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Sports Illustrated article "Anna-tude"

March 30, 1998



about being primarily known for having a pretty face:
Anna: "It's human nature for people to notice. If I had plastic surgery to make me look worse, maybe that would help. People ask me, 'Why do you have to look good on the court? Why not just play?' But to me, whenever I'm on the court, it's like theater, and I have to express myself. Why should I have to look ugly just because I'm an athlete?"

about the reception she got at the Aussie Open 1998:
Anna: "One guy held up a sign that said: 'Anna, call me at so-and-so. Both me and my phone will be turned on.'"

about meeting the Spice Girls in 1998:
Anna: "It was a big deal for everyone but not for me."

Madonna, the pop queen:
Anna: "I admire Madonna as an artist. It's unbelievable how she's always changing and stay's in the spotlight. She's not a hit for one day. She will be around for a long time."

The british tabloids during Wimbledon 1997:
Anna: "They ran all those photos of my butt. But, hey, it wasn't fat. My pictures were great."

About Sergei Fedorov - her boyfriend?
Anna: "In Russia there is no word for boyfriend. You're either married or you're friends. Maybe people want to see Sergei as my boyfriend, but he's just a good friend of mine - a very good friend. Our families are close. We came from the same background, and we have a lot in common. It doesn't matter how old you are. Why should other people tell me who I should be friends with or what I should do? They're not perfect themselves, and it's none of their business. Some things are personal. You wouldn't say what you did with your wife, either."

jealousy among players?
Anna: "Forget what the players say. Ask the fans. I think it's normal for people to be jealous. But I've never been jealous of anybody. I've never said, 'I wish I was her.' Honestly, I wish I was me."

boyfriend issue:
Anna: "I have a lot of boyfriends. I want you to write that. Every country I visit, I have a different boyfriend. And I kiss them all."





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