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Anna Kournikova
Анна Ку́рникова
Kournikova-SYD-2.jpg Kournikova playing doubles at Medibank International Sydney in 2002.
Country  Russia
Residence Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Date of birth 7 June 1981 (1981-06-07) (age 28)
Place of birth Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Weight 56 kg (120 lb)
Turned pro October 1995
Plays Right; Two-handed backhand
Career prize money US$3,584,662
Singles
Career record 209–129
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF[1]
Highest ranking No. 8 (20 November 2000)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open QF (2001)
French Open 4R (1998, 1999)
Wimbledon SF (1997)
US Open 4R (1996, 2002)
Major tournaments
WTA Championships SF (2000)
Olympic Games 1R (1996)
Doubles
Career record 200–71
Career titles 16 WTA[1]
Highest ranking No. 1 (22 November 1999)
Australian Open W (1999, 2002)
French Open F (1999)
Wimbledon SF (2000, 2002)
US Open QF (1996, 2002)
Major doubles tournaments
WTA Championships W (1999, 2000)
Last updated on: 29 October 2008.
.Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova (Russian: About this sound Анна Сергеевна Ку́рникова; born 7 June 1981) is a Russian professional tennis player and model.^ Anna Kournikova Tennis 8x10 Photo .

^ Anna Kournikova: Russian Tennis Goddess- news
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^ Anna Kournikova Анна Ку́рникова .

.Her celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis players worldwide.^ Her celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis players worldwide.

^ She tries her best, but she isn't the best tennis player in the world, but that isn't without trying.
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^ She'll go down in tennis history as one of the richest players to never win a major single's title.
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.At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on the Internet search engine Google.^ As a personality Kournikova was among the most common search strings for both articles and images in her prime.

^ At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on the Internet search engine Google .

^ Helmet: :Bolt: :Football: Look how many fan websites this woman has on the internet.!
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[2][3][4]
.Although also successful in singles, reaching No.^ Although also successful in singles, reaching No.

^ Although she lost in the second round of Paris Open to Anke Huber in singles, Kournikova reached the her second doubles WTA Tour final partnering with Larisa Neiland.

^ Although she reached the doubles quarterfinals with Neiland, Kournikova made a greater success in singles at the Miami Open, reaching her first WTA Tour singles final.

.8 in the world in 2000, Kournikova's specialty has been doubles, where she has at times been the World No.^ Kournikova's specialty has been doubles, where she has at times been the World No.

^ On 20 November 2000 she finally broke into top 10 for the first time, reaching No.

^ The sports world has no doubt had its fair share of hot female athletes, here’s a list of the Top 10 of all time.

1 player. .With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002.^ With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002 .

^ However, Kournikova won her first doubles grand slam title, partnering Martina Hingis .

^ Kournikova and Martina Hingis won the doubles titles in 1999 and 2002.
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.Kournikova's professional tennis career has been curtailed for the past several years, and possibly ended, by serious back and spinal problems.^ Kournikova's professional tennis career has been curtailed for the past several years, and possibly ended, by serious back and spinal problems.

^ She did not compete for the rest of the season due to a continuing back injury At the end of the 2003 season and her professional career, she was ranked #305 in singles and #176 in doubles.

^ Injuries cut short Kournikova's playing career in 2003, and her latest setback was a reminder why she was never able to stage a serious comeback.
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She currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida,[1] and plays in occasional exhibitions and in doubles for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis.

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Early life

.Anna was born in Moscow, Soviet Union, on 7 June 1981. Her father, Sergei Kournikov was 20 at the time.^ Her father, Sergei Kournikov was 20 at the time.

^ Anna was born in Moscow , Soviet Union , on 7 June 1981.

^ Anastasia, born in Moscow 1 month and 1 day after Anna, received her early training at Moscow's Spartak Academy along with Anna when both were aged in the single digits.
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[5] .Sergei, a former Greco-Roman wrestling champion, had earned a Ph.D and was a professor at the University of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow.^ Her father, Sergei, was a Greco-Roman wrestler and a physical education professor.
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^ Sergei, a former Greco-Roman wrestling champion, had earned a Ph.D and was a professor at the University of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow.

^ Sergei said: "We were young and we liked the clean, physical life, so Anna was in a good environment for sport from the beginning."

.As of 2001, he was still a part-time martial arts instructor there.^ As of 2001, he was still a part-time martial arts instructor there.

[5] .Her mother Alla, a sturdily built blonde who was 18 when Anna was born, had been a 400-metre runner.^ Her mother, Alla, was a former 400-meter runner.
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^ Her mother Alla, a sturdily built blonde who was 18 when Anna was born, had been a 400-metre runner.

^ I like Anna Anna Kournikova and I like Laura Vandervoort, an actress playing Supergirl on Smallville, both beautiful blonds, born in 1981 and 1984 respectively.
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[5]
.Sergei said: "We were young and we liked the clean, physical life, so Anna was in a good environment for sport from the beginning."^ Sergei said: "We were young and we liked the clean, physical life, so Anna was in a good environment for sport from the beginning."

^ About her compatriot Maria Sharapova's Wimbledon final victory over Serena Williams, Anna said: "[Maria's] win was great for the sport.
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^ Anna has said she would like to play singles this year (she played doubles last year), but no further details are available online at this time.
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[5] .The family name is spelled in Russian without an "o", so a direct translation would be "Kurnikova", and it is sometimes written that way.^ The family name is spelled in Russian without an "o", so a direct translation would be "Kurnikova", and it is sometimes written that way.

.But it is pronounced "Kournikova", so the family chose that as their English spelling.^ But it is pronounced "Kournikova", so the family chose that as their English spelling.

[5]
.Anna received her first tennis racquet as a New Year gift in 1986 at age 5.[5] Anna says: "I played two times a week from age five.^ Anna says: "I played two times a week from age five.

^ Anna received her first tennis racquet as a New Year gift in 1986 at age 5.

^ Anna signed a management deal at age ten and went to Bradenton, Florida to train at Nick Bollettieri 's celebrated tennis academy .

It was a children's program. .And it was just for fun; my parents didn't know I was going to play professionally, they just wanted me to do something because I had lots of energy.^ I still don't know if I'm going to play or not."
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^ "A lot of times I didn't realize what was going on.
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^ And it was just for fun; my parents didn't know I was going to play professionally, they just wanted me to do something because I had lots of energy.

.It was only when I started playing well at seven that I went to a professional academy.^ I was only with my mom and then I started playing professionally, which was extremely difficult.
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^ It was only when I started playing well at seven that I went to a professional academy.

^ "I haven't played professionally now for four years, so for me this is the only way to be back on the court at this level.
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.I would go to school, and then my parents would take me to the club, and I'd spend the rest of the day there just having fun with the kids."^ I would go to school, and then my parents would take me to the club, and I'd spend the rest of the day there just having fun with the kids."

^ Leinart is gone he's gone out lie and I guess takes a year ago the rest of them there.
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[5] .In 1986, Anna became a member of the prestigious Spartak Tennis Club, coached by Larissa Preobrazhenskaya.^ In 1986, Anna became a member of the prestigious Spartak Tennis Club , coached by Larissa Preobrazhenskaya.

^ Anna received her first tennis racquet as a New Year gift in 1986 at age 5.

^ Canada.com 3/11/04 Anna Kournikova to play in exhibition match at Hamilton Tennis Club .

[6] .In 1989, at the age of eight, Anna began appearing in junior tournaments, and by the following year, was attracting attention from tennis scouts across the world.^ In 1989, at the tender age of eight, Anna began appearing in junior tournaments, and by the following year, was attracting attention from tennis scouts across the world.

^ By 8 she began playing in junior tournaments.
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^ Anna signed a management deal at age ten and went to Bradenton, Florida to train at Nick Bollettieri 's celebrated tennis academy .

.Anna signed a management deal at age ten and went to Bradenton, Florida to train at Nick Bollettieri's celebrated tennis academy.^ Anna signed a management deal at age ten and went to Bradenton, Florida to train at Nick Bollettieri 's celebrated tennis academy .

^ A year later, her family moved to Florida, where she was enrolled in Nick Bollettieris tennis academy.
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^ The Capitals also selected 14-year-old Michelle Larcher de Brito from Lisbon, Portugal, who is currently a standout at the Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where Anna was trained.
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[6]

Tennis career

1989–1997: Early years and breakthrough

.Following her arrival in the United States, Anna exploded onto the tennis scene, making her the internationally recognized tennis star she is today.^ Following her arrival in the United States, Anna exploded onto the tennis scene, making her the internationally recognized tennis star she is today.

^ Anna Kournikova is moving away from her image as a sexy tennis star in hopes of reaching out to a much younger audience.
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^ Anna will also make personal appearances for the brand and wear K-Swiss for all of her World Team Tennis and charity tennis appearances.
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[6] .At the age of 14, she went on to win the European Championships and the Italian Open Junior tournament.^ At the age of 14, she went on to win the European Championships and the Italian Open Junior tournament.

^ Anna also beat out the competition to win the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl , becoming the youngest player ever to win the 18 and under division at that tournament.

^ She debuted in professional tennis at age 14 in the Fed Cup for Russia , the youngest player ever to participate and win.

.Anna also beat out the competition to win the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl, becoming the youngest player ever to win the 18 and under division at that tournament.^ Anna also beat out the competition to win the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl , becoming the youngest player ever to win the 18 and under division at that tournament.

^ She debuted in professional tennis at age 14 in the Fed Cup for Russia , the youngest player ever to participate and win.

^ This, however, tied the total score for the evening at 18-all, and Anna and Abigail won the "super tiebreaker" 7-4, giving the Capitals the win.
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By the end of the year, Anna was crowned the ITF Junior World Champion U-18 and Junior European Champion U-18.[6]
.In 1994, Anna Kournikova received a wild card into ITF tournament in Moscow qualifications, but lost to the third seed Sabine Appelmans.^ In 1994, Anna Kournikova received a wild card into ITF tournament in Moscow qualifications, but lost to the third seed Sabine Appelmans .

^ With Martina Hingis , Anna Kournikova lost in the finals of Sydney , but they won their second grand slam title together, Australian Open in women's doubles.

^ Kournikova began her 1998 season in Hannover , where she lost to the first seed Jana Novotná in the semifinals with 6–3, 6–3.

[7] .She debuted in professional tennis at age 14 in the Fed Cup for Russia, the youngest player ever to participate and win.^ She debuted in professional tennis at age 14 in the Fed Cup for Russia , the youngest player ever to participate and win.

^ Fed Cup ITF Womens circuit ITF Juniors circuit Rules of Tennis (36page .pdf) .
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^ Anna also beat out the competition to win the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl , becoming the youngest player ever to win the 18 and under division at that tournament.

