Kournikova received her first tennis racquet as a New Year gift in 1986 at age five.Describing her early regimen, she said, "I played two times a week from age six. And it was just for fun; my parents didn't know I was going to play professionally, they just wanted me to do something because I had lots of energy.At the German Open, she reached the semi-finals in both singles and doubles, partnering with Larisa Savchenko-Neiland.At the French Open Kournikova had her best result at this tournament, making it to the fourth round before losing to Jana Novotná.
She was a new trainer for season 12 of the television show The Biggest Loser, replacing Jillian Michaels, but did not return for season 13.
; born 7 June 1981) is a Russian-American former professional tennis player.
Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide.
It was only when I started playing well at seven that I went to a professional academy.
I would go to school, and then my parents would take me to the club, and I'd spend the rest of the day there just having fun with the kids." In 1989, at the age of eight, Kournikova began appearing in junior tournaments, and by the following year, was attracting attention from tennis scouts across the world.At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on Google Search.