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Kournikova playing doubles at Medibank International Sydney in 2002.
Country Russia / Unites States
Residence Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Date of birth 7 June 1981 (1981-06-07) (age 29)
Place of birth Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)
Weight 56 kg (120 lb)
Turned pro October 1995
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Career prize money US$3,584,662
Career record 209–129
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF[1]
Highest ranking No. 8 (20 November 2000)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open QF (2001)
French Open 4R (1998, 1999)
Wimbledon SF (1997)
US Open 4R (1996, 2002)
Other tournaments
Championships SF (2000)
Olympic Games 1R (1996)
Career record 200–71
Career titles 16 WTA[1]
Highest ranking No. 1 (22 November 1999)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1999, 2002)
French Open F (1999)
Wimbledon SF (2000, 2002)
US Open QF (1996, 2002)
WTA Championships W (1999, 2000)
Last updated on: 29 October 2008.

Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova (Russian: About this sound Анна Сергеевна Ку́рникова; born 7 June 1981) is a Russian American 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 of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on the Internet search engine Google.[2][3][4]

Although also successful in singles, reaching No. 8 in the world in 2000, Kournikova's specialty has been doubles, where she has at times been the World No. 1 player. With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002. Based on their looks, Hingis and Kournikova facetiously referred to themselves as the "Spice Girls of Tennis".[5] Kournikova's professional tennis career has been curtailed for the past several years, and possibly ended, by serious back and spinal problems. She currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida,[1] and plays in occasional exhibitions and in doubles for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis.

* 1 Early life
* 2 Tennis career
o 2.1 1989–1997: Early years and breakthrough
o 2.2 1998–2000: Success and stardom
o 2.3 2001–2003: Injuries and final years
o 2.4 2004–present: Exhibitions and World Team Tennis
* 3 Playing style
* 4 Personal life
* 5 Media publicity
* 6 Career statistics and awards
* 7 See also
* 8 Books
* 9 References
* 10 External links

[edit] Early life

Anna was born in Moscow, Soviet Union, on June 7, 1981. Her father, Sergei Kournikov, was 20 at the time.[6] 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, he was still a part-time martial arts instructor there.[6] Her mother Alla, who was 18 when Anna was born, had been a 400-meter runner.[6]

Sergei said: "We were young and we liked the clean, physical life, so Anna was in a good environment for sport from the beginning."[6] The family name is spelled in Russian without an "o", so a direct translation would be "Kurnikov", and it is sometimes written that way. But it is pronounced "Kournikov", so the family chose that as their English spelling.[6]

Anna received her first tennis racquet as a New Year gift in 1986 at age 5.[6] 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."[6] In 1986, Anna became a member of the prestigious Spartak Tennis Club, coached by Larissa Preobrazhenskaya.[7] In 1989, at the age of eight, Anna began appearing in junior tournaments, and by the following year, was attracting attention from tennis scouts across the world. Anna signed a management deal at age ten and went to Bradenton, Florida to train at Nick Bollettieri's celebrated tennis academy.[7]anna kournikova
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