December 19, 2008 /
Ana continued her dominance of thetennisreporters.net annual poll for the Sexiest Female Player award as she triumphed for the fourth year in a row. The 21-year-old received 42.5 per cent of the vote, more than double the share of second-placed Maria Sharapova.
The award is the latest in a long line of accolades Ana has received this year: throughout 2008 her beauty, generosity and on-court achievements have been recognised. Just two months ago Ana was judged to have the most desirable body of all sportspeople –male or female – by readers of Germany's Die Bild, the biggest-selling newspaper in Europe.
In fact, the year began with The Age newspaper in Australia naming Ana the most attractive tennis player of all-time. In March she was recognised by her fellow professional when they voted for her in order to win the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Karen Krantzcke Sportmanship Award 2007, and she also scooped the Most Improved Player Award 2007.
In April Ana was named at No.23 on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2008 list, finishing as the leading athlete and ahead of the likes of Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Eva Mendes. Three months later Ana was named Women's Tennis Player of the Year 2008 by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS).
In October she won the Michael Westphal Award for “best tennis personality 2008”, as voted for by readers of German Tennis Magazine, and last month she was given the 2008 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Diamond ACES Award in recognition of her outstanding service of off-court promotional activities this year.
Photo: Luca Carati