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Why did Kournikova truly retire in 2003?

Just saw this video of highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQyWceaHlpQ

Apart from the serve, she looked to be playing as well as she ever had which leads me to ask, why did she truly retire in 2003?

She had some back problems but it wasn't bad enough to take her out of the game. She and Hingis said their injuries prevented them from practicing seven hours a day which is what it takes a professional player to practice. Not true. Davenport at her peak only practiced an hour to an hour and a half each day.

My opinion is she grew tired of the game and of the life it lead her to lead combined with her lack of results and chose to take the easy way out and use her back injury as an excuse.

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I think too that she was tired of tennis but she had this serious back permanent injury.

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Well, honestly, she was financially comfortable. Tennis was not the only thing she had going on; in fact, I think her "off the court" activity had a lot to do with why she was injured so much. Because her other contracts regarding her looks were so lucrative, I seriously believe that Kournikova's handlers advised her against the muscle-building workouts that would make her successful in the game.

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Re: Why did Kournikova truly retire in 2003?

She took one look at Lena's bangs, couldn't stand the thought of being the 2nd hottest Russian tennis player, and quit in a hissy fit.

Ironically, Lena trimmed off her bangs right about that same time. Not that it mattered.

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Well, honestly, she was financially comfortable. Tennis was not the only thing she had going on; in fact, I think her "off the court" activity had a lot to do with why she was injured so much. Because her other contracts regarding her looks were so lucrative, I seriously believe that Kournikova's handlers advised her against the muscle-building workouts that would make her successful in the game.
First of all muscle is not neccessary imo to win titles. Not every tennis star needs to look like a man, look at Dani.

I think the back injury, lack of confidence, and financial security, all meant that she felt no need to continue playing tennis. She was quickly sliding into the Vaidisova type level like losing to Bruana Colosio as her last match.
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Re: Why did Kournikova truly retire in 2003?

I know I'm repeating myself but Anna had such a beautiful game
All her shots look natural and smooth!

She had all the shots too

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First of all muscle is not neccessary imo to win titles. Not every tennis star needs to look like a man, look at Dani.

I think the back injury, lack of confidence, and financial security, all meant that she felt no need to continue playing tennis. She was quickly sliding into the Vaidisova type level like losing to Bruana Colosio as her last match.
I didn't say that she needed to be super-muscular (by the way, how in the hell did men get the exclusive rights to have muscular bodies?), but they do need to have a rather athletic level of muscle tone.

I'm glad you brought up DH. Her well-documented eating disorder( due in part to trying to maintain a certain look a la Anna K) is part of the reason her game fell to pieces. DH's emergence was exciting because of her fluid movement and her depth of stroke. Because of her lack of physical development, though, her game has stayed stagnant. She's not able to hit with the more powerful, more muscular women.

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A combination of Lena's bangs and back problems

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Problem got tired of the attention towards the fact that she hadnt ever won a title..... She was a good player... I think had she won one she would have stuck around. Notice Anna hasnt exactly attempted to stay int he spotlight.

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I think it was mostly because of her back...it is a bad injury and I think it still flares up. She has mentioned that before. I think she would have fought through a few more years, especially as she retired w/o a singles title, really an aberration, she was so talented.
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Re: Why did Kournikova truly retire in 2003?

Well i do think that despite what we are all thinking,
Kournikova had a champion spirit a true one,
But she was not winning enough,
she may have been tired of loosing despite her amazing level sometimes
(this video does prove that she can play good really good tennis)
Moreover she had real back pain,
she was already serving like a 12 year's old girl
so if she had no more chance to train on that weak part of her game...
she would have loose and loose again.
Kournikova was a good player but not strong enough to remain that good.


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I didn't say that she needed to be super-muscular (by the way, how in the hell did men get the exclusive rights to have muscular bodies?), but they do need to have a rather athletic level of muscle tone.

I'm glad you brought up DH. Her well-documented eating disorder( due in part to trying to maintain a certain look a la Anna K) is part of the reason her game fell to pieces. DH's emergence was exciting because of her fluid movement and her depth of stroke. Because of her lack of physical development, though, her game has stayed stagnant. She's not able to hit with the more powerful, more muscular women.
Anna had pretty much the perfect tennis body honestly. She was actually quite toned and ripped.
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Anna had pretty much the perfect tennis body honestly. She was actually quite toned and ripped.
At one time, she was indeed, "ripped," but something changed. As her celebrity star got higher, her tone declined.

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At one time, she was indeed, "ripped," but something changed. As her celebrity star got higher, her tone declined.
Well nowadays she does look really skinny but on this vid and in the early 2000's she looked amazing and toned. I honestly think she looked way better than now. She was, by no means big.
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Well nowadays she does look really skinny but on this vid and in the early 2000's she looked amazing and toned. I honestly think she looked way better than now. She was, by no means big.
Actually, she wasn't that big towards the end of her career, and she certainly didn't maintain that.

As said earlier, her strokes were decent enough to get her some big wins, but I honestly think her desire to "not" get too muscular hampered her tennis/physical development.

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