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Kournikova 140 64.22%
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 08:52 AM   #31
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

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Obviously far too many posters on here were too young to have experienced the Kournikova couple of years where she was tennis. Sharapova may earn more money these days but then inflation has gone through the roof.

The days when the Sun newspaper would post any stories just to have pictures of her in it, FHM's readers voted her the sexiest woman in the world, celeb gossip mags couldn't get enough of her and Enrique.

She completely transcended tennis. The world has moved on in terms of women's sports and money will forever be rising, but Kournikova for a brief period was as hot property as anyone can get.
Kournikova is probably the most popular female player in history. Indeed, some are just too young to have experienced Kournikova mania. Practice sessions of Kournikova often had bigger crowds than real matches from others, including ATP players. Kournikova is as close to a Marilyn Monroe or Brigitte Bardot as tennis will ever get. Of course Sharapova will in the long run be more remembered by tennis fans because she has the ideal mix of glamour, star quality and accomplishments on the courts. I'm not saying that Kournikova wasn't a good tennis player or that her stardom was all based on hot air though. She was much better than many usually give her credit for, and if she hadn't suffered all those injuries I'm sure she would have been a top ten player for much longer than she was.
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 08:54 AM   #32
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

Both can thank their looks for their popularity especially Anna, but it's definitely Kournikova. Sharapova came in at the right time to ride the "sexy blond tennis player" wave, but no one ever had the ridiculous phenomena of Peak Anna(at least here in the US.) I know plenty of people who know Sharapova's name but couldn't pick her out in a crowd, whereas everyone knew Kournikova's face because she was allover magazines and tv ads. To be fair to Sharapova, Kounikova's time was a much more popular era for women's tennis, so maybe that contributed
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Anna Kournikova, hands down.

She changed the tour. The women's tennis were increased popularity because of her. Sharapova doesn't have the same effect on people.


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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 09:05 AM   #34
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

It was Kournikova giving female tennis a huge popularity boost. A not to be underestimated part of todays popularity is still based on what Kournikova did for the sport. I bet if you would organise a tournament both would play in, Kournikova's matches would get a crowd that's easily the double of Sharapova. Like said here above, she was the Marilyn Monroe of tennis.
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

No comparison. Sharapova is not a household name. Ana was.
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

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No comparison. Sharapova is not a household name. Ana was.
What is a "household name" ?

Believe me, no one cares here about Kournikova. Sharapova is an icon of tennis.
I say most recognizable of all time.
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

Who's Sharapova?
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 11:17 AM   #40
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

Does Maria Sharapova have a computer virus named after her? Yeah... didn't think so. Any woman who can turn a computer nerd away from copulating with his computer and paying attention to any sport is a woman that has influence.

The older posters spill that truth tea.

I could argue that peak mediawhore Maria Sharapova vs peak mediawhore Anna Kournikova, peak mediawhore Maria would win for the attention she got on that auspicious July 2004 day but longitudinally, Anna wins.

People til this day who I meet still don't know who Maria Sharapova is except in the form of "Is that the girl that screams like she's about to come when she hits the ball?". As for Anna Kournikova, alot of older people will definitely remember her.

Trust me, if you were cognizant enough back in the late 90s (and I know alot of people claim they were but really if you remove any retrieval of information obtained, particularly vicariously from the internet, from the past 10 years from their developing brain and had to work with what you had left, the real story shows), you would know that... Anna was THE NAME on everyone's lips. Because of how weak the men's era was at that time, with Pete Sampras predictably flopping harder than his wife's movie career in RG and apart from Wimbledon, every other slam could have been won by the late 90s male version of Roberta Vinci and how strong the women's era was, the women's game came to the forefront and Anna was the poster child even though she wasn't winning anything. If only there was Google trends in the late 90s. If only.

The reason why I started getting into tennis is because I saw the Anna Kournikova playstation video game advertised in my department store. It was sold out, so I had to go back and wait for them to get new stock. I still remember what the cashier looked like who told me it was sold out. He was pudgy and had black hair. Why would I remember this, if me wanting this game wasn't such a big deal? By this time, I was too old to aspire to be a professional tennis player but i was enthralled by the game, partly because of her.

Long live Anna and her underrated status.

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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

I don't know I started following tennis around 2006, but everyone in the planet knows who is Maria Sharapova
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I would say kournikova.
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

Nobody remembers Kournikova as a tennisplayer except few tennis-geek.
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

I think kournikova. Sharapova is phenomenally popular amongst tennis fans. But kounikova was well known to even general public.
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Re: Who was more popular in their prime, Kournikova or Sharapova?

At least in the US, Sharapova is known almost exclusively to tennis fans. A lot of people who don't follow tennis couldn't name her. Kournikova back in the day was known to tennis fans and the rest of the public. As others have said, she was all over sports, fashion and gossip magazines, appeared in that Iglesias music video and there was that computer virus Even though she failed to win any singles titles, Kournikova frequently played her matches on the main/center courts at slams and big tennis events because organizers could count on her to fill seats.
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