Anna Kournikova
Tennis player and model
Anna Kournikova
Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova is a Russian retired professional tennis player. Her beauty and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide, despite her never winning a WTA singles title. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on Google Search. Although reaching No. 8 in the world in 2000, she never won a WTA Title in singles.
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Time to kill? Here are 130 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is updated monthly to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on Netflix, whether talking classics or modern gems. Netflix offers roughly a gazillion different movies available through its streaming platform — well, approximately a gazillion. However, while the landmark service might become surprisingly accurate with its suggestions once you’ve been using it for a while, it’s still often tough to find something worth watching amid the trove of terrible choices.That being the case, we’ve taken the time to wade through the ridiculous amount of content in order to bring you a list of some of the best films currently available on Netflix Instant. Planning your weekend has never been easier. Related: Here’s what’s new on Netflix in December, and what’s going away Choose a genre: Recent Additions Documentaries Comedies Dramas Thrillers & Action Adventure Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy Kids Horror Romance New for December 2015 A League of Their Own Pl ...
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Anna Kournikova: How 'marketing monster' seduced world
CNN - about 1 year
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How Anna Kournikova broke the Internet
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How Anna Kournikova seduced the world
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How Anna Kournikova seduced the world
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Ana Ivanovic, The Tennis Superstar Who Never Was, Is On Fire At The Australian Open
Business Insider - about 3 years
Ana Ivanovic won her first and only Grand Slam, the 2008 French Open, at age 20. Now, after six years and an unexpected slide into the anonymity of being a good-but-not-great pro tennis player, she has returned to the sport's biggest stage. She plays Serena Williams on Sunday in the most anticipated match of the 2014 Australian Open so far. Because of a quirk in the draw, the 14th-ranked Ivanovic plays the 1st-ranked Williams way earlier than they would have in a perfect world. Ivanovic has won eight matches in a row — a run that included a title in Auckland and a win over Sam Stosur on her home turf. At age 26 she's playing her best tennis in years, and has a golden opportunity to regain the fame and attention that looked inevitable in 2008. With one of the biggest serves in the history of women's tennis, Ivanovic stormed into the summer of '08 ranked No. 1 in the world.  Off the court, she was a budding superstar — an Anna Kournikova who could actually play. She did a ra ...
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Beaten at love: Anna Kournikova playing singles again, report says
Fox News - over 3 years
The romance between Russian tennis beauty Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias is “on the rocks” after 12 years, sources exclusively tell Page Six.
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Storm in a D-cup -- UK launches sports bra probe
Fox News - over 3 years
Three of Britain's top department stores, and the manufacturer of a sports bra once promoted by tennis star Anna Kournikova, are under investigation for fixing prices, the trade watchdog said Friday.
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Miami: Discover Luxury Hotels Off The Beaten Path
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Vacationers, by the thousands, flock to South Beach crowding the streets, hotels and restaurants. But if you prefer a luxury Miami vacation, away from the throngs, you can find swank havens in Mid Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, Aventura and on Fisher Island. Swank, wellness-orientated hotels. Beverly Hills-caliber accommodations. Golf resorts with championship courses. Private island villas. And no Spring breakers! A Healthy Swank Holiday in Mid Miami Beach Around 68th Street on Collins Avenue, in Mid Miami Beach's North Shore area, hotels are few, condo buildings abundant and Brazilian and Latin restaurants flourish. It's a real Miami neighborhood. There's a Publix supermarket. On 72nd Street, two blocks off Collins, there are North Shore Park clay tennis courts (pick up a game with tennis pro Julio Avila). South Beach is minutes away south, Bal Harbor minutes away north. There's something about this district that is low key, accessible and comforting. Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa M ...
