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Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova ( Russian : А́нна Серге́евна Ку́рникова ; IPA: [ˈannə sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvnə ˈkurnʲɪkəvə] ( listen ) ; born 7 June 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player. Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on Google Search. [2] [3] [4]

Despite never winning a singles title, she reached No. 8 in the world in 2000. She achieved greater success playing doubles, where she was at times the World No. 1 player. With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002 , and the WTA Championships in 1999 and 2000. They referred to themselves as the " Spice Girls of Tennis". [5] [6]

Anna Kournikova was born in Moscow, Russia, on 7 June 1981. Her father, Sergei Kournikov (born 1961), [9] a former Greco-Roman wrestling champion, eventually earned a PhD and was a professor at the University of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow. As of 2001, he was still a part-time martial arts instructor there. Her mother Alla (born 1963) had been a 400-metre runner. [10] Her younger brother, Allan , is a youth golf world champion who was featured in the 2013 documentary film The Short Game . [11]