Midwest Region 1st Round: Josie Maran(4) vs. Gemma Atkinson(5) | Sharapova's Thigh

Gemma Atkinson wins by the narrowest of margins

Welcome to the Sharapova's Thigh 2009 Hot Ladies Tournament! Our first game features a couple lovely ladies and is considered one of the most even games of the first round. It's a 4-5 game that's drove the oddsmakers nuts. Josie Maran comes in as the #4 seed, but many believe Gemma Atkinson deserved better than a #5.

Let's get this going, and this is being decided by your votes, we don't have some hot ladies simulator as cool as that might be. So make sure to cast your vote after the pictures and descriptions of the participants...

Josie Maran

Here's my favorite pic of her, but it's NSFW(some visible nip but not too bad).

The 30-year-old Maran is an American actress and model. She's appeared on the cover of THE magazine Glamour an incredible six times, and was in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 2000-2002. She's been in various films and was in the 2007 season of Dancing with the Stars, but she and her partner were eliminated in the first round.

You don't hear enough about her hotness and we feel we've properly recognized it by giving her a #4 seed. What a body.

Gemma Atkinson

A sensational rack to go with puppy dog eyes, and quite a thigh of course. The 24-year-old Gemma Atkinson is a very dangerous #5 seed. The actress/television personality/model(duh) has quite a fan club and there's many that would take her over the rest of our field. She's specifically popular in England where she's from, and it's no surprise she's had some relationships with soccer stars there, such as Cristiano Ronaldo.

Can she knock off the higher ranked seed? You can help decide that... Vote!

And you can see the entire bracket here: 2009 Hot Ladies Tournament.

Update(4/8/09, 7 PM ET): We'll see how many votes there are after about 48 hours since the post went up, but that's when we'll likely being closing the polls. Maybe we'll make it 72 hours, not sure yet. It's not like I'm pulling for somebody to win and will close the polls based on that, I love all these ladies.

Update 2: Fly At the Thigh: Wow, this one is going to be tight. I wasn't a part of the Thigh during the last Hot Ladies Tournament, so I am proud to be around for this one. I voted for Maran, though, understand, that I am voting under protest that Anne Hathaway is not in the tourney.

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