NAME: Anna Kournikova
SPORT: Tennis, Women's Tennis Association (WTA)
INJURY: Damaged ankle ligament
OTHER ATHLETES AFFECTED
Basketball: Derrick Coleman, Charlotte Hornets; Kelvin Cato, Houston Rockets; Eric Murdock and Brian Skinner, Los Angeles Clippers; Baseball: Todd Dunwoody, Kansas City Royals; Phil Nevin, San Diego Padres; Brian Jordan and Reggie Sanders, Atlanta Braves; Hockey: J.J. Daigneault, Phoenix Coyotes; Pavel Trnka, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Born in Russia and now living in Miami, Anna Kournikova, who will be 19 in June, turned pro in October 1995. Although she has won five WTA Tour doubles titles -- including one Grand Slam title -- she has never won a WTA Singles tournament.
In 1997, she became the second woman in the Open Era (which started in 1968) to reach the Wimbledon semifinals in her career debut in the tournament. In just her second year on the Tour, she defeated three Top 10 players in 1997 (No. 5 Iva Majoli, No. 6 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, and No. 10 Anke Huber).
Kournikova won her first WTA Tour professional title in 1998 at the Princess Cup in Tokyo, winning the doubles crown with Monica Seles. She also became the ninth-youngest player in the Open Era to defeat a reigning world No. 1 before her 17th birthday, upsetting Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals at the 1998 German Open.
Kournikova won her first Grand Slam title at the 1999 Australian Open, winning the doubles title with first-time partner Hingis by upsetting the first and second seeds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Trailing 4-5 in the final set of her nearly 2 1/2-hour match at the German Open, Kournikova took a backhand swing and fell to the ground, grabbing her ankle. She sat in a corner of the court and was treated for several minutes. She got up and resumed play, but opponent Gala Leon Garcia closed out the match on the next point. During the match, Kournikova twice fell onto the court with leg injuries. She also was treated earlier for arm stiffness after she warded off Gala Leon Garcia's first match point at 30-40.
After the match, she was diagnosed as suffering from a damaged left ankle ligament.