If I do say, Round 1 was a hottie happening, a demonstration of, as Malcolm McDowell said in A Clockwork Orange, gorgeousness and gorgeousity. And Round 2, the round of 64, promises to be, get your heart medication ready, EVEN BETTER!
So, let’s dispense with the pleasantries and get down to the action.
First, a brief recap of Round 1…
*Spank, spank, spank* "Honey, what are you d-…OH MY GOD!!! Not on the keyboard!"
Now, a preview of Round 2…
The upset of the tourney thus far was the beautiful Katarina Witt getting ousted by the undeniably hot Haley Cope. In all honesty, Witt was a pre-tourney favorite for many reasons, not the least of which was her scalding pictorial in Playboy. But you, the people, spoke and advanced Cope. The best matchup of the opening stanza in this region was the Kari Traa/Danica Patrick tussle. The much maligned Patrick lost to the Norwegian bombshell by one vote. I guess Danica Patrick isn’t the bowser some said she was. The most lopsided matches were, predictably, the near shutouts pitched by Amanda Beard and Heather Mitts. Combined, the duo of Sonja Henie and Lisa Hamilton, only mustered four votes. Not good at all.
Round 2 features some unbelievable matchups…Summer Sanders vs. Kari Traa is way too close to call; Gabriella Sabatini faces a tough opponent in Ashley Harkelroad. The most intriguing is the Niki Gudex-Amanda Freed match, as either is smoking hot and could advance to the Final Four of Hotness.
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<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Summer Sanders vs. Kari Traa"></pollembed>
<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Gabriela Sabatini vs. Ashley Harkelroad"></pollembed>
<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Niki Gudex vs. Amanda Freed"></pollembed>
<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Heather Mitts vs. Tamara Jenkins"></pollembed>
<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Ashley Force vs. Misty May-Treanor"></pollembed>
<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Swin Cash vs. Allsion Stokke"></pollembed>
<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Haley Cope vs. Sophie Sandolo"></pollembed>
Predictions (Region 1)
Amanda Beard over Lindsay Beno
Kari Traa by a (*eh-hem*) whisker over Summer Sanders
Ashley Harkelroad over Gabriela Sabatini
Niki Gudex over Amanda Freed
Heather Mitts big over Tamara Jenkins
Ashley Force over Misty May Traynor
Allison Stokke over Swin Cash, but this one could be really close
Haley Cope over Sophie Sandolo
The top two seeds, Maria Sharapova and Jennie Finch, crushed their first round opponents while mid-low seeds Allisa Camplin, Mia Hamm, and Sue Bird were shown the door. The best match of Round 1 was Mika Duno vs. Jenniferr Capriati... Duno only won by two votes. Camplin lost by [a scant] five votes to pole vaulter Jill Wittenwyler. Karina Petroni had a surprisingly difficult time with Martina Hingis, thanks to easily the sexiest photo of the German tennis phenom.
Round 2 is a freakin' spank fest. The most highly anticipated match is Lokelani McMichael vs. Amy Taylor. Keyboards and monitors will melt during this tussle. Grrrrrrrrr...
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<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Natalie Gulbis vs. Becky Hammon"></pollembed>
<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Karina Petroni vs. Dara Torres"></pollembed>
<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Lokelani McMichael vs. Amy Taylor"></pollembed>
Ana Paula Mancino
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<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Jill Wittenwyler vs. Alina Kabayeva"></pollembed>
<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Tara Dakides vs. Jeanette Lee"></pollembed>
<pollembed title="Who is hotter? Jennie Finch vs. Lisa Anderson"></pollembed>
Predictions (Region 2)
Maria Sharapova big over Ekaterina Gordeeva
Natalie Gulbis vs. Backy Hammon is too close to call
Karina Petroni over Dara Torres
Amy Taylor barely over Lokelani McMichael
Ana Paula Mancino big over Mika Duno
Alina Kabayeva over Jill Wittenwyler
Jeanette Lee over Tara Dakides, maybe
Jennie Finch big over Lisa Andrson
As always, we are planning to end the voting at around one week from now, which means that the voting for this region will close at about 12:30 AM on November 18, 2008 (Tuesday). And (again) feel free to add more pictures of these lovely ladies to help convince other people that one's hotter than the other.