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Volcana
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:32 PM
No, I haven't gone insane. (Meaning I was already there, or .... :))

Seriously.

For a couple years, Anna Kournikova was (IMHO) considered by MILLIONS to be the sexiest woman on the planet. Justine Henin was one of the all-time great women's tennis players. And was to sex appeal what Kool-Aid is to the worldwide wine industry.

Now consider the obsession with looks, sex appeal, clothing, all the srface trappings, that so permeate tis forum. If you had no choice but to trade tennis lives with Henin or Kournikova, who do you pick? Remember, you get a couple slam trophies if you choose Koournikova. Not in singles, but her name IS on the big trophies in a couple places. and Henin has had one or two magazine spreads.

Who do ya wanna be?

Sharapower
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:36 PM
Henin really. Kournikova is too much known as "that hot russian blonde who never managed to win a singles title.

Nikkiri
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:36 PM
Henin obviously.

Golovinjured.
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:36 PM
Kournikova has Enrique. :shrug:

The Daviator
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:37 PM
7 Grand Slams v Being with Enrique, hmmm...

AnomyBC
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:40 PM
I'd take Henin's slams and Kournikova's looks and endorsement deals :)

homogenius
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:41 PM
Tough choice.I'd rather have Henin's career obviously but as a person I'd prefer to be Ana (and enqrique is not in the equation cause he's not that big, in all the meanings of the word...:tape:).
Still has to think about this very important question.

Slutiana
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:41 PM
7 Grand Slams v Being with Enrique, hmmm...
I would rather BE Enrique. :tears:

Sharapower
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:41 PM
Not even mentioning how harsh and frustrating it has had to be, those injuries that forced Anna to retire.

The Daviator
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:42 PM
I would rather BE Enrique. :tears:

Well that's not the question :p But in the interests of gender equality I think a new thread should be made - Who would you rather be Pierre-Yves or Enrique? :D

Volcana
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:44 PM
I'd take Henin's slams and Kournikova's looks and endorsement deals :)'On the whole, I'd rather be a live lion'

Dave.
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:58 PM
Anna K got to play doubles with Lindsay, so Anna K :)

Sha_ra_po_va
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:58 PM
Erm, it should be "WHOSE" career. "Who's" is an abbreviation for "Who is", which clearly makes no sense placed before the word "career":help:
Thank you and goodbye.:tape:

Ferg
Jun 21st, 2009, 04:03 PM
Erm, it should be "WHOSE" career. "Who's" is an abbreviation for "Who is", which clearly makes no sense placed before the word "career":help:
Thank you and goodbye.:tape:

:lol::drink:


To answer the question Henin.

zxcVbnm88
Jun 21st, 2009, 04:03 PM
Career? Henin
Life? Kournikova

LDF
Jun 21st, 2009, 04:09 PM
The thread title and your post aren't consistent :shrug: Clearly you're asking us who we would want to be, not whose career we'd like.

I'd opt for Justine either way.

Vaidisova Ruled
Jun 21st, 2009, 04:16 PM
Erm, it should be "WHOSE" career. "Who's" is an abbreviation for "Who is", which clearly makes no sense placed before the word "career":help:
Thank you and goodbye.:tape:
:haha:

Randy H
Jun 21st, 2009, 04:18 PM
Career and Life of Henin...

Kournikova even years after having not played profesional matches, attracts attention where she goes, constant photographs, constant limelight. Justine on the other hand, has been retired for only a little more than a year, and you get the sense that aside from the occasional interview in Belgian papers, she's transitioned into a fairly 'normal' life for someone who's had the kind of successful career she achieved. I suppose if you think you'd like the attention (and money) so much you'd be inclined to go with Kournikova...I personally would take Justine, she's got more than enough money as it is, and she's able to lead a pretty private day to day life, which I think people who don't experience fame take for granted.

LoveFifteen
Jun 21st, 2009, 04:26 PM
You're basically asking us to choose between having no Slams or no herpes ...

John.
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:30 PM
You're basically asking us to choose between having no Slams or no herpes ...

:spit:

Tennisation
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:33 PM
I don't think I can live with one boobie, so I'll go with Anna K

Shepster
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:39 PM
If you had no choice but to trade tennis lives with Henin or Kournikova, who do you pick? Remember, you get a couple slam trophies if you choose Koournikova.
You're asking in terms of tennis. Justine won 41 titles including 7 Grand Slams, 2 YECs and the Olympics, finished 3 years as #1 and retired at the top. Kournikova won a couple of doubles slams with Hingis, who could have won with practically anyone.

If you asked any young player if they'd want to be world #1 and win multiple slams or if they'd win none of that as a singles player and get a fraction of it in doubles, there's no debate as to which they'd take.

The Dawntreader
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:46 PM
Justine in any scenario.

