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If Kournikova were ugly, would she have won a tournament by now?

My guess is yes. If she looked like Mauresmo (sorry Amelie...), she would have been practicing hard at a stage in her career when she really needed to. Instead she was practicing, but also attending awards shows, modeling, music videos etc. If none of those distractions were there based on her looks, she would have nothing but tennis, and would have full motivation to improve. Furthermore, nobody would really care about or talk about "the streak," so there would not be unnecessary pressure added.

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Good point Bradshaw...I also think Anna would have done better if she hadn't moved to the U.S. at nine years old. All of the hype and attention she got was enough to turn anyone's head.

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I think it's time for her to retire
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i totally agree with bradshaw#1

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Yeah, she can keep Hingis company

Seriously...she just needs rest....well, maybe a shrink, too.
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Gogo, I don't think it's time for her to retire. If she sucked she should do that. But she's not a bad player at all. It's just hard to be successful when you have 10 million unnecessary things on your plate as well as tennis. I think it's time for her to either make a commitment or not. If she is going to be content lingering in the 50s or 60s based an occasional win and tons of WC's, it's not worth her time or the general public's time. If she wants to fully commit, she can do some damage.
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lol, i love this thread, its so funny . And Anna prolly wouldve won more than one cause there would be no attention on her

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Most people concede she's a good player...but she could be better. It frustrates all of us when she freezes up during big points/matches, so I can't imagine how Anna must feel.

The commitment is there...but I think Anna believes the negative press now and does the only thing she's done well the past few years: tennis modeling.
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Yes, I do think Anna would have won a tournament without her looks... simply because she wouldn't have been receiving WC's pre-98 and only playing GS, Tier I and II's early in her career. Even if she does give full effort in the upper echilon tournies... she's far from being #1 in the world.
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Yeah I was thinking about this when I was reading Volcana's thread- I think she would have won. I remember when she had her serving problems in the Ausopen in 98- most of the guys were just looking at her body -now she's probably used to it but back then to have 1000 of guys looking at you T&A must have played on her mind
Also the media would probably not have been obsessed with her- -meaning less pressure would have been on her


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Re: If Kournikova were ugly, would she have won a tournament by now?

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My guess is yes. If she looked like Mauresmo (sorry Amelie...), she would have been practicing hard at a stage in her career when she really needed to. Instead she was practicing, but also attending awards shows, modeling, music videos etc.
Ok, maybe first you should have defined the stage in her career that "she really need to practice hard". I would guess that you are referring to the start of her career. So, I ask you, what award shows did she attend at the start of her career? The only ones that I can recall are the lame WTA ones. By the same token, what music videos did she appear in during that time as well? Of course, you are referring to the past year. Hardly, the time when she would need it the most. And it is also besides the point, that Anna is known as one of the players who practices the most.

A combination of injuries and outside pressure seemed to have affected Anna's confidence and that is, in my opinion, what has kept her from winning a tournament.

So, you ask the title question all you want, but I feel that a better title and question would be "If Kournikova didn't injure her thumb at Eastbourne in 1998, would she have won a tournament by now?"
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Probably yes and most likely, we wouldn't even care...




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Actually, Amelie has a beautiful face and body. My mother was watching tennis and asked me, "Who is that beautiful girl?" And it was Amelie! I looked at Amelie's appearance in a new light after that, and it is true. But since you never see her made up, you think she is hideous. Not everyone likes to walk around and pose with an inch of make-up plastered on their face.
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I don't think "beauty" has anything to do with winning titles.

And personally, I don't think Anna's all that beautiful.

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and yes, Amelie is actually beautiful though muscular which we we normally don't associate with feminity...




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