Kournikova, Anna   ESPN




Height: 5-foot-8
Weight:  123 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed


Born: June 7, 1981, Moscow, RUS
Career Titles: 0
Career Highlights
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  CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2002
•After reaching the semifinals in Toyko -- her best result in more than a year -- she struggled to get out of the first round at tournaments.

•Reached her first final in nearly two years in Shanghai before falling to top seed Anna Smashnova.

•In Moscow, tore a ligament during doubles play to finish her season.

2001
• Knocked out of the quarterfinals of the Australian Open by defending champion Lindsay Davenport. Davenport lost in the next round to eventual champion Jennifer Capriati.

•Suffered a stress fracture in her foot in February and underwent surgery in April. Withdrew from the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open because of continuing problems with her injury.

•Returned to play at the Acura Classic sporting a large diamond ring on her left hand that fueled rumors of a marriage that she denied. After receiving a first-round bye, Kournikova was handed a 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-3 defeat by Australia's Nicole Pratt.

• Martina Hingis broke up their doubles partnership saying she wanted more independence. The pair finished 2000 with Hingis ranked No. 3 and Kournikova No. 4 in doubles.

2000
• The glamorous Russian has played 80 WTA Tour main draw singles matches without a title. She reached the final of the Kremlin Cup and eight other semifinals this season. She advanced to the quarterfinals in Philadelphia but lost to doubles partner Martina Hingis.

 Anna Kournikova
Anna Kournikova
• Advanced out of the first round of the Chase Championships for the first time in three years making it to the semifinals where she lost to Hingis. She won the doubles title with Hingis for the second consecutive year at Madison Square Garden.

• Vowed greater stability this season but went through her fourth professional coach and endured controversy relating to her relationships with NHL players Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Bure.

1999
•She captured her first Grand Slam title, teaming with Martina Hingis to beat the team of No. 1 singles player Lindsay Davenport and No. 1-ranked doubles player Natasha Zvereva 7-5, 6-3 for the doubles title.

•Made it to the semifinals of the IGA Superthrift Tennis Classic before falling to Amanda Coetzer 6-4, 6-2.

1998
•Won four consecutive matches against top-10 players, a feat unprecedented on the women's tour, before losing to Venus Williams in the finals of the Lipton Championships.

•In 1998, was the first Russian woman to be seeded at the US Open since 1976.

•Became the ninth-youngest player in the Open Era (starting 1968) to defeat a reigning world No. 1 before her 17th birthday, upsetting Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals at the 1998 German Open -- the defeat marked Hingis' first professional loss to a younger player. Also defeated No. 5 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the third round and her ranking moved up to a then-career high No. 13.

•Defeated Steffi Graf in the quarterfinals of Eastbourne, becoming one of eight players who have defeated both Hingis and Graf.

1997
•Playing in just her fourth Grand Slam tournament, she reached the semifinals at Wimbledon. She lost to eventual champion Martina Hingis in straight sets after defeating Anke Huber, then-ranked No. 10, in the third round and Iva Majoli, then-ranked No. 5, in the quarterfinals.

1996
•Advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open by defeating the tourney's 14th seed, Barbara Paulus.

•Her world ranking improved 224 spots as she climbed to No.57 by the end of the year.

1995
•Made her pro debut in October at age 14.