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Anna Kournikova          

International Tennis Icon, Health & Fitness Advocate, Former World #1 Doubles Player and #8 Singles Player; Former Co-Host on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser"; Named to the Forbes “Power 100” in 2000

Moscow-born Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova emerged as one of the most recognizable names in tennis during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The daughter of athletic parents -— her father was a former Greco-Roman wrestling champion, her mother, a 400-meter runner -— Kournikova started playing tennis at the age of five. By 10, the Russian youngster moved to Bradenton, Florida, to train at Nick Bollettieri's prestigious tennis academy, laying the groundwork for her professional career.

Kournikova turned pro in 1995 at the age of 14 and quickly rose to prominence. Her breakthrough came in 1997 when she reached the semifinals of Wimbledon at just 16, a feat that captured global attention. Though she never won a singles title, she reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 8 in 2000. Kournikova excelled in doubles, winning 16 titles, including two Australian Open championships in 1999 and 2002 with partner Martina Hingis, and achieving the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 1999.

Known for her athleticism, speed, and powerful groundstrokes, Kournikova was a formidable competitor, particularly in doubles, where her net play and coordination with partners stood out. Her on-court presence and ability to perform under pressure made her a fan favorite.

Beyond her tennis accomplishments, Kournikova's combination of athletic talent and striking looks made her a global celebrity. She graced the covers of numerous magazines and became a marketing phenomenon, endorsing a wide range of products. One of People's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1998, she also appeared on multiple Forbes power lists as well. Her popularity brought tennis to a broader audience and inspired many young players, blending athleticism with widespread appeal.

Persistent injuries, particularly to her back and spine, led to Kournikova's early departure from professional tennis in 2003. Post-retirement, she has remained active in the tennis community through exhibition matches and charity events and worked as a trainer on the TV show "The Biggest Loser." Kournikova's personal life, including her long-term relationship with Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias, with whom she has three children, has often been in the media spotlight.


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