December 22, 2008

Separated at Birth -- Part Two

A few months ago I posted an article comparing tennis stars to their famous (and not-so-famous) doppelgangers. People seemed to find it amusing, so I decided to work on the second edition.

Since last time I focused on the top men in the sport, this time I turn the tables and search for look-alikes in the women's draw.

I've never been a huge fan of the Williams sisters, but if I had to root for one, I suppose it would be Serena. She might be one of the best women's tennis player in the world, but she certainly has her fingers in a variety of pots -- from acting to fashion designing. She's almost as much a staple on the red carpet as her Oscar-nominated counterpart, Queen Latifah.

I just hope Serena doesn't try to take on the music industry too. I'm not sure a rap album would quite fly, no matter how many leather catsuits and go-go boots she wears on the court!

And I'm embarrassed to admit that I can indentify any of the useless characters on MTV's The Hills, but it's hard not to notice the similarities between Jelena Jankovic and one of the reality show's stars.

Sure, Jelena is concentrating on her return and Audrina is probably just -- I don't know, distracted by the sun's reflection off LC's compact? But the intensity in both is obvious.

Moving on...

Ever since the days of Anna Kournikova, tennis players have come to be known as much for their beauty as for their serves-and-volleys. All tall, lithe and blonde, it's easy to think these girls should be strutting the catwalk and not pounding the baseline.

Take for example Daniela Hantuchova, who bears a striking resemblance to Mrs. Project Runway herself, Heidi Klum.

And Dinara Safina who, I'd bet, isn't saving her last dance for anyone.

But let's give these girls credit! They easily could have taken a more glamorous route to fame and fortune. Instead they choose to slog it out on the tennis courts, facing the prospect of injuries, making awkward faces as they fight for points, and (gasp!) appearing in public without makeup!

And for proof that the look-alike theory holds from one generation to the next, let's go back a few years and note the similarities between two legends in their respective fields.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

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