Now that the world of sports is no longer owned exclusively by men, it isn’t difficult to compile a list of the 10 sexiest female athletes currently competing on fields, courts, golf courses, and ovals all over the world. The collection of hotties listed here are proof that athletics and beauty are not mutually exclusive.
- Anna Kournikova. The girl who opened men’s eyes to hot Russian tennis players tops our list of the 10 sexiest female athletes. She may not have been very successful at the game, but Anna Kournikova could make men stop whatever they were doing to catch a glimpse of the sexy blonde bouncing around the tennis court.
- Maria Sharapova. Next on our list of the 10 sexiest female athletes is the tall (6’2”), blonde beauty who has succeeded Anna Kournikova as the hottest Russian tennis player in the world. The difference is Maria Sharapova is also one of the most successful players on the women’s tour.
- Jennie Finch. This tall, blonde, and beautiful Olympic gold medalist has held a spot on lists of hot female athletes for the past decade. Blessed with a blazing fastball, pitcher Jennie Finch is the only reason any man has ever had to sit in front of a television and watch women play softball.
- Heather Mitts. Blonde beauty Heather Mitts kicks her way onto our list of the 10 sexiest female athletes and scores a goal. A defender on a number of U.S. women’s national soccer teams, she was selected as the Hottest Female Athlete of 2004 by ESPN.com.
- Ashley Harkleroad. Another tennis player who scores an ace with men, Ashley Harkleroad, earns the next spot on our list of 10 sexy female athletes. The American beauty may not be well known, but if you have any doubt as to her qualifications, just check out her photo spread in the August, 2008 edition of Playboy.
- Leryn Franco. This raven-haired javelin thrower from Paraguay has pierced the hearts of men throughout the world. Competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Leryn Franco finished a distant 51st, but is number six on our list of the 10 sexiest female athletes.
- Stephanie Rice. While breast-stroking her way into the fantasies of male viewers the world over, this tall, dark-haired swimmer from Australia captured 3 gold medals at the 2008 Olympics. Having posed for numerous bikini shoots, Stephanie Rice is the seventh entry on our list of sexiest female athletes.
- Maria Kirilenko. What is it about Russian tennis players? Maria Kirilenko joins fellow countrywomen Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova on our list of the 10 hottest females in sports. Among her credentials is a 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition photo shoot.
- Allison Stokke. The Internet has helped vault this University of California babe into the ninth slot of our list of 10 sexiest female athletes. Google “Allison Stokke” and you will find hundreds of photos of the dark-haired pole-vaulter clad not in a bkini, but in a tight, little track uniform that accentuates every wonderful curve on her perfectly toned body.
- Natalie Gulbis. Years ago, women on the golf tour looked a lot like men on the golf tour. Now the LPGA has beauties like Natalie Gulbis—the final entry on our list of the 10 sexiest female athletes. A hot little blonde who looks great in a bikini, Natalie can turn any man’s putter into a wood.
Check out some of the sexiest sportswomen currently gracing the field, court and track.
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