>> Thursday, December 2, 2010
A woman tennis player currently ranked #165 in the tennis rankings is the most searched woman tennis player in 2010 based on Google search volume index. Sania Mirza, India’s most famous sportswoman, beat out more accomplished tennis players such as 13-time Grand Slam titlist Serena Williams, WTA player of the year Kim Clijsters, and world #1 Caroline Wozniacki. Mirza was heavily searched during her April marriage to Shoaib Malik, the former Pakistan cricket captain, and the tumultuous build-up to the event. Pakistan, India, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Poland were the top 5 countries where Mirza was searched.
Last year’s most search woman tennis player, Serena Williams is in second spot behind Mirza. The former world #1 player barely played this year, but her searches peaked in January and July – when she won her 12th and 13th Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, respectively. Williams has not played a WTA tournament since Wimbledon due to a knee injury and has just announced recently that she will not defend her Australian Open title in Melbourne this coming January. Top countries searching for Serena Williams are India, United States, Australia, Belgium, and Canada.
3-time Grand Slam champion and advertising star Maria Sharapova is the third most search tennis player. Peak searches for Sharapova were during her Australian Open campaign (lost in the first round to Maria Kirilenko), her US Open campaign (lost to Wozniacki in fourth round), and her October
engagement to basketball player Sasha Vujacic. Top countries searching for Sharapova are Pakistan, the Philippines, India, Morocco, and Malaysia.
World #4 and 7-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and tennis glamour girl Anna Kournikova are the fourth and fifth most searched women tennis players. Venus was most searched in South Africa, the United States and Australia while Kournikova was most searched in India, Finland and Australia. Rounding out the top 10 most searched women tennis players are former #1 Ana Ivanovic (#6), current world #1 Caroline Wozniacki (#7), Chinese player Na Li (#8), WTA player of the year and US Open champion Kim Clijsters (#9), and WTA comeback player of the year Justine Henin (#10).
Top 10 Most Searched Women Tennis Players for 2010
Rank – Tennis Player – Google Search Volume Index relative to Mirza
1 Sania Mirza 1.00
2 Serena Williams 0.75
3 Maria Sharapova 0.55
4 Venus Williams 0.50
5 Anna Kournikova 0.40
6 Ana Ivanovic 0.35
7 Caroline Wozniacki 0.30
8 Na Li 0.20
9 Kim Clijsters 0.15
10 Justine Henin 0.15