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Anna Kournikova Article

Don't Blame Anna, Blame Her Feet, Her Mom, Her Opponents...


Anna Kournikova By Tennis Week
08/02/2006


Anna Kournikova is back in the game. It's the blame game as ESPN Classic presents "Top Five REasons You Can't Blame Anna Kournikova For Never Winning a WTA Tour Singles Title" on Tuesday, August 8 at 10 p.m. Eastern time. Kournikova won the prestigious Orange Bowl at age 14 and when she faced Martina Hingis in the U.S. Open junior final some experts believed Kournikova would have a better pro career than Hingis.




Kournikova won the WTA's Most Impressive Newcomer Award at 15 and reached the semifinals of her first Wimbledon in 1997 at 16. In 2000, Kournikova’s achievements and model looks led to several lucrative endorsements. By the spring of 2003, Kournikova had not won a WTA tournament in 123 attempts.

While she has not officially retired from the WTA Tour, the 25-year-old Kournikova said a lingering back injury prevents her from extensive training and suggested a full-time return to professional tennis is probably impossible due to her health.

"I have a chronic spinal lumbar dysfunction. If I exercise a little too much it does bother me," Kournikova said. "If I start training for six hours a day on a professional level that's when it's really troubled. If I exercise one or two hours a day it doesn't bother me. I don't know how to fix that problem right now. If I knew, I would have come back and played already. World TeamTennis is very competitive, but it's a good level for me physically and personally (because it is) a very short amount of time so my back doesn't start to get bad."

The top five reasons you can't blame Kournikova for never winning a WTA Tour singles title, according to ESPN Classic, are:

Winning didn't matter. While losing in every WTA tournament, did Kournikova really let anyone down?
Wonder Women. While Kournikova flourished off the court, on it, the competition was too powerful for her to succeed at the highest level.
Land of Opportunity. Growing up in post-Communist Russia, Anna's mother, Alla, sought a future without fear and hunger for her daughter. She chose America.
Alla Almighty. Kournikova's mother, Alla, didn’t prove to be a winning coach.
Bad Bones. Kournikova's ill-fated search for victory was hampered by physical setbacks. She incurred multiple injuries including stress fractures in her feet, a torn ligament and a sprained ankle. Suffering from an inoperable chronic back problem, she played her last WTA event in 2003.
Hall of Famer Jim Courier, French Open doubles champion Luke Jensen and USA Today columnist Christine Brennan are among the experts offering their assessment of Kournikova's legacy. Among the comments features on the show:

Christine Brennan: "She will forever be known as this very famous, very beautiful woman who never won a tennis tournament."
Jim Courier: "If someone’s offering you an eight million dollar a year contract to do something that will prevent you from practicing as much as you should, what would you do?"
Luke Jensen: "Who cares? Who really cares (if she didn’t win a tournament)? Marilyn Monroe is the biggest star in movie history. But if you look at her career, she didn’t win any Oscars, but she sold the industry. Anna Kournikova is the very same way."
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Very good article.

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Luke Jensen is so right.
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Luke Jensen: "Who cares? Who really cares (if she didn’t win a tournament)? Marilyn Monroe is the biggest star in movie history. But if you look at her career, she didn’t win any Oscars, but she sold the industry. Anna Kournikova is the very same way.
Guess Luke's opinion, of Anna, has changed over the years. I remember watching him, and his brother on a Canadian sports show, and Anna's name came up and there was more than a little distain in his attude toward her, and her lack of a title.
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She was great for tennis
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Guess Luke's opinion, of Anna, has changed over the years. I remember watching him, and his brother on a Canadian sports show, and Anna's name came up and there was more than a little distain in his attude toward her, and her lack of a title.
Because he plays in her EXO's now. He was an opener at the one I attended.
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Luke Jensen is so right.
He's full of crap. Hollywood had huge appeal both B4 and after Marilyn Monroe, and other glamour girls in her era (like Liz Taylor).

Women's tennis in the Open Era (even to those the so-called BJK-Riggs "Battle of the Sexes" got to take a look) was built mainly by Chrissie vs. Martina. Add some sex appeal with Carling and Gaby, and an attractive new superstar in Steffi. All B4 Anna ever appeared on the scene.
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Luke Jensen: "Who cares? Who really cares (if she didn’t win a tournament)? Marilyn Monroe is the biggest star in movie history. But if you look at her career, she didn’t win any Oscars, but she sold the industry. Anna Kournikova is the very same way."


If tennis needs Anna to sell the industry, they are in sorry shape

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I miss Anna Kournikova too. Hope she will play singles if she's back.

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If tennis needs Anna to sell the industry, they are in sorry shape
For once I totally agree with Goldy on something re. Anna!
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For once I totally agree with Goldy on something re. Anna!
It will be hard for Anna to sell tennis to the public.
Because the public doesn't like tennis.

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She's on a tv show in the US on ESPN.

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