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Aug 14th, 2007, 05:23 PM
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sammy01
Aug 14th, 2007, 05:29 PM
so did they win?

RenaSlam.
Aug 14th, 2007, 05:30 PM
The original Russian sensation :hearts: :drool: x1030023040234020

Kworb
Aug 14th, 2007, 05:30 PM
She still has a beautiful face

A'DAM
Aug 14th, 2007, 05:38 PM
Well we all know who is the most beautiful girl in tennis :worship:

Wannabeknowitall
Aug 14th, 2007, 05:38 PM
She looks in better tennis shape now, she isn't as skinny.

A'DAM
Aug 14th, 2007, 05:40 PM
Well we all know who is the most beautiful girl in tennis :worship:

Marcell
Aug 14th, 2007, 05:57 PM
Anna Still In Fashion


You may never get to play doubles with Anna Kournikova, but starting next year, you can take Kournikova with you to the court, the gym and your yoga class. Kournikova, who signed on as a K-Swiss endorser earlier this year, announced she is working with K-Swiss on a new apparel line to be launched at the start of 2008.


"We're coming out with a line in 2008 at the beginning of the year. It is a sportswear line," Kournikova told the media in Toronto last night where she played an exhibition mixed doubles match with Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Carling Bassett. "It will be tennis, workout stuff, yoga stuff. It will basically be stuff that you can be in the gym in and then go to a coffee shop in. It is a lifestyle line and stuff. So you can mix and match it. It will all be together and hopefully it will be cool."

Kournikova paired with Martina Hingis to win the 1999 and 2002 Australian Open doubles championships and the duo combined to win two WTA Championships doubles crown (1999, 2000). Though Kournikova confesses she does not watch too much tennis on TV these days, she said if she ever did return to competition as a doubles player she would like to reprise her "Spice Girls" partnership with the newly-single Hingis.

"The last tournament I watched was Wimbledon, and that was amazing. I mean, Venus did amazing. Really, it's hard for me to say," Kournikova said. "I just like watching tennis right now as a fan from the side. And I just always like to see good matches. I'm sure that if I wanted to come back and play ever doubles, which I'm not saying that I am, please don't print that. But of course, I would like to play with Martina. She'll always be one of my best friends on the tour, and she's just incredible. So she would be the one, for sure, I would want to play with."

Once ranked as high as No. 8 in the world in singles, Kournikova posted wins over several top players, including Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Hingis and Lindsay Davenport. In 1997 she became the second woman in the Open era to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon in her debut on the famed grass courts. The first person to accomplish that feat was Chris Evert in 1972. Kournikova said she misses the game, but not the life of a pro player.

"Once you've lived this life, it's very hard to replace it or try to imitate," Kournikova said. "Of course I miss playing. Of course I miss being in front of thousands of fans and those 7-6 in the third matches and stuff. Do I miss traveling 11 months out of the year? I don't know, you know. But do I miss like 100-degree heat playing in it? I don't know like all the time, you know. I think it's just too long sometimes and too much. But I definitely miss the game, that's for sure."

While she has not officially retired from the WTA Tour, the 26-year-old Moscow-born, Miami resident told Tennis Week in an interview earlier this year a lingering back injury prevents her from extensive training and suggested a full-time return to professional tennis is probably impossible due to her health. Kournikova, who is still one of the most well-known women players in the world, remains active playing on the exhibition circuit. Asked about the recent rash of injuries that has diminished the presence of top 10 players in recent tournaments, Kournikova said it's a no-win situation for tennis.
"I can just say stuff happens, you know. It's a sport, and athletes and injuries and certain circumstances," Kournikova said. "It's bad from player's side, you know, because if they're injured. It's bad from the tournament's side, the tournament loses, I mean, nobody wins. It's a no-win situation. It's bad for the sponsors. But that's the way it is, and it's a risk. Having a tournament, it's a risk. It's no-win for anybody."

Though her career ended prematurely, Kournikova said she's grateful for the impact tennis continues to have on her life.

"I mean, I wouldn't have a life if I didn't play tennis," Kournikova said. "I would probably be cleaning toilets somewhere in Russia, you know. Really, that's reality."

