At 14, she won the European Championships and the Junior tournament.
She became the youngest player to win the 18-and-under division of the Junior tennis tournament.
In addition to her tennis and television work, Kournikova serves as a Global Ambassador for 's "" program, which addresses health crises facing children under the age of five and their families.
Early life Anna Kournikova was born in Moscow, Russia, on 7 June 1981.
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.
The same year Kournikova reached her first doubles final at the . At the , Kournikova lost to Amanda Coetzer in the second round.
Partnering with girls' champion in both singles and doubles , they lost to and . However, she reached the semi-finals in the doubles partnering with , before losing to the sixth seeds and .Anna Kournikova practices her for a match at the Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina Kournikova then reached two consecutive quarterfinals, at 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 .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.After this tournament, Kournikova's ranking jumped from No. At the , she lost in the second round to the eleventh seed .By the end of the year, Kournikova was crowned the and Junior European Champion U-18.