Anna Kournikova’s meteoric rise to fame and success is fascinating as it is interesting. However, her life was never a bed of roses, contrary to her pretty face. She suffered a series of injuries, especially back injuries, during the later part of her active years. This resulted in her sliding down the rankings.
Born in Russia, the daughter of a wrestling champion and University professor, Kournikova came from a family that was naturally sporty. Her brother, Allan, is a youth golf world champion. Looks and acting ability also seem to run in the family – Allan has also appeared in a short film The Short Game.