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starr
Aug 24th, 2003, 03:37 PM
Babes of the Open
By DAVE GOLDINER
Daily News Staff Writer


They're willowy young stars, blessed with lithe builds, shapely curves and killer smiles.
Make way for a new generation of tennis hotties who will strut their stuff when the U.S. Open kicks off tomorrow.

Anna? She's not playing. Neither are Venus and Serena. All are injured.

This year's new hot draws are named Maria Sharapova, Ashley Harkleroad, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Daniela Hantuchova.

If that's not enough, there's also Dr. J's sexy daughter Alexandra Stevenson.

Gone are the days when women tennis stars were shunted to the outer courts while the men battled in the forefront.

Now, the biggest crowds line up for a peek at the newest feminine phenoms - and sometimes their outfits draw as many oohs and aahs as their serves and volleys.

Ever since Kournikova busted out from the tennis world onto the cover of practically every magazine on the planet (without ever winning a tournament), everyone's looking to catch a glimpse of the next big thing on the court.

Here's a quick look at the women most likely to turn heads at Flushing Meadow:

Maria Sharapova

If anyone deserves the title "next Anna," it's this 16-year-old Siberian sensation. Sharapova looks every inch like a fashion model - "Kim Alexis is in her prime," one writer gushed - and isn't afraid to show off her lovely frame.

A long blond ponytail flowing behind her, she walks with the self-assured gate of a runway star and boasts a scrapbook filled with magazine spreads.

Sharapova says she enjoyed being mobbed by fans at Wimbledon, where she reached the fourth round.

She designs her own tennis clothes - watch out for a sexy pink number at Flushing Meadow - and loves to relax with yoga or a few chapters of the latest Harry Potter book.

But unlike some tennis hotpots, she is cocky on the court and is notorious for her loud grunts. Some call her the Queen of Scream.

Sexy or no, she comes to win and plans to be No.1.

"It's only a matter of time, and I know it," she says.

Daniela Hantuchova

She's got 44-inch legs, drapes herself in the latest fashions and can blow a serve past you before you can say "Slovakia."

The sultry Hantuchova has already vaulted past Kournikova on one list of sexiest tennis players and is the ninth-ranked player in the world.

With her bright blue eyes, radiant smile and catwalk-friendly build, Hantuchova has been dubbed the Bratislava Babe.

But when she turned up at Wimbledon wearing a white tank top that exposed her protruding ribs, some whispered that she was too thin.

"I have to eat a bit more," she admitted.

A few weeks later, Hantuchova looked much healthier at a Canadian tournament saying that she has been pigging out on her mom's Eastern European cooking.

Ashley Harkleroad

A real-life Dixie Chick from rural Flintstone, Ga., Harkleroad made jaws drop and lenses snap at the 2001 Open with a form-fitting, skin-baring blue lycra outfit. "Do your parents know you're wearing that?" the reporters asked.

Harkleroad's grown up a little since then - to the ripe old age of 18 - and vows to wear something a bit more demure this time.

But there's no hiding the gorgeous bod and blond hair that earned her the nickname the Britney Spears of Tennis.

She dated hunky tennis star Andy Roddick in their younger days, but dumped him, for what pals say were good reasons.

True to her Bible Belt roots, Harkleroad says she carries a Bible on the tennis tour and her father travels with her as a chaperon.

She's also working on her tennis game, pounding her way into the third round of this year's French Open and rocketing up to No.39 in the rankings.

Justine Henin-Hardenne

Half of the planet must've let out a massive groan last year.

That's when Justine ended her bachelorette days and married tennis instructor Pierre Yves Hardenne.

The Belgian beauty has made a name for herself with her looks and her steely oncourt demeanor.

Henin-Hardenne's eyes often dart from side to side as she prepared to hit the ball and she won an emotional epic battle with Serena Williams at this year's French Open.

She's only 21, but says she's ready to settle down after rocky teen years in which her mom died and she split with her dad.

Unlike some of the Kourna-clones, Henin-Hardenne has got game - she's seeded second at the Open - and happiness to match her beauty.

