CNNSI.com: Wednesday, January 27, 1999: 'Just friends' Kournikova shines the spotlight on Lapentti
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Surprise semifinalist Nicolas Lapentti is having fun in the publicity fishbowl, even if it means he has to keep saying "we're just friends." Lapentti's "relationship" with glamour women's player Anna Kournikova, has become more and more interesting for the media the longer he's stayed on court. The Russian teenager was in the stands for four sets of Lapentti's five-set victory over Karol Kucera, which ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Television cameras showed almost as much of Kournikova watching the match as the match itself. There's Anna stretching, there's Anna shaking out her long hair, there's Anna eating an ice-cream.
CNNSI.com: Saturday February 20, 1999 Hingis, Kournikova capture doubles title Down Under
MELBOURNE, Australia (CNN/SI) -- Calling themselves the Spice Girls of tennis, Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova, teamed up to win the Australian Open doubles title Friday. Hingis and Kournikova downed Lindsay Davenport, the world's No. 1 ranked singles player and Natasha Zvereva, the No. 1 ranked doubles player 7-5, 6-3. For Kournikova, it was her first Grand Slam title, coming on the heels of a singles campaign filled with service woes.
Kournikova-Hingis 1999 Australian Open doubles photos
Savannah Morning News: March 31, 1999: Russian teen-ager the center of attention
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.-- Kournikova, a 17-year-old rising tennis star from Russia, has a habit of turning grown men into teen-agers and teen-agers into mush. As for college students, well, they don't need help from Kournikova.
CBS SportsLine: may 10, 1999 Kournikova yet to live up to the hype By Mike Lurie
CNNSI.com: Thursday June 10, 1999 Kournikova responds to questions on Hingis' behavior
Thursday June 10, 1999 photo
CNNSI.com: Thursday October 14, 1999 Kournikova: "I'll play if asked"
PALO ALTO, Calif. (Reuters) -- Although Russian Fed Cup captain Konstantin Bogorodetky said he will not add Anna Kournikova to his squad for the September final against the United States, Kournikova says she is available. "I would play if I was asked," Kournikova said. After Russia beat Slovakia 3-2 without Kournikova to reach the Fed Cup final for the first time, Bogorodetky said, "It would be completely insolent if she came to our team at this point." He added: "All the girls have done a tremendous job in reaching the final and for someone to suggest that we should replace them with Kournikova now would be a total injustice." When informed of Bogorodetky's comments, Kournikova said: "That's fine with me. I told him at the beginning of the year that there would be a very small chance of me playing the semifinal because my schedule was really tough and I needed a break after Wimbledon. The captain knew that January 1. "We'll see. I have no definite answers now."
Thursday October 14, 1999 photo
CNNSI.com: Monday November 01, 1999 Kournikova pulls in fans for Leipzig practice session
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) -- Anna Kournikova didn't play a match Monday, but the photogenic Russian still proved to be a hit at the Leipzig Open. The fifth-seeded Kournikova drew 1,000 spectators to her practice session at the $530,000 event even though not a single seed was in action on opening day.
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