Lawrence Henry’s post about Anna Kournikova is correct; matter of fact, I said so, but not so concisely, yesterday in a comment to one of the posts below, a comment that for whatever reason still hasn’t actually shown up on site. Anyway, yes, she made number 8 in the world in singles, made it to the semis at Wimbledon in singles, and was herself ranked number one in doubles in the enitre world. She and Hingis won two grand slam doubles titles together and made it to the finals of another one. She also made it to the finals of two grand slams in mixed doubles. She was known as a hard worker who worked out often, and she failed to rise any higher in singles only because of a balky serve — a problem not of character, but of technique and confidence. She would have continued playing longer, but suffered from serious back problems. Just because she is beautiful and welcomed the limelight doesn’t mean that she was a Paris Hilton-like embarrassment. And as for the comparison with Danica Patrick… well, Anna’s record, related above, is so much better than Patrick’s has been so far that Danica is sucking down Anna’s fumes.
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