Most charismatic female player in Open era

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Most charismatic female player in Open Era (on and off court)

  1. Anna Kournikova

    11.4%
  2. Gabriela Sabatini

    12.1%
  3. Sharapova

    18.2%
  4. Martina Hingis

    7.6%
  5. Steffi Graf

    16.7%
  6. Monica Seles

    6.8%
  7. Daniela Hantuchova

    1.5%
  8. Ivanovic / Jankovic

    8.3%
  9. Williams sisters

    10.6%
  10. Others

    6.8%
  1. srinrajesh

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    There are a lot of female players who would garner great attention because of their looks as well as style of play
    Gabriela sabatini, Kournikova, Sharapova, "Darling" Carling Bassett, Martina Hingis,
    one of the Williams sisters
     
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  2. mzzmuaa

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    Sharapova
    because she has no problem fighting back against the worst crowds in the world (france/israel).
     
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  3. srinrajesh

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    voted for kournikova just above sharapova and sabatini as she was the one crowds flocked to see
     
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  4. Dave M

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    Anyone got examples of charasmatic deeds by any of these?
     
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  5. boredone3456

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    I never considered Martina Hingis to be Charismatic...
     
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  6. jimwh

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    Todays most charismatic player would have to be Ana Ivanovic.
     
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  7. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    Hantuchova? Quite amusing choice, as she has no charisma...unless one counts her bouts with eating disorders and hair-trigger on-court crying fits to be a marker of charisma.

    The Serbians? Give me a break. Jankovic sort of blends into the walls and Ivanovic's fist pumping and goofy grin is not exactly charismatic.

    Graf was fun to watch, but take away the specifics of her skills and she was as interesting as a 2 x 4 leaning against a wall.

    Though not on the list, Navratilova was truly charismatic--especially when she turned the tables on Evert.

    Of the Williams sisters, Serena wins there, as Venus was more "on a mission"on court...then again, her altered behavior was compelling to watch when facing people such as Davenport, Hingis and Mauresmo (3 with hang-ups about the sisters).
     
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  8. veroniquem

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    Not even in the least! I liked Seles the best. She had a lot of presence on court and was a very cheerful, humble type of person off the court.
     
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    Manuela Maleeva
     
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  10. tahiti

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    To me Navratilova was about as charasmatic as a fish.

    Hingis when she was all young and cute, but her imagine unfortunately has dimmed.

    Right now I don't find any charisma on the WTA besides Ana Ivanovic a little, but her tennis is erratic. Tennis players need to take a charisma and charm course. It adds to the game.
     
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  11. ksbh

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    And she beat the cr*p out of Steffi Graf too!

     
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  12. veroniquem

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    Caroline Wozniacki is IMO but she's not one of the top players yet.
     
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  13. veroniquem

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    Those matches between Graf and Seles were extraordinary, the most dramatic I've ever seen! (at RG)
     
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    Why are the Williams sisters considered one entity? I mean they are two distinct players, with their own style and are very different in their emotions on the court, and how they handle themselves off the court.

    Also, have to agree with Thundervolley about Hantuchova. I find her absolutely dreadful to watch. She may like to primp and preen off the court in her god awful sense of fashion. If that's what passes as "charisma" these days, why bother having a discussion?!
     
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    Wow--I think we need to define 'charisma' for some...

    The word charisma (origin from the Greek word χάρισμα (kharisma), "gift" or "divine favor," from kharizesthai, "to favor," from kharis, "favor") refers to a rare trait found in certain human personalities usually including extreme charm and a 'magnetic' quality of personality and/or appearance along with innate and powerfully sophisticated personal communicability and persuasiveness.
     
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  16. srinrajesh

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    well didnt have enuf options on poll to create as 2 entities for williamses

    hantuchova has her own fan following based on her appearance more than her game as such
     
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  17. srinrajesh

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    Agree with fact navratilova changed the face of womens tennis but i didnt put her on the list becos of less no. of options. She is very humorous off court as well and has written a mystery novel too. She was simply the greatest womens player of all time
     
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  18. Commando Tennis Shorts

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    What about Justine Henin?
     
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    She was a fantastic player but she actually lacked charisma. That was her biggest flaw for most.
     
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    Yes, Justine just didn't have it. Great gal and player but not open, communicative or strongly appealing off court.
     
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    Exactly--I wish her personal life had been better--maybe she would have been more warm and open with the general tennis community.
     
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  22. Warriorroger

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    Gabriela and Steffi. Their good matches were like watching movies.
     
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    Hahaha what kind of a poll is this, Kournikova of course.
     
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    Rofl

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    The only ones on the poll I would consider voting for would be Sabatini, Graf, and to a much lesser degree Kournikova.

