Winning all four at some point in a career, even if not consecutively, is referred to as a "Career Grand Slam". Winning the four Majors and a gold medal in tennis at the Summer Olympics in the same calendar year has been called a "Golden Slam" since They played in separate professional events and were banned from competing any of the four Grand Slam tournaments. They mostly competed on pro tours involving head-to-head competition, but also in professional tournaments as the biggest events on the pro tour. These tournaments held with a certain tradition and longevity.
Pro Tennis Championships , played at a variety of different venues and on a variety of different surfaces, between and , although it was no longer a Major after The most prestigious of the three was generally the Wembley Championship. Played between and , at the Wembley Arena in England , it was unofficially usually considered the world's championship until The third professional major was the French Pro Championship , played between and , on the clay-courts of Roland Garros , apart from —, when it was played on the indoor wood courts of Stade Coubertin.
The Open Era in tennis began in , when the Grand Slam tournaments agreed to allow professional players to compete with amateurs. A professional tennis tour was created for the entire year, where everyone could compete. This meant that the division that had existed for many years between these two groups had finally come to an end, which made the tennis world into one unified competition.
Player Years Consecutive matches won 1. Bill Tilden — 51  2. Don Budge — 37   3. Rod Laver — 31  4. Novak Djokovic — 30 5. Rod Laver 2 — 29  6. Bill Tilden — 8 Pete Sampras — 3. Roger Federer — 7 Rafael Nadal — 5. 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. They referred to themselves as the " Spice Girls of Tennis". Kournikova retired at the age of 21 due to serious back and spinal problems, including a herniated disk. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis. As of , he was still a part-time martial arts instructor there. Her mother Alla born had been a metre runner. Sergei Kournikov has said, "We were young and we liked the clean, physical life, so Anna was in a good environment for sport from the beginning". Kournikova received her first tennis racquet as a New Year gift in at age five.
Describing her early regimen, she said, "I played two times a week from age six.
It was a children's program. 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. It was only when I started playing well at seven that I went to a professional academy.
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. She signed a management deal at age ten and went to Bradenton , Florida, to train at Nick Bollettieri 's celebrated tennis academy. Following her arrival in the United States, she became prominent on the tennis scene. In December , she became the youngest player to win the and-under division of the Junior Orange Bowl tennis tournament.
Earlier, in September , she received a wildcard into the WTA tournament in Moscow, the Moscow Ladies Open , qualifications and played her way through the qualifying rounds before losing in the second round of the main draw to third-seeded Sabine Appelmans. Partnering with Wimbledon girls' champion in both singles and doubles Aleksandra Olsza , she lost the title match to Meredith McGrath and Larisa Savchenko-Neiland.
Still 14, in April she debuted at the Fed Cup for Russia ,  the youngest player ever to participate and win a match.
In , she started playing under a new coach, Ed Nagel. Her six-year tenure with Ed would produce terrific results. At 15, she made her Grand Slam debut, when she reached the fourth round of the US Open , only to be stopped by then-top ranked player Steffi Graf , the eventual champion.
After this tournament, Kournikova's ranking jumped from No. Kournikova entered the Australian Open as world No. At the French Open , Kournikova made it to the third round before losing to world No. She also reached the third round in doubles with Likhovtseva. At the Wimbledon Championships , Kournikova became only the second woman in the open era to reach the semifinals in her Wimbledon debut, the first being Chris Evert in Partnering with Likhovtseva, she reached the third round of the women's doubles event.
She broke into the top 50 on 19 May, and was ranked No. At the Australian Open , Kournikova lost in the third round to world No. They lost to Sabine Appelmans and Miriam Oremans. Kournikova then reached two consecutive quarterfinals, at Amelia Island and the Italian Open, losing respectively to Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis. At the German Open, she reached the semi-finals in both singles and doubles, partnering with Larisa Savchenko-Neiland. During her quarterfinals match at the grass-court Eastbourne Open versus Steffi Graf , Kournikova injured her thumb, which would eventually force her to withdraw from the Wimbledon Championships.
At the end of the season, she was ranked No. At the start of the season, Kournikova advanced to the fourth round in singles before losing to Mary Pierce. The two defeated Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva in the final.
At Wimbledon, Kournikova lost to Venus Williams in the fourth round. While Kournikova had a successful singles season, she was even more successful in doubles. Partnering with Elena Likhovtseva, Kournikova also reached the final in Stanford.
On 22 November she reached the world No. Kournikova opened her season winning the Gold Coast Open doubles tournament partnering with Julie Halard. She then reached the singles semifinals at the Medibank International Sydney , losing to Lindsay Davenport. At the Australian Open , she reached the fourth round in singles and the semi-finals in doubles. On 20 November she broke into top 10 for the first time, reaching No. Her season was dominated by injury, including a left foot stress fracture which forced her withdrawal from twelve tournaments, including the French Open and Wimbledon.
Kournikova then withdrew from several events due to continuing problems with her left foot and did not return until Leipzig. With Barbara Schett , she won the doubles title in Sydney. Hingis and Kournikova also won the Kremlin Cup. Vera Zvonareva is married and has a baby!
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