[6] .In 1995, she turned pro, and won two ITF titles, in Midland, Michigan and Rockford, Illinois.^ In 1995, she turned pro, and won two ITF titles, in Midland, Michigan and Rockford, Illinois .

^ Sadly, the AP report of this "news" states that Anna "has never won a pro tournament" (she won 16 doubles titles with 6 partners including 2 grand slams, plus 2 ITF pro singles titles), and that Anna "has not played competitive tennis for two years" (she has played World Team Tennis, which although not the greatest, is at least "competitive").
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^ Anna Kournikova was excited when Serena Williams won the Australian Open, the same event in which Kournikova won two womens doubles titles.
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.The same year Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour doubles final at the Kremlin Cup.^ Hingis and Kournikova also won the Kremlin Cup .

^ The same year Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour doubles final at the Kremlin Cup .

^ Although she reached the doubles quarterfinals with Neiland, Kournikova made a greater success in singles at the Miami Open, reaching her first WTA Tour singles final.

Partnering with 1995 Wimbledon girls' champion in both singles and doubles Aleksandra Olsza, she lost to Meredith McGrath and Larisa Neiland with 6–0, 6–1.
.At age 15, she made her grand slam debut, when she reached the fourth round of the 1996 U.S. Open, only to be stopped by then-top ranked player, Steffi Graf, eventual champion.^ At age 15, she made her grand slam debut, when she reached the fourth round of the 1996 U.S. Open , only to be stopped by then-top ranked player, Steffi Graf , eventual champion .

^ She reached her second career grand slam quarterfinals, at the Australian Open .

^ After round robin results at Italian Open and German Open, Kournikova reached the fourth round of 1999 French Open , losing to eventual champion Steffi Graf 6–3, 7–6.

.After this tournament, her ranking jumped from No.^ After this tournament, her ranking jumped from No.

.144 to debut in Top 100 at No.^ Top 100 at No.

.69.[7] Kournikova was a member of the Russian delegation to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.^ Kournikova was a member of the Russian delegation to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia .

.In 1996, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year,[6] and she was ranked No.^ In 1996, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year , 6 and she was ranked No.

^ WTA Newcomer of the Year 1996 .

^ In 1998 Kournikova broke into the WTA's top 20 rankings for the first time, when she was ranked No.

57 in the end of the season.[1]
.Kournikova entered the 1997 Australian Open as World No.^ Williams won the Australian Open and regained the No.
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^ Kournikova happy for Williams' Australian Open win .
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^ Anna Kournikova was excited when Serena Williams won the Australian Open, the same event in which Kournikova won two womens doubles titles.
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.67.[8] However, she lost in the first round to World No.^ After beating Mirjana Lučić 6–4, 6–2 in the first round, former World No.

^ She lost to Monica Seles in the first round 6–4, 6–3.

^ However, she lost in the first round to World No.

.12 Amanda Coetzer 6–2, 6–2. She also partnered with Russian fellow Elena Likhovtseva at women's doubles event, but also lost in the first round, to eight seeds Chanda Rubin and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 6–2, 6–3.[8] Kournikova reached the second round at the Pacific Life Open; after beating Patricia Hy-Boulais in the first round 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, she lost to World No.^ Kournikova then lost to Anke Huber 6–0, 6–1 in the first round of the Los Angeles Open , also reaching the doubles semifinals with Ai Sugiyama .

^ Kournikova entered the 1997 Australian Open as World No.

^ After beating Mirjana Lučić 6–4, 6–2 in the first round, former World No.

.3 Anke Huber in the second round 3–6, 6–2, 6–2. In doubles, Kournikova and Likhovtseva beat the second seeds Larisa Neiland and Helena Suková in the second 7–5, 4–6, 6–3, before losing to Mary Joe Fernández and Chanda Rubin in the quartefinals 2–6, 6–4, 7–5/[8] At Miami Open Kournikova defeated No.^ She then played at the Australian Open , losing to Mary Pierce 6–0, 6–4 in the fourth round.

^ Kournikova was then defeated in the quarterfinals of German Open by Mary Joe Fernández 6–1, 6–4, after she defeated former World No.

^ Although she lost in the second round of Paris Open to Anke Huber in singles, Kournikova reached the her second doubles WTA Tour final partnering with Larisa Neiland.

.12 Amanda Coetzer 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 in the second round, and No.^ At the 1997 French Open Kournikova defeated Radka Zrubáková 6–3, 6–2 in the first round and Sandra Cecchini 6–2, 6–2 in the second and then lost to World No.

^ Kournikova reached the second round at the Pacific Life Open ; after beating Patricia Hy-Boulais in the first round 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, she lost to World No.

^ At the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven she lost to Amanda Coetzer 1–6, 6–4, 7–5 in the second round.

.29 Katarina Studenikova 1–6, 6–4, 6–0 in the third, and then lost to No.^ Katarina Studenikova 1–6, 6–4, 6–0 in the third, and then lost to No.

^ At the 1998 Australian Open Kournikova lost in the third round to World No.

.3 Jana Novotná 6–3, 6–4 in the fourth.^ Jana Novotná 6–3, 6–4 in the fourth.

^ At the 1998 French Open Kournikova reached her best result at this tournament, losing to Jana Novotná 6(2)–7, 6–3, 6–3 in the fourth round.

.She and Likhovtseva were beaten 6–4, 6–3 by Dominique Monami and Barbara Rittner in the first round of Miami doubles.^ She and Likhovtseva were beaten 6–4, 6–3 by Dominique Monami and Barbara Rittner in the first round of Miami doubles.

^ In Oklahoma City she was defeated by Amanda Coetzer 6–4, 6–2 in the semifinals, by Silvia Farina Elia in the first round of Evert Cup , and by Barbara Schett at Lipton Championships .

^ Kournikova then lost to Anke Huber 6–0, 6–1 in the first round of the Los Angeles Open , also reaching the doubles semifinals with Ai Sugiyama .

[8] .After beating Shi-Ting Wang in the first round of Italian Open with 6–3, 6–4, Kournikova lost to Amanda Coetzer 6–2, 4–6, 6–1 in the second.^ She lost to Monica Seles in the first round 6–4, 6–3.

^ Kournikova reached the second round at the Pacific Life Open ; after beating Patricia Hy-Boulais in the first round 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, she lost to World No.

^ At the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven she lost to Amanda Coetzer 1–6, 6–4, 7–5 in the second round.

However, she reached the semifinals partnering with Likhovtseva, after they defeated the first seeds Neiland and Suková 6(4)–7, 6–2, 7–5 in the second round, and Barbara Schett and Patty Schnyder 7–6(2), 6–4 in the third, before losing to the sixth seeds Mary Joe Fernández and Patricia Tarabini 7–6(5), 6–3.[8]
.Kournikova was then defeated in the quarterfinals of German Open by Mary Joe Fernández 6–1, 6–4, after she defeated former World No.^ Kournikova was then defeated in the quarterfinals of German Open by Mary Joe Fernández 6–1, 6–4, after she defeated former World No.

^ Kournikova entered the 1997 Australian Open as World No.

^ In doubles, Kournikova and Likhovtseva beat the second seeds Larisa Neiland and Helena Suková in the second 7–5, 4–6, 6–3, before losing to Mary Joe Fernández and Chanda Rubin in the quartefinals 2–6, 6–4, 7–5/ 8 At Miami Open Kournikova defeated No.

1 and current World No. .5 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 3–6, 6–0, 6–3 in the third round.^ At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round and lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

^ She reached the final of the 2000 US Open in mixed doubles, partnering with Max Mirnyi , but they lost to Jared Palmer and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–4, 6–3.

^ Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 3–6, 6–0, 6–3 in the third round.

[8] .Partnering with Likhovtseva, she also reached the doubles quarterfinals, beating the sixth seeds Alexandra Fusai and Nathalie Tauziat 6–4, 7–6(2) in the second round and losing to the first seeds Gigi Fernández and Natasha Zvereva 6–2, 7–5. At the 1997 French Open Kournikova defeated Radka Zrubáková 6–3, 6–2 in the first round and Sandra Cecchini 6–2, 6–2 in the second and then lost to World No.^ In the mixed doubles, Steffi and Mardy Fish defeated Anna and partner Mark Knowles 5-3, which meant the night was not yet finished.
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^ (July 13, 2005) Anna Kournikova won at doubles , but lost in mixed doubles on Tuesday night, as her Sacramento Capitals (4-2), defeated the Houston Wranglers and Steffi Graf 21-18 in World Team Tennis play.
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^ Arantxa won 29 WTA singles titles (including 3 French & 1 US Opens) and 67 WTA doubles titles during her career, which began in 1985.
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.1 Martina Hingis 6–1, 6–3 in the third.^ Martina Hingis 6–1, 6–3 in the third.

.She also reached the third round in doubles with Likhovtseva, losing to domestic team and the eight seeds Fusai and Tauziat.^ She also reached the third round in doubles with Likhovtseva, losing to domestic team and the eight seeds Fusai and Tauziat.

^ In singles, Kournikova reached the third round.

^ Partnering with Likhovtseva, she reached the third round of women's doubles event, losing 6–4, 6–4 to the second seeds Hingis and Sánchez Vicario.

.At 1997 Wimbledon Championships Anna Kournikova became the only second woman in the open era to reach the semifinals, which was also her first WTA Tour semifinals, in her Wimbledon debut, the first being Chris Evert in 1972.^ At 1997 Wimbledon Championships Anna Kournikova became the only second woman in the open era to reach the semifinals, which was also her first WTA Tour semifinals, in her Wimbledon debut, the first being Chris Evert in 1972 .

^ Kournikova proved a successful doubles player on the professional circuit, winning 16 tournament doubles titles, including two Australian Opens and being a finalist in mixed doubles at the U.S. Open and at Wimbledon, and reaching the No.1 ranking in doubles in the Women's Tennis Association tour rankings.

^ In Oklahoma City she was defeated by Amanda Coetzer 6–4, 6–2 in the semifinals, by Silvia Farina Elia in the first round of Evert Cup , and by Barbara Schett at Lipton Championships .

[7] .She defeated Chanda Rubin 6–1, 6–1 in the first round, Barbara Rittner 4–6, 7–6(7), 6–3 in the second, the seventh seed Anke Huber 3–6, 6–4, 6–4 in the third, Helena Suková 2–6, 6–2, 6–3 in the fourth, No.^ Kournikova then lost to Anke Huber 6–0, 6–1 in the first round of the Los Angeles Open , also reaching the doubles semifinals with Ai Sugiyama .

