Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena, once called Irina Spirlea a “fat, white turkey.” Kournikova has shown brat-like behavior as well.Last March, on an American Airlines flight, Kournikova refused to put her miniature Doberman pinscher in its carrying case. The most recent flare-up in Chile is most dramatic because Kournikova and Hingis appeared to be the best of friends at the Chase Championships at Madison Square Garden, just two weeks before. Yet others point to clear signs of past tension and speculate it’s rooted in Hingis’ fear that her on-court dominance may not be as socially or financially rewarding as she would like.
Hingis did, but alas, Jeter seemed to have eyes only for Kournikova.When Hingis has been asked if she ever envies Kournikova, she haughtily points to her own top ranking.And Hingis’ six-year contract with Nike is million, short of Williams’ package and well shy of Kournikova’s six-year, million deal with Adidas.Kournikova also has numerous other endorsements, easily making her the highest-paid and most sought-after woman in tennis.Outspoken Frenchwoman Nathalie Tauziat once said of Kournikova, in broken English: “She have a good body.
That’s it.” Lindsay Davenport didn’t appear at a farewell event for Graf because Graf wasn’t properly welcoming when the American first arrived on tour.With 10 days until the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event of the year, the theme of the women’s tennis tour is once again Dueling Divas.News has leaked of a knock-down, drag-out fight between Kournikova, 19, and Hingis, 20, that took place in late November during an exhibition match in Chile.She once said Serena Williams was “quite heavy” and dismissed Graf, who has since retired, as past her prime.Most cruelly, she labeled Mauresmo, who at 19 came out as a lesbian, “half a man.” The tour is rife with such squabbles.Multiple Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis has praised former player Anna Kournikova during an interview with Russian sports website R-Sport.