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ys
Sep 16th, 2001, 04:35 PM
I miss our girl very much. Hope she'll play as soon as Leipzig. Go Anna! <IMG SRC="smilies/wavey.gif" border="0">

ptkten
Sep 16th, 2001, 05:35 PM
Get well soon Anna <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 16th, 2001, 08:28 PM
I hope she is back soon as well ..... she's got all those points coming off in next 6 weeks <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">



come back soon Anna !!!!!!!!!

carot
Sep 20th, 2001, 09:13 AM
Go Anna! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

Come back soon and healthy girl!

ALPHA
Sep 21st, 2001, 04:59 PM
Come back fully recovered, AnnaK.

carot
Sep 25th, 2001, 03:00 PM
Come on Anna!!!

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 26th, 2001, 04:16 PM
Anna begins her comeback against Anastasia Myskina tomorrow

hopefully Anna is fully fit and behind all her injuries.

Good luck Anna !!!!!!!

ALPHA
Sep 27th, 2001, 07:43 PM
Well, the reasons for Anna's loss to Myskina are obvious. But still it's disappointing.

I just hope that she does not start to collect loss after loss from now on to the end of the season.

She won her last match in early February 7.5 months back in the past. Hopefully she does not forget how to win a match.


Keep the fighting spirit, Anna. All the best for next week's Kremlin Cup - this time with a better draw.

Sergio
Sep 27th, 2001, 08:05 PM
Well, for what I can see in this topic, you don´t know the truth about Anna. All that time out because of the injury is a lie, that´s the official version. Anna isn´t just a tennis player, check ot my posts in this gotennis thread and you will learn more about Anna´s double life:
"Kournikova were is she" topic in gotennis (http://www.gotennis.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=3&t=000159)

hitman
Sep 28th, 2001, 03:51 AM
Just one doubt: was that something we were supposed to laugh about? If so, let me know and Ill do my best trying... <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">

Sergio
Sep 28th, 2001, 11:27 AM
Rir?!
Isto é a pura verdade!!!
Os meus amigos da embaixada Russa é que me contaram isto e eles não gostam de piadas.

Ainda bem que és do Brasil, diz-me uma coisa, ainda se vende ai aquelas revistas em quadrinhos do Mickey, Pato Donal e outros? Mas com as histórias antigas(no máximo até á segunda metade dos anos 80).

ajayares
Sep 28th, 2001, 11:31 AM
You are right Alpha.. it is disappointing, but only slightly, I hope she wins every match she plays.. but that is not going to happen either..

A win is just around the corner, plus the rest of the year is an opportunity for her to get some match fitness and get her self set for 2002.. It is certainly better than doing nothing for the rest of the year and than starting from scratch at the beginning of 2002, in which it would take a few more mths for her to get some form..

As for the other post on this thread.. Are you Brain Dead or somethiong???

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 28th, 2001, 11:46 AM
most players after a long injury take around 3 months to get back into the swing of things ..

Anastasia Myskina wasn't herself when she came back after 5 months off , it took her until June to get into match toughness.

Anna ..... has another 4 weeks before end of season and hopefully she can defend alot of those points and stay around the top 30

Best of luck Anna ...... we're all behind you on this .....

ajayares
Sep 28th, 2001, 12:16 PM
I think top 30, is pushing it..

Just say for example she plays 4 more tournaments and gets say 200pts in total (ave 50) her ranking will be around 50..

I think that the best we can hope for at the moment..

But you are right about One thing, it going to take some time before she get back to some good form.. Plus that's what she thinks as well..

Sergio
Sep 28th, 2001, 12:23 PM
O.K., O.K., sorry.
Gee, you guys can´t take a joke.
I won´t make more posts, so I don´t bother you.

~SunFlower~
Oct 2nd, 2001, 01:34 AM
Gimme that cake!! Looked very yummy!! <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0">

http://64.157.1.99/images/gallery/AnnaMartinaCake1.jpg

http://64.157.1.99/images/gallery/AnnaAlexeiMartina.jpg

the cat
Oct 2nd, 2001, 07:20 PM
Sharky, those pictures are fabulous! How did you get them? Unfortunately, Anna lost to Galina today. Another three set loss. Her form is worse than I thought it would be. I'm worried abot her. I hope she plays a couple of Challengers in America in Novemeber and December. Sharky, maybe she'll run into Maria at one of those Challengers! Anna and Maria would make a fabulous doubles team. On the catwalk(runway) or the court!

[ October 02, 2001: Message edited by: the cat in the hat ]

ALPHA
Oct 6th, 2001, 10:16 PM
Spice Girls are in final, playing against All-Russian team Dementieva/Krasnoroutskaya on Sunday afternoon.

It would be Anna's 14th doubles title and Spice Girls' 10th.

So come on people, let's bumb that thread and MAKE SOME NOISE !!! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">

ALPHA
Oct 7th, 2001, 07:10 PM
Anna and Martina take Moscow title 7:6 6:3 over Dementieva/Krasnoroutskaya.

It's Anna's second title this year and her 14th overall:

1998: Tokyo (w Seles)

1999: Australian Open, Indian Wells, Rome, Eastbourne and Chase Championships (w Hingis)

2000: Gold Coast (w Halard-Decugis), Hamburg (w Zvereva), Filderstadt, Zurich, Philadelphia and Chase Championships (w Hingis)

2001: Sydney (w Schett) and Moscow (w Hingis)


6 Indoors, 5 Hardcourts, 2 Clay, 1 Grass

1 GS, 2 Masters, 4 Tier-I, 6 Tier-II, 1 Tier-III


next up is Filderstadt, Anna is quoted to plan to play doubles with Martina in Filderstadt next week, in Zurich and in Linz

in fact that means if they qualify for Munich this way, Spice Girls will give it a try in munich as well

meesa
Oct 10th, 2001, 09:20 AM
GO SPICE GIRLS!!! <IMG SRC="smilies/berzerk.gif" border="0">

videogs
Oct 11th, 2001, 02:30 AM
go anna!!!!

ALPHA
Oct 11th, 2001, 10:04 AM
Anna & Martina started good into Filderstadt doubles with straight sets win 6:3 6:4 over Navratilova/Sanchez-Vicario, advanced to quarterfinal to face Hrdlickova/Rittner on Friday.

kournikovaelia
Oct 11th, 2001, 08:24 PM
Go Anna K
Go Spice Girls
Go Likhovtseva
Go Dementieva
Go Myskina
Go Panova
Here in Spain, a russian players fan
Who knows something about Jelena Makarova?
I saw her in Fed Cup years ago

Bye!! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">

ALPHA
Oct 14th, 2001, 04:15 PM
Anna has to play Coetzer in her opening match in Zurich's 1st Round, so far she is 2:6 down in head-to-head and lost her last 5 matches against Coetzer.

On the other hand - Coetzer is no Indoors player and is in a slump as well, may be a chance for Anna to get a win finally before season ends.


On a side note: Anna won't play doubles next week in Zurich, most probably because she was unable to find a partner after Hingis' injury.

ys
Oct 23rd, 2001, 09:35 PM
BUMP!!!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

<br />With a good reason this time!

Josh
Oct 23rd, 2001, 10:49 PM
I just found some very *nice* pics of Anna <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

http://wsphotofews.excite.com/024/82/eW/ew/bg41875.jpg

http://wsphotofews.excite.com/024/82/eW/ew/bh47315.jpg

http://wsphotofews.excite.com/020/oE/yX/yi/2926834.jpg

http://wsphotofews.excite.com/017/m3/Qx/Ay/Hh84099.jpg

http://wsphotofews.excite.com/004/TH/1G/CF/6Z65759.jpg

<img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool]" />

Anyway, Gooo Anna!

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 25th, 2001, 01:24 PM
Anna is into QF in Lux <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

she beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-1 7-6 <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

congrats Anna , and go all the way <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

the cat
Oct 25th, 2001, 03:24 PM
Wow! That's a tremendous win! Udachi Anna!

ys
Oct 25th, 2001, 06:42 PM
Max Mirnyi said in his today's interview that he has a preliminary agreement with Anna on playing mixed at OZ. OZ.. That's where things will finally get back to normal for Anya..

the cat
Oct 25th, 2001, 07:21 PM
I don't want to see Anna playing mixed doubles at the grand slams. It's too taxing on her fragile body. Singles and doubles is plenty.

P.S. - I would like to see a mixed doubles tournament. that would be fun. Kournikova and Safin. Clijsters and Hewitt. You get the idea. That would be great to see. But I don'r want her to wear herself out in the slams by playing mixed doubles. Because when she gets to another slam quarterfinal, she's going to be tired from playing singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Don't you agree?

ALPHA
Oct 25th, 2001, 09:09 PM
Mixed Doubles starts in weeks two and you need to play 5 matches maximum. The chance that Anna is going to play beyound week 1 in singles is not too big, looking on her results overall in Slams. So there is no problem in my opinion.

Apart from that, some practice in return men's serve is not going to do any harm to Anna's game.

She has fun playing doubles and mixed doubles - so let her play and hopefully she will have fun in five mixed matches in Melbourne. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

ys
Oct 26th, 2001, 06:23 PM
Good fight, Anna.. I guess that missing bit of match toughness was all the difference. Frankly, I am getting tired of this Belgian hen beating my girls. Hopefully Elena stops it in Munich.

the cat
Oct 26th, 2001, 06:41 PM
Ys, you know the Russian girls are my favorites. But Kim Clijsters is just a better player than any of the Russian girls. You have to face that fact. Kim is only 18. She's going to get better. Kim has moved ahead of Elena this year. And if Elena beats Kim in Munich, it would be an upset. Kim is stronger than any of the Russian girls. Especially mentally. Yes, all in all, it was a good tournament for Anna. But Anna and Elena have fallen well behind Kim in the ramkings and as players. Anna and Elena are 20, which is not young is women's tennis. Twenty is young in all aspects of life. Except on the WTA tour.<br />We all like the Russian girls. Especially Anna and Elena. But they have alot of work to do. So Ys, get used to Kim Clijsters pounding the Russian girls. None of the Russian girls has Kim's mental or physical toughness. I'm sure even you would admit that. I hate to say it. But we will probably have to wait for Dinara Safina and Maria Sharapova to become the next 2 tremendous Russian girls. Anna and Elena may have missed the boat.

ys
Oct 26th, 2001, 07:35 PM
It is not over yet, it is only the beginning. Anna will be back into her 1998 mentality, Elena will finally make her serve a weapon, and we'll see. Kim Clijsters, the worldbeater, huh.. We'll see, my girls will be beating left and right this girl with disproportional booty. Even in this year, Elena can still avenge everything in Munich and Fed Cup. And she will.

marshmellow
Oct 27th, 2001, 02:45 AM
i don't know about safina and sharapova being russia's new hopes just yet. anna and elena still have a lot of talent and potential. it's a shame that anna's year has been a total wreck. but she'll be back next year and i think she's only gonna improve. elena on the other hand, just needs to improve her consistency. she has good strokes already and has a smooth style of playing. the only thing is that she can play an amazing match one day, and then a poor one the next. yes, 20 isn't that young for women's tennis anymore. but it's still not considered old. they have the time to get it all together and win tournaments, which seem to be something russians (except myskina) lack.

Eric_tennis
Nov 1st, 2001, 09:07 AM
Any news for Anna?

I heard that Anna will play a exhibition event in South Africa next week.

Any info regarding Anna would be appreciated.

<img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

ajayares
Nov 2nd, 2001, 09:24 AM
Yeah, on the 8th, 10th and the 11th November, she is scheduled to play Amanda..

She is suppose to arrive in SA on the 5th November..

Eric_tennis
Nov 16th, 2001, 12:50 AM
She is now in US?

I heard that she won close three set match over Amanda which is good for her. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Go, Anna!

<img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

marshmellow
Nov 17th, 2001, 10:40 AM
yes she'd been in the US for a couple of days now.

she was seen at the detroit red wings game supporting her hubby sergei fedorov. and he always seems to play well whenever she's around. they won over carolina.....

ajayares
Nov 17th, 2001, 10:47 AM
hubby?? marshmellow, we are so sure of that are we???<br />Do you know something, the rest of us don't, perhaps she is, perhaps she is not??

But whatever the situation, you are right about him playing better when she is there..

I wonder is she was there last night.. 8-3 but only ONE assist.. she must not have been there.. If that effort is anything to go by <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

[ November 17, 2001: Message edited by: ajayares ]</p>

per4ever
Nov 17th, 2001, 01:00 PM
Hubby??? <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="eek.gif" border="0">

I'm sure Anna declared officially for the press that she isn't married. The rumours of her marriage with Federov were all invented.

tenn_ace
Nov 17th, 2001, 01:11 PM
i'm late here, but better late than never.....

I was wondering whther anybody knows when Anna plays an exhibition against Monica.... anybody is planning to watch it?

marshmellow
Nov 18th, 2001, 04:40 AM
[quote]Originally posted by ajayares:<br /><strong>hubby?? marshmellow, we are so sure of that are we???<br />Do you know something, the rest of us don't, perhaps she is, perhaps she is not??

