The Prettiest Faces of the WTA
Much like my piece on the LPGA, not only are these ladies attractive, but also have had success on the WTA tour, and will continue to do so.
This list was much tougher, due to the fact that there are so many tennis players on tour, and that so many Europeans have the Anna Kournikova type look.
However, all of these women have won at least one event on the WTA.
But all of them could also earn a lot more dough off the courts, like Kournikova did.
So here is my list, in alphabetical order, of the women who could make any man do a double take.
**All stats are as of 4/6/09 and all information is from www.sonyericssonwtatour.com**
Azarenka is 5'10" from Minks, Belarus and came on tour in 2003 as a 14-year-old. Now, at 19, she has recently reached her her highest ranking at No. 8.
She has won three singles titles and has a record of 160-72 on tour, has earned over $2.5 million, but has never made the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event.
Azarenka speaks three languages, admires Roger Federer, and likes hip-hop and R&B music.
Bondarenko stands at 5'6" and is from Kryvyi Rig, Ukraine, and has been on the WTA since 1999 when she was 15.
The 25-year-old, who now stands at No. 37, has a record of 280-214, and has yet to get out of the third round in any Grand Slam. She has also earned $1.7 million on tour.
Alona Bondarenko has two sisters who also play tennis (Valeria and Kateryna), and enjoys playing chess in her spare time.
Chakvetadze is one of many who come from Moscow, Russia. She stands at 5'7" and has a record of 229-119 since joining the tour in 2003.
The 22-year-old has won seven individual singles events, has $3.3 million in earnings, and is ranked No. 23 in the world.
Chakvetadze reached the semifinals in the 2007 US Open, and the quarters in two others that year.
She was also the runner-up at the 2003 Junior Wimbledon. She likes to play the piano and soccer.
It's hard not to notice this 6'2", 32-year-old from Palos Verdes, California.
Davenport has been on the WTA since 1993, and has won Grand Slam titles, while being the No. 1 overall numerous times.
She has career earnings at over $22 million, with a record of 753-194 in her 15 years.
Davenport was the 1993 Rookie of the Year, a two-time Player of the Year, and loves the Anaheim Ducks and anything USC.
Dementieva stands at 5'11" and is from Moscow, Russia. She came on tour in 1998 as a 17-year-old and now ranks as the No. 4 player in the world.
At 27, Dementieva has a record of 503-242 and has earned over $11 million on tour.
She has yet to win a Grand Slam title, but has reached the semifinals five different times.
Dementieva was named the Most Improved Player in 2000, loves animals, and likes to ski in her free time.
Dokic came in the tour in 1998 as a 15-year-old from Osijek, Croatia.
Now, the 5'9" 26-year-old ranks No. 71, but has been as high as fourth in the world.
She has a record of 278-171, has earned just about $4 million on the WTA, and has only reached a Grand Slam semifinal once.
Dokic won the 1998 Junior US Open and moved to Australia from her home back in 1994.
Golovin is yet another from Moscow, Russia, and came onto the tour in 2002 when she was just 14.
The 5'9" 21-year-old has been ranked as high as 12th, but stands all the way down at 801 right now.
The drop in rank is due a form of arthritis, but it hasn't stopped her from a 166-94 record and earning $2 million.
She likes to play the piano and enjoys ballroom dancing.
If she isn't able to return to the WTA full time, she may have a modeling career ahead of her. Did you see her in the 2009 Swimsuit Edition?
Hanutchova is from Poprad, Slovakia and began playing on tour in 1999 as a 16-year-old.
The 5'11" 26-year-old has a record of 352-219 and earnings totaling $6.1 million. She is currently ranked 43rd, but has been as high as fifth in the world.
Hantuchova has yet to win a Grand Slam, and has only reached the semifinals once, but her time will come.
She was the 2002 Most Improved Player, qualified to attend the top Slovak University, and speaks four languages (Slovak, English, German, and is learning Spanish).
Ivanovic stands 6'0" and is from Belgrade, Serbia. She entered the tour in 2003 at just 16 years old.
She has amassed a 226-80 overall record and earned $6.7 million on tour. She is currently ranked seventh, but was the No. 1 player in the world in June 2008.