Cat's Pajamas
Aug 14th, 2007, 05:59 PM
wow she looks so much better :eek: :hearts:

I miss her so much. :awww:

patch.
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:01 PM
Why dosnt she come back :shrug: :(

cmonmasha
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:06 PM
she should come back only to win a tournament(tier IV), so everyone stops staying she never won nothing.

DownTheLine21
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:07 PM
I think these type of events may eventually lead to a return to the doubles circuit.

Apoorv
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:18 PM
the ultimate hot girl export from tennis. :hearts:

just so pretty.

alias
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:18 PM
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:drool:

-sugi-
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:23 PM
She looks great :)

alias
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:23 PM
I think these type of events may eventually lead to a return to the doubles circuit.
That would be nice, but I don't think so. She lost her athletic body and she has other interests now keeping her busy. She's involved with the Boys and Girls Club, and now has her own K-Swiss line debuting. I just don't see her focusing on a return to the tour.:sad:

Zombielicious
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:25 PM
She is looking absolutely beautiful. :inlove:

goldenlox
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:28 PM
Anna has an Exercise DVD coming out in September
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7008194256

Along with numerous endorsements, Kournikova has a number of commercials under her belt endorsing companies such as Charles-Schwab and Adidas plus she keeps expanding her portfolio through new venues. She will launch her new workout DVD called "Basic Elements" in North America on September 25 and, arriving on court in an outfit by K-Swiss, has signed on with the company designing a sports clothing line, which comes out in the beginning of 2008.
An inevitable question, earlier tabled by reporters at a Rogers Cup news conference, asked if she plans on following in the footsteps of her fellow tennis colleague Mark Philippoussis who appeared in the dating series, "Age of Love," she said frankly, "No, I wouldn't be interested in doing it, and, yes I have been approached a lot of times."

CORIA01
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:51 PM
she is cute

darice
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:53 PM
kewl. :yeah: good to read some anna k news. i hope one day she writes a book and talks about what happened to her tennis career...i really wanna know how she really feels about it all.

#1Davenport
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:54 PM
She is some hot stuff! :hearts:

Infiniti2001
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:59 PM
She looks so much like Portia De Rossi :eek:

frenchie
Aug 14th, 2007, 06:59 PM
she still looks awesome!

most beautiful girl ever to me

DownTheLine21
Aug 14th, 2007, 07:12 PM
kewl. :yeah: good to read some anna k news. i hope one day she writes a book and talks about what happened to her tennis career...i really wanna know how she really feels about it all.

I agree. Her career was so promising at first..and then?

DarkchildSwiss
Aug 14th, 2007, 07:14 PM
come back annak. she looks great in the pics.

Thanx4nothin
Aug 14th, 2007, 07:21 PM
I don't know why she just doesn't come back and play some limited doubles schedules, it can't be too much more taxing than all the exhibitions she plays, I doubt she will come back though, she's getting older afterall.

DA FOREHAND
Aug 14th, 2007, 08:23 PM
Well we all know who is the most beautiful girl in tennis :worship:

Yes we do Ana I

LeRoy.
Aug 14th, 2007, 08:25 PM
she looks HOT :drool:

Blu€
Aug 14th, 2007, 09:18 PM
Anna come back, at least just doubles with Martina :sobbing:

ce
Aug 14th, 2007, 09:34 PM
She looks much better

Max565
Aug 14th, 2007, 09:51 PM
She still has the looks and charisma which made her the most photographed woman in sports, ten years ago ;)

Kai
Aug 14th, 2007, 09:51 PM
:hearts: :hearts:

*JR*
Aug 14th, 2007, 09:52 PM
Well we all know who is the most beautiful girl in tennis :worship:
True. But Ms. Ivanovic would rather be known for her on court achievements. :angel:

misael
Aug 14th, 2007, 10:01 PM
She looks very pretty,but if you saw her playing ,her serve is truely hideous, she makes Demientieva seem like a great server.

