While it's a shame for hardcore tennis fans that Serena Williams is taking time away from the sport due to her pregnancy (let's face it, she could probably still win the remaining Grand Slams this summer), her absence opens the door for others who have been overshadowed by the legend for the past decade-plus. And, fortunately for the male viewers, many of those potential contending women on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour are smoking hot - no offense to Serena, who herself is a beautiful boss in her own right.
In terms of quality tennis, the men's tour offers much more star power with the likes of aging veterans Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic, but the women can put on impressive must-watch displays. If you're being honest with yourself, however, chances are you're only watching the four Grand Slams - Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open - and you're only tuning in to the women's matches for over-the-top grunting and beautiful women in short skirts. Additionally, that's exactly the reason you clicked this link. Is it fair to the women on tour who work just as hard as the men and deserve equal recognition for their talent? Nope. But don't let that disqualify you from enjoying their beauty.
15 Need To See: Tsvetana Pironkova
There's quite a few women on this list that need no introduction, but Tsvetana Pironkova isn't one of them, unless of course you avidly follow the WTA Tour or actively seek out the beautiful women that play in it. The 29-year-old Bulgarian is currently ranked No. 77 in the world rankings and owns a career record of 388-304. Her best days are clearly behind her, but she had decent success in her early 20s, reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2010 and the fourth round of the U.S. Open in 2012. At her peak, she was ranked No. 31. She won her first and only WTA event in 2014 when she defeated Angelique Kerber in the finals of the Apia International in Sydney, Australia.
Away from the court, she's a natural beauty who makes looking good look effortless. Her 61,000 followers on Instagram enjoy the pleasure of seeing her in a variation of photos around the world.
14 Need To See: Dominika Cibulkova
Another in the "need to see" category - although there's a better chance you've heard her name - is Dominika Cibulkova. The blonde Slovakian beauty has never won a Grand Slam but she's currently ranked seventh in the world and should have a shot at Wimbledon with Serena Williams not participating. She has won eight WTA Tour events throughout her career and reached at least the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slams, including a finals appearance at the Australian Open in 2014. The 28-year-old has earned over $10 million in prize money throughout her career.
On social media, she's hardly someone you might not have heard about, as evidenced by her 312,000 followers on Instagram. Her on-court appearance might not be among the best on tour, but she's an absolute stunner off the court.
13 Know About: Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki needs absolutely no introduction. The 26-year-old blonde bombshell is a former world No. 1, has appeared in Sports Illustrated's Swimswuit Edition, previously dated Rory McIlroy and currently dates David Lee of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. In fact, it's almost criminal that 'Genie Bouchard receives the amount of attention she does, when Wozniacki is definitely at least in her league - she does, after all, have one million followers on Instagram.
On the court, Bouchard isn't close to being in Wozniacki's league. The native of Denmark has won over $22 million in prize money on tour and has 25 career WTA Titles. She has never won a Grand Slam, but has reached the finals of the U.S. Open in 2009 and 2014, losing to Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams.
12 Need To See: Maria Kirilenko
You likely don't know Maria Kirilenko for her tennis abilities, but you might have heard of her as the former fiancée of Washington Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin. Kirilenko reportedly broke off the engagement over an Instagram post, which is bad enough, but it's made worse by the fact that her handle is @mariakirilenko87 (yes, the same 87 that is on the back of Ovechkin's biggest rival, Sidney Crosby). Sure, Kirilenko almost certainly chose 87 because it was the year she was born, but the reason isn't important.
Kirilenko hasn't competed on tour since 2014 due to getting married and giving birth, but she's still just 30-years-old, so a return isn't out of the question. She was ranked as high as No. 10 in 2013 and was playing some of the best tennis of her career, reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open that year.