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Dave Hollander: I Wish I Was the Anna Kournikova of Anything
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
"What I love about the WNBA is that there are women who dunk." Paula Madison, CEO Los Angeles Sparks "I don't think selling sex is ever going to be outdated. It's like when people say breasts are in or breasts are out. Our breasts are never going to be out." -Gabrielle Reece, Former Pro Beach Volleyball Player. from Branded, an ESPN Films/espnW Nine for IX Documentary, Dir. by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. I've been asking my sports marketing students for years "What does it mean when a female athlete is referred to as the 'Anna Kournikova of their sport?'" The answer I get: "That means the female athlete is not that good at her sport but she's well known because she's so good looking." "That's right," I say, then I progress further in our colloquy; master of the Socratic Method that I am. "And why is it that 'Anna Kournikova' should be the name for this distinction?" The answer I get: "Because she promoted her looks while she was not actually a very good ten ...
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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Lewis DeSimone: Join the (Book) Club
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I have become an outlier in my own book club. It's an occupational hazard, I suppose, just the lot of the novelist. While the rest of the club -- a psychologist, a real estate agent, various businessmen -- read for entertainment and enlightenment, I'm always teasing out plot inconsistencies and dangling modifiers. We begin each meeting with a round robin, where each person gives a brief summary of his reaction to the book and rates it on a scale of 1 to 10. At one of our recent meetings, about a well-reviewed novel that had tons of great blurbs and a beautiful image on the cover (I know, I know, but still it does influence the choice), the ratings were all 9s and 10s -- until my turn came. Jaws dropped as I announced that I would give the book no more than a 6. I agreed about the quality of the writing; I love a nicely wrought turn of phrase as much as the next guy. But the plot went nowhere. With each chapter, the specifics of the story changed, but the thematic d ...
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Anna Kournikova and boyfriend Enrique Iglesias cuddle aboard romantic cruise in Miami
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias are still going strong after 11 years.
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Dr. David J. Leonard: Just Win? The USTA and its Epic Failure
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Dear Patrick McEnroe and members of the USTA I am writing to express my anger and disgust as to how you and the UTSA have treated Taylor Townsend. Despite being the world's #1 junior girl's tennis player, and the future of American tennis, you decided to shut her out, to take away her financial support, and otherwise block her from entering tournaments. You asked her to stop competing. And why? Because you think she is too fat; because you think she needs to get into better shape, and otherwise slim down. Who died and made you Jillian Michaels? I am glad to see you decided to pay for Taylor's travel costs from Chicago to New York. Better late than never. How about you now apologize for publicly ridiculing and shaming a 16-year old girl? How about you fly to Chicago to express your regret for not only punishing Taylor Townsend, but also embarrassing her in front of the world? How about you step to the microphone and express your regret? You should express your ...
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‘The Biggest Loser’ Brings Back Jillian Michaels, Will Tackle Childhood Obesity
Deadline Hollywood - over 4 years
NBC’s The Biggest Loser is bringing something old and something new for its upcoming 14th season. Jillian Michaels, who left the show after Season 11 last year, will be back as a trainer for the upcoming season, which will deal with childhood obesity by featuring kid participants (ages 13-17) for the first time in addition to adult contestants. Michaels will join returning trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. Season 14, which kicks off in January, will also feature special celebrity guest stars. For the first time since its launch, The Biggest Loser was not on NBC’s fall schedule. The network brass in May said they wanted to give the long-running series time to reboot in the face of declining ratings. That includes the return of one of the show’s most recognizable stars, Michaels, whose replacement, Anna Kournikova, lasted one season. “As a former overweight teen, I know firsthand how dramatically weight issues can affect every aspect of a child’s life,” said Michaels. ”Having recen ...
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Quora: What Athletes Have Been the Biggest Disappointments So Far at the Olympics?
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
This question originally appeared on Quora. By Ambra Nykol, Freelance Writer I certainly don't have an exhaustive perspective on every athlete at the Olympics, and this is going to be USA-centric since those are my people, but here are a few I've noted based solely on the events I watched: Lolo Jones. She wasn't a favorite to win this year, but she was favored in the 2008 Olympics. Unfortunately, after tripping and falling on the penultimate hurdle and losing her lead in 2008, she definitely had something to prove this Olympics. She's also a media machine and certainly garnered a lot of hype, endorsements, and the like. She's also been the center of a lot of criticism of the "she's just another Anna Kournikova" variety. She faced a lot of pressure. All eyes were on her, waiting for her to prove that she actually can medal at one of the highest levels, and instead she finished a disappointing fourth in the 100m hurdles, her one and only event. From all the looks of it, ...
