Women's tennis has always been a popular sport for both men and women alike. The sport combines strength and athleticism with speed, flexibility, and an element of grace that makes the players attractive and pleasing to the eye. Off the court, some of the sports biggest stars, and even some lesser players, have been targets of many photographers looking to capture their beauty and reveal just how hot they really are.
Most of these stunning beauties of the hardcourt are from the modern era as Russian and Eastern European bombshells made their way into the sport during the early 2000s. It took an American, Chris Evert, to really draw more attention to the women's game and she was quickly followed by a Ford model from Canada, Carling Bassett. Since that time, players like the cute Tracy Austin, long legged Steffi Graff, and exotic Martina Hingis, have done their best to advance the sport and capture the public's eye. The bid by Anna Kournikova to become one of the sport's elite might have been met by a little more failure than success, but her contributions off the court as a subject of many photographs will forever make her a legend of the sport. These women have all been terrific athletes, but given the right situation and time in front of the camera, they have consistently been some of the hottest women of sports.
The following 20 players represent the top targets of photographers throughout the ages. There might have been others, but these players have proven to be the most photogenic the sport has ever produced. Although there might be some missing, there are compelling reasons why all these players made the list.
20 Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf was well known in the tennis world for her 22 grand slam victories and number one world ranking that lasted 186 consecutive weeks. The tall and slender German was a terrorizing figure on the tennis court, but off the court her long blonde hair and slender frame helped make her a constant target of photographers. Graf had several endorsement deals with the likes of Adidas, Head, Opel and even Canon where she appeared alongside Andre Agassi. Her lean attractive body was the epitome of athleticism paired with elegance and grace. She was well known for her dominance and victories on the court, but her legs were pretty legendary too.
19 Chris Evert
Chris Evert was a highly successful player with her 18 Grand Slam singles championships and world's number one ranking in seven different years, but she was also a pioneer of sorts. Chris Evert captured the public's fancy with short skirts and romance with Jimmy Connors early in her career. She was easily one of the prettiest women to play the sport up to that point in the late 70s and early 80s. She brought more attention to the women's game as well as the apparel. She also displayed the grit and determination that so many women used to play the game. Some younger fans might wonder why she made the list, but without Chris Evert there might not be as many reasons to have such a list.
18 Laura Robson
Laura Robson might not be a household name, but she has been the first British woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament since Samantha Smith did it in 1998, when she achieved this feat in the 2012 US Open and also at Wimbledon in 2013. She earned a career high 27th world ranking in July of 2013 and was the WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2012. The long and lean lefty strikes quite a pose with her sincere brown eyes and genuine inviting smile. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and has no problem adjusting to the effects of constantly playing in the sun. She might not have the titles or attention of some of these stars, but she certainly has a presence in front of a camera.
17 Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis burst upon the tennis scene, becoming the youngest woman to ever achieve the world's number one ranking. She also spent 209 weeks as the number one ranked woman's player, winning five Grand Slam championships as a singles player, nine Grand Slam championships as a women's doubles player, and two Grand Slam championships as a mixed doubles player. She won over $21 million in prize money throughout her illustrious career. Hingis was also quite photogenic, becoming the first female athlete to grace the cover of GQ magazine in 1998. She was confident with her play and that confidence spilled over to the camera with her ability to represent women's tennis when captured by a lens.
16 Elena Dementieva
Elena Dementieva was one of the many Russian beauties who came into prominence in the 2000 era. She achieved the world's number 3 ranking in April of 2009, and ended her career in 2010 with a world's number 9 ranking, having only slipped out of the top 10 once in her career during 2007. Dementieva won the gold medal for Russia in women's singles at the 2008 Bejiing Olympics. She won just under $15 million in prize money throughout her career that included appearances in the finals of the 2004 US Open and 2004 French Open. Off the court, Dementieva has been able to unleash her long locks of beautiful blonde hair that compliment her long legs and beautiful slender frame. She is not only beautiful, but she has also proven she could swing a racket.
15 Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza might not be one of the best women's players to ever play the sport, or be scantily clad while featured in a photo shoot of a popular men's magazine, but there is no denying her beauty and competitive nature. India's number one women's player in singles and doubles for most of her career, Mirza also happens to be one of India's most beautiful women as well. She is currently the world's number one ranked women's doubles player and has even won three Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles throughout her career. Mirza has earned over $4 million in prize money at this point in her career and is still at the top of her game. She is also recognized for being gorgeous with a gaze and body that puts her near the top of her sport.
