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Rain swamps Kournikova appearance-She hangs out. <br /> <br />Posted at Thursday, November 08, 2001 - 22:51

Intermittent rain, the promoter's nightmare, swamped the first night of the MTN Challenge exhibition match between Anna Kournikova and South Africa's No 1 Amanda Coetzer at Westridge Park in Durban on Thursday night.<br />Such was the lure of Kournikova's glamour, the crowds were streaming in under wet umbrellas with the hope that the rain would abate after word got out that the final deadline for the start would be 9.30pm.

Ninety minutes before the deadline, the rain had really set in and the organisers called it a day and postponed the match to 12.30pm on Friday, which, considering the Durban weather at this time of the year, would have been the best idea in the first place.

Dampened spirits were lifted when Kournikova and Coetzer met a large crowd of diehard fans and signed autographs around the court beneath a wall of umbrellas.

On the way out, Kournikova, who was in a high spirits despite the rain, turned her entourage and said: "Right, where's the party?

The Russian beauty, who is rumoured to be the next "Bond Girl", arrived in Durban from game drives on a private reserve fringing the Kruger Park, said she didn't want to leave her "safari".

"I don't want t leave (on Sunday)," she said. "I want to go back on safari. I love this place.<br />Thats exactly what she has been doing all week.<br />Yesterday the blonde beauty, took out a day of practice to hang out with opponent and great friend "Amanda Coetzer", <br />Coetzer, Kournikova, and Mcniel have been hanging out together all week, parties, safaries, and long talks the girls have been having great times.<br />Anna Said "I will never forget this experience as long as I live!<br />Coetzer and Kournikova, said to be the most popular players in South Africa, ever, aren't here just about the money.<br />Amanda and Anna have been giving autographs all week, the #1 RSA player, Amanda Coetzer said "I am not here for myself but for fans who have supported me and tennis throughout the years" Everytime I go on the court I just want to sign autographs and give hugs!<br />So on Friday two idols of tennis and great friends go at it.<br />Anna says "On the court you forget everything an I'm just going to play my heart out!
 

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Thats great anna, lori, and amanda just hanging out and stuff, and i really like Amanda and anna's kind words, i think anna has really matured,

I heard amanda might not play fed cup, but thats not because she doesn't want to, its because they are not letting her, they want her to skip her favorite tier 1 tournament.<br />But as you can see amanda loves her country.
 

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With all the jealousy and snide remarks that come her way, Anna needs every friend on the tennis circuit she can get... <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Amanda, Lori & Anna are all very cool people and it's nice to see that they get on.
 

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Great article, good to see Anna and Amanda having fun <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 
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<img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/lick.gif" border="0" alt="[Lick]" />
 

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Damn - im sooooooooooo pissed off <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

i live in cape town and wanted to go and see the match between anna and amanda at spier wine estate on saturday afternoon............but i have a league match on saturday to play <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> i tried telling them that i HAD TO GO lol..........but they say it is an important match that i have to play and that i couldnt miss it <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />

damn - i think im gonna fake an injury or something <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> lol

i sooooooo badly want to go.......we never get to see any top players here at all
 

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Great article. It sounds like the trio of MacNeil, Kournikova and Coetzer are having a great time. Hey ladies, can the rest of us be invited to your party?! <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

As for everyone's comments that Anna is the most hated and criticized player on the planet, I really don't understand why people feel that way. Yes, Anna is criticized by the press, but so is Venus, Serena, Martina, Monica and virtually every top player. I think Hingis has received the worst criticism out of all the top players in the last two years. I don't believe that Anna is singled out any more than these players are by the media seeking a good story .

Nor have I heard any player with the exception of Patty Schynder, a young player with her own problems, ever talk badly about Anna. During the first years on the tour, many players accused Anna of being unfriendly, but over the last two years it seems as though Anna has built lasting friendships with her fellow players. Hingis, Schett, Huber, Clijsters, Coetzer, MacNeil all have good friendships with Anna. Davenport, Seles, and even the Williams sisters have never expressed any less than admiration for Anna as a person and tennis player. I wouldn't let a few snide remarks by the press or Schnyder color my judgement here. I believe that Anna has grown into a lovely young woman and her friendships are the result of this maturity. <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />
 

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That sounds like fun <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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awwwww, this makes me feel all warm and tingly inside! I hope both Mandy and Anna make top 10 next year! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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its over and they both leave with more then $300,000.00, a win and a new great friend
 
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