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Andrew Luck's chance to quiet skeptics
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Andrew Luck's chance to quiet skeptics [...] it begins for Andrew Luck, his first taste of NFL competition as the Colts open their exhibition season at home Sunday against the Rams. Not everyone was impressed with Luck's potential as an NFL quarterback as he performed so brilliantly for Stanford, and the list of critics included some reputable observers. Coaching great Bill Parcells, on ESPN at roughly the same time: "Anyone who says this guy is hands-down the first pick in the draft right now, I don't think they know what they're talking about." University of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, heading into the Stanford-Oregon game: If I'm an NFL coach right now, I'd pick Matt Barkley ahead of Andrew Luck. With Steve Nash in the fold, Kobe Bryant and coach Mike Brown have considered the installation of the Princeton offense (authored by the sage Pete Carril), a strategy based on reads and reactions rather than set offensive plays. Deeply resentful of the atten ...
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New York Times Public Editor: 'Lolo Jones Article Is Too Harsh'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The New York Times' public editor Art Brisbane deemed the paper's controversial article on Lolo Jones as "too harsh" on Thursday. Jones, who has posed nude for ESPN the Magazine and publicly announced that she was a 30-year-old virgin before the London games, was the subject of a critical New York Times point-of-view piece by Jere Longman on Saturday, titled "For Lolo Jones, Everything Is Image." Longman wrote: Judging from this year’s performances, Lolo Jones seems to have only a slim chance of winning an Olympic medal in the 100-meter hurdles and almost no possibility of winning gold. Still, Jones has received far greater publicity than any other American track and field athlete competing in the London Games. This was based not on achievement but on her exotic beauty and on a sad and cynical marketing campaign. Essentially, Jones has decided she will be whatever anyone wants her to be — vixen, virgin, victim — to draw attention to herself and the many products she end ...
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London 2012 Olympics: Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Miley Cyrus Make Our Celebrity Roster
MTV News - over 4 years
We love our summer TV shows, like "Pretty Little Liars" and "True Blood," but the must-see event of the season will undoubtedly be the Olympics. Every other year, the games make celebrities out of a few star athletes, like Michael Phelps and Shawn Johnson, but what if we flipped that trend around and placed some of our favorite celebrities into the mix as Olympic athletes? Here, we present to you some gold medal contenders from the Hollywood Crush Olympic Team. Archery: Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer studied archery for six weeks to portray the bow-slinging Katniss Everdeen on screen. If she can shoot a squirrel square in the eye, she can hit a bullseye in the Olympic arena. Women's Gymnastics: Miley Cyrus The soon-to-be Mrs. Hemsworth is a devoted Pilates practitioner and before her Disney starlet days, she was a cheerleader. Nastia who? Men's Gymnastics: Channing Tatum Channing is strong yet flexible, his moves are smooth yet sharp and his body earns a perfect 10. Plus, we know ...
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Wimbledon heartache for Halton ace Katy as Italian veteran ends her SW19 dream
The Bucks Herald - over 4 years
Halton tennis starlet Katy Dunne is hoping for a wildcard to Junior Wimbledon after losing a qualifying match for the senior competition on Tuesday afternoon. The 17-year-old Everyball International Academy player emerged victorious from her final match in the British Wimbledon’s pre-qualifying event with an assured performance over Emily Webly-Smith. The result meant Katy took to the courts at Roehampton on Tuesday dreaming of playing her way into the women’s competition of the world famous grass court event. But, in what was her first ever senior grand slam match, it was not to be as Katy was beaten 6-1, 6-1 by 30-year-old Italian veteran Maria Elena Camerin – 13 years her elder. However, just making the qualifying event – which would have required her to win four matches to make the tournament proper – was a huge success for Katy. The teen hit all the big points in a 6-3, 6-3 win over Webley-Smith (ranked 397th in the world) to put herself in contention to play the likes of ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anna Kournikova
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Her younger brother, Allan, is a youth golf world champion who was featured in the 2013 documentary film The Short Game.