[ November 17, 2001: Message edited by: ajayares ]</strong><hr></blockquote>

<br />hehe....that one word i inserted really got some replies..... let's just put it this way.... being a detroit red wing fan lets me know something....hehehe....

ok, im gonna go shush now....woudn't wanna imply something now.......dumdidooo.....

and yah, only one point in that 8-3 win.... i guess that'll have to do when you've got teammates like he does....

besides with the 4-2 win today (where sergei shot the clincher), he extends his three game point streak....

ajayares
Nov 18th, 2001, 06:09 AM
Yeah and Anna was there today, which would mean that she would have been there Yesterday aswell..

[ November 18, 2001: Message edited by: ajayares ]</p>

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 29th, 2001, 04:58 PM
Great news for Anna , she has got her Gold Exempt Player Listing for 2002 <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Now she doesn't really have to worry much about not getting into tourns.

ys
Dec 16th, 2001, 05:03 PM
After beating Jennifer at exhibition, she beats Amanda. Anna is back! Pity I won't be online during the first week of 2002 to celebrate her first title.. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

ys
Jan 24th, 2002, 07:09 PM
Go Anna, win the doubles!..:)

We are going to have our hands on 5 titles out of 9 this AO..:)

tenn_ace
Jan 25th, 2002, 01:54 AM
Go Annushka!!! Take the title! Play your best so that Martina wouldn't spend too much time on the court!!!!

is it too much to ask? ;)

saki
Jan 25th, 2002, 01:22 PM
Yay! Anna won! :bounce:

now do it in singles, sweetie!

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 25th, 2002, 02:56 PM
congrats Anna on the doubles win :)

and now fo for the singles and get your rank back to where it should be.

ys
Jan 31st, 2002, 12:31 AM
I would just want it to be a good match today, nothing but tennis.. Good like to our two #1s..:)

ys
Jan 31st, 2002, 08:44 PM
I suppose It must have been a good match. Now it is time to cream Kremer..:)

ys
Feb 9th, 2002, 10:23 PM
Go Anna in Antwerp..:):bounce:

ys
Jan 15th, 2003, 04:10 PM
bump..

tenn_ace
Jan 15th, 2003, 07:54 PM
Originally posted by rd878
y(e)s, resurrect it JUST IN TIME TO BURY IT! :p

the loser is you here... coming here posting bs... what if we go to your beloved Venus thread and post there???

ys
Jan 15th, 2003, 08:10 PM
Anya plays mixed with Sasha Bogomolov.. I think it is cool..:)

goldenlox
Aug 25th, 2003, 12:51 AM
I found this thread very interesting.
Now Anna starts her broadcasting career for USA Network.
Today she was on CBS. And Anna has biographies on E! and VH-1 that repeat and repeat.
I can't remember Anna being so out front like this.
And Anna seems very happy. I think she might become part-time tennis player, and part-time broadcaster.
Time will tell.

goldenlox
Aug 25th, 2003, 02:28 AM
I think Anna has matured from reading about how nice she is to people like whiteplains and samtennis88.
Michael Silver thought the 16 year old Anna was very immature.
Of course, when you're not winning and you're still the player fans want to see and companies want representing them, it's easy to treat people nicely.

goldenlox
Aug 28th, 2003, 12:58 AM
I saw the first of Anna's entertainment reports this afternoon. Anna showed us the foos ball game, video games, got asked to the VMA's by Mardy Fish, and talked to Sergei Garcia. Then she hit golf putts in a corner of the room.
I type this as I watch Anna's E! True Hollywood Story.
On Sunday, the VH-1 Driven and the E! show both run twice.
Four hours of Anna biographies. And Anna will probably be on USA Network that evening.
Last night, Anna did interviews with USA Network and CBS.
On the CBS interview, Anna said she wants to wait until she is 100% healthy. So if she plays in two straight tournaments, she won't have to pull out of her next one.

goldenlox
Sep 22nd, 2003, 08:37 PM
Anna was in the media a lot during the U.S. Open. Then she went into hiding for two weeks. So I was surprised to see her name in today's New York Post. She was seen at a restaurant. And that is news in today's world.
On Thursday Sept. 25th, Anna plays World Team Tennis in Boston. She played three straight nights in mid July, two months ago.

goldenlox
Sep 25th, 2003, 10:00 PM
Anna's playing World Team Tennis tonight in Boston.
It's nowhere near as tough on her back as playing Moscow next week would be.
It's a charity event with Billy Jean King and Elton John.

tenn_ace
Sep 26th, 2003, 04:26 AM
Anna played brilliantly the first 2 points of the night (Anna/Chanda vs. Andre/Elton)... after that it was all downhill. at some point (when she and Andre played against John Mac/Chanda) Anna was so atrocious, that there were couple of boos from the crowd. Her serve barely made to the bottom of the net (she made 4 df in a row) and she was makinh tons of ue. Come to think of it, maybe her back sore. She still has the patch on her back, so maybe at some point in the first set of the night (battle of the sexes) she felt something and couldn't keep up.

In anyway, she did really play pretty bad outthere. I'd be surprised if she comes to the pro-tour after what I have seen today. :sad:

~SunFlower~
Sep 26th, 2003, 04:39 AM
That's too bad. :(

I can find out and witness the Kournikova-Davenport exhibition match here in Vancouver in November. I have the ticket. I will make a report what I see when I get home. I might take some pictures as well.

Kournikova's career is pretty much over (no offense). It's extremely difficult to get back where you belong.

If Maria Sharapova retires as early as Martina Hingis and Kournikova, I will cry! Maria is my one and only in terms of love.

goldenlox
Sep 26th, 2003, 08:28 PM
I saw some of the match that Anna played with Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, the day Anna opened the stock market.
Anna was the only person on the court who could play, and she wasn't focused, she was being Anna the celebrity. Smiling for all the cameras.
Anna played a lot better in July, from the few points I saw on WTT highlights.
I think when she plays her singles exhibitions we will get a better idea of where Anna's tennis game is.
But Anna should only come back if she's 100% dedicated to tennis. And if she's healthy enough to do it.

goldenlox
Sep 27th, 2003, 02:43 PM
Anna had a season ending injury at the KC last year. In a first round doubles match.
At the time, Anna was 12 - 5 after Wimbledon, with a final, a semi, and a quarterfinal.
She had an old school workaholic coach. So Anna doesn't mind training hard.
A year later, there are so many quality Russian players, that Anna will have to play to that 12-5 level just to compete with them.
I want Anna to go out and try to beat them. I'm looking forward to it.

goldenlox
Oct 10th, 2003, 10:31 PM
On Sunday, October 12, Anna is hosting the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo.
Prince Albert will present an award to Mariah Carey at the event.
Can't wait to see the wire image pics on Monday.

apoet29
Oct 11th, 2003, 02:40 PM
Actually, Anna will be co-hosting the awards with actor Rupert Everett. He's crazy, so if nothing else, their shared duties should make it an interesting evening. I don't think the World Music Awards will be telecast in the states for a few weeks will the production does some post-production editing. It will be interesting to see how Anna does after her commentating fiasco at the USO.

goldenlox
Oct 14th, 2003, 01:54 AM
The World Music Awards will be broadcast to 160 countries and seen by an estimated one billion viewers.
Anna made some more comments about not wanting to play unless she's 100% healthy. She's being as indefinate as possible.

Anna next exhibition is singles in Thailand on the weekend of November 6th.

Arhivarius
Oct 15th, 2003, 03:33 AM
There is the article in Russian newspaper about Anechka at World Music Award with very nice picture. :)
http://kp.ru/daily/23136/23989/

goldenlox
Oct 18th, 2003, 02:58 PM
I type this as Kournikova.com is just reaching 250,000 registered members. Anna left a journal entry saying she misses tennis.
I think next year is going to be about Anya's health. If she can play, I expect her to play a full schedule.

goldenlox
Oct 22nd, 2003, 07:39 PM
Anna presented the Rock Icon award to Dave Grohl at the GQ Man of the Year awards ceremony in New York October 21st.
That's after co-hosting the Worlds Music Awards in Monte Carlo on October 12th.
Anna wasn't kidding when she said she enjoys presenting.
Maybe we'll see her at the Academy Awards next spring.

GBFH
Oct 27th, 2003, 12:05 AM
oh my god! this thread is so old, my former username is in here :o

amazing.

get well soon, anna.

goldenlox
Oct 27th, 2003, 12:15 AM
Anna is one of the Russian players. She still has a ranking.
If I'm posting in cheering threads for the other women, I can keep Anna's cheering thread up to date also.

Frank Riley
Oct 29th, 2003, 09:24 PM
I miss Anna to I want our Golden Baby Girl back on the courts. :worship:

ys
Oct 31st, 2003, 10:01 PM
oh my god! this thread is so old, my former username is in here :o

amazing.

get well soon, anna.

And what was your former username?

goldenlox
Nov 2nd, 2003, 08:52 PM
Anna is scheduled to arrive in Pattaya on Wednesday. Then she will film a video to promote tourism in Thailand. After the tournament, Anna will play an exhibition against Tammy.
From what I've read, people are more interested in buying tickets to Anna's exhibition than they are for the tournament.
This will be the first time Anna has played singles in front of a crowd since May in Virginia.

GBFH
Nov 3rd, 2003, 01:35 AM
And what was your former username?

;)

goldenlox
Nov 8th, 2003, 11:06 PM
Anna plays her singles exhibition in Thailand tomorrow. Then she goes to India.
So the singles comeback is just beginning.

~SunFlower~
Nov 9th, 2003, 12:49 AM
Anna should follow Maria's path starting what Maria did last year, take things slowly win 10K then 25K then so on that it wouldn't be too hard on her body.. but the problem is that Anna's popularity is too much though which is too bad.

goldenlox
Nov 9th, 2003, 12:52 AM
Maria was 15 when this year started. Anna is 22.
Anna needs to stay healthy. If she can play tournament after tournament, Anna will start to win. Just like in 2002.
If she can't stay healthy, it doesn't matter what level of event she withdraws from.

~SunFlower~
Nov 9th, 2003, 01:01 AM
I understand but I am talking about confidence. If Anna wants to build up some confidence, she should start the way Maria did last year.. that's all. I am only being realistic.

goldenlox
Nov 9th, 2003, 01:13 AM
I understand. I'm just concerned about her body holding up. I think that's always been the problem. Her ranking kept improving until the 2001 ankle fracture. When she was in Moscow last year, an injury.
Anna's already won ITF events. 25k's ended her year this year. A lot of meaningless matches in a few days.

goldenlox
Nov 9th, 2003, 01:13 PM
Anna played her first exhibition, and everything went well. Two sets and a tie-breaker.
Now stay healthy.

KV
Nov 9th, 2003, 02:01 PM
Yep, stay healthy. Good win

VeraNuVirgosFan
Nov 12th, 2003, 08:38 AM
I think Anna has the confidence. But as a lot of people have observed: Anna and Maria have a completely different mentality.

Anna has already made more than 25 million pounds off court, so I just wonder whether she still has the determination and motivation to really battle in tennis tournaments

goldenlox
Nov 13th, 2003, 12:15 AM
Agassi has been wealthy for years, and he's still a top player.
Challengers are loaded with players who desperately need money, and they never make it as pros.
So I don't think it's about money. Anna has to stay healthy.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Nov 13th, 2003, 03:31 AM
OK, goldenlox, let’s not talk about the money.

But apart from the WTA singles title, Anna already has almost everything – superstar status, celebrity fame, and having been name the sexiest woman of the year by FHM magazine and one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine. Like what the press says: “She has the world at her feet.”

So with all this, I just think maybe she is less determined and less motivated than an average player to really work hard to achieve substantial success on court.

goldenlox
Nov 13th, 2003, 03:35 AM
I can't read Anna's mind. I think she would like to win. Anna is the only athlete who doesn't have to win and still gets all these perks.
So I don't know. I think she's prepared for Hollywood, because she gets so much attention, both positive and critical.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Nov 13th, 2003, 04:36 AM
Some quotes from Anna from Thai newspapers:

Kournikova said she was not considering a career as a Hollywood star. “I wasn’t saying I was going to retire. I said I was just trying to do some shows and people made it the headline. I think there are many professional [actresses] already.

“I’m still young and would like to play tennis for as long as I can. Everything else is secondary to tennis. I’ll try to do everything medically to get back within the first quarter of next year. Now I have to wait for the condition to get better, which is very frustrating.”

goldenlox
Nov 22nd, 2003, 01:43 AM
Anna plays an exhibition in Portland, Oregon on Saturday. She plays Amanda Coetzer.
There also is a men's exhibition with Agassi and other ATP players.

goldenlox
Nov 22nd, 2003, 02:30 PM
It won't be Coetzer. Anna is playing Carly Gullickson - an American who is Octagon/Adidas.
That makes more sense. I didn't understand giving that spotlight in the U.S. to Coetzer.

No gold exempt in 2004 for Anna. It won't matter. If she wants to play somewhere, tournament directors and tournament sponsors will get her in the main draw.

goldenlox
Nov 23rd, 2003, 02:56 AM
Anna won the first set 6-2. They play another tonight.
I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving. Anna on CBS.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Nov 23rd, 2003, 03:01 AM
It would be better if Anna could play Coetzer. That way we could have seen how Anna can compete with her.

