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John.
Mar 21st, 2007, 07:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSry-7C2qrU

Don't know if you have seen this.

I came across this the other day going through my Wimbledon tapes, and it made me cringe as much as it did the first time I saw it. :o

It was after her first round loss to Panova at Wimby in 2002

disco_rage
Mar 21st, 2007, 07:54 PM
I remember this well.. the interviewer is a TOTAL ASS!

My reaction would be the seam as Kournikova's for sure!

Mina Vagante
Mar 21st, 2007, 07:59 PM
lol i remebr it aswell. it's funny

Joachim1978
Mar 21st, 2007, 08:08 PM
My god, Kournikova was touchy and a bad loser!

Strange, considering she lost so often, you'd think she would have gotten used to it.

Flawless complexion though!

Cat's Pajamas
Mar 21st, 2007, 08:11 PM
I would be mad too if someone told me I should play minnie mouse tournaments! :fiery:

Kooka Booka
Mar 21st, 2007, 08:12 PM
How. beautiful. is. she. ?. :hearts:!!!!!!

Natash.
Mar 21st, 2007, 09:04 PM
What a prick that interviewer was. :mad:

antonella
Mar 21st, 2007, 09:09 PM
The both of them come across as 'pricks' to me.

-sugi-
Mar 21st, 2007, 09:10 PM
That interviewer is so bad :tape:

bellascarlett
Mar 23rd, 2007, 07:48 AM
:tape: at this interview...:help:

Well after a first round loss at a slam and with her being so high profile, I understand her reactions. You could see she was almost tearing up. :hug: I could only imagine if it was Maria -- gosh, that interviewer would have been dead by now. :lol: Maria wouldn't even be smiling like that.

But yeah, Anna was beautiful here. She's much more beautiful with more meat on. I know several years have passed but she just looks so much older and not as fresh nowadays.

donniedarko
Mar 23rd, 2007, 08:01 AM
That's why Anna is so loved by her fans.The interviewer was a bad ass and Anna still was smiling.She could leave ,but she never did.There are few players with such a grace like Kournikova,even when she's loosing to Panova(no offence).That match was under Anna's control and then her game just collapsed.Pretty much that was happening thruout first half of 2002 for her,when she got back together,the injury happend in Moscow:(


ps.So soooryfor my poor english.

lecciones
Mar 23rd, 2007, 01:27 PM
Poor Anna, why do they have to rub it in her face that she hasn't won a singles title or thats she's not up to their expectations... Poor Anna she looked like she would cry. :( Stupid interviewer.

Anna is so pretty!

Btw, Anna shows in the interview thats she hell a lot smarter than what people think she is. I'm proud she stood up against those stupid lame questions....

suffer well
Mar 23rd, 2007, 01:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSry-7C2qrU

Don't know if you have seen this.

I came across this the other day going through my Wimbledon tapes, and it made me cringe as much as it did the first time I saw it. :o

It was after her first round loss to Panova at Wimby in 2002

Yeah yeah....and we all know what you were up to when you were watching this tape....;)

goldenlox
Mar 23rd, 2007, 02:37 PM
Anna had done thousands of interviews by then. And when you do that many, some will be provocative. Anna can handle that.

*JR*
Mar 23rd, 2007, 03:09 PM
:yawn:

suffer well
Mar 23rd, 2007, 03:36 PM
:yawn:

Actually....that's not all the interview what was broadcast by the BBC....

When Anna calmed down, she answered some further questions....

Interviewer: Anna, you’re new Adidas shoes, were they any help today?
Anna:"These are my new shoes. They're good shoes. They won't make you rich like me, they won't make you serve like me, they definitely won't make you beautiful like me. They'll only make you have shoes like me. That's it."

Interviewer: Anna, you had your right wrist bandaged and it’s been cited you have two finger giving you some pain, would you like to elaborate further?
Anna:"Left hand, right hand, it doesn't matter. I'm amphibious."

Interviewer: Anna, do you think you lose concentration during vital points of the match?
Anna:"Tennis is like photography, if you don't focus, all you have is the negative."

Interviewer: Anna, one thing, the fans at your matches never appear bored with you losing, can you explain this?
Anna:” My Fans are the greatest, they never fall asleep at my matches, because they're afraid they might get hit by a ball."

Interviewer: Had your coach give you any advice before today’s match?
Anna: COACHES!!! "They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds."

Interviewer: Anna, in your previous match, you won with only 29% of first serves, can you explain this?
Anna: "Tennis statistics are like me in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything."

Interviewer: Anna, do you have any plans to relax this evening, or is it to the practice court?
Anna: “ I’m going out with friends to watch a movie, ‘Titanic’, I have seen it before, but when the ship is struck by the ice-cube it makes me sad.”

