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Monirena Wiles
Dec 18th, 2005, 10:12 AM
(Sorry if this had been posted already.)

Three Tour Stars A Hit On The 'Net

It was a great day for women's tennis on Tuesday, December 13, as three Sony Ericsson WTA Tour players were named in AOL's Ten Most-Searched Athletes of 2005, the most for any one sport. The list was based on online queries from AOLSearch.com, AOL.com and the AOL Service (AOL).

The highest tennis player on the list was American superstar Serena Williams, AOL's third-most searched athlete of 2005. Despite finishing the tennis season ranked outside the Top 10 for the first time in seven years (largely due to ongoing struggles with knee and ankle injuries), Williams was one of four players to capture a Grand Slam singles title in 2005, winning her seventh major in January at the Australian Open. Older sister Venus also tasted Grand Slam glory this season at Wimbledon, but did not make AOL's most-searched list.

Russian teenager Maria Sharapova, who continued to add to her illustrious tennis resume in 2005, was the second-highest tennis player on the list, finishing at No.6. After capturing her first Grand Slam title in 2004 at Wimbledon, Sharapova took things to another level in 2005, ascending to the world No.1 ranking on August 22 and holding that spot for a total of seven non-consecutive weeks before allowing Lindsay Davenport to reclaim it. The 18-year-old was the 15th player in Tour history to achieve the feat, and the first from Russia. She also won her eighth, ninth and 10th career Tour singles titles at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Doha and Birmingham.

Also featuring on the list was another Russian icon, Anna Kournikova, who was No.8. Although she has been on somewhat of a hiatus from the Tour in recent years, she has been keeping her skills sharp with exhibition play, most recently this past weekend in Rio de Janeiro, where she played good friend Martina Hingis, who is making a full return to the Tour in 2006. Among the credits to the 24-year-old's name are career-high rankings of No.8 in singles and No.1 in doubles, as well as reaching four Tour singles finals and capturing 16 Tour doubles titles.

Other athletes featuring on the list were 23-year-old Indy Racing League star Danica Patrick (No.1); seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (No.2); recently-deceased former WWE World Champion Eddie Guerrero (No.4); current WWE Champion John Cena (No.5); multiple All-Star and World Champion baseball player Derek Jeter (No.7); African-American baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson (No.9); and NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No.10).

Libertango
Dec 18th, 2005, 10:16 AM
WOW, way to go Serena and Maria!!! (esp. to Serena for coming so high!!) :yeah: :worship:

Sir Stefwhit
Dec 18th, 2005, 10:50 AM
Either way you slice it, yahoo or AOL, Maria and Serena are both tops!! Congrats to both of em, and of course that's awesome newz for the TENNIS.

Bounty Hunter
Dec 18th, 2005, 01:52 PM
Cool....:rocker:

arn
Dec 18th, 2005, 02:48 PM
Offcourse Serena is in the most searched list. Everybody was looking for her in tournaments, but she was hardly ever there :shrug: ;)

tennisjay
Dec 18th, 2005, 03:16 PM
This is great for Serena and Maria, I just hope next year that both players can be healthy and make tennis more popular.

October
Dec 18th, 2005, 03:19 PM
WOW nice for Serena

Derek.
Dec 18th, 2005, 03:26 PM
:worship:

percy896
Dec 18th, 2005, 03:34 PM
I heard it was Serena #1, and Sharapova either 2 or 3, with Kournikova being the other.

Mafia_Sharapova
Dec 18th, 2005, 03:38 PM
congratulations Maria & Serana http://ads.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

jj74
Dec 18th, 2005, 03:39 PM
It's obvious that is an american search, most of these atlethes are almost unknown in Europe

Sir Stefwhit
Dec 18th, 2005, 04:58 PM
I heard it was Serena #1, and Sharapova either 2 or 3, with Kournikova being the other.
It appears as though most internet search engines are releasing their year-end restults. Maria was number one on Yahoo I believe, according to another thread, and of course according to this thread Serena is #3. The way I see it to have a tennis player show up in the top 10 is a great accomplishment and ultimately good for the sport. No surprise it's both Serena and Maria showing up on all search engines.

Anna F'd Enrique
Dec 18th, 2005, 05:00 PM
yay ANNA!!!!!!!!!!! not even playing but still #8

vettipooh
Dec 18th, 2005, 05:06 PM
Offcourse Serena is in the most searched list. Everybody was looking for her in tournaments, but she was hardly ever there :shrug: ;)
:rolleyes: :rolleyes:
Congrats Rena and Maria!!! Just goes to show their popularity level!:worship:

Stamp Paid
Dec 18th, 2005, 05:21 PM
It's obvious that is an american search, most of these atlethes are almost unknown in Europe

Uh, AOL = America Online :silly:

Knizzle
Dec 18th, 2005, 05:26 PM
Offcourse Serena is in the most searched list. Everybody was looking for her in tournaments, but she was hardly ever there :shrug: ;)

:haha:

new-york
Dec 18th, 2005, 05:29 PM
:haha: ^^^^
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congrats Serena, 1st tennis player :worship: !