^ Partnering with Likhovtseva, she also reached the doubles quarterfinals, beating the sixth seeds Alexandra Fusai and Nathalie Tauziat 6–4, 7–6(2) in the second round and losing to the first seeds Gigi Fernández and Natasha Zvereva 6–2, 7–5.

^ Although she lost in the second round of Paris Open to Anke Huber in singles, Kournikova reached the her second doubles WTA Tour final partnering with Larisa Neiland.

4 and the French Open champion Iva Majoli 7–6(1), 6–4 in the quarterfinals and then lost to eventual champion Martina Hingis by a score of 6–3, 6–2.
.Kournikova then lost to Anke Huber 6–0, 6–1 in the first round of the Los Angeles Open, also reaching the doubles semifinals with Ai Sugiyama.^ Kournikova then lost to Anke Huber 6–0, 6–1 in the first round of the Los Angeles Open , also reaching the doubles semifinals with Ai Sugiyama .

^ She lost to Monica Seles in the first round 6–4, 6–3.

^ At the 2000 Australian Open , she reached the fourth round in singles and the semifinals in doubles.

.At the 1997 US Open she lost in the second round to the eleventh seed Irina Spîrlea 6–1, 3–6, 6–3. Partnering with Likhovtseva, she reached the third round of women's doubles event, losing 6–4, 6–4 to the second seeds Hingis and Sánchez Vicario.^ At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round and lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

^ She reached the final of the 2000 US Open in mixed doubles, partnering with Max Mirnyi , but they lost to Jared Palmer and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–4, 6–3.

^ Australian Open women's doubles champions .

[8] .Kournikova played her last WTA Tour event in 1997 at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt, losing to Amanda Coetzer 3–6 6–3 6–4 in the second round of singles, and 6–2, 6–4 in the first round of doubles to Lindsay Davenport and Jana Novotná with Likhovtseva.^ She then reached the second round of both singles and doubles at the Medibank International in Sidney , losing to Lindsay Davenport in the second round of singles with 6–2, 6(4)–7, 6–3.

^ In singles, Kournikova reached the third round.

^ At the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven she lost to Amanda Coetzer 1–6, 6–4, 7–5 in the second round.

.She broke into the top 50 on 19 May, and was ranked No.^ She broke into the top 50 on 19 May, and was ranked No.

^ On 20 November 2000 she finally broke into top 10 for the first time, reaching No.

^ In 1998 Kournikova broke into the WTA's top 20 rankings for the first time, when she was ranked No.

32 in singles and No. .41 in doubles at the end of the season.^ She was also ranked #4 in doubles at the end of the season.

^ At the end of the 2001 season, she was ranked #74 in singles and #26 in doubles.

^ She did not compete for the rest of the season due to a continuing back injury At the end of the 2003 season and her professional career, she was ranked #305 in singles and #176 in doubles.

[9]

1998–2000: Success and stardom

.In 1998 Kournikova broke into the WTA's top 20 rankings for the first time, when she was ranked No.^ On 20 November 2000 she finally broke into top 10 for the first time, reaching No.

^ She broke into the top 50 on 19 May, and was ranked No.

^ (Kournikova actually was ranked No.

.16. She also scored impressive victories over Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles.^ Anna has also recorded wins over former # 1s Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport (3 times), Kim Clijsters, and her friend Martina Hingis.
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.Kournikova began her 1998 season in Hannover, where she lost to the first seed Jana Novotná in the semifinals with 6–3, 6–3. She also partnered Larisa Neiland in doubles, and lost to Elena Likhovtseva and Caroline Vis in the quarterfinals 3–6, 6–2, 7–5.[8] She then reached the second round of both singles and doubles at the Medibank International in Sidney, losing to Lindsay Davenport in the second round of singles with 6–2, 6(4)–7, 6–3. At the 1998 Australian Open Kournikova lost in the third round to World No.^ At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round and lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

^ Kournikova then lost to Anke Huber 6–0, 6–1 in the first round of the Los Angeles Open , also reaching the doubles semifinals with Ai Sugiyama .

^ Kournikova began her 1999 season at Adidas Open , where she lost to Dominique Van Roost in the second round.

.1 player Martina Hingis 6–4, 4–6, 6–4. She also partnered with Larisa Neiland in women's doubles, and they lost to eventual champions Hingis and Mirjana Lučić 7–5, 6–2 in the second round.^ She also partnered with Larisa Neiland in women's doubles, and they lost to eventual champions Hingis and Mirjana Lučić 7–5, 6–2 in the second round.

^ She also partnered Larisa Neiland in doubles, and lost to Elena Likhovtseva and Caroline Vis in the quarterfinals 3–6, 6–2, 7–5.

^ Australian Open women's doubles champions .

[8] .Although she lost in the second round of Paris Open to Anke Huber in singles, Kournikova reached the her second doubles WTA Tour final partnering with Larisa Neiland.^ (June 21, 2009 revised July 8 ) Former WTA singles # 8 (and doubles # 1) Anna Kournikova cannot play World Team Tennis again this year for the St. Louis Aces due to a left wrist injury.
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^ (Mar 6, 2004) Anna Kournikova made a further statement about how soon she might be able to return to the WTA tour .
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^ Kournikova was better at doubles than singles, although dismissing a #8 ranking world-wide is ridiculous.
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They lost to Sabine Appelmans and Miriam Oremans 1–6, 6–3, 7–6(3). .Kournikova and Neiland reached their second consecutive final at Linz Open, losing to Alexandra Fusai and Nathalie Tauziat 6–3, 3–6, 6–4. In singles, Kournikova reached the third round.^ At the German Open, she reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles, with Larisa Neiland, losing 6–0, 6–1 to Conchita Martínez and 6–1, 6–4 to Alexandra Fusai and Nathalie Tauziat, respectively.

^ She also reached the third round in doubles with Likhovtseva, losing to domestic team and the eight seeds Fusai and Tauziat.

^ In singles, Kournikova reached the third round.

.At the Pacific Life Open, she reached the third round and lost to 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martínez 6–3, 6–4, and also reached the doubles quarterfinals with Neiland.^ Fresh back from reaching the 3rd round at Wimbledon, Aussie veteran Nicole Pratt said: "She's still a great timer of the ball...
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.Although she reached the doubles quarterfinals with Neiland, Kournikova made a greater success in singles at the Miami Open, reaching her first WTA Tour singles final.^ The same year Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour doubles final at the Kremlin Cup .

^ Although she lost in the second round of Paris Open to Anke Huber in singles, Kournikova reached the her second doubles WTA Tour final partnering with Larisa Neiland.

^ Kournikova was more successful in doubles that season.

.After beating Mirjana Lučić 6–4, 6–2 in the first round, former World No.^ After beating Mirjana Lučić 6–4, 6–2 in the first round, former World No.

^ However, she lost in the first round to World No.

^ Kournikova was then defeated in the quarterfinals of German Open by Mary Joe Fernández 6–1, 6–4, after she defeated former World No.

.1 Monica Seles 7–5, 6–4 in the second, Conchita Martínez 6–3, 6–0 in the third, Lindsay Davenport 6–4, 2–6, 6–2 in the quarterfinals, and former No.^ Anna has also recorded wins over former # 1s Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport (3 times), Kim Clijsters, and her friend Martina Hingis.
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1 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 3–6, 6–1, 6–3 in the semifinals, and then lost to Venus Williams in the final with 2–6, 6–4, 6–1.[7]
.Kournikova then reached two consecutive quarterfinals, at Amelia Island and Italian Open, losing, respectively, 7–5, 6–3 to Lindsay Davenport, and 6–2, 6–4 to Martina Hingis.^ Kournikova then reached two consecutive quarterfinals, at Amelia Island and Italian Open, losing, respectively, 7–5, 6–3 to Lindsay Davenport, and 6–2, 6–4 to Martina Hingis.

^ She then defeated Jennifer Capriati , Lindsay Davenport and Patty Schnyder on her route to the Bausch & Lomb Championships semifinals, losing to Ruxandra Dragomir 6–3, 7–5.

^ At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round and lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

.At the German Open, she reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles, with Larisa Neiland, losing 6–0, 6–1 to Conchita Martínez and 6–1, 6–4 to Alexandra Fusai and Nathalie Tauziat, respectively.^ Arantxa won 29 WTA singles titles (including 3 French & 1 US Opens) and 67 WTA doubles titles during her career, which began in 1985.
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^ All pro tournaments (and most amateur ones) have both singles and doubles competitions.
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^ The Explorers won both singles matches and the men's doubles to pull out the team victory (WTT team scores are a total of the match scores).
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.At the 1998 French Open Kournikova reached her best result at this tournament, losing to Jana Novotná 6(2)–7, 6–3, 6–3 in the fourth round.^ At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round and lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

^ She then played at the Australian Open , losing to Mary Pierce 6–0, 6–4 in the fourth round.

^ At the 1998 French Open Kournikova reached her best result at this tournament, losing to Jana Novotná 6(2)–7, 6–3, 6–3 in the fourth round.

.She also reached her first grand slam doubles semifinals, losing with Neiland to Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva 6–3, 6–2. During her quarterfinals match at the Eastbourne Open versus Steffi Graf, Kournikova injured her thumb, which would eventually force her to withdraw from the 1998 Wimbledon Championships.^ The two defeated Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva in the final.

^ Kournikova then reached two consecutive quarterfinals, at Amelia Island and Italian Open, losing, respectively, 7–5, 6–3 to Lindsay Davenport, and 6–2, 6–4 to Martina Hingis.

^ During her quarterfinals match at the Eastbourne Open versus Steffi Graf , Kournikova injured her thumb, which would eventually force her to withdraw from the 1998 Wimbledon Championships .

[7] However, she won that match 6(4)–7, 6–3, 6–4, but then withdraw from her semifinals match against Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.[7] .Kournikova returned for the Du Maurier Open, defeating Alexandra Fusai and Ruxandra Dragomir before losing to Conchita Martínez in the third round 6–0, 6–3. At the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven she lost to Amanda Coetzer 1–6, 6–4, 7–5 in the second round.^ Kournikova returned for the Du Maurier Open , defeating Alexandra Fusai and Ruxandra Dragomir before losing to Conchita Martínez in the third round 6–0, 6–3.

^ New Haven [the Pilot Pen Open ], which starts the week before the US Open."
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^ At the 1998 Australian Open Kournikova lost in the third round to World No.

.At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round and lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.^ At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round and lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

^ At the 1998 Australian Open Kournikova lost in the third round to World No.

^ In singles, Kournikova reached the third round.