Alexandra Stevenson

Four years after she had her five minutes of fame, Stevenson admits she still dreams of living the Hollywood high life.

Even as she claws her way toward the tennis big time, the lovely daughter of basketball legend Julius Erving is planning a career as a model or actress.

J.Lo, watch out. "I'm getting ready," Stevenson warns the world.

Still just 21, Stevenson hit the headlines when she made it from nowhere to the semifinals at Wimbledon.

When reporters found out she was Dr. J's secret love child, she became front-page news worldwide.

Her tennis game fell apart, but she has been working her way back to the top ever since.

She never had to worry about her stunning looks - and muses about the day she'll be so famous that designers will be lining up to let her wear their sexy outfits.

"That would be really cool," she said.
http://www.nydailynews.com/ips_rich_content/703-mariasharapova.JPG

http://www.nydailynews.com/ips_rich_content/539-alexandrastevenson.JPG

http://www.nydailynews.com/ips_rich_content/85-danielahantuchova2.JPG

kim&lleyton4evaz
Aug 24th, 2003, 03:40 PM
Ah, Alex... always good for humor.

Call me crazy... but I find Daniela looks anything but "sultry" in that pic.

katrientje
Aug 24th, 2003, 03:44 PM
Ah, Alex... always good for humor.

Call me crazy... but I find Daniela looks anything but "sultry" in that pic.

I would comment, if I knew what "sultry" means...

JonBcn
Aug 24th, 2003, 03:45 PM
LMAO...is that a real article?

bandabou
Aug 24th, 2003, 03:46 PM
Dani and Justine as sex-bombs?! Hmmm...damn, American men most be very desperate...

lizchris
Aug 24th, 2003, 03:50 PM
Dani and Justine as sex-bombs?! Hmmm...damn, American men most be very desperate...

I am American and most American men like the skin and bones look, which whould account for some things going on in the US (such as anorexia and lower childbirth rate). As far as Justine being called a babe, I'm sorry, but why? Notice the NY Daily News didn't put a picture of her with the article.

Paneru
Aug 24th, 2003, 03:53 PM
Dani and Justine as sex-bombs?! Hmmm...damn, American men most be very desperate...

Not all of us! ;)

Some of us prefer women who actually
have curves. Hence Venus saying that a gay friend of her's saying that Serena's catsuit was enough to make gay men go straight. :)

bandabou
Aug 24th, 2003, 03:54 PM
Not all of us! ;)

Some of us prefer women who actually
have curves. Hence Venus saying that a gay friend of her's saying that Serena's catsuit was enough to make gay men go straight. :)

Yep, that cat-suit sure would have helped.

And yes give me a Serena or Venus any day over some skinny Dani-type anyday!!

Cam'ron Giles
Aug 24th, 2003, 03:55 PM
Stevenson is good for a laugh? What a about 'Justin's beauty':tape:

kim&lleyton4evaz
Aug 24th, 2003, 03:58 PM
I would comment, if I knew what "sultry" means...
Hot, attractive, etc...

kim&lleyton4evaz
Aug 24th, 2003, 04:00 PM
Stevenson is good for a laugh? What a about 'Justin's beauty':tape:
Yes, but Justine doesn't say she's planning for a career as a model or an actress... amongst all the other diarrhea that's come out of her mouth during her tennis career. :)

starr
Aug 24th, 2003, 04:02 PM
Get a grip. It's just a fun puff piece. Nobody said anything bad about Serena or about women who have curves........... Didja notice that Alex was in there? ... and she certainly has meat on her bones. Ditto Harkleroad.

When posters post pictures of Serena, do you appreciate people who call her fat or call her ass enormous? nope. Didn't think so. But you are doing the same thing here to others. Maybe Harloo will come to this thread and decry the double standard on this board. lol lol lol

Cam'ron Giles
Aug 24th, 2003, 04:04 PM
Get a grip. It's just a fun puff piece. Nobody said anything bad about Serena or about women who have curves........... Didja notice that Alex was in there? ... and she certainly has meat on her bones. Ditto Harkleroad.