DownTheLine21
Aug 14th, 2007, 10:02 PM
I've always had great respect for Kournikova's amazing run to the 1998 Miami Final, defeating No. 4 Seles, No. 9 Martinez, No. 2 Davenport and No. 8 Sanchez-Vicario along the way. Although she provided Venus with a great challenge in the final, I really wish she could have won the title.

PLP
Aug 14th, 2007, 10:53 PM
She looks in better tennis shape now, she isn't as skinny.

MOST DEFINITELY!! :hearts:

Holy crap, she looks like she has really been training.
Come back ANNA!! :sad:

CrossCourt~Rally
Aug 15th, 2007, 01:19 AM
Anna looks great! She looks like she has put on a bit more muscle:D Maybe she's training for a doubles comeback :angel:

WhatTheDeuce
Aug 15th, 2007, 01:27 AM
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Anna's looking hot. :hearts:

I miss her. :sobbing: :bigcry: She'd add some much needed spice to the tour.

goldenlox
Aug 15th, 2007, 03:22 AM
August 13, 2007



ANNA KOURNIKOVA

THE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, our final participant tonight in the Rogers Cup Tennis Legends presented by Acura exhibition, Anna Kournikova. Same as other formats we've had for the first few participants. We'll open the floor for questions.
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Hi.
THE MODERATOR: Anybody or are we just taking pictures? Questions, please.

Q. Why do you get involved in exhibition tournaments like this?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, for me personally, it's a great opportunity to be back on the court to be in front of fans again, and feel the atmosphere. I haven't played professionally now for four years, so for me this is the only way, obviously, to be back on the court. To you know, under this level at this level. So it's really something that I love doing.
I love playing, and I'll always, always want to go back out there as much as I can and take every single opportunity. So, it's really a no‑brainer for me.

Q. You're playing with John tonight. Have you had a lot of opportunities to play with John? And are you worried that he might lose his cool at any time tonight?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: We actually have been playing a ton of exhibition matches with John and Jim, both of them and myself. And we'll have different girls like in different places. So we kind of have our own score going on and everything.
I love playing with both, with John and Jim, they're just amazing. And they really are still such Amazing level of game and they really make it so fun for the fans. It's a pleasure to watch them, and I love being part of the exhibitions with them.

Q. Are you surprised that since you played on the WTA that there are so many great youngsters from Russia that have done so well on the tournament?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No, not at all. I think it's only natural, you know. Like I always say that in the last ten years or in the last seven years there's been so many more opportunities just for players in general, from Eastern Europe.
There are so many more opportunities for them to travel. They can afford it now a little bit more, and it's easier to get a visa to other countries. When I started playing, I mean we couldn't even get visas to some countries. It was that difficult to go play tournaments. So I still need visas to every country, but it's normal.
And I think it's great, because those girls are so talented. They work really hard. And I guess they're a little bit hungrier from Eastern European countries or Russia or Czech Republic, from all of those countries. I guess they're a little bit also hungrier for success to achieve something, to earn good money, to travel the world, you know. So it's normal.
Those countries have always had great talent, and all kinds of sports. Whether it's gymnastics, athletics and tennis also. It's just tennis was always very expensive. But, like I said, now they have many more opportunities.

Q. It's been 11 years since you've gone professional, and obviously a lot has happened since then with your tennis here and other things that you've been doing here. And I was just wondering due to your injury since you had to stop playing, did you, after all you had two Grand Slam titles, did you ever feel satisfied with that? Or did you ever feel the need to you wish you could go back and do more, or are you happy with what you accomplished? There was, after all, a lot, and then other things came into play. So how do you feel like today?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Definitely not satisfied with the injuries that I've had. I mean, it's always very, very hard as an athlete to get injured and to go get through it. But, you know, it goes with it. It comes with the job. And as an athlete, you have to expect being injured.
And some people are more prone to injuries, some bodies are more prone to injuries, some bodies are stronger. I was never a big, strong girl. I was always kind of skinny and little. You know, so the amount of hours that I used to spend on the court, it was probably a little bit too much for my body type for, you know, my joints and my bones.
So probably one of the regrets, is probably overdoing it sometimes and that way getting injured. But you can ‑‑ you can't look at it that way.
But I feel like I've accomplished a lot. I mean, I came from nowhere. Got to play the game that I absolutely love. And tennis gave everything, tennis gave me a life. I wouldn't be the person that I am. I wouldn't ‑‑ I mean, I can't even imagine.
I started playing tennis when I was 5 years old. So, you know, and like people say, oh, people don't remember you or your results or your wins or whatever. You haven't done much. But at the end of the day, you know, real tennis fans know my results on court and wins and everything. And as long as I feel good about it, I don't really care about anything else.

