Anna-Kournikova

Anna Kournikova, One In A Million

 
This blonde stunner and professional tennis player is well known around the world, not only for her tennis skills but also for her financial and investing skills as well as being one of the highest paid athletes on earth. She generates some of the highest endorsement dollars for any athlete. Anna is very well known. The fact that a White Russian enthusiast watching their calories can belly up to the bar and order an “Anna Kournikova” – a skim milk and Russian vodka concoction named after the Russian beauty. With golden blonde hair, bright blue eyes and a Russian pedigree, Kournikova has graced magazine covers, has appeared in countless TV and print ads, and has made a name for herself not only in her short tennis career, but also in the modeling world.

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Born in Moscow to Alla and Sergei Kournikov, Kournikova began playing tennis at the age of 5 when her parents sold their TV to buy her a tennis racket for Christmas. The investment paid off ¬– within three years Kournikova began competing in junior tournaments and was recruited by Nick Bolleterri’s famous tennis academy. By 1995, Kournikova had racked up both the Junior European Champion title and Junior World Champion title and made the move into the professional circuit. Not bad for a 14 year old!

At age 15, she reached the 4th round of the U.S. Open and by the age of 16, Kournikova made her debut at Wimbleton. There she became the first player since Chris Evert in 1972 to reach the semi-finals in a Wimbleton debut. Competing with Martina Hingis, Kournikova added two grand slam doubles titles at the Australian Open in 1999 and 2002 to her resume and 10 other doubles titles. By the end of 1998, Kournikova ranked number 13 in the world and number 10 in doubles. At the height of her tennis career, Kournikova was ranked number 8 in the world in the singles division. Ultimately, her departure from the sport came prematurely, due to back and spinal cord problems. Despite never having won a WTA singles title, Kournikova left the sport having earned quite a few notable wins over some of the best talent in the sport, including Graf, Seles, Sanchez Vicario, Davenport, and Hingis.

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Known for her beauty as well as her tennis skills, with the former often outshining the latter, Kournikova managed to bring more attention to women’s tennis than any other player in the 1990s and early 2000s. At the peak of her fame, Kournikova’s Sports Illustrated cover issue was one of the highest selling issues in the magazine’s history, she was one of the most Googled celebrities on the Internet, and it is said that tournaments that did not include her often saw up to 30% less attendance. Kournikova’s supermodel looks also earned her FHM Magazine’s “Sexiest Woman In The World” title and a spot on People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” list and a spot on Men’s Health “100 Hottest Women of All Time” list. Despite her losing record towards the end of her tennis career, her fame also continued to grow thanks to her press-worthy personal life. Media attention focused on her love life and often focused on her romantic ties to celebrities such as hockey player Sergei Fedorov and pop star Enrique Iglesias. Since retiring, modeling contracts, TV appearances on shows like The Biggest Loser, and lucrative spokesperson gigs with brands such as K-Swiss, Adidas and Omega Watches have continued to bring Kournikova financial success while landing her on the list of the highest paid female athletes in the world.

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  • joe

    Gorgeous!