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Thursday, 13 December, 2001, 11:46 GMT
Anna Kournikova
Anna Kournikova
Despite her fame, Kournikova is yet to win a senior title
Date of birth: 07/06/81
Nationality: Russian
Grand Slams: None

When Anna Kournikova reached the Wimbledon semi-finals weeks after her 16th birthday, everyone assumed it was merely a matter of time before she won her first Grand Slam title.

Several years down the line, the question is will she ever even win a regular Tour event?

One of the most famous faces in women's sport, she is in danger of being remembered for her looks rather than her tennis-playing ability.

When she first came to public prominence as a 14-year-old with an exceptional junior record, it was expected she would embark on a long rivalry with fellow prodigy Martina Hingis.

But while Hingis went on to claim a hatful of titles, Kournikova has yet to break her Tour duck.

Three runners-up spots, the last of which was in 2000 - along with several major scalps earlier in her career - are the sum total of her singles achievements.

Injury has without doubt played its part.

A stress fracture in her right foot kept her out of action for three months in 1999 while a torn ankle ligament disrupted her 2000 season.

And 2001, which saw her start promisingly by reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals, was ruined by a stress fracture in her left foot.

She has at least tasted success in doubles, winning 13 titles - including the Australian Open and the Chase Championships.

Kournikova has always maintained that all she wants to do is play tennis and says she is convinced the titles will eventually come.



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