Partnering with Likhovtseva, she reached the third round of the women's doubles event.
Kournikova played her last event of 1997 at in , losing to Amanda Coetzer in the second round of singles, and in the first round of doubles to and Jana Novotná partnering with Likhovtseva. 1998–2000: Success and stardom In 1998, Kournikova broke into the top 20 rankings for the first time, when she was ranked No. At the , Kournikova lost in the third round to World No. She also partnered with Larisa Neiland in women's doubles, and they lost to eventual champions Hingis and in the second round.
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 1986, Kournikova became a member of the , coached by Larissa Preobrazhenskaya.
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.
Born (1981-06-07) 7 June 1981 (age 35) Moscow, , Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Turned pro October 1995 Retired May 2007 Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Prize money US,584,662 Singles Career record 209–129 Career titles 0 , 2 Highest ranking No.