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Anna to work for USA during US Open

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Today on PTI on ESPN during the segment 5 Good Minutes, They were talking about the US Open with Mary Cariullio (sp?) And they talked about Anna for a little bit. Mary said that she doesn't think Anna will ever play a competitive singles match again. But this is what I was talking about..... Mike Wilbon said something that he heard the USA Network hired Anna to be some sort of reporter at the US Open, Mary then said something like, "Yeah how did you hear about that?" she went on to say, "she's going to be doing some sort of report for us throughout the Open, we'll just have to wait and see where this takes her"

Anyways i just thought you guys might find that interesting.

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Mary must know a lot from Anna's life to say that she won't play again :tape:
I just saw Anna on USa today. She was just introducing what she is going to be doing for the usa network during the us Open. She is going to be reporting on behind the scence and culture news.. Anna looked great. The little clip looked like it was taken in Miami, but I think she is going ot be in New York for her other reports. I hope to see more of her.
I just Saw Anna again. She was in the stand, watching the jennifer Cap. match. Afterward, One of the guy at the Usa network, gave a little interview. She was in this adidas pink graphic top with some blue jeans, she looked great. After talkign about her job, she made a quickly exit, and the guy ran after Anna.
Kournikova quits job as TV reporter

Russian not comfortable, also says she was eating too much
KOURNIKOVA, SIDELINED by a back injury, also told ******************* that she had been eating too much during her days spent roaming the grounds of the Grand Slam tourney.
Kournikova said she had not been comfortable putting fellow players on the hot seat.
Kournikova added that she had just wanted to try TV out and would not be working as “entertainment reporter” for USA Network next week.
Not many had embraced Kournikova’s new role as reporter, the New York Post summing up her performance in a single headline, “Anna’s TV gig makes her tennis look good.”
For the first week, Kournikova, microphone in hand, prowled the players lounge in a micro-mini, red bra and fur-trimmed boots giving viewers an insight as to what went on.
“It’s her first time on TV and she’s working hard,” said USA Network spokesman Tom Caraccioli, when asked about Kournikova’s performance.
“She is generating loads of excitement around the grounds. It’s rock star-like proportions.”
Despite not being on the court, Kournikova has made her presence felt in New York this week.
She has been spotted this week throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a New York Yankees game, doing the late night talk show circuit and walking the red carpet at an MTV awards party.

While the injured Kournikova has not given up the idea of returning to the court to end one of the sporting world’s most celebrated winless streaks, her absence at Flushing Meadows has left a gaping hole.
With the headline hogging Williams sisters also absent with injuries, the U.S. Open this year has provided fertile ground for the newest, hottest tennis blonde to take root.
In a “Pop Idol” type search, the waif-like Slovak Daniela Hantuchova, the “American Anna” Ashley Harkleroad and the latest Russian “Siberian Siren” Maria Sharapova have all been trotted out in an attempt to fill the glamour void left by Kournikova.
But finding the next Kournikova is proving to be a tougher task than unearthing the next Pete Sampras.
The media, agents, marketing experts and to a certain extent the WTA, have all pushed, promoted and prodded their idea of the next tennis diva on to Anna’s throne with limited success.
It seems, for now, there is only one Kournikova.
“I think she was great for the game,” said 1998 Open champion Lindsay Davenport. “I’d never seen anyone sell out first-round matches in tournaments but Anna.
“The amount of fans she alone would bring in was huge. But we’ve gone through years and years of players being injured, she’s another one. I have no idea if she plans on playing again or coming back. I think she’s been battling a lot of injuries the last couple of years.”

Around Flushing Meadows there was no question who was going to be missed more — Sampras or Kournikova.
Although Sampras retired on Monday with 14 grand slam wins and 64 singles titles on his resume and Kournikova has yet to claim her first trophy in eight years as a professional, it was the Russian pin-up a group of New York fire-fighters said they were missing most.

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hopefully now she can start training or do something to get back on the tour.
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