At the Miami Open, Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour singles final, before losing to Venus Williams in the final.
Kournikova then reached two consecutive quarterfinals, at Amelia Island and the Italian Open, losing respectively to Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis.
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.
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." In 1989, at the age of eight, Kournikova began appearing in junior tournaments, and by the following year, was attracting attention from tennis scouts across the world.As of 2001, he was still a part-time martial arts instructor there.Her mother Alla (born 1963) had been a 400-metre runner.Kournikova received her first tennis racquet as a New Year gift in 1986 at age five.Describing her early regimen, she said, "I played two times a week from age six. 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.Her six-year tenure with Ed would produce terrific results. However, she reached the semifinals in the doubles partnering with Elena Likhovtseva, before losing to the sixth seeds Mary Joe Fernández and Patricia Tarabini.At 15, she made her Grand Slam debut, when she reached the fourth round of the 1996 US Open, only to be stopped by then-top ranked player Steffi Graf, the eventual champion. 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 German Open, she reached the semi-finals in both singles and doubles, partnering with Larisa Neiland.At the French Open Kournikova had her best result at this tournament, making it to the fourth round before losing to Jana Novotná.They referred to themselves as the "Spice Girls of Tennis".She was a new trainer for season 12 of the television show The Biggest Loser, replacing Jillian Michaels, but did not return for season 13.