    Serena is not charismatic, her attitude is to gruff. Venus is very robotic on court, no charisma there. Hingis...her flippant mouth off court towards her opponents in her younger days is a far cry from charisma. Hantuchova...she is likeable, but charismatic, the word doesn't apply. Seles doesn't scream charisma either. The Serbs....well no.

    I would have Navratilova up there, and possibly Evert, as they were more charismatic then many of those women.
     
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  26. TheTruth

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    Serena and Jankovic.
     
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  27. pound cat

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    Charisma has nothing to do with deeds. It has to do with magnetism...animal or otherwise.


    Kornokova..the woman they could'nt get enough of...so to speak.
     
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  28. pound cat

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    What kind of movies???
     
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    Arantxa Sánchez Vicario had one of the best personalities and attitudes on court. Amazed no one mentions her or her smiling on court--always fun to watch.
     
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  30. pound cat

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    If she was charismatic she would have been mentioned. Charismatic poeple are those who draw poeple to them just by being who they are. Obama fits the bill for many. Nice doesn't count.
     
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  31. saram

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    Then why are the Williams sisters on the poll? Nothing charming about them--just sensational tennis players :twisted:
     
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  32. ronalditop

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    what are the williams sisters doing int this poll?
     
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    Amelie Mauresmo
     
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    Thankyou for the explanation :) I will think long and hard as to who I will vote for then :shock:
     
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  35. Leublu tennis

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    I have. My candidate for the most charming and simply beautiful woman:

    Attended Bolletieri's academy at age 10.

    Youngest player ever to win the Orange Bowl U-18, where some of the participants have included Evert, Connors, Agassi, Graf and Federer.

    At 14, crowned the ITF Jr World Champion U-18 and Jr European Champion U-18.

    She was only the 2d woman in the open era to reach semifinals of a tournament in her 1st WTA year (Evert was the first in 1972).

    At 15, reached the 4th round of the USO where she lost to the eventual winner, Graf.

    At 16, she reached the semi finals at Wimbledon, losing to the eventual winner, Hingis.

    At 17, reached the top 20 ranking winning matches against Hingis, Graf, Davenport, and Seles.

    At 18, she was ranked #12 in singles and #1 (!!) in doubles.

    Finished the following year ranked #8 in singles and #4 in doubles.

    Career two slam titles in doubles plus 14 other doubles titles. Career record of 200-71 in doubles and 209-129 in singles.

    B.J. King? No. Anna Kournikova!
     
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  36. Commando Tennis Shorts

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    That's a shame. I love how she went out in style, though.

    edit: (this was in response to an earlier post, btw)
     
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  37. mentalcase

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    Anna Kournikova.

    Her matches were always televised and the stands packed.
     
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    Anna Chakvetadze.

    Me, making tossing motion... with a wrench... towards the gears.
     
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    Billie Jean King.
     
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    head to head 10-5 for steffi

    pre stabbing 6-4 for steffi

    so more often than not it was steffi beating the crap out of her
     
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    i honestly can't think of a single player this describes,
    for those nominating kournikova, charismatic does not mean being tanned with a hot ass.
     
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  42. rolandg

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    slam finals
     
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    Why are both Ivanovic/Jankovic same option in poll?
    They are 2 diffrent personalities??

    I think Wozniacki/Ivanovic.
     
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    Graf...........................
     
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  45. Cyan

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    Exactly. The word would be shaggable!
     
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  46. CEvertFan

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    No Evert in your list? She was women's tennis first superstar of the open era and had crowds flocking to see her play even as a teenager. Chris America, the girl next door, tennis darling extraordinaire - ring a bell anyone? Out of the ones you chose I would say Kournikova or Sharapova but that's only because they are both very pretty girls. Charisma has nothing to do with tennis talent and a player like Graf shouldn't even be on the list because even though she is widely considered for the best ever, she was notoriously shy and very private off the court and that's not charismatic. Sabatini & Seles had loads more charisma than Graf did.
     
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  47. ksbh

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    I was going to answer but Rolandg captured it in 2 words ... slam finals!

    It was 3-1, Seles-Graf prior to the incident and likely to be more skewed in Monica's favor before the brain-dead moron stabbed her.

     
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  48. Warriorroger

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    That's your opinion, at least Graf is sincere, st I couldn't say about Evert.
     
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    I really don't think Kournikova had that much charisma, she was just allegedly hot (something I never really got). I would say Jankovic because her personality for me is very magnetic.
     
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  50. Gorecki

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    who is Ivanovic-Jankovic...? never heard of her...

    as for the Williams Brothers, shouldnt they be Left out of the mens poll?
     
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