Q. I read just quickly a story that you, your parents sold their TV to get you your first tennis racquet; is that true at age of 5?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Yeah.

Q. So obviously, this is huge for you. You've come here?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Oh, huge? Yeah, I mean, I wouldn't have a life if I didn't play tennis. I would probably be cleaning toilets somewhere in Russia, you know. Really, that's reality.

Q. John McEnroe addressed this, the number of women who pulled out of this tournament. He called it an epidemic. How do you feel about the women who have pulled out of the Canadian tournament?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Oh, I'm so sorry. I have no idea.

Q. Several of the big stars have dropped out?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I can just say stuff happens, you know. It's a sport, and athletes and injuries and certain circumstances. It's bad from player's side, you know, because if they're injured. It's bad from the tournament's side, the tournament loses, I mean, nobody wins. It's a no‑win situation. It's bad for the sponsors. But that's the way it is, and it's a risk. Having a tournament, it's a risk. It's no‑win for anybody.

Q. Can the tour do more to, I guess not make that happen? I mean, is there too much of a workload for some of the females?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, I've always felt that the tennis tour, the women's schedule was very long. It's almost 11 months long. And that one month that you don't have actually big tournaments on the calendar, you've got to get ready for Australia. And it's over Christmas and you fly ‑ during Christmas, you're flying to Australia.
So I always felt like the season was a little long. I think that it would benefit if the tour would have a few more extra weeks off. I think that maybe people could recuperate and recover and heal some injuries, at the same time get ready for the new season. But that's me four years ago speaking. Right now I have no idea about the schedule and stuff.

Q. You are one of the very first women tennis players that really got so much more attention outside of tennis magazines glamour. I want to know if you feel that people like Maria Sharapova, and perhaps the Williams sisters now that have huge endorsements, if all of this would have been possible without you? In other words, were you the one that made tennis a very, very glamorous profession? Not just for the athlete, but for the fact that you're known all around the world?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, I don't think, if it wouldn't be me, it would be somebody else, first of all. I think you just kind of have to be in the right place at the right time and have the whole package. At the end of the day, you know, before me there was Gabby Sabbatini. She had perfumes and she still has them. You know, she had a lot of endorsements. And Monica had great endorsements. There were a lot of girls before that, you know.
I don't think that I personally ‑‑ personally, I don't really feel like I really had a lot to do, you know. I couldn't take all the credit for it. Maybe yeah ‑‑ did I make people aware, like you said, outside of tennis? Great. Then that I'll take credit for. I'm happy to attract people to tennis to the game and to women's sports, because we do work hard. You know, girls on the courts do work hard. They work just as hard as anybody, and they deserve attention and credit.

Q. Do you miss anything from the tour, your competition side?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I'm sorry?

Q. Do you miss anything from the tour? Either the competition or the traveling or anything?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, you know, once you've lived this life, it's very hard to replace it or try to imitate. Of course I miss playing. Of course I miss being in front of thousands of fans and those 7‑6 in the third matches and stuff.
Do I miss traveling 11 months out of the year? I don't know, you know. But do I miss like 100‑degree heat playing in it? I don't know like all the time, you know. I think it's just too long sometimes and too much. But I definitely miss the game, that's for sure.

Q. I heard you had just signed with K‑Swiss, and you're planning to design some new fashions for them. What are your plans for that? What are the fashions you're planning?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: We're coming out with a line in 2008 at the beginning of the year. It is a sportswear line. It will be tennis, workout stuff, yoga stuff. It will basically be stuff that you can be in the gym in and then go to a coffee shop in. It is a lifestyle line and stuff. So you can mix and match it. It will all be together and hopefully it will be cool.

