BBC Sport: Tuesday, 9 January, 2001: Kournikova denies Hingis rift
Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova has denied reports she has fallen out with Martina Hingis after the world number one dumped her as her doubles partner. Hingis announced last week she would be ending her highly successful partnership with Kournikova to link up with Monica Seles. But Kournikova played down talk of a rift, claiming: "A lot of players change partners all the time. This is our sport and that's just the way it is. "It's not like a break-up, it's just that we've both got different partners," the 19-year-old Russian said. "It's not like we're never going to see each other or talk to each other."
ESPN: Tuesday, 9 January, 2001: Kournikova: Doubles split with Hingis part of life
SYDNEY, Australia -- Anna Kournikova says the recent split with doubles partner Martina Hingis was not the bitter breakup that was reported in the media. Kournikova said the breakup during an exhibition match in Chile last month resulted in some tears, but she didn't elaborate. The Russian tennis star and the world's No. 1 singles player last were paired on Nov. 18 to defend their Chase Championships doubles crown. The pair also teamed in 2000 to win at Filderstadt, Zurich and Philadelphia following a successful 1999, when they won titles at the Australian Open, Italian Open, Indian Wells and Eastbourne.
CNNSI.com: Saturday January 13, 2001: Adidas International finals
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- ...Anna Kournikova and Austrian Barbara Schett had earlier upstaged top seeds Lisa Raymond of the United States and Rennae Stubbs of Australia 6-2, 7-5 in the Adidas International women's doubles final.
CBS SportsLine: August 1, 2001: Kournikova Makes Losing Return at Acura Tennis Classic
SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- Anna Kournikova's long-awaited return ended in disappointment Tuesday night. After receiving a first-round bye, Kournikova was handed a 6-7 (1-7), 6-1, 6-3 defeat by Australia's Nicole Pratt at the $565,000 Acura Tennis Classic. The popular 20-year-old Russian, seeded ninth, had been sidelined with a stress fracture in her left foot since losing to Amelie Mauresmo in February in the quarterfinals of the Open de Gaz in Paris. When asked how her foot felt, Kournikova said, "I had no real pain, but it's really sore. When I was on the court, I really didn't think about it. I was just really happy to be out there. It's a great feeling to be back on the court and to be moving again."
CBS SportsLine: August 20, 2001: Kournikova pulls out of U.S. Open with nagging foot injury
TORONTO -- Anna Kournikova pulled out of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships due to a lingering stress fracture in her right foot, the USTA announced on Monday. Kournikova had been awarded the 19th seed earlier on Monday. The No. 20 through No. 32 seeds will move up a place and Cristina Torrens Valero of Spain will become the 32nd seed.
CBS SportsLine: August 23, 2001: Doctor: Kournikova should rest foot for three months
BERLIN -- Anna Kournikova needs at least a three-month break before making her comeback from a foot injury. Kournikova's doctor said Thursday that only rest will allow the Russian tennis star, sidelined most of the year by a stress fracture of her left foot, to play without pain. "Only when the stress fracture completely heals can Anna play tennis without pain again," her doctor, Hubert Hoerterer, said in an interview with Germany's Sport1 website. "It'll definitely take another three months before Anna can go on court to play in a tournament. Anything else would be unwise, because otherwise the injury could flare up again."
(October 1, 2001) Anna and Martina Hingis defeated Czech pair Klara Kukalova and Alena Vaskova 6-0 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. This was Anna's 2nd match after recovering from her left foot stress fracture. Anna lost to fellow Russian Anastasia Myskina in the first round of singles at the Sparkassen Cup last week.
(Oct. 2) 17-year-old Russian Galina Fokina defeated Anna Kournikova in the 1st round of singles at the Kremlin Cup today. Anna said: "All I can do is continue playing tournaments, then start getting ready for next year."
(Oct. 3) At the Kremlin Cup, Martina Hingis said: "We really enjoy playing doubles together, and provided Anna is healthy enough to play, we will continue our partnership this year and the next."
(Oct. 7) After winning the Kremlin Cup doubles with her partner Martina Hingis, Anna said: "...my foot is okay for the moment... But I have to be careful after such a long injury lay-off."
(Oct. 9) Anna will play South African beauty Amanda Coetzer in 3 exhibition matches, Nov. 8-Nov. 11 in South Africa. (Details -- More)
(Oct. 13) Anna and Martina Hingis forfeited their Porsche doubles quarterfinal, after Martina tore ankle ligaments in her singles semifinal, requiring surgery. She will be out for up to 8 weeks.
(Oct. 16) Amanda Coetzer defeated Anna Kournikova in the first round of the Swisscom Challenge, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.
(Oct. 23) Anna defeated Jana Kandarr in the first round of the Seat Open, 6-4, 7-5, her first singles win since her stress fracture last spring. Anna is not playing doubles. (WTA Seat Open Info)
(Oct. 25) Anna Kournikova defeated Daniela Hantuchova in the second round of the Seat Open in Luxembourg 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), and will face top seed Kim Clisters in a quarterfinal on Oct. 26.
