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PHOTOS Sexy and somewhat successful tennis aces

Last updated on: January 24, 2013 12:04 IST

Sabatini was a trendsetter

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Having focused on the sexy women's tennis stars who failed to deliver on the court, in the second part of the series we focus on a few players who were somewhat successful, but better known for their glamour quotient. 

In a sense, it was their glamour that probably became a deterrent to their performances. Rediff.com takes a look at a few such names.

Gabriela Sabatini (Argentina)

Gabriela Sabatini won the US Open in 1990, the women's doubles at Wimbledon (with Steffi Graf in 1988), two WTA Tour Championships (1988 and 1994) and silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. 

Enough to showcase her credentials one may say. 

Think again!

When it comes to a player of the calibre that the Argentine was, her achievements didn't do justice to her talent.

Blame it on her sex appeal. The ravine-haired beauty was the No.1 choice for most brands in her prime and proceeded to launch her own perfume brand, even a doll named after her. 


Image: Former tennis player Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina poses during a photo-shoot at Place de la Concorde in Paris
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/ Getty Images

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Pierce was famous for her looks

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Mary Pierce (France)

Mary Pierce won two Grand Slam singles titles – the Australian Open in 1995 and the French Open in 2000 – and one each in women's doubles (2000 French Open with Martina Hingis) and mixed doubles (2005 Wimbledon with Mahesh Bhupathi).

Considering she had one of the best all-round games, her achievements aren't an iota of the talent she possessed.

She was better known as a pretty face, one that launched many brands.


Image: Mary Pierce of France
Photographs: REUTERS/Mark Baker

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Ana Ivanovic endorses scores of products

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Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)

By the time she was 21, Ana Ivanovic had won one Grand Slam (the French Open in 2008), reached two other major finals (French in 2007 and Australian in 2008) and won three Premier Mandatory events. 

In the five years that followed, she has added only three more tournaments to her resume.

However, her achievements on court might have diminished but not her brand equity.

Besides endorsing scores of products, Ivanovic has also been the face of reputed publications such as Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Vanity Fair and Vogue.


Image: Ana Ivanovic of Serbia attends the Players' Party during the BNP Paribas Open at the IW Club in Indian Wells
Photographs: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

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Wozniacki: No.1 without 'major' success

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Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)

She became the world No.1 even before she won a single Grand Slam title. 

Caroline Wozniacki won a slew of Premier Mandatory events but major titles remained elusive, with the 2009 US Open (lost to Kim Clijsters) being the lone instance she reached the final. 

Then her performances declined but the endorsements kept increasing. Adidas, Compeed, Danske Invest, e-Boks , Oriflame, Proactiv, Rolex, Turkish Airlines, Yonex, you name and the Dane had the brand backing her. 

Now she is more known as golfer Rory McIlroy's girlfriend, even though she is attempting a comeback of sorts.


Image: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark arrives at the the player's party in Indian Wells
Photographs: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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Myskina once posed semi-nude on horseback

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Anastasia Myskina (Russia)

Once upon a time Anastasia Myskina posed semi-nude on a horseback. (She later sued the publication although the court ruled against her)

Then she became the first Russian win a Grand Slam singles title in 2004, when she beat compatriot Elena Dementieva in the French Open final. 

Thereafter, the endorsements continued but her tennis career went into anonymity. 


Image: Anastasia Myskina of Russia
Photographs: Clive Mason/Getty Images

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