French Open 2011: Maria Sharapova and the 10 Hottest Russian Tennis Babes

Sean ClairCorrespondent IJune 1, 2011

French Open 2011: Maria Sharapova and the 10 Hottest Russian Tennis Babes

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    In tribute to Maria Sharapova's run to this year's French Open semifinals, I give you this list.

    Russian women's tennis has seen a huge boom in the past decade or so.

    They have the most ranked players of any country, win quite a few events, and a lot of them are really good looking.

    Most of the hotties you'll see on this list are from this new crop of Russian tennis because realistically, there weren't any good enough (looks and playing wise) from back in the day.

    But don't worry you should still enjoy the list just fine.

10. Elena Bovina

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    Elena Bovina is usually forgotten in Russian women's tennis.

    One of the first really good Russian players, Elena won three tour titles and reached No. 14 in the world at one point. She also won five doubles titles during her career.

    Known more for her on the court skills, Elena was a trendsetter for Russian women's tennis, and that somehow is sexy. Thanks for helping women's tennis in Russia, Elena!

9. Anastasia Myskina

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    Another one of the Russian women who got the sport going was Anastasia Myskina.

    She was the first Russian woman to win the French Open in 2004. Her career consisted of that one major, 10 titles and a career high ranking of No. 2 in the world. 

    Another one of the trendsetters, which makes her that much sexier, although I think this picture does enough justice.

8. Vera Zvonareva

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    She's been around for a little while, but Vera Zvonareva has really risen up over the past 4 or 5 years.

    Zvonareva has been extremely consistent over the past few years, which has seen her ranking rise as high as No. 2 in the world. She has 11 career titles, over 400 wins and reached consecutive major finals last year at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

    Judging by this picture, Vera should be set when her career is over, whenever that may be.

7. Anna Chakvetadze

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    Anna Chakvetadze comes in next on the list.

    Chakvetadze was once No. 5 in the world and collected eight tour titles. Then that burglar had to break into her house, shatter her brain, and make her tumble down the rankings.

    Anna, we hope you fully recover and get back to a competitive level once more, and we hope for more pictures like this!

6. Olga Puchkova

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    Olga Puchkova isn't really known for her play on the court.

    She has never won a tour event (doubles or singles), barely has a better than .500 average, and has been as high as No. 32 in the World.

    However, with a figure and pictures like this, maybe tennis shouldn't be her first choice as a career.

5. Elena Vesnina

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    Elena Vesnina has somewhat fallen off over the last few years.

    She looked rather promising in 2009 when she reached No. 22 in the world, but things have gone south since. She still hasn't won a title and is now at No. 39 in the rankings.

    However, as with the some of the other women on this list, should tennis really be her first choice? I mean, they're all pretty good at modeling, and Elena is no exception.

4. Elena Dementieva

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    Elena Dementieva, what a major win would have done for you.

    Dementieva is one of the best to come out of Russia. Her career speaks for itself: over 500 career wins, 16 titles, as high as No. 3 in the world and an Olympic gold medal. Unfortunately, she could never win a major title to solidify her career.

    She was great to watch, not only because of how good she was, but because of her gorgeous looks. You are missed Elena.

3. Maria Sharapova

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    Maria Sharapova is by far the most accomplished of everyone on this list.

    She is three-time major champion and pushing for the career Grand Slam with her run to the semis at the French this year. She has been No. 1 in the world and has won 23 career WTA titles. Even despite a shoulder injury, she has worked her way back to the top of the game. 

    Her long legs, flowing blond hair, and striking good looks are things to brag about, as well. Thank you, SI Swimsuit edition!

2. Maria Kirilenko

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    Yes, she is the hottest Maria to step on court from Russia.

    Kirilenko is underrated for her skills, on and off the court. 

    She has won five WTA titles, has been as high as No. 18 in the world for singles and consistently reaches the third or fourth round at majors. She also has won eight doubles titles over her career.

    Her spread in the SI Swimsuit edition is what she's probably best known for though (and I can't blame anybody for thinking that).

1. Anna Kournikova

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    Good ole Anna Kournikova tops this list.

    She may never have won a WTA event or reached a Grand Slam final, but it's not like her career was god-awful. She did reach No. 8 in the world in 2000, and she won 16 doubles titles and reached No. 1 in the world in the doubles' rankings.

    And with her, um, other talents, she's doing OK for herself.