.She then made a series of low results at Toyota Princess Cup, Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Zürich Open and Kremlin Cup, but due to good results during the year, she qualified for the 1998 WTA Tour Championships.^ (June 21, 2009 revised July 8 ) Former WTA singles # 8 (and doubles # 1) Anna Kournikova cannot play World Team Tennis again this year for the St. Louis Aces due to a left wrist injury.
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^ (Mar 6, 2004) Anna Kournikova made a further statement about how soon she might be able to return to the WTA tour .
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^ If she was as good a tennis player as Tiger is in Golf, the $12 mill/year she makes might be more like $30 mill a year.
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.She lost to Monica Seles in the first round 6–4, 6–3. However, with Seles, she won her first doubles title, in Tokyo, beating Mary Joe Fernández and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–4, 6–4 in the final.^ Anna and Natalie Grandin lost 1-5 at doubles to Bryanne Stewart and Mashona Washington; but Anna and Mark Knowles won the mixed doubles 5-0 over Bryanne and Goran Dragicevic.
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^ Exactly right, Davenport, Mary Pierce, Monica Seles, Arancha Sanchez - all great tennis players, not even close to being as popular as Kournikova, but all at least have won something.
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^ Anna and Milagros Sequera lost 2-5 at doubles; however, at the close of the evening, Anna and Sam Warburg won mixed doubles 5-3 .
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.At the end of the season, she was ranked No.^ She was also ranked #4 in doubles at the end of the season.

^ At the end of the season, she was ranked No.

^ At the end of the 2001 season, she was ranked #74 in singles and #26 in doubles.

10 in doubles.[9]
.Kournikova began her 1999 season at Adidas Open, where she lost to Dominique Van Roost in the second round.^ Kournikova began her 1999 season at Adidas Open , where she lost to Dominique Van Roost in the second round.

^ At 1999 Wimbledon Championships , Kournikova lost to Venus Williams in the fourth round 3–6, 6–3, 6–2.

^ At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round and lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

[9] .She then played at the Australian Open, losing to Mary Pierce 6–0, 6–4 in the fourth round.^ She then played at the Australian Open , losing to Mary Pierce 6–0, 6–4 in the fourth round.

^ At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round and lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

^ At the 1998 French Open Kournikova reached her best result at this tournament, losing to Jana Novotná 6(2)–7, 6–3, 6–3 in the fourth round.

.However, Kournikova won her first doubles grand slam title, partnering Martina Hingis.^ Hingis and Kournikova also won the Kremlin Cup .

^ With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002 .

^ However, Kournikova won her first doubles grand slam title, partnering Martina Hingis .

.The two defeated Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva in the final.^ The two defeated Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva in the final.

^ She then defeated Jennifer Capriati , Lindsay Davenport and Patty Schnyder on her route to the Bausch & Lomb Championships semifinals, losing to Ruxandra Dragomir 6–3, 7–5.

^ Kournikova then reached two consecutive quarterfinals, at Amelia Island and Italian Open, losing, respectively, 7–5, 6–3 to Lindsay Davenport, and 6–2, 6–4 to Martina Hingis.

.Kournikova then lost in the quarterfinals of Toray Pan Pacific Open to Monica Seles 7–5, 6–3. In Oklahoma City she was defeated by Amanda Coetzer 6–4, 6–2 in the semifinals, by Silvia Farina Elia in the first round of Evert Cup, and by Barbara Schett at Lipton Championships.^ (July 8, 2005) Anna Kournikova won in mixed doubles Thursday night, but lost at doubles, as her team, the Sacramento Capitals , was defeated by the Newport Beach Breakers 19-15 in Anna's first night of World Team Tennis play.
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^ (Aug 14, 2007) Anna Kournikova played a mixed doubles exhibition last night in Toronto, Canada, the first night of the WTA Rogers Cup ( Canadian Open ).
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.At Tier I Family Circle Cup, Kournikova reached her second WTA Tour final, but lost to Martina Hingis 6–4, 6–3.[9] She then defeated Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport and Patty Schnyder on her route to the Bausch & Lomb Championships semifinals, losing to Ruxandra Dragomir 6–3, 7–5. After round robin results at Italian Open and German Open, Kournikova reached the fourth round of 1999 French Open, losing to eventual champion Steffi Graf 6–3, 7–6.[9] She then lost to Nathalie Tauziat 6–4, 4–6, 8–6 in the semifinals in Eastbourne.^ At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round and lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

^ Kournikova began her 1999 season at Adidas Open , where she lost to Dominique Van Roost in the second round.

^ Kournikova then reached two consecutive quarterfinals, at Amelia Island and Italian Open, losing, respectively, 7–5, 6–3 to Lindsay Davenport, and 6–2, 6–4 to Martina Hingis.

.At 1999 Wimbledon Championships, Kournikova lost to Venus Williams in the fourth round 3–6, 6–3, 6–2. She also reached the 1999 Wimbledon final in mixed doubles, partnering with Jonas Björkman, but they lost to Leander Paes and Lisa Raymond 6–4, 3–6, 6–3. Kournikova qualified for 1999 WTA Tour Championships, but lost to Mary Pierce 6(3)–7, 7–6(5), 6–0 in the first round, and ended the season as World No.^ At 1999 Wimbledon Championships , Kournikova lost to Venus Williams in the fourth round 3–6, 6–3, 6–2.

^ She then played at the Australian Open , losing to Mary Pierce 6–0, 6–4 in the fourth round.

^ Partnering with Elena Likhovtseva, Kournikova also reached the final in Stanford .

12.[9] Also at times during 1999, she was the most searched athlete in the world on Yahoo!, the premier search engine of the day.[10] Kournikova was more successful in doubles that season. .After their victory at the Australian Open, she and Martina Hingis won tournaments in Indian Wells, Rome, Eastbourne and 1999 WTA Tour Championships, and reached the final of 1999 French Open, where they lost to Serena and Venus Williams 3–6, 7–6(2), 6–8. Partnering with Elena Likhovtseva, Kournikova also reached the final in Stanford.^ (August 3, 2006) A Reuters story today says that Martina Hingis , at the Acura Classic in San Diego, "revealed" that Anna Kournikova had " offered to reprise their doubles partnership that won the 2002 Australian Open title."
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^ Anna News-Photo Search On January 25th, 2002, Anna and Martina Hingis won the doubles championship at the Australian Open ( interview text Real Video ).
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^ (Feb 10, 2004) Anna Kournikova and Serena Williams (and a few other athletes) will be featured in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue .
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.On 22 November 1999 she reached World No.^ On 22 November 1999 she reached World No.

^ On 20 November 2000 she finally broke into top 10 for the first time, reaching No.

^ Kournikova qualified for 1999 WTA Tour Championships , but lost to Mary Pierce 6(3)–7, 7–6(5), 6–0 in the first round, and ended the season as World No.

.1 ranking in doubles, and ended the season at this ranking.^ At the end of the 2001 season, she was ranked #74 in singles and #26 in doubles.

^ She was also ranked #4 in doubles at the end of the season.

^ At the end of 2002 season, she was ranked #35 in singles and #11 in doubles.

.Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis were presented with the WTA Award for Doubles Team of the Year.^ (July 13, 2005) Anna Kournikova won at doubles , but lost in mixed doubles on Tuesday night, as her Sacramento Capitals (4-2), defeated the Houston Wranglers and Steffi Graf 21-18 in World Team Tennis play.
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^ (June 7, 2006) Anna Kournikova is 25 years old today; happy birthday Anna!
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^ (June 21, 2009 revised July 8 ) Former WTA singles # 8 (and doubles # 1) Anna Kournikova cannot play World Team Tennis again this year for the St. Louis Aces due to a left wrist injury.
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.Kournikova opened her 2000 season winning the Gold Coast Open partnering with Julie Halard.^ (Mar 29, 2005) Anna Kournikova was drafted by the World Team Tennis Sacramento Capitals for the WTT's July 2005 season.
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.She then reached the singles semifinals at Medibank International Sydney, losing to Lindsay Davenport 6–3, 6–2. At the 2000 Australian Open, she reached the fourth round in singles and the semifinals in doubles.^ She then reached the second round of both singles and doubles at the Medibank International in Sidney , losing to Lindsay Davenport in the second round of singles with 6–2, 6(4)–7, 6–3.

^ She then played at the Australian Open , losing to Mary Pierce 6–0, 6–4 in the fourth round.

^ Kournikova playing doubles at Medibank International Sydney in 2002.

.Partnering with Barbara Schett, they lost to Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs.^ Partnering with Barbara Schett, they lost to Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs .

^ She reached the final of the 2000 US Open in mixed doubles, partnering with Max Mirnyi , but they lost to Jared Palmer and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–4, 6–3.

^ She also reached the 1999 Wimbledon final in mixed doubles, partnering with Jonas Björkman , but they lost to Leander Paes and Lisa Raymond 6–4, 3–6, 6–3.

.That season, Kournikova reached eight semifinals (Sydney, Scottsdale, Stanford, San Diego, Luxembourg, Leipzig and 2000 WTA Tour Championships), seven quarterfinals (Gold Coast, Tokyo, Amelia Island, Hamburg, Eastbourne, Zürich and Philadelphia) and one final.^ Kournikova opened her 2000 season winning the Gold Coast Open partnering with Julie Halard .

^ Partnering with Elena Likhovtseva, Kournikova also reached the final in Stanford .

^ That season, Kournikova reached eight semifinals (Sydney, Scottsdale , Stanford, San Diego , Luxembourg , Leipzig and 2000 WTA Tour Championships ), seven quarterfinals (Gold Coast, Tokyo, Amelia Island, Hamburg, Eastbourne, Zürich and Philadelphia) and one final.

.Despite being a domestic player, Kournikova lost to Martina Hingis 6–3, 6–1 in the final of Kremlin Cup.^ Not exactly news: Ashley Harkleroad , after defeating Meghann Shaughnessy at the Family Circle Cup, was asked how she felt about being compared to Anna Kournikova .
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.On 20 November 2000 she finally broke into top 10 for the first time, reaching No.^ On 20 November 2000 she finally broke into top 10 for the first time, reaching No.

^ She broke into the top 50 on 19 May, and was ranked No.

^ In 1998 Kournikova broke into the WTA's top 20 rankings for the first time, when she was ranked No.

.8.[9] She was also ranked #4 in doubles at the end of the season.^ She did not compete for the rest of the season due to a continuing back injury At the end of the 2003 season and her professional career, she was ranked #305 in singles and #176 in doubles.

^ At the end of the season, she was ranked No.

^ At the end of the 2001 season, she was ranked #74 in singles and #26 in doubles.

[9] .Kournikova was, once again, more successful in doubles.^ Kournikova was more successful in doubles that season.

^ Kournikova was, once again, more successful in doubles.

^ Although she reached the doubles quarterfinals with Neiland, Kournikova made a greater success in singles at the Miami Open, reaching her first WTA Tour singles final.

