French Open 2011: Power Ranking 20 Hottest Players in Women's Draw
The French Open is the most glamorous and chic Grand Slam of the year. Located in the fashion capital of the world, Roland Garros has had style oozing out on its red clay for time immemorial.
It's no longer just the Parisian crowd upping the glamour quotient. The chicks in the women's draw also have the shutterbugs clicking for reasons other than their game.
Crowd favourite and poster girl Caroline Wozniacki, Russian bombshell Maria Sharapova and 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic have enough oomph to send the crowd into a tizzy—but they're not alone.
Here's a list of the 20 hottest players who grace the 2011 French Open women's draw. Enjoy responsibly, boys!
20. Elena Vesnina
This Russian beauty is currently ranked No. 39 in the world and reached her highest ranking of No. 22 in Oct. 2009.
She is a prolific doubles player and has won two doubles titles—Indian Wells and Charleston—both with Sania Mirza.
Vesnina's best singles performance at the French Open is a 2009 second-round appearance.
19. Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza, who burst onto the scene by winning the 2003 Wimbledon Girls' Doubles title, is the highest-ranked female tennis player ever from India.
She has a career-high ranking of No. 27 in singles and No. 18 in doubles. She was the first Indian to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam at the 2005 U.S. Open.
She has tasted Grand Slam glory in the mixed doubles event, partnering with Mahesh Bhupathi to win the 2009 Australian Open.
Mirza has become the role model for millions of Indian girls wanting to pursue tennis and is one of the favourite poster girls for Indian boys.
18. Klara Zakopalova
This 29-year-old beauty from Prague is the No. 31 seed at the 2011 French Open.
She has played in eight WTA singles finals and has won two, both in 2005.
The biggest win of her career came in 2009 when she beat then-World-No. 1 Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 at Marbella, Spain.
Clay is her preferred surface, and she loves playing the backhand.
17. Andrea Hlavackova
This 25-year-old, again from the Czech Republic, turned pro in 2004.
She is currently ranked No. 93 and has not yet won a singles title. However, she has won five doubles titles.
Hlavackova is competing in her first French Open.
16. Coco Vandeweghe
Coco Vandeweghe burst onto the scene by winning the 2008 U.S. Open Girls' title after receiving a wildcard entry.
She made her WTA debut in Los Angeles and reached her career-high singles ranking of No. 113 in Oct. 2010.
Vandeweghe plays for the Boston Lobsters in the World Team Tennis Pro League.
She has a massive serve and a great top-spin.
15. Alona Bondarenko
Alona is a 27-year-old Ukranian who is currently ranked No. 51 in the world. She achieved a career-high ranking of No. 19 in April 2008.
She has beaten former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic and current No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki at the 2010 Australian Open and the 2010 Madrid Open.
She also won the 2008 Australian Open Womens' Doubles title with sister Katernya Bondarenko. The siblings defeated Victoria Azarenka and Shahar Peer in the final.
14. Sabine Lisicky
Sabine Lisicky, a German based in Florida, first made waves at the 2008 Australian Open—her first Grand Slam—where she reached the third round as a qualifier, beating the 16-seeded Dinara Safina in the first round.
2009 was a golden year for Lisicky, where she reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 22 and also reached the Wimbledon quarterfinal, beating Anna Chakvetadze, Patricia Mayr, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Wozniacki on the way. She lost to Safina in the quarters. She also won her only singles title at Charleston that year.
Lisicky entered the 2011 French Open ranked No. 123 in the world.
13. Julia Goerges
"Gorgeous Goerges" is a 5'11", 22-year-old from Germany who turned pro in 2005.
She started her career on the ITF Women's Circuit and gradually moved to the WTA Tour.
She made her top-100 debut after the 2008 French Open and won her first Grand Slam match at Wimbledon the same year when she upset No. 23 Katarina Srebotnik.
2010 was her first top-50 season where she won her first WTA title.
At the 2011 Australian Open, Goerges upset No. 20 seed Kaia Kanepi in the second round and went on to engage Maria Sharapova in a three-setter before losing 6-4, 4-6, 4-6.
This was her best performance at a Grand Slam, which earned her a career-high ranking of No. 16.
Goerges is seeded 17th at the 2011 French Open.
12. Yaroslava Shvedova
Yaroslava Shvedova is a 23-year-old Kazakhstani who is the current World No. 39.
She has one WTA singles title and three doubles titles to her name, including the 2010 Wimbledon and U.S. Open championships, where she partnered with American Vania King.
Her best performance in a Grand Slam singles event was at the 2010 French Open, where she reached the quarterfinal.
Shvedova beat No. 8-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska en route to the quarters, where she lost out to the No. 4 seed in Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-4.
She has been plagued with a knee injury this year, which saw her pull out of the Australian Open, but she is fit and raring to go at the 2011 French Open.
11. Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska is a 21-year-old Polish player from Krakow and current World No. 12.
Her nickname is "The Ice Princess" due to her calm and collected approach toward the game.
Radwanska is an all-court player who enjoys playing on all surfaces. She is the first Polish player to win a WTA singles title and also the first Polish player to cross the U.S. $1 million mark in career prize money.
Radwanska has reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam on four occasions but has never gotten past that.
She is seeded 12th at the 2011 French Open.
10. Gisela Dulko
Gisela Dulko is an Argentine World No. 51 in singles and No. 2 in doubles.
Clearly, doubles is her forte, where she has been World No. 1. She partnered with Flavia Panetta to win the 2010 WTA Tour Championships and the 2011 Australian Open.
