The Story of Anna Kournikova: My Prospective
Kournikova was a top prospect in the mid 1990s. She was coached by Nick Bolletteri who was very impressed with her game and he absolutely loved her and saw her talent. (Yes, she had talent. She won the Orange Bowl at the age of 13 - beating girls as old as 18) However, Kournikova's mom didn't think he had enough time for Kournikova so she "coached" her ; picking up stuff from other coaches etc. Bolletteri admits the strangle on Kournikova from her mom in "Anna Kournikova: Beyond the Glory". So anyway, also because of the age eligibilty rule on the WTA tour (no player under the age of 17 can play a full schedule - she can only play 10 - Martina Hingis turned pro 1 year before her so she didn't have that issue) she couldn't have as many breakthroughs.
However, in 1996 she had many progressed on winning 2 ITF single tournaments and reaching the 4th round of the US open as a qualifier (winning 7 matches in a row) before losing to Steffi Graff. (Remember Kournikova is now just 15 years of age - Barely 15 - her birthday is June 8th)
Next year kournikova's year climaxes as she beats top players such as Australian Open finalist Anke Huber, French Open winner Iva Maloji and Chanda Rubin to reach the Semifinals of wimbledon before losing to Hingis 6-3,6-2. Later in her interview Kournikova admits she had leg pain but she is "happy" to be in the semifinals.
The following year she loses to Hingis in 3-sets in the Australian Open 4-6,6-4,6-4. (Hingis later wins the tournament). One of her career highlights is the Lipton Championships ; as a 23rd seed she beats 4-straight top 10 players before somehow losing to Venus williams in 3-sets. (she was destroying Venus up a set and a break but then somehow her shots started going out). However that was not all, later that year she beat Martina Hingis at the German Open, and Steffi Graff at Eastbourne (only the 3rd loss on grass for Graff during the 1990s) and reached the top 10. However she injured her thumb and many believe that was the start of all the problems for Kournikova. She missed wimbledon that year. The next year she reached the 4th round of all 4 grand slams - losing in 3 sets to Venus in Wimbledon and ended the year as the 12th ranked player in the world. 2000 would be her highlighted year where she was "never" injured, reaching the Quarters of MANY tournaments including 1 final in Moscow (where she lost to Hingis) and the Semis of the Year ending championships, losing to Hingis. She ended that year as no.8.
The following year she managed to continue her form reaching the Quarters of the Australian Open before losing to Davenport. She was injured after-wards and never "played" well until 2002. She lost in the 1st round of all 4 grand slams at 2002 but reached the finals at Shanghai, Semis at Toyko (losing to Seles in 3 tough sets) Semis at San Diego (losing to no.6 dokic in 3-sets after holding Match points). She ended the year ranked 32th and looked like she was making a comeback.
In 2003, lost to Serena in 3-sets at Sydney, won her last Grand Slam match in the 1st round of the Australian Open before again losing to Henin. After that she was injured again, tried to play more matches ... never succeeded, turned out to have Chronic back pain ... said she plans to come back to the tour but wants to play WTT ... never been on the tour since.