Hottest Female Athletes

Ana Ivanovic is a Serbian tennis player and one of the biggest up-and-coming names in pro tennis. She’s reached the finals of two Grand Slam tournaments: the French Open in 2007, and the Australian Open in 2008, but she lost in both. Born on Nov. 6, 1987, this Serb has many great years ahead of her. Credit: AP
Ana Ivanovic Ana Ivanovic is a Serbian tennis player and one of the biggest up-and-coming names in pro tennis. She’s reached the finals of two Grand Slam tournaments: the French Open in 2007, and the Australian Open in 2008, but she lost in both. Born on Nov. 6, 1987, this Serb has many great years ahead of her. Credit: AP
Gabrielle Reece is a star volleyball player, model, and actress. She made her mark first in the volleyball world when she attended Florida State University, where she was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. She still holds the record for solo blocks and total blocks at the school. Reece moved onto pro volleyball after college and won numerous titles in the WBVL. She’s appeared on the covers of many magazines, including ELLE, Vogue, Shape, and Playboy. (Credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Gabrielle Reece Gabrielle Reece is a star volleyball player, model, and actress. She made her mark first in the volleyball world when she attended Florida State University, where she was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. She still holds the record for solo blocks and total blocks at the school. Reece moved onto pro volleyball after college and won numerous titles in the WBVL. She’s appeared on the covers of many magazines, including ELLE, Vogue, Shape, and Playboy. (Credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
U.S. player Ashley Harkleroad, once billed as the next great American superstar, has never been ranked higher than 39th in the world. Still, Harkleroad did make history when she announced — following her loss to Serena Williams in the 2008 French Open — that she would become the first professional tennis player to pose nude for Playboy magazine. (Credit: Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images)
Ashley Harkleroad U.S. player Ashley Harkleroad, once billed as the next great American superstar, has never been ranked higher than 39th in the world. Still, Harkleroad did make history when she announced — following her loss to Serena Williams in the 2008 French Open — that she would become the first professional tennis player to pose nude for Playboy magazine. (Credit: Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images)
Sasha Cohen is an American figure skater born Oct. 26, 1984. Her storied career includes wins at the 2006 U.S. Championship, the 2005 Campbell’s Classic, and the 2003 ISU Grand Prix Final. In 2006, she took silver at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She was the 2004 & 2005 U.S. Olympic Committee Female Figure Skater of the Year. (Credit: AP)
Sasha Cohen Sasha Cohen is an American figure skater born Oct. 26, 1984. Her storied career includes wins at the 2006 U.S. Championship, the 2005 Campbell’s Classic, and the 2003 ISU Grand Prix Final. In 2006, she took silver at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She was the 2004 & 2005 U.S. Olympic Committee Female Figure Skater of the Year. (Credit: AP)
Soccer player Heather Mitts is a defender for the United States Women’s National Soccer team. She was an All-American at the University of Florida and helped lead them to a national title in 1998. Mitts was also part of the gold medal-winning Olympic soccer team in 2004, the same year that she was also named ESPN’s Hottest Female Athlete. (Credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Heather Mitts Soccer player Heather Mitts is a defender for the United States Women’s National Soccer team. She was an All-American at the University of Florida and helped lead them to a national title in 1998. Mitts was also part of the gold medal-winning Olympic soccer team in 2004, the same year that she was also named ESPN’s Hottest Female Athlete. (Credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Russian-born tennis player Anna Kournikova never won a Grand Slam singles title, and though she doesn’t get much credit for her success on-court, she did win two Grand Slam doubles championships with Martina Hingis in the 1999 and 2000 Australian Opens. Persistent back injuries have kept her off the court in recent years, but her beauty kept her busy in numerous magazines. She was named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003. Kournikova has been romantically linked to hockey star Sergei Fedorov and singer Enrique Iglesias. (Credit: AP)
