The end of June welcomes the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Wimbledon, now in it's 126th year, is considered by many to be one of the most celebrated competitions of any sport. But for some of us, it's really just an excuse to watch Maria Sharapova in a very short skirt, grunting as she pounds a tennis ball at whichever poor competitor finds herself at the receiving end of her fury.

But in case the number one seeded Florida native somehow gets knocked out early in the tournament (brackets can be cruel), there are 17 other reasons to continue watching. Check them out.

Maria Kirilenko

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