The world of tennis... women's tennis... has been as much about glitz and glamour, in recent years, as it has been about the game itself.

Gorgeous tennis professionals like Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova have always grabbed the attention of millions of people around the world, both for their talent and skills and their fashion style statements.

The days of staid white short skirts or shorts and a no-nonsense t-shirt have long since gone. Players today prefer to get their outfits designed by famous designers and the spectators not only wait to see their favourite player take to the court but also for the clothes she will be wearing that day!

The 2012 Australian Open, the season's first Grand Slam, started on Jan. 16 and the women of the WTA tour have already begun storming the fashion world, each with their unique style sense.

Check out the tennis fashionistas who made a brilliant fusion of talent and fashion at Melbourne and turned the courts into catwalks...