St. Petersburg Times: September 7, 1994: U.S. OPEN NOTEBOOK
Clearwater's Marissa Catlin, a first-round loser in junior girls singles, stayed alive with Californian Meilin Tu in girls doubles, defeating Californians Amanda Basica and Ania Bleszynski 7-5, 6-2. And Tampa's Stephanie Nickitas was defeated 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 by Kyra Nagy of Hungary in first-round junior girls singles but teamed with Cristina Moros of Sarasota to beat Anna Kournikova of Russia and Nino Louarsabishvily 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in junior girls doubles.
St. Petersburg Times: October 31, 1994: Teens raise a racket
The WTA TOUR thinks that 14-year-olds are too young to play on the women's pro circuit. It commissioned a committee of tennis pundits to study the issue and it arrived virtually unanimously at that conclusion... One person who no doubt will be closely watching the development - both on and off the court - of these teen wonders is Alla Kournikova. Her 12-year-old daughter, Anna, is waiting impatiently at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton to make her entrance into pro tennis and potential stardom. Said the pint-sized Kournikova when she was just 10: "When do I want to turn pro? Soon, really soon, the sooner the better."
St. Petersburg Times: December 26, 1994:
18s Rolex Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships in Miami Beach
...Anna Kournikova, 13, lost her bid to become the youngest 18s champion since Andrea Jaeger won in 1978 at age 13... Spain's Marian Ramon negated Kournikova's defensive "moonball" style with penetrating topspin groundstrokes and was able to transform a 2-5 first-set deficit into a 7-5, 6-4 victory. At 5-7, 0-3, Kournikova switched from a lobbing baseline stance to a more aggressive attack and was able to reel off four straight games. At 4-4, she committed two unforced errors to hand Ramon the break she needed.
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