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By: Lauren Lynch Photo Credit: ESPN

(October 5, 2011) Vera Zvonareva will be in the third annual ‘Body Issue’ by ESPN and is joining group professional athletes baring all. The latest addition is called “Bodies We Want 2011” which includes a sexy photo gallery with tasteful nudity which will hit newsstands this Friday.

She will join tennis’ Serena Williams, who was in the first 2009 Body Issue, and Venus Williams, who was in the second, in the magazine said to celebrate the athletic form. Wheelchair tennis champion, Esther Vergeer also graced the nude tribute in 2010.

Getting naked and having someone take photos could be stressful for some but Zvonareva seemed to enjoy herself. She told ESPN, “Actually easier than I thought because I got a great scene here, photographer was great. I don’t feel any pressure, nothing, you know. I was just trying to be myself and take some pictures and hopefully they can come out good.”

She discussed why she decided to get involved; “For me, it was something that I just decided to try. I think some things you can try at least once in your life.”

The other female athletes are: Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone; Sylvia Fowles of the WNBA's Chicago Sky; LPGA rookie Belen Mozo; track and field star Natasha Hastings; hockey player Julie Chu; surfer Steph Gilmore; roller derby skater Suzy Hotrod and bowler Kelly Kulick.

The other male athletes are: Steven Jackson of the NFL's St. Louis Rams; speedskater Apolo Ohno; hockey player Ryan Kesler of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks; UFC fighter Jon Jones; IndyCar racer Helio Castroneves; snowboarder Louie Vito; boxer Sergio Martinez; marathoner Ryan Hall and Paralympian Jeremy Campbell.

Get your copy on October 7 to get to know the World No. 3 even better.


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