Born: June 7, 1981
Current residence: Bradenton,
Height: 5'6" (1.68 m)
Education: high school
University of Physical Culture
Interesting facts: Favorite
color is black.
Anna Kournikova was born June 7th
1981 in Moscow. Her parents names are Allah and Sergei. She received her
first tennis raquet at 5 years old when her parents sold their tv to buy
her for christmas. She played in a club near her place untill age 11.
After, she moved to Bradenton, Florida (USA) to train with Nick Bollitierri.
At 14, she represented Russia in a Fed cup match and became the youngest
player ever to win a fed cup match.
She was the world's topped-ranked junior at the end of 1995, shortly after
Martina Hingis joined the professional ranks. Kournikova herself turned
professional in 1996, and competed in her first grand slam at the US OPEN
that year. She performed exceptionally well, defeating seeded players
before finally falling to eventual champion Steffi Graf in the 4th round.
In 1997, she affirmed her position amongst the world's top players, with
the highlight being a semi-final appearance at her first Wimbledon as
Russian-born Anna Kournikova left Moscow at the age of 9 to come to Nick
Bollettieri's Tennis Academy in Florida, USA - the same academy which
has also produced Monica Seles and Andre Agassi.
Kournikova says her game wasn't modelled after any one player, although
lists Graf and Seles as players she has learnt from, watching television.
At 16 years of age, she hasn't fully developed her power game yet, but
shows signs of things to come with some fearful groundstrokes coupled
with good court mentality.
Kournikova is indeed superstar material, with glamourous looks (she says
if not for tennis, her passion would be acting) and an aggressive all-court
game to match. In fact, she has had an agent since the age of 10. Currently
ranked in the top 30, Coach Bollettieri predicts her to be a future top
10 player, and still others forsee her and Hingis battling it out for
world number 1 in a few years to come. Regardless, Anna Kournikova will
play a great role in the future of women's tennis.