(Oct. 26) Anna Kournikova was defeated by Kim Cljisters in the quarterfinals of the Seat Open, 7-5, 7-6 (2). Despite the loss, Anna's good performance against the 5th ranked player in the world would seem to indicate that she has overcome her difficulties in recovering from her stress fracture.
(Oct. 30) Anna Kournikova's WTA season is complete, and she has only exhibitions remaining this year. This includes 3 matches against Amanda Coetzer, Nov. 8, Nov. 10, and Nov. 11 in South Africa, and a charity event for the National MS Society on Nov. 29 in Denver vs. Monica Seles.
(Nov. 1) Amanda Coetzer, responding to critics of Anna Kournikova on Oct. 30, said: "...Anna has come back strongly from her injury and she's getting stronger with every outing. She has a solid all-round game... She's won a grand slam in the doubles and I rate her as a potential grand slam singles champion." Amanda will play Anna in 3 exhibition matches, Nov. 8, Nov. 10, and Nov. 11 in South Africa. Amanda has defeated Anna in 6 of 8 previous matches.
(Nov. 6) Anna Kournikova told details of her stress fracture in Johannesburg on Nov. 5: "Going into 2001 a stress fracture was already forming in the metatarsals of my left foot and by February it went. I was praticing one day in Florida and woke up the next day with a swollen foot that was black and blue then green. The stress fracture had happened over time. I went through treatment after treatment from Florida to Germany. By May it seemed to come right, then I tried to play and the bone went again and I was in plaster and a wheelchair having to ask for help to get things out of the refrigerator. The foot has come right now. I've been slowly working my way back over the past six weeks and my games against Amanda are going to be valuable step towards getting back into the rankings and making it to the top." About her exhibition opponent Amanda Coetzer, Anna said: "Amanda plays a great game. She gets to everything and challenges you with every shot. With her there are no easy shots." Anna is going on safari for the next 2 days, but will have a court to practice on for the upcoming matches.
(Nov. 7) Anna is scheduled to play the Auckland Classic tennis tournament in New Zealand (first event of the 2002 WTA tour). The event runs from December 31, 2001 until January 5, 2002, preceding the Australian Open.
(Nov. 9) Anna Kournikova defeated Amanda Coetzer 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in an exhibition match in Durban, South Africa today. Anna was trailing 5-2 in the third set, and took a match point from Amanda before recovering and winning the match in the tiebreaker. The pair will play 2 more exhbitions in Amanda Coetzer's native South Africa on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11.
(Nov. 12) Anna Kournikova defeated Amanda Coetzer for a second time on Nov. 10, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, but Amanda came back to win their third exhibition 6-4, 6-4, on Sunday Nov. 11 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After winning, Amanda remarked: "It was hard, great competitive tennis". Anna said: "I think we played some really good tennis and I've certainly advanced my game as a result... the foot is fine." Anna's career record against Amanda is now 4-7.
(Nov. 26) Anna Kournikova will keep busy in December with exhibitions vs. Jennifer Capriati (in Tampa on Dec. 14) and Amanda Coetzer (in Detroit on Dec. 15). And Anna will play in the Sydney International January 6-12, where Martina Hingis, her usual doubles partner, is also scheduled to play.
(Dec. 2) Monica Seles defeated Anna Kournikova 6-2, 6-2 in a charity match for the National MS Society on Nov. 29 in Denver. Anna appeared to be struggling with the thin air in her first match at mile-high altitude.
(Dec. 16) Anna Kournikova defeated Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 7-5 on Dec. 14 in an exhibition at the Ice Palace in Tampa. Capriati, currently ranked second in the world, said: "She's a very sound player, and she gives a lot of the top players a lot of trouble. I think she's probably underestimated in her tennis." Anna said: "I've beaten her before, but obviously she's playing much better now. I'm just real excited that I played well, that I used a lot of things that I've been working on." Anna then flew to Detroit and defeated Amanda Coetzer 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Photos
(Dec. 27) Anna Kournikova spent Christmas preparing to play in next week's ASB Bank (Auckland) Classic tennis tournament in New Zealand, from Dec. 31, 2001 until Jan. 5, 2002. Anna should do well against a field which lacks the highest-ranked players. Anna's possible opponents will include Angeles Montolio, Henrieta Nagyova, Anne Kremer, and Conchita Martinez.
(Dec. 29) Anna Kournikova will play Cara Black of Zimbabwe in the first round of the ASB Bank Classic. Anna said: "She's a tough player and is always fighting for every point."
(December 30, 2001) Anna Kournikova will play Cara Black of Zimbabwe in the first round of the ASB Bank Classic on Jan. 1, 2002 in Auckland, New Zealand (singles draw). The match is scheduled for Centre Court not before 12:15pm local time (daily schedule). Due to the Int'l Date Line, this is Dec. 31/2001 in the US, not before 3:15pm PST (6:15pm EST). The tournament website DOES have a WEBCAM covering Centre Court. If she wins, Anna will face American Amy Frazier in the second round.
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