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Beyond Serena: Our Favorite Women's Names From the U.S. Open

Beyond Serena: Our Favorite Women's Names From the U.S. Open
Simona Halep, Photo Credit: Fame/Flynet

Outside of the Olympics, few sporting events give us such an up-close-and-personal view of international athletes like the U.S. Open. On the women's side, superstars Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are still dominating. But in these early days of the tournament, we're going to take a look at our favorite, less prominent women's names on the singles draw.

This week, everyone's talking about Catherine "CiCi" Bellis, the 15-year-old American (ranked 1,208th) who upset Dominika Cibulkova (13th) in the first round. Maybe this is a victory for Catherines with a C (who've been on a steady decline since the 1900s) the world over.

Another name on the lips of tennis fans this year is Romanian Simona Halep, who's seeded #2 right under Serena after making it to the final round of the French Open this year and losing to Sharapova. The feminine version of Simon (from the Hebrew, "he has heard") is quite popular in the Czech Republic (ranking #34). Speaking of Czechs, at the time of this posting, two players from that country named Petra (#3 seed Kvitova versus #62 Cetkovska) are set to play against each other in round 2.

And now for some of our favorite unusual names, regardless of ranking: Eugenie Bochard (the gorgeous Canadian has a gorgeous name to match); Alize Cornet (from France, her name is a variant of Alice), Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (from Croatia, a variant of Miriam), Saisai Zheng (we're having trouble finding the meaning of this pretty name, so Chinese speakers, please help!), and last but not easiest to pronounce, Agnieszka Radwanska (that's the Polish form of Agnes). 

What are your favorite names in the tennis world, past and present?

-S.R.W.

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September 2, 2014 10:13 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

SaiSai Zheng is pronounced 'SighSigh Jung'

September 4, 2014 8:44 PM
By Catherine. (not verified)

Catherine's with a C FTW!!!

September 4, 2014 8:44 PM
By Catherine. (not verified)

Catherine's with a C FTW!!!

December 25, 2014 2:10 PM
By Bigg Boss (not verified)

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