The U.S. Open tennis tournament always seems to suffer from a little bit of an inferiority complex. Die-hard tennis fans love the event to be sure, but the Open has a tendency to get lost sometimes amid the fervor of the football preseason hype machine and the baseball playoff push.
Which is sad, for a couple of reasons. No. 1, the tennis is phenomenal. No. 2, the women are even better.
So with the 2009 U.S. Open kicking off Monday, we humbly offer 10 great reasons to turn off the Brandon Marshall soap opera for a couple of weeks and watch some of the hottest women in the world get sweaty in the New York humidity.
Honestly, Sharapova isn’t really even one of our favorite on-court hotties. But at this point we’re almost legally obligated to showcase her. Sharapova fans are only slightly less vocal than Philly fans in voicing their support for the Russian pin-up queen.
Dementieva, a personal favorite of the Sportspooperazi, is as underrated on the hotness scale as she is on the court. Although the No. 4 seed is on the verge of becoming the Buffalo Bills of women’s tennis; she’s made it to the semifinals in eight Grand Slam events and two finals but has yet to win one of the biggies. We have no choice but to blame Buffalo, as she dates Sabres free agent Maxim Afinogenov.
The former world No. 1 may be having a bit of a tough time on the court (she’s won just two of nine matches against top-20 players in 2009), but this sexy Serb is always a solid pick off the court. Fernando Verdasco and Adam Scott certainly thought so (reportedly).
We love Jelena Jankovic. We love her because a) she’s like a hotter, more athletic version of Karen Oh of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; and b) she’s a total drama queen who gets around a little bit (allegedly; must be a Serbian thing) and has propensity for being an attention whore. So basically she’s just like us.
This tasty Danish player has a tremendous future on the court, and a lot of upside off the court as well. And now that she’s 19, we can even giggle about the fact she once told Teen Vogue magazine that one of her favorite hobbies is handball. God, we’re retarded.
No one can accuse Daniela Hantuchova and Maria Kirilenko of pulling a Kournikova. Despite the fact these delightful lasses spend more time in model shoots than Derek Zoolander, they’ve still managed to cobble together some singles titles and more than a few weeks in the top 20. Which, sadly, is more than we can say for …
Ah yes, Bethany Mattek-Sands. Someday we’ll build a Sportspoop Hall of Fame, and poor Bethany will get her own wing. For those of you keeping score, the fashionista of women’s tennis has now been on the WTA Tour for 10 years, and she’s still searching for singles title Numero Uno. But if loving Bethany is wrong, we don’t want to be right. From her knee-high socks all the way up to her dollar-store leopard-print cap, we’re behind her all the way.
By the way, if she gets past something called an Iveta Benesova in the first round, our girl Bethany gets Venus Williams in Round Two. So if you’re going to get on the bandwagon, you’d better jump on fast. It looks like it might be another short ride.
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