32 Facts About Anna Kurnikova


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

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Anna Kurnikova'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 Kurnikova was in a good environment for sport from the beginning".

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Anna Kurnikova 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 Kurnikova 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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Anna Kurnikova 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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Anna Kurnikova reached the third round in doubles with Likhovtseva.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anna Kurnikova'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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On 12 October 2008, Anna Kurnikova 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 Kurnikova played doubles with Andy Roddick versus Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine ; Kournikova and Roddick won.

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

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

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

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Anna Kurnikova 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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