Anna went to play exhibition with her in South Africa before, so I just thought it was usual for Coetzer to come to the US this time.

goldenlox
Nov 23rd, 2003, 03:06 AM
It could have been Anna vs. anybody. Anna is the draw.
It has to do with who sponsors the event. Who pays the bills, picks Anna's opponent.

goldenlox
Nov 23rd, 2003, 01:20 PM
Anna lost the second, evening set 3-6. Now CBS can promote Carly as the next American hope.
And everybody's happy.

ZAK
Nov 28th, 2003, 06:14 PM
I was disappointed that CBS only showed one point of Anna's match.

goldenlox
Nov 28th, 2003, 07:35 PM
I was hoping CBS would show a full set. But I don't think Anna cared. She spent Thursday in Germany, presenting an award at the Bambi Awards.

ZAK
Nov 28th, 2003, 10:01 PM
There are rumors Anna will play ASV in an exo match in Spain on December 7.

Miércoles, 19 de noviembre de 2003

Tenis | Exhibición
ARANTXA CONTRA KOURNIKOVA EN LA PLAZA DE TOROS DE LEÓN

La española vuelve a las pistas de forma excepcional para dar espectáculo.

EFE

La tenista catalana Arantxa Sánchez Vicario volverá a las pistas "tan sólo por un día" para enfrentarse el próximo 7 de diciembre (19,00 horas) en el León Arena -plaza de toros- a la rusa Anna Kournikova, según confirmó en la presentación del encuentro de exhibición.

Sánchez Vicario, que abandonó hace un año la competición, espera un partido "más relajado, al tratarse de una exhibición, aunque espectacular, dada la buena relación entre ambas", al tiempo que precisó su buen estado físico, pese a abandonar las pistas.

La tenista, que cumplirá 33 años poco después de este enfrentamiento, espera de él "que se vea buen tenis, con mucha rapidez en los puntos por la pista 'green set'", sin que sea la primera ocasión en la que lo dispute en una plaza de toros como la leonesa.

Sánchez Vicario ve positiva toda la repercusión mediática que rodea a Kournikova, "para el tenis femenino, al haber atraído, quizá por un punto de vista físico, más público a las canchas de juego, porque es indudable que destaca por el impacto publicitario".

Los organizadores del partido, la empresa "en movimiento eventos deportivos", desmintieron algunas cifras que han circulado -300.000 euros-, sobre el coste de este encuentro, así como que fuera sufragado en su totalidad por los patrocinadores, Caja España y la Junta de Castilla y León.

En el acto de presentación, Tomás Limeres anunció que se realizarán actividades paralelas al margen del partido, sobre el que se negocia su retransmisión televisiva y garantizó un lleno asegurado en el León Arena con más de diez mil espectadores "al haberse recibido peticiones de toda España e incluso del extranjero", precisó.

Las entradas, al precio de 9 y 25 euros, se pondrán a la venta el próximo viernes en todos los centros de El Corte Inglés.

http://www.as.com/articulo.html?d_d...nchor=dasmasB00

jojoseph
Nov 29th, 2003, 08:23 PM
OK, goldenlox, let’s not talk about the money.

But apart from the WTA singles title, Anna already has almost everything – superstar status, celebrity fame, and having been name the sexiest woman of the year by FHM magazine and one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine. Like what the press says: “She has the world at her feet.”

So with all this, I just think maybe she is less determined and less motivated than an average player to really work hard to achieve substantial success on court.

It appears now that she's gonna take some more time off to spend some time with Enrique on his tour, atleast that's what I'm thinking. While you can't blame her for that as she has a right to do what she pleases, there just doesn't seem to be much motivating her to want to get back on the court. Yeah, sure, you're gonna hear all the "yeah, I still want to play tennis" from her, however unless there is a reason for her to really want to get back on the court, she's gonna be less motivated. And the more time she spends away from playing competitive tennis, the harder it'll be to wanna come back.

The fact of the matter is as long as she's playing these useless exo's you know that she still has a chance to play atleast one real tournament and see if she can give it a go. And as long as she doesn't, then you know that tennis isn't a top priority.

goldenlox
Nov 30th, 2003, 03:33 AM
I think you're right. Anna seems to really enjoy Enrique's concerts.
I'm thinking it just gives her back more time to heal. So it's not bad.
And she comes back in Miami, her current home town.

goldenlox
Dec 7th, 2003, 10:30 PM
Anna played three sets for the first time since May in Leon, Spain.
ASV won the exhibition 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

apoet29
Dec 8th, 2003, 12:17 AM
I hate to point this out, but Anna also played three sets against Tamarine Tansaguran in Thailand about one month ago. Anna won that match 10-8 in the third.

I am surprised that so many people have forgotten that match already!

goldenlox
Dec 8th, 2003, 12:19 AM
Anna played two sets in Thailand. 10-8 was a tiebreak, instead of a third set.

goldenlox
Dec 28th, 2003, 11:20 PM
This is from Anna's message board -
An English tabloid says Enrique gave Anna a frienship ring -

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS has called me exclusively to reveal he has pledged his undying love to ANNA KOURNIKOVA.
But there is good news and bad news for the tennis beauty. He has presented her with a £50,000 ring — but he’s not about to marry her.

Enrique told me the sparkler is only a friendship ring.

He said: “I believe in settling down but I don’t think you have to be married to someone to be in love with them. I just believe in being in love.”

goldenlox
Jan 19th, 2004, 03:51 AM
I hope all of us get to have as much fun as Anna is having-

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004030490,,00.html

Keith17
Jan 19th, 2004, 05:14 AM
I hope I'd never be forced to be with a "talent" like Enrique.

goldenlox
Feb 10th, 2004, 02:06 PM
Anna poses for Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/images/spacer.gif
NEW YORK : Though Anna Kournikova has struggled with her tennis career, she still has plenty to do.

Kournikova, known more for her looks than her sport, is featured along with several other athletes in the upcoming Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Serena Williams, Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, New York Rangers center Petr Nedved, Titans running back Eddie George, jockey Jose Santos and skateboarder Tony Hawk also are pictured.

This is the seventh straight year Sports Illustrated has featured athletes as part of its swimsuit issue, which goes on sale on February 11.

Also, as part of the 40th anniversary issue, 11 of the most well-known models in the history of the magazine posed for a Hall of Fame portrait.

The photo includes Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Paulina Porizkova, Elle Macpherson, Vendela, Roshumba, Stacey Williams, Rachel Hunter, Valeria Mazza, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum.

goldenlox
Feb 10th, 2004, 07:39 PM
Anna is on the cover along with a model -

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/2004_swimsuit/

goldenlox
Feb 24th, 2004, 01:20 AM
Anna is having a little fun before her comeback on the tour-

Tennis pinup Anna Kournikova turned heads when she walked the red carpet with actor Mickey Rourke to celebrate Light nightclub's second anniversary at Las Vegas' Bellagio resort, reports The Associated Press.

Publicists swore the two were just friends, and Kournikova was in town to see her boyfriend Enrique Iglesias, who's playing at the Hard Rock hotel-casino this week.

The two weren't the only stars to make the swelling crowds inside the casino let out screams of adoration Saturday night.

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher showed up hand in hand, along with Angie Harmon and her husband, NFL star Jason Sehorn. However, the St. Louis Rams safety wasn't able to show any of his gridiron moves thanks to a pair of crutches he was lugging around.

Some stars bypassed the red carpet and came incognito. Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg both donned baseball caps and avoided the throngs of admirers.

Hilton heiress Paris Hilton was also on the scene, showing off her blond hair extensions. Apparently the socialite yearns to be a mother: She told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that she wants to have "kids in two to four years."

But back to Anna: The New York Daily News reports that Kournikova and New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter "appeared cozy" at South Beach's Metro Kitchen + Bar in the Astor Hotel.

"They arrived together and left together," said one insider. "They were with a group of people, but they sat next to each other all night."

Another source added: "They looked like a couple to me."

Reps for Kournikova and Jeter didn't return calls.

goldenlox
Feb 27th, 2004, 07:52 PM
For those who get ESPN, Anna has a tv show Saturday night. The making of the 2004 calendar.

- L i n a -
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:28 PM
About time this thread is deleted...

goldenlox
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:29 PM
No, Anna is #3 on the Lycos top 50 right now. Tennis needs Anna a lot more than Anna needs tennis.

- L i n a -
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:30 PM
What are we cheering Anna about?

GO ANNA! YOU GO AND BE SOME SKANK AT PARTIES!

goldenlox
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:34 PM
What do you mean we? Go back to Iceland.

- L i n a -
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:35 PM
This thread is named "Anna Kournikova cheering team..."

I was from Antarctica, not Iceland. Thanks.

apoet29
Feb 29th, 2004, 05:42 PM
No, Anna is #3 on the Lycos top 50 right now. Tennis needs Anna a lot more than Anna needs tennis.
Actually, I disagree. Anna was actually off the list until the SI Swimsuit issue put her back in the spotlight. Once that interest dies down, she will probably fall off the list again.

Tennis is what made Anna a star. Without it, no one would have been interested in her. She would have been another blonde girl trying to get attention. So far, tennis is doing just fine without her presence. It is Anna who needs tennis. Without it, she has nothing unique to sell.

Personally, I hope she returns and has a good run because I am sick and tired of reading these articles about her personal life.

goldenlox
Feb 29th, 2004, 06:16 PM
Right now, tennis is dying as a sport. The WTA is lucky they share the majors with men.
The YEC is a money losing mess. The weekly WTA events are irrelevant to sports fans.
The WTA needs Anna. Obviously Anna needed tennis years ago. Now she's finincially set.

- L i n a -
Feb 29th, 2004, 06:39 PM
Personally, I hope she returns and has a good run because I am sick and tired of reading these articles about her personal life.

I second that!

Then, since she isn't playing tennis, she will no longer exist on this board... and life just gets a little better.

goldenlox
Feb 29th, 2004, 06:42 PM
If Russian women play on the tour, Anna's name will be mentioned. Max demands that.

- L i n a -
Feb 29th, 2004, 06:42 PM
I know that too well, dear.

KV
Feb 29th, 2004, 06:48 PM
Anna made tennis a very popular sport in Russia. Bet even in an exhibtion she's more viewers than a Kim vs. Farina display. Unless they play in Belgium/Italy. This is an Anna cheering thread so she deserves some cheering here.

apoet29
Mar 1st, 2004, 12:29 PM
Right now, tennis is dying as a sport. The WTA is lucky they share the majors with men.
The YEC is a money losing mess. The weekly WTA events are irrelevant to sports fans.
The WTA needs Anna. Obviously Anna needed tennis years ago. Now she's finincially set.
You really don't get it. The YEC is a mess because the WTA was stupid enough to move it from New York where it had been a popular staple for years to Germany then to Los Angeles. The YEC's losing money has more to do with that move then it does with Anna or any other popular player.

Tennis has been "dying" for years. Anna playing or not has not changed that fact at all. For most fans, tennis is still an extremely popular sport. For example, my aunt goes to the California tournaments San Diego and Stanford every summer and those tickets are consistently sold out even without Anna's presence.

The WTA needs to better market its players, particularly its players that play consistently. Anna has not played in the last year, and she may not play again, so the WTA cannot rely on her.

Anna needs tennis more than it needs her. Without tennis, she will not get the same type of attention. BTW, how do you know that she is financially set?

goldenlox
Mar 10th, 2004, 12:48 AM
I saw on Anna's website that she might have her own reality television program-

Meanwhile, Bowler and MacDonald will co-produce several existing projects with remaining Foglight partner Gregg Backer, who will continue to work under the Foglight banner. Co-prods include the MTV original movie about Napster founder Shawn Fanning


and "Courting Anna," a reality series with Universal Television centered on tennis star Anna Kournikova.


"We realized we wanted to work with people who were connected with the younger-skewing networks like VH1 and MTV and Spike because we didn't have access to that world," said David Martin, Fox TV Studios exec VP of alternative productions.

- L i n a -
Mar 10th, 2004, 12:50 AM
And my predictions about Anna are all becoming true...

goldenlox
Mar 10th, 2004, 12:51 AM
Anna knows the difference between tuna fish and chicken.

- L i n a -
Mar 10th, 2004, 12:53 AM
I'm guessing that's reality show humor...

I will never ever watch that crap.

goldenlox
Mar 10th, 2004, 12:55 AM
A reality show about Anna doesn't sound right. She never talks about herself. Not even the tatoo.

apoet29
Mar 10th, 2004, 04:16 PM
Enrique and Anna Spotted after Rodeo in Houston

Callers into KRBE today saw Anna at the Rodeo and saw the two of them at a local drug store after the show. The lady that called in said she saw Enrique in the lobby of a hotel. She went to get a pen for him to sign an autograph and he was gone. She asked the hotel staff if they saw him and they said he went across the street to the drug store. She went across the street and he and Anna were there buying chocolate and candy for the trip to Australia today. During the Studio 104 earlier in the evening, the DJ asked him about his relationship with Anna and he said that he wanted his private life to remain private. I was watching him very closely when she asked the question and he really started smiling and giggling. I have been reading all the stuff on here about how they are on and off. Well, looks like it is ON.

