Babes of the French Open 2012 [PHOTOS]
May has been a big month for France. Not only have the world’s celebrities been partying at the Cannes Film Festival, a fair bit of them are probably planning to stay to watch the French Open (beginning May 27th). The clay courts of the Roland Garros favor defensive players, but that doesn’t mean you’re in for a boring competition. Even without the moaning and grunting, some of these ladies really know how to bring the heat. Of course we’re excited to see the likes of Sherapova and Wozniacki, but have you seen Victoria Azarenka? That chick is amazing (and not half-bad at tennis either). To get a preview of the lovely femmes of the French Open, take a look below.
WTA Ranking: 1| French Opens Played: 6 | Age: 22 | Country: Belarus
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: 2 |French Opens Played: 9 | Age: 25 | Country: Russia
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: 3 | French Opens Played: 5 | Age: 23 | Country: Poland
This 23-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: 6 | French Opens Played: 8 | Age: 28 | Country: Australia
Stosur works best on a team, previously ranking as high as 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 | French Opens Played: 11 | Age: 27 | Country: France
Marion is the current #1 French tennis player in the world and has racked up 7 WTA singles titles and 3 doubles titles. She fought her way to the Wimbledon finals in 2007, only to come up short to Venus Williams, who as we know is no slouch. Bartoli has garnered a reputation for her unorthodox playing style, using two hands for both her forehand and backhand strikes….so yeah.
WTA Ranking: 9 | French Opens Played: 5 | Age: 21 | Country: Denmark
Since turning pro, this Danish hottie has been making quite a name for herself. The twenty-one-year-old has amassed an impressive record of 318-117 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: 10| French Opens Played: 4 | Age: 24 | Country: Germany
Kerber has been competing professionally since 2003 and has risen to become the top ranked German in the world. After winning 11 ITF titles and 2 WTA titles, she has mad quite the name for herself and is poised for a break out. Don’t be surprised to see this beauty sticking around until the late stages of the Open.
WTA Ranking: 11 | French Opens Played: 8 | Age: 27 | Country: Russia
Vera got started on the tennis court at the ripe age of six and she hasn’t looked back since. After turning pro in 2000, Zvonareva climbed as high as number two in the world and even was a medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
WTA Ranking: 12 | French Opens Played: | Age: 22 | Country: Germany
2010 was frustrating for Sabine as she battled injuries for most of the year, but she didn’t let that get her down. She came back strong the next year and re-entered the top 100 world rankings. She also became just the second player in Wimbledon history to advance to the semis while making the tournament as a wildcard participant. Not too shabby for someone as young as her.
WTA Ranking: 13 |French Opens Played: 7 | Age: 24 | Country: Serbia
Winner of the 2008 French Open and runner up in the 2007 French Open, Ivanovic clearly knows what she is doing on the clay surface. She stays busy off the court, studying finance at a university in Belgrade, but on the court she is known for her aggressive style of play. Here’s to hoping that aggressiveness translates to her life off the court.
WTA Ranking: 16 |French Opens Played: 5 | Age: 23 | Country: Slovakia
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 only one WTA title 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…
WTA Ranking: 17 | French Opens Played: 8 | Age: 25 | Country: Russia
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: 20 | French Opens Played: 9 | Age: 30 | Country: Italy
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: 21 | French Opens Played: 8 | Age: 27 | Country: Serbia
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.
WTA Ranking: 24 | French Opens Played: 4 | Age: 20 | Country: Russia
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: 26 | French Opens Played: 3 | Age: 27 | Country: Czech Republic
Cetkovska is tri-lingual, fluent in Czech, English and French, but we could care less what language she speaks to us. Her record is at an impressive 348–174 and although she has never advanced further than the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, she has beaten some pretty talented competition. Don’t be surprised if we see an upset or two out of this Czech cutie.
WTA Ranking: 27 | French Opens Played: 3 | Age: 23 | Country: Germany
2011 was a good one for ‘gorgeous’ Goerges, winning two of her 3 finals Tour appearances. Also that year, she offed Caroline Wozniacki in Stuttgart, Germany and won a Porsche (insert convertible joke here). As of this month she has won two WTA singles titles and three doubles titles.
WTA Ranking: 28 | French Opens Played: 9 | Age: 26 | Country: Russia
Svetlana has two Grand Slam victories under her belt, winning the US Open in 2004 and the French Open in 2009. She has been knocked for being unpredictable on the court, but you won’t hear us complaining about that…we love an unpredictable babe.
WTA Ranking: 41 | French Opens Played: 4 | Age: 22 | Home Country: Romania
At only 22 years old, Sorana is one of the more talented and sexy up-and-comers in the tennis world. We aren’t the only ones recognizing her hotness, as MSN has recognized her as one of the most beautiful athletes in the world. We are all hoping she attains some more success on the court, because wins will lead to more exposure off the court. More Sorana? Yes, please.
WTA Ranking: 49 | French Opens Played: 2 | Age: 20 | Nationality: Romanian
Simona has never advanced past the third round of a Grand Slam, but we might see a new side of her this year in the French Open. She recently got a breast reduction, and although that displeases us here at COED, it might positively affect her game.
WTA Ranking: 51 | French Opens Played: 10 | Age: 29 | Home Country: Czech Republic
Iveta seems to be coming into her own, advancing to the 4th round of this and last years Australian Open, the furthest shes ever advanced in a Grand Slam. Even though she is older than a lot of her competition, she has potential to make a splash. There always seems to be a wily vet in the pool that ends up surprising the rest of the competitors and that could be Iveta.
WTA Ranking: 65 | French Opens Played: 1 | Age: 19 | Home Country: Hungary
At only 19 years old Babos is the youngest player in the top 100 rankings. What is even more impressive is that at this young age she has already won ten singles and nine doubles professional titles. Heres to hoping that this Hungarian hottie sticks around for a long time.
WTA Ranking: 77 | French Opens Played: 1 | Age: 23 | Home Country: Russia
Not the strongest competitor in the field, Panova hasn’t advanced any further than the third round of any Grand Slam. Ranking and talent aside, Panova is quite the looker and sports some ferocity on the court.
WTA Ranking: 83 | French Opens Played: 7 | Age: 22 | Home Country: France
Alize has a ton of Juniors titles under her belt, having won the 2007 Girls Singels at Roland Garros amongst others. She also scored a payday of $50,000 after winning the 2007 ITF tournament in Dnepropetrovsk. At the 2007 US Open things took a turn for the worse as 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.
WTA Ranking: 175 | French Opens Played: 1 | Age: 21 | Home Country: France
This French beauty is young and talented and is finally starting to see some traction in her pro career. In 2011 she won her first ITF final in a tournament in Istanbul. Although that isn’t a Grand Slam, it is by no means anything to slouch at. At 21, we hope Victoria is poised for a breakout because…well, just look at her.