SLAM! Tennis: Monday, August 11, 1997: Kournikova withdraws
TORONTO (AP) -- Anna Kournikova, citing difficulties in her family's application for permanent resident status in the United States, withdrew Monday from the du Maurier Open women's tennis tournament. The 16-year-old sensation from Russia and her mother are traveling abroad with visas as Kournikova competes in a limited number of WTA Tour events this year. However, the Kournikovas have re-applied to U.S. Immigration to become permanent residents of Florida. But Kournikova's father was still working in Russia, which created a delay in the processing of the application by U.S. immigration officials.
CNNSI.com: Saturday, January 24, 1998: Defending champ Hingis tops Kournikova
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The two teens strutted and preened as they took the court, Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis facing off for fashion and tennis supremacy Saturday in the glamour matchup of the Australian Open. Fans packed the stadium as much to ogle and whistle as to cheer the latest chapter in this developing rivalry, and they weren't disappointed in either the show or the tennis. The top-ranked and defending champion Hingis, who beat Kournikova in straight sets in the French Open and Wimbledon in their two previous meetings, maintained her dominance, though by a slimmer margin, with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory.
Florida Times-Union: Wednesday, April 8, 1998: Russian heartthrob wows 'em
AMELIA ISLAND - Jack Barley fell in love. While watching Anna Kournikova warm up for her match with Wiltrud Probst, Barley fell hard for the 16-year-old Russian. So he did what any smitten young man would do. He gave Kournikova a flower. "I decided when I came out here that when she was practicing I was going to give her a flower when she came off the court," said Barley, 18, one of the ball boys who worked Kournikova's match. "I just handed it to her. She smiled and said thanks. She kept it with her."
CBS SportsLine: March 28, 1998: Williams wins, but Kournikova claims a victory in defeat
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Anna Kournikova, 16 and a potential subject of male admirers for years to come, played in the final of a major pro tournament Saturday for the first time. She lost to Venus Williams, 17, who won a tournament of this magnitude for the first time. It is well-documented that Kournikova is all too aware she is probably the first women's tennis sex symbol since Gabriela Sabatini. The stories are out there that Kournikova believes few men will be good enough. As she explains to Sports Illustrated this week in a story explaining how she casually dismisses the admirers she must constantly encounter, "It's like a menu: They can look, but they can't afford it."
CBS SportsLine: May 18, 1998: Stat of the Week: Young ones vs. No. 1s
By defeating Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals of the German Open, Anna Kournikova joins the all-time Top 10 youngest players to defeat a current world No. 1. Even more impressive, Kournikova, along with fellow teen star Venus Williams, is one of only two players to have recorded wins over the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world so far this year. Kournikova also becomes the sixth youngest in professionl tennis history to beat a No. 1 and No. 2, falling just three days short of tying Steffi Graf for fifth place.
Seattle Times: Thursday, July 09, 1998: Kournikova heals, set to climb ranks
Seattle Times news services-- Anna Kournikova's thumb is feeling better, and she feels ready to start climbing the tennis ladder to No. 1. "I really don't think anything separates me right now," from No. 1, the 17-year-old Russian said yesterday. "I think I've beaten every person in the top 10, including Steffi Graf. It's just a matter of time."
(this story appears spurious, 2 days before, on July 7, Anna game an interview in which she announced her withdrawal from the A&P Classic)
CNNSI.com: Monday, September 07, 1998
A star-studded doubles exhibition match will be held November 27 in Sunrise, Florida. Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova will team up against Jana Novotna and Anna Kournikova, with the winners will split $200,000 and the losers sharing half that amount.
CNNSI.com: Wednesday, September 9, 1998
This week the Advantage International agency will announce the signing of the No. 14 Kournikova to a long-term contract, officially ending her strained relationship with IMG.
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