Anna Kournikova Russian-born tennis player Anna Kournikova never won a Grand Slam singles title, and though she doesn’t get much credit for her success on-court, she did win two Grand Slam doubles championships with Martina Hingis in the 1999 and 2000 Australian Opens. Persistent back injuries have kept her off the court in recent years, but her beauty kept her busy in numerous magazines. She was named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003. Kournikova has been romantically linked to hockey star Sergei Fedorov and singer Enrique Iglesias. (Credit: AP)
Sprinter Christine Arron was born in Guadaloupe, but completes for France. She was named the 1998 European Women’s Athlete of the Year, after winning the 100m at the European Athletics Championships. She was a member of the 4×100 relay squad that upset the U.S. for the gold in the 2003 World Championships in Athletics. She holds the second fastest 100m performance time ever, behind Florence Griffith-Joyner. (Credit: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)
Christine Arron Sprinter Christine Arron was born in Guadaloupe, but completes for France. She was named the 1998 European Women’s Athlete of the Year, after winning the 100m at the European Athletics Championships. She was a member of the 4×100 relay squad that upset the U.S. for the gold in the 2003 World Championships in Athletics. She holds the second fastest 100m performance time ever, behind Florence Griffith-Joyner. (Credit: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)
Jennie Finch may be the most well-known softball player to date. Complete with a practically unhittable riseball, Finch was a three-time All-American at the University of Arizona, setting an NCAA record with 32 wins in her junior year. She led the 2004 Olympic softball team to gold when she went 2-0, striking out 13 batters in 8 innings, yielding no runs and just one hit. (Credit: AP)
Jennie Finch Jennie Finch may be the most well-known softball player to date. Complete with a practically unhittable riseball, Finch was a three-time All-American at the University of Arizona, setting an NCAA record with 32 wins in her junior year. She led the 2004 Olympic softball team to gold when she went 2-0, striking out 13 batters in 8 innings, yielding no runs and just one hit. (Credit: AP)
It’s hard to believe Maria Sharapova turned pro in 2001 and turns only 21-years-old in 2008. The three-time Grand Slam tournament champion won the Australian Open in 2008 and now must capture the French Open title to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments. Incredibly, her first Grand Slam singles title came when she was just 17, defeating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open in 2004. With many years ahead of her, only time will tell how many titles this future legend will capture. (Credit: AP)
Maria Sharapova It’s hard to believe Maria Sharapova turned pro in 2001 and turns only 21-years-old in 2008. The three-time Grand Slam tournament champion won the Australian Open in 2008 and now must capture the French Open title to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments. Incredibly, her first Grand Slam singles title came when she was just 17, defeating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open in 2004. With many years ahead of her, only time will tell how many titles this future legend will capture. (Credit: AP)
Professional golfer Natalie Gulbis is a rising star who finally captured her elusive first LPGA title in 2007, winning the Evian Masters in a playoff against Jeong Jang. She’s fared well in recent major tournaments, placing 3rd in the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship, and finishing in the top-10 in 2005 in the three other major tournaments. Gulbis also began writing a golf advice column in men’s magazine FHM, and even had her own reality show on The Golf Channel called “The Natalie Gulbis Show.” (Credit: AP)
Natalie Gulbis Professional golfer Natalie Gulbis is a rising star who finally captured her elusive first LPGA title in 2007, winning the Evian Masters in a playoff against Jeong Jang. She’s fared well in recent major tournaments, placing 3rd in the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship, and finishing in the top-10 in 2005 in the three other major tournaments. Gulbis also began writing a golf advice column in men’s magazine FHM, and even had her own reality show on The Golf Channel called “The Natalie Gulbis Show.” (Credit: AP)
Tanith Belbin is a Canadian-American ice dancer who won silver for the U.S. in the 2006 Olympics with partner Benjamin Agosto. Belbin and Agosto became the first American ice dancers to win an Olympic medal in 30 years. She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, winning her most recent title in Jan. 2008 in St. Paul. (Credit: AP)
Tanith Belbin Tanith Belbin is a Canadian-American ice dancer who won silver for the U.S. in the 2006 Olympics with partner Benjamin Agosto. Belbin and Agosto became the first American ice dancers to win an Olympic medal in 30 years. She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, winning her most recent title in Jan. 2008 in St. Paul. (Credit: AP)
