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Anna Kournikova

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Date of Birth:07 June 1981
Birthplace:Moscow, Russia
Age:29
First Name:Anna
Middle Name:Sergeyevna
Last Name:Kournikova
Build:Athletic
Height:5' 8" (173 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Gemini
Claim to Fame:Pro tennis player
Occupation:Tennis, Model
Religion:Russian Orthodox
Occupation Category:Tennis
Nationality:Russian
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Biography for Anna Kournikova

Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova (Russian: Анна Сергеевна Ку́рникова, Anna Sergeevna Kurnikova; born Jun. 7, 1981 (37 years ago)) is a semi-retired Russian professional tennis player and model. Her celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis players worldwide. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images (wallpaper) of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on the Internet search engine Google.

Although also successful in singles, reaching #8 in the world in 2000 (18 years ago), Kournikova's specialty has been doubles, where she has at times been the world's number one-ranked player. With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 (19 years ago) and 2002 (16 years ago). Kournikova's major-league tennis career has been curtailed for the past several years, and possibly ended, by serious back and spinal problems.

Kournikova was born in Moscow in the former Soviet Union to Alla and Sergei Kournikov; she and her mother later emigrated to the United States. Currently, she resides in Miami Beach, Florida, and plays in occasional exhibitions and in doubles for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis.

Early life

Anna was born in Moscow, Russia (Soviet Union then) on Jun. 7, 1981 (37 years ago). Her father, Sergei Kournikov was 20 at the time. 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. As of 2001 (17 years ago), he was still a part-time martial arts instructor there. Her mother Alla, a sturdily built blonde who was 18 when Anna was born, had been a 400-meter runner.

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

Anna received her first tennis racquet as a Christmas gift in 1986 (32 years ago) at age 5. Anna says: "I played two times a week from age five. 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."

Present

Kournikova has not played on the WTA Tour since 2003 (15 years ago), but still plays exhibition matches for charitable causes. In late 2004 (14 years ago), she participated in three events organized by Elton John and by fellow tennis players Serena Williams and Andy Roddick. In Jan. 2005 (13 years ago), she played in a doubles charity event for the Indian Ocean tsunami with John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, and Chris Evert. In Nov. 2005 (13 years ago), she teamed up with Martina Hingis, playing against Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur in the WTT finals for charity. Kournikova is also a member of the St. Louis Aces in the World Team Tennis (WTT), playing doubles only.

In sep. 2008 (10 years ago), Kournikova showed up for the 2008 (10 years ago) Nautica Malibu Triathlon held at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California. The Race raised funds for children's Hospital Los Angeles. She won that race for women's K-Swiss team. On sep. 27, 2008 (10 years ago), Kournikova played exhibition matches in Charlotte, North Carolina; she played two mixed doubles matches. 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.

On Oct. 12, 2008 (10 years ago), 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. 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).

Kournikova competed alongside John McEnroe, Tracy Austin and Jim Courier at the Legendary Night, which was held on May 2, 2009 (9 years ago), at the Turning Stone Event Center, Verona, NY. 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.

She is the current K-Swiss spokesperson. In a feature for ELLE magazine's Jul. 2005 (13 years ago) issue, Kournikova stated that if she were 100% fit, she would like to come back and compete again.

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.

Kournikova holds her racket in her right hand but uses both hands when she plays backhand shots. She is a good 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.

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 (17 years ago). Kournikova's representatives have denied this, but Fedorov stated in 2003 (15 years ago) that the couple had married and since divorced.

Kournikova started dating pop star Enrique Iglesias in late 2001 (17 years ago) (she appeared in his video, "Escape"), and rumors that the couple had secretly married circulated in 2003 (15 years ago) and again in 2005 (13 years ago). Kournikova herself has consistently refused to directly confirm or deny the status of her personal relationships. But in May 2007 (11 years ago), 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. The singer would later deny these rumors of "divorce" or simply separation. In Jun. 2008 (10 years ago), Iglesias told the Daily Star that he had married Kournikova the previous year and that they are currently separated. Enrique has stated in interviews after that it was simply a joke, and they are still very much together.

Media publicity

Most of Kournikova's fame has come from the publicity surrounding her personal life, as well as numerous modeling shoots. During Kournikova's debut at the 1996 (22 years ago) U.S. Open at the age of 15, the world noticed her beauty, and soon pictures (wallpaper) of her appeared in numerous magazines worldwide.

In 2000 (18 years ago), 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. Photographs of her scantily-clad form have appeared in various men's magazines, including one in the much-publicized 2004 (14 years ago) Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, where she posed in bikinis and swimsuits, and in other popular men's publications such as FHM and Maxim. Kournikova was named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998 (20 years ago), 2000 (18 years ago), 2002 (16 years ago), and 2003 (15 years ago) and was voted "hottest female athlete" and "hottest couple" (with Iglesias) on ESPN.com. In 2002 (16 years ago) she also placed first in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World in U.S. 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 #1 in the ESPN Classic series "Who's number 1?" when the series featured sport's most overrated athletes.

Anna's popularity has transcended 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. It is said that a Kournikova hand "looks really good, but rarely wins."

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