    More Details Hide Details Sergei Kournikov has said, "We were young and we liked the clean, physical life, so Anna was in a good environment for sport from the beginning".
  • 2011
    In 2011, Men's Health named her one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time", ranking her at No. 29.
    More Details Hide Details A variation of a White Russian made with skim milk is known as an Anna Kournikova. In the lingo of the poker variation Texas Hold 'em, the hole cards Ace–King (unsuited) are sometimes referred to as an "Anna Kournikova", a term introduced by the poker commentator Vince van Patten during a WPT tournament because it "looks great but never wins". A video game featuring Kournikova's licensed appearance, titled Anna Kournikova's Smash Court Tennis, was developed by Namco and released for the PlayStation in Japan and Europe in November 1998. A computer virus named the Anna Kournikova virus arose on 12 February 2001.
    In May 2011, it was announced that Kournikova would join The Biggest Loser as a regular celebrity trainer in season 12.
    More Details Hide Details She did not return for season 13.
  • 2010
    In November 2010, she became an American citizen.
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    In October 2010, Kournikova headed to NBC's The Biggest Loser where she led the contestants in a tennis-workout challenge.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    After slipping from first to sixth among athletes in 2009, she moved back up to third place among athletes in terms of search popularity in 2010.
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  • 2008
    She continued to be the most searched athlete on the Internet through 2008 even though she had retired from the professional tennis circuit years earlier.
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    In 2008, she was named a spokesperson for K-Swiss.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Kournikova stated that if she were 100% fit, she would like to come back and compete again. In June 2010, Kournikova reunited with her doubles partner Martina Hingis to participate in competitive tennis for the first time in seven years in the Invitational Ladies Doubles event at Wimbledon. On 29 June 2010 they defeated the British pair Samantha Smith and Anne Hobbs. Kournikova plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. She is a great player at the net. She can hit forceful groundstrokes and also drop shots. Her playing style fits the profile for a doubles player, and is complemented by her height. She has been compared to such doubles specialists as Pam Shriver and Peter Fleming.
    On 12 October 2008, Anna Kournikova played one exhibition match for the annual charity event, hosted by Billie Jean King and Elton John, and raised more than $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.
    More Details Hide Details She played doubles with Andy Roddick (they were coached by David Chang) versus Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine (coached by Billie Jean King); Kournikova and Roddick won. 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 in Verona, New York. The exhibition included a mixed doubles match of McEnroe and Austin against Courier and Kournikova.
    On 27 September 2008, Kournikova played exhibition mixed doubles matches in Charlotte, North Carolina, partnering with Tim Wilkison and Karel Nováček.
    More Details Hide Details Kournikova and Wilkison defeated Jimmy Arias and Chanda Rubin, and then Kournikova and Novacek defeated Rubin and Wilkison.
    In September 2008, Kournikova showed up for the 2008 Nautica Malibu Triathlon held at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California.
    More Details Hide Details The Race raised funds for children's Hospital Los Angeles. She won that race for women's K-Swiss team.
    In June 2008, Iglesias was quoted by the Daily Star as having married Kournikova the previous year and subsequently separated.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have invested in a $20 million home to be built on a private island in Miami.
  • 2005
    In November 2005, she teamed up with Martina Hingis, playing against Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur in the WTT finals for charity.
    More Details Hide Details Kournikova is also a member of the St. Louis Aces in the World Team Tennis (WTT), playing doubles only.
    In January 2005, she played in a doubles charity event for the Indian Ocean tsunami with John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, and Chris Evert.
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  • 2004
    In late 2004, she participated in three events organized by Elton John and by fellow tennis players Serena Williams and Andy Roddick.
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  • 2003
    At the end of the 2003 season and her professional career, she was ranked No. 305 in singles and No. 176 in doubles.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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 US Open and at Wimbledon, and reaching the No. 1 ranking in doubles in the Women's Tennis Association tour rankings. 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. 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. As a personality Kournikova was among the most common search strings for both articles and images in her prime.
