August 31, 2000 - A Howard
Stern mention of Kourni.com today caused so much traffic to come to the
site that it's web hosts (splitinfinity.com) decided to shut it down. We're
guessing the revealing photos Howard mention included those below of Anna.
31, 2000 - Anna wins again! Kournikova beat beat Sandra Kleinova (Czech
Republic) 6-4 6-1.
August 30, 2000 - Anna knocked
off her first round US Open opponent Holly Parkinson 6-2, 6-3 today and
said afterward "``It's sometimes difficult because it's a first match of
the tournament. New conditions, new court, new everything. You haven't
played for a week. You're not into the tournament." adding "I think I played
August 28, 2000 - For those
that haven't checked our message boards, a reader found a picture of Lina
(see below), check her out here.
August 27, 2000 - The Post
is running a story about the "Queens of the US Open" most notably Anna,
whom they describe "Take the mind-boggling popularity of 19-year-old Russian
bombshell Anna Kournikova, who can't seem to win a singles title to save
her life. It's certainly not her ailing technique the crowds are drooling
over. Regardless, the papers report how many times she's broken it off
with hockey-star boyfriend Sergei Federov more often than her sagging stats."
They also say there's another Russian beauty on the tennis horizon saying
"16-year-old, blond and beautiful Lina Kransnoroutskaya. She's ample reason
why the next movie version of "Lolita" should be set in Flushing Meadows."
[we can't find any pictures of Lina, but if anyone does, please post a
link on the Anna message board]
August 26, 2000 - We've added
message boards to abstracts.net! It's still somewhat under construction
but feel free to sign up and post here. Starting
next month we'll have a $25 gift certificate at Amazon.com for post of
August 26, 2000 - Anna was
placed as the 12th seed in this year's US Open, we wish her best of luck!
August 23, 2000 - Check out
what we believe are incredible pictures of Anna and it shows you what the
main intention is with European photographers while shooting Anna.
August 19, 2000 - Serena
Williams Thursday easily advanced to the quarterfinals of the Canadian
Open in Montreal, defeating Anna Kournikova in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
Again though Anna has been winning more often, as she told ESPN "My game
has matured. I'm playing a bit smarter, not trying crazy shots like I used
to. I wasn't thinking, 'Oh God, I'm going to lose the set, I'm going to
lose the match."
August 12, 2000 - Some fantastic
pictures were taken of Anna from her press conference on her bra, as Anna
is flanked by a large billboard showing off the "Only the balls should
bounce" ad campaign.
August 12, 2000 - We failed
to mention that Anna has decided now not to compete in the Olympics for
her native Russia. Alexei Selivanenko, vice president of the Russian Tennis
Federation said of the pullout, "Let us say this - the interests of the
Olympic Games and the interests of the tennis player differ. Her career
considerations come first here."
August 12, 2000 - Anna is
featured in an autographed picture auction on eBay. The photo (item #400477317)
is 8x10 and unbid at $24.99. The auctio ends August 14th.
August 4, 2000 - Anna lost
tonight in straight sets to Monica Seles, though she did bring the second
set to a tiebreaker. Again, Anna was plagued by unforced errors but her
game has improved the last two tournaments.
August 4, 2000 - Anna beat
Nathalie Tauziat and responded to her harsh comments that were in her book,
saying "When I beat her it's really good, now it's even better because
I had never beaten Tauziat before, so it's a great feeling. She has made
some strange remarks about me, so it's even better. I'm just happy." Tauziat
commented later "I like Anna. She's pretty nice on the Tour." adding "I
just said the truth, what I think, what I saw on the tour. They like, they
don't like, that is their problem." The whole thing still didn't sit well
with Anna, who complained, "has the right for their opinion but not so
August 1, 2000 - Though she's
already been reported to have made similar comments, Anna is at it again
in Sky Magazine, saying "I'm just like a menu for my male fans ... they
look but they can't afford me."
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