Ivanovic has one Grand Slam title, Roland Garros in 2008.
She prepares for matches by doing Sudoku, and has a superstition of not stepping on the lines during practice. Ivanovic also won the 2007 Sportsmanship Award.
Like Ivanovic, Jankovic too is from Belgrade, Serbia, and has a record of 339-176 since joining the WTA in 2000.
The 5'9", 24-year-old has earned over $7 million on tour and won the 2008 US Open.
She is ranked fourth, but was the No. 1 player starting in August 2008.
Jankovic says that the best part of being a professional is that she can travel the world and learn about so many cultures.
Kiriklenko came onto the tour in 2001 as a 14-year-old, and is yet another female tennis player from Moscow, Russia.
The 5'8" 22-year-old is currently 38th, but has been as high as 18th, and has a 203-143 record with over $2 million earned.
Kirilenko has yet to make the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, but she will get there soon.
She won the 2002 Junior US Open, and I advise that you take another look at her in the 2009 Swimsuit Edition. Wow!!
Mirza is from Mumbai, India, and joined the tour in 2003 at the age of 16.
The 5'8" 22-year-old became the first female from India to win a double title in a Grand Slam by winning the 2009 Australian Open.
Mirza has a record of 197-100, and has earned $1.3 million while on tour.
She was the 2006 Newcomer of the Year and lists her favorite recording artist as Eminem.
What would this list be without the 6'2", 22-year-old from Nyagan, Russia? No "Anna Kornikova Syndrome" for this one, either.
Sharapova has an overall record of 305-70 and has earned over $12 million on tour, but is currently ranked 30th.
She has won three Grand Slam titles, and will no doubt continue to be a dominant force on the WTA.
Sharapova was the 2004 Most Improved Player and has three ESPY's to her name.
Shaughnessy is one of the few Americans on this list. She stands 5'11" and is from Richmond, Virginia.
She came into the tour in 1996. Her record isn't staggering at 377-333, but she has earned $3.6 million on the WTA.
At 30, she is past her "tennis prime" and has never gotten past the fourth round in any Grand Slam event, but she's still fun to watch.
Vaidisova is from Nurnberg, Germany and entered the tour in 2003 as a 14-year-old.
At 20, she is currently 38th, but has been as high as No. 7 in the world. She has an overall record of 183-78 and has earned $2.6 million on tour.
Vaidisova has reached the semifinals in two different Grand Slam events.
She was the runner up in the 2005 Junior Australian Open and speaks four languages (German, English, Czech, and is learning French).
Wozniacki, from Odense, Denmark came to the WTA in 2005 as a 15-year-old; her No. 12 ranking is her highest thus far.
The 5'10", 18-year-old has a record of 124-56 and has earned $1.1 million while on tour.
Woniacki was the 2006 Junior Wimbledon champion, and runner-up at the Junior Australian Open and Roland Garros.
She loves steak and potatoes and comes from an athletic family (father played soccer and mother played volleyball).
Wozniak is from Montreal, Canada and joined the WTA in 2005 as a 17-year-old.
Now at 21, Wozniak is ranked 35th, with No. 29 being her best. She has a record of 177-107, while earning just $570,000 on tour.
Wozniak has only made the third round once in a Grand Slam event.
She speaks French, English, and Polish, and has her sights set on designing her own clothing line.
So Far....Just a Pretty Face
Like Anna Kournikova, these ladies are just a pretty face for now, as they have yet to win a single event. That doesn't mean they will suffer from "Kournikova Syndrome" and will never win on the WTA though.
-Bethanie Mattek-Sands: 24; Rochester Minnesota; highest rank is No. 37
-Sabine Lisicki: 19; Troisdorf, Germany; highest rank is No. 49
-Marta Domachowska: 23; Warsaw, Poland; highest rank is No. 37
-Olga Puchkova: 22, Moscow, Russia; highest rank is No. 32
-Elena Vesnins: 22; Lvor, Ukraine; highest rank is No. 40
-Dominika Cibulkova: 19; Bratislava, Slovakia, highest rank is No. 16
-Ashley Harkleroad: 23; Rossville, Georgia (USA); highest rank is No. 39