.She reached the final of the 2000 US Open in mixed doubles, partnering with Max Mirnyi, but they lost to Jared Palmer and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–4, 6–3. She also won six doubles titles — Gold Coast (with Julie Halard), Hamburg (with Natasha Zvereva), Filderstadt, Zürich, Philadelphia and the 2000 WTA Tour Championships (with Martina Hingis).^ At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round and lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

^ With Martina Hingis , Anna Kournikova lost in the finals of Sydney , but they won their second grand slam title together, Australian Open in women's doubles.

^ She also reached the 1999 Wimbledon final in mixed doubles, partnering with Jonas Björkman , but they lost to Leander Paes and Lisa Raymond 6–4, 3–6, 6–3.

2001–2003: Injuries and final years

.This season was dominated by injury, including a left foot stress fracture which forced her withdrawal from twelve tournaments, including the French Open and Wimbledon.^ This season was dominated by injury, including a left foot stress fracture which forced her withdrawal from twelve tournaments, including the French Open and Wimbledon .

^ Martina is returning to play on the WTA Tour in January, having largely recovered from ankle and foot injuries and pain that forced her to retire in October 2002.
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^ At the 1998 French Open Kournikova reached her best result at this tournament, losing to Jana Novotná 6(2)–7, 6–3, 6–3 in the fourth round.

[7] .She underwent surgery in April.^ She underwent surgery in April .

[7] .She reached her second career grand slam quarterfinals, at the Australian Open.^ She reached her second career grand slam quarterfinals, at the Australian Open .

^ With Martina Hingis , Anna Kournikova lost in the finals of Sydney , but they won their second grand slam title together, Australian Open in women's doubles.

^ At age 15, she made her grand slam debut, when she reached the fourth round of the 1996 U.S. Open , only to be stopped by then-top ranked player, Steffi Graf , eventual champion .

.Kournikova then withdrew from several events due to continuing problems with her left foot and did not return until Leipzig.^ Kournikova then withdrew from several events due to continuing problems with her left foot and did not return until Leipzig .

^ She did not compete for the rest of the season due to a continuing back injury At the end of the 2003 season and her professional career, she was ranked #305 in singles and #176 in doubles.

^ Kournikova retired in the 1st round of the Charleston due to a left adductor strain.

.With Barbara Schett, she won the doubles title in Sydney.^ With Barbara Schett , she won the doubles title in Sydney .

^ Arantxa won 29 WTA singles titles (including 3 French & 1 US Opens) and 67 WTA doubles titles during her career, which began in 1985.
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^ With Martina Hingis , Anna Kournikova lost in the finals of Sydney , but they won their second grand slam title together, Australian Open in women's doubles.

.She then lost in the finals in Tokyo, partnering with Iroda Tulyaganova, and at San Diego, partnering with Martina Hingis.^ (August 3, 2006) A Reuters story today says that Martina Hingis , at the Acura Classic in San Diego, "revealed" that Anna Kournikova had " offered to reprise their doubles partnership that won the 2002 Australian Open title."
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.Hingis and Kournikova also won the Kremlin Cup.^ Hingis and Kournikova also won the Kremlin Cup .

^ With Martina Hingis , Anna Kournikova lost in the finals of Sydney , but they won their second grand slam title together, Australian Open in women's doubles.

^ The same year Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour doubles final at the Kremlin Cup .

.At the end of the 2001 season, she was ranked #74 in singles and #26 in doubles.^ At the end of the season, she was ranked No.

^ At the end of the 2001 season, she was ranked #74 in singles and #26 in doubles.

^ She was also ranked #4 in doubles at the end of the season.

[9]
Anna Kournikova playing at the Medibank International Sydney in 2002.
.Kournikova was quite successful in 2002. She reached the semifinals of Auckland, Tokyo, Acapulco and San Diego, and the finals of China Open, losing 6–2, 6–3 to Anna Smashnova.^ [Archive] - The Official San Diego Chargers Forum The Official San Diego Chargers Forum > Chargers Talk > Off Topic > Anna Kournikova.
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.This was Kournikova's last singles finals and the last chance to win a single title.^ This was Kournikova's last singles finals and the last chance to win a single title.

^ With Martina Hingis , Anna Kournikova lost in the finals of Sydney , but they won their second grand slam title together, Australian Open in women's doubles.

^ (Oct 6, 2003) Anna Kournikova's agent Phil de Picciotto told The Observer newspaper last weekend that the chance of Anna's return to WTA tournaments was "undetermined" .
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.With Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova lost in the finals of Sydney, but they won their second grand slam title together, Australian Open in women's doubles.^ With Martina Hingis , Anna Kournikova lost in the finals of Sydney , but they won their second grand slam title together, Australian Open in women's doubles.

^ Kournikova's two Grand Slam doubles titles came in 1999 and 2002, both at the Australian Open in the Women's Doubles event with partner Martina Hingis , with whom she played frequently starting in 1999.

^ Australian Open women's doubles champions .

They also lost in the quarterfinals of U.S. Open. .With Chanda Rubin, Anna Kournikova played the semifinals of Wimbledon, but they lost to Serena and Venus Williams.^ At 1999 Wimbledon Championships , Kournikova lost to Venus Williams in the fourth round 3–6, 6–3, 6–2.

^ With Chanda Rubin , Anna Kournikova played the semifinals of Wimbledon , but they lost to Serena and Venus Williams .

^ (July 13, 2005) Anna Kournikova won at doubles , but lost in mixed doubles on Tuesday night, as her Sacramento Capitals (4-2), defeated the Houston Wranglers and Steffi Graf 21-18 in World Team Tennis play.
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.Partnering Janet Lee, she won the Shangai title.^ Partnering Janet Lee , she won the Shangai title.

^ With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002 .

^ However, Kournikova won her first doubles grand slam title, partnering Martina Hingis .

.At the end of 2002 season, she was ranked #35 in singles and #11 in doubles.^ At the end of the 2001 season, she was ranked #74 in singles and #26 in doubles.

^ She was also ranked #4 in doubles at the end of the season.

^ At the end of 2002 season, she was ranked #35 in singles and #11 in doubles.

[9]
.In 2003, Anna Kournikova collected her first grand slam match victory in two years at the Australian Open.^ (June 7, 2006) Anna Kournikova is 25 years old today; happy birthday Anna!
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^ (Feb 10, 2004) Anna Kournikova and Serena Williams (and a few other athletes) will be featured in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue .
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^ Sadly, the AP report of this "news" states that Anna "has never won a pro tournament" (she won 16 doubles titles with 6 partners including 2 grand slams, plus 2 ITF pro singles titles), and that Anna "has not played competitive tennis for two years" (she has played World Team Tennis, which although not the greatest, is at least "competitive").
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.She defeated Henrieta Nagyová in the 1st round, and then lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne in the 2nd round.^ She defeated Henrieta Nagyová in the 1st round, and then lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne in the 2nd round.

^ No, Anna has never defeated either of the Williams sisters (she has only played Serena once), or Justine Henin-Hardenne (whom she has played twice).
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^ At the 1997 French Open Kournikova defeated Radka Zrubáková 6–3, 6–2 in the first round and Sandra Cecchini 6–2, 6–2 in the second and then lost to World No.

.She withdrew from Tokyo due to a sprained back suffered at Australian Open and did not return to Tour until Miami.^ She withdrew from Tokyo due to a sprained back suffered at Australian Open and did not return to Tour until Miami .

^ She did not compete for the rest of the season due to a continuing back injury At the end of the 2003 season and her professional career, she was ranked #305 in singles and #176 in doubles.

^ Kournikova then withdrew from several events due to continuing problems with her left foot and did not return until Leipzig .

Kournikova retired in the 1st round of the Charleston due to a left adductor strain. .She reached the semifinals at the ITF tournament in Sea Island, before withdrawing from a match versus Maria Sharapova due to the adductor injury.^ She reached the semifinals at the ITF tournament in Sea Island , before withdrawing from a match versus Maria Sharapova due to the adductor injury.

^ During her quarterfinals match at the Eastbourne Open versus Steffi Graf , Kournikova injured her thumb, which would eventually force her to withdraw from the 1998 Wimbledon Championships .

^ Anna did not play singles in her WTT matches, due to her persistent low back injury.
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.She lost in the 1st round of the ITF tournament in Charlottesville.^ She lost in the 1st round of the ITF tournament in Charlottesville.

^ She defeated Henrieta Nagyová in the 1st round, and then lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne in the 2nd round.

^ In 1994, Anna Kournikova received a wild card into ITF tournament in Moscow qualifications, but lost to the third seed Sabine Appelmans .

.She did not compete for the rest of the season due to a continuing back injury At the end of the 2003 season and her professional career, she was ranked #305 in singles and #176 in doubles.^ At the end of the 2001 season, she was ranked #74 in singles and #26 in doubles.

^ She did not compete for the rest of the season due to a continuing back injury At the end of the 2003 season and her professional career, she was ranked #305 in singles and #176 in doubles.

^ She was also ranked #4 in doubles at the end of the season.

[9]
.Kournikova's two Grand Slam doubles titles came in 1999 and 2002, both at the Australian Open in the Women's Doubles event with partner Martina Hingis, with whom she played frequently starting in 1999. Kournikova proved a successful doubles player on the professional circuit, winning 16 tournament doubles titles, including two Australian Opens and being a finalist in mixed doubles at the U.S. Open and at Wimbledon, and reaching the No.1 ranking in doubles in the Women's Tennis Association tour rankings.^ With Martina Hingis , Anna Kournikova lost in the finals of Sydney , but they won their second grand slam title together, Australian Open in women's doubles.

^ Kournikova entered the 1997 Australian Open as World No.

^ Kournikova's two Grand Slam doubles titles came in 1999 and 2002, both at the Australian Open in the Women's Doubles event with partner Martina Hingis , with whom she played frequently starting in 1999.

.Her pro career doubles record was 200–71. However, her singles career plateaued after 1999. For the most part, she managed to retain her ranking between 10 and 15 (her career high singles ranking was No.8), but her expected finals breakthrough failed to occur; she only reached four finals out of 130 singles tournaments, never in a Grand Slam event, and never won one.^ All pro tournaments (and most amateur ones) have both singles and doubles competitions.
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^ No, I don't care about doubles titles as I do about singles.
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^ Anna never won a tournament in her career.
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.Her singles record is 209–129. Her final playing years were marred by a string of injuries, especially back injuries, which caused her ranking to erode gradually.^ Her final playing years were marred by a string of injuries, especially back injuries, which caused her ranking to erode gradually.

^ Her singles record is 209–129.

^ Injuries and final years .

.As a personality Kournikova was among the most common search strings for both articles and images in her prime.^ As a personality Kournikova was among the most common search strings for both articles and images in her prime.

