French Open 2011: The 5 Hottest Women's Seeds You've Never Heard Of

Adam HirshfieldFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2011

French Open 2011: The 5 Hottest Women's Seeds You've Never Heard Of

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    The 2011 French Open, the second Grand Slam of the tennis year, got underway on Sunday.

    And with the start of play at Roland Garros, a plethora of beautiful, athletic women took to the red, clay courts looking to trample their opponents with missile-fast serves, baseline blasts and nimble net play.

    Everyone knows about the alluring Ana Ivanovic, the cute and youthful Caroline Wozniacki, the long-legged beauty Daniela Hantuchova, and the all-around gorgeous Maria Sharapova.

    But what about the attractive top seeds you don't know?

    In the subsequent slides, we'll run through the top five seeded women's players you really need to see to fully appreciate.

5. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

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    French Open seed: four

    A 21-year-old player from Belarus, Azarenka tied her best ever Grand Slam performance with a run to the quarterfinals in last year's Aussie Open. She also reached the quarters in the 2009 French Open.

5. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

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    Azarenka has been criticized by analysts and ex-pros for the loud noise she makes when hitting the ball. She's also known for losing her temper on occasion during matches.

    But despite wearing her emotions on her sleeve, she's still won seven career WTA singles titles.

5. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

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    Clearly not afraid to show off her body, Azarenka posed for FHM back in 2009.

    The Belorussian beauty will square off against Andrea Hlavackova in the first round in Paris.

4. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria

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    French Open seed: 32

    A 23-year-old up-and-coming player from Bulgaria, Pironkova is nearly 6' tall and is probably best known for beating Venus Williams and advancing to the semis at Wimbledon last summer.

4. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria

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    Pironkova is a burgeoning beauty as well and has sports in her blood. Her father is a former canoeing champion and her mom is a former competitive swimmer.

4. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria

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    Pironkova hasn't made it past the second round in her previous forays at the French, but she'll start off her 2011 campaign against Aussie Casey Dellacqua.

3. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia

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    Courtesy of the AP
    Courtesy of the AP

    French Open seed: 22

    This super-cute 22-year-old from Slovakia stands just 5'3", but her game packs a serious punch.

3. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia

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    Cibulkova lists Kim Clijsters as the player on the tour she most admires. Due to her size, though, the diminutive Dominika has often been compared to Amanda Coetzer.

3. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia

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    Cibulkova reached a career-high WTA ranking of No. 12 in July of 2009, but comes into the French Open as the 22nd seed.

    She had her best Grand Slam performance ever here at Roland Garros in 2009, falling in the semifinals to Dinara Safina.

3. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia

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    Follow the delightful Dominika on Twitter @Cibulkova as she squares off with American Vania King in the opening round.

2. Julia Goerges, Germany

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    French Open seed: 17

    Goerges, or "Gorgeous Goerges" as she is often called by the media, is a 22-year-old German who's on the rise on the women's tour.

2. Julia Goerges, Germany

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    Goerges, who grew up idolizing Martina Hingis and still counts herself as a huge fan of Roger Federer, has won two WTA titles so far, including the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix recently in Stuttgart, where she upset top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

2. Julia Goerges, Germany

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    Goerges then went on to stun world No. 1 Wozniacki again in Madrid earlier this month.

    She's clearly a stunner off the court as well.

2. Julia Goerges, Germany

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    "She's on a bit of a roll," Jo Durie, an analyst for Eurosport and former world No. 5, said of Goerges to ESPN.com following the Madrid tourney.

    "She's reached semis and quarters and is starting to have big wins. It's going one way at the moment, and I think she'll break the top 20. To get into the top 10 will be difficult, but I think on clay she'll keep it going for a while."

    She's definitely in our top 10.

1. Andrea Petkovic, Germany

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    French Open seed: 15

    Just 23, the amber-haired Petkovic was born in the former Yugoslavia and has Serbian heritage, but she now lives in Germany and became a citizen in 2001.

    According to Wikipedia, she speaks Serbian, German, English and French.

1. Andrea Petkovic, Germany

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    When asked about which piece of her background she most identifies with, she told the WTA website that she's a bit torn at times.

    "Obviously I'm German," she said, and this photo would support her case, "but I always say my soul is still Serbian. Germans are generally more cool, reserved. I'm very emotional, have lots of fire in my personality. In that sense still feel very close to my heritage. For all that, there is much to appreciate about Germany. I feel like I am part of the 'system' and feel very rooted there."

1. Andrea Petkovic, Germany

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    When she's not on the court, Petkovic is a student studying political science at the Distance University of Hagen.

    In her spare time, she reportedly likes to read. And we're not talking Dan Brown here, folks. Her favorite authors are Goethe and Oscar Wilde.

    "I'm interested in journalism, but in the political arena, not sport," she told the WTA website. "My dream is to have a political talk show for young people... and further into the future I would like to establish a political party."

    Beauty and brains.

1. Andrea Petkovic, Germany

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    Petkovic is currently ranked No. 12 in the world, her career high, and has won two WTA crowns.

    Petkovic had her career-best Grand Slam performance at this year's Australian Open, where she reached the quarterfinals—with an upset of Maria Sharapova—before falling to Li Na.

    At Roland Garros, she'll open up her tournament against Bojana Jovanovski.

1. Andrea Petkovic, Germany

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    So there you have it: Five of the women's draws most beautiful players—and they're all among the top 32!

    Of course only one player can take home the coveted Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, but these hotties are all winners in our book.