14 Amanda Coetzer
Amanda Coetzer might be petite, but her ability to pose in front of a camera makes her look larger than life. She had a career high women's world ranking of number 3, and once defeated three women ranked in the top 5 during a run she made in the 1995 Canadian Open. Thanks to her diminutive size and many upset wins during her career, Coetzer was nicknamed, "The Little Assassin". She never won a Grand Slam title, but she turned more than a few heads with her good looks and feisty play. Coetzer has nicely bronzed skin that makes her quite an attractive target when she steps in front of a camera wearing nothing more than a swimsuit. The South African player represents her country quite well.
13 Carling Bassett
Carling Bassett was way ahead of her time. Playing in the 1980s, the Canadian player had a Farrah Fawcett look with her wavy blonde hair, and enough game to make Canada proud. Bassett won the Canadian Junior indoor tennis title in 1981 and at one time was the number 2 ranked junior player in the world. It was probably hard for Bassett to concentrate on her tennis game when she was also an aspiring model working with the renowned Ford Modeling Agency. Bassett still managed to become the world's number 8 ranked women's singles player in 1985, but tennis was only a small part of her appeal. Bassett was spunky on the court, but also had a sultry sexy look that she used to further her modeling career. She certainly did her best to help convert more male fans to women's tennis during her time.
12 Daniela Hantuchova
Part of the Eastern European invasion that was prominent in the 2000 era, Daniela Hantuchova was born in Czechoslovakia while representing Slovakia in the sport. She is tall and slender, with piercing blue eyes that compliment her stunning good looks. Hantuchova was the number 5 ranked woman in the world during 2003, and won over $10 million in prize money throughout her career. Hantuchova is also no stranger to being in front of a camera. She was in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and appeared nude in the 2012 ESPN The Magazine, Body Issue. Although Hantuchova might be better known by some for her contributions to the game with her appearance in magazines, she was still a formidable player on the court.
11 Dominika Cibulkova
This Slovakian beauty is a powerful and compact player with a quick and aggressive style of play on the court. Although she never won a Grand Slam title, she was the first woman from Slovakia to reach the finals of a Grand Slam event when she accomplished the feat at the 2014 Australian Open. Her highest ranking of 10th best women's singles player in the world was attained in 2014, and up to this point in her career she has won over $6.5 million in prize money. Cibulkova does have four WTA titles to hang her hat on, but she has really made a more powerful statement off the court. Cibulkova has long blonde hair to match her genuine smile that makes her look like she enjoys being the focal point of a camera's lens.
10 Gisela Dulko
Gisela Dulko is an exotic beauty from Argentina who has been able to represent the continent of South America in women's tennis quite well. Dulko won just over $4 million in prize money throughout her career that included a world's number one ranking for doubles in 2010. Dulko also attained a world's number 26 ranking for singles, but did most of her damage as a doubles player with her 17 WTA titles, including championships in the 2010 Tour Finals and 2011 Australian Open. Off the court, Dulko has proven she can look good whether in a swimsuit, sportswear or lingerie. She retired in 2012 and her presence on the court will be sorely missed, but she does leave her legacy with many photos proving her worth to the sport.
9 Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka has won almost $25 million in prize money, but has only won two Grand Slam titles. She won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013 and was in the finals of the US Open in the same two years, but her ability to play doubles and mixed doubles has added more impact to her game. Azarenka won the Olympic Gold Medal in mixed doubles in 2012 and has two Grand Slam doubles titles for the US Open (2007) and French Open (2008). She is from Belarus and turned pro in 2003 joining the ranks of many other players from the former Eastern bloc. She also happens to be a quite attractive figure on and off the court, looking beautiful with her genuine smile and long blonde hair. She has definitely established herself as one of the most attractive stars in the women's game.
8 Tatiana Golovin
Tatiana Golovin was born in Russia, but plays tennis professionally for France. Golovin was ranked number 12 in the world for women's singles players in 2008 and was a mixed doubles French Open champion in 2004. She has won almost $2 million in her career but is probably better known for her work off the court. In 2009, Golovin joined Daniela Hantuchova and Maria Kirilenko in a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated titled, the Volley of The Dolls. Despite her relative lack of success on the court, Golovin joins the many beautiful women of the former Eastern bloc that have helped draw more attention to the women's game. She is so hot that it is hard to tell if she plays tennis or makes a living modeling swimsuits on the beach.