If you’re not familiar with professional wrestling, you may recognize her from the popular “GoDaddy” Super Bowl ads. Either way, WWE Diva Candice Michelle is more than just a pretty face. The former Playboy cover girl has shown she’s tough as nails in the wrestling ring. Candice captured the WWE Women’s Championship in 2007. Since losing the belt in Oct. 2007, she’s been battling injuries after twice breaking her clavicle while wrestling, but there’s no doubt she’ll hoist the gold once again when she gets healthy. (Credit: 2008 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved)
Candice Michelle If you’re not familiar with professional wrestling, you may recognize her from the popular “GoDaddy” Super Bowl ads. Either way, WWE Diva Candice Michelle is more than just a pretty face. The former Playboy cover girl has shown she’s tough as nails in the wrestling ring. Candice captured the WWE Women’s Championship in 2007. Since losing the belt in Oct. 2007, she’s been battling injuries after twice breaking her clavicle while wrestling, but there’s no doubt she’ll hoist the gold once again when she gets healthy. (Credit: 2008 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved)
Swin Cash is the star forward on the Seattle Storm in the WNBA and has had a very successful collegiate and professional career. Cash helped lead the University of Connecticut to national titles in 2000 and 2002, and helped lead the Detroit Shock to the WNBA Championship in just her second season. Cash also won Olympic gold as a member of the 2004 women’s basketball team. (Credit: AP)
Swin Cash Swin Cash is the star forward on the Seattle Storm in the WNBA and has had a very successful collegiate and professional career. Cash helped lead the University of Connecticut to national titles in 2000 and 2002, and helped lead the Detroit Shock to the WNBA Championship in just her second season. Cash also won Olympic gold as a member of the 2004 women’s basketball team. (Credit: AP)
Amanda Beard is a gold medal Olympic swimmer, a former world champion, a former U.S. champion, and even a former Playboy cover girl. In 2004 she won individual gold at the Olympics in Athens for the 200m breaststroke, and in 1996 she won gold as part of the 4x100m medley relay team. Beard has captured eight U.S. titles, and won the gold in the 200m breaststroke at the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona. (Credit: AP)
Amanda Beard Amanda Beard is a gold medal Olympic swimmer, a former world champion, a former U.S. champion, and even a former Playboy cover girl. In 2004 she won individual gold at the Olympics in Athens for the 200m breaststroke, and in 1996 she won gold as part of the 4x100m medley relay team. Beard has captured eight U.S. titles, and won the gold in the 200m breaststroke at the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona. (Credit: AP)
Stacy Keibler has accomplished plenty during her young career. Though she may be best known for performing on the show “Dancing With the Stars,” she gained her real claim to fame as a WWE Diva. Before entering the wrestling ring, Keibler was a professional cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens. (Credit: AP)
Stacy Keibler Stacy Keibler has accomplished plenty during her young career. Though she may be best known for performing on the show “Dancing With the Stars,” she gained her real claim to fame as a WWE Diva. Before entering the wrestling ring, Keibler was a professional cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens. (Credit: AP)
Kristi Leskinen is a professional skier born in Uniontown, Pa. on Feb. 10, 1981. Kristi was the first woman ever to pull a rodeo 720—two rotations, head pointed to the earth. According to her EXPN bio, she is hoping that by adding a 900 to her run in 2008, she will net her first WX gold medal. (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Kristi Leskinen Kristi Leskinen is a professional skier born in Uniontown, Pa. on Feb. 10, 1981. Kristi was the first woman ever to pull a rodeo 720—two rotations, head pointed to the earth. According to her EXPN bio, she is hoping that by adding a 900 to her run in 2008, she will net her first WX gold medal. (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Toldeo, Ohio native Gretchen Bleiler is considered one of the best snowboarders in the world. Most recently, she won 2008 X Games gold on the halfpipe in Aspen. She holds two WX SuperPipe gold medals (’03, ’05), silver from ’07 and a silver medal in halfpipe from the ’06 Olympics. (Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Gretchen Bleiler Toldeo, Ohio native Gretchen Bleiler is considered one of the best snowboarders in the world. Most recently, she won 2008 X Games gold on the halfpipe in Aspen. She holds two WX SuperPipe gold medals (’03, ’05), silver from ’07 and a silver medal in halfpipe from the ’06 Olympics. (Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Australian Tatiana Grigorieva retired from a storied pole vaulting career in 2007. She’s placed first three times in the Australian Championships, and won gold in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. She competed in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where she won the silver. Since retiring she’s done modeling and has appeared on the Australian versions of “Dancing With The Stars” and “Gladiators.” (Credit: AP)