11 Know About: Angelique Kerber
Maybe you learned about Angelique Kerber moments ago when we referenced her in a previous section or perhaps you already knew of her because she is currently the No. 1 ranked player in the world. Either way, she's certainly a player deserving of praise for both her abilities and her stunning looks. The 29-year-old German has won over $19 million in prize money throughout her ten-year career, which has included Grand Slam wins in the Australian Open and U.S. Open, both of which she won in 2016. That year was a banner year for Kerber as she also reached the finals of Wimbledon.
She's already beautiful and graceful in her tennis attire so it shouldn't be a surprise that she's an absolute bombshell off the court. Kerber doesn't appear as committed to fashion and sex appeal as many of the game's younger stars presently are, but she has over 300,000 followers on Instagram and appears positively happy in every post, which is sexy in itself.
10 Need To See: Daniela Hantuchova
Daniela Hantuchova is 34-years-old, but you wouldn't know it by looking at her - not that 34 is ancient or anything. Yet, while her looks have stayed intact, her playing ability has not. The Slovakian was ranked as high as No. 5 in 2003 but is currently ranked No. 247 and having trouble qualifying for Grand Slams. Singles competition hasn't really been her expertise, however - she has no Grand Slam Finals appearances. Yet, she has twice reached the finals in women's doubles at the Australian Open and won mixed doubles at all four Grand Slams from 2001 to 2005.
Not surprisingly, despite her relative poor status on tour in 2017, she still has over 75,000 followers on Instagram, likely owing to the fact she posts a good mixture of both seductive and cute photos.
9 Know About: Petra Kvitova
What is it about Czech Republic and Slovakia? While paying attention to how beautiful women from Scandinavian countries were, have we completely overlooked women from the aforementioned countries? Considering the amount of them on this list, it seems likely. Petra Kvitova is perhaps the one you might know best, as she has won 19 career singles titles on the WTA Tour, including the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon Championships. Kvitova also won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She reached a career-high No. 2 ranking in 2011, but is currently ranked No. 16.
Like most professional tennis players, she's a must follow on Instagram given the countries she visits with the WTA Tour. As you'll notice, she's also an incredibly underrated beauty who can certainly dress up well.
8 Need To See: Laura Robson
Laura Robson was once a promising up-and-coming talent in the WTA who won the Wimbledon Junior's Title at the age of 14. She was born in Australia and grew up in London, England, which would have made for a great story had she been able to return to Wimbledon a champion years later in women's singles competition. However, her best performance at Wimbledon was in 2013, when she reached the fourth round. In fact, she hasn't reached beyond the fourth round at any Grand Slam in her career. She's currently ranked No. 173.
The good news is that Robson is still just 23-years-old and has strong fan support, as evidenced by her 100,000 followers on Instagram. She's certainly worthy of an inclusion in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition and is further proof that Genie Bouchard is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to beautiful women on tour.
7 Know About: Ana Ivanovic
Even if you weren't aware of Ana Ivanovic, you have to admit you knew she was hot just by reading her name - there's simply no way someone named Ana Ivanovic isn't going to be beautiful. The 29-year-old Serbian tennis star isn't just known for her good looks, however; she's a supremely-talented star who reached world No. 1 ranking in 2008 after winning the French Open, the first and only Grand Slam win of her career.
Unfortunately, Ivanovic retired following the 2016 season, despite reaching the semifinals of the French Open the year prior. She may be gone from the court, but she's still ever-present on social media and has a large following of 1.3 million followers on Instagram. Clearly tennis fans (and dudes who enjoy beautiful women) weren't ready for Ivanovic to leave the sport.
6 Need To See: Camila Giorgi
We hate to keep bringing up Genie Bouchard, but she has, rightly or wrongly, become the gold standard of hotness in women's tennis. In regard to Camila Giorgi, it's a bit unfair to look at Bouchard's beauty as unmatched. In fact, if Giorgi wasn't the No. 73 ranked player in the world, there's a strong chance the Italian would be talked about as frequently as the Canadian. Giorgi's mother is a fashion designer, so she might even have the edge on Bouchard and her status as a fashionista.
