Anna keeps her "Gold Exempt" status...
You can put it down in print: Anna Kournikova will be a Gold Exempt player next year.
Being Gold Exempt means that you have control over your schedule, determining in advance whether you want to be included, rather than waiting to see if you are ranked high enough. The Gold Exempt list includes 20 names -- sixteen who are included based on their rankings and four "wildcards" voted by the tournament directors. Theoretically, of course, the tournament directors could turn Kournikova down -- but what are the odds of that?
There is one stipulation, though: You have to be Top Fifty as of when the U. S. Open ends. Given Kournikova's recent results, that looked somewhat questionable.
Not any more. Kournikova beat Wynne Prakusya 7-5 6-4. That puts her firmly in the Top 50 (possibly as high as #46). And since she has nothing to defend between now and the Open, she should be safely Gold Exemptable.
Fair? Of course not. But who cares about fair when there are teenage boys to attract to tennis?