August 29th marks the kickoff to the 2011 US Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments. Last year, Rafael Nadal won his first US Open title and Kim Clijsters became the first woman to repeat as Women’s Singles champ since Venus Williams in ’01. She won’t be threepeating as she withdrew from play with stomach muscle injury. Those games of “tummy sticks” can get pretty intense. Anyway, if you’re not a diehard tennis fan, you might opt not to watch. Big mistake. You’ll be missing out on some of the hottest athletes in the world. Luckily, we’ve pinpointed the definitive list of ball-bashing babes to keep an eye on in this year’s affair. Check it out then let us know if we missed anyone in the comments section below.
WTA Ranking: 1 | US Opens Played: 4 | Age: 21 | Country: Denmark
Caroline won four more WTA titles in 2011 bringing her total count to 17. The 5’10″ is one of the highest earning female athletes for this year according to Forbes.
As one of the best tennis players in the world, this hottie has won three of four Grand Slam titles and banked over $16 million in prize money in her young career. She can be a little intimidating at 6’2″ but height don’t matter between the sheets. Just ask Mini-Me.
WTA Ranking: 5 | US Opens Played: 5 | Age: 22 | Country: Belarus
Victoria reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, the quarterfinal at the French Open and the semi-final at Wimbledon, losing to the eventual champion. Always a bridesmaid, but never a bride? ‘S cool with us, bridesmaids put out big time. Oh and did we mention she’s currently living in the greatest place on Earth? Scottsdale, AZ!
WTA Ranking: 10 | US Opens Played: 8 | Age: 27 | Country: Australia
The other Sammy Sweetheart… was a runner up at Rome losing to Sharapova, and Toronto losing to Serena Williams. She also reached the third round of the French Open where she lost to Dulko. She won the Charleston in 2010 and the Osaka in 2001. Maybe if she were to take a trip down under, she’d get over the hump. We’re absolutely firing double entendres at ya!
WTA Ranking: 11 | Age: 23 | US Opens Played: 3 | Country: Germany
This Bosnian born German citizen holds the title of #1 German player. Things are looking up for the 5’11″ stunner, she reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open and her second Grand Slam QF at the French Open.
WTA Ranking: 13 | US Opens Played: 5 | Age: 22 | Country: Poland
This 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 Slam singles quarterfinal during the open era and the first to pass the $1 million mark in career prize money.
WTA Ranking: 17 | US Opens Played: 6 | Age: 23 | Country: Serbia
Ana’s been making moves in the tennis world since the age of five. In addition to being the 2008 French Open singles champion, this sexy Serb has topped numerous men’s mag lists, most notably FHM. Let’s be honest, you’ve never even met a woman this good at anything, ever.
WTA Ranking: 18 | US Opens Played: 3 | Age: 20 | Country: Russia
In 2011, she won her third WTA title (in Monterrey) and reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open. We’ll give you 1,000 chances to pronounce her last name. We just go with The Female AP.
WTA Ranking: 20 | US Opens Played: 4 | Age: 22 | Country: Germany
She won her second WTA title at Stuttgart, beating out fellow fox Caroline Wozniacki. You gotta be hot when your name sounds like “gorgeous”.
WTA Ranking: 21 | Age: 21 | US Opens Played: 3 | Country: Belgium
She’s the second highest ranked female Belgian tennis player and is best known reaching the semi-finals at the 2009 US Open. She reached her career high ranking of World No. 12 on 19 April 2010. In June 2011, Time Magazine named her one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future”. We think her placement on our list is WAY more prestigious.
WTA Ranking: 22 | US Opens Played: 10 | Age: 28 | Country: Slovakia
The super sexy Slovakian won her fourth WTA title at Pattaya City in 2011 and her win over Caroline Wozniacki at the French Open was her first over a reigning #1. They say there’s a first for everything – like a top ranked tennis player hooking up with a lowly blogger for sh*ts and giggles. Let’s cross this off both our bucket lists.
WTA Ranking: 23 | US Opens Played: 3 | Age: 21 | Country: Germany
She struggled in 2010, but bounced back with two WTA singles tournament victories and 1 doubles tournament this year. She won her second WTA title at Birmingham then reached her first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon. Definitely a force to be reckoned with; who should make it hard for competitors and spectators alike.
WTA Ranking: 26 | US Opens Played: 8 | Age: 24 | Country: Russia
The red hot Russian won her 9th and 10th WTA doubles titles with partner Azarenka at Madrid and Stanford. Maria’s seen more success in doubles competition than singles, which makes us think we’d most likely need to bring a third wheel into the mix if things get interesting. It’s cool, we’ll take Azarenka.