__________________________________________________ __________________

The only thing that bothered me about this rumor was the part that stated Anna was going to Australia. I thought she was suppose to be training this month?

TatiAnnahølic
Mar 10th, 2004, 04:57 PM
OMG Anna :rolleyes: can you try to train a bit for once and let enrique alone?? I'm sorry Anna but I hope that this relation finishes soon because this is harming you :fiery:

- L i n a -
Mar 10th, 2004, 05:04 PM
OMG Anna :rolleyes: can you try to train a bit for once and let enrique alone?? I'm sorry Anna but I hope that this relation finishes soon because this is harming you :fiery:
Don't tell me you're finally seeing my side of Anna... :bigcry:

goldenlox
Mar 14th, 2004, 12:33 AM
Anna has an April 8 exhibition in Houston. But she's still out having fun, and not in Miami practicing-

JESSICA LAWRENCE
14mar04
Anna Kournikova is back in Australia – but as these photos show, her visit has nothing to do with tennis.

Kournikova is Down Under to lend support to her boyfriend, Latin singing heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, on his first Australian tour.

The pair spent yesterday relaxing in Brisbane after Iglesias's Friday night concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, which attracted a 7000-strong crowd.

Fans at the concert were treated to an impromptu glimpse of blonde Kournikova as she walked through the crowd.

Dressed in jeans and a figure-hugging top, she could be seen dancing near the stage to her Spanish beau's crooning.

They took time out yesterday to lounge around their upmarket suite at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in central Brisbane before boarding a private jet to Sydney hand-in-hand in the late afternoon.

Asked about Kournikova at a press conference on Friday, Iglesias replied: "She loves Australia and I have never been, so she was really keen to join me."

The couple have dodged marriage rumours since first hooking up in February 2002.

Kournikova – on a break from her professional tennis career – wasted no time sampling Brisbane's nightlife with Enrique, the son of legendary crooner Julio Iglesias, after they arrived from Tahiti late Thursday night.

Soon after checking into their luxury accommodation they headed to one of Brisbane's newest bars, the Belgian Beer Cafe.

The couple partied into the wee hours on the top level of the bar, a short stroll from their hotel.

Despite yesterday's low-key day in Brisbane, Inglesias insists he plans some outdoor adventures as well as surfing and a possible trip to Melbourne Zoo. And maybe some sightseeing as well.

"I have seen Australian girls walking down the streets and I think they're great," he said. "But I'm not allowed to look."

tenn_ace
Mar 15th, 2004, 01:00 AM
Anna has committed to exhibition matches in China on May 16th and 17th

here is a link to a Russian site: if anyone can translate a name of player and city names, thanks

Российская теннисистка Анна Курникова проведет два коммерческих матча в Китае. 16 и 17 мая ей будет противостоять спортсменка, которую даже у себя на родине называют неизвестной – китаянка Ян Шуцзин. Первая игра состоится в городе Чанша, второй – Шеньжэнь.
Как сообщает ИТАР-ТАСС, Курникова уже давно не выступает в турнирах Женской теннисной ассоциации //«Газета.Ru»

tenn_ace
Mar 15th, 2004, 01:02 AM
which means, I guess, no FO for her

goldenlox
Mar 15th, 2004, 01:05 AM
And she plays an exhibition on clay 9 days before Wimbledon. But I think she's going to SW 19. Just my hunch. -

Kournikova coming to Hamilton


TSN.ca Staff

3/11/2004

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Tennis Club announces that Anna Kournikova will be participating in an exhibition match on Saturday, June 12 at the BC Decker/ITF Challenger Tennis Tournament. The second annual women's event will run June 6 to 13, 2004 at Hamilton's oldest and Ontario's finest clay court club.

Brian Decker, CEO of BC Decker Inc and a director of the Club, made the announcement at a press conference today: "We are fortunate to have attracted Ms. Kournikova to our tournament in its second year. In 2003, the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Club, we ran a very successful Challenger tournament that attracted the finest young professional players in the world. Anna Lena Groenefeld won the French Open Junior title on one Sunday, then flew to Hamilton and won our singles title the next Sunday."

Decker, who is also the tournament director, said, "We are sustaining a high caliber of tennis while opening the game to sponsors at the national and local levels. Already the event has attracted the interest of Ford, Ferrari, Bell Canada, Ontario Energy Savings Corporation, I. W. Waxman & Sons, Head/Penn, and Effort Trust, to name but a few.

"Bringing Anna to play an exhibition match during our tournament raises the cross bar several notches. Through Anna's participation, we will attract a very large crowd to the Club to see the finest female athletes play the game at an extremely high level. These are the young women who will be winning Wimbledon and the US Open in just a few years."

Phil de Picciotto, President of Octagon, the global management firm that represents Kournikova, said, "Anna has a great affection for Canada and is particularly pleased to be able to play a match that will boost interest in the BC Decker tournament and in tennis in Hamilton and Southern Ontario. She is excited about her appearance in Hamilton and hopes that this is only the first of many visits to the event and to the city."

goldenlox
Mar 18th, 2004, 01:53 AM
Anna has committed to exhibition matches in China on May 16th and 17th

here is a link to a Russian site: if anyone can translate a name of player and city names, thanks

Российская теннисистка Анна Курникова проведет два коммерческих матча в Китае. 16 и 17 мая ей будет противостоять спортсменка, которую даже у себя на родине называют неизвестной – китаянка Ян Шуцзин. Первая игра состоится в городе Чанша, второй – Шеньжэнь.
Как сообщает ИТАР-ТАСС, Курникова уже давно не выступает в турнирах Женской теннисной ассоциации //«Газета.Ru»I don't recognize any names. From Anna's message board -

Beijing: Anna Kournikova will play two matches with unknown Chinese players in May.

Kournikova, who has not played on the WTA Tour for a long time, will play Yang Shujing in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan Province on May 16, and meet Hunan’s Ag Ain in Shenzhen City in south China’s Guangdong Province on May 17, Xinhua News Agency reported.

saki
Mar 18th, 2004, 12:17 PM
I don't understand - why is she playing exhibitions only? Are they even intended to be a preparation for a proper comeback or she just doing them for $$$ and giggles?

goldenlox
Apr 2nd, 2004, 07:37 PM
I read this on Anna's board -

"Tennis is and will continue to remain my number one priority and I cannot insist this enough. As an athlete you must expect injuries and you must learn to deal with them, frustrating though it may be,"

It sounds pretty definate that Anna is coming back.

cool_olga
Apr 2nd, 2004, 07:47 PM
I would be so happy to see Anna back. I miss her on court :sad: it was always great ans exciting seeing her playing. I think she plays these exhibitions for fun because she loves tennis but would be awesome if she came back.
Actually any news about it?

goldenlox
Apr 2nd, 2004, 07:50 PM
All I know is the next exhibition is Houston on April 8th.

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 01:35 AM
Anna Kournikova comes to River Oaks straight from the pages of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She'll play an exhibition match Thursday night against up-and-coming American teen, Carly Gullickson, daughter of former major league pitcher Bill Gullickson. Ticket sales have exceeded expectations, and expectations were high.

"It was just another way for us to heighten interest," Hurt said, "and the response has been awesome. The hard-core tennis fan is more likely to go to Mac's tournament. We need to be creative. Last year we used John McEnroe (who never played River Oaks in his prime). Anna offers a little different twist."

To say the least. She's also the first prominent female player to play a match at River Oaks since 1969, when the legendary Margaret Court won the last women's tournament.


Anna plays Thursday night in Houston.

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 07:43 PM
Many hearts broken at River Oaks
Ill Kournikova bows out of exhibition
By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle
With the Astros and Giants doing battle down at Minute Maid Park the previous three nights, media coverage of the River Oaks International had been bare bones at best. But the TV tower and photographers' row were going to be standing-room-only in the sold-out stadium Thursday night, and the shutterbugs weren't pouring in to shoot Vince Spadea's gams.

Like the spring flowers on the leafy River Oaks Country Club grounds, Anna-mania was bursting forth. Alas, the buzz died quickly when the discouraging word trickled out that Anna Kournikova was laid up in her Galleria-area hotel room, too ill and/or exhausted to answer the bell for an exhibition match against the talented American teenager, Carly Gullickson.

Apparently Kournikova's jet-setting lifestyle had caught up with her, much to the chagrin of the River Oaks International officials and the 3,300-plus fans with tickets. A significant number of those were sold just for the Kournikova session, and there's no telling how many of the season passes were bought to ensure an up-close-and-personal look at one of the world's most, uh, admired sports figures.

And Kournikova, 22, isn't even an active player at present, having been sidelined by chronic back problems since last year. She's most famous, tennis-wise, for perhaps being the best player never to have won a singles title.

Anyway, it wasn't Barry Bonds vs. Roger Clemens, but it was a big deal. Such a big deal that the tournament chairman, Bill Hurt, awoke before the crack of dawn and selflessly dragged himself to the airport to meet Kournikova's red-eye flight from Los Angeles. The moment she walked off the plane, though, Hurt feared it wasn't going to be the best day of his life.

"She was obviously jet-lagged and very tired, and she had a very raspy voice," he said. "She told me her doctor had diagnosed her with walking pneumonia."

The itinerary called for Kournikova to arrive in Houston on Wednesday evening, but an Adidas photo shoot ran long and she missed the last flight. She had traveled to Los Angeles from Bali, where rumor has it she was spending time with her beau, pop singer Enrique Iglesias, on tour in the region.

"It's unfortunate the scheduling commitments that she undertook before she got here caused her to be delayed," Hurt said. "She'd been going pretty hard and traveling across several time zones over the last week, starting in Bali. When we were driving to the hotel, we talked about how it might be 80 degrees (during the match) and that she would be playing on clay, which she didn't realize. She expressed some concern that might be too taxing for her."

Once it was established around 3 p.m. that Kournikova didn't feel up to playing, there was discussion about moving the match back a day, but the decision came down to scrap the mission.

"We've already got a great day of tennis with four quarterfinals," tournament referee and head River Oaks pro Van Barry said. "It would have just been compounding a bad situation."

Kournikova won't be paid, Hurt said, "because she wasn't able to fulfill her obligations. That seems pretty clear, I think."

Her appearance fee was believed to be in the neighborhood of $50,000. She earns close to $10 million annually in endorsements.

Anyone who demanded a refund "would be accommodated," Barry said. The club was also offering, in lieu of a refund, a free bonus ticket to today's, Saturday's or Sunday's matches.

Not all of Kournikova's panting-turned-pouting fans were easily consoled, of course. But no one was more disappointed than Gullickson, 17. She has had few opportunities to play in front of a crowd as large and rabid as the one River Oaks was expecting.

"It's unfortunate," Gullickson said. "I was really looking forward to the experience."

Daniel
Apr 11th, 2004, 05:18 AM
:bounce: Vamos :bounce: :D :dance: :banana:

goldenlox
Apr 23rd, 2004, 01:36 AM
Anna's going to play WTT in Central park this summer. Maybe I'll go take a look -

WTT announces schedule
4/22/2004 5:55 PM
By: Capital News 9 web staff
The 2004 World Team Tennis schedule is finally out and some well-known tennis pros are scheduled to play in Central Park.

On July 8, Kansas City visits Schenectady for a match with the New York Buzz. Anna Kournikova will play for the Explorers in Central Park.

tenn_ace
Apr 25th, 2004, 12:50 PM
According to Anna's grandmother (Anna too) Enrique asked her permission to marry Anna...

goldenlox
Apr 25th, 2004, 06:07 PM
That's not Central Park in Manhattan. It's in Schenectady. Too far for me.
Anna might be married already. She did that with Fedorov.

goldenlox
May 2nd, 2004, 09:19 PM
Anna is supposed to be in Manhattan on Wednesday -

Gillette Complete Skincare and Anna Kournikova Search for the Most ``Completely Irresistible Face''

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 30, 2004--Think you've got the most handsome face in town? Gillette Complete Skincare and Anna Kournikova are looking for the most irresistible face in America.

Gillette Complete Skincare today announced a nationwide search for the "Completely Irresistible Face." The contest offers men the chance to appear in an upcoming Gillette Complete Skincare commercial, along with a prize package worth more than $25,000.
The contest is designed to promote Gillette Complete Skincare, a new line of premium products designed specifically for men. The nationwide search will begin with an open casting call hosted by Ms. Kournikova from noon to 2 p.m. on May 5 at New York City's Times Square Studios, 1500 Broadway. At the event, men can enter the contest, meet Ms. Kournikova and experience Gillette's new product line at a number of skincare stations on site.

goldenlox
May 15th, 2004, 05:52 PM
http://www.newstream.com/us/story_pub.shtml?story_id=13404&user_ip=24.90.120.233




Anna Kournikova Searches for the 'Completely Irresistible Face'



May 2004 (Newstream) --

Who: Tennis superstar Anna Kournikova kicks off a nationwide "Search for the Completely Irresistible Face" to introduce Gillette Complete Skincare, a new line of premium skincare products designed specifically for men.