    In 2003, Anna Kournikova collected her first grand slam match victory in two years at the Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Henrieta Nagyová in the 1st round, and then lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne in the 2nd round. She withdrew from Tokyo due to a sprained back suffered at the Australian Open and did not return to Tour until Miami. On 9 April, in what would be the final WTA match of her career, Kournikova retired in the 1st round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, due to a left adductor strain. Her singles world ranking was 67. She reached the semi-finals at the ITF tournament in Sea Island, before withdrawing from a match versus Maria Sharapova due to the adductor injury. She lost in the 1st round of the ITF tournament in Charlottesville. She did not compete for the rest of the season due to a continuing back injury.
  • 2002
    At the end of 2002 season, she was ranked No. 35 in singles and No. 11 in doubles.
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    Kournikova was quite successful in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details She reached the semi-finals of Auckland, Tokyo, Acapulco and San Diego, and the final of the China Open, losing to Anna Smashnova. This was Kournikova's last singles final. With Martina Hingis, she lost in the final at Sydney, but they won their second grand slam title together, the Australian Open. They also lost in the quarterfinals of the US Open. With Chanda Rubin, Kournikova played the semi-finals of Wimbledon, but they lost to Serena and Venus Williams. Partnering Janet Lee, she won the Shanghai title.
  • 2001
    Kournikova started dating pop star Enrique Iglesias in late 2001 (she appeared in his video, "Escape").
    More Details Hide Details Kournikova has consistently refused to directly confirm or deny the status of her personal relationships.
    The following year, Kournikova and Fedorov were married in Moscow. Fedorov claimed he and Kournikova were married in 2001, and divorced in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Kournikova's representatives deny any marriage to Fedorov; however, Fedorov's agent Pat Brisson claims that although he does not know when they got married, he knew "Fedorov was married".
    At the end of the 2001 season, she was ranked No. 74 in singles and No. 26 in doubles.
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    Her 2001 season was dominated by injury, including a left foot stress fracture which forced her withdrawal from twelve tournaments, including the French Open and Wimbledon.
    More Details Hide Details She underwent surgery in April. She reached her second career grand slam quarterfinals, at the Australian Open. Kournikova then withdrew from several events due to continuing problems with her left foot and did not return until Leipzig. With Barbara Schett, she won the doubles title in Sydney. She then lost in the finals in Tokyo, partnering with Iroda Tulyaganova, and at San Diego, partnering with Martina Hingis. Hingis and Kournikova also won the Kremlin Cup.
  • 2000
    Bure and Kournikova were reported to have been engaged in 2000 after a reporter took a photo of them together in a Florida restaurant where Bure supposedly asked Kournikova to marry him.
    More Details Hide Details As the story made headlines in Russia, where they were both heavily followed in the media as celebrities, Bure and Kournikova both denied any engagement. Kournikova, 10 years younger than Bure, was 18 years old at the time.
    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).
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    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.
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    On 20 November 2000 she broke into top 10 for the first time, reaching No. 8.
    More Details Hide Details She was also ranked No. 4 in doubles at the end of the season. Kournikova was once again, more successful in doubles.
    At the 2000 Australian Open, she reached the fourth round in singles and the semi-finals in doubles.
    More Details Hide Details That season, Kournikova reached eight semi-finals (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 doubles tournament partnering with Julie Halard.
    More Details Hide Details She then reached the singles semi-finals at the Medibank International Sydney, losing to Lindsay Davenport.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Kournikova was in a relationship with fellow Russian Pavel Bure, an NHL ice hockey player. The two met in 1999 when Kournikova was still linked to Bure's former Russian teammate Sergei Fedorov.
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    On 22 November 1999 she reached the World No. 1 ranking in doubles, and ended the season at this ranking.
    More Details Hide Details Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis were presented with the WTA Award for Doubles Team of the Year.
    At the start of the 1999 season, Kournikova advanced to the fourth round in singles before losing to Mary Pierce.
