The Most Beautiful Women of Wimbledon 2012

Zack Pumerantz@z_pumerantzAnalyst IIIJune 20, 2012

The Most Beautiful Women of Wimbledon 2012

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    As the tennis world prepares for the 126th edition of the Wimbledon championships and the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, many of its sexy inhabitants are waiting in the wings for the perfect opportunity.

    These racket beauties always play hard to get. From provocative off-court shots to graceful on-court grunts, they rarely shy from the spotlight.

    But while many can obviously slap a tennis ball across a net with gusto, we're a bit more excited to appreciate their world-class beauty.

    Here are the most beautiful women of Wimbledon.

18. Vera Zvonareva

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    Having reached the finals of the 2008 WTA Tour Championships, 2010 Wimbledon Championships and 2010 U.S. Open, it's clear Russian sensation Vera Zvonareva is close to reaching the promised land.

    On the other hand, her off-court performances may reign supreme.

17. Sabine Lisicki

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    When she became only the second player in Wimbledon history to make it to the semifinals after entering the tournament as a wild card last year and then lost, opponents knew that German star Sabine Lisicki would be back for revenge. 

    She must be scheming as we speak.

16. Flavia Pennetta

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    While she's known as the first Italian player to be ranked in the Top 10 of female singles, Flavia Pennetta engages our interest most with her quiet look towards the camera. 

    She always seems calm, cool and collected.

15. Victoria Azarenka

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    While she obviously has a winning smile, current No. 2 Victoria Azarenka is best known for one major achievement.

    By winning the 2012 Australian Open singles title, Azarenka became the first Belarusian player to win a Grand Slam in singles.

    She's eclipsed the budding legend label.

14. Caroline Wozniacki

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    She's not only the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top ranking position, but former World No. 1 Danish beauty Caroline Wozniacki has that down-to-earth aura we're all eager to be around.

    Just don't call her boring.

13. Julia Goerges

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    With only two WTA singles titles, Julia Goerges has a ways to go before she gets fully noticed.

    But her relentless focus should help her reach greatness before long.

12. Angelique Kerber

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    Currently the highest ranked German (No. 8) in the WTA rankings, Angelique Kerber has only just scraped the edge of stardom.

    The 24-year-old is easily beginning to win over the crowd.

11. Daniela Hantuchova

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    Since becoming the fifth female tennis player to win the mixed doubles title in all four Grand Slam tournaments during her career (2005), Slovakian star Daniela Hantuchova has quickly risen up the tennis charts.

    And she's obviously strengthened her resume.

10. Petra Cetkovska

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    The current No. 25 in the world may not light up the rankings, but she's certainly got an affinity for impressing viewers.

    Petra Cetkovska may be the Czech Republic's greatest accomplishment yet.

9. Arantxa Rus

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    She upset No. 2 Kim Clijsters at the 2011 French Open and reached the fourth round of the 2012 French Open, begging fans to pay attention.

    And it was infatuation at first sight, once they finally laid eyes on her.

8. Yaroslava Shvedova

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    With only one WTA singles title in her career thus far, Yaroslava Shvedova may need to begin using her breathtaking smile to her advantage if she wants to approach greatness.

    It's a learning process.

7. Anne Keothavong

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    This London-born beauty has 19 International Tennis Federation singles titles, eight ITF doubles titles and a bevy of loyal followers.

    We're officially on the bandwagon.

6. Mathilde Johansson

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    Born in Sweden, groomed in France, Mathilde Johansson is a quite the sight to behold.

    What the current No. 80 lacks in awards, she makes up for in jaw-dropping pictorials.

5. Maria Kirilenko

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    Despite a career-high ranking of No. 16, Russian beauty Maria Kirilenko has remained an icon in the tennis realm.

    Some just possess natural greatness.

4. Maria Sharapova

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    After beating two-time defending champion and top seed Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final at age 17, it was clear Maria Sharapova was going to be something special.

    She now sits atop the tennis world as the No. 1 ranked player. Her beauty is perhaps her greatest asset.

3. Tsvetana Pironkova

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    She may be known best for defeating Venus Williams three times at Grand Slam tournaments, but Tsvetana Pironkova is subtly beginning to dominate the sports world with her natural beauty.

    The mystery intrigues us.

2. Ana Ivanovic

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    Former World No. 1 Serbian Ana Ivanovic has dominated the game of tennis for some time now...even if mostly away from the court.

    But while we're far from unfamiliar with her photogenic nature, never have we seen such a dark and ominous flow.

    A+ work.

1. Dominika Cibulkova

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    After reaching the quarterfinals at last year's Wimbledon Championships, you can bet Slovak bombshell Dominika Cibulkova is fired up.

    As are we after being properly introduced.