Wimbledon begins today at the All-England Club in London, and 128 women hope to be hoisting that big silver dish when it’s all said and done in a fortnight. In order to help you get in the right frame of mind for the action—as well as to familiarize yourself with the athletes—we present the 12 most stunning female competitors at this year’s tournament. No wonder tennis is a game full of love.
Victoria Azarenka: The beauty from Belarus is currently the fifth-ranked player in the world and has made the semifinals at Wimbledon twice. Maybe this is the year she finally makes the finals. (And loses to Serena.)
Maria Kirilenko: Currently on leave after giving birth to a son, this Russian hottie has made two Grand Slam finals but has never made it past the third round at Wimbledon.
Laura Robson: Robson is from London, making her the hometown favorite. Let’s hope she doesn’t have an early brexit from the tournament.
Serena Williams: The current No. 1 player in the world—with six Wimbledon titles to her name—Serena is the favorite again this summer. She’s also quite flexible, as you can see here.
Monica Puig: This 22-year-old Puerto Rican is on the rise. The 43rd-ranked player in the world had her best finish at a major at Wimbledon in 2013, when she made the fourth round.
Sloane Stephens: One of America’s brightest young talents, Stephens is currently ranked 20th in the world. Fun fact: Sloane’s father, John, was NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1988 as a running back with the New England Patriots.
Caroline Wozniacki: A former world No. 1, as well as a former Rory McIlroy fiancée, this Dane hasn’t been so great of late. She now holds a ranking of 37.
Daniela Hantuchova: This Slovakian beauty seems to be a better team player than an individual competitor—she has captured four Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles. Her partners on and off the court must be very happy men.
Dominika Cibulkova: Coming off a solid performance at the French Open, where she made it to the third round, Cibulkova looks to build on that momentum at Wimbledon.
Mandy Minella: This lovely from Luxembourg has never made it past the first round at Wimbledon. But hey, there’s nowhere to go but up… right?
Ana Ivanovic: One of the great natural beauties in tennis history, Ivanovic reached the semifinals at Wimbledon back in 2007. Fun fact: Her coach, Nigel Sears, is the father-in-law of men’s singles star Andy Murray.
Maria Sharapova: Technically, Sharapova won’t be playing at Wimbledon. She was suspended for two years for using a banned substance. But if you have a problem with us including her in this gallery, you’re really being a deuce-bag.