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Anna's health tips


January 2001

 

 

How the Russian tennis babe makes sure her body is fully fuelled.

Russian tennis babe Anna Kournikova, 19, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, is famously just as famous for her looks as much as her performance on court. Brought up in humble surroundings in Moscow, Kournikova was taken to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida aged nine.

Now a permanent resident of Florida, the Russian makes headlines and substantial financial rewards thanks to her looks through lucrative sponsorship deals, including a high-profile seven-year contract with bra-makers Berlei.

Last year she earned ?7.5m, of which ?495,000 came from match winnings. She is engaged to millionaire ice hockey star Sergei Federov.

HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU NEED?
Anna: "I like to get plenty of sleep."

WHAT EXERCISE DO YOU TAKE?
Anna: "Both my parents have always been very sporty, and I am a professional athlete, so fitness is very important. If I'm playing in a tournament, I focus on playing in competitive matches. During a training week I spend at least four hours a day focusing on my tennis game, practising different disciplines and skills and working out in the gym on my general fitness levels."

ARE YOU CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU EAT?
Anna: "I generally tend to eat well but I do allow myself the occasional treat. As an athlete, I have a particular way of eating to make sure my body is fully fuelled. Generally, I follow a high-fibre diet and I start the day with a power breakfast. Ideally, an athlete's breakfast should provide a third of the energy needed during the day. If I'm consuming 2,400 calories per day, I try to eat 800 calories during breakfast."

ARE YOU OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN OVERWEIGHT?
Anna: "No. I don't believe in diets as research shows they have little, if any, long-term success. If you want to reduce your weight, you really need to change your lifestyle by incorporating more exercise and eating a well-balanced, healthy diet."

DO YOU DRINK OR SMOKE TOO MUCH?
Anna: "No, I don't drink or smoke."

DOES YOUR JOB AFFECT YOUR HEALTH?
Anna: "As a woman and an athlete, I think it's very important to look after myself both mentally and physically."

DO YOU THINK YOU SUFFER FROM STRESS?
Anna: "When you spend virtually every week of the year competing in some kind of tournament, it's not such a big deal after a while. But I relax by spending time by the ocean or on the beach. I also find that shopping is a great way to unwind and I love to play cards and surf the internet when I have time. I also occasionally indulge in massage."

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP BEAUTY ESSENTIALS?
Anna: "I drink plenty of water, maintain a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING ADMIRED FOR YOUR LOOKS?
Anna: "People wouldn't notice me at all if I wasn't a professional tennis player in the first place."

WHAT ARE YOUR LIFE GOALS?
Anna: "To be the fittest and the best tennis player I can be."

 

 

 

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kournikova.com