Kournikova still a headliner

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

From Pavel Bure to Sergei Fedorov, curvy Anna Kournikova's alleged love interests always garnered more publicity than her play did on the tennis court.

In a sport where the term "love" is a part of the lingo, the one-time sex symbol of tennis constantly was barraged by questions concerning who she was dating during her pro career.

Now, even in retirement, the queries about her relationships continue.

During a conference call yesterday promoting an August exhibition match in Toronto, the blond bombshell was asked about rumours of a split with pop star Enrique Iglesias

"Status is that everything is fine and everything is good," she said, setting the record straight. "He's out promoting his new album, which is out tomorrow ...

"Everything is good. I couldn't be happier."

Kournikova added that Iglesias gave her a "love bracelet" for her birthday last week. No word if former beaus Bure or Fedorov sent presents as well, but we doubt it.

Either way, it seems remarkable that Kournikova turned just 26 on Thursday. Because she has been a household name for such a long time, it is easy to forget that she has been in the spotlight since her early teens.

Yet even in her mid-20s, a time when most adults are still at their physical peak, Kournikova is plagued by a cache of aches and pains stockpiled during her competitive playing days, injuries that forced her retirement.

"My foot where I have my screw will be itching when it's raining," she said. "I get affected by the weather. I definitely feel it in my joints.

"I still keep in shape and try to work out but I definitely feel like I was a professional athlete, I definitely feel like my body has been through a lot."

Kournikova will take time out from her many charitable interests to participate in the 2007 Tennis Legends, joining former notables John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Carling Bassett-Seguso.

The famous foursome will be on hand in Toronto on Aug. 13 for an exhibition that will highlight the opening day of the 2007 Rogers Cup. The schedule will feature a one-on-match between McEnroe and Courier as well as a mixed doubles match in which all four players will wear microphones.

Of the four big names taking part in the Legends event, Kournikova was the only one not to win a pro singles title. She was once the world's No. 1 doubles player and teamed with Martina Hingis to win Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002

Her celebrity, meanwhile, skyrocketed as fans couldn't get enough of seeing her shapely figure.

She was named to Forbes Top 100 Celebrity List in 2003 and was one of People magazine's Most Beautiful People in 1998.

"(Still), nothing will ever compare to being on the court," Kournikova said.

Enough of tennis. Back to gossip. What about the ongoing woes of Paris Hilton, Kournikova was asked.

She declined comment. Enough scuttlebutt for one day.


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