What: Kournikova hosts an open casting call in which one lucky man with the most irresistible face will get the chance to appear in a Gillette commercial. Men will also have the chance to experience Gillette's new products at on-site skincare stations and have their headshots photographed for the "Search for the Completely Irresistible Face" contest.

In addition to getting the chance to appear in an upcoming Gillette Complete Skincare commercial, men can win a prize package worth more than $25,000. The contest will also be available online at www.gillettecomplete.com (http://www.gillettecomplete.com/).

When: Wednesday, May 5, 2004 Where: Times Square Studios, 1500 Broadway
44th and Broadway [Southeast corner, street level] Why: Gillette knows men's faces best. Gillette Complete Skincare, the company's most innovative personal care line to be introduced in more than a decade, delivers five signs of healthy-looking skin in just 14 days -- guaranteed.

goldenlox
May 15th, 2004, 05:57 PM
http://www.bcdecker.com/tennis.aspx


http://www.bcdecker.com/images/deckeritf.jpg http://www.bcdecker.com/images/annastanding.jpg Anna's Birthday Ball

Friday June 11, 2004
Hamilton Convention Centre
Featuring Anna Kournikova

Entertainment by Michael Burgess
Gourmet Food and Wine
Black Tie
7:00pm Champagne Reception, Dinner to Follow

Corporate Table(s) for 10 $3500
Ticket(s) $250

For tickets call Marie 905-522-7017 x 2233
Mail, Fax or E-mail registration form (http://www.bcdecker.com/images/annaballreg.pdf)

Proceeds to Children's Cancer and Leukemia
Research Fund at McMaster Children's Hospital
(#131159543 RR0001)
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- L i n a -
May 15th, 2004, 06:31 PM
Why are you copying this crap in here? :p

goldenlox
May 15th, 2004, 06:36 PM
Proceeds to Children's Cancer and Leukemia
Research Fund at McMaster Children's Hospital
That's why.

- L i n a -
May 15th, 2004, 06:40 PM
Anna Kournikova Searches for the 'Completely Irresistible Face'

I'm not seeing the "goodwill" involved in that one... nor, any aspects of tennis.

goldenlox
May 15th, 2004, 06:55 PM
That one just showed that Anna is still getting new endorsement deals. Even though she hasn't played a match for a full year.
That win over Henrieta was 16 months ago. Anna has not even played an exhibition match in 2004.

- L i n a -
May 15th, 2004, 07:26 PM
When Anna's looks fade, and she's doing reality shows with F-level actors... please continue to update. :)

goldenlox
May 15th, 2004, 07:28 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2004-05-13-spring-bling_x.htm


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Anna Kournikova, 24
Giver: Enrique Iglesias
Getty Images


Bling: Diamond ring from the world's biggest mine in Argyle in western Australia, where diamonds have a unique champagne and cognac color. Value: $5.4 million.

Love connection: Reports of the bauble bubbled up when Kournikova tagged along with boyfriend Enrique Iglesias on tour in Australia mid-March. The diamond from Down Under made its U.S. debut May 5 at a

Thanks to the cat -

Will Anna ever return to WTA?
Kournikova appears to be healthy enough for a return, but hasn't decided yet


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Photos: Gilette, Susan & Fred Mullane/Camerawork USA
Animation: Ron Cioffi/tr.net

Where have you gone, Anna Kournikova?



Anna Kournikova is scheduled to play an exo in Canada in two weeks time and will also play four World TeamTennis matches for the Kansas City Explorers in five-day period in July, but she has not set a timetable for a return to the WTA Tour.

A source in her camp told ******************** Kournikova – who has not played a regular tour or circuit event since April '03 when she lost in the first round of an ITF tournament in Charlottesville – hasn't decided either way, and isn't even really considering the question. But if she's capable of playing up to 12 sets in a five-day period, than the back injury that has sidelined her from regular play during the past 13 months must have healed to some degree.

The question for the soon to be 23-year-old Kournikova – who has made a fair amount of commercial appearances during the last year including a recent one for Gillette skin care products – is whether she has the desire to attempt to real comeback. She's not the first player to deal with a back injury (i.e. Jennifer Capriati and Amelie Mauresmo as of late) and with the amount of rest and rehab she's had, should be capable of giving it a go.
But the "why bother?" factor looms large for her: She was still able to reportedly bank $9 million in off-court earnings last year and every time she's pictured traveling with her boyfriend, pop star Enrique Iglesias, she appears to be quite content. Given how wildly popular she remains because of how many men find her to be a physical goddess, she's probably good for another $25 million or so in off-court earnings during the next five years without playing (and that's a lowball figure).

So if Anna does not need to return to her tennis career to make money, what's left? How about pride and to show all of her doubters that yes, she has the game to win a legit singles tournament and, yes, she has enough game to reach a Slam final. But as the source implied, those questions may not be relevant anymore.

Robby vs. Taylor; Venus for six straight weeks?
Good for US Davis Cup captain Pat McEnroe for going with a hard court in the USTA's September 24-26 Davis Cup semifinal against Belarus. On Wednesday, the USTA selected Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C., as the site. Those cities that came closest to being selected were Carson, Calif., Atlanta, Ga. and Fort worth, Tx.

Andy Roddick and Bob and Mike Bryan are already on the DC squad. The No. 2 spot will likely go to whoever's hottest and healthiest after the US Open. That player could be Mardy Fish, who caught a bout of hip tendonitis at the Houston clay courts back in April, will miss Roland Garros and is planning on coming back at Halle.

The US Olympic men's team appears to be set except for the last singles spot: Roddick, Fish, Vince Spadea and the Byran Brothers (in dubs). James Blake is injured and won't make the rankings cut. Either Robby Ginepri or Taylor Dent will grab the last singles spot depending on how they do at RG and the first week of the grasscourts. Dent has to step up because he's defending quarterfinal points at Queens.

While talking to instructional and high-speed video guru John Yandell today, it came to mind that even after she hurt her ankle in Berlin by playing five straight weeks, Venus Williams is considering a six-straight week schedule this summer: Wimbledon, Fed Cup, Palo Alto, LA and San Diego. Very risky indeed. This also brings to mind the strong possibility that Serena – who's not playing Palo Alto – will play Fed Cup against Austria in Innsbruck along with (my guess) Lindsay Davenport, who as of this writing, had reached the quarters of Strasbourg.

Keep your eyes on the NCAA Team Championships, which run the rough Tuesday. My picks: the virtually unbeatable Stanford women (Amber Lui still plays No. 1) and the USC men, who are led by the very capable coach, Peter Smith. Look for Stanford to make some serious noise in legendary coach's Dick Gould's last season.

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Easter Bowl
Fourteen-year-old Alexa Glatch advanced to finals in Charlottesville.
Alexa Glatch of Newport Beach, who's only 14, reached the quarters of the Boyd Tinsley $50,000 USTA Pro Championships in Charlottesville, Va., losing to eventual champion and No. 123 Marissa Irvin 7-5, 6-1 after upsetting No. 251 Sunitha Rao and No. 170 Vilmarie Castellvi each in three sets.

"She was placing the ball really well and she came up with some very well-place shots," said Irvin. Glatch trained with the US Fed Cup team last month in Slovenia. She won't play either the Roland Garros or Wimbledon juniors because she doesn't have enough ITF points, but will more than likely play the US Open juniors. … Speaking of 14-year-old juniors we follow, Santa Monica's Logan Hansen, who won the Easter Bowl 16s with a bad back, will be out until at least the National Clays in July rehabbing the injury.

WTA HIRES ENTERTAINMENT EXEC
The WTA named entertainment communications executive Susan Lomax as Vice President of Communications. Lomax, the former head of public relations at Vivendi Universal Entertainment's Universal Orlando, has more than 15 years of communications experience in the entertainment industry. She'll oversee the tour's global communications and promotional strategies and initiatives. Here's a rich quote by WTA CEO Larry Scott: "At a time when there is a clear and increasing nexus between sports and entertainment, Susan's industry experience and strategic capabilities are the perfect fit for our organization." But more importantly, does she know how to keep score?

Congrats to The Tennis Channel on its recent one year anniversary. We hear from those who have a chance to watch it they are doing a bang up job but – if I [and about one million other tennis fans in California) ever have to go through another major Euro Clay Court season without being able to see a ball struck, we are either going to lead a march on Comcast and DirectTV (both whom have so far refused to sign a deal with TTC), or are going to demand that the ATP, WTA and the TTC broadcast the matches on the Internet.

Speaking of the Internet, make sure to tune into www.rolandgarros.org (http://www.rolandgarros.org/) and listen to me do the first English-language radio broadcasts. I promise not to show my bias and talk about Fed Cup too much. Check that, you'll hear exhaustive daily previews of Innsbruck during a Costa-Horna marathon.

the cat
May 22nd, 2004, 08:26 PM
Here is the link to the recent ******************** article on Anna and her tennis plans for the summer of 2004. It's located at www.********************/news_052004.html (http://www.********************/news_052004.html)

goldenlox
May 26th, 2004, 06:03 PM
I saw this on Anna's message board -



Motherhood, anyone?: Yes, she has a shotgun forehand, but has tennis babe Anna Kournikova also had a shotgun wedding?

Us Weekly reports that the almost-23-year-old Russian glamazon has tied the knot with 29-year-old pop crooner Enrique Iglesias, and that she might very well be pregnant.

The lovebirds - she, flashing a huge pink diamond - were spotted outside the Bond St. Lounge in Miami Beach when a passerby wished them well with their engagement.

"That is old news," Iglesias replied. "We were married five weeks ago." The mag adds that during a recent dinner in Los Angeles, a pal rubbed Kournikova's belly and offered congratulations.

the cat
May 26th, 2004, 07:15 PM
Congrats to Anna and Enrique on their marriage and baby. I hope everything goes well for them. :)

LH2HBH
May 27th, 2004, 08:12 AM
Give Me A Huge Break

goldenlox
May 31st, 2004, 07:04 PM
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Anna Kournikova and British sailor Ellen MacArthur pose for the cameras prior to the start of the Transat solo North Atlantic race in Plymouth, England on Monday. The race which Kournikova will start is from Plymouth to Boston. Photo:AP

goldenlox
Jun 1st, 2004, 02:24 AM
ALL ANNA ON DECK (http://<b><font%20face=/)


GORGEOUS tennis star Anna Kournikova was a smash hit when she took the helm of a 50ft yacht yesterday.
The leggy Russian pin-up and part-time model was in Plymouth to get a sailing lesson from record-breaking yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur.

And while Anna was at the Devon port, she was pressed into service to start the Transat 2004 solo yacht race.

Thousands of spectators turned up alongside Anna to watch 37 racers begin the two-week sailing challenge, which finishes in Boston on the east coast of America.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Jun 8th, 2004, 10:55 AM
Martina Hingis took a verbal jab at former doubles partner Anna Kournikova.

Asked what it might be like to struggle with serving the way Elena Dementieva did in the French Open final, Hingis smiled, then said: "Ask Anna Kournikova, I don't know.''

Kournikova once won an Australian Open singles match despite serving 23 double-faults, 13 more than Dementieva had Saturday. Kournikova and Hingis won Australian Open doubles championships in 1999 and 2002.
goldenlox, I think it isn't nice of Hingis to say that about her former doubles partner.

But maybe Hingis said that because she is jealous of Anna's fame and celebrity status?

VeraNuVirgosFan
Jun 8th, 2004, 11:04 AM
Question: Some compared you to Anna Kournikova - is that flattering you?

Sesil Karatancheva: Once they even mistook me for Kournikova while I was doing my practice. I am okay with that, although the fist time they compared me to her I thought, "Am I really such a bad player?" Now I know what they mean is I'm just as pretty. This is a compliment, but really no big deal."
goldenlox, above is another interesting one.

- L i n a -
Jun 8th, 2004, 01:55 PM
Question: Some compared you to Anna Kournikova - is that flattering you?

Sesil Karatancheva: Once they even mistook me for Kournikova while I was doing my practice. I am okay with that, although the fist time they compared me to her I thought, "Am I really such a bad player?" Now I know what they mean is I'm just as pretty. This is a compliment, but really no big deal."
:haha: :haha: :haha:

That will never stop being funny.

I love Sesil so much.

goldenlox
Jun 8th, 2004, 01:56 PM
Anna's name is always being mentioned. Big deal. No one knows or cares who this person, Sesil, is.

