The Elite Eight tennis players set to duke it out in the WTA Finals 2014 - Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitová, Simona Halep, Eugenie Bouchard, Agnieszka Radwańska, Ana Ivanovic, and Caroline Wozniacki. These ladies have achieved so much between them that few can actually keep track of all their wins, accolades, and awards.
Fortunately, social media channels have given us ample opportunities to get to know these tennis greats better. Possessing a lethal combination of skills, beauty, heart, and personality, find out what ultimately makes these ladies so hot.
We present to you some endearing facts about the Elite Eight, who will be gracing the Singapore Indoor Stadium and fighting it out for the WTA Finals trophy from 20th to 26th October 2014.
Power with a dash of colour
Williams poses with her impressive title record, all while showing off her those perfectly manicured talons
Serena Williams hardly needs any introduction. Arguably one of the greatest female players in tennis history, this current world number one holds the record for the most number of Grand Slam singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles (a whopping total of 33) among both male and female players. The six-time world champion has four Olympic gold medals to her name, and complements her supremely powerful swings with - wait for it - fabulous nails. A certified nail technician, the tennis extraordinaire released a nail polish line with OPI, wittily dubbed the ‘Glam Slam’ collection, and dreams of opening her own nail salon one day.
A behind-the-scenes photo taken this year during a shoot for Net-a-porter’s online magazine The Edit.
Known for her phenomenal prowess on the court, Maria Sharapova is just as famed for her great good looks. She defeated two-time world champion Serena Williams in 2004 to win her first Grand Slam title, becoming the third-youngest female to do so at just 17. The stunning Russian also boasts a whole string of endorsements to her name. In addition to the standard Nike and Prince advertisements typical of athletes, Sharapova has also lent her face and fame to luxury labels such as Cole Haan, Tag Heuer, and Tiffany & Co. This fashion-forward tennis star is also a regular at international fashion week cycles, and has graced the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue alongside supermodels such as Carolyn Murphy, Heidi Klum, and Elle Macpherson.
A triumphant pose taken at the Wuhan Open this year, in all her sweaty, post-win glory.
Unlike several of her counterparts on the tennis court, Petra Kvitová sports a more down-to-earth look, mostly shunning the glamorous route. An apparent fan of the #nomakeupselfie look, the natural beauty has no qualms posting bare-faced shots of herself. But make no mistake - this regular girl-next door holds multiple tennis accolades to her name, including a WTA Finals win in 2011 that made her the third player ever to win the title on a first attempt.
Halep started her Facebook account in July this year, and posted this photo to verify it.
One would certainly think that a young celebrity like Simona Halep would indulge in a certain level of interaction with her adoring fans online. Yet, with just one tweet, no Instagram account, and a measly number of sporadic Facebook posts to her name, this woman of few words has definitely not deigned to let trivial things like social media distract her from success. Indeed, this mature youth, with beautifully intense brows, had also chosen to undergo breast reduction surgery at the tender age of 17, as her voluptuous figure was getting in the way of her swing. Her dedication has paid off, leading her to win two awards last year, the ESPN Centre Court Most Improved Player and the WTA Most Improved Player of the Year.
The funky one
Bouchard’s photo says it all.
2012 Junior Wimbledon Champion, 2013 WTA Newcomer of the Year - Eugenie Bouchard is indeed a rising star in the world of tennis. Yet, this fresh-faced 20-year-old with a huge personality never fails to make time for fun and hilarity. The humorous tennis pro gives us regular peeks into her life off the court through wacky Instagram posts - including giggly videos of her fooling around in an ice bath and being pushed around in a luggage trolley at an airport.
Crazy for cheesecake
The single best way to celebrate a win - cheesecake!
Agnieszka Radwańska may boast a consistently fit form, but her love for cheesecake knows no bounds. Indeed, her partiality towards this calorific sweet treat has earned her a contract with her favourite dessert place, Cheesecake Factory, as its first sports endorsement; she wears the Cheesecake Factory logo proudly on her visor during competitions. Yet, despite being a fan of this unhealthy confection, Radwańska’s performance on the court has not wavered. The popular Polish player with the enviable figure was awarded the WTA Fan Favourite award for three consecutive years from 2011 to 2013, as well as the Gold Cross of Merit in recognition of her sports achievements, which is the highest honour of the Polish civil state awards.
Beauty, brains, and a heart
Instead of simply donating money, Ivanovic is also actively involved in charitable work.
Yes, Ana Ivanovic does have it all. The former world number one (2008) and cover girl for magazines such as Vanity Fair is also a dedicated advocate for children’s rights, especially in areas of education and child protection. As the UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, she is aware of the responsibility that she holds as a public figure and role model. Ivanovic has donated to ‘School Without Violence’, a programme that aims to create safer learning environments for children. In 2014, she also gifted a million dinars to help Serbian flood victims.
The true sports fan
Wozniacki trying her hand out at boxing.
Caroline Wozniacki does not limit her passion for sports to the tennis court. Having been exposed to a variety of sports all her life, the Danish youth enjoys handball, football, and swimming when not playing tennis. Born to a family of athletes - her mother played on the Polish national volleyball team while both her brother and father are professional football players. Wozniacki is also a Liverpool football club fan, and once wore a signed shirt to play at the 2011 Qatar Ladies Open. A supporter of Team for Kids, a group of runners who raise funds for youth and community services, the active sportswoman also participated in a marathon this year to raise funds for the organisation.
Don’t miss your chance to catch the Elite Eight in action at the Singapore Sports Hub from 20 to 26 October 2014! Ticket prices range from $16.90 to $195.90. Discover more at the WTA Finals website and purchase your tickets online from the Singapore Sports Hub.