Q. Just wondering if you could tell us who really stand out on the women's tour this year, and today's game and if you were to come back and play doubles, who would be your partner?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: The last tournament I watched was Wimbledon, and that was amazing. I mean, Venus did amazing. Really, it's hard for me to say. I just like watching tennis right now as a fan from the side. And I just always like to see good matches.
I don't know ‑‑ I'm sure that if I wanted to come back and play ever doubles, which I'm not saying that I am, please don't print that. But of course, I would like to play with Martina. She'll always be one of my best friends on the tour, and she's just incredible. So she would be the one, for sure, I would want to play with.

Q. Just wondering is that a ring on your finger and are you engaged to Julio?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No, I think he's a little too old for me (smiling), and he has like six kids or something.

Q. Are you still together, are you engaged?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: We're together.

Q. And?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: And nothing. And everything is great.

Q. Did you watch him this morning on the TV?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I was traveling actually. I was very bummed my flight left at 9:55. Why, was it fun?

Q. He was tired, I think?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Yeah, well, yeah. I mean, I slept one hour also. I went to sleep at 5:00 and I had to get up at 6:00, and I was packing. And he pretty much did the same thing.

Q. I've asked this question to John, actually. Your first coach in the states compared your playing, he said the only person he could compare your playing your shots and your volleys was to John McEnroe. So I don't know if you heard that?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No.

Q. He had said it , I guess, just to the press. How do you feel playing with him tonight? Are you taking this game very seriously or is it more just like to have a really good time tonight and do your best kind of thing?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, like I say, I love playing with John. I've played with him a million times, and we get along so good. I respect him completely.
I'm like so excited. So excited to be on the court with both John and Jim. They're really fun and great. And we are ‑‑ we get very competitive, but at the same time, it's very entertaining, and it's fun. So it's ‑‑ it's everything together. It's a great package.

Q. I was just wondering if you had seen Mark Philippoussis reality show? And if you had ever been approached to do something like that yourself and if you would be interested in doing that?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No, I wouldn't be interested in doing it, and, yes, I have been approached a lot of times. But I don't see myself (laughing). I think for a guy it's okay to be kissing ten girls at the same time, but I don't think it's good for a girl, is it (laughing)?
THE MODERATOR: Well, we'll end it there.
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: You know the double standard, you know, right there, so. I don't think that's something.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Anna.

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WhatTheDeuce
Aug 15th, 2007, 03:31 AM
Another pic :hearts:

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sammy01
Aug 15th, 2007, 03:35 AM
im amazed at how insightful and mature shes become i would love to see her play doubles on the tour again but at least playing these exhibitions shes still promoting tennis to a male audience!

WhatTheDeuce
Aug 15th, 2007, 03:59 AM
So, you know, and like people say, oh, people don't remember you or your results or your wins or whatever. You haven't done much. But at the end of the day, you know, real tennis fans know my results on court and wins and everything. And as long as I feel good about it, I don't really care about anything else.

True, Anna. Not everyone is ignorant. You rock, and you were the most talented shotmaker on tour. :kiss:

lilimi
Aug 15th, 2007, 08:31 AM
i'm curious to see her kswiss collection :hearts:

alexia1huff
Aug 15th, 2007, 10:58 AM
I don't know why she just doesn't come back and play some limited doubles schedules, it can't be too much more taxing than all the exhibitions she plays, I doubt she will come back though, she's getting older afterall.

She most certainly gets so much more money from playing an exhibition, then for winning a tournament, cause unless she is wins a tier 1 or a grand slam, there is not that much money in doubles.

Serval
Aug 15th, 2007, 11:02 AM
Lovely pix everyone! Always good to see Anna in action! I love her so much! :D

Harju.
Aug 15th, 2007, 01:26 PM
Another pic :hearts:

http://img1.qq.com/sports/pics/5405/5405338.jpg
:inlove:

She looks SMASHING!