- L i n a -
Jun 8th, 2004, 02:29 PM
Lina's name is always mentioned on this board. Everyone loves me. Big deal. No one knows or cares who this person, goldenlox, is.

goldenlox
Jun 8th, 2004, 02:40 PM
ESPN is doing some feature about it's first 25 years. The NY Times says they will examine the evolution of sports marketing from Arnold Palmer to Micheal Jordan to Anna Kournikova -

"segment on image making shines an appropriate light on how sports marketing has evolved from selling Arnold Palmer to Michael Jordan to Anna Kournikova"

goldenlox
Jun 8th, 2004, 03:51 PM
Anna has an exhibition in Canada on June 12. I hope Anna is training with a coach.
Be smart, Anna. Pro sports is talent and using your brain. Both. You need a coach. Every day.

http://www.bcdecker.com/tennis.aspx

http://www.hamiltontennisclub.ca/anna.html

AnDyDog621
Jun 8th, 2004, 08:23 PM
i hope she does well at the exhibition

goldenlox
Jun 9th, 2004, 04:36 PM
Anna is back on the practice court. She plays Gigi Fernandez in Canada this weekend.
Anna is on her way back. Get a coach -

http://www.mavrixphoto.com/galleries/6_8_04/anna_sunscreen/index.htm

- L i n a -
Jun 9th, 2004, 04:37 PM
Anna is not on her way back.

ys
Jun 9th, 2004, 04:53 PM
Anna is back on the practice court. She plays Gigi Fernandez in Canada this weekend.
That is what they now call "top-ranked opponent"? Good luck anyways..

TatiAnnahølic
Jun 9th, 2004, 04:56 PM
OMG her rival.... anyway a match is a match vamos Anna!

goldenlox
Jun 9th, 2004, 04:59 PM
Anna also play doubles with Gigi against 2 Canadian juniors. Then WTT. And then the WTA tour.

ys
Jun 9th, 2004, 05:01 PM
Anna also play doubles with Gigi against 2 Canadian juniors. Then WTT. And then the WTA tour.
I will be praying for you to be right..

- L i n a -
Jun 9th, 2004, 05:05 PM
That is what they now call "top-ranked opponent"? Good luck anyways..
Well, Anna was only a top doubles player... so, I guess Gigi is fitting.

goldenlox
Jun 9th, 2004, 05:13 PM
Anna was #1 in the world in doubles. And #8 in singles. Seeing Nastya and Elena playing in a slam final must motivate her.
Anna knows she can beat Elena.

ys
Jun 9th, 2004, 05:16 PM
Anna was #1 in the world in doubles. And #8 in singles. Seeing Nastya and Elena playing in a slam final must motivate her.
Anna knows she can beat Elena.
That would be great. If she starts now, she might get into a decent form by USO time. USO organizers would want nothing more than playing and motivated Kournikova.

tenn_ace
Jun 9th, 2004, 05:21 PM
USO organizers would want nothing more than playing and motivated Kournikova.
don't wake me up... I like this dream.

apoet29
Jun 9th, 2004, 05:36 PM
Anna knows she can beat Elena.
I wouldn't be celebrating Anna's return to tennis too soon. In an recent interview, she stated that she was still having back problems and was only able to train four hours a day instead of the six required for a tennis player. So for now, she is just going to play exhos. Still, it is nice to see that tennis still is a priority for her. I was wondering about her motivation for a while.

Anyway, Elena is a much more improved player in the last year than she was when she and Anna faced off in Tokyo in 2002. Anna has beaten Elena in the past, but just last year she was getting trounced by players at the challenger level. Beating someone in the past doesn't mean you can do so again. After all, you are talking about Elena Dementieva, who just beat Davenport and Mauresmo to make her first slam final. A player who also has victories over Henin-Hardenne, V. Williams, and Chanda Rubin in the last year. Is Anna as talented as Elena? Of course she is, but it is a little much at this point to say that she could beat Elena right now.

- L i n a -
Jun 9th, 2004, 06:01 PM
Anna was #1 in the world in doubles. And #8 in singles. Seeing Nastya and Elena playing in a slam final must motivate her.
Anna knows she can beat Elena.
She sure as hell can't right now.

goldenlox
Jun 9th, 2004, 06:06 PM
I don't expect Anna to beat Elena this weekend. Or at Wimbledon.
But if Anna trains for a month or two, and gets her focus back, she can play with Elena.
I want to see Anna with a coach. Then I'll be satisfied.

- L i n a -
Jun 9th, 2004, 06:19 PM
Elena is a far better player now than Anna was in 1998-2000.

Deal with it.

Anna is old news. Done. Finished.

goldenlox
Jun 9th, 2004, 06:23 PM
Elena got 3 games against Nastya. Anna can do better than that right now.
I knew that all Russian French Open final would get other players motivated.
I want to see Lena B. playing better than ever now also. And Sveta. And Anna.

TatiAnnahølic
Jun 9th, 2004, 06:24 PM
Elena is a far better player now than Anna was in 1998-2000:tape: oh yes and Bovina will win the USO and Wimbly... please Linie :o

apoet29
Jun 9th, 2004, 06:25 PM
I don't expect Anna to beat Elena this weekend. Or at Wimbledon.
But if Anna trains for a month or two, and gets her focus back, she can play with Elena.
I want to see Anna with a coach. Then I'll be satisfied.
It is going to take a lot more than just training for a month or two for Anna to beat Elena who is playing at a very high level right now. Anna hasn't played tennis for a year and hasn't played a WTA match since last April. Do you really expect her to be able to compete with Elena after being gone for a year just by training for a month or two? That's a bit much. Anna needs to work her way back to the tour and actually start winning some matches before she can compete against a player like Elena.

I know you like Anna, but you act as if she is so great that she can come back after a year off and beat everyone she plays. That is certainly not the case. To be honest, if Anna can lose to someone like Bruno Calosio, then she can't beat someone like Elena.

apoet29
Jun 9th, 2004, 06:26 PM
Elena got 3 games against Nastya. Anna can do better than that right now.

Please say that this is a joke.

goldenlox
Jun 9th, 2004, 06:31 PM
Elena just lost 6-1, 6-4 in her first match in Rome. Almost lost in round 1 to Mervana Jugic-Salkic at RG, and I wouldn't be surprised if Elena loses her first round match at Wimbledon.
The gap between the players is very small.

apoet29
Jun 9th, 2004, 06:47 PM
Elena just lost 6-1, 6-4 in her first match in Rome. Almost lost in round 1 at RG, and I wouldn't be surprised if Elena losses her first round match at Wimbledon.
The gap between the players is very small.
I don't know why I am bothering to reply to you since you seem to think that Anna walks on water, but here goes.

The gap between the players is bigger than you think. You can't really expect Anna to come back from an injury and an entire year away from tennis and beat a top ten player. No player does that. Not even Seles. Yes, Elena has had some inconsistencies, but she has broken through in ways that Anna never did. I know that you seem to think that Anna is more talented, but talent doesn't buy titles or grand slam finals and that is something that Elena has and Anna doesn't.

If Anna actually returns to the tour, which is something that she has not committed to yet, I would give her at least a year to get her game in gear and ranking up before I start boosting that she could beat top ten players. That is not being mean to Anna. That is using common sense.

goldenlox
Jun 9th, 2004, 06:55 PM
When Dementieva plays Casanova, there is almost no difference in ability. Either player can win.
Anna just has to get a coach, get in match shape, and keep her her mechanics sound. She beat Nagyova easily in 2003.

ys
Jun 9th, 2004, 06:57 PM
When Dementieva plays Casanova, there is almost no difference in ability. Either player can win.
Anna just has to get a coach, get in match shape, and keep her her mechanics sound. She beat Nagyova easily in 2003.
Anna would have no prayer against healthy in-form Dementieva.

apoet29
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:05 PM
When Dementieva plays Casanova, there is almost no difference in ability. Either player can win.
Anna just has to get a coach, get in match shape, and keep her her mechanics sound. She beat Nagyova easily in 2003.
You know, I wish that I were as disillusioned as you are about Anna's abilities. As a fan of Anna's, I would make my life easier. However, I am not like you. I agree with ys. Anna has a LONG way to go before she can start competing against the likes of any player, particularly a top ten player like Elena. Beating Nagyova is one thing. You seem to forget that when Anna faced Henin-Hardenne her game fell completely apart. Anna's issues are far more complex than just getting a coach, getting into match shape, etc.

What I would like to know is why you seem to think that Dementieva is such a terrible player, but Anna is a great one? Where do you come to that conclusion?

goldenlox
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:11 PM
Anna would have no prayer against healthy in-form Dementieva.
Anna SP was up 6-0, 2-0 against healthy in-form Dementieva.

ys
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:11 PM
What I would like to know is why you seem to think that Dementieva is such a terrible player, but Anna is a great one? Where do you come to that conclusion?
What goldenlox probably meant is that with Elena often having not just bad, but simply horrendous days, Anna could have a chance to catch her on one of those days. I would not believe that even not-in-best-form Kournikova could be much worse than that Bosnian girl Lena struggled so much against in the 1R of RG..

ys
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:14 PM
Anna SP was up 6-0, 2-0 against healthy in-form Dementieva.
Current comparison of Anna SP and Anna K. does not really work, does it? Anna SP is a player NO ONE likes to play against, and if you think that Elena was the first Russian top player against whom Anna SP won that many games in a row, you might be wrong. Consult Vera Z. about that.

apoet29
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:18 PM
What goldenlox probably meant is that with Elena often having not just bad, but simply horrendous days, Anna could have a chance to catch her on one of those days. I would not believe that even not-in-best-form Kournikova could be much worse than that Bosnian girl Lena struggled so much against in the 1R of RG..
I understand. There are two points that I am trying to make to GL. First, Elena really deserves a lot of credit for her accomplishments in the last year: three title wins and a GS final are nothing to shake a stick at, yet GL never wants to seem to give Elena credit. Yet Anna K. suddenly decides to start practicing tennis again and GL is saying that Anna could take out a GS finalist? Come on! I know that Elena has some horrible days, but Anna hasn't played tennis in a year and admits herself that she is not in the best tennis shape. At this point, Anna has no shot of beating anyone in the top fifty. Give her a year with some time to train (if she takes it seriously) and work her way up in the rankings, then I will consider her beating some top ten players, but until that time, forget it. Second, I often feel that GL's infatuation with Anna's fame gets in the way of her looking at Anna's tennis from a critical perspective. Yes, Anna is famous and rich, and I say good for her. But magazine covers can't buy wins and that is what Anna needs if anyone is to take her seriously again.

ys
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:22 PM
Second, I often feel that GL's infatuation with Anna's fame gets in the way of her looking at Anna's tennis from a critical perspective. Yes, Anna is famous and rich, and I say good for her. But magazine covers can't buy wins and that is what Anna needs if anyone is to take her seriously again.
In opposite, I got an impression that goldenlox is a person with very realistic views on great majority of tennis subjects..

apoet29
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:22 PM
Anna SP was up 6-0, 2-0 against healthy in-form Dementieva.
I notice that you forgot to mention that Elena came back in the match to take it to a third set. You also forgot to mention that Elena still had to beat Davenport, Mauresmo and Suarez to make the final.

I should remind you that Anna SP has also beat an in-form Anna K. in Auckland 2002 6-1 6-4 and in Shanghai 2002 6-2, 6-3. Anna K. did have two victories against Anna SP on hardcourts that summer in San Diego and Stanford, so that makes Anna K.'s loss to her in Shanghai all the more depressing.

Ask any player. No one likes to play Anna SP because she is a human backboard. She gets tons of balls back.

goldenlox
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:22 PM
Tennis is mostly a mental game. Just look at Nadia's results. Very few players are consistent. It's hard to focus.
Anna doesn't have to play great tennis every match. Just focus for some matches. Look at Kirilenko.

apoet29
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:23 PM
In opposite, I got an impression that goldenlox is a person with very realistic views on great majority of tennis subjects..
I agree with most of her tennis views. Just not her views about Anna.

apoet29
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:27 PM
Tennis is mostly a mental game. Just look at Nadia's results. Very few players are consistent. It's hard to focus.
Anna doesn't have to play great tennis every match. Just focus for some matches. Look at Kirilenko.
I agree. Anna has to come back first though. She is currently practicing for that exho in Hamilton, but that doesn't mean she is going to return to the WTA tour. She says herself that training is so difficult because of her back problems. If she can't properly train, then she can't return.

Anna's focus has always been a problem for her. There was no reason for Anna's losses at USO in 2002 and at the AO in 2003 except for a lack of focus. If she returns, she is really going to have to work on that if she hopes to win matches and play consistently.

goldenlox
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:37 PM
I don't expect Anna to play with great consistency. Just get back on the tour. Anna will get some wins. Kirilenko was up 4-2 in the third against a former #1.
Anna has to come back with decent mechanics. I don't see great tennis out there. Anna can fit right in.

apoet29
Jun 9th, 2004, 07:43 PM
I don't expect Anna to play with great consistency. Just get back on the tour. Anna will get some wins. Kirilenko was up 4-2 in the third against a former #1.
Anna has to come back with decent mechanics. I don't see great tennis out there. Anna can fit right in.
I agree with this too. But her focus is definitely something she needs to work on along with mechanics. There is no reason at all that a former no. 8 in the world should have lost matches to Widjaja 0-6, 1-6 at USO or to Bruno Calosio in Charlottesville who was then ranked 384 in the world. Anna did not lose those matches for any other reason than focus.

I disagree that there hasn't been great tennis out there. There have been some great matches in the last couple of months. Unfortunately, the finals of the big tourneys have really sucked and with so many players injury prone or mentally weak, that makes the semifinals and finals anticlimatic.

goldenlox
Jun 10th, 2004, 12:44 PM
I want Anna to remember that if she doesn't play well, she can always say her back pains flared up.
So there's no downside to coming back on the tour. If Anna doesn't play well, blame the back pains.