^ At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on the Internet search engine Google .

^ Most of Kournikova's fame has come from the publicity surrounding her personal life, as well as numerous modeling shoots.

[2][3][4] She continues to be the most searched athlete in the world.[11][12][13][14]

2004–present: Exhibitions and World Team Tennis

.Kournikova has not played on the WTA Tour since 2003, but still plays exhibition matches for charitable causes.^ Kournikova has not played on the WTA Tour since 2003, but still plays exhibition matches for charitable causes.

^ The last WTA match in which Anna played was at the Family Circle Cup in April 2003, and since WTA rankings are based on the past 52 weeks, Anna is currently "NR", not ranked, by the WTA. Anna has stated that she wishes to return to WTA Tour play, but so far her chronic lumbar (low back) pain has not improved to the point where she is able to sustain daily play.
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^ (Mar 6, 2004) Anna Kournikova made a further statement about how soon she might be able to return to the WTA tour .
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.In late 2004, she participated in three events organized by Elton John and by fellow tennis players Serena Williams and Andy Roddick.^ John McEnroe and Jim Courier also participated in the event.
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^ (Feb 10, 2004) Anna Kournikova and Serena Williams (and a few other athletes) will be featured in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue .
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^ Anna and Andre also won pro-celebrity match, defeating Andy Roddick and Elton John in a tiebreaker, 3-2(3).
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.In January 2005, she played in a doubles charity event for the Indian Ocean tsunami with John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, and Chris Evert.^ Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Chris Evert will also play in the event.
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^ In January 2005, she played in a doubles charity event for the Indian Ocean tsunami with John McEnroe , Andy Roddick , and Chris Evert .

^ (Feb 1, 2005) Last night, in loose, light-hearted play in the "Serving for Tsunami Relief" exhibition in Houston , Anna Kournikova & John McEnroe defeated Chris Evert & Andy Roddick in a short doubles match, 4-2.
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.In November 2005, she teamed up with Martina Hingis, playing against Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur in the WTT finals for charity.^ In November 2005, she teamed up with Martina Hingis , playing against Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur in the WTT finals for charity.

^ With Martina Hingis , Anna Kournikova lost in the finals of Sydney , but they won their second grand slam title together, Australian Open in women's doubles.

^ She also reached the 1999 Wimbledon final in mixed doubles, partnering with Jonas Björkman , but they lost to Leander Paes and Lisa Raymond 6–4, 3–6, 6–3.

Kournikova is also a member of the St. Louis Aces in the World Team Tennis (WTT), playing doubles only.
.In September 2008, Kournikova showed up for the 2008 Nautica Malibu Triathlon held at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California.^ In September 2008, Kournikova showed up for the 2008 Nautica Malibu Triathlon held at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California .

^ Anna Kournikova showed up yesterday for the 2008 Nautica Malibu Triathlon ^ a b c Sport Mates Gallery: Mixed Doubles Exhibition in Charlotte, North Carolina ^ a b The annual charity event raised more than $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund ^ Big Time Tennis Names to CNY ^ K-Swiss (2008-02-22).

^ On September 27, 2008, Kournikova played exhibition matches in Charlotte, North Carolina ; she played two mixed doubles matches.

[15] .The Race raised funds for children's Hospital Los Angeles.^ The Race raised funds for children's Hospital Los Angeles.

.She won that race for women's K-Swiss team.^ She won that race for women's K-Swiss team.

[15] .On 27 September 2008, Kournikova played exhibition matches in Charlotte, North Carolina; she played two mixed doubles matches.^ On September 27, 2008, Kournikova played exhibition matches in Charlotte, North Carolina ; she played two mixed doubles matches.

^ Anna Kournikova showed up yesterday for the 2008 Nautica Malibu Triathlon ^ a b c Sport Mates Gallery: Mixed Doubles Exhibition in Charlotte, North Carolina ^ a b The annual charity event raised more than $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund ^ Big Time Tennis Names to CNY ^ K-Swiss (2008-02-22).

^ (July 13, 2005) Anna Kournikova won at doubles , but lost in mixed doubles on Tuesday night, as her Sacramento Capitals (4-2), defeated the Houston Wranglers and Steffi Graf 21-18 in World Team Tennis play.
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[16] .She partnered Tim Wilkison and Karel Novacek.^ Kournikova and Wilkinson defeated Jimmy Arias and Chanda Rubin , and then Kournikova and Novacek defeated Chanda Rubin and Tim Wilkison.

^ She partnered Tim Wilkison and Karel Novacek .

[16] .Kournikova and Wilkinson defeated Jimmy Arias and Chanda Rubin, and then Kournikova and Novacek defeated Chanda Rubin and Tim Wilkison.^ She defeated Chanda Rubin 6–1, 6–1 in the first round, Barbara Rittner 4–6, 7–6(7), 6–3 in the second, the seventh seed Anke Huber 3–6, 6–4, 6–4 in the third, Helena Suková 2–6, 6–2, 6–3 in the fourth, No.

^ She partnered Tim Wilkison and Karel Novacek .

^ In doubles, Kournikova and Likhovtseva beat the second seeds Larisa Neiland and Helena Suková in the second 7–5, 4–6, 6–3, before losing to Mary Joe Fernández and Chanda Rubin in the quartefinals 2–6, 6–4, 7–5/ 8 At Miami Open Kournikova defeated No.

[16]
.On 12 October 2008, Anna Kournikova played one exhibitional match for the annual charity event, hosted by Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John, raised more than $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.^ Anna defeated Gigi 6-4, 7-5 in the charity exhibition.
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^ Anna at a exhibition in Stuttgart, July 8, 2008 .
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^ On October 12, 2008, Anna Kournikova played one exhibitional match for the annual charity event, hosted by Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John , raised more than $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.

[17] .She played doubles with Andy Roddick (they were coached by Sir Elton John) versus Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine (coached by Billie Jean King); Kournikova and Roddick won 5–4(3).^ She played doubles with Andy Roddick (they were coached by Sir Elton John) versus Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine (coached by Billie Jean King); Kournikova and Roddick won 5–4(3).

^ On October 12, 2008, Anna Kournikova played one exhibitional match for the annual charity event, hosted by Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John , raised more than $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.

^ (July 13, 2005) Anna Kournikova won at doubles , but lost in mixed doubles on Tuesday night, as her Sacramento Capitals (4-2), defeated the Houston Wranglers and Steffi Graf 21-18 in World Team Tennis play.
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[17]
.Kournikova competed alongside John McEnroe, Tracy Austin and Jim Courier at the Legendary Night, which was held on 2 May 2009, at the Turning Stone Event Center, Verona, NY.[18] The legendary night of tennis consisted of a grudge match between McEnroe and Courier in singles followed by a mixed doubles match of McEnroe and Austin against Courier and Kournikova.^ Kournikova competed alongside John McEnroe , Tracy Austin and Jim Courier at the Legendary Night , which was held on May 2, 2009, at the Turning Stone Event Center, Verona, NY. 19 The legendary night of tennis consisted of a grudge match between McEnroe and Courier in singles followed by a mixed doubles match of McEnroe and Austin against Courier and Kournikova.

^ Gossip , Hotties Anna Kournikova , Danica Patrick , Events , Katarina Witt , Maria Sharapova , Marilyn Monroe , media , NSFW , nude , Olympics , Playboy , rap , Saturday Night Live , sports , Television , Tennis .

^ She did not compete for the rest of the season due to a continuing back injury At the end of the 2003 season and her professional career, she was ranked #305 in singles and #176 in doubles.

.She is the current K-Swiss spokesperson.^ She is the current K-Swiss and PowerThirst spokesperson.

[19] .In a feature for ELLE magazine's July 2005 issue, Kournikova stated that if she were 100% fit, she would like to come back and compete again.^ But I would only come back if I am 100 percent physically and mentally.
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^ In a feature for ELLE magazine's July 2005 issue, Kournikova stated that if she were 100% fit, she would like to come back and compete again.

^ (Feb 10, 2004) Anna Kournikova and Serena Williams (and a few other athletes) will be featured in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue .
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Playing style

.As a player, Kournikova was noted for her footspeed and aggressive baseline play, and excellent angles and dropshots; however, her relatively flat, high-risk groundstrokes tended to produce frequent errors, and her serve was sometimes unreliable in singles.^ As a player, Kournikova was noted for her footspeed and aggressive baseline play, and excellent angles and dropshots; however, her relatively flat, high-risk groundstrokes tended to produce frequent errors, and her serve was sometimes unreliable in singles.

.Kournikova holds her racket in her right hand but uses both hands when she plays backhand shots.^ I like Anna Anna Kournikova and I like Laura Vandervoort, an actress playing Supergirl on Smallville, both beautiful blonds, born in 1981 and 1984 respectively.
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^ That we could use torture play deep to Mark I think that played in the fourth that was right.
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^ Our law stands me I don't know what he's done in the pros that played at all to the left to right tape of all -- top -- loved the hands out all these three.
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[1] She is a good player at the net.[20] She can hit forceful groundstrokes and also drop shots.[21]
Her playing style fits the profile for a doubles player, and is complemented by her height.[22] She has been compared to such doubles specialists as Pam Shriver and Peter Fleming.[22]

Personal life

Kournikova's marital status has been an issue on several occasions. There were conflicting rumors about whether she was engaged to ice hockey player Pavel Bure. .There were reports that she married NHL ice hockey star Sergei Fedorov in 2001. Kournikova's representatives have denied this, but Fedorov stated in 2003 that the couple had married and since divorced.^ Kournikova's representatives have denied this, but Fedorov stated in 2003 that the couple had married and since divorced.

^ There were reports that she married NHL ice hockey star Sergei Fedorov in 2001.

^ Kournikova started dating pop star Enrique Iglesias in late 2001 (she appeared in his video, "Escape"), and rumors that the couple had secretly married circulated in 2003 and again in 2005.

.Kournikova started dating pop star Enrique Iglesias in late 2001 (she appeared in his video, "Escape"), and rumors that the couple had secretly married circulated in 2003 and again in 2005. Kournikova herself has consistently refused to directly confirm or deny the status of her personal relationships.^ AM Anna and her boyfriend singer Enrique Iglesias were spotted at a West Hollywood earlier this month, prior to E's concert at the Wiltern Theatre in this link with video.
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^ It was wrote -- maybe RE -- stole from audio lately is that we added a couple -- the oh and then the next day it appears that.
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^ Fedorov told The Hockey News that he and Kournikova had secretly married in July 2001, but were divorced shortly thereafter; Kournikova has never confirmed this.
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.But in May 2007, Enrique Iglesias was (mistakenly, as he would clarify later) quoted in the New York Sun that he had no intention of marrying Kournikova and settling down because they had split up.^ But in May 2007, Enrique Iglesias was (mistakenly, as he would clarify later) quoted in the New York Sun that he had no intention of marrying Kournikova and settling down because they had split up.

