Wimbledon 2011: Hottest Ladies to Ever Play at the Championship
While many women in tennis shine off the courts and pose as much as they swing the racket, others look sexy in their natural state.
The grunting and groaning of a tennis match propels fans to feel an excitement and an appreciation that can't be forced.
Tennis fanatics may love to watch these ladies sweat and claw for victory, but borderline viewers stick around for another reason.
The sex appeal.
Here are the hottest ladies to ever play at Wimbledon.
First is their poses in action, followed by a stunning pose.
15. Klara Zakopalova
This Czech tennis star has reached eight singles finals and won two, both in 2005.
She may not be the most accomplished woman on the court, but Zakopalova has a subtle appeal to her that cries of mystery.
We'd love to learn more about her.
An athlete marrying within her field.
Zakopalova married Czech soccer player, Jan Zakopa in 2006.
While she may not pose for fans or the camera, she surely does for him.
14. Alona Bondarenko
While she has a career high ranking of World No. 19, which she achieved in 2008, Bondarenko is known for beating former World No. 1 Jelena Janković in the third round of the 2010 Australian Open.
She also won the 2008 Australian Open women's doubles tournament with her sister Kateryna.
Quite the pair.
A true diamond in the rough.
Bondarenko has yet to embrace the camera like many of her peers, but is still a focused and driven tennis player.
She started competing in the pro tour in 1999 at 14 years old and hasn't looked back since.
13. Stefanie Voegele
Another tennis star who started young.
Picking up a racket at the age of four, Voegele seemed destined for greatness.
However, her highest WTA singles ranking is No. 63, which she reached in 2010.
At least she looks good doing it.
You won't find many pictures of Voegele without a tennis racket in her hand.
It's almost as if it protects her from media harassment.
You have to respect that.
12. Venus Williams
She has not only been ranked World No. 1 three separate times, but Williams was the first black woman ever to achieve that feat in the open era.
Currently ranked World No. 29 in singles and World No. 20 in doubles as of 2011, she has 21 Grand Slam titles to her name.
That ranks her 12th all time.
Williams is brains, as well as beauty, receiving her degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with Cum Laude honors and a 3.5 GPA.
Named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by the Ladies Home Journal in 2001, Venus went on to co-own the Miami Dolphins with her sister Serena in 2009.
11. Caroline Wozniacki
Here is a unique tennis player.
The current World No. 1 on the WTA tour, Wozniacki is the first Danish player to hold the top ranking position and 20th overall.
She has won 17 WTA singles titles, albeit not yet winning a Grand Slam, and has improved her ranking each year of her career.
She is surrounded by sports, which has led her to her immense success.
Her mother played on the Polish women's national volleyball team and her father player professional soccer. Her older brother, Patrik, is a professional footballer for Hvidovre IF in Denmark.
Even her best friend is fellow Danish tennis player Malou Ejdesgaard, her doubles partner in some WTA tournaments.
She can't possibly fail.
10. Magdalena Rybarikova
A hidden gem.
She achieved her career high ranking of World No. 40 in 2009.
Ironically she likes the movie "Pretty Woman."
Sounds about right.
This is Rybarikova's other half, the dangerous side.
While we weren't expecting this, it's a nice transition into the modeling career that she has yet to discover.
9. Vera Zvonareva
Here is a tennis player with beauty and top talent.
She has reached a career high ranking of World No. 2 and is currently ranked World No. 3 by the WTA.
Zvonareva even won a bronze metal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The best is yet to come.
Those eyes just grab you in, it's hard to look away.
When she's on the court, she's in the zone.
Off the court, however, she puts us in a zone.
8. Gisela Dulko
This Argentinian tennis player may only be ranked World No. 40 in singles, but she is No. 2 in doubles.
She has been a modest singles player, achieving a World No. 26 ranking in 2005, but she is known for dominating doubles, as she is a former World No. 1 doubles player.
She won the 2010 WTA Tour Championships and the 2011 Australian Open in doubles, with partner Flavia Pennetta.
Dulko clearly does have a dangerous side.
While there are few pictures of her posing, they are special.
With her success in doubles, she needs to realize that two jobs are better than one.
7. Dominika Cibulkova
At only 5'3" she is a feisty player.
With a career-high ranking of World No. 12, achieved in 2009, Cibulkova has tasted success but failed to maintain it.
She was most recently ranked World No. 25 and is known for reaching the semifinals of the 2009 French Open.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
That has to be her motto in these hard times.
6. Maria Sharapova
Sharapova opened up eyes for the first time in 2004 when she upset two-time defending champion and top seed Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final for her first Grand Slam singles title.
She was only 17 years old at the time.
Since then, she has been ranked World No. 1 four different times and has won 23 WTA singles titles, including 3 Grand Slams.
As beautiful as she is, Sharapova doesn't need her looks to make money as she is a witty businesswoman.
She signed an eight-year Nike contract, worth $70 million in 2010 and went on to become one of the richer names in sports.
Named the world's highest-paid female athlete by Forbes, earning $24.5 million in 2010, Sharapova is set for the rest of her prosperous life.
5. Andrea Hlavackova
Her action pictures are perhaps just as vivacious as her poses.
In her solid career, Hlavackova has won 5 WTA doubles title, as well as 15 ITF doubles titles and three ITF singles titles.
She won her first Grand Slam title in 2011 in doubles.
Pictures of her without a racket make her look like a fish out of water.
But that's alright, we're patient.
Practice makes perfect.
4. Daniela Hantuchova
Currently ranked World No. 23 in singles, Hantuchova may not be the most accomplished tennis player, but the Slovakian has one unique stat on her resume.
She became the fifth female tennis player to win the mixed doubles title in all four Grand Slam tournaments during her career.
Born to a computer scientist and toxicologist, Hantuchova is known as a perfectionist.
She speaks English, German and Slovak, and was even a classical pianist.
She failed to portray these talents when she appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
3. Maria Kirilenko
Currently ranked World No. 26, this Russian tennis player is known more for her modeling than her tennis prowess.
But Kirilenko is still an aggressive baseliner who doesn't shy away from the net.
She did, however, reach her career-high singles ranking of World No. 18 in 2008.
Known for connecting athletics and fashion, Kirilenko appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
She was chosen to be the face of Adidas in 2006.
2. Anna Kournikova
Her looks and fame have made her into one of the most searched for names on the Internet.
While she reached No. 8 in the world in 2000, she has never won a WTA title in singles.
However, with Martina Hingis as her partner, the "Spice Girls" of tennis won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002.
Her career has been derailed by injuries.
Kournikova has been referred to as a variation of a White Russian made with skim milk.
Even better, the hole cards Ace–King (unsuited) are often referred to as an "Anna Kournikova," because it looks great but never wins.
This was started by poker commentator Vince van Patton during a WPT tournament.
1. Ana Ivanovic
It may be hard to focus on the match when she is on the court, but Ivanovic can surely be focused when she needs to be.
A former World No. 1 Serbian tennis player, Ivanovic was most recently ranked World No. 18 on the WTA rankings.
She began playing tennis at five years old, inspired after watching fellow Yugoslav Monica Seles on television.
She's not all beauty.
With a special interest in the fields of education and child protection, Ivanović became a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia.
She also studies finance at a university in Belgrade and Spanish in her spare time.
Well rounded and sexy.
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