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Name: Anna Kournikova
Birth Date: June 7, 1981
Birth Place: Moscow, Russia
(née Anya Kournikova) was born on June
7, 1981, in Moscow, Russia, to Sergei and Alla.
Her father, a lecturer at the sports university
in Moscow and a part-time tennis coach, and
mother, did not encourage Anna to play tennis
for the fame, but rather for the health benefits
of the sport.
1998 was a big year for the blonde beauty: Anna
became the first Russian female to be seeded
at the U.S. Open since 1976, reached the Top
10 of the singles rankings, and upset Martina
Hingis in the quarterfinals at the 1998 German
Open, becoming the ninth-youngest player to
defeat a No. 1 tennis player before turning
17 (since 1968).
In 2000, Kournikova and Hingis continued to
do damage on the courts, and ended the season
with a career ranking of No. 8. She even defeated
Lindsay Davenport and Nathalie Tauziat on the
way to the fifth semifinal of that year, in
San Diego. She later moved down the rankings
to No. 19 and beat Sandrine Testud before losing
to Venus Williams. At the 2000 German Open in
May, Anna experienced the first in what would
become a string of injuries.
In 2001, she had a bit part in the Jim Carrey
comedy, Me, Myself & Irene, as a motel manager,
and the following year, she starred opposite
Enrique Iglesias in the pop singer's video for
"Escape." FHM's "Sexiest Woman
in the World" also made headlines thanks
to her relationships with NHL players Pavel
Bure and Sergei Fedorov (who she was allegedly
married to), and her on-again, off-again romance
with Iglesias (apparently, the two are engaged,
as Anna's been sporting a fat diamond on her
engagement finger since March 2004). The two
are always spotted in South Beach, and even
made the tabloids when they were apparently
heard causing a ruckus in a hotel room.
By 2002, she was reportedly making $10 million
a year, and she continues to be the most photographed
woman in sports -- even though her ranking and
stats are nothing to write Russia about.
Also stretching her modeling muscle, Kournikova
graced the cover of Sports Illustrated's June
2000 edition, and was featured in Sports Illustrated's
Swimsuit Edition in 2004.
The Caps' sponsor radio station KHTK 1140AM
is once again rebranding themselves for the
summer as KHTKournikova, a tribute to Sacramento's
marquee player Anna Kournikova. The homage earned
the station's morning show - The Rise Guys -
an exclusive interview with Kournikova last
Kournikova will also join her Caps teammates
at a fundraiser benefitting the Sacramento Community
Tennis Association on July 18 in Sacramento.
For tickets to the charity event, visit www.sacramentocapitals.com
for more information.
- Anna Kournikova (2003) TV Episode
- Me, Myself & Irene
(2000) .... Motel Manager