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 23rd, 2007, 03:36 PM
:yawn:

:lol:

carling
Mar 23rd, 2007, 03:38 PM
Anna handled herself beautifully. She's a real pro. I can think of a few athletes who might have told that reporter to go f*ck himself.

lecciones
Mar 23rd, 2007, 04:21 PM
OMG i didn't know she had so much wit!!!! spectacular performance, all with her smiling and teary eyed!!! I really love Anna so much she is one of a kind, like Martina is one of a kind! :) Wish they had the whole interview!

Btw, thanks suffer well for the transcript!

suffer well
Mar 23rd, 2007, 06:16 PM
OMG i didn't know she had so much wit!!!! spectacular performance, all with her smiling and teary eyed!!! I really love Anna so much she is one of a kind, like Martina is one of a kind! :) Wish they had the whole interview!

Btw, thanks suffer well for the transcript!

No worries....

Edward.
Mar 23rd, 2007, 07:04 PM
I've never really been taken with Anna.

But that was incredibly well handled by her.

Hmm....

alias
Mar 23rd, 2007, 10:20 PM
Anna knows how to handle and manipulate the media. She is very smooth...

Leopold Stotch
Mar 24th, 2007, 05:32 PM
What a prick that interviewer was. :mad:

She's lovely. Can't believe that the bitter, jealous, BBC slime has the nerve to ask her about doing "too many" commercials.

Maybe he should ask the English players about doing too much potato.

Who knows, maybe one day, with less potato, England might have a player in the World top 100,000.

*JR*
Mar 24th, 2007, 06:03 PM
She's lovely. Can't believe that the bitter, jealous, BBC slime has the nerve to ask her about doing "too many" commercials.

Its not literally "too many commercials", it was the then still active Anna's slew of distractions from the game. Her last coach, Harold Solomon, was reportedly flustered that she'd be paying too much attention to the crowds watching her (big mistake) open practices, and that even though she'd put in a full day on the courts she was often wasted from the sponsor parties and photo shoots, etc. (You only get out of practice what you can put into it).

goldenlox
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:05 PM
Kournikova's BBC flap revisited
By Matthew Cronin

http://www.tennis reporters.net/scoop_062502.html


FROM WIMBLEDON – If you are going to establish your reputation somewhere, it may as well be Wimbledon, still the world's most talked about tournament, despite the efforts by some to bury its grass surface deep under the Tower of London.
Such is the case with 1997 semifinalist Anna Kournikova, who was simply atrocious on the big points in her loss to Tatiana Panova on Monday and then became involved in another worldwide flap due to her on-air spat with a BBC reporter.

For Anna, Wimbledon is the locale where she first established herself as a top-10 threat, because she is an excellent athlete and a brilliant volleyer when she manages to hit a decent approach shot. Moreover, due to her striking looks, she immediately became a pin-up girl for London's many tabloids.

As of Tuesday, she made the British Bobbies Most Wanted List due to her flap with the BBC, which became news because the BBC decided to make it news.

Sources told tr.net that the BBC executives debated for an hour and half as to whether to run the first part of the interview or not – the portion where Anna gets off her chair and walks off the set after getting into an argument with the BBC's Garry Richardson over whether or not he had the right to make a statement as to where her confidence is. He said it was low and she wondered where he got the right to make the statement. They BBC decided to run it, as well as the second take, where is is pretty clear that Anna was peeved.

RERUN REVISITED
So for the past 24 hours, the BBC has run the tape again and again, allowing its analysts as well as the rest of the civilized and uncivilized world to take cracks at Kournikova for being difficult. But did Anna have a right to upset and should the BBC have run the first part of the tape, when it knew that Kournikova had requested that the interview be done again, they concurred and also knew that she assumed that it was the second part of the interview would air? No, the BBC should have not have the first part of the tape if it agreed to re-tape the interview. Journalistically, that is foul play. If the BBC was satisfied with the first and more sensational part of the interview, it should have told Kournikova that she could leave. Instead, she sat back down and answered the questions, even if she was classically petulant and uninformative.

Maybe the BBC's second interview wouldn't have made sense without the first part and maybe the network was smart to broadcast both parts of the interview if it was attempting to show Kournikova as she really is at times – snide, aggressive and immature. But Richardson did make a statement about her lack of confidence and Kournikova is not the only player who gets irritated when a direct statement is made about her state of mind. He could have rephrased question, but chose instead to argue with her.

That does not excuse Kournikova from jumping on Richardson. She could have very easily asked him to rephrase the question without attacking his interview technique. But that was not, as the BBC's Pam Shriver said, the real Anna Kournikova that most people see behind the scenes. That's was a part of Kournikova's personality that sometimes comes out behind the scenes AND in front of the media and fans.

