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post #16 of 231 (permalink) Old Dec 26th, 2012, 03:58 AM
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

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Kournikova. She was a household name. Sharapova isn't.
Still can't get over the fact that Maria is more popular than Serena worldwide?

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Still can't get over the fact that Maria is more popular than Serena worldwide?
Serena has nothing to do with it and honestly, I could care less about popularity when it comes to a tennis player. Tennis achievements are more relevant IMO. I know you Sharapova turds love a good popularity contest but you've been sacked by Aga's Army back to back years and you're not winning one vs Kournikova.

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She was all hype!
Lol, no. Year-end doubles #1, two doubles slams, singles top 8, 3 Tier I finals, Wimbledon SF, Aussie QF and wins over the likes of Hingis, Seles, Davenport, Graf (on grass), Sanchez-Vicario (on clay), Capriati, etc.

And all of this before the age of 20

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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

It's probably Sharapova. I mean if Kournikova was an up-and-coming player nowadays she'd probably be just as popular, if not more, thanks to Facebook and Twiitter and stuff like that.
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

Obviously far too many posters on here were too young to have experienced the Kournikova couple of years where she was tennis. Sharapova may earn more money these days but then inflation has gone through the roof.

The days when the Sun newspaper would post any stories just to have pictures of her in it, FHM's readers voted her the sexiest woman in the world, celeb gossip mags couldn't get enough of her and Enrique.

She completely transcended tennis. The world has moved on in terms of women's sports and money will forever be rising, but Kournikova for a brief period was as hot property as anyone can get.

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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

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Lol, no. Year-end doubles #1, two doubles slams, singles top 8, 3 Tier I finals, Wimbledon SF, Aussie QF and wins over the likes of Hingis, Seles, Davenport, Graf (on grass), Sanchez-Vicario (on clay), Capriati, etc.

And all of this before the age of 20
And 90% of the people who know Anna Kournikova have no idea about any of this, nor do they care.


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And 90% of the people who know Anna Kournikova have no idea about any of this, nor do they care.
How does that make her any less relevant in terms of popularity? Same thing applies to Sharapova, despite her more accomplished career. The "90%" you mentioned have a much different priority.

And those facts were only a response to the user that said she was solely the subject of hype in tennis.

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Serena has nothing to do with it and honestly, I could care less about popularity when it comes to a tennis player. Tennis achievements are more relevant IMO. I know you Sharapova turds love a good popularity contest but you've been sacked by Aga's Army back to back years and you're not winning one vs Kournikova.
Ahem no tennis player is as popular as Maria Sharapova globally you realize that? Aga doesn't even come close, what a few fans on this forum have voted is insignificant. Maria did pretty damn well anyway.
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Obviously far too many posters on here were too young to have experienced the Kournikova couple of years where she was tennis. Sharapova may earn more money these days but then inflation has gone through the roof.

The days when the Sun newspaper would post any stories just to have pictures of her in it, FHM's readers voted her the sexiest woman in the world, celeb gossip mags couldn't get enough of her and Enrique.

She completely transcended tennis. The world has moved on in terms of women's sports and money will forever be rising, but Kournikova for a brief period was as hot property as anyone can get.
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[Kournikova] continued to be the most searched athlete on the Internet through 2008 even though she had retired from the professional tennis circuit years earlier.[39][40][41][42] After slipping from first to sixth among athletes in 2009,[43] she moved back up to third place among athletes in terms of search popularity in 2010.[44]
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

Anna at her peak caused hysteria. She may have he highest peak in popularity than any tennis player, man or woman.

Overall nowadays I'm sure many more people know who Maria is than ever knew who Anna was. Maria isn't as relentlessly pursued by the media though (not even close). Sharapova makes headlines for winning or making finals, and Anna made headlines for losses and her personal life.
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Anna Kournikova was a celebrity who transcended tennis more than any other player before or since. No one even comes close.

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Kournikova. She was a household name. Sharapova isn't.

Kournikova was the BITCH back in the day. I loved that girl. Sharapova should have just went hoeing like her tbh.

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Serena has nothing to do with it and honestly, I could care less about popularity when it comes to a tennis player. Tennis achievements are more relevant IMO. I know you Sharapova turds love a good popularity contest but you've been sacked by Aga's Army back to back years and you're not winning one vs Kournikova.
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Pova. Even my grandmother knows Maria Sharapova.

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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

Anna Kournikova of course. She was the Pamela Anderson of sports. There will never be a new Anna. Her tennis was really nice, too.


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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

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Obviously far too many posters on here were too young to have experienced the Kournikova couple of years where she was tennis. Sharapova may earn more money these days but then inflation has gone through the roof.

The days when the Sun newspaper would post any stories just to have pictures of her in it, FHM's readers voted her the sexiest woman in the world, celeb gossip mags couldn't get enough of her and Enrique.

She completely transcended tennis. The world has moved on in terms of women's sports and money will forever be rising, but Kournikova for a brief period was as hot property as anyone can get.
Kournikova is probably the most popular female player in history. Indeed, some are just too young to have experienced Kournikova mania. Practice sessions of Kournikova often had bigger crowds than real matches from others, including ATP players. Kournikova is as close to a Marilyn Monroe or Brigitte Bardot as tennis will ever get. Of course Sharapova will in the long run be more remembered by tennis fans because she has the ideal mix of glamour, star quality and accomplishments on the courts. I'm not saying that Kournikova wasn't a good tennis player or that her stardom was all based on hot air though. She was much better than many usually give her credit for, and if she hadn't suffered all those injuries I'm sure she would have been a top ten player for much longer than she was.

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