In 2016, the world is more blessed than ever with an array of talented female tennis players that have elevated the sport to new levels of popularity. We sift through the grunting to find the 15 hottest female tennis players.
15 Garbiñe Muguruza
This young Spaniard is currently ranked third as a female singles competitor and came second in 2015’s Wimbledon, losing to Serena Williams in the final.
14 Sorana Cirstea
After hitting a career peak in 2013 with her highest ever ranking, niggling injuries have hindered Cirstea’s momentum. 2016 looks brighter however, after a strong showing in Brazil earlier in the year.
13 Venus Williams
Venus is a decorated veteran of the sport with a slew of Grand Slam titles and Olympic medals to her name. Her contribution to women’s tennis and racial equality in sport can’t be understated.
12 Heidi El Tabakh
This Egyptian-born Canadian has represented both countries during her career and despite failing to shine in Grand Slams, has had significant success within the ITF circuit.
11 Mandy Minella
Minella has arguably shown her best form in doubles competition, winning several WTA titles. The 30 year-old from Luxembourg is famously inconsistent and rumours persist that 2016 will be her final year on the court.
10 Alize Lim
One of the lesser known entries on our list, Miss Lim still has her best years ahead of her, having only made her Grand Slam debut in 2014. That she can count Serena Williams as a training partner is sure to help in the years to come.
9 Daniela Hantuchová
Daniela Hantuchová has found success in both singles and doubles tournaments. In 2005, she become only the fifth female player to achieve a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.
8 Camila Giorgi
This petite Italian has a reputation for taking big scalps, with victories over names such as Wozniacki and Sharapova. Known for her aggressive style, Giorgi is a fiery player with a strong personality.
7 Dominika Cibulkova
Slovakia’s most famous contribution to female tennis, Cibulkova has an intimidating on-court presence that has seen her attract success in both ITF and Grand Slam tournaments, although she has yet to win the latter.
6 Serena Williams
Undoubtedly one of the greatest female tennis players of all time, Williams enters every tournament as a strong favourite. Serena was recently named Sports Illustrated’s ‘2015 Sportsperson of the Year’.
5 Maria Kirilenko
This blonde Russian has a habit of being knocked out in quarter-finals but does at least have a bronze Olympic medal for consolation. Kirilenko has recently given birth to a baby boy and has yet to announce a return to the sport.
4 Caroline Wozniacki
Still only 25, despite her big-name status, Wozniacki’s career has stalled somewhat in recent years, seeing her fall to 22nd in the world rankings.
3 Maria Sharapova
2016 hasn’t been a great year for Sharapova so far after a failed drugs test saw her facing a lengthy ban. Despite sympathy from some camps, the Russian has seen several sponsors suspend their dealing with the tennis superstar.
2 Ana Ivanovic
After bursting onto the scene as a fresh-faced teen, Ivanovic won the French Open in 2008, hitting 1st ranking in the process. She has since struggled to recapture that glory.
1 Eugenie Bouchard
Bouchard became an instant celebrity after her appearance at Wimbledon in 2014, endearing herself to fans with her unique personality and classy game. After injuries and a lawsuit at the end of last year, Bouchard has started 2016 strongly.