Anna Kournikova Tenis Career, Bio, Wiki
Anna Kournikova Tenis Career, Bio, Wiki : A former World Number 1 professional tennis player, Anna Kournikova along with her doubles partner Martina Hingis won two Grand Slam titles (Australian Open). She made her debut in professional tennis at the young age of 14, becoming the youngest ever player to participate and win the Fed Cup for Russia. This achiever made it to the U.S Open when she was only 15 year old and at 16 managed to reach up to the semi-finals of Wimbledon. Unfortunately, she had to retire from professional tennis at the age of 21 due to due to severe back problems. She, however, continues to play for charity matches and exhibition matches. After she retired from tennis, she pursued a brief stint in modelling; appeared in advertisements and even played a minor role in a film. She was also seen in the music video ‘Escape’ of Spanish singer and songwriter, Enrique Iglesias. She soon became one of the most highly searched celebrities on the internet. She was featured on ‘People’ magazine’s list of ’50 Most Beautiful People’.
Childhood & Early Life Anna Kournikova
Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova was born in Moscow, Russian SFSR, to a wrestling champion and professor, Sergei Kournikov and Alla, an athlete. She was gifted her first tennis racket at the age of 5.In 1986, at the age of five she joined the Spartak Tennis Club, where she was coached by Larissa Preobrazhenskaya. By the time she turned eight she began playing junior tournaments.When she was nine years old, she impressed many international tennis scouts with her playing skills. At the age of ten, she signed her first deal to train at Nick Bollettieri’s well-known tennis school in Florida.
Career of Anna Kournikova
She entered professional tennis at the age of 14, winning the Fed Cup for Russia – becoming the youngest player to do so. She also won European Championships and the Italian Open Junior tournament.In 1995, she was a two time winner of the International Tennis Federation title. That year, she also made it to the doubles final at the Women’s Tennis Association Tour at the Kremlin Cup.In 1996, she made her grand slam debut at the US Open. The following year, she played the Australian Open, Italian Open, French Open and also made her Wimbledon debut, reaching the semi-finals.
Awards & Achievements
In 1996, she was awarded the WTA Newcomer of the Year award.In 1999, along with her doubles partner, Martina Hingis, she was awarded the WTA Doubles Team of the Year award.
Personal Life & Legacy
She was romantically involved with the Russian ice Hockey player, Pavel Bure. It is believed that the two met in 1999. The following year, it was speculated that the couple was engaged but they denied it.It was rumoured that she dated Russian ice hockey player Sergei Viktorovich Fedorov and the two were married in 2001 and divorced in 2003. Her agents however, repeatedly denied this.In 2000, she played a small role in the film, ‘Me, Myself & Irene’.
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