Anna is a model professional NOT simply a model
This was in the paper yesterday here in Ireland. I thought it was nice and interesting about Anna and what Hingis and Henin – Hardenne think of her. I’m bored so I decided to type it out!
’Anna is a model professional not simply a model’’ They flock to see her for her curves, rather than her serves. She’s a champion of the catwalk ……. But a loser on a tennis court.
She is the highest-paid, most photographed, most downloaded , most famous female athlete in sport. But Anna Kournikova’s fall from tennis grace has been as spectacular as her luscious looks. The Russian siren may look like a million dollars, but right now her on-court performances aren’t worth more than a fistful. Still without a singles title to her name, she is the model fighting to prove she can still be a model professional. And with her 22nd birthday next Saturday and Wimbledon looming, the no.79 in the world stands at a crossroads in her career. Is this really the same superstar who reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon on her debut at age 16.
Injury problems, including a torn abductor muscle and thigh trouble, have forced her to either withdraw or retire from tournaments. But the tennis ace who probably knows her better than anyone else, former doubles partner Martina Hingis, is convinced her pal has what it takes to battle her way back to the top 10 elite. The glamorous duo won two Australian Open Doubles titles in 1999 and 2002, and former world no.1 Hingis recalled : ‘’We had a great time playing doubles together. That was at the time when she was at the top, number eight in the world. She is having some difficult times right now and I don’t know why. I still speak to her, we’re still in contact and she calls me every now and then or I call her.’’
The pair remain adidas stablemates although swiss miss Hingis,22, who won five grand slam singles titles at Wimbledon, Australia and the U.S Open, has been forced into retirement with a persistent foot injury.
Can Kournikova claw her way back to the top? Hingis pauses for a second before answering the crucial question. ‘’ Only Anna can answer that. Its very difficult to see inside of her’’ she replied. ‘’ Yes, I wanted to be no.1 but I had the surroundings, the support of family and sponsors. It all has to fit together. ‘’ I think she has some other problems but you have to give it 100 per cent. You have to focus and be determined . You have to be passionate and happy doing what you do. And I know she loved tennis and she loves it now. I’m sure she does but sometimes there are difficult decisions to make.’’
Such as coping with all the attention on the showbiz element of her life and on her model looks rather people focusing on her ability?
‘’ Yes she’s had a lot of that , well it was part of her life and her image also. It carried on and it almost became greater than the rest of the tennis game. That’s why she was maybe more focused on that, rather than what had made her so great in the first place. But she’s gone on the lower circuit now and some days are better than others. Everyone has that, everyone goes through those days. But when I talk to her she’s still very happy and still very determined. She is a great player and I do think she still wants to do it, to back there. She is very determined.
Hingis talked to the SP(the sports section of the paper) at the French Open in association with adidas as did Belgian ace Justine Henin-Hardenne . It was Henin-Hardenne who trounced Kournikova in the Russians last grand slam outing, a 48 minute 6-0 6-1 caning at the Australian open in January.
At that time, Kounikova was returning after ankle trouble and former Wimbledon finalist Henin-Hardenne believes her star will shine again – providing she stays clear of injuries. Henin-Haredenne, 21 today,said : ‘’ I think the first thing is you have to be healthy for playing. If you are injured its very hard. I understand that perfectly because I was injured for a long time, two or three years ago, and it was very difficult when you can’t play the way you want to. Anna will have to work very, very hard to come back on tour but she’s still very young. She knows what she wants. She has done great things and she’ll be able to get back on the tour – I certainly hope so. She has the ability but she must stay healthy if she is to continue playing.’’
- Good luck in the future Anna –
My fingers hurt!