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Anna Kournikova Biography

Birth Name:
Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova
Birth Place:
Moscow, Soviet Union
Profession
Tennis player

Fast Facts

  • Began playing in junior events at age 8; trained in Nick Bollettieri's prestigious academy by the time she was 10; and became the youngest player to win a Fed Cup match at age 14
  • Named 1995 International Tennis Federation Junior world champion and 1996 WTA Newcomer of the Year
  • Reached the Wimbledon semifinals (at age 16) for her best-ever finish in Grand Slam singles
  • Won the 1999 and 2002 Australian Open doubles titles with Martina Hingis
  • Played in four WTA singles finals, but never won
  • The first was a 1998 event in Miami, where she beat an unprecedented four top-10 seeds in four days, only to lose to Venus Williams
  • Has adorned the pages of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition, People's 50 Most Beautiful issue, FHM's Sexiest Women in the World and Maxim's Hot 100
  • Joined The Biggest Loser as the celebrity trainer for Season 12 after making an appearance in Season 10 for a tennis challenge
  • Inspired the name of a computer virus (in 2001), a drink (a White Russian, with skim milk) and a Texas hold'em poker starting hand

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