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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Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova show off babies
CNN - about 1 month
Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova are even better at this privacy thing than Jay-Z and Beyonce.
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Anna Kournikova And Enrique Iglesias Welcome Twins In Secret
Huffington Post - 2 months
The famously private couple have been together since 2001.
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Time to kill? Here are 130 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now
Yahoo News - about 2 years
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 P...
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Anna Kournikova: How 'marketing monster' seduced world
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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 4 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 r...
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Beaten at love: Anna Kournikova playing singles again, report says
Fox News - over 4 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 4 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 4 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 ...
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Dave Hollander: I Wish I Was the Anna Kournikova of Anything
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 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 te...
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 4 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. "Bever...
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Lewis DeSimone: Join the (Book) Club
Huffington Post - over 4 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 ...
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Anna Kournikova and boyfriend Enrique Iglesias cuddle aboard romantic cruise in Miami
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 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 5 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 5 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 rece...
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Quora: What Athletes Have Been the Biggest Disappointments So Far at the Olympics?
Huffington Post Sports - over 5 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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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Her younger brother, Allan, is a youth golf world champion who was featured in the 2013 documentary film The Short Game.
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  • 2011
    In 2011, Men's Health named her one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time", ranking her at No. 29.
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    In May 2011, it was announced that Kournikova would join The Biggest Loser as a regular celebrity trainer in season 12.
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  • 2010
    In November 2010, she became an American citizen.
    In October 2010, Kournikova headed to NBC's The Biggest Loser where she led the contestants in a tennis-workout challenge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    In 2008, she was named a spokesperson for K-Swiss.
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    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.
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    On 27 September 2008, Kournikova played exhibition mixed doubles matches in Charlotte, North Carolina, partnering with Tim Wilkison and Karel Nováček.
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    In September 2008, Kournikova showed up for the 2008 Nautica Malibu Triathlon held at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California.
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    In June 2008, Iglesias was quoted by the Daily Star as having married Kournikova the previous year and subsequently separated.
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  • 2005
    In November 2005, she teamed up with Martina Hingis, playing against Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur in the WTT finals for charity.
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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.
  • 2004
    In late 2004, she participated in three events organized by Elton John and by fellow tennis players Serena Williams and Andy Roddick.
  • 2003
    At the end of the 2003 season and her professional career, she was ranked No. 305 in singles and No. 176 in doubles.
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    In 2003, Anna Kournikova collected her first grand slam match victory in two years at the Australian Open.
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  • 2002
    At the end of 2002 season, she was ranked No. 35 in singles and No. 11 in doubles.
    Kournikova was quite successful in 2002.
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  • 2001
    Kournikova started dating pop star Enrique Iglesias in late 2001 (she appeared in his video, "Escape").
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    The following year, Kournikova and Fedorov were married in Moscow. Fedorov claimed he and Kournikova were married in 2001, and divorced in 2003.
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    At the end of the 2001 season, she was ranked No. 74 in singles and No. 26 in doubles.
    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.
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  • 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.
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    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).
    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.
    On 20 November 2000 she broke into top 10 for the first time, reaching No. 8.
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    At the 2000 Australian Open, she reached the fourth round in singles and the semi-finals in doubles.
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    Kournikova opened her 2000 season winning the Gold Coast Open doubles tournament partnering with Julie Halard.
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  • 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.
    On 22 November 1999 she reached the World No. 1 ranking in doubles, and ended the season at this ranking.
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    At the start of the 1999 season, Kournikova advanced to the fourth round in singles before losing to Mary Pierce.
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    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.
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  • 1998
    Her strong year qualified her for the year-end 1998 WTA Tour Championships, but she lost to Monica Seles in the first round.
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    At the 1998 US Open Kournikova reached the fourth round before losing to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.
    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.
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    At the 1998 French Open Kournikova had her best result at this tournament, making it to the fourth round before losing to Jana Novotná.
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    At the 1998 Australian Open, Kournikova lost in the third round to World No. 1 player Martina Hingis.
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    In 1998, Kournikova broke into the WTA's top 20 rankings for the first time, when she was ranked No. 16.
  • 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.
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    At the 1997 US Open, she lost in the second round to the eleventh seed Irina Spîrlea.
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    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).
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    At the 1997 French Open, Kournikova made it to the third round before losing to World No. 1 Martina Hingis.
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    Kournikova entered the 1997 Australian Open as World No. 67, where she lost in the first round to World No. 12 Amanda Coetzer.
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  • 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.
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    In 1996, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year, and she was ranked No. 57 in the end of the season.
    Kournikova was a member of the Russian delegation to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
    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.
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    In 1996, she started playing under a new coach, Ed Nagel.
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  • 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.
  • 1994
    In 1994, Kournikova received a wild card into ITF tournament in Moscow qualifications, but lost to third seeded Sabine Appelmans.
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  • 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.
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  • 1986
    In 1986, Kournikova became a member of the Spartak Tennis Club, coached by Larissa Preobrazhenskaya.
    Kournikova received her first tennis racquet as a New Year gift in 1986 at age 5.
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  • 1981
    Anna Kournikova was born in Moscow, Russia, on 7 June 1981.
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