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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2003, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Anna Kournikova

won challenger titles in Midland, Texas, and Rockford, Ill? When was this?

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"This week, she's certainly not seeking the limelight as she attempts to win her third women's circuit title to add to the only trophies in her case earned in Midland, Texas, and Rockford, Ill."

I never knew Anna played the challenger circuit.

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no info but yep she won those tournies when she was around 16 i guess--then made it big until 2001 when she got injured (dont make me cry again :-(

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Thanks guys!

I figured it had to be before she really hit it big with the media in 1997. I just don't recall any press (online or print) about those victories.

I am glad Anna is going back to the drawing board. She is only 21, so lord knows what might happen. Hopefully this will get her game/confidence back on track.
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Actually, she was 14 when she won those titles.

ITF Midland (USA) - Main Draw
1st Round Steven Won 7-5, 6-3
2nd Round Nejedly Won 6-2, 6-4
3rd Round Simpson Won 6-2, 6-0
SF Whitlinger Won 7-5, 7-6
F Lee Won 7-5, 6-1

ITF Rockford (USA)
1st Round Habeler Won 6-2, 6-3
2nd Round Basica Won 6-4, 7-5
QF Jeyaseelan Won 6-3, 6-1
SF Snyder Won 6-2, 6-2
F Yoshida Won 6-1, 6-4

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Was Anna the world and European Jnr champion that year as well. God everything seemed so perfect and now...







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Saw Anna take her SF and F victories in Rockford in 1996-she was playing great tennis, focused, no silly errors, actually did not even need to use the variety she owns because she was so honed in on taking it to her opponents. Won the doubles title there as well... maybe she will take a WTA title before retiring, maybe not, but hope she can stay healthy and focused.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2003, 10:49 AM
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she might be going full circle now
hopefully it ends differently this time

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