Kournikova became a shallow marketing tool by the end. That was unfortunate.

frenchie
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:46 PM
Kournikova by far
I like players who keep their fair play and integrity

and I hate herpes

Adal
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:48 PM
Kournikova's of course.

kman
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:50 PM
I would rather be Kournikova and then I'd stay at home and play with my boobies all day.







Yes, I used the word 'boobies'. Sue me.

The Dawntreader
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:52 PM
I would rather be Kournikova and then I'd stay at home and play with my boobies all day.







Yes, I used the word 'boobies'. Sue me.

Risque(!):lol:

Apoleb
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:53 PM
Whose "career I'd rather have? Henin, and it's not even close. On top of money, she gained respect. While Ana only gained money really, and no respect.

The question would've been a lot more interesting it was "who would you rather be"? If it was only between those two choices, then I would've chosen Ana, cause at least I would've gotten laid. :tape: (by someone other than Pierre-Yves :o)

Convoluted
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:55 PM
ENRIQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Yes, that would mean I choose Kournikova :)

Conor
Jun 21st, 2009, 06:28 PM
:o This thread is ridiculous. Justine obviously.

RenaSlam.
Jun 21st, 2009, 06:44 PM
Whose "career I'd rather have? Henin, and it's not even close. On top of money, she gained respect. While Ana only gained money really, and no respect.

The question would've been a lot more interesting it was "who would you rather be"? If it was only between those two choices, then I would've chosen Ana, cause at least I would've gotten laid. :tape: (by someone other than Pierre-Yves :o)

It's ANNA. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

duhcity
Jun 21st, 2009, 06:47 PM
You guys act like Kournikova had a shit career.
Yes she didn't have a title, but I rather have her career than one who won one tier 2 title and went away.

Sharakim
Jun 21st, 2009, 06:58 PM
Henin absolutely. Why wouldn't I want to go down as a seven time major champion and one of the greatest french open champions?

charmedRic
Jun 21st, 2009, 07:14 PM
Anna K all the way!

KournikovaFan91
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:17 PM
Anna K, :) :) :) The glamour, the parties, the endorsments, and some tennis, a much more all round career.

Henin's was solely tennis.

lacoste09
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:20 PM
Anna

Volcana
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:21 PM
You're asking in terms of tennis.I'm asking. It's you who's choosing a narrow definition of 'tennis'. I believe what I wrote was 'tennis lives'.

I'm more after a consideration of all the tennis bring can a top player. The money, the photo shoots, acting opportunities, 'A' list parties, slam titles (singles, doubles, mixed), the whole nine yards.

Maria Sharapova could have wound up arm candy for a highly successful auto mechanic, if she'd suffered the same shoulder injury five years earlier

Anyone remember Andrea Jaeger? Former world #2, made the finals of the French and Wimbledon. She's a nun now. And quite happy with her life, by all accounts.

By 'career', I guess I mean all the things that happen while you're an active player, or are the direct result of being a player. Jon MacEnroe's temper may have cost hima few slam titles. But it still makes him money as a commercial spokesman. Go figure.

hingis-seles
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:38 PM
Kournikova scored wins over all the greats: Hingis, Davenport, Graf, Seles, Martinez, Sanchez Vicario, Novotna. That's pretty much anyone who was relevant in women's tennis in the 1990s. Henin never beat Graf - and that too on grass.

Not relevant to the discussion but something worth pointing out. Anna was talented, but the work ethic wasn't there nor was the focus - much like her best friend and doubles partner, Martina Hingis.

MakarovaFan
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:58 PM
I think it should also been taken into account Justine's lack of integrity and character.......thats something that takes away from her legacy imo

Allez-H
Jun 21st, 2009, 10:27 PM
Kournikova scored wins over all the greats: Hingis, Davenport, Graf, Seles, Martinez, Sanchez Vicario, Novotna. That's pretty much anyone who was relevant in women's tennis in the 1990s. Henin never beat Graf - and that too on grass.

Not relevant to the discussion but something worth pointing out. Anna was talented, but the work ethic wasn't there nor was the focus - much like her best friend and doubles partner, Martina Hingis.

I don't really understand your point. You can't beat players you never played. That was a different generation. Yet she still scored wins over Hingis, Davey, Seles and Martinez. Graf and Novotna, she never got the chance to play. Sanchez she only got to play once, back in 2000 in her very first wimbledon.

Kart
Jun 21st, 2009, 10:47 PM
Anna K.

She's cashed in on good looks and gotten a rich celebrity partner.

So basically she's probably gotten as much money as Justine (or at least enough to live comfortably on for the rest of her life) for considerably less effort.

Though if I were her, I'd have married and divorced Enrique by now and be off spending my alimony around the world.

Andy.
Jun 21st, 2009, 10:50 PM
Which ever one made more $$$$

taevaughn
Jun 21st, 2009, 10:50 PM
youre saying career not money or fame and stuff. well if its career then i gotta go with jenn cuz she won slams and she was #1.

