Posts Tagged ‘Anna Kournikova

01
Feb
11

Anna Kournikova pregnant?

Could long-time lovers Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova be expecting their first baby? According to reports, the happy couple told a close group of friends, who were visiting them at their Miami home, that they were going to be parents. If it’s true they’re definitely going to have a gorgeous kid.

Reps for the couple have not confirmed nor denied the news. But if it’s true, we’re placing Anna on baby bump watch! Enrique, 35, first met Anna, 29, in 2001 while filming a music video for his song “Escape.”

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27
Nov
10

All for a good cause!

Anna Kournikova was visiting Slovakia where she played an exhibition with Thomas Muster, Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty.

How about…..”We won 3-2!”

24
Sep
10

Two cute couples?

Anna Kournikova just returned from Costa Rica where she was to play in the second exhibition match for the Agassi Sampras Tour.

“This was my first trip to Costa Rica so I was really excited to see a small bit of the country and meet some of the locals. I flew in the night before the match which was so nice because I had time to settle in, relax a little and have a great sushi dinner at the hotel.

First up on Saturday was media, I did a press conference with Pete followed by some one on one interviews.”

Jelena Jankovic just returned from Portugal, and was reunited with her boyfriend.

10
Sep
10

A terrible scheduling error keeps exhibition doubles match a secret.

Age and brawn won out over youth and beauty in an exhibition set of doubles tennis that followed Rafael Nadal’s quarterfinal victory over Fernando Verdasco on Thursday night. The one-set, no-ad contest was supposed to precede Nadal, but a five-set day match tightened up the schedule and the quartet of Grand Slam champions was pushed back to be the nightcap. At the end of 40 minutes of sometimes tennis, sometimes theatre, Pat Cash and Mats Wilander prevailed 7-5 over Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova.

Hingis and Kournikova were back together eight years after winning their second Australian Open doubles title together. They had won in 1999 before taking the crown again in 2002. Hingis also won the singles title in Flushing in 1997 plus four other Grand Slam singles titles and was once the No. 1 ranked woman in the world.

Most of the 23,000 plus in attendance were long gone by the time the elder statesmen hit the court, but those who stayed were allowed access to the best seats in the house and made plenty of noise as the former stars entertained.

30
Jun
10

Doubles duo will not return to the WTA tour.

Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova both ruled out returning to the WTA Tour after reuniting to win an exhibition match at Wimbledon.

Kournikova suggested Hingis would have no problem fitting in, but the Swiss five-time singles grand slam winner dismissed the prospect of making a  comeback. Both will play World Team Tennis tournaments, alongside modern-day stars and veterans of the game, but the prospect of serious competition on tour appeals to neither player.

“You could for sure,” Kournikova told Hingis, with whom she won two Australian Open doubles titles. But Hingis said: “I haven’t played that much in the last three years. It’s only three years. But you have to commit. The commitment is totally different.”

She added: “You can’t pop up and say, ‘I’m going to come back and win grand slams’, even if you have a great partner.

“It’s great fun to be out there again with Anna. We had some great times. We’re sharing some good times again.

“I did it. I had my comeback. I was very happy with it. I lived through all the emotions. I missed it when I was away for three years. That’s why I did the comeback.

“Now it’s different. I’m going to be 30 years old (in September).

“I think I’ve played enough tennis in my life. Tennis gave me everything I have. I’m grateful every moment.”

Kournikova, who turned 29 earlier this month, has not played seriously since 2003, and she looked the least capable of making a comeback as she teamed up with Hingis for a 6-2 6-4 victory over Britain’s Sam Smith and Anne Hobbs.

The Russian-American said: “For me it would be impossible really physically to be on the tour. It even bothers me a little bit playing today. It wasn’t a strenuous match. It was quite fun and giggly. I’m sure I’m going to feel it and I’ll be sore.”

09
Jun
10

The Anna Kournikova legacy is over, for now!

The Russian domination of the WTA tour is over! Predictions are for  no Russian women in the year-end Top 10. Elena Dementieva, the lone survivor, could have tough times ahead of her after a calf injury so painful it caused her to retire in the semifinals of last week – her first ever retirement at a major.

Safina has been hindered with a back injury. Sharapova has shown flashes of power since returning from shoulder surgery, but has yet to find her consistent prowess on the court from which she won three Grand Slams.

The Russians have fallen out of the Top 10, but they are not gone. In the Top 200, there are 28 Russian women – more than two times the number from any other nation except the United States, which has 14; Italy (10) and France (8); and by comparison, there are six Russian men in the ATP World Tour Top 200.

 It all started in 1988, when tennis returned to the Olympics and the Soviet Union eased its grip.  When Anna Kournikova signed a modeling contract bringing tennis mainstream. Sharapova followed suit, and despite not being in the Top 10 since January of 2009, she has stayed top news by extending her deal with Nike for eight years and $70 million, making her the highest paid female athlete and an icon for Russian girls.

 Russia still has numbers, an army of young girls playing tennis seeking the toughness in Kuznetsova, the grace in Dementieva and the serve in Sharapova. When will the Tour have Russian dominated rankings again? No one knows, but as always history repeats itself.

05
May
10

The ‘Dream Team’?……to play at Wimbledon.

The renowned “Dream Team” of women’s tennis is back. Tennis stars Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis have today confirmed that they will compete together in the Ladies’ Invitation Doubles at Wimbledon this June. The pair formed one of the most formidable doubles tandems in women’s tennis in the 1990’s, winning two Grand Slam doubles titles, reaching No. 1 in the WTA Tour Doubles rankings and earning the 1999 WTA Doubles Team of the Year honors.