^ Kournikova started dating pop star Enrique Iglesias in late 2001 (she appeared in his video, "Escape"), and rumors that the couple had secretly married circulated in 2003 and again in 2005.

^ They wouldn't give up arbor but everyone is talking about how Jerry Jones would sacrifice years' worth of botox for McFadden.
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.The singer would later deny these rumors of "divorce" or simply separation.^ The singer would later deny these rumors of "divorce" or simply separation.

.In June 2008, Iglesias told the Daily Star that he had married Kournikova the previous year and that they are currently separated.^ In June 2008, Iglesias told the Daily Star that he had married Kournikova the previous year and that they are currently separated.

^ But in May 2007, Enrique Iglesias was (mistakenly, as he would clarify later) quoted in the New York Sun that he had no intention of marrying Kournikova and settling down because they had split up.

^ Kournikova started dating pop star Enrique Iglesias in late 2001 (she appeared in his video, "Escape"), and rumors that the couple had secretly married circulated in 2003 and again in 2005.

[23] .Enrique has stated in interviews after that it was simply a joke,[24] and they are still very much together.^ Enrique has stated in interviews after that it was simply a joke, 25 and they are still very much together.

^ People told me like Kevin manic and those guys that are around they so made two was like dad very much for two or three years he changed.
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.Kournikova has a younger brother, Allan.^ Kournikova has a younger brother, Allan.

[25] She became an American citizen in late 2009.

Media publicity

.Most of Kournikova's fame has come from the publicity surrounding her personal life, as well as numerous modeling shoots.^ Most of Kournikova's fame has come from the publicity surrounding her personal life, as well as numerous modeling shoots.

^ At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on the Internet search engine Google .

^ As a personality Kournikova was among the most common search strings for both articles and images in her prime.

.During Kournikova's debut at the 1996 U.S. Open at the age of 15, the world noticed her beauty, and soon pictures of her appeared in numerous magazines worldwide.^ During Kournikova's debut at the 1996 U.S. Open at the age of 15, the world noticed her beauty, and soon pictures of her appeared in numerous magazines worldwide.

^ Kournikova was then defeated in the quarterfinals of German Open by Mary Joe Fernández 6–1, 6–4, after she defeated former World No.

^ Kournikova entered the 1997 Australian Open as World No.

.In 2000, Kournikova became the new face for Berlei's shock absorber sports bras, and appeared in the highly successful "only the ball should bounce" billboard campaign.^ We from the New England Patriots this authentic mini helmet comes complete about face mask and Tom -- autograph perfect sport every patriot.
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.Photographs of her scantily-clad form have appeared in various men's magazines, including one in the much-publicized 2004 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, where she posed in bikinis and swimsuits, and in other popular men's publications such as FHM and Maxim.^ (Feb 10, 2004) Anna Kournikova and Serena Williams (and a few other athletes) will be featured in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue .
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^ What was the one you did the other day I really didn't our fellow yet what penalties on our fellow he felt much more -- they fell apart.
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^ Finch has appeared in SI’s swimsuit issue and won an online ESPN.com poll naming her hottest female athlete.

.Kournikova was named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2003 and was voted "hottest female athlete" and "hottest couple" (with Iglesias) on ESPN.com.^ Top 10 Hottest Female Athletes .

^ Chris Evert is one of the most popular women athletes the United States has ever had.

^ Kournikova Match Records with match photos AK 2003 Record & Photos AK 2002 Record & Photos AK 2001 Record & Photos AK 2000 Record & Photos AK 1999 Record & Photos AK 1998 Record & Photos AK 1997 Record & Photos AK 1996 Record & Photos AK 1995 Record & Photos 2003 Doubles w/ Photos 2002 Doubles w/ Photos .
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.In 2002 she also placed first in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World in U.S. and UK editions.^ FHM 100 Most Sexiest Women 2007 .

.By contrast, ESPN—citing the degree of hype as compared to actual accomplishments as a singles player—ranked Kournikova 18th in its "25 Biggest Sports Flops of the Past 25 Years".[26] Kournikova was also ranked #1 in the ESPN Classic series "Who's number 1?" when the series featured sport's most overrated athletes.^ (Kournikova actually was ranked No.

^ (June 7, 2006) Anna Kournikova is 25 years old today; happy birthday Anna!
  • Anna Kournikova News, Photos, and Links: QuickSports 10 February 2010 11:23 UTC kournikova.quickfound.net [Source type: General]

^ (Feb 10, 2004) Anna Kournikova and Serena Williams (and a few other athletes) will be featured in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue .
  • Anna Kournikova News, Photos, and Links: QuickSports 10 February 2010 11:23 UTC kournikova.quickfound.net [Source type: General]

.Anna's popularity has extended into Texas Hold 'em lingo, where the hole cards Ace-King are sometimes referred to as an "Anna Kournikova," not only because the hand shares the AK initials with the tennis star, but also because the hand has the reputation of not playing well.^ I will always play tennis only because I love it, never because I have to.
  • Anna Kournikova News, Photos, and Links: QuickSports 10 February 2010 11:23 UTC kournikova.quickfound.net [Source type: General]

^ Although Anna did not win, she is playing well.
  • Anna Kournikova News, Photos, and Links: QuickSports 10 February 2010 11:23 UTC kournikova.quickfound.net [Source type: General]

^ No, Anna has never defeated either of the Williams sisters (she has only played Serena once), or Justine Henin-Hardenne (whom she has played twice).
  • Anna Kournikova News, Photos, and Links: QuickSports 10 February 2010 11:23 UTC kournikova.quickfound.net [Source type: General]

.It is said that a Kournikova hand "looks really good, but rarely wins."^ Looks good but hardly ever wins.

^ When she heard this a few days later, Anna said, "I really started to look at the whole world different.
  • Anna Kournikova News, Photos, and Links: QuickSports 10 February 2010 11:23 UTC kournikova.quickfound.net [Source type: General]

^ Yes, when shes on the court it doesnt matter if she wins or loses, as long as she looks good losing LOL. Yes, if his butt sells tickets to the game.
  • Anna Kournikova. [Archive] - The Official San Diego Chargers Forum 10 February 2010 11:23 UTC forums.chargers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[27][28]

Career statistics and awards

See also

Books

  • Anna Kournikova by Susan Holden (2001) (ISBN 9781842224168 / ISBN 1842224166)
  • Anna Kournikova (Women Who Win) by Connie Berman (2001) (ISBN 0791065294 / ISBN 978-0791065297)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Sony Ericsson WTA Tour | Players | Info | Anna Kournikova
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  3. ^ a b "2002 Year-End Google Zeitgeist: Search patterns, trends, and surprises". Google. http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist2002.html. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "2003 Year-End Google Zeitgeist: Search patterns, trends, and surprises". Google. http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/zeitgeist2003.html. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Sportsmates: About Anna Kournikova
  6. ^ a b c d e f Official Biography of Anna Kournikova
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Sony Ericsson WTA Tour | Players | Info (Career In Review) | Anna Kournikova
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sony Ericsson WTA Tour | Players | Activity | Anna Kournikova
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Anna Kournikova's Official Website - Tennis Stats
  10. ^ "Anna Kournikova Partners with Athlete Direct to Launch Official Web Site; The Internet's Most Searched Athlete Launches Kournikova.com". Business Wire. CBS Interactive Inc.. 15 November 1999. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_/ai_58491098. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  11. ^ "Web Users Have Spoken: Paris Hilton Is the Most-Searched Term of 2005 - Lycos Announces the Most Popular Internet Search Terms of 2005 and the Ones to Watch in 2006 Eminem, Web's Most Wanted Man; The Simpsons, Top TV Show; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Top Movie; Green Day, Top Band; Hurricane Katrina, Most- Searched News Event". PR Newswire. 12 December 2005. http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:NUSB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=10E7B50799428D80&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "Web Users Have Spoken: Poker is the Most-Searched Term of 2006...LYCOS Announces the Most Popular Internet Search Terms of 2006 and the Ones to Watch in 2007 - Iran Nuclear Program, Most-Searched News Event; Perez Hilton, Most-Searched Blog Site Clay Aiken, Web's Most Wanted Man; Pamela Anderson, Most-Searched Woman "American Idol," Top TV Show; "High School Musical," Top Movie; Green Day, Top Band". PR Newswire. 13 December 2006. http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:NUSB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=116001EDD2BE89C8&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Lycos Announces the Most Popular Internet Search Terms of 2007 and the Ones to Watch in 2008 - POKER Trumps all Other Search Topics to Top Lycos Year-End List for 2nd Consecutive Year SADDAM HUSSEIN EXECUTION, Most-Searched News Event of 2007; "DANCING WITH THE STARS," Top TV Show; "TRANSFORMERS," Top Film BRITNEY SPEARS, Most-Searched Woman, CLAY AIKEN Web's Most Wanted Man TMZ, Most Popular Blog Site". PR Newswire. 10 December 2007. http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:NUSB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=11D751AC8FF92838&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "Wireless News: Lycos Reveals Its Most Popular Internet Search Terms of 2008". Wireless News. 17 December 2008. http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:ZFBS&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=12527D6CD9CB7460&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  15. ^ a b Anna Kournikova showed up yesterday for the 2008 Nautica Malibu Triathlon
  16. ^ a b c Sport Mates Gallery: Mixed Doubles Exhibition in Charlotte, North Carolina
  17. ^ a b The annual charity event raised more than $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund
  18. ^ Big Time Tennis Names to CNY
  19. ^ K-Swiss (22 February 2008). "K-Swiss Announces Anna Kournikova As New Spokesperson for the Brand" (in English). Press release. http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/02-22-2007/0004532708&EDATE=. Retrieved 9 April 2008. 
  20. ^ Selena Roberts (27 August 1996). "Substance Behind Those Shades". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9407E0DD1339F934A1575BC0A960958260. Retrieved 7 July 2008. 
  21. ^ Ron Dicker (21 July 1997). "Rubin Defeats Kournikova in Exhibition Final". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F07E0DF153BF932A15754C0A961958260. Retrieved 7 July 2008. 
  22. ^ a b Sweet Anna Kournikova - Biography
  23. ^ "Iglesias: 'Anna and I were married'". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/a104379/iglesias-anna-and-i-were-married.html. 
  24. ^ Iglesias says he was married to Diana Valiñas
  25. ^ "Anna Kornikova's brother, Allan, 4, excels at three sports". Palm Beach Daily News. http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/content/sports/2009/01/19/allan0120.html. 
  26. ^ "Biggest Sports Flop". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/espn25/story?page=listranker/25biggestflops. 
  27. ^ Aspden, Peter (19 May 2007). "FT Weekend Magazine - Non-fiction: Stakes and chips Las Vegas and the internet have helped poker become the biggest game in town". Financial Times. http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:FINB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=1193F162D085F718&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  28. ^ Martain, Tim (15 July 2007). "A little luck helps out". Sunday Tasmanian. http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:ASTB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=11A694A707377538&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Martina Hingis
ITF Junior World Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Amélie Mauresmo
Preceded by
Martina Hingis
WTA Newcomer of the Year
1996
Succeeded by
Venus Williams
Preceded by
Martina Hingis &
Jana Novotná
WTA Doubles Team of the Year
(with Martina Hingis)

1999
Succeeded by
Serena Williams &
Venus Williams
Preceded by
First Awarded
ESPN Hottest Female Athlete
2002
Succeeded by
Jennie Finch

Simple English

]]

Anna Sergeevna Kournikova (born June 7, 1981, in Moscow, Russia, then USSR[1]) (Russian: Анна Сергеевна Курникова) is a Russian model and retired professional tennis player. She has won two Grand Slam doubles tournaments, both with Swiss player Martina Hingis. In 1999, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) said she was the best doubles player in the world. She has also played tennis for Russia in an international competition called the Fed Cup.

