Adidas wins out over Nike in the "Yellow Wars," abandoning the gaudy patterns that plagued its kits last year and sticking with solids. (Dennis Sabangan/EPA)

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Ryan Harrison: Nike drowned Roger Federer in aqua blue, but its patterned polo is a hit. It's a nice, clean update to a classic tennis look. (Theo Karanikos/Zumapress)

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Caroline Wozniacki: Stella McCartney's Adidas designs are regularly on my "miss" list, but her new Barricade line is perfect. Seems she finally figured out the perfect hem length for Wozniacki after putting her in a too-short number in 2011 and an awkwardly long one in 2012. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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Laura Robson: There's something audacious about putting Robson in an all-white, age-appropriate kit with neon yellow accessories. If that doesn't scream "I'm British and I live in Wimbledon!" I don't know what else would. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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Janko Tipsarevic: Not an adventurous colorway for Fila, but during his first-round match I couldn't help thinking, "Hey, Janko's shirt actually fits him." (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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Sabine Lisicki: It's annoying that it looks like Adidas and Nike both shared notes and decided to go yellow and grey this season, but I liked this striped tank combo on Lisicki. It's actually something I imagine women at my local tennis club would wear. (Mark Dadswell/EPA)

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Samantha Stosur: Last year, Stosur's dresses hung on her like a Hefty bag. This year, Asics finally realized that it's OK to shorten a woman's skirt to flatter her figure. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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David Goffin: Goffin signed with Lacoste, meaning he won't be wearing Federer's old Nike kits like he did at Wimbledon last year. But the idol worship continues: He's sporting Federer's Nike Zoom Vapors. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

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Julia Goerges: Now with Fila, Goerges actually looks better than in her old Nike kits, which never did her justice. The court camouflage seems to be working so far, as the German is into the third round. (Adam Davis/Icon SMI)

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Venus Williams: Perhaps the most divisive kit of the early rounds, count me as a fan of Venus' watercolor Eleven dress. The cut flatters her figure and the pattern is interesting without being tacky. She also gets extra credit for the matching hair extensions. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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