The world of tennis has never been more glamorous.
Tennis may not come off to most as a "physical" sport - individuals hitting bouncy balls across a court over a net can't be too taxing on the body, can it? Many perceive it as a sport for those who live the "country club life," an expensive endeavor that is more about image than skill.
It is more rugged than it appears, though - the sport is taxing on the joints, the constant contortion for backhand returns and match-point smashes add to the toll on the muscles.
And yet, women tennis players still manage to look glorious; in terms of their ability and their looks on the court.
Tennis players are walking, talking billboards when they are on the court. Rafael Nadal is synonymous with Nike - it's all he wears. Maria Sharapova falls in the same category, but Sharapova also happens to be easy on the eyes while she's dominating Center Court. As "athletic" as the outfits women tennis players wear are, they also make sure to incorporate a certain amount of flair, style and beauty into their game. It adds to the allure of the athlete, but also their personal brand, and by extension, the sport itself.
It almost seems as if tennis players have adopted the motto "look good, play good" - not that we're complaining. If tennis needs to be beautiful to be more entertaining than it already is, by all means, tennis players, sexy it up. There will certainly be debate and anguish for a certain few who don't make this list, but it's clear to anyone who's watched even a handful of matches that women's tennis might be in a "golden age" of it's sport. Not just in terms of the on-court talent, but the beautiful women who display that talent week in and week out.
25 Dominika Cibulkova
Dominika Cibulkova is less known for her on-court talent and more for her on-court looks. A looker from any seat in the stands, Cibulkova had plenty of potential in terms of her tennis ability, but hasn't been able to translate it into much more than one Grand Slam final appearance. The 25-year old Slovak is in the prime of her athletic and modelling careers, having already been quite successful in the latter (including a nude magazine photo shoot).
24 Nicole Gibbs
Nicole Gibbs ranked as one of the Chive's "hottest tennis players you aren't watching at the US Open" as a "feature" for their latest installment of the tournament this summer. Gibbs probably got a lot more fanfare after she dazzled with her looks on the court in New York. Gibbs is currently ranked 90th and hasn't done much in terms of winning on the court, with only five ITF titles to her name. She's already raked in over $370,000 dollars in prize money, though, so she's doing alright considering she is only 21 years of age and barely over a year into her professional tennis career. For the sake of American tennis (and for those of you who've already started crushing on her), she'll start to rise up the rankings sooner rather than later.
23 Alize Cornet
Her name doesn't pop off the page in terms of star power, but her looks will have many thinking otherwise. Alize Cornet is not the most prominent of the many players on the WTA circuit, but she attracts enough attention with her good looks. An impressive junior record propelled her to the pro game, but for now she is known as one of the prettier ladies to step on the court - with a little luck she'll start to get more attention, if she can start piling up the wins.
22 Amandine Hesse
She's one of the lowest ranked players on this list (in terms of skill level), but Amandine Hesse is worthy of her spot on it (and is probably rated too low). The young French tennis star may not be on the same level as Eugenie Bouchard just yet (and probably never will be), but she's already been compared to Bouchard in terms of being a young, up-and-coming player who just so happens to be easy on the eyes as well. Hesse hopes to start rising up the rankings list - as well as this list - before long.
21 Alizé Lim
Alizé Lim is known for her brief Twitter battle with superstar Maria Sharapova, but it has led to an increase in awareness for her game - and her beauty. The French tennis player has taken social media by storm, especially through her Instagram page. While not the flashiest of posers, she finds ways to keep her followers coming back for more snaps from her everyday life. She's more of a natural beauty than an eye-popping "dolled-up" girl, which is just fine with us.
20 Annika Beck
If this list was a ranking of the "cutest" tennis players in the world, Annika Beck would most likely be much higher up the list. The 20-year old German has a smile that could melt even the coldest of hearts, while also having the talent to see that she wins matches on a fairly consistent basis. She's still working her way up the lists, but there's no doubt she'll be on this one until the day she calls it quits.
19 Zarina Diyas
Zarina Diyas is another one of those unknowns that you'll only Google search once she catches your eye while you're flipping through channels and happen to land on a close-up of her readying for a serve. Diyas happens to be from Kazakstan, and also happens to be having quite a successful pro debut, this considering that she is just 21 years of age and entering her first full season as a professional.
18 Monica Puig
It would have been outstanding if Monica was related to Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, but that is not the case. Puig has managed to carve out her own niche on the professional sports scene, though, through her talent and with a little help from the fact that she is quite pretty. At just 21 years of age she still has plenty of time to grow as a player, but she'll no doubt be front and center in some sort of tennis marketing campaign or commercial before long.
17 Petra Kvitova
Currently ranked number third in the world, Kvitova has taken the tennis world by storm over the past several years. She's already won Wimbledon twice since 2011, and has 14 total titles to her name. She's made over $16 million in prize money, and she's gorgeous. What else could possibly go her way? Perhaps a winning every Grand Slam tournament, or the number one rank, is next on her list - but it seems like the sky's the limit for Kvitova.
16 Angelique Kerber
Like Kvitova, Angelique Kerber seems to have just about everything going swimmingly at the moment. She's currently ranked #10 in the world rankings, has had success in both singles and doubles play, and is one of the best looking women on the tour. Another German with a lot of flair and beauty, Kerber will be looking to climb back up the rankings - or at least hold on to her top 10 spot. She's assured of her spot on this list, though.
15 Julia Görges
It seems like we're having a bit of a run on German gals here - which we're not complaining about. The European flair adds to the allure of the aforementioned Kerber and her compatriot Julia Görges. Görges is another stunner who might not have had much success on the court up to this point, but is certainly a winner in our eyes. She's still young at 25, and while she might be well behind some of the young superstars on the pro circuit, there's no doubt she'll still find ways to grab some of the spotlight.
