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press Interview during trip to the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami

end of March 2008



Costume bracelets on her arms:
Anna: "I'm obsessed with them. They're supposed to protect you."

The public attention nowadays:
Anna: "I can kind of control and decide where I go and what I do. If I'm coming here today I know I'm going to be seeing press, I'm going to be seeing people and fans, so I'm prepared. When I'm at home, I lead a very quiet life. I go to the same places; I see the same people. I'll get one paparazzi a week or something."

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America:
Anna: "I approached their organization myself. They were a little shocked in the beginning, they were like, 'You're interested in kids?' For me the connection is, I grew up in a tennis club. That club was all about tennis and sports; this club is about everything. It's an after-school program. I just go to the club and hang out with the kids and basically go back into my childhood. It's important to give them the attention they deserve. It's not like even I sit there and preach about a certain subject. It's really about just spending time and making them feel good about themselves. They're so innocent. I love seeing their innocent smiles and their curiosity."

commitment-phobic (Anna about herself):
Anna: "I'm trying to learn to take a deep breath but it's hard. I guess that will come more with age and maturity and settling down a little."

3 1/2 year-olf half-brother:
Anna: "My free baby. That's perfect for me right now. I play with him for a couple of hours and then I say, 'Here, take him back.'"

About Martina Hingis and the positive drug test:
Anna: "I just know what I read in the press, and as I know, myself, very well, it might be twisted. I really hope everything will work out with her. At the end of the day, she's a complete legend. She's achieved so much and I have nothing but respect for her."

Comeback still not absolutely ruled out but...
Anna: "I sleep very good at night. I know where I came from, what I achieved, how hard I've worked; I know what kind of results I've had. There's a lot more things I want to achieve and explore and learn. I want to get more educated and grow as a person, but I think I did pretty well with tennis."


Quotes taken from "Grounded Kournikova finally has opportunity to enjoy 'normal' life"-article by Bonnie D. Ford (




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