There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the popularity of the WTA Tour rivaled its men's counterpart, when stars like the then-up-and-coming Williams sisters held court with Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Justine Henin, Mary Pierce and, yes, Anna Kournikova.
I heard you talking on television about Venus and Serena playing each other so early in the tournament. You stated that the draws could not be rigged. My question is, Why not? Simply putting them on other sides of the draw would not give either an unfair advantage. It would just mean they wouldn't meet until the final, which would be better for the whole sport. -- Monty, Toronto
It's 1998 and I'm trying to interview Anna Kournikova. It's a bit like attempting to secure an audience with a world leader, which, Kournikova's handlers would have you believe, she is. Billed as "the most downloaded female on the planet," Kournikova is flanked by a battalion of handlers, agents, managers and other assorted obstructionists.
Welcome to this week's edition of the Monday Awards, where ESPN has packed Dick Vitale back up in a box until late October and it's unclear why Knick fans are excited about Zach "I won't get into any trouble in NYC" Randolph.
Elton Brand looked at the stack of envelopes that were handed to me, took one and passed the rest over to the other invited guests sitting at our table inside the swanky ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza for the 22nd annual Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular.
Maria Sharapova was a promising 16-year-old phenom in 2003 when TIME magazine picked her as "Who's Next" in tennis. After making it that year to the fourth round in her first appearance at Wimbledon, the 6-foot-tall, attractive, blond Russian was instantly compared to Anna Kournikova.
Speculating on how we're going to be living in 2020 is best left to the futurists and to science fiction; instead, TIME's "What's Next?" feature offers a sneak peak at the technologies that are just around the corner, and at the trends, events and people that will matter in 2006. And it explores how some of America's finest minds contemplate and plan for the immediate future.