Anna Kournikova

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Anna Kournikova debuted in professional tennis at age 14 in the Fed Cup for Russia, the youngest player ever to participate and win. In 1995, Anna Kournikova turned pro, and won two ITF titles, in Midland, Michigan and Rockford, Illinois. At age 15, Anna Kournikova reached the fourth round of the 1996 U.S. Open, only to be stopped by then-top ranked player, Steffi Graf. Anna Kournikova was a member of the Russian delegation to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1996, Anna Kournikova was named WTA Newcomer of the Year. In 1997, as a 16-year-old, Anna Kournikova reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon, where she lost to the eventual champion, Martina Hingis by a score of 6–3, 6–2.

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