Russia's big draw puts Kournikova to shame

By Nick Bollettieri



02 July 2004

Maria Sharapova, the talk of the town, is the hottest property and the biggest draw to come from Russia since Anna Kournikova. And Maria is succeeding where Anna failed for one reason. Anna's mother, Alla, never truly let go of the reins to put total faith in the coach. There were times she thought she knew better than experienced professionals how her daughter could become a Grand Slam winner. And Anna never reached a Slam final, let alone win one.

The story with Maria, who yesterday reached her first Grand Slam final, aged 17, by beating Lindsay Davenport, is different. Her dad, Yuri, brought her to my academy in Florida from Russia when she was a little girl. He didn't know a whole lot about tennis but he's a smart, smart guy and he made it his business to watch, listen, investigate, learn. He made sure that he found the right people, knowledgeable people, who could help his daughter become the best tennis player possible.

Yuri has stayed right by her, giving her every support, protecting her like she was a Queen, but he let those people get on with their job. He learned from them and now he's part of the team - along with a coach, conditioner and agent from the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy - who are with her in London.

As someone who has been involved for long periods in the development of the careers of both girls, I know them well and I know their backgrounds. Anna arrived at my academy in Florida aged 10, in 1992 and stayed there as a student until 1997, the year she reached the Wimbledon semi-final.

The development of Maria's career has also been overseen at the academy. She's tough as nails, and she proved it yesterday by coming from a set down. She's a slow starter in matches, and I'd been concerned that a slow start against a fit Lindsday Davenport might see her overpowered. It didn't. I'm not overly surprised. She's so driven, so focussed on becoming the best tennis player in the world, that a Slam final was only a matter of time.

Tennis is what drives her. Forget the outside interests such as modelling work. She does some of that but I can tell you that compared to her tennis that's all bullshit to her. It's what she does on court that she cares about above everything.

You should see her go out to practice. She never stands around in the middle wasting time on warming up. She goes straight to the baseline and says: "Let's get this frickin' ball game started." She's a true competitor, and everyone who has ever practiced with her at the academy was a guinea pig to test her.

Now her battles are on big stages. She has a battle plan every time. It's like an aircraft carrier with two admirals. One is the head of operations - that's Yuri. One is head of battles on the front line - that's Maria. That scenario would never have been possible unless her father had placed his faith in the coaches. The result is a Wimbledon final. That's got some ring to it.

- L i n a -
Jun 10th, 2004, 01:00 PM
I want Anna to remember that if she doesn't play well, she can always say her back pains flared up.
So there's no downside to coming back on the tour. If Anna doesn't play well, blame the back pains.
You're already promoting her eventual tanking of matches, and quitting because she's not a Top 10 talent anymore.

goldenlox
Jun 10th, 2004, 01:02 PM
No, I'm trying to look at this objectively. If Anna plays well, she can take credit for the Russian Renaissance, And be a part of it.
If Anna doesn't play well, blame the back problems.

TatiAnnahølic
Jun 10th, 2004, 01:04 PM
I agree with this too. But her focus is definitely something she needs to work on along with mechanics. There is no reason at all that a former no. 8 in the world should have lost matches to Widjaja 0-6, 1-6 at USO or to Bruno Calosio in Charlottesville who was then ranked 384 in the world. Anna did not lose those matches for any other reason than focus.

I disagree that there hasn't been great tennis out there. There have been some great matches in the last couple of months. Unfortunately, the finals of the big tourneys have really sucked and with so many players injury prone or mentally weak, that makes the semifinals and finals anticlimatic.actually the score against Widjaja was 3-6 0-6, she lost 0-6 1-6 against the Elf at the Aussie'03... and yes both matches were pretty pathetic

- L i n a -
Jun 10th, 2004, 01:04 PM
Ugh... this is why I hate Anna, and you.

You do a good job of getting me flustered.

- L i n a -
Jun 10th, 2004, 01:05 PM
actually the score against Widjaja was 3-6 0-6, she lost 0-6 1-6 against the Elf at the Aussie'03... and yes both matches were pretty pathetic
I preferred the Aussie Open match...

Nothing like watching A-Porn hit numerous serves that don't even reach the net.

Giggle.

goldenlox
Jun 10th, 2004, 01:08 PM
Anna beat Nagyova easily in round 1. I don't think drawing JHH in round 2 is good for any player.

goldenlox
Jun 11th, 2004, 02:06 AM
This is on Friday -

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Friday, June 11, 2004
Hamilton Convention Center
Featuring ANNA KOURNIKOVA
Master of Ceremonies JIM RALPH
Entertainment by MICHAEL BURGESS

Gourmet Food and Wine
Black Tie
7:00 pm Champagne Reception, Dinner to follow

Corporate Table(s) for 10 - $3500
Ticket(s) - $250

For tickets call Marie at 905-522-7017 x2233



Proceeds go towards the Children's Cancer and Leukemia Research Fund at
McMaster Children's HospitalÊ(#131159543RR0001)

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~ Modern treatment methods have yielded a 75% cure rate for childhood cancer
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- L i n a -
Jun 11th, 2004, 02:34 AM
You'd have to be stupid to pay so much to go to "An Elegant Evening with Anna",

goldenlox
Jun 11th, 2004, 02:37 AM
It's for charity. You have to be enlightened. And well off.

- L i n a -
Jun 11th, 2004, 02:39 AM
One can just give money to a charity.

One can just go to a party that isn't as horribly cheesy as this dump.

goldenlox
Jun 11th, 2004, 02:44 AM
This stuff is all tied together. Like the Memphis tournament, and the Children's Hospital there.
Anna is a major celebrity. She can bring out the rich folk. And they can give to the charity. It's a good thing.

apoet29
Jun 11th, 2004, 01:57 PM
I am going to make four more comments, then leave it for the weekend.

1. You don't have to be enlightened or well off to give to charity. Many people I know give a lot to charity without having a lot of money to do so.

2. While Anna deserves credit for the Russian insurgence to a degree, these ladies deserve credit for their results and bringing Russian tennis further into the limelight than Anna has. Anna hasn't been a force in tennis since January 2001 and is regarded by most to be nothing more than a sideshow.

3. Ticket sales have not been going well, according to the Toronto Star, so obviously there is an issue in terms of how the public perceives Anna the tennis player as opposed to Anna the celebrity.

4. Anna did beat Nagoyova easily, but then again, so does everyone else. I truly think if Anna had faced a better player, she would have lost that match. Sadly, that was the only match she won in 2003 on the WTA tour level. What does that say about her form? Not much.

For the sake of Anna fans, I do hope that Anna returns and does well. I don't think her playing this charity event means she is going to return to tennis. I think she is playing because there was some fallout of her no-shows in Houston and China and she probably feels as though she has to play Hamilton or there may be problems for her. Her practicing this week does not mean anything more than preparation for these matches and does not mean that a return to tour-level tennis in imminent. Having said that, I wish her the best of luck. It would be shame to end a career for an already fading pop star.

goldenlox
Jun 11th, 2004, 05:10 PM
Udachi Anya! Just stay relaxed. Play like it's a practice. Just the first step on the way back.

goldenlox
Jun 12th, 2004, 04:13 PM
Anna, you don't need to practice 6 hours a day. You don't need an old school Harold Solomon as your coach.
You just need someone who knows mechanics to watch your practices. And make sure your toss is correct. And your technique stays sound.
There's no rush. And you don't need to get 100% match fit. Just keep practicing. And play WTT.

goldenlox
Jun 12th, 2004, 11:55 PM
Anna beat Gigi 6-4, 7-5. Now don't overtrain for WTT. Pace yourself. And have someone watch your mechanics.

goldenlox
Jun 14th, 2004, 03:19 PM
And act nice to the people who put on the show. A lot of people work hard for very little money -


Kournikova comes off as a diva who happens to hit tennis balls


By TOM TEBBUTT
Monday, June 14, 2004 - Page S5


Before Anna Kournikova played an exhibition match at the Hamilton Tennis Club on Saturday, she was introduced as "one of the most popular personalities in sports entertainment."

It is noteworthy that tennis was not mentioned, as she has not played a tour event in more than a year because of back troubles and has gradually morphed from bona fide athlete into sexy celebrity.

Dressed in a tight black top with a plunging neckline -- still modest by Serena Williams standards -- and black shorts, Kournikova defeated retired former doubles No. 1 Gigi Fernandez 6-4, 7-5 in a perfunctory encounter staged between semi-finals of the $25,000 (U.S.) women's BC Decker Challenger event.

So, how did Kournikova look?

She appeared a little slimmer, not quite as taut of sinew, but just as long of braided ponytail as when she was an active competitor.

How did she play? It was tough to assess because of Fernandez's lack of agility. Just decent Kournikova groundstrokes turned into winners against the heavy-footed Puerto Rican.

The reason became clear afterward when Fernandez, 40, apologized to the crowd, saying she had not known until the morning that the match was on a clay court and that "I haven't played singles in seven years."

How was Kournikova off court? "Very difficult," were the words used by one event official.

After the exhibition, she repaired to the locker room and no one was allowed to enter. That resulted in the awkward situation of Soledad Esperon of Argentina, who had to be on court a half-hour later for her Challenger semi-final, having to wait anxiously for about 10 minutes until she could get in.

Kournikova, 23, signed autographs on the court, attended a gala on Friday to raise funds (about $150,000) for the McMaster Children's Hospital and played hit-and-giggle tennis with people who had bid $6,000 and $5,500, respectively, during an auction at the gala.

Generally, however, she had the haughty, diva-like air of someone inconvenienced by the proceedings.

Even with several years of an eight-figure income, she is countersuing her parents over their respective shares of a Miami Beach waterfront home purchased for $5-million (U.S.) in 2000. All their names are on the deed of sale.

How much did it cost to get her to Hamilton? The figure was $100,000, which also covered travel expenses and her opponent. That would seem to be a bargain, or maybe a sign the erstwhile uber queen of cyberspace is losing pixel power.

Promoter and Hamilton businessman Brian Decker, the chief executive officer of BC Decker, a medical publishing firm, deserves credit for putting together the Kournikova package as well as backing the Challenger event for the second year. "I'd say mission accomplished," he summed up yesterday.

The 2,800-seat stadium court was well appointed, and the Challenger event gave young Canadian players, including winner Stéphanie Dubois, 17, of Laval, Que., a chance for valuable experience and rankings points.

But Kournikova, who has a three-year deal, with options, to appear in Hamilton, was the main attraction. Predictably, a couple of young males shouted, "I love you, Anna," and another called out, "I want your number." Also predictably, most of the crowd of 1,700 left when she finished the exhibition.

What remained after Kournikova, in sunglasses, blue jeans and a blue T-shirt finally swept out of the club in a royal rush?

There was the image of that light bulb of an engagement ring (from pop star Enrique Iglesias), described by a woman who saw it as so big it almost had to be fake.

the cat
Jun 15th, 2004, 12:21 AM
I agree with GL about how Anna has everyhting to gain and nothing to lose by trying a WTA Tour comeback. If she makes the top 20 again or even just the top 50 she will been seen as making a successful comeback. But if she fails in her comeback she can blame her back injury. I just wonder if she really has it in her heart to try a WTA Tour comeback and all the effort and training that goes along with it.

And apoet made a couple pertinent points about Anna. Especially about how people of all walks of life give to charity no matter what income bracket they are in.

KV
Jun 15th, 2004, 01:40 PM
Hopefully she'll come back on the tour. GO Anna

goldenlox
Jun 15th, 2004, 11:17 PM
Anna is still selling lots of tickets -

Kournikova Match Changes Locations

High-profile tennis personality Anna Kournikova will play with the Kansas City Explorers as they face the Hartford FoxForce of World TeamTennis in a highly touted match at the Hartford Civic Center on Friday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m. The match, originally scheduled to be played at the FoxForce home courts, Apple Arena at Blue Fox Run Golf Course, changed venues because of the high demand for tickets. The match will feature five sets - men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles. For more information, contact the Hartford FoxForce at 877-369-3672.

goldenlox
Jun 18th, 2004, 12:47 PM
Here's some good news -

Kournikova wants to play singles

By SAM MELLINGER

The Kansas City Star


Load the film, and clean the lens (and remember to take off the cap). Anna Kournikova will make another appearance for Kansas City's World TeamTennis franchise this summer, and that's not even the best part.

There's a possibility Kournikova will be playing singles, not doubles, as she did last year. Fewer players on the court means better camera angles for what is expected to be the second sellout in the Explorers' 12 years. Kournikova's appearance last July was the other.

“It's up to the coach,” Kournikova said. “But I'm getting ready to play singles.”

Tennis' leading Internet download is trying to rehab her way through chronic back pain for a return to the WTA tour. She turned 23 last week and spent part of a phone conference Thursday shooting down the rumor that she was close to leaving the tour.

Her body has tended to break down under the stress of the tour's 10-month season and travel, which is one reason the low-maintenance life of World TeamTennis appeals to Kournikova.

She'll play in the first four of the Explorers' 14 matches this summer, meaning Kournikova's TeamTennis season will last all of five days — July 6 and 8 in New York, July 9 in Hartford, Conn., and July 10 at the Plaza Tennis Center in KC.