When posters post pictures of Serena, do you appreciate people who call her fat or call her ass enormous? nope. Didn't think so. But you are doing the same thing here to others. Maybe Harloo will come to this thread and decry the double standard on this board. lol lol lol


Starr....I dont know where you came from since I never noticed any of your posts till you attacked me a few days ago...but I must say...YOU NEED TO GROW UP... :rolleyes:

Experimentee
Aug 24th, 2003, 04:09 PM
I dont understand why Justine would be included in there with them :confused:
Shes anything but a sex bomb!

starr
Aug 24th, 2003, 04:11 PM
The article didn't call her a sex bomb. Just a "beauty."

Hey, I don't think Harkeroad or Alex are sex bombs either, but -- you know, ........ whatever.

baico
Aug 24th, 2003, 04:12 PM
alexandra, a babe?

wrong answer ;)

The Guilty
Aug 24th, 2003, 04:24 PM
The article didn't call her a sex bomb. Just a "beauty."


But not even a beauty she is ;)

katrientje
Aug 24th, 2003, 04:29 PM
I dont understand why Justine would be included in there with them :confused:
Shes anything but a sex bomb!

As much as I love Justine for all she is, she is definitely not a sex bomb ;)

bandabou
Aug 24th, 2003, 04:34 PM
As much as I love Justine for all she is, she is definitely not a sex bomb ;)

Neither a beauty...

GoDominique
Aug 24th, 2003, 04:43 PM
This MUST be a joke. On the other hand, the article also includes some correct things, so maybe it's real. :eek: :o

Nothing against Justine, but she is neither pretty nor sexy. :o

And Alex = lovely ??? :haha:

vutt
Aug 24th, 2003, 04:53 PM
From that list only Ashley qualifies as all around beauty IMHO.

But Justine - yeah
http://www.medienpublikation.de/bildarchiv/Damentennis%20-%20women%20tennis/henin_hardenne_justine/(E119-1905)_Justine_Henin_Hardenne_Players_Party_Berlin_ 2003.jpg

starr
Aug 24th, 2003, 05:01 PM
This MUST be a joke. On the other hand, the article also includes some correct things, so maybe it's real. :eek: :o

Nothing against Justine, but she is neither pretty nor sexy. :o

And Alex = lovely ??? :haha:

What the heck? Look, I don't have time to compose long fake articles. It came off the paper's website. Go look it up.

lizchris
Aug 24th, 2003, 05:07 PM
This MUST be a joke. On the other hand, the article also includes some correct things, so maybe it's real. :eek: :o

Nothing against Justine, but she is neither pretty nor sexy. :o

And Alex = lovely ??? :haha:

This is a valid article. I read it earlier this morning.

MartinaI
Aug 24th, 2003, 05:17 PM
Yay, at last someone realises Justine's beauty, they must have seen her wedding day photois and pics of her off court. She is so gorgeous!

Infiniti2001
Aug 24th, 2003, 05:18 PM
This writer is tripping on something... Justine is a willowy star with a shapely build? :lol: This writer is really desperate for an angle that includes an actual winning player--since his other group will probably all be out early.
:tape:

Astro Jetson
Aug 24th, 2003, 05:39 PM
omg Justine a babe??!! :lol: I think Justine will laugh at this too.

That said, if I were the journalist and had to choose a picture to give my article at least a bit of credibility I would go for this one:
http://www.igs.net/%7Ebmitchell/Tennis/Henin/justine017.jpg

katrientje
Aug 24th, 2003, 05:50 PM
That said, if I were the journalist and had to choose a picture to give my article at least a bit of credibility I would go for this one:
http://www.igs.net/%7Ebmitchell/Tennis/Henin/justine017.jpg

that is a lovely picture!

For the rest, I think Maria and Ashley qualify for being real babes, Daniela is cute, but nothing more imo

veryborednow
Aug 24th, 2003, 06:01 PM
If that's not enough, there's also Dr. J's sexy daughter Alexandra Stevenson.
Sexy?! Hot draw?!