    More Details Hide Details However, Kournikova won her first doubles Grand Slam title, partnering Martina Hingis. The two defeated Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva in the final. At the Tier I Family Circle Cup, Kournikova reached her second WTA Tour final, but lost to Martina Hingis. She then defeated Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport and Patty Schnyder on her route to the Bausch & Lomb Championships semi-finals, losing to Ruxandra Dragomir. At The French Open, Kournikova reached the fourth round before losing to eventual champion Steffi Graf. Once the grass-court season commenced in England, Kournikova lost to Nathalie Tauziat in the semi-finals in Eastbourne. At Wimbledon, Kournikova lost to Venus Williams in the fourth round. She also reached the final in mixed doubles, partnering with Jonas Björkman, but they lost to Leander Paes and Lisa Raymond. Kournikova again qualified for year-end WTA Tour Championships, but lost to Mary Pierce in the first round, and ended the season as World No. 12.
    With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002, and the WTA Championships in 1999 and 2000.
    More Details Hide Details They referred to themselves as the "Spice Girls of Tennis". Kournikova's professional tennis career ended prematurely at the age of 21 due to serious back and spinal problems, including a herniated disk. She lives in Miami Beach, Florida, and plays in occasional exhibitions and in doubles for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis. She was a new trainer for season 12 of the television show The Biggest Loser, replacing Jillian Michaels, but did not return for season 13. In addition to her tennis and television work, Kournikova serves as a Global Ambassador for Population Services International's "Five & Alive" program, which addresses health crises facing children under the age of five and their families.
  • 1998
    Her strong year qualified her for the year-end 1998 WTA Tour Championships, but she lost to Monica Seles in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details However, with Seles, she won her first WTA doubles title, in Tokyo, beating Mary Joe Fernández and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the final. At the end of the season, she was ranked No. 10 in doubles.
    At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round before losing to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.
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    During her quarterfinals match at the grass-court Eastbourne Open versus Steffi Graf, Kournikova injured her thumb, which would eventually force her to withdraw from the 1998 Wimbledon Championships.
    More Details Hide Details However, she won that match, but then withdrew from her semi-finals match against Arantxa Sánchez Vicario. Kournikova returned for the Du Maurier Open and made it to the third round, before losing to Conchita Martínez.
    At the 1998 French Open Kournikova had her best result at this tournament, making it to the fourth round before losing to Jana Novotná.
    More Details Hide Details She also reached her first Grand Slam doubles semi-finals, losing with Neiland to Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva.
    At the 1998 Australian Open, Kournikova lost in the third round to World No. 1 player Martina Hingis.
    More Details Hide Details She also partnered with Larisa Neiland in women's doubles, and they lost to eventual champions Hingis and Mirjana Lučić in the second round. Although she lost in the second round of the Paris Open to Anke Huber in singles, Kournikova reached her second doubles WTA Tour final, partnering with Larisa Neiland. They lost to Sabine Appelmans and Miriam Oremans. Kournikova and Neiland reached their second consecutive final at the Linz Open, losing to Alexandra Fusai and Nathalie Tauziat. At the Miami Open, Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour singles final, before losing to Venus Williams in the final. Kournikova then reached two consecutive quarterfinals, at Amelia Island and the Italian Open, losing respectively to Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis. At the German Open, she reached the semi-finals in both singles and doubles, partnering with Larisa Neiland.
    In 1998, Kournikova broke into the WTA's top 20 rankings for the first time, when she was ranked No. 16.
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  • 1997
    Kournikova played her last WTA Tour event of 1997 at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt, losing to Amanda Coetzer in the second round of singles, and in the first round of doubles to Lindsay Davenport and Jana Novotná partnering with Likhovtseva.
    More Details Hide Details She broke into the top 50 on 19 May, and was ranked No. 32 in singles and No. 41 in doubles at the end of the season.
    At the 1997 US Open, she lost in the second round to the eleventh seed Irina Spîrlea.
    More Details Hide Details Partnering with Likhovtseva, she reached the third round of the women's doubles event.
    At the 1997 Wimbledon Championships, Kournikova became only the second woman in the open era to reach the semi-finals in her Wimbledon debut, the first being Chris Evert in 1972; she still holds the record for being the youngest Wimbledon semi-finalist in history (15 years of age).
