Monday, April 13, 2009

Tennis Stars on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2009

Born in Poprad, Slovakia, Daniela Hantuchova, 25, turned pro in 1999, but had her breakthrough season in 2002, when she won at Indian Wells and reached the quarterfinals at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. A classically trained pianist, Hantuchova is one of five women to win every Grand Slam mixed doubles title. She has been ranked as high as fifth in the Sony Ericsson WTA and lives in Monte Carlo. (Sports Illustrated)
Tatiana Golovin, 21, was born in Moscow, but moved to Paris as a child. A French citizen, Golovin turned pro when she was 15, and paired with countryman Richard Gasquet to win the mixed doubles title at Roland Garros in 2004. Golovin earned her first Sony Ericsson WTA singles title in April, 2007, defeating Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic en route to winning the Bausch and Lomb Championships.(Sports Illustrated)
Maria Kirilenko, 22, was born in Moscow, and started playing tennis when she was 5-years-old. She tore through the junior ranks, and is one of the youngest winners of both the Canadian Open and the U.S. Open Junior tournament. Since turning pro in 2002, Kirilenko has won five Sony Ericsson WTA titles, and been ranked as high as No. 18. (Sports Illustrated)

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