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Anna Kournikova: The Rise And Fall Of One Of The Most Polarizing Athletes In Sports
Business Insider ^ | Jun. 7, 2012 | Nicholas Schwartz|

Posted on 06/17/2012 5:00:26 PM PDT by presidio9

You may have forgotten about tennis celebrity Anna Kournikova, but the retired star celebrates her 31st birthday today.

Kournikova took the tennis world by storm in the 1990s, gaining as much attention for her good looks as her tennis ability.

But Kournikova's career is largely considered a disappointment.

Once a highly-touted phenom, she failed to live up to her potential before ultimately finding her niche off the court.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Sports
KEYWORDS: annakournikova; tennis; womensathletics; wta
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1 posted on 06/17/2012 5:00:29 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

I’m only here for the photos...


2 posted on 06/17/2012 5:04:17 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1244 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: presidio9

Not guilty!


3 posted on 06/17/2012 5:04:58 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: presidio9

Why a disappointment? Does every tennis pro win a grand slam tournament?

Perhaps unrealistic expectations for her?

Much the same could be said about POTUS...


4 posted on 06/17/2012 5:06:38 PM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: presidio9

Those twins take that prize for women’s tennis.


5 posted on 06/17/2012 5:07:06 PM PDT by AU72
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To: presidio9

I think that I can help her find her niche.


6 posted on 06/17/2012 5:07:51 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: presidio9

She is financially worth and estimated $50Million and recently sold her villa in Florida for $7.4Million.

Obaviously, it is good to be a washed-up tennis player!


7 posted on 06/17/2012 5:11:43 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: null and void
She'd burn you to the ground n&v.
8 posted on 06/17/2012 5:13:02 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: presidio9
PIOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE.

RULES!!!


9 posted on 06/17/2012 5:13:15 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: presidio9

Anna sold tickets after many had concluded that womens tennis was largely lesbo. They should all pay her a royalty for saving the sport.


10 posted on 06/17/2012 5:15:12 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: presidio9

Anna who?


11 posted on 06/17/2012 5:16:37 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: null and void

I just wish she’d stop calling me.

And a very nice niche she has too.


12 posted on 06/17/2012 5:17:46 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tips up
Why a disappointment? Does every tennis pro win a grand slam tournament?

She did not win a single WTA tournament, leave alone a grand slam tournament.

13 posted on 06/17/2012 5:17:46 PM PDT by JimWayne
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To: presidio9

I think people don’t realize just how good these people are.

When I was in college our number one player won every single match, he may have even been national champion but I graduated before that. I do remember him once telling me he could make me a tennis player after watching a match I had in a PE class.

Anyway a couple of years ago, I decided to see how far he had made it. I thought he was probably a middle of the line pro player making good money but not winning big tournament and maybe sometimes surprising people.

What I found out was he was the club pro at a Country Club.

I do know he was one of the last players I ever saw using a wooden Jack Kramer racket.


14 posted on 06/17/2012 5:19:01 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: JimWayne

She was a very good doubles player, reaching #1 with Martina Hingis. She won two grand slam doubles. Plus she is smoking hot and gave women’s tennis some much needed sex appeal. She was good for the game.


15 posted on 06/17/2012 5:23:54 PM PDT by twister881
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To: presidio9

She only has this level of fame because she is hot. It’s like Danica Patrick. Based on their abilities, very few people would have any clue who they were, but they are attractive, so there you go.
I think that Maria Sharapova is much prettier and a better player to boot.


16 posted on 06/17/2012 5:24:26 PM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: presidio9

She’s good enough to participate in the tourny, so what if she didn’t win? Doesn’t diminish her tennis skills. I think the commentators of her looks are jealous and trying to diminish her as someone with looks but no skill


17 posted on 06/17/2012 5:24:26 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: presidio9
Kournikova 01 Pictures, Images and Photos

Not Guilty.

18 posted on 06/17/2012 5:26:10 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: presidio9

< The Rise And Fall Of One Of The Most Polarizing Athletes In Sports

I guess I missed the part where she became “one Of The Most Polarizing Athletes In Sports”

Give me a break - she was a young, sexy & beautiful tennis player, but polarizing? LOL

Dennis Rodman was “polarizing.”
Micheal Vick was “polarizing.”
The ear biting Mike Tyson was “polarizing.”

Anna & her sister are two hot babes, but polarizing?

>the retired star celebrates her 31st birthday today.
Wish I was there with you, Anna!


19 posted on 06/17/2012 5:26:10 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: presidio9

I’m sure she was a winner in ever match I ever saw her play. I admit I should have turned the volume on while I watched.


20 posted on 06/17/2012 5:27:08 PM PDT by JIM O
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To: tumblindice

I certainly hope so!


21 posted on 06/17/2012 5:27:50 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1244 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: presidio9

Well she did have a poker hand named after her...AK (Ace-King), because it looks great but never wins.


22 posted on 06/17/2012 5:30:49 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: JimWayne
She did not win a single WTA tournament, leave alone a grand slam tournament.

Doesn't matter. Pro sports is primarily entertainment. Viability is dependent upon people watching. People watched her. It saved women's pro tennis from the fate of the WNBA.

