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Will the media turn their back on AnnaK if MariaS continues to rise ?

Germany´s BILD newspaper, famous for promoting Anna even in difficult times, sort of changed their headlines this week promoting the "new" Anna with daily stories though a British grass court event with no German player in it is a "no story"

It´s interesting to guess what this might mean for Anna´s wildcard-future and her support from tournament directors if Maria climbs the rankings. There are only 3 wildcards in the bigger events and ONE THING is for sure: The AnnaK-"beauty"-wildcard is just for ONE player as the other WC are always given for achievements in sports rather than in promotion. I wonder if there are difficult times to come for Anna apart from her injuries. Are there more beauty players that now even show success in sports ? What if she wins Birmingham ? Is she the first Russian "Anna" then WITH a title and puts AnnaK to 2nd page ?
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lol@the bild

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Anna K. is the original tennis sexpot. I can't speak for the Bild, but the British tabloids never gave a damn about her tennis; she is one of their favorite pin-up girls no matter if or how she plays. They featured photos her even when she was out injured for 8 months.

True, on general Sports sites on the internet, I notice that many of the "Anna Photo Galleries" that used to be a prominet feature of the Tennis page are now gone. So in some sense her star is on the wane. But I will be shocked if "Maria Photo Galleries" suddenly take their place, UNLESS she markets herself as a sex kitten, with Bikini calendars, suggestive poses in magazines, etc.

As for the tourament directors, believe me, as long as Anna keeps selling tickets, they will eagerly offer WCs to her.
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I don't think she will, the same was said about Hantuchova who was supposedly prettier than Anna, but most people still prefer Anna, I've never heard one person call Daniela the tennis babe.
Oh and Maria ain't even that pretty, in my opinion.

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Anna's appeal is just uncomparable.

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Madame Oracene Williams could certainly teach the French & Belgian crowds on how to upgrade their respective primitive behaviours during a tennis match.
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Maria is NO WHERE NEAR as hot as Anna!!!!
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Maria is NO WHERE NEAR as hot as Anna!!!!
I think it' s impossible to compare the 16 year old Maria with Anna who is a mature 22 year old...
She may not be as pretty as the anna we know now, but I think she is as pretty as the Anna from 6 years ago. Give her some years, she 's still such a young girl

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I think it' s impossible to compare the 16 year old Maria with Anna who is a mature 22 year old...
She may not be as pretty as the anna we know now, but I think she is as pretty as the Anna from 6 years ago. Give her some years, she 's still such a young girl
Anna at 16 years old was still prettier than Maria now, at least in my opinion...


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hopefully she has more luck in her tenniscareer then anna had till now (and I am talking about tennis not other things)

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no.....Anna has always been stunning

Maria is not as hot as Anna
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I don't know about the media losing interest in Anna, co I don't think you have to actually do anything to be a celebrity (which is all Anna is these days). But I have been surprised by the amount of coverage the DFS and Maria have been getting this week from the tabloids.
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Anna at 16 years old was still prettier than Maria now, at least in my opinion...

Well, I agree. But that's just a matter of taste huh... Hear me out: the specialist in beautiful women
It's ok if you compare her with Anna back then, and you find Anna prettier, that's fair

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But I don't think the topic of the thread is "which girl is prettier", but rather, what will the media do, and the tournament directors.

I think that no matter how popular Maria, Daniela, Ashley Harkleroad, or any other "New Anna" become, or how well they play, Anna will continue to be a big tabloid favorite.

for example, last year, Anna lost in the first round at Wimbledon, and the Brit tabloids supposedly turned their attention to Daniela. BUT, every article I saw about Daniela ALSO contained pictures of Anna and constant references to her! Like it or not, there is only ONE Anna Kournikova, and she will always sell papers -- and tickets.
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the media can drop people like a hot potato though and that can go really quick

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