Does Maria Sharapova have a computer virus named after her? Yeah... didn't think so. Any woman who can turn a computer nerd away from copulating with his computer and paying attention to any sport is a woman that has influence.
The older posters spill that truth tea.
I could argue that peak mediawhore Maria Sharapova vs peak mediawhore Anna Kournikova, peak mediawhore Maria would win for the attention she got on that auspicious July 2004 day but longitudinally, Anna wins.
People til this day who I meet still don't know who Maria Sharapova is except in the form of "Is that the girl that screams like she's about to come when she hits the ball?". As for Anna Kournikova, alot of older people will definitely remember her.
Trust me, if you were cognizant enough back in the late 90s (and I know alot of people claim they were but really if you remove any retrieval of information obtained, particularly vicariously from the internet, from the past 10 years from their developing brain and had to work with what you had left, the real story shows), you would know that... Anna was THE NAME on everyone's lips. Because of how weak the men's era was at that time, with Pete Sampras predictably flopping harder than his wife's movie career in RG and apart from Wimbledon, every other slam could have been won by the late 90s male version of Roberta Vinci and how strong the women's era was, the women's game came to the forefront and Anna was the poster child even though she wasn't winning anything. If only there was Google trends in the late 90s. If only.
The reason why I started getting into tennis is because I saw the Anna Kournikova playstation video game advertised in my department store. It was sold out, so I had to go back and wait for them to get new stock. I still remember what the cashier looked like who told me it was sold out. He was pudgy and had black hair. Why would I remember this, if me wanting this game wasn't such a big deal? By this time, I was too old to aspire to be a professional tennis player but i was enthralled by the game, partly because of her.
Long live Anna and her underrated status.