Anna Kournikova was born June 7th 1981 in Moscow. Her parents
names are Allah and Sergei. She received her first tennis racquet
at 5 years old when her parents sold their TV to buy her one for
Christmas. She played in a club near her place until age 11. After
which she moved to Bradenton, Florida (USA) to train with Nick
Bollitierri. At 14, she represented Russia in a Fed cup match
and became the youngest player ever to win a fed cup match.
She won her first professional title in 1999 at Midland, Michigan,
an ITF tournament. She was 5th favorite in Illinois the same year
and won her 2nd career ITF tournament. Kournikova made her WTA
debut at 15 years old at the US Open where she finally lost against
#1 player Steffi Graf. She also made it to the double quarter
finals in the same tournament. More recently, she won the Rookie
of the Year award in 1996. In 1997, she improved very much to
even make it to the semis in Wimbledon. She lost to world number
one Martina Hingis at the French Open and at Wimbledon. This year,
she made her first career WTA final in Key Biscane against Venus
Williams in a tough 3 set match. She also won her first doubles
title with Monica Seles in Tokyo.
Kournikova is still very young and she seems to have a great
future ahead. Her best WTA ranking is 10th reached a few months
ago... She's currently 13th in the world and hopes to break the
top 5 for next year... Kournikova won her first grand slam title
this year (1999) with Martina Hingis in doubles at the Australian
Open. Since then, they have played regularly together and have
rapidly became one of the best pairs... Anna became #2 in doubles
in September 1999, quite a good performance considering she didn't
compete in Wimbledon or in the US Open...
Anna's love life is very complicated ? Why ? Well, mostly because
she does not want to comment any rumors of possible love stories
with Pavel Bure, Sergei Federov, Mark Philipoussis or Nicolas
Lapentti or any other male celebrity rumored to have kissed or
went out with Anna! One thing though that she did deny is the
rumor that she was going to marry hockey player Pavel Bure! Komsomolskaya
Pravda, a russian newspaper blamed Alla Kournikova (Anna's mother)
for sending Bure packing, for ruining her daughter's life by micromanaging
her every move. The paper crowded "There's a wise Russian
proverb saying 'Before selecting a wife, select a mother in law'".
It does seem that she did get involved with him but for some reason
it's now over.
Now, Sergei Federov seems back in her life.... but as a friend
or boyfriend ?? Who knows! One thing is for sure, Sergei certinaly
still loves her. When rumors about Anna's wedding came out, he
had to take one week off from the hockey season to go see her.
He even brang between 200 and 500 roses (estimations vary a lot!)
to show her how much he loved her! I will soon add profiles of
all those possible men in her life so you can know the a little
better!! If I had to bet, I would say that Anna is going out with
Sergei but it's pretty tough to know for sure as we know they
are very close. They have been hanging out for many many years
now... But Sergei has been attending many of Anna's latest tournaments
and even though it could be as a friend, it's more likely that
there's more into it! At this year's Valentine's Day, Anna made
the trip to see Sergei which certainly can leave to presumptions!
Now, one thing that a lot of reporters have found out lately is
that it's useless to try to make Anna talk about her emotional
life, she will not say anyting under any conditions...!!! Except
in one tournament where she apparantly said: "There's somebody
special".. so we we'd have to guess his name is Sergei!
Kournikova was scheduled to make a competitive comeback at the
Powder Byrne Trophy in Surbiton, England against Britains
Elena Baltacha, but has now been forced to cancel those plans.
The Russian has also been forced to withdraw from the DFS Classic
next week as she needs more time to recover from the foot injury
she sustained in February. Eastbourne officials earlier this week
announced Kournikova would be playing their tournament a week
before Wimbledon. A spokesperson for the Eastbourne tourney said
the Russian is still committed to play, though admitted the latest
news was worrying. The stress fracture has already caused Kournikova
to miss several top events on the WTA Tour including the second
grand slam of the year at Roland Garros
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