In case you hadn’t noticed, the first grand slam tennis tournament of the year, the Australian Open, is going on right now. This event is often overlooked here in the Northern Hemisphere given that it comes just a few weeks after Christmas…in the dead of winter. But in Australia it’s summer, and tennis is in full swing. So why wait till May or June or August to do a rundown of the most beautiful women in the game. Let’s do it now.
You on board? Great, then let’s get started.
Yanina Wickmayer made our list of the most Googled female athletes of 2012 recently, and it’s not too difficult to understand why. The Belgian is a player on the rise in the world rankings, currently sitting at #23. And, of course, she’s pretty attractive.
Anyway Yanina made it through the first round in both the singles and doubles draw. So there’s still a chance to catch her in action.
Dominika Cibulkova currently sits at #14 in the world, just two steps down from her career-best #12 back in 2009. And at just 23, this Slovakian is definitely still in her prime. That being said, she has unfortunately been eliminated already in just the second round. So if you didn’t see her play, well, you missed your chance.
Klara Zakopalova is another player whose Aussie Open ended a bit earlier than she would have liked. The #22 player in the world from the Czech Republic managed to make it out of the first round, but she lost in the second round in straight sets. But hey, she is 30 years old, and in tennis years that’s like 70—so what did you expect?
Germany’s Julia Goerges, 24, is our first entry on the list to make it through the second round so far. The 18th ranked player in the world lost a set in her first match but took the second match 2-0. If she wins one more match she’ll match her career best performance in a Grand Slam event—which just so happened to come at last year’s Australian Open.
At #9 on the list we have another of our most Googled female athletes of 2012, Daniela Hantuchova. Daniela is only ranked #44 in the world right now, but I think her popularity might have something to do with the fact that she moonlights as a model and has appeared in ESPN the Magazine’s “Body Issue.”
Anyway, it was a short Open for DH. She got knocked out in the first round this year.
The last few years have definitely been a low point for American tennis. On the men’s side it’s been nothing but crickets, as guys like Roger, Rafael, and Novak have completely dominated. And on the women’s side, while Serena has had a pretty fantastic comeback at the age of 31, we have yet to see any young players get crowned as Serena’s heir-apparent.
However, that might change with 19-year-old Sloane Stephens here. She is currently ranked #25 in the world, her highest position yet, and more is expected of her. If she makes it past the second round, maybe the 2013 Australian Open could be her coming out party.
Over the holidays, Russia’s Maria Kirilenko, the 15th-ranked player in the world, got engaged to none other than Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. And while Ovechkin had his bride-to-be beat in the athletic performance department, she’s definitely got him whipped in the looks department.
Anyway, Maria is through to the second round and will play her match sometime today…or is it already tomorrow in Australia? In any case, she’ll play the match soon.
From one Russian Maria to another. The only difference is that this Maria has won a lot more and is worth a lot more money.
Oh, right, and she’s also not marrying Alex Ovechkin.
Anyway, you really can’t do any kind of tennis list without including Maria Sharapova. Richest players? She on it. Hottest players? She’s on that too. Maybe one of these days I’ll come up with a women’s tennis topic that won’t include her.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Mandy Minella is probably Luxembourg’s hottest female athlete. I mean, the tiny country only has half a million people, so I think the chances are pretty good.
In any case, Mandy has already lost in the singles draw. However, she’s alive and well in the doubles draw. Unfortunately you almost certainly won’t get to see her play, since doubles matches are rarely broadcast. C’est la vie.
World #10 Caroline Wozniacki has her second round match coming up. And while I’m sure she has high hopes that this tournament might be her big breakthrough, if she loses she can always console herself with the fact that her boyfriend, Rory, just signed a $200M endorsement deal with Nike. Cause, yeah, with that kind of payday she stands to get some pretty fancy jewelry on February 14.
Romania’s Sorana Cirstea is ranked #29 in the world, and she’s already through to the third round, where she’ll face Li Na. And since Li Na is currently the #6 players in the world, that means you’ve got a pretty good chance of catching this match on television. Lucky you.
Unless you’re a pretty huge tennis fan, you probably haven’t heard of Eugenie Bouchard. That’s because she’s only 18 years old and ranked a lowly #144 in the world. However, you should definitely keep an eye on this Canuck from Westmount, Quebec. Last July she became the first ever canadian to win the Wimbledon Juniors titles, so she is loaded with potential. And, yes, she’s also pretty cute.
You really have to respect Serbia’s Ana Ivanovich. A player as incredibly good-looking as her could easily have taken the Anna Kournikova route and chosen to focus on modeling and dating latin pop singers instead of improving her game—especially after she won the French Open and reached #1 in the world in 2008. But she didn’t. Though the 25-year-old isn’t quite what she used to be, she is still the #13 player in the world, and is through to the third round at the Aussie.