24 posted on 06/17/2012 5:31:34 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: presidio9

When I think of “polarizing” athletes, the likes of OJ Simpson and Mike Tyson come to mind. Not Anna.


25 posted on 06/17/2012 5:33:56 PM PDT by PghBaldy (I eagerly await the next news about the struggles of Elizabeth Sacheen Littlefeather Warren.)
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To: presidio9

What’s the point of articles like that except to elicit clicks for advertisement? People who write scathing articles sometimes forget there is a real human being on the receiving end. While she appears on the outside that she’s got everything she wants out of life, who says she’s happy, and doesn’t the fact that she’s out of the spotlight and stays that way entitle her to not having to read how “disappointing” she is?


26 posted on 06/17/2012 5:34:25 PM PDT by winner3000 (ss)
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To: presidio9
I know Anna but for the life of me can't name the two Sista’s with big butts and terrible attitudes that play tennis.
28 posted on 06/17/2012 5:40:55 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: presidio9

She had the skill, what she lacked was consistency and she seemed to doubt herself. I remember watching her against one of the Williams beasts and thinking that she could win, if only she stopped letting herself be intimidated by the beast’s power, because she definitely had more skill and control, at least in IMO.

As far as I’m concerned, the day when the disgusting spectacle that the Williams beasts bring to the sport of women’s tennis becomes a thing of the past can’t come soon enough. The younger one especially.


29 posted on 06/17/2012 5:42:42 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: tumblindice
RE: #8.

Oh God, this is the big one Elizabeth!

My comments would get me banned but my thoughts sure are nice. OW!

30 posted on 06/17/2012 5:42:56 PM PDT by Looking4Truth (Leave it to some angry, frustrated liberal do-gooder to screw things up for the rest of us.)
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To: Vendome

The best ass on clay was Martina Hingis.


31 posted on 06/17/2012 5:44:38 PM PDT by yarddog
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“The best ass on clay was Martina Hingis.”

I’ll take the Swiss Miss any day. Anna Kournikova sure as hell didn’t save tennis.


33 posted on 06/17/2012 5:51:47 PM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: tumblindice

In just 4 years she’ll hit the magic birthday number and be 1/2 my age+7!


34 posted on 06/17/2012 5:57:47 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: null and void

I think it is pronounced “Hing” as in “King” and “is” as the last part of “kiss”. more of a soft “hiss” than “us”.


35 posted on 06/17/2012 5:57:46 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: tumblindice
I don't understand why she is considered pretty or sexy or anything.

Cover up the body and just look at her face, without the distractions.

She kind of looks like a bland faced stoner.

36 posted on 06/17/2012 5:59:32 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: Rebelbase

Great minds think alike.


37 posted on 06/17/2012 6:04:03 PM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: winner3000
What’s the point of articles like that except to elicit clicks for advertisement?

There is no other point. Which leads to the "rules" posts you see here on FR.

It's one of the reasons I can't stand the Fox News website. Lots of pop-culture garbage dressed up as "news."

38 posted on 06/17/2012 6:05:21 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: tet68
I just wish she’d stop calling me.

Fantasies sure are fun!!!

39 posted on 06/17/2012 6:07:12 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: Rebelbase

You’ll make Uncle Rrrod proud!


40 posted on 06/17/2012 6:07:58 PM PDT by Tax-chick (All that, plus a real-meat cheezburger and wine.)
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To: presidio9

From $3 million in tennis earnings to a $50 million modeling career. That’s quit a fall.


42 posted on 06/17/2012 6:11:16 PM PDT by ScottfromNJ
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To: bill1952
Give me a break - she was a young, sexy & beautiful tennis player, but polarizing? LOL

You're not thinking like the lesbian sisterhood that dominates womens' professional sports and influences Media opinion-makers directly and indirectly. ("Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel")

43 posted on 06/17/2012 6:14:19 PM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: tet68
I just wish she’d stop calling me.

Finish the sentence. What does she call you? ;)
44 posted on 06/17/2012 6:18:16 PM PDT by adorno
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
Let me Google that for you ..............

It really isn't hard to do once you know how.

45 posted on 06/17/2012 6:19:25 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: ScottfromNJ

Polarizing? Kinda like Sarah Palin. They are envious and jealous. They put it all on her.


46 posted on 06/17/2012 6:21:01 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: chae
She only has this level of fame because she is hot. It’s like Danica Patrick. Based on their abilities, very few people would have any clue who they were, but they are attractive, so there you go.

Way too much emphasis is placed on superficial things such as looks these days.

I think that Maria Sharapova is much prettier and a better player to boot.

No kidding? Then let's have some pics!!

47 posted on 06/17/2012 6:21:24 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: yarddog
Photobucket I wish this one showed her face but it is Martina Hingis.
48 posted on 06/17/2012 6:22:30 PM PDT by yarddog
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49 posted on 06/17/2012 6:24:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant paradise!)
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To: presidio9

I could watch her rising and falling all day.


50 posted on 06/17/2012 6:24:41 PM PDT by Boogieman
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