“I’m so excited to be returning to the UK to play doubles with Martina again,” said Kournikova. “This tournament has always held a special place in my heart, and it will be a great honor to play on the courts of Wimbledon again. I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun.”

“Anna and I have had a lot of success together and I look forward to being reunited with her at Wimbledon,” said Hingis. “Having won singles in 1997 and doubles in 1996 and 1998, I am excited about returning to the place where I have had some of the best memories of my career.”

Kournikova is a two-time Grand Slam women’s doubles champion, No. 1 ranked world junior champion, No. 1 ranked WTA tour doubles and No. 8 WTA tour singles player. At age 14, Anna became the youngest player to ever win a Fed Cup match. In 1997, she reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and became the second woman in the Open Era, next to Chris Evert, to reach the Wimbledon semifinals in her career debut. She has also defeated many of the world’s top players who have competed on the women’s tour including Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati and Arantxa Sanchez among others.

Hingis is a five-time Grand Slam singles champion and nine-time Grand Slam women’s doubles champion. In 1997, Hingis won Wimbledon, the French Open and the first of three consecutive Australian Open crowns on her way to becoming the youngest top-ranked player in history. Her Australian Open victory made her the youngest Grand Slam singles winner in the 20th century at the age of 16 years and 3 months. The following year, Hingis became only the fourth woman in tennis history to win all four Grand Slam doubles titles in the same year. She owns a 548-133 all-time singles record and her 209 weeks as the world’s number 1 female player ranks fourth all-time.

15
Dec
09

Anna K. blogs from WTT Smash Hits.

Hi Everyone!

I just returned from Smash Hits 2009 in Baton Rouge. This was my 7th consecutive year playing and I have to say I think this was the best year yet, so many amazing players and in such a great city! This year’s event not only benefitted the Elton John AIDS Foundation but also several local Baton Rouge AIDS charities. We raised $640,000!

First, I played in the celebrity match with Andy Roddick against Serena Williams and Elton John. Although Serena and Elton won we still had the best time on the court. Playing with Elton is always a blast! Next up was Team Elton vs. Team Billie Jean… I was played in the women’s double match for Team Elton with Serena against Liezel Huber and Lindsay Davenport, it was great to be on the court with such great players. This was my first time playing with Serena, we had a so much fun being on the same side of the court. It was also great to be able to catch up Lindsay and Serena in the locker room!

It was a great night, especially with Team Elton beating out Team Billie Jean 16-13! I always love participating in this event, it is for such a great cause!

12
Dec
09

Charleston’s Family Circle Cup adding more fun.

The Family Circle Cup is adding men’s tennis and music to spice up the 2010 event.

Tennis legends John McEnroe and Jim Courier will join Anna Kournikova and a fourth player to be announced in singles and doubles action on April 17, the same day the Cup semifinals are held at the Family Circle Tennis Center.

The Blue Dogs, a Charleston-based rock band, will perform throughout the day and wrap up the festivities with a concert that night in Family Circle Stadium.

The Family Circle Cup will be played April 10-18 on Daniel Island. Maria Sharapova, the former No. 1 player in the world, and 18-year-old American star Melanie Oudin have already committed to play in the tournament.

“We are planning this night of fun and excitement to celebrate a decade of tennis in Charleston,” said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup tournament manager. “Our patrons have really enjoyed the mixed doubles exhibitions we’ve held in previous years, so we’re bringing some of the most exciting tennis celebrities to Daniel Island for this special evening session to be held during the finals weekend.”

Tickets for the exhibition match and concert will be sold as a standalone ticketed session. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. next Friday through Ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone (800) 745-3000, local Publix outlets and at the Family Circle Tennis Center ticket office. Box level seating will be available for $35, terrace level for $25, and grandstand for $15.

26
Oct
09

Anna K. a tennis ambassador?

anna Elena Dementieva and Maria Kirilenko will take on Zheng Jie of China and Sania Mirza of India in a “Russia v Asia” clash at Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam on Dec 19-20.

The tentative format of play is one doubles on the first day and two singles matches the next day.

This is the first time WTA Tour players will play an exhibition in Malaysia as the previous two years featured ATP stars. Billed as the ‘Asia versus Russia — The Gram Slam’, the tournament sees Russian beauty Anna Kournikova as its ambassador. Kournikova will join Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen at the official launch of the exhibition match in Bukit Bintang at 2pm and is set to meet ‛fans’ at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) along Jalan Duta at about 4pm.

World No 5 Elena is a seasoned campaigner on the tour, having won 16 WTA titles and also the gold medal in last year’s Beijing Olympics while Maria, who was World No 18 last year, is a rising star.

Zheng Jie’s prowess is in doubles and her most memorable year was in 2006 when she and Yan Zi won two Grand Slam titles (Australian Open and Wimbledon).

This year, she created history by becoming the first China player to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Sania, who won the mixed doubles gold with Leander Paes in the 2006 Doha Asian Games, has won one singles and eight doubles titles on the WTA Tour.

The exhibition is also a nice introduction to the Malaysian Open Classic, a new event on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour calendar, to be hosted in Kuala Lumpur next February.

Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen will launch the Russia v Asia match at the Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur today and joining her will be former star Anna Kournikova, the ambassador of the event.




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