    More Details Hide Details There she lost to eventual champion Martina Hingis.
    At the 1997 French Open, Kournikova made it to the third round before losing to World No. 1 Martina Hingis.
    More Details Hide Details She also reached the third round in doubles with Likhovtseva.
    Kournikova entered the 1997 Australian Open as World No. 67, where she lost in the first round to World No. 12 Amanda Coetzer.
    More Details Hide Details At the Italian Open, Kournikova lost to Amanda Coetzer in the second round. However, she reached the semi-finals in the doubles partnering with Elena Likhovtseva, before losing to the sixth seeds Mary Joe Fernández and Patricia Tarabini.
  • 1996
    Most of Kournikova's fame has come from the publicity surrounding her looks and her personal life. During her debut at the 1996 US Open at the age of 15, the western world noticed her beauty, and soon pictures of her appeared in numerous magazines worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, Kournikova became the new face for Berlei's shock absorber sports bras, and appeared in the "only the ball should bounce" billboard campaign. Following that, she was cast by the Farrelly brothers for a minor role in the 2000 film Me, Myself & Irene starring Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger. Photographs of her have appeared on covers of various publications, including men's magazines, such as one in the much-publicized 2004 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, where she posed in bikinis and swimsuits, as well as in FHM and Maxim. Kournikova was named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998 and was voted "hottest female athlete" on ESPN.com. In 2002 she also placed first in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World in US and UK editions. 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". Kournikova was also ranked No. 1 in the ESPN Classic series "Who's number 1?" when the series featured sport's most overrated athletes.
    In 1996, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year, and she was ranked No. 57 in the end of the season.
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    Kournikova was a member of the Russian delegation to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
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    At 15, she made her grand slam debut, when she reached the fourth round of the 1996 US Open, only to be stopped by then-top ranked player Steffi Graf, the eventual champion.
    More Details Hide Details After this tournament, Kournikova's ranking jumped from No. 144 to debut in the Top 100 at No. 69.
    In 1996, she started playing under a new coach, Ed Nagel.
    More Details Hide Details Her six-year tenure with Ed would produce terrific results.
  • 1995
    In 1995, she turned pro, and won two ITF titles, in Midland, Michigan and Rockford, Illinois. The same year Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour doubles final at the Kremlin Cup. Partnering with 1995 Wimbledon girls' champion in both singles and doubles Aleksandra Olsza, they lost to Meredith McGrath and Larisa Neiland.
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  • 1994
    In 1994, Kournikova received a wild card into ITF tournament in Moscow qualifications, but lost to third seeded Sabine Appelmans.
    More Details Hide Details She debuted in professional tennis at 14 in the Fed Cup for Russia, the youngest player ever to participate and win.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    In 1989, at the age of eight, Kournikova began appearing in junior tournaments, and by the following year, was attracting attention from tennis scouts across the world.
    More Details Hide Details Kournikova signed a management deal at age ten and went to Bradenton, Florida, to train at Nick Bollettieri's celebrated tennis academy. Following her arrival in the United States, Kournikova became prominent on the tennis scene. At 14, she won the European Championships and the Italian Open Junior tournament. She became the youngest player to win the 18-and-under division of the Junior Orange Bowl tennis tournament. By the end of the year, Kournikova was crowned the ITF Junior World Champion U-18 and Junior European Champion U-18.
  • 1986
    In 1986, Kournikova became a member of the Spartak Tennis Club, coached by Larissa Preobrazhenskaya.
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    Kournikova received her first tennis racquet as a New Year gift in 1986 at age 5.
    More Details Hide Details Describing her early regimen, she said, "I played two times a week from age six. 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. It was only when I started playing well at seven that I went to a professional academy. 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."
  • 1981
    Anna Kournikova was born in Moscow, Russia, on 7 June 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, Sergei Kournikov (born 1961), a former Greco-Roman wrestling champion, eventually earned a PhD and was a professor at the University of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow. As of 2001, he was still a part-time martial arts instructor there. Her mother Alla (born 1963) had been a 400-metre runner.
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