7 Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki is a Danish tennis player who held the women's number one world ranking for 67 weeks. She is the first Scandinavian woman to ever hold the top women's ranking and likely one of the first to ever be part of this type of list. She has never won a Grand Slam championship, but went to the finals of the US Open twice (2009, 2014). Wozniacki has won almost $20 million in prize money since her career started in 2005, so she can be considered to be quite successful on the court. She certainly has drawn her share of attention on the court, but Wozniacki has also elevated the women's game with her beauty that was captured in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She is certainly one of the hottest women to ever be ranked number one.
6 Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard is Canada's current impressionable contribution to the women's game. She is the first Canadian woman to reach the finals of a Grand Slam event, becoming a finalist at Wimbledon in 2014. Bouchard has also reached the semi-finals of the French Open and Australian Open in the same year (2014). She only turned pro in 2009 and is currently only 21 years of age. She has much more time to add to her $4.18 million in winnings and the number 5 world ranking of women's tennis players that she achieved in 2014. Buchard has the talent to compete on the court and the beautiful good looks to continue to draw more attention to her aggressive style of play. She has a warm smile that enhances her gorgeous looks and has no problem looking hot in front of a camera.
5 Gabriela Sabatini
Gabriela Sabatini is probably the most famous female tennis player to ever come out of South America. The Argentinian beauty won the US Open as a singles player in 1990, and took the doubles title at Wimbledon in 1988. She had a career winning percentage of just under 77% and won 27 singles titles at various women's events. Sabatini even won the silver medal in the 1988 Olympic Games. Off the court, she launched a fragrance line in 1989 and has always been able to feel at ease in front of a camera. Sabatini has been photographed many times, appearing in Maxim in 2001 and several other publications. She was easily one of the hottest players of the 1980s and 1990s and definitely one of the legendary beauties of the sport.
4 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova has been the most successful Russian import to the women's game. Having won over 80% of her professional matches and almost $35 million in prize money, Sharapova has proven to be one of the most successful women's tennis players of all time. She has won five Grand Slam championships and was ranked number one in the world in 2005. Sharapova is not only talented, but she has natural beauty that has been captured by a camera on numerous occasions. She is 6-foot-2, and has the presence of a professional model captured by a photographer's lens. Sharapova has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and many advertisements, including being the face of Cole Haan. She is the most prominent player of the Eastern European invasion and probably the hottest woman to ever be extremely successful at the sport.
3 Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic is a gorgeous model from Serbia who happens to play tennis. She was ranked number one in the world in 2008 and has won 15 WTA titles, including a Grand Slam French Open championship in 2008. Ivanovic turned pro in 2003 and has been a fixture in women's tennis ever since, earning almost $14 million in prize money up to this point of her career. The exotic Serbian beauty is also no stranger to the camera's lens. The extremely competitive player signed an endorsement deal with Rolex in 2008 and has appeared in many European publications where she has been able to show off her beauty. With her beautiful brown eyes and long brown hair, Ivanovic has earned more than her fair share of attention both on and off the court.
2 Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko is yet another beauty from the former Eastern bloc who turned pro in 2001. She has had some measure of success, earning a number 10 world ranking for women's singles in 2013. Although she has not exactly been one of the top players, she does have almost $7 million in career winnings. Fortunately for Kirilenko, she does not have to struggle off the court, especially when she is the subject of a camera's lens. Kirilenko was part of the Sports Illustrated Volley of the Dolls photo shoot that premiered in 2009. She is extremely photogenic and has an easy going California beach girl appearance that serves her quite well. It is hard to say that Kirilenko will go down as one of the best women's players in the history of the sport, but she will certainly be remembered for being extremely hot.
1 Anna Kournikova
Many beautiful women have come from the former Eastern bloc countries to the delight of many predominantly male fans, but they all owe Anna Kournikova for all the attention they have been able to receive. Despite only achieving a career high number 8 world ranking, Kournikova did more to promote the sport off the court than between the white lines. She did win the Australian Open as a doubles player in 1999 and 2002, and was ranked number one in the world as a doubles player in 1999. What Kournikova was really known for was her ability to look undeniably hot in any kind of swimsuit. Kournikova appeared in the 2004 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and Maxim, while also being recognized as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People and ESPN.com's Hottest Female Athlete in 1998. Her sultry look and flawless body helped catapult her to the top of this quite lofty list.