WTA Ranking: 27 | US Opens Played: 7 | Age: 29 | Country: Italy
This Italian hottie has dominated multiple world number ones and Grand Slam winners, beating Justine Henin at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in 2005, Martina Hingis in Gold Coast 2006 season and Venus Williams at the 2007 PTT Bangkok Open. She became the first Italian, male or female, to reach #1 in either singles or doubles when she and Dulko were co-#1s in doubles in late February of this past year.
WTA Ranking: 31 | US Opens Played: 4 | Age: 24 | Country: Australia
She’s fallen in the first round the previous 3 of the last four tourneys she’s been in, with her third round exit at Wimbledon coming via Wozniaki. She did win her second WTA title at Hobart and reached the semi-final at Kuala Lumpur.
World Rank: 35 | US Opens Played: 10 | Age: 26 | Home Country: United States
I’ll give you one guess what Bethanie Mattek-Sands is known for. Yep, it’s her boobs! (high-five!) On top of having the tastiest ta-tas in tennis, Bethanie is also one of the sports craziest dressers. Oh yeah, and she’s won has won five ITF singles and ten doubles titles, and plays for the New York Sportimes for World Team Tennis. Did we mention her boobs? (boobs)
WTA Ranking: 41 | US Opens Played: 2 | Age: 20 | Country: Slovenia
Polona Hercog was born to florist Romana and bar owner Vojko. She began playing tennis aged four in the tennis clinic opened by Mima Jaušovec in Maribor, and moved to Italy at age 14 to train professionally.Hercog is fluent in Slovenian, English, and Italian, and cites Justine Henin as her role model. She’s won one WTA Tour doubles title and reached one singles final, both at the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel. She also enjoyed success on the ITF Circuit, winning nine singles and five doubles titles.
WTA Ranking: 43 | US Opens Played: 5 | Age: 25 | Country: Russia
This 23-year-old Russian cuttie got her professional tennis start in 2002, at the age of 16, after qualifying for a $10,000 tournament in Egypt. Her first WTA win came in 2005, at the Istanbul Cup, where she beat out Mashona Washington in the second round. At this year’s US Open, she’s looking to land her first WTA championship victory.
WTA Ranking: 44 | US Opens Played: 7 | Age: 30 | Country: 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 this year after beating 10-time grand slam champion, Serena Williams to win the 2009 Andalucia Tennis Experience in Spain.
WTA Ranking: 50 | US Opens Played: 9 | Age: 28 | Home Country: Czech Republic
Iveta earned her first WTA title in 2004, and beat 5th seed Mary Pierce in the 2006 Australian Open–but lost to Martina Hingis in the next round. She won the mixed doubles title with partner Jurgen Melzer at this year’s Wimbledon.
WTA Ranking: 51 | US Opens Played: 5 | Age: 23 | Country: Bulgaria
We can honestly say we’ve never met a girl named Tsvetana or Svetlana we didn’t find attractive and Ms. Pironkova is no exception. Her father was a canoeing champion and her mother a swimming champion, so naturally she’s a tennis champion. Tsvetana is best known for defeating Venus Williams the Wimbledon quarterfinal.
WTA Ranking: 53 | US Opens Played: 1 | Age: 19 | Nationality: Romanian
Halep started playing tennis at age four, in emulation of her older brother. She is well-known among tennis fans for her aggressive style of play, but we can think of two other things she is pretty well-known for. We are sad to say that in 2009 Simona said thanks for the mammaries and had her breasts reduced to a more manageable size.
WTA Ranking: 58 | US Opens Played: 8 | Age: 26 | 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. Last year has 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: 60 | US Opens Played: 4 | Age: 25 | Nationality: France
This French stunner has seven ITF singles titles and two ITF doubles titles under her belt, along with two WTA Tour tiles. And she won her first WTA Tour Title at the 2007 Tashkent Open in Uzbekistan, which is a real place. Her favorite surface is clay, ours is tile. Compromises, compromises.
WTA Ranking: 63 | US Opens Played: 5 | Age: 24 | 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. 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. In March 2010, The Economic Times named Mirza in the list of the “33 women who made India proud”. We’re proud to have her on our list.
WTA Ranking: 65 | US Opens Played: 2 | Age: 26 | Country: France
Not only does she speak with a all-too-sexy French accent, but she can swing the hell out of a tennis racket. She’s already landed 11 ITF titles, but is yet to win a WTA event. Here’s a fun fact: She made an appearance as a lineswoman in the music video for the song “Hello” by Martin Solveig. We have a friend who’d like to say hello.