Kournikova played in her last Grand Slam tournament in 2009. Since then she has modeled clothes and played in exhibition tennis matches. Although she was born in Russia, she lives in Miami, Florida in the United States. She has appeared in several advertisements mainly about tennis. As of July 2008, her boyfriend is Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias.

Contents

Personal life

Kournikova was born in Moscow in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR - called Russia) since 1981. Her mother is called Alla and her father is called Sergei.[2] She first picked up a tennis racket when she was five years old and joined the Spartak Tennis Club.[3] She improved very much and when she was 10 years old she moved to Florida to train at an academy.[4]

In 2000, it was reported that she was going to marry Russian NHL player Pavel Bure.[5] Another Russian ice hockey player, Sergei Fedorov, who played for the Detroit Red Wings said that he had married Kournikova in 2001, but they divorced later that year.[6] In 2002, she was in a music video with Enrique Iglesias for his song Escape.[7] She was Iglesias's girlfriend after this video,[8] but said later that she did not want to get married. Iglesias said she kept saying no when he would ask marry him. He said "I always try, but she doesn't want to."[9] Kournikova has said that she is not interested in getting married: "I'm never getting married. Everything is good."[10]

In 2002, she was the second most popular athlete searched for on Google,[11] and was voted the "Sexiest Woman In The World" by FHM readers.[12] However, some experts working for ESPN voted her the 18th biggest sports failure from 1979 to 2004.[13]

It is thought Kournikova has been paid about £50 million in her career as of 2007, but most of this did not come from tennis. She said "You cannot just be a great tennis player or just be a beautiful person to succeed in the game any more. You have to have it all: the talent, the looks, the brains and the drive."[14]

Playing style

Kournikova holds her racket in her right hand but uses both hands when she play backhand shots.[2] She is a good player at the net.[15] She has several different types of shots, some of which are her hard shots from the back of the court and drop shots which land just over the net.[16]

Professional tennis career

Overview

Martina Hingis]]

Kournikova became a professional tennis player in October of 1995 when she was 14-years-old.[2] In 1996, the WTA gave her a prize for being the best new player in the world.[17] She won the first of her 16 WTA tour doubles titles in September of 1998 in Tokyo, in Japan. Her partner for the victory was American player Monica Seles.[18] After this, Kournikova will often play her doubles matches with Swiss player Martina Hingis. She finished the year in the top 20 women tennis players in the world.[18] In 1999, the pair won five doubles tournaments, one of which was the Australian Open, and they came second in the French Open. That year, the WTA gave them an award for being the best doubles pair in the world.[17] Kournikova won six doubles tournaments in 2000, four of them with Hingis.

In 2001, Kournikova suffered an injury to her foot which meant she was unable to play in many tournaments that year.[18] She got better and won the doubles tournament at the Australian Open in 2002, again with Hingis. Other injuries like a bad back meant that in 2003, Kornikova played very few tournaments and said "I do not want to go on playing unless I can participate 100%".[19]

Kournikova also played tennis for Russia in the Fed Cup. She played both singles and doubles and won 12 out of 19 matches between 1996 and 2000.[20]

Grand Slam record

Singles

]] The following table shows how far Kournikova progressed in each of the Grand Slam singles tournaments she has played in.

Year Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
1996 Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter Round 4
1997 Round 1 Round 3 Semi-final Round 2
1998 Round 3 Round 4 Injured[21] Round 4
1999 Round 4 Round 4 Round 4 Injured[22]
2000 Round 4 Round 2 Round 3 Injured[23]
2001 Quarter-final Injured[24] Injured[24] Injured[24]
2002 Round 1 Round 1 Round 1 Round 1
2003 Round 2 Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter

Doubles

Kournikova won two doubles tournaments. She won the 1999 Australian Open with Swiss player Martina Hingis when they defeated Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva.[25] Kournikova and Hingis won the 2002 Australian Open, when they defeated Daniela Hantuchová and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.[26] They were also runners-up in the 1999 French Open where they lost to American pair Venus and Serena Williams.[27] At the end of 1999, Kournikova was the best doubles player in the world.[2]

Kournikova has also played mixed doubles. She was runner-up with Swede Jonas Björkman in 1999 at the Wimbledon Championships.[28] She also finished runner-up with Max Mirnyi from Belarus in the 2000 US Open.[29]

Victories

in 2002]]

The following table is a summary of the Women's Tennis Association and Grand Slam tournaments won by Kournikova.

Year Tournament wins
1998 WTA doubles (Tokyo)
1999 Australian Open doubles
WTA doubles (Indian Wells)
WTA doubles (Rome)
WTA doubles (Eastbourne)
WTA doubles (New York)
2000 WTA doubles (Australia)
WTA doubles (Hamburg)
WTA doubles (Filderstadt)
WTA doubles (Zurich)
WTA doubles (Philadelphia)
WTA doubles (New York)
2001 WTA doubles (Sydney)
WTA doubles (Moscow)
2002 Australian Open doubles
WTA doubles (Shanghai)

Special achievements

Modeling and sponsorship

Kournikova began to be a model while she was still playing tennis. When she lost in the first round at Wimbledon in 2002, she had an interview with a reporter from the BBC. The reporter suggested that her modeling was making her concentrate less on tennis. This upset her and she nearly walked out of the interview.[30] She said she was "100% committed to tennis".[31]

Kournikova sponsored a video game called "Anna Kournikova's Smash Court Tennis" for the Sony PlayStation in 1999.[32] She was also sponsored by sportswear manufacturer Adidas and sports bra manufacturer Berlei. She made more than ten times as much money from her sponsors than from playing tennis that year.[33] She made a £7 million agreement to be in an advertising campaign for internet company Lycos.[34] In 2002, Adidas said they were worried she was not concentrating on tennis enough.[7]

As of July 2008, she is sponsored by sportswear manufacturer K-Swiss.[35]

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Player profiles - Anna Kournikova". Women's Tennis Association. http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio2.asp?PlayerID=110375. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  3. "Anna Kournikova Official Biography". http://www.kournikova.com/about/bio. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  4. "About me". kournikova.com. http://www.kournikova.com/about/bio. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  5. "Ice ace nets Kournikova". BBC. 29 February 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/tennis/660621.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  6. "'They are true' - Fedorov confirms rumors of marrying Kournikova". Sports Illustrated. 3 March 2003. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/news/2003/03/03/fedorov_kournikova_rt/. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Kournikova's crisis deepens". BBC Sport. 3 April 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/1908492.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  8. "The rising son". Daily Telegraph. 10 November 2003. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2003/11/10/bmigle10.xml. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  9. "Kournikova won't marry me, singer Iglesias says". http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/21/2222318.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  10. "Kournikova won't marry me, singer Iglesias says". Australian Broadcasting Company. 21 April 2008. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/21/2222318.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
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  12. "World's sexiest woman: top vote goes to Kournikova". Reuters. 24 May 2002. http://www.expressindia.com/news/fullstory.php?newsid=10717. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  13. "ESPN25: The 25 Biggest Sports Flops". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/espn25/story?page=listranker/25biggestflops. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  14. Robert Phillip (11 July 2007). "Pin-ups play an ugly game". Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2007/07/06/stphil106.xml. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
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  16. Ron Dicker (21 July 1997). "Rubin Defeats Kournikova in Exhibition Final". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F07E0DF153BF932A15754C0A961958260. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
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  19. "Kournikova drops retirement hint". BBC Sport. 14 October 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/3190070.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  20. "Anna Kournikova". Fed Cup. http://www.fedcup.com/teams/player.asp?player=20006159. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  21. Kournikova did not play at Wimbledon in 1998 because she had sprained her thumb.
  22. Kournikova did not play at the US Open in 1999 because she had fractured her foot.
  23. Kournikova did not play at the US Open in 2000 because she had damaged a ligament in her ankle.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Kournikova did not play for most of 2001 because she fractured her ankle.
  25. "Hingis, Kournikova capture doubles title Down Under". Sports Illustrated. 20 February 1999. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/1999/australian_open/news/1999/01/28/hingis_aussiedoubles/index.html. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  26. "Doubles joy for Martina and Anna". BBC Sport. 25 January 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/australian_open/1781425.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  27. "Williams duo defeats Hingis, Kournikova for doubles title". Sports Illustrated. 14 October 1999. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/1999/french_open/news/1999/06/06/williams_doubles/. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  28. "Wimbledon winners: Mixed doubles". BBC Sport. 13 June 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/2964033.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  29. "Palmer, Sanchez-Vicario win mixed doubles crown". Sports Illustrated. 13 October 2000. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/2000/us_open/news/2000/09/07/mixeddoubles_final_ap/index.html. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  30. "WTA, BBC at odds over Kournikova interview". USA Today. 25 June 2002. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/02wim/2002-06-25-kournikova.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  31. Martin Johnson (24 June 2002). "Kournikova starting to look like last year's model". Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2002/06/24/stanna25.xml. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  32. "Anna Kournikova's Smash Court Tennis". gamestation.co.uk. http://www.gamestation.co.uk/product.asp?id=10115732401730. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  33. "Anna: Tennis's one love". BBC. 26 June 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/802861.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  34. Claire Cozens (19 March 2001). "Kournikova to be new face of Lycos". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2001/mar/19/advertising.newmediaadvertising?commentpage=1. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  35. "Anna Kournikova". K-Swiss. http://www.kswiss.com/content/advertising/#/ads/3/. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 

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