Dulko's best performance at a singles event was when she beat Victoria Azarenka in the first round of the 2010 French Open.
Although her singles career isn't as impressive as her doubles, she has managed to remain in the top 50 over the last few years.
Dulko is currently dating Real Madrid star Fernando Gago.
9. Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet is a gorgeous 21-year-old Frenchwoman from the picturesque Nice in southern France.
She has a career-high singles ranking of No. 11, achieved in 2009, and she is the current World No. 80.
Cornet's best performance at a Grand Slam was when she reached the fourth round of the 2009 Australian Open after beating Daniela Hantuchova in the third round. She lost to Dinara Safina in the fourth.
Her results began to slip after, and she had a pretty mediocre 2010.
Cornet picked herself up in 2011, though, and reached the third round of the Australian Open, where she lost to eventual champion Kim Clijsters.
8. Arantxa Rus
Arantxa Rus is a 20-year-old, 5'11" hottie from the Netherlands who is currently the No. 1-ranked Dutch player on the WTA circuit.
In 2008, she won the Australian Open Juniors title.
Arantxa broke into the top 100 for the first time in April this year and is currently ranked No. 114.
She has never gotten past the second round at a Grand Slam.
7. Victoria Azarenka
This slammin' hottie from Belarus is the current World No. 4 and the highest ranked Belarusian player ever.
Azarenka has won two mixed doubles Grand Slams—the 2007 U.S. Open with Max Mirnyi and the 2008 French Open with Bob Bryan.
She has won seven WTA singles titles and has made three Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances.
Her backhand is regarded as one of the strongest in the women's game.
At the 2011 Australian Open, she lost to eventual finalist Li Na 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round.
Azarenka, like Sharapova, is infamous for her grunts during a match.
6. Anastasia Pivovarova
Anastasia Pivovarova is a 6-foot, 20-year-old bombshell from Russia and the current World No. 95.
She has not won a WTA title yet, and her best performance at a Grand Slam is a third round appearance at the 2010 French Open.
She recently made her top-100 debut in May.
5. Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko is a 24-year-old Russian based in Moscow.
She achieved her career-high ranking of No. 18 in 2008 when she reached the fourth round at the Australian Open. She ultimately lost to Daniela Hantuchova in a three-setter.
She reached the quarterfinal in the 2010 edition, where she lost to unseeded Jheng Jie. However, she did,beat her good friend Maria Sharapova 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4 in a three-hour, 22-minute first-round marathon.
Kirilenko is currently ranked No. 26 in the world.
In 2006, she became the face of the Stella McCartney tennis range in Adidas. She has also appeared in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition.
4. Daniela Hantuchova
Daniela Hantuchova is a sexy-legged 28-year-old (what!) Slovak based in Monte Carlo. She turned pro in 1999 and is currently ranked World No. 33 in singles.
She has enjoyed a memorable career in the mixed doubles category, which has seen become only the fifth woman to win the event in all four Grand Slams.
She has also reached the finals of a doubles event at three Grand Slams but failed to win any of them.
Hantuchova appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition alongside Maria Kirilenko and Tatiana Golovin.
She has also endorsed several brands such as Nike, Adidas, Babolat, Yonex and Prince, along with appearing in several video games.
3. Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic is a 6'1", one-time Grand Slam winner with possibly one of the best pair of legs on the tour, second to Sharapova, of course!
She is currently ranked World No. 22 but has been the World No. 1 when she won the French Open in 2008.
Her career took somewhat of a slide after that win as she failed to reproduce her performances. She hasn't gotten past the fourth round of a Grand Slam since that win.
Ivanovic has appeared on the covers of several magazines, such as Sports Illustrated, FHM, Cosmopolitan, etc. She is also the brand ambassador for Adidas.
2. Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki is a cute, bubbly 20-year-old Dane who is the current World No. 1 and top seed at the 2011 French Open.
She is known for her defensive playing style and has one of the best two-handed backhands in the game.
She turned pro in 2005 and has won 16 WTA titles since. However, a Grand Slam win has eluded her till now.
She reached the final of the U.S. Open in 2009 and the year-end WTA Tour Championships in 2010, both of which she lost to Kim Clijsters.
The 2011 Australian Open was her first major as World No. 1, but Wozniacki lost in three sets in the semifinal to Li Na of China.
However, Wozniacki has won four WTA titles this year—Dubai, Indian Wells, Charleston and Brussels. She also reached the semifinal at Rome, where she lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.
In the past, Wozniacki has refused to appear on the covers of Playboy, FHM and Maxim because she wants to concentrate on her career.
1. Maria Sharapova
This chick obviously needs no introduction!
Maria Sharapova is one of the most searched-for female athletes on the web, and why the hell not?!
Her 6'2" bodacious frame has endorsed the walls of many teenage boy's bedrooms and probably all the possible fashion and sport magazines in the world.
She also endorses several brands, such as Nike, Canon, Tag Heuer, Gatorade, etc., in multi-million-dollar deals. In fact, in 2006, Sports Illustrated named her as the world's best paid female athelete. In 2010, Maria signed a U.S. $70 million, eight-year deal with Nike.
In Oct. 2010, Sharapova broke a million hearts when she became engaged to boyfriend Sasha Vujacic, who plays for the New Jersey Nets.
A little bit about her tennis now...
Sharapova is a former World No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam winner. However, due to chronic shoulder problems that required surgery, she had to relinquish her No. 1 ranking in 2007.
Sharapova is currently ranked No. 8 in the world and won the Rome Masters in early May—a feat which will do her confidence a world of good as she looks to win her first French Open.
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