WTA Ranking: 66 | US Opens Played: 2 | Age: 19 | Nationality: USA
Luckily, she has no resemblance to Kevin or Joel. This right-handed Jersey Girl is moving up the ranks fast. In 2011, she reached her first WTA quaterfinal, won her second Grand Slam match (at Wimbledon), and won her first ITF singles title in Italy. She even got the biggest win of her career defeating Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets at the Western & Southern Open. She’ll be making fans “straight” for years to come.
WTA Ranking: 67 | US Opens Played: 2 | Age: 21 | Nationality: Latvia
At 21 years old, this Latvian stunner is making quite a name for herself in the tennis world having won an impressive seven ITF Titles and one WTA Title. We expect we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of Anastasija and we’re not complaining.
WTA Ranking: 68 | US Opens Played: 6 | Age: 27 | Country: Ukraine
Though Alona’s professional career began slowly in 2005, she won the ‘08 Australian Open doubles category…with her sister Kateryna, giving proof for the existence of God another solid argument.
WTA Ranking: 81 | Age: 20 | US Opens Played: 1 | Nationality: Netherlands
Her biggest highlight of 2011 came when she reached the 3rd round of Wimbledon when she defeated #2 seed Kim Clijsters and #25 seed Kirilenko. Our biggest highlight is seeing her highlights. Awwwww.
WTA Ranking: 92 | US Opens Played: 4 | Age: 21 | Home Country: France
She 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. She’s never reached a Grand Slam singles final. We gotta imagine hangin’ with Alize while drinkin’ Alize is like the Inception of epic party times.
WTA Ranking: 93 | US Opens Played: 3 | Age: 21 | Home Country: Romania
A former ITF Junior Circuit top-ten player, Sorana Cirstea has been moving up the ranks since many solid appearances in 2007. She scored her first WTA tour title win in 2008, defeating Sabine Lisicki in the Tashkent final. Sorana continued her success in 2009, upsetting #5 seeded Jelena Jankovic to advance to her first grand slam quarterfinal. She lost in the first round of last year’s tourney, but we’re hoping she sticks around for a while this time around.
WTA Ranking: 108 | US Opens Played: 4 | Age: 26 | Home Country: Romania
This brunette beauty comes into the US Open having reached the WTA tour finals twice in her career. Her best Grand Slam performance came at the 2007 French Open and 2008 Australian Open, having made the second round in each tournament. OK, so that doesn’t sound very impressive. But you probably can’t even play ping-pong without breaking a sweat, so whatever…
WTA Ranking: 111 | Age: 25 | US Opens Played: 2 | Nationality: Czech Republic
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: 116 | US Opens Played: 3 | Age: 20 | Nationality: Poland
As one half of the Radwanska sisters, Urszula doesn’t quite get the attention of her younger sister Agnieszka. She reached her career high ranking of World No. 62 on August 10, 2009. But to be honest, we’re less interested in her tennis skills than we are of here predisposition to bathe topless with her sister and Caroline Wozniacki. Can you blame us?
WTA Ranking: 120 | US Opens Played: 4 | Age: 19 | Home Country: USA
The former World Junior No. 2 achieved her career high rank is at #31 on April 19, 2010. The youngin’s even got a twin sister.
WTA Ranking: 128 | US Opens Played: 1 | Age: 25 | Nationality: Luxembourg
Mandy Minella is quickly becoming our new favorite tennis ball-busting babe and it’s not hard to figure out why. She’s had moderate success skiffling on the court, but for our money, this girl should be strutting on the runway.
WTA Ranking: 181 | US Opens Played: 2 | Age: 18 | Nationality: Portugal
Despite having mad skills on the tennis court, Michelle Larcher de Brito is known mostly for excessive grunting that resembles a pornstar moreso than a tennis star. In response to criticism from fellow players about this, she defended herself by saying, “I could (stop grunting), but, you know, it won’t feel natural, because it feels like something is missing in my game if I just stop.” Please Ms. Larcher de Brito, don’t change a thing.
World Rank: 211 | US Opens Played: 4 | Age:23 | Country: Kazakhstan
As if the Eastern Block didn’t have enough hot pro tennis players already, Yaroslava comes into the US Open with one WTA singles title, three ITF Women’s Circuit singles titles and five doubles tiles. But her shining moment came at the 2007 Sony Ericsson International competition, where she upset No. 2 seeded Sania Mirza in the quarterfinal, landing her a spot in the top 100 players of the world for the first time in her career.