She became the youngest player to win the 18-and-under division of the Junior Orange Bowl tennis tournament.
By the end of the year, Kournikova was crowned the ITF Junior World Champion U-18 and Junior European Champion U-18.
; born 7 June 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player.
Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide.
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 5.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.Despite never winning a singles title, she reached No. She achieved greater success playing doubles, where she was at times the World No. With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 19, and the WTA Championships in 19.