Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide.
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.
The same year Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour doubles final at the Kremlin Cup.
Partnering with 1995 Wimbledon girls' champion in both singles and doubles, Aleksandra Olsza, she lost to Meredith Mc Grath and Larisa Neiland.
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.
She signed a management deal at age ten and went to Bradenton, Florida, to train at Nick Bollettieri's celebrated tennis academy. But we rely on advertisers to support the quality journalism we work hard to produce.To support our work and bypass this message, consider signing up for our weekly newsletter below or whitelisting within your ad blocker.By the end of the year, Kournikova was crowned the ITF Junior World Champion U-18 and Junior European Champion U-18.In 1995, she turned pro, and won two ITF titles, in Midland, Michigan and Rockford, Illinois.