Tournament play of The French Open or “Roland Garros” started Sunday, May 22nd and will run through June 5. Last year’s champions were Rafael Nadal and Francesca Schiavone in the singles competition while the Williams sisters took home the women’s doubles crown. Venus and Serena won’t be competing in this year’s tourney, which means we’re hoping some other sexy tennis stars get to shine in the spotlight. Here’s our rundown of the girls who make us fall in 40-love. Advantage you!
WTA Ranking: 1
Since turning pro, this Danish hottie has been making quite a name for herself. The twenty-year-old has won six titles and made it to the finals in her first Grand Slam appearance (US Open 2009) before losing to the top-seeded Kim Clijsters. That same season, Caroline was awarded the Newcomer of the Year – just another reason to watch her closely.
WTA Ranking: 4
Twenty-year-old Azarenka won a junior world championship in 2005 and the U.S. Open mixed doubles title, with her partner Max Mirny, in 2007. If you are at all interested in the kinds of things that I am, Victoria is best known for her screaming and grunts during the matches. She’s actually still moaning by the time the ball gets to her opponent. No paper bags necessary for this one fellas, just ear plugs.
WTA Ranking: 6
Stosur works best on a team, ranking No. 1 on the WTA Tour in doubles. Her double-teaming partner is Lisa Raymond an American who is allegedly a lesbian. Together, they succesfully double-teamed Flavia Pennetta (also on this list) and Elena Dementieva. More recently, Samantha has found great success after shedding her partner. She’s currently No. 6 in the world for playing with just herself.
WTA Ranking: 8
Maria Sharapova is like Anna Kournikova but actually good. Not only was she in Sports Illustrated’s 2006 Swim Suit issue, Maria has also won three Grand Slam titles and pulled in $12 million in prize money alone. That’s not counting the $70 million contract she signed with Nike, dwarfing Serena’s welfare-like $43 million. Unfortunately, she’s engaged to NBA douche Sasha Vujačić. Not everyone’s perfect.
WTA Ranking: 10
Jelena Jankovic was the No. 1 ranked women’s player for 17 weeks in 2008 until Serena knocked her off the pole. While many ‘pole’ jokes come to mind immediately, I’m going to take the high road and just say that Jelena is still hotter than Serena. That competition, by the way, is totally more important.
Born in Serbia, Andrea now has a German citizenship and holds the title for the German No. 1 player. This year has been the best year for Andrea yet. She has made it to two finals and managed to pull out a victory against Marion Bartoli.
WTA Ranking: 12
WTA Ranking: 13
This 22-year-old cutie became the first Polish player in history to win a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title after winning the Nordea Nordic Light Open in 2007, as well as the first Polish woman to win a Grand Salm singles quarterfinal during the open era and the first to pass the $1 million mark in career prize money. There’s still no word yet on whether or not she has screwed in a lightbulb.
WTA Ranking: 15
In 2006, Anastasia caught the tennis world’s attention when she beat Caroline Wozniacki (current No. 1) to win the 2006 junior Australian Open. That same year, Anastasia won the US Open junior title, then defended her title in Australia against Tamira Paszek. This name is going to be an important one to remember, if you can get the spelling / pronunciation down.
WTA Ranking: 18
This year has been a good one for ‘gorgeous’ Goerges, winning two of her 3 finals Tour appearances. Most recently, she offed Caroline Wozniacki in Stuttgart, Germany and won a Porsche (insert convertible joke here).
WTA Ranking: 19
Flavia is an Italian hottie who has beaten the best in the world (Justine Henin, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams). She is the first Italian to place in the WTA Top 10 and was most recently featured in the new WTA campaign ‘Strong is Beautiful.’ I sincerely hope that girls don’t take that phrase too seriously.
WTA Ranking: 22
WTA Ranking: 23
Before going pro in 2005, this smokin’ Slovakian stunner is a former World-ranked No. 3 at the junior level. However, Dominika has had limited success in her pro career, with no WTA or ITF titles yet in the bag, though she did beat Jelena Jenkovik at the 2008 Rogers Cup in Montreal. And she lists “hard” as one of her favorite surfaces, which doesn’t make us want to make a penis joke at all…
Yes, she was born in Slovakia but now has an Australian citizenship. Jarmila recently came under fire for getting married to an Aussie and then divorcing him, causing a big stir. Now past that, she has placed in two finals this year- winning one and losing the other.
WTA Ranking: 26
WTA Ranking: 27
In 2002, Maria Kirilenko became one of the youngest winners of the Canadian Open and the US Open Juniors. She won the doubles title in Estoril om 2008, partnering Flavia Pennetta, and her fourth WTA title in Barcelona. Maria was also in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Pictorial entitled Valley of the Dolls.
WTA Ranking: 29
Home Country: Slovakia
In 2002, Daniela started her career as No. 38. She excels in mixed doubles, having won the finals in all four Grand Slams.
WTA Ranking: 32
Nationality: Czech Republic
This blonde Czech hottie has had an up-and-down career, having peaked at No. 27 in world rankings in 2006 and dropping ever since. Having reached eight singles finals with two wins, Klara won the biggest match of her career two years ago after beating 10-time grand slam champion, Serena Williams to win the 2009 Andalucia Tennis Experience in Spain.
WTA Ranking: 36
This right-handed Bulgarian is best known for reaching the semifinals last Wimbledon where she lost to Venus Williams. While this kept her from winning her first Grand Slam, she would not go unrewarded for long. When she returned to her hometown, Plovdiv, they named her the best athlete in the whole town.
WTA Ranking: 51
Home Country: Argentina
Competing in the WTA Junior circuit, this Argentine hottie won three of the four Grand Slam events in doubles, including the 2002 Australian Open, the 2001 Wimbledon Championships and the 2000 US Open. 2009 proved more tumultuous for Gisela, having defeated Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in a major upset, but with no new title wins to her name. Maybe you should give her a hug.
WTA Ranking: 57
Polona did not have a good year. She started with three straight losses and has since split with her coach. What you do next with your life is up to you…
WTA Ranking: 72
Home Country: India
With all the players from the Eastern Bloc crowding the ranks of the tennis hottie world, it’s nice to see someone else making headway. Like 23-year-old Indian cutie, Sania Mirza. Her tennis career began in 2003, and by 2004, she’d already been honored with the Arjuna award, given by the Indian government for outstanding achievement in sports. But we’re talking about India here, so it’s probably too soon to place your bets on this one.
WTA Ranking: 78
With a ton of Juniors titles under her belt, having won the 2007 Girls Singels at Roland Garros. She also scored a payday of $50,000 after winning the 2007 ITF tournament in Dnepropetrovsk. But at 2007’s US Open, she lost to Jelena Jankovic in the third round. In 2008, she came back to reached the third round with a win over Camille Pin. We’re guessing she used her clever shirt technique to distract her.
Andrea started in doubles and has found some success there. Her record is not outstanding, but she does have the title for most attractive athlete with name that sounds like one is hocking a loogie.
WTA Ranking: 97
Nationality: Czech Republic
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