Was Kournikova's first-round win at Sea Island rigged?
My theory is that Anna's opponent, after they split the first two sets, was approached by the tournament organizers and offered a reward far exceeding the winner's purse ($3,000) in exchange for pulling out with an injury. This would make everyone happy:
Maria Alves, because she received more money than she had ever won in a tournament;
Anna, because she finally won a match;
the organizers, because they will break the attandance record with Anna to star in more dramatic matches; and
the tennis fans, who continue to get an Anna-feast without having to surf the net to get a glimpse of the celebrity.
I could be wrong though, as I have been proven to be wrong before (especially, by Anna fans). Cast your votes!
Before you jump all over me, Anna fans, this is tongue-in-cheek (so, you know).
Last edited by Lelu; May 7th, 2003 at 11:28 PM.