14 Daniela Hantuchová
Daniela Hantuchová's bright star may be fading in terms of what she's still able to do on the court, but off the court she'll always have a place in our hearts. An "underdog" if there ever was one, no one thought much of Hantuchová as when she joined the pro circuit many years ago. Now, she's part of an exclusive list of women who've won over 500 WTA matches. Hantuchová probably doesn't have many years of tennis left in her, but we're confident she'll find something to do with her many other talents.
13 Venus Williams
Venus, the older of the famed Williams sister, might not be as propped up and revered as younger sister Serena, but she's just as prominent and important to the sport as her sister is. While the two are often in the news (for mostly good reasons), Venus seems to have settled into her role in the background, having dropped in the rankings and nearing the end of her illustrious career. She still looks good doing what she does, though - no one can deny that.
12 Sorana Cirstea
Sorana Cirstea has already broken the top 20 during her career, but has slipped considerably since her "glory days". Still, she's always a threat to make noise at major tournaments, as she's shown the ability to go deep in big tournaments. While she'll never ascend to the elite ranks of players, she'll always be known as one of the best looking women on the tour throughout her career. The Romanian born player is now ranked down in near the 90's in the WTA rankings, but she nearly cracks the top 10 on our list.
11 Tsvetana Pironkova
Tsvetana Pironkova's name alone is a mouthful - try spitting that out multiple times during a several-hours long broadcast. Pironkova is up around the 40-50 rank, for the most part, but is better known for having Venus Williams' number at Grand Slam tournaments. Maybe Williams finds the young Bulgarian as attractive as we do and gets distracted during their matches - we would say that's far fetched, but looks like Pironkova got the better of Williams on this list as well...
10 Laura Robson
Laura Robson is more famous for her abilities on the doubles courts, but that doesn't mean she doesn't deserve her spot on this list (alongside primarily singles competitors). Robson has teamed up for big victories with men's single's superstar Andy Murray, most notably at the London Olympics. Robson has also earned her fair share of looks and attention simply through her beauty and infectious smile.
9 Mandy Minella
Mandy Minella has become an iconic name (and face) in tennis - mostly because of the latter. She's a marketer's dream, and has parlayed that into a gig with Tennis-Point. Minella has never been the most consistent player on tour, and will never be considered an upper-echelon player, but her fanbase is happy just getting the chance to watch her look great running around the court at every tournament she participates in.
8 Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens has become a phenom within a matter of months. She's drawn rave reviews from tennis experts, and while it hasn't translated into major successes just yet, her time will come - and when it does, watch out. Not only is Stephens ready to take the tennis court by storm, she'll be a highly sought after model for years to come; a talent like this with looks like hers? It's a no-brainer. Stephens will be a superstar before long.
7 Serena Williams
Serena Williams is not just a great tennis player - she practically is women's tennis. Williams has been one of the most dominant athletes not only in tennis, but across all sports since she made her WTA debut many years ago. Williams has won 18 Grand Slam titles and has won over $60 million dollars in prize money (and that's not counting endorsement deals). She's done all this, and looked amazing doing it. What more could you want from one of the greatest of all time?
6 Jarmila Gajdosova
Jarmila Gajdosova is not a household name in the tennis world, and probably won't be for awhile. She is still extremely young and while she's already won a Grand Slam doubles mixed event, her success on the singles circuit hasn't been as glamorous. She always manages to look glamorous, though, and her fine looks will no doubt help her gain some initial attention before (hopefully) her talent will take her to the levels of stardom she wishes to reach.
5 Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki is currently ranked eighth in the world, so we wonder if she's happier with this ranking or her WTA ranking? Either way, Wozniacki is doing just fine for herself on and off the court. One of the most beautiful women on tour the past several years, Wozniacki has captured the hearts of fans through her play on the court and her good looks in general. The Danish star will be looking to improve her tennis ranking as the year goes along, but probably will be satisfied with the #5 spot on this list.
4 Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko has been getting more attention for what's been going on in her life off the court than on the court as of late - it's the nature of the beast when you're dating an NHL superstar (who happened to be Alexander Ovechkin) while you yourself are a worldwide tennis celebrity. Kirilenko is already a well-established model, and we find ourselves wondering that if Ovechkin was the one who ended things, he should probably spend a bit of time in the quiet room and have his brain checked... If he screwed up, well, then he deserves it (and should probably still go to the quiet room).
3 Ana Ivanovic
Simply put, Ana Ivanovic is an absolute beauty. There aren't many other words to describe her. She also happens to be one of the best tennis players in the world - a lethal combination in terms of how attractive a woman can possibly be. The 26-year-old Serbian star is still in the prime of her career, and will be hoping to continue to be one of the premier names on and off the court. With looks like hers, we don't anticipate that being an issue.
2 Eugenie Bouchard
If you haven't fallen in love with Genie Bouchard yet, you probably do not have a heart. That might be a bit harsh, but it's the truth. Bouchard has gone from prodigy to superstar in a matter of a couple of years - not to mention she is incredibly attractive. She also has a competitive edge and cold-blooded mentality that you don't see in many athletes to begin with. Her fiery demeanor on the court and her dazzling ways off of it make her one of the most loved tennis players in the world today.
1 Maria Sharapova
Unfortunately for Bouchard, she'll most likely be in the shadow of her idol until the day the Queen of Tennis retires. Maria Sharapova may not be the dominant force she was once, but there's no doubt that in terms of "sex appeal," no one comes close. Sharapova has been the face of women's tennis since she went pro, and the Russian superstar just seems to get better with age. She's second to none in this department - and that will probably be the case until she calls it quits.