As my tr.net colleague Sandra Harwitt wrote yesterday for FoxSports.com, the Russian superstar was very cooperative and forthcoming in the press conference that preceded the BBC interview on Monday. She can be pleasant in private and can also be rude. I can recall an incident a few years ago when walking down a stairwell while she was walking up and the minute she saw me, decided to stair at the wall the whole way up the stairs rather than making eye contact. I found that laughable as well as inconsiderate. I also remember chatting with her privately in Palo Alto about one of her former doubles partner antics and she was cooperative as well as forthcoming.

Anna is apparently furious about what happened with the BBC and the massive critiques that have come her way as a result of the broadcast. She told one official that she doesn't understand the point of trying to be pleasant when she's going to be roasted anyway.

What Kournikova needs to understand is that she cannot unmake her long history of being confrontational in just a year's time (my gage of the amount of time that she has spent trying to more cooperative). Certain people not only like to kick a golden girl/multimillionaire while she is down, but have been waiting for a long time to get back at her for a past brush off or rude remark. She has to want to change and let her better side come out instead of being forced into it. All the media training in the world that her agency, Octagon, is putting her through won't make a difference in the long run if she doesn't believe that her personality is flawed in some way.
HARDER CRUST NEEDED
Kournikova needs to be more resilient, both on and off the court. Questions and statements about a tennis player's confidence are about as common as rain showers at the All-England Club. They are no big deal.

But Anna's mental state is a big deal because right now, because whether Kournikova can claw her way back to the top 10 is very much in question. Her new coach, Harold Solomon says she's a work in progress and not to look for results until the end of the summer, but both he and Anna know that she needs a couple confidence-building wins immediately so that she will fully buy into his program – which is to almost restructure her game entirely.
Her forehand is frighteningly erratic, at one moment a weapon and another albatross. She seems to have lost her knowledge of when she should be coming to net and because she often comes in behind mid-court approach shots, she is forced to hit too many difficult volleys. Hence a loss of faith is her most dependable shot. Her serve still needs work; she never seems to know where her opponent is going to serve and plays much too aggressively when her opponents are nervous. She literally handed Tatiana Panova the match on Monday, a victory she badly needed. If she was a confident player, she would have made any number or returns of serves on key break points in the third set if her loss, but she kept finding the net.

Life for Anna K. is not going to get easier on hard courts this summer, because her serve will be more vulnerable and she will be forced to hit more winners from the baseline. She needs to come at least 10 times a set if she is ever going to challenge the likes of the Williams sisters or any player of note. Can she regain her confidence in the next few months and begin to show at least top-20 form again? Possibly, but it will take an unshakable commitment from Anna and and from a man called Solomon, who may never have been faced with a more complex and trying task, not even in Biblical times.

*JR*
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:49 PM
King Solomon had an easier job than Harold Solomon. :lol:

goldenlox
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:54 PM
"We're practicing six hours a day. She's a trouper."
-- Harold Solomon (http://sport.guardian.co.uk/tennis/wimbledon2002/story/0,12160,750915,00.html), July 2002

"I'm not concerned about whether she's going to win tournaments. I know she'll win tournaments. I think she can definitely be a top-10 player again (she was No.8 in 2000 and 2001). That would be my expectation for her. I'd be disappointed if she didn't end up back in the top 10 over the next year and a half."
-- Harold Solomon, August 2002

suffer well
Mar 24th, 2007, 08:04 PM
"We're practicing six hours a day. She's a trouper."
-- Harold Solomon (http://sport.guardian.co.uk/tennis/wimbledon2002/story/0,12160,750915,00.html), July 2002

"I'm not concerned about whether she's going to win tournaments. I know she'll win tournaments. I think she can definitely be a top-10 player again (she was No.8 in 2000 and 2001). That would be my expectation for her. I'd be disappointed if she didn't end up back in the top 10 over the next year and a half."
-- Harold Solomon, August 2002

So what went wrong?

goldenlox
Mar 24th, 2007, 08:07 PM
She had a back injury.

suffer well
Mar 24th, 2007, 08:16 PM
She had a back injury.

I thought it started to backfire when she got injured playing Steffi at Eastbourne? When she hurt her finger....and later on when I saw her at Filderstadt....her serving had gone to pieces....I think Pavel somebody was coaching her then....

Anyway I saw her playing at Wimbledon and defeating Sukova....she played really welll and lost to Hingis who had far more on-court experience....well for me she did....didn't she have a chance to stuff Martina at Aus....only Martina was too cute and called time-out for the heat....

Didn't know she hurt her back....

Anyway....after that Filderstadt fiasco with her serving....her confidence wa shot to fuck....

Funny how somebody with so much confidence off the court, had so little on the court....