It’s hard to believe that we’re coming up on the 10-year anniversary of Anna Kournikova retiring from tennis. It seems like just yesterday that the sport’s “it” girl was failing to win singles titles yet still capturing the imagination of the tennis world because she was so attractive (slideshow below).
So sad that she’s let herself go. And by that I mean the fitness fanatic is in better shape than she ever was when she played. She’s also intensely private, so when you see something like this — Kournikova dancing on a boat to the tune of boyfriend Enrique Iglesias’ new song Duele el Corazón — it’s cause to take notice.
Kournikova hasn’t played in the WTA since 2004 and was only 25 when she retired from the sport due to back problems, in 2007. Although widely celebrated, she never won a singles title — the closest she came was reaching the Wimbledon semifinals in 1997.
But what many people forget is that she was a great doubles player — winning 16 WTA titles and ranked No. 1 in 1999. Kournikova, 34, still occasionally plays doubles for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis, and sometimes participates in charity matches.
She and Iglesias are planning a $20 million home on a private island near Miami, according to the Daily Mail.
Anna through the ages: