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December 29, 2001 - Conan O'Brien joked during his Thursday monologue, "It was reported today that in the year 2001, Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova came in first as the most searched athlete on the internet. Kournikova was very excited about the honor, because it's the first time she's ever won anything."

December 27, 2001 - Anna Kournikova is the most popular sports star of 2001 for the second year in a row, according to searches by Lycos users. Read more.

December 22, 2001 - The New Zealand Herald is hosting an auction where the high bidder will get to play tennis with Anna Kournikova and Pavlina Nola. The bidding closes on 12pm midday 24 December 2001. Bidding currently is at $3300.

December 16, 2001 - Anna Kournikova upset #2 ranked Jennifer Capriati in an exhibition match Friday night at the Ice Palace 6-4, 7-5. Anna said afterwards, "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."

December 6, 2001 - Craig Kilborn spoke with Get Real Detroit where he was asked if he preferred Anna Kournikova or Dido where he answered, " I like Dido; I think she's very gifted. The Anna Kournikova thing, of course we all found her attractive a few years ago, I'm a little blasé about her now. But Dido, I really enjoy her songwriting and she's very down to earth. She's cool."

November 19, 2001 - Skeptics have dubbed her 'Kourna-Copy' and the 'American Anna' but U.S. tennis officials confirmed their faith in 16-year-old Ashley Harkleroad this week by inviting her to an Olympic training camp. Check out her pictures here.

November 18, 2001 - KROQ's Kevin & Bean talked to Anna Kournikova about her new workout video but set it up saying that 1/2 the interviewers on the press junket were kicked out including ESPN. KROQ.com has since removed the audio.

November 12, 2001 - Anna Kournikova beat Amanda Coetzer 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory Friday in an exhibition match but admitted it was a tough victory saying afterwards, "This was definitely one of the toughest games I've played since my comeback."

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