January 26, 2002 - Anna Kournikova
and Martina Hingis won their second grand slam doubles title Friday with
a 6-2 6-7 6-1 victory over Daniela Hantuchova and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
at The Australian Open. Anna said afterwards, "I'd like to thank our team
-- our mothers and my father -- for all their support and being tough with
us, thank you,'' Kournikova said afterwards. Also thanks to the fans for
coming and watching us...this is only our third grand slam together and
we've won two so it is great."
26, 2002 - Enrique Iglesias spoke with The Sun where he addressed the talk
that he'd refused to kiss Anna Kournikova on his new video for Escape saying,
"I heard rumours that I wouldn’t kiss her because she had a cold sore but
that’s not true. I’d be an ass not to kiss Anna Kournikova. She’s cool,
really nice. She’s the kind of girl who is crazy but in a cool way. I think
I’ll play Wimbledon this year!" Check out photos of the pair more.
January 25, 2002 - Access
Hollywood previewed the MTV Making the Video featuring Enrique Iglesias
and love interest in the spot, Anna Kournikova. Describing 'Escape', Enrique
said, "There's going to be acting that's different, one on a motorcycle,
the other one, we're going to the movies, you know, another one is sex
in the car. Sex in the car, got to be sex in the car though, and the other
one is sex in the bathtub. Got to be sex in the bathtub, you know." Read
January 21, 2002 - In an
abstracts.net poll asking 'Do you think Anna even wants to return to the
tennis circuit and is truly injured?', 71.1% said she did while 28.9% said
she didn't with 235 total votes cast.
January 20, 2002 - Anna Kournikova
will return to the Family Circle Cup after missing last year's event with
a broken foot.
January 20, 2002 - Anna and
Martina Hingis are still alive in the doubles tourney at the Australian
Open, last playing and beating Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva and Asa Svensson
of Sweden 6-3, 6-1.
January 20, 2002 - Sixth-seeded
Justine Henin beat Anna Kournikova for the third consecutive time Tuesday,
advancing to the second round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory. Anna said afterwards,
"I wasn't playing well in general. I started to play better in the second
set, but she lifted her game and I didn't play well on the important points."
January 20, 2002 - US Weekly
features Anna Kournikova in their Worlds Sexiest Athletes feature this
week and quote her saying, "I'm the perfect age. I can be a little girl,
or I can be grown-up. I can be whichever I want."
January 19, 2002 - The US
Weekly report on ABCNews.com features Anna Kournikova talking about what
it's like to be a top athlete and a sex symbol.
January 19, 2002 - In a blind
item so-not-blind it's not even worth calling it one, the New York Post
asks, "Which Casanova crooner - known for bedding the boldfaced beauties
who appear in his videos - has been bragging to his entourage about bagging
an athletic sexpot who will be featured in an upcoming production." Yeah,
but isn't Anna a virgin and/or is supposedly married to hockey star Sergei
Federov? Stay tuned..
January 13, 2002 - The bookmakers
in Australia are fairly confident Anna Kournikova will not win her first
singles title when she starts her Australian Open campaign, making her
a 101/1 long shot. Venus is the 2/1 favorite.
January 13, 2002 - Serena
Williams defeated Anna Kournikova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 at the Sydney International
tennis tournament at Sydney's Homebush Bay on January 8.
January 8, 2002 - Enrique
Iglesias' official site says MTV's Making the Video will feature Enrique
and Escape this month, with the premier on January 26th at 10 pm. Zits
or not, the appearance by Anna Kournikova no doubt ensured Enrique getting
this coveted promotional slot.
January 7, 2002 - German
television station Bl!tz has a short clip featuring still photos of Anna
Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias on the set of his new video 'Escape', again
showing the pair not appearing to show any tension. Sat1.de has since removed the video.
January 6, 2002 - The New
York Post reports Enrique Iglesias was furious at tennis star Anna Kournikova
when she turned up late to a interior shooting for his new video 'Escape'.
A source revealed, "His attitude was that she was ruining his video and
she was lucky to be in it at all." As for the final kissing scene, the
zit confrontation made the kiss less than "the hot embrace they were hoping
January 6, 2002 - Hello!
magazine has a couple of photos from Enrique Iglesias' latest video shoot
for 'Escape' where he's shown exchanging a smile with tennis star Anna
Kournikova after completing the shoot for his new video where the two kiss.
The article makes no mention of any friction between the two. Check out
the story and photos here.
January 6, 2002 - Anna Kournikova
was crushed in the semifinals of the Auckland Classic, losing 6-1, 6-4
to Israel's Anna Smashnova Friday. Anna K said afterwards, "I didn't really
play my game. She was playing her game and I tried to match her with it.
We both kept the ball in play too long, which is how she wanted it. I wanted
to get to the net as often as possible and when I did I started playing
January 4, 2002 - Atlanta
Journal-Constitution pop culture critic Phil Kloer's '2001 Cheez Doodles
Awards - Least Heard Phrases of 2001' included, "I've looked all over the
Internet and I can't find any pictures of Anna Kournikova."
January 1, 2002 - The Herald
Sun reports Enrique Iglesias was shooting a makeout scene for his latest
video 'Escape' at Hollywood's Universal City Walk shopping mall where the
singer refused to plant his lips on Anna Kournikova, complaining that there
were too many zits around her mouth. Insiders say Anna dissolved into tears
after being told her pimples turned Enrique off.
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