She became the youngest player to win the 18-and-under division of the Junior Orange Bowl tennis tournament.
As of 2001, he was still a part-time martial arts instructor there.
Her mother Alla (born 1963) had been a 400-metre runner.
In addition to her tennis and television work, Kournikova serves as a Global Ambassador for Population Services International's "Five & Alive" program, which addresses health crises facing children under the age of five and their families.
a former Greco-Roman wrestling champion, eventually earned a Ph D and was a professor at the University of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow.
At the Miami Open, Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour singles final, before losing to Venus Williams in the final.
Kournikova then reached two consecutive quarterfinals, at Amelia Island and the Italian Open, losing respectively to Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis.
In 1995, she turned pro, and won two ITF titles, in Midland, Michigan and Rockford, Illinois.
The same year Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour doubles final at the Kremlin Cup.
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 peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on Google Search.