DemWilliamsGulls
Jun 21st, 2009, 10:52 PM
People still mention Kournikova? Hands down Henin...WAAAAY more respected player, anybody can be a average tennis player with a cute face nowdays, but it takes alot of hard work, determination and focus to be a 7 slam tennis champ like Henin VS partying and being pretty. Damn i said that about Henin and I'm a Williams fan lol...I'm gettin better ;) Fortunatley if you are a Williams Sister..you have the luxury of doing both...but thats another topic ;) LOL!

JadeFox
Jun 21st, 2009, 10:56 PM
In terms of career: Juju FTW! She will go down as one of the best players of her generation. Yeah Anna had the money and fame, but she doesn't really have the respect of anyone outside of her core fanbase. She was good yes, but never great. And now that I think about it, I really wouldn't want the type of fame she has. She was at the right place at the right time when women's tennis didn't have many players who could be considered sex symbols. A few years ago, I wondered why Anna never tried to break into Hollywood. Now I know why: Because in Hollywood there are many actresses who are just as attractive, or even more so than her. She would just be another pretty face there and I think she knows that.

In terms of life: Still Justine. Because there's not enough money in the world that you can pay me to sleep with a cheeseball like Enrique Iglesias or those two hockey players she hooked up with prior. :help:

supergrunt
Jun 21st, 2009, 11:42 PM
$ kournikova $

Golovinjured.
Jun 21st, 2009, 11:57 PM
I don't think that some of you get that the media attention BECAME Kournikova's career after a while.

KanSuke
Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:02 AM
Henin. But I wouldn't retire that early though :lol:

Temporary0369
Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:16 AM
I'd rather be Kournikova. The only thing I like more about Henin are her results. I prefer Kournikova's game, her good looks, her ability to transcend the sport like no one else ever has or probably ever will again. If Kournikova had Henin's work ethic, didn't retire 8 years too early, and wasn't always injured there is no reason why she couldn't have won multiple slams.

However, the question isn't who would you rather be it's whose career. So I guess as much as it kills me, Henin.

AlwaysGraf
Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:27 AM
It's a sad reflection of the world we live in today that some people, well actually a lot of people value looks over anything else. Some people here saying they'd rather have Kournikova's life because "at least I'd get laid", or "i'd have enrique". Just because she is better looking and still attracts attention ,albeit not as much as she used to, in no way means Kournikova's life should be more valued, or is in fact a "better life." To be honest, I think Justine Henin probably has a wonderful life and has achieved so much and garnered so much respect. Kournikova probably does too, but not because she is good looking (although in this world if she didnt have her looks she'd probably be nowhere)

And I couldn't think of anything worse than spending my life with the horrible cheesy enrique iglesias

eck
Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:36 AM
:spit:

Junex
Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:39 AM
Well... this thread is telling how shallow some posters here are!!!!!

Tennisation
Jun 22nd, 2009, 05:00 AM
Oh come on, what would you rather have?

This

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0aw31Hjfxx8hG/610x.jpg

Or THIS

http://cm1.theinsider.com/media/0/48/81/enrique_iglesias_2.0.0.0x0.420x317.jpeg

Wojtek
Jun 22nd, 2009, 05:10 AM
Career? Henin - so many slams, little warrior
Life? Kournikova - the biggest women celebrity

skanky~skanketta
Jun 22nd, 2009, 05:25 AM
Justine's career, Anna's looks.

Amanda
Jun 22nd, 2009, 05:30 AM
Kournikova had NO career on court.

pumokel
Jun 22nd, 2009, 06:02 AM
henin

WhatTheDeuce
Jun 22nd, 2009, 06:26 AM
Career - Henin
Life - Kournikova

Ultimately - Kournikova :hearts: I'd have guys begging to bang me at all times. Yes, please.

Tatianadove
Jun 22nd, 2009, 06:54 AM
Anna K. Tennis career is short, life is long and it's better to be Anna K. in life.

scheele
Jun 22nd, 2009, 07:07 AM
Henin had a career, so i pick her.

dreamgoddess099
Jun 22nd, 2009, 07:22 AM
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0aw31Hjfxx8hG/610x.jpg


Why was there ever any doubt that this dude was gay? And I'd take being Monique Viele (and she doesn't have any fame or money) over being Justine.

Convoluted
Jun 22nd, 2009, 07:53 AM
Well... this thread is telling how shallow some posters here are!!!!!

Well I admit you probably have to be quite shallow to enjoy Enrique, considering the rumours that he's not very "deep".

homogenius
Jun 22nd, 2009, 07:53 AM
Kournikova had NO career on court.

not true

Tennisation
Jun 22nd, 2009, 08:21 AM
Well I admit you probably have to be quite shallow to enjoy Enrique, considering the rumours that he's not very "deep".I would not be too surprised, he is half asian afterall:lol: