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Read about tabloid!'s favourite players at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships
- By Kelly Crane, Staff Reporter, Photos by WENN, Reuters and Supplied
- Published: 00:00 February 15, 2010
Rank 8: Jelena Jankovic; Serbia; 24
The subject of the 2008 autobiographical documentary Jelenin svet, which means Jelena's World, Jankovic was - falsely - romantically linked with Andy Murray's brother Jamie after joking she used kisses as a way of motivating the Scot during their doubles matches at Wimbledon in 2007. In her blog, she describes herself as "honest, spontaneous, natural, emotional".
Rank 6: Victoria Azarenka; Belarus; 20
Causing quite a stir on the circuit, Azarenka is also causing a stir among the male tennis population. Posing scantily-clad in various bikinis for the French version of FHM certainly upped her popularity among the crowd at Roland Garros in Paris. Next up, Wimbledon and the UK's FHM. Azarenka did the shoot along with Dominika Cibulková, Anna Chakvetadze and Alona Bondarenko. Steamy, although we're sure most guys were only interested in the in-depth interviews with the sexy ladies.
Rank 15: Yanina Wickmayer; Belgium; 20
She's best known for being banned from playing tennis by officials in her own country because she was never at home to open mail requesting her to attend drug tests.
Wickmayer said she never missed a test, never failed a test and tennis officials in her own country were very poor communicators. She was later cleared. Last year, Wickmayer leapt 55 places in the world rankings and said after moving into the world top 50 she was not properly told what she had to do.
"I was warned after the third time when things were all too late," she said.
Rank 7: Elena Dementieva; Russia; 28
Take her seriously on clay they may do, but that didn't stop Colorado comedy band Blue Dog and Sponge Cake writing a song about Dementieva and fellow Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova. Called Dementapova, Dementieva saw the funny side. A cover girl in hot demand, she was the cover girl for Marie Claire Russia's January 2009 issue, but said she picked her media wisely. She has homes in Monaco, Moscow and Boca Raton, Florida, and enjoys snowboarding, baseball, reading and travelling. Where does she find the time?
Rank 14: Vera Zvonareva; Russia; 25
After blowing six match points in the second set of a fourth round match at the 2009 US Open, she did the following:
Burst into tears on court;
Cried hysterically in the locker room between the second and third set;
Ripped medical tape off her knee and threw it across the court;
Complained to the umpire and said the tape was affecting her play;
Screamed an obscenity at the umpire when he wouldn't give her time to fix her tape;
Yelled a word we cannot print when she missed the next point;
Continued to rip tape from her leg;
Smashed her racquet into a post;
Spent the final change-over with a white towel over her head; and
Lost the set 6-0.
Rank 9: Agnieszka Radwanska; Poland; 20
In 2008 she became the first Polish female tennis player to surpass $1 million (Dh3.67 million) in career prize money. She loves to spend her cash on very short dresses that show off her shapely legs.