72 Facts About Anna Kournikova


Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova is a Russian former professional tennis player and American television personality.

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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.

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Anna Kournikova retired from professional tennis in 2003 due to serious back and spinal problems, including a herniated disk.

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Anna Kournikova was a new trainer for season 12 of the television show The Biggest Loser, replacing Jillian Michaels, but did not return for season 13.

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Anna Kournikova was born in Moscow, Russia on 7 June 1981.

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Anna Kournikova's father, Sergei Kournikov was born on 1961, and a former Greco-Roman wrestling champion, eventually earned a PhD and was a professor at the University of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow.

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Anna Kournikova's mother Alla was born on 1963 and had been a 400-metre runner.

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Anna Kournikova's younger half-brother, Allan, is a youth golf world champion who was featured in the 2013 documentary film The Short Game.

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

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Anna Kournikova received her first tennis racquet as a New Year gift in 1986 at the age of five.

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In 1989, at the age of eight, Anna Kournikova began appearing in junior tournaments, and by the following year, was attracting attention from tennis scouts across the world.

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Anna Kournikova signed a management deal at age ten and went to Bradenton, Florida, to train at Nick Bollettieri's celebrated tennis academy.

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Anna Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour doubles final in that debut appearance — partnering with 1995 Wimbledon girls' champion in both singles and doubles Aleksandra Olsza, she lost the title match to Meredith McGrath and Larisa Savchenko-Neiland.

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In February–March 1996, Anna Kournikova won two ITF titles, in Midland, Michigan and Rockford, Illinois.

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Anna Kournikova was a member of the Russian delegation to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Anna 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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Anna Kournikova reached the semi-finals in the doubles partnering with Elena Likhovtseva, before losing to the sixth seeds Mary Joe Fernandez and Patricia Tarabini.

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At the French Open, Anna Kournikova made it to the third round before losing to world No 1, Martina Hingis.

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Anna Kournikova reached the third round in doubles with Likhovtseva.

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At the Wimbledon Championships, Anna 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.

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Anna 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 Novotna partnering with Likhovtseva.

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In 1998, Anna Kournikova broke into the WTA's top 20 rankings for the first time, when she was ranked No 16.

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At the Australian Open, Anna Kournikova lost in the third round to world No 1 player, Martina Hingis.

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Anna Kournikova partnered with Larisa Savchenko-Neiland in women's doubles, and they lost to eventual champions Hingis and Mirjana Lucic in the second round.

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At the Miami Open, Anna Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour singles final, before losing to Venus Williams in the final.

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Anna Kournikova then reached two consecutive quarterfinals, at Amelia Island and the Italian Open, losing respectively to Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis.

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At the French Open Anna Kournikova had her best result at this tournament, making it to the fourth round before losing to Jana Novotna.

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Anna Kournikova reached her first Grand Slam doubles semi-finals, losing with Savchenko-Neiland to Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva.

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Anna Kournikova returned for the Du Maurier Open and made it to the third round, before losing to Conchita Martinez.

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At the US Open Anna Kournikova reached the fourth round before losing to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

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However, Anna Kournikova won her first doubles Grand Slam title, partnering with Martina Hingis.

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At the Tier I Family Circle Cup, Anna Kournikova reached her second WTA Tour final, but lost to Martina Hingis.

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At The French Open, Anna Kournikova reached the fourth round before losing to eventual champion Steffi Graf.

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Once the grass-court season commenced in England, Anna Kournikova lost to Nathalie Tauziat in the semi-finals in Eastbourne.

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Anna Kournikova reached the final in mixed doubles, partnering with Jonas Bjorkman, but they lost to Leander Paes and Lisa Raymond.

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Anna Kournikova opened her 2000 season winning the Gold Coast Open doubles tournament partnering with Julie Halard.

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Anna Kournikova then reached the singles semi-finals at the Medibank International Sydney, losing to Lindsay Davenport.

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That season, Anna Kournikova reached eight semi-finals, seven quarterfinals and one final.

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Anna Kournikova was ranked No 4 in doubles at the end of the season.

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Anna Kournikova reached the final of the US Open in mixed doubles, partnering with Max Mirnyi, but they lost to Jared Palmer and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

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Anna Kournikova won six doubles titles – Gold Coast, Hamburg, Filderstadt, Zurich, Philadelphia and the Tour Championships.

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Anna Kournikova reached her second career grand slam quarterfinals, at the Australian Open.

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Anna Kournikova then withdrew from several events due to continuing problems with her left foot and did not return until Leipzig.

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Anna Kournikova then lost in the finals in Tokyo, partnering with Iroda Tulyaganova, and at San Diego, partnering with Martina Hingis.

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Anna Kournikova reached the semi-finals of Auckland, Tokyo, Acapulco and San Diego, and the final of the China Open, losing to Anna Smashnova.

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In 2003, Anna Kournikova achieved her first Grand Slam match victory in two years at the Australian Open.

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Anna Kournikova defeated Henrieta Nagyova in the first round, and then lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne in the 2nd round.

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Anna Kournikova withdrew from Tokyo due to a sprained back suffered at the Australian Open and did not return to Tour until Miami.

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Anna Kournikova reached the semi-finals at the ITF tournament in Sea Island, before withdrawing from a match versus Maria Sharapova due to the adductor injury.

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Anna Kournikova lost in the first round of the ITF tournament in Charlottesville.

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Anna Kournikova did not compete for the rest of the season due to a continuing back injury.

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Anna 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 WTA Tour rankings.

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Anna Kournikova's final playing years were marred by a string of injuries, especially back injuries, which caused her ranking to erode gradually.

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Anna Kournikova has not played on the WTA Tour since 2003, but still plays exhibition matches for charitable causes.

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Anna Kournikova is a member of the St Louis Aces in the World Team Tennis, playing doubles only.

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In September 2008, Anna Kournikova showed up for the 2008 Nautica Malibu Triathlon held at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California.

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On 27 September 2008, Anna Kournikova played exhibition mixed doubles matches in Charlotte, North Carolina, partnering with Tim Wilkison and Karel Novacek.

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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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Anna Kournikova played doubles with Andy Roddick versus Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine ; Kournikova and Roddick won.

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Anna 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.

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In June 2010, Anna 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.

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Anna Kournikova's playing style fits the profile for a doubles player, and is complemented by her height.

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Anna Kournikova has been compared to such doubles specialists as Pam Shriver and Peter Fleming.

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Anna Kournikova was in a relationship with fellow Russian, Pavel Bure, an NHL ice hockey player.

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Bure and Anna 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 Anna Kournikova to marry him.

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Anna Kournikova started dating singer Enrique Iglesias in late 2001 after she had appeared in his music video for "Escape".

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Anna Kournikova has consistently refused to directly confirm or deny the status of her personal relationships.

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In 2000, Anna Kournikova became the new face for Berlei's shock absorber sports bras, and appeared in the "only the ball should bounce" billboard campaign.

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Anna Kournikova was named one of Peoples 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998 and was voted "hottest female athlete" on ESPN.

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Anna Kournikova 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 October 2010, Anna Kournikova headed to NBC's The Biggest Loser where she led the contestants in a tennis-workout challenge.

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In May 2011, it was announced that Anna Kournikova would join The Biggest Loser as a regular celebrity trainer in season 12.

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