Anna Kournikova - Tennis Star, Life Achievements and Childhood

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Anna Kournikova is a retired Russian professional tennis player

InformationDetail
BirthdayJune 7, 1981
NationalityRussian
FamousTennis Star, Sportspersons, Tennis Players
SpousesSergei Fedorov
Known asAnna Sergeyevna Kournikova
Birth PlaceMoscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height173cm
GenderFemale
FatherSergei Kournikov
MotherAlla
Net Worth$50 million
Sun SignGemini
Born inMoscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Famous asTennis Star

// Famous Tennis Star

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Who is Anna Kournikova?

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'.

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Childhood & Early Life

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

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.

In 1997, she played the US Open and lost against Irina Sp�rlea. The same year, she played the WTA Tour event, which was held at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt.

In 1998, she participated in the Australian Open and at that time she was ranked number 16 on the WTA’s top 20. She lost against Martina Hingis, World Number one then. The same year, she lost in the second round at the Paris Open.

In the 1998 French Open she reached the fourth round, after which she lost to Jana Novotn�. She also made it until the fourth round in the U.S Open, after which she lost to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

In 1999, she reached the World No 1 position in doubles. She reached the final round of the French Open that year and won the Grand Slam Doubles at the Australian Open.

In 2000, she won the Gold Coast Open doubles and reached the singles semi-finals at the Medibank International, Sydney, where she lost to Lindsay Davenport. She reached the fourth round in singles and the semi-finals in doubles at the Australian Open.

In the 2000 season, she made it to eight semi-finals at the WTA Tour Championships - Sydney, Scottsdale, Stanford, San Diego, Luxembourg and Leipzig. She reached the finals of the U.S Open.

In 2001, she suffered from an injury in her left foot due to which could not play in more than twelve tournaments, which included the French Open and the Wimbledon.

In 2001, she reached the second grand slam quarterfinals at the Australian Open. That season, she was ranked number 74 in singles and number 26 in doubles.

In 2002, she won the Grand Slam Doubles at the Australian Open along with her partner Martina Hingis. She also reached the semi-finals in the Wimbledon and reached the quarter-finals at the U.S Open.

After 2003, she did not play any more of the Women's Tennis Association Tournaments. She however played various matches for charitable causes and exhibitions.

In March 2004, she retired from professional tennis due to chronic lower back pain.

In 2005, she played a doubles charity match for the Indian Ocean tsunami. The same year, along with Martina Hingis she played for the World Team Tennis charity.

In 2008, she attended the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in order to raise money for children's hospitals in Los Angeles. That year, she also played exhibition charity matches in North Carolina.

Later in 2008, she played to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund. The following year, she played at the ‘legendary night’ event match that was held in New York.

In 2010, after a long break from competitive tennis, she played with her doubles partner Martina Hingis in the Invitational Ladies Doubles event at Wimbledon. They won against Samantha Smith and Anne Hobbs.

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'.

Around 2001, she was seen with Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias and even appeared in one of his music videos; ‘Escape’ the same year. According to reports, they got married and later separated.

Along with Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias, she invested $20 million house in Miami.

She has also appeared on the TV show, ‘The Biggest Loser’.

Trivia

In 2001, a virus named after this Russian professional tennis player was released on the internet.

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Anna Kournikova awards

YearNameAward

Other

2002Australian Open
1999Australian Open
1996WTA Newcomer of the Year
1999WTA Doubles Team of the Year (with Martina Hingis)
2001 - WTA Tier I
2000 - WTA Tier I
1999 - WTA Tier I

Anna Kournikova biography timelines

  • // 7th Jun 1981
    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.
  • // 1986
    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.
  • // 1995
    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.
  • // 1996
    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.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, she was awarded the WTA Newcomer of the Year award.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, she played the US Open and lost against Irina Sp�rlea. The same year, she played the WTA Tour event, which was held at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, she participated in the Australian Open and at that time she was ranked number 16 on the WTA’s top 20. She lost against Martina Hingis, World Number one then. The same year, she lost in the second round at the Paris Open.
  • // 1998
    In the 1998 French Open she reached the fourth round, after which she lost to Jana Novotn�. She also made it until the fourth round in the U.S Open, after which she lost to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, she reached the World No 1 position in doubles. She reached the final round of the French Open that year and won the Grand Slam Doubles at the Australian Open.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, along with her doubles partner, Martina Hingis, she was awarded the WTA Doubles Team of the Year award.
  • // 1999
    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.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, she won the Gold Coast Open doubles and reached the singles semi-finals at the Medibank International, Sydney, where she lost to Lindsay Davenport. She reached the fourth round in singles and the semi-finals in doubles at the Australian Open.
  • // 2000
    In the 2000 season, she made it to eight semi-finals at the WTA Tour Championships - Sydney, Scottsdale, Stanford, San Diego, Luxembourg and Leipzig. She reached the finals of the U.S Open.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, she played a small role in the film, ‘Me, Myself & Irene'.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, she suffered from an injury in her left foot due to which could not play in more than twelve tournaments, which included the French Open and the Wimbledon.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, she reached the second grand slam quarterfinals at the Australian Open. That season, she was ranked number 74 in singles and number 26 in doubles.
  • // 2001 To 2003
    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.
  • // 2001
    Around 2001, she was seen with Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias and even appeared in one of his music videos; ‘Escape’ the same year. According to reports, they got married and later separated.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, a virus named after this Russian professional tennis player was released on the internet.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, she won the Grand Slam Doubles at the Australian Open along with her partner Martina Hingis. She also reached the semi-finals in the Wimbledon and reached the quarter-finals at the U.S Open.
  • // 2003
    After 2003, she did not play any more of the Women's Tennis Association Tournaments. She however played various matches for charitable causes and exhibitions.
  • // Mar 2004
    In March 2004, she retired from professional tennis due to chronic lower back pain.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, she played a doubles charity match for the Indian Ocean tsunami. The same year, along with Martina Hingis she played for the World Team Tennis charity.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, she attended the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in order to raise money for children's hospitals in Los Angeles. That year, she also played exhibition charity matches in North Carolina.
  • // 2008
    Later in 2008, she played to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund. The following year, she played at the ‘legendary night’ event match that was held in New York.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, after a long break from competitive tennis, she played with her doubles partner Martina Hingis in the Invitational Ladies Doubles event at Wimbledon. They won against Samantha Smith and Anne Hobbs.

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Anna Kournikova's FAQ

  • What is Anna Kournikova birthday?

    Anna Kournikova was born at 1981-06-07

  • Where is Anna Kournikova's birth place?

    Anna Kournikova was born in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

  • What is Anna Kournikova nationalities?

    Anna Kournikova's nationalities is Russian

  • Who is Anna Kournikova spouses?

    Anna Kournikova's spouses is Sergei Fedorov

  • How tall is Anna Kournikova?

    Anna Kournikova's height is 173

  • Who is Anna Kournikova's father?

    Anna Kournikova's father is Sergei Kournikov

  • Who is Anna Kournikova's mother?

    Anna Kournikova's mother is Alla

  • What is Anna Kournikova's sun sign?

    Anna Kournikova is Gemini

  • How famous is Anna Kournikova?

    Anna Kournikova is famouse as Tennis Star