Tatiana Grigorieva Australian Tatiana Grigorieva retired from a storied pole vaulting career in 2007. She’s placed first three times in the Australian Championships, and won gold in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. She competed in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where she won the silver. Since retiring she’s done modeling and has appeared on the Australian versions of “Dancing With The Stars” and “Gladiators.” (Credit: AP)
Morgan Pressel is one of the youngest professional golfers on the LPGA tour, born May 23, 1988. She is the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA major tournament, when she won the Kraft Nabisco title in 2007. She also tied for second place in the 2005 U.S. Open. Pressel has reached number 4 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings. (Credit: AP)
Morgan Pressel Morgan Pressel is one of the youngest professional golfers on the LPGA tour, born May 23, 1988. She is the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA major tournament, when she won the Kraft Nabisco title in 2007. She also tied for second place in the 2005 U.S. Open. Pressel has reached number 4 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings. (Credit: AP)
Serena Williams is one of the greatest and most feared women on the tennis court today. The former No. 1 ranked player has won eight Grand Slam tournament titles and was a gold medalist in the 2000 Olympics. In 2002, the Associated Press named her the “Female Athlete of the Year,” which she also received an ESPY award for in 2003. (Credit: Rick Stevens)
Serena Williams Serena Williams is one of the greatest and most feared women on the tennis court today. The former No. 1 ranked player has won eight Grand Slam tournament titles and was a gold medalist in the 2000 Olympics. In 2002, the Associated Press named her the “Female Athlete of the Year,” which she also received an ESPY award for in 2003. (Credit: Rick Stevens)
WWE Diva Maria Kanellis may not look very threatening, but put her in a wrestling ring and she’ll prove otherwise. One of the most popular up-and-coming WWE superstars, she battled in her first “Wrestlemania” match on March 31, 2008 in Orlando. Maria has yet to hoist any gold, but she can now say she is a Playboy cover girl after posing in the April 2008 issue. (Credit: 2008 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved)
Maria Kanellis WWE Diva Maria Kanellis may not look very threatening, but put her in a wrestling ring and she’ll prove otherwise. One of the most popular up-and-coming WWE superstars, she battled in her first “Wrestlemania” match on March 31, 2008 in Orlando. Maria has yet to hoist any gold, but she can now say she is a Playboy cover girl after posing in the April 2008 issue. (Credit: 2008 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved)
Race car superstar Danica Patrick has garnered fame both on and off the race track. The first woman to lead a lap at the Indy 500, her 4th place finish in 2005 is the highest finish in the league’s history for a female driver. Though she has yet to get the checkered flag, her successes, coupled with her 4-page photo shoot in Sports Illustrated magazine, have earned her a dedicated following. (Credit: AP)
Danica Patrick Race car superstar Danica Patrick has garnered fame both on and off the race track. The first woman to lead a lap at the Indy 500, her 4th place finish in 2005 is the highest finish in the league’s history for a female driver. Though she has yet to get the checkered flag, her successes, coupled with her 4-page photo shoot in Sports Illustrated magazine, have earned her a dedicated following. (Credit: AP)
Born April 23, 1983, Slovak tennis player Daniela Hantuchova is still an up-and-comer on the court and has a very bright future ahead of her. In 2008 she reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australia Open, where she lost to another rising star, Ana Ivanovic. Hantuchova has had lots of success in mixed doubles, however, capturing four Grand Slam tournament titles. (Credit: AP)
Daniela Hantuchova Born April 23, 1983, Slovak tennis player Daniela Hantuchova is still an up-and-comer on the court and has a very bright future ahead of her. In 2008 she reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australia Open, where she lost to another rising star, Ana Ivanovic. Hantuchova has had lots of success in mixed doubles, however, capturing four Grand Slam tournament titles. (Credit: AP)
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