Bwah!!

icetrein
Aug 24th, 2003, 06:07 PM
I think jelly is so hot :hearts: but she's more beautiful of court than on court ...

auntie janie
Aug 24th, 2003, 06:19 PM
catty thread, my oh my :eek:

tazban1
Aug 24th, 2003, 06:23 PM
My guess is that this author doesn't really know much about tennis and just named the players she heard of.

I mean really: Alexandra Stevenson?, Justine? Ashley has an ordinary face and her body really isn't that great either and no one's been calling Hantuchova a sex symbol since her weight drop.

If she wanted higher ranked players, she could have picked Dokic, Dementieva, Myskina, Coetzer, Bovina, Krasnorouskaya. I wouldn't necessarily consider them all beautiful, but I think they're better "babe" material than Stevenson and Justine.

Havok
Aug 24th, 2003, 06:47 PM
this article can't be serious:haha::haha::haha::haha: and if it is , what in the world was the author smoking while writing this up:haha::haha::haha::haha: ok Maria is pretty, if you like 16 year old girls, if you like skeletons, hey Daniela's your girl. but im sorry i just cant i gotts :haha::spit: at Alex and Justine being babes. and how on earth can they pass up Jelena, she takes over as the queen babe now that Anna isn't around, for now

G_Slammed
Aug 24th, 2003, 06:55 PM
Ashley has an ordinary face

AS does Sharapova and Hantuchova.

and her body really isn't that great either

The same goes for Sharapova and Hantuchova.

starr
Aug 24th, 2003, 07:09 PM
By ordinary, I take it that you all mean two eyes with one nose and one mouth apiece and with no obvious deformities?

And Naldo, be nice.

decemberlove
Aug 24th, 2003, 07:17 PM
id say most boys would find ashley and jelena much more attractive than maria and dani, neither of which have an ass.

nobody likes a stick figure anymore. look at the mens magazines, they enhance the ass if the girl doesnt have it. that should tell you enough.

the cat
Aug 24th, 2003, 08:14 PM
Miss Love, it isn't polite to kick sand in the faces of the skinny girls! ;)

I was reading the New York Daily News this morning while haveing my stawberries and cream :lick: , when I came accross the "Babes Of The Open" article. That was a pretty weak article. Maria and Dani are more the model types. And without Anna Kournikova there, Jelena Dokic should be first and she wasn't even in the article! :eek: Jelena with her amazing cheekbones is much more than just babe! She's a fine player who is struggling mightily just like Daniela is. :( And I hope they both return to their fine tennis form soon! :D

Atleast Naldo got a big kick out of the article! :p

GrahamD
Aug 24th, 2003, 08:43 PM
Atleast Naldo got a big kick out of the article! :p

Hey cat, you should know by now that of Naldo Nappi's 2,200 odd posts, about 2,000 of them have been insults to Daniela. I don't know exactly what he said as I ignore him,and I don't want to know, but it's just sad and pathetic that someone who claims to be a tennis fan spends so much time throwing insults at one player rather than supporting his own favourite who isn't doing that great either.

He's probably some sad and lonely little schoolboy who gets a kick out of being rude and abusive. Suggest you ignore him too. :p

tazban1
Aug 24th, 2003, 09:03 PM
By ordinary, I take it that you all mean two eyes with one nose and one mouth apiece and with no obvious deformities?

:rolleyes: Ordinary as in not special. Not particularly beautiful - nor particularly ugly. I could easily walk by a 100 prettier girls today.




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Ashley has an ordinary face
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AS does Sharapova and Hantuchova.

They are both prettier than Ashley in the face.



--------------------------------------------------------and her body really isn't that great either
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The same goes for Sharapova and Hantuchova.?

Not sure why you included Hantuchova in this comment since I already acknowledged that Hantuchova was lacking in the body area.

The main difference between Hantuchova/ Sharapova vs. Harkleroad is that they both have at least one outstanding feature whereas Harkleroad really isn't all that special anywhere. I personally don't care for Hantuchova's legs (they just look like stilts to me), but both Dani and Maria have nice long legs. And Maria easily has a better body than Harkleroad. I don't think Sharapova is super model material or anything, but I'd put her above average.