Explorers officials expect a repeat of Kournikova's appearance last year, when fans packed the stands and hundreds craned their necks outside the facility to catch a glimpse. She will have a little competition, though. Freddy Adu and D.C. United play the Wizards that night at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Explorers figure to be safe, though. It's a good guess that Kournikova and the 14-year-old soccer prodigy appeal to different kinds of sports fans.

“The frenzy and excitement and electricity are absolutely amazing,” Explorers general manager Jeff Launius said. “Anna is the most sought-out celebrity athlete in the world, and to have her not only in Kansas City, but playing for Kansas City, I don't think people understand how big a deal this is.”

TatiAnnahølic
Jun 18th, 2004, 08:13 PM
ty GL :worship:

goldenlox
Jun 20th, 2004, 11:33 PM
Nastya said this -

" I don't think of myself as a superstar. I don't want to be a person like Anna." In this, she is referring to Anna Kournikova, the former Russian doll of the tennis circuit, who advertised bras and the fact that she was not very good at tennis by the time hype, fame and boyfriends had taken their toll.

"Put it this way," said Myskina, "I want to be a tennis player. I used to know Anna well. But right now she's a different person and lives a different life. Maybe she had goals that were not on the tennis circuit and maybe now she's happy. Maybe her goals were to be rich and glamorous. My goal is to be a good tennis player."

Anna, you have to come back to the tour.

goldenlox
Jun 23rd, 2004, 05:21 PM
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Date: 06/21/2004

It was Paris in the springtime for Anna during a recent appearance there on behalf of LR-International and Airelle to promote the in-store launch of her fragrance products--Simplicity and Anna Kournikova Man--at the famed Galeries Lafayette.


The night before her in-store appearance, she attended a party hosted by Airelle and LR at Club de L'Etoile near the Arc de Triomphe where the wide array of guests included embassy dignitaries and corporate executives as well as members of the media.

The following afternoon, she made a special visit to the historic Galeries Lafayette flagship store, with its beautiful glass and steel dome and Art Nouveau staircase. Following the official introduction of her products, she spent time mingling with fans and shoppers while walking through and admiring the 10-story department store.

KV
Jun 23rd, 2004, 05:27 PM
Hopefully it will occur as soon as possible. Would love to see Anna back on the courts.

goldenlox
Jun 23rd, 2004, 07:32 PM
From Anna's website -

Kournikova a smash hit in Hamilton
By Steve Evenden
Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Tennis star Anna Kournikova dropped into Hamilton for the second annual BC Decker Tennis Challenge last weekend, with swarms of drooling fans flocking to catch a glimpse of tennis' most famous 23 year-old retiree.

Kournikova was there to celebrate her birthday at a gala dinner and play exhibition matches against retired doubles legend Gigi Fernandez, as well as raising money for the Children's Cancer and Leukemia Research Fund.

Tournament organizer Brian Decker also wanted to use the opportunity to draw attention to his tournament, already the fourth largest in Canada. By bringing in Kournikova and Fernandez, Decker achieved his goal of nearly filling the stands.

"What this has done for us is taken our mission of putting out quality tennis and raised the crossbar about two or three inches," said Decker.

The two professionals were very excited about the prospect of teaching the youngsters at the tournament a thing or two.

"What they can learn from us is our intensity ... around not just the matches, but the practice," said Fernandez. "It's a full time job. Some kids don't realize that."

It was a fairly light-hearted affair on the court, with both players joking around. At one point during Kournikova's 6-4, 7-5 win, an exhausted Fernandez took a seat, offering a ball boy up to play against the Russian beauty. The kid did manage to return a Kournikova volley before bowing out to a round of applause from the audience.

Fernandez in particular seemed to enjoy her time there, while Kournikova seemed slightly bothered by autograph hounds and numerous taunts and cat calls from the crowd.

The doubles partners floundered through a singles match chock full of errors and empty of the intensity that Fernandez had forecasted during a pre-game press conference. However, given Kournikova's injury situation and Fernandez's age and rust, it wasn't nearly as bad a match as it could have been. Both players did manage to impress the near-capacity crowd with some fantastic drop shots, and when Kournikova wasn't volleying into the net or wide down the line, she showed flashes of the skill that once had tennis pundits drooling over her future.

The doubles event featured eight games. The first four had Kournikova paired with Stephanie Whetmore and Sharon Fitchman with Fernandez, and the second four had the two Canadian juniors against their senior counterparts.

Earlier on, Kournikova revealed that she is suffering from Chronic Spinal Lumbar Dysfunction. Her appearance was part of the road back, but she cautioned people not to get too excited that her return was imminent.

"Every time that I see I'm getting better, it gets worse," said Kournikova. "I don't want to push it to the limit where I'm not going to be able to move ... I'm frustrated because I miss [tennis]."

She did, however, dismiss any thoughts of permanent retirement, depsite the alleged marriage between her and Enrique Iglesias.

"Have you heard any new rumours I haven't heard about?" Kournikova said when asked about her dating life.

Kournikova was on the defensive most of the press conference, particularly when questioned over her popularlity being mostly because of her sex appeal.

"I can't change who I am ... [or] the way I look ... or the way people think of me," she said. "If it weren't for tennis, I wouldn't be famous."

Tournament organizer Brian Decker was thrilled with the turnout and the results, noting that a lot of money was raised for a good cause. He expressed hope that both women involved would return next year, helping to give the event an even higher profile.

"It was great to have Anna and Gigi, we saw some great tennis and raised a lot of money for charity," said Decker.

This year's tournament was won by Canadian Stephanie Dubois, while Mariana Esperon and Elavia Mignola won the doubles draw

goldenlox
Jun 25th, 2004, 01:11 AM
Kournikova back on the circuit
By Leo Schlink
June 25, 2004




ANNA Kournikova will join Pat Rafter at the World Team Tennis competition next month in a bid to revive her stalled career.

http://www.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,3600,355829,00.jpgGlamour to grand slammer ... Kounikova is ready for one more tennis comeback.


Former world No.8 Kournikova, who no longer has a world singles ranking after finishing last season at No.305, hopes a stint with the Kansas City Explorers in the mixed team competition can spark a renaissance.

A former Wimbledon semi-finalist, Kournikova has not played since April last year when she retired from a first-round match in Charleston because of a chronic back problem.

Kournikova, 23, claims she still wants to make a career out of sport rather than modelling or acting.

"WTT is a way for me to still play matches," Kournikova said. "I miss being on the court and I always have fun playing. "I have a chronic injury with my back. My goal is to become healthy."

goldenlox
Jun 27th, 2004, 02:53 PM
Anna was seen shopping in L.A. on Tuesday. Anna, there's great shopping in New York. When you come here in August, bring plastic! And bring cash!

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ys
Jun 27th, 2004, 03:00 PM
Awful pictures, GL. On some of them she looks too skinny. On others she looks like a weightlifters.

goldenlox
Jun 27th, 2004, 03:04 PM
I did a google image seach for "Kournikova", and there were 26,000 pictures. She's shopping here. This isn't a S.I. photoshoot.
Here she is practicing -
http://www.mavrixphoto.com/galleries/6_8_04/anna_sunscreen/index.htm

goldenlox
Jun 28th, 2004, 09:45 PM
Please put a racket in those hands -

http://annaforever.de/pictures/sponsors/omega/amsterdam111203/amsterdam03_19.jpgAnna

leinink
Jun 28th, 2004, 10:44 PM
Please put a racket in those hands -

http://annaforever.de/pictures/sponsors/omega/amsterdam111203/amsterdam03_19.jpgAnna

Please put my (fill in the blank) in those hands!

goldenlox
Jun 28th, 2004, 10:46 PM
Hey! Hey! Anna is taken.

goldenlox
Jun 29th, 2004, 02:15 PM
As I look at the articles from Wimbledon, these writers are obsessed with Anna. And they all know nothing about tennis. They think Sharapova, who has no wins over anyone better than Dementieva, has more game than Anna.

John McEnroe said he talked to Anna, and she still has back problems.

goldenlox
Jul 1st, 2004, 12:51 AM
I've never seen Anna's name in the news so much. Hundreds of articles, coming out of England. And Anna's not even there.

http://www.theworldjournal.com/special/supermodels/AnnaKournikova/5.jpg

goldenlox
Jul 2nd, 2004, 01:17 PM
Engaging: Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova checked into the "Real World" suite at the Palms late Sunday, with a reservation through Tuesday. We'll be sure to check the wedding chapel logs this week about this one ...

Fans: Rap mogul Jay-Z, Tara Reid and Kournikova and Iglesias were in the crowd at Rain (Palms) at the No Doubt concert Sunday night. Gwen Stefani greeted them all at the afterparty at ghostbar ...Kournikova checked into the "Real World" suite at the Palms late Sunday, with a reservation through Tuesday. We'll be sure to check the wedding chapel logs this week about this one ...

goldenlox
Jul 2nd, 2004, 08:05 PM
Anna is still Russian # 1 in the endorsement game -

Sharapova has only a handful of endorsement deals -- Nike, of course, in a relatively modest deal; Prince, her racketmaker in a five-year deal reportedly worth $750,000; NEC computers, for which she appears in a Japanese commercial; and Speedminton, a combination of tennis, badminton and racquetball.
Hell, Jaden Agassi, the 2-1/2 year old son of Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, has a bigger endorsement career right now. (Although, truth be told, it's a 5-year old actor playing Jaden in the spot now airing for Genworth Financial.)

Concentrating on her backhandOne member of Sharapova's business team told me Friday that there were other major companies interested in signing her, even before her success at Wimbledon. She's turned down most of the offers to this point, he said, to concentrate on her tennis game.

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"I'm sure there will be a lot more now, but she's always been very patient and selective," said the source, who spoke on a not-for-attribution basis.

As easy as it is to see potential at this point, it's probably not quite the right time for either the sponsors or the budding star to make long-term commitments.

http://money.cnn.com/2004/07/02/commentary/column_sportsbiz/sportsbiz/anna.jpg Anna, the reigning champ
For Sharapova, any deal she signs now would probably be at a steep discount to the money she'll be able to command in a few years if she continues to win on the court. And considering that she signed with the IMG sports agency before she was even a teenager, she's obviously someone who has been planning for future success from a very early age.

From a sponsor's perspective, cutting a deal now would be for her potential, not her current fame, which is still pretty modest. A survey done in April by Marketing Evaluations Inc., the research firm that does the Q ratings used by advertisers to judge an endorser's appeal, found that only 23 percent of sports fans knew who she was.

Even with the prestige of Wimbledon, that number is not going to shoot up overnight. Only about 3 U.S. million homes will likely tune in to her finals match versus Serena Williams Saturday, which airs early in the morning (9 a.m. EST) on a busy holiday weekend.

"If a brand is going to use her right now, most people won't know who she is," said Chown. "It become ineffective spending. Even if you can get her cheap, there's not a lot of value."

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Chown said there's still more interest among advertisers in signing Kournikova, despite the fact that her competitive tennis career is somewhere between on hold and over right now, at age 23.

"I don't think that the consumers who are being targeted by the brands using Anna Kournikova care much about her tennis success or failure," said Chown. "She's transcended the sport and made herself into a sex symbol."

TartarVicario
Jul 3rd, 2004, 08:07 PM
Come on Anna!Where are you?

Now Masha has just proved that she is better than you.Wake up! :(

TartarVicario
Jul 3rd, 2004, 08:09 PM
http://annaforever.de/pictures/sponsors/omega/amsterdam111203/amsterdam03_19.jpg


What was the guy on the left doing? :o

goldenlox
Jul 3rd, 2004, 08:23 PM
Come on Anna!Where are you?

:(
Anna is playing World Team Tennis. So I'll see her play singles on tv.
Then I'll have an idea of where her game is.

TartarVicario
Jul 3rd, 2004, 08:27 PM
Is that a club or an exhibition? :confused:

goldenlox
Jul 3rd, 2004, 08:27 PM
Go look it up yourself on the internet.

TartarVicario
Jul 3rd, 2004, 08:59 PM
Don't be rude with me,GL :(

goldenlox
Jul 3rd, 2004, 09:01 PM
Then don't go into the cheering threads with a dopey style of negativity.
No one outworks Sveta. Leave her alone.

TartarVicario
Jul 3rd, 2004, 09:21 PM
What do you mean negativity? I was posting the fact and something that I don't know.If you can't bare seeing them,you can ignore them.

goldenlox
Jul 3rd, 2004, 09:25 PM
It's not a fact. Hantuchova's not famous? Sveta thought she would do well at Wimbledon.
I thought she would at least play Mauresmo. And I expect Sveta to go very far at the US Open.
This is Sveta's best year by far, and she's still improving.

TartarVicario
Jul 3rd, 2004, 09:46 PM
Come on.It's not Sveta's matter.I know everyone can lose early.I know she has to work hard to be a good player.I don't want anyone to protect her because it's true.But one thing I don't understand is this "Go look it up yourself on the internet.".

goldenlox
Jul 3rd, 2004, 09:48 PM
You want me to explain WTT? It's an exo.