At 15, she made her debut, when she reached the fourth round of the 1996 , only to be stopped by then-top ranked player , the . Kournikova was a member of the Russian delegation to the in , Georgia. There she lost to eventual champion Martina Hingis.
Her father, Sergei Kournikov (born 1961), a former champion, eventually earned a Ph D and was a professor at the University of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow.
As of 2001, he was still a part-time martial arts instructor there. Her younger brother, , is a youth golf world champion who was featured in the 2013 documentary film .
She lives in , Florida, and plays in occasional exhibitions and in doubles for the of .
She was a new trainer for season 12 of the television show , replacing , but did not return for season 13.
She broke into the top 50 on 19 May, and was ranked No. Although she lost in the second round of the to Anke Huber in singles, Kournikova reached her second doubles WTA Tour final, partnering with Larisa Neiland. Kournikova and Neiland reached their second consecutive final at the , losing to Alexandra Fusai and Nathalie Tauziat.
At the Miami Open, Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour singles final, before losing to in the final.
At the Kournikova had her best result at this tournament, making it to the fourth round before losing to Jana Novotná.
She also reached her first Grand Slam doubles semi-finals, losing with Neiland to Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva.
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.
8 (20 November 2000) Grand Slam Singles results QF () 4R (, ) SF () 4R (, ) Other tournaments SF () 1R () Doubles Career record 200–71 Career titles 16 Highest ranking No.
Partnering with Likhovtseva, she reached the third round of the women's doubles event.