Zehra Gunes is a Turkish volleyball player who plays the role of a middle blocker. She is a member of the Turkish Women’s National Volleyball Team and plays for Vakifbank Istanbul. Many fans noticed her superb skills and stunning looks in her Olympic debut in 2021. Since then, many are asking about who this angelic athlete really is.
Who Is Zehra Gunes?
Gunes was born in the Turkish city of Kartal, close to Istanbul, on July 7, 1999. The 23 year old stands at 6 foot 6, and weighs 194 pounds. Growing up she had a strong desire to play sports and her parents were supportive.
As a rising star with a lot of potential, much of Zehra’s private life is a mystery. This includes her relationship status. It is still unclear if she’s dating or single at the moment, which would surely give some hope to her admirers out there.
How Did She Start Playing Volleyball?
Zehra joined her hometown volleyball team at 12 years old. She moved to Besiktas J.K., for the 2016-17 Turkish Women’s Volleyball League season. But she returned to her original club a season later, where Gubes won her first league champion title.
In the same season, she played in the first-rate Vestel Venus Sultans League and was granted the Vestel Special Prize. These years were the start of her being exposed to the international sports scene.
How Did Gunes Get Famous?
The gifted Zehra started to gain fans after participating in the European and World volleyball competitions. She won multiple Best Middle Blocker titles in different events, as well as a gold medal in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U23 World Championship.
However, it wasn’t until she took part in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 that she gained a massive following on social media. Even after her team lost against South Korea in the quarterfinals, many were starstruck by Gunes with her plays but especially with her appearance.
Zehra went viral on Twitter during her match when an enthusiastic fan stated, “Zehra Gunes marry me,” and searches for her name skyrocketed. The Turkish beauty now has 2.4 million followers on Instagram.
Gunes earns from a variety of income streams. According to her Instagram bio, she is a Nike athlete and is represented by Shining Stars. Apart from being a sports person, she also enjoys advocating for other things in life.
Outside of volleyball, she has become a popular figure by working with well-known brands, such as Mercedes and L’Oreal. Zehra Gunes’ net worth is estimated to be around $500,000.