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Pureracket
Jul 29th, 2003, 11:04 PM
PARIS (Ticker) - Anna Kournikova's tennis career may be in jeopardy after her agent revealed Tuesday a long-standing back injury may force her out of the game.

In the latest issue of French sports daily L'Equipe, agent Phil De Picciotto admitted that the 22-year-old ravishing Russian may be forced to dramatically cut back her playing schedule - if she is able to return to action.

Kournikova has had a miserable run of results over the past couple of seasons and did not play at the French Open or Wimbledon due to injury. She has played just five events this year and recently withdrew from the entire summer hardcourt season, including the U.S. Open.



"Considering the state of her back, Anna is unable to to feature in tournaments regularly," De Picciotto told L'Equipe. "The past six months have proved that she has a real desire to play, but even if she feels better, she is not fit enough to play as much as she used to."

The pin-up girl of tennis, Kournikova has never won a singles title on the WTA Tour, with most of her riches predominantly coming from sponsorship deals. She tried to resurrect her career in May by playing on the Challenger circuit, but had to pull out due to her back ailment.

Her best performance in seven years as a professional came when she reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 1997. She reached a career-high eighth in the world rankings in December 2000

sartrista7
Jul 29th, 2003, 11:07 PM
Quelle surprise.

I expected this as soon as it became apparent that this back thing was chronic. I haven't actively supported her for years, but this is quite sad :sad:

MartinaI
Jul 29th, 2003, 11:09 PM
:sad: I was fearing this, poor Anna. Injuries are the worst! I hope she can recover, but I fear she won't. Although, she should have plenty to keep her occupied: modelling and acting possibly and working with Martina. Wouldn't it be great if Martina and Anna went into some kind of business together! Wow, if only! :D