Anna Kournikova is a Russian-born tennis player who gained fame as one of the most attractive tennis players who played on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour. She was an accomplished singles player who was once ranked as high as No. 8 in the world in 2000. For all her formidable talents however, Kournikova lacked the consistency needed to win a WTA singles title.
Anna Kournikova’s forte was in doubles play. She was such as force in the doubles circuit that she became the No. 1 doubles player in 1999. During her stint in the WTA tour, Kournikova managed to rack up a total sixteen doubles titles. In Grand Slam play, she won two Australian Open titles with Martina Hingis as her partner. She also reached the doubles finals of the French Open in 1999.
Anna Kournikova has a steady baseline game and wields a solid, two-handed backhand. She was also deadly at the net with her amazing volleys and deft touch. Anna Kournikova developed her skills on the courts of Moscow. She played so well that she became a member of the famed Russian Spartak Tennis Club. Eventually, after much success in the junior circuit, Anna Kournikova went on to train in the US under Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academy.
Although not officially retired from the WTA tour, Kournikova has not played in any official WTA events since 2003. She still keeps busy by playing for the St. Louis Aces in the World Team Tennis although she restricts herself to just doubles only. She is also a constant fixture in charity exhibition games where she often plays with and against, former stars in the professional tour.