Giorgi is diminutive in stature but she has plenty of power in her strikes and quickness on the court. She won just one WTA Tour event during her ten-year career and has only reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam, but she's still in the prime of her career. She's more than worthy of a follow on Instagram.
5 Know About: Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova was at the top of her game when she was suspended after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs last year. The 30-year-old Russian was playing high-level tennis only matched by Serena Williams, and had recently won her fifth Grand Slam at the 2014 French Open. She's a career Grand Slam winner, having won the Australian Open in 2008, the U.S. Open in 2006, and Wimbledon in 2004.
Even if you weren't aware of her impressive tennis resume, chances are you knew of Sharapova as the beautiful, loud-but-somehow-sexy grunting Russian bombshell. In fact, if you're reading this, you might be one of the 2.5 million people that follow Sharapova on Instagram, and, if you're not, we suggest you do so right now - after reading the next four entries, that is.
4 Need To See: Donna Vekic
Donna Vekic is the youngest player on this list. At just 20-years-old, the Croatian beauty is an up-and-comer on the WTA Tour who debuted in 2012 and reached a tournament final in her first ever main draw tournament at the Tashkent Open. She hasn't yet been able to break through to achieve stardom, but she reached the third round of the French Open in 2015 and won her first WTA tournament the year prior. She has won over $1 million in prize money throughout her career.
On Instagram, Vekic proves that blondes do have more fun, whether it's through photos of her attending high-profile events or just hanging out on the beach. We're certainly hoping she can continue to improve and draw more attention at Grand Slams in the near future.
3 Know About: Eugenie Bouchard
You knew it was coming. Don't take our constant criticisms of Genie Bouchard throughout this list to mean that we don't believe she's still at the top of her game - and the WTA - when it comes to looks. Surely, Genie is the the reigning queen of the WTA, and certainly not for her play on the court, which has been disastrous since she burst onto the scene in 2014 by reaching the semifinals of both the Australian Open and French Open and finals of Wimbledon. It appeared as though Genie was ready to become tennis' next great Superstar, but instead it appears she has been more committed to becoming another Anna Kournikova (plenty of talent, but more focused on her celebrity off the court).
And hey, that's fine if that's what Bouchard wants. It's almost completely fine with us, as the 23-year-old Canadian has an incredible body, face, and smile, all of which were featured in her recent Sports Illustrated photo shoot. We're pulling for her to return to form on the court, but we're also comforted knowing she'll always be dedicated to the 'gram.
2 Need To See: Mandy Minella
Mandy Minella might be the furthest we've reached to find a little-known beauty on the WTA Tour. In fact, the 31-year-old native of Luxembourg has never won a WTA title in her career and has competed primarily on the ITF Tour. In recent years, however, she has experienced limited success on the WTA, reaching the third round of the U.S. Open in 2012 and the second round of the Australian Open in 2017. She's currently ranked No. 95 in the world and has won just over $1 million in prize money.
In terms of status on social media platforms, she's far-and-away the least followed player on our list, but you can easily make a case for her being one of the hottest. Luxembourg isn't a country we hear of often as fans of professional sports, but if they make them all like Minella, we might have to investigate further.
1 Need To See: Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina likely isn't a name you've heard prior to 2017, but given her recent results you can expect to hear more of her in the future. The 22-year-old Ukrainian reached the third round of the Australian Open to start the year, tying her career-best performance at the Grand Slam, and recently reached the quarterfinals of the French Open for a second time. She has eight career WTA Tour victories and has accumulated nearly $5 million in prize money.
Again, like every other star on the WTA Tour, Svitolina lives a pretty glamorous life, which she showcases on to her 98,000 Instagram followers. She's a classic beauty who looks just as good posing in a bathing suit as she does in a snow suit. Keep an eye out on tour for this Ukrainian stunner.