In response to Shayne Hull's Mailbag question about the greatest player never to have won a tournament, Anna Kournikova immediately comes to mind.
(The notion that she was a somehow a fraudulent player or some marketing creation is equally unfair and inaccurate.) She was also an exceptional doubles player, who reached No.
; born 6 November 1987) is a retired Serbian professional tennis player. 1 in the world in 2008, she defeated Dinara Safina to win the 2008 French Open, was the runner-up at the 2007 French Open Competing as a professional from 2003 until 2016, Ivanovic won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title, the French Open in 2008.
Additionally during this time, she earned over million in prize money, which is the 20th highest in the all-time rankings.
c) agree or disagree, consider this a feminist position or a feminist betrayal, a pioneeress inasmuch as she traded unapologetically on her appearance. And some more regrettable symmetry: they both suffer from durability issues.
And the build-up to his wedding, staged in Montenegro just four days after he claimed the title, beating Roger Federer in a five-set nail biter, looked to be similarly cool.
In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time Her first breakthrough came at the 2004 Zürich Open, where she qualified and was narrowly beaten by Venus Williams in the second round in two tiebreak sets.
By the age of 18 Ivanovic had already defeated established players such as Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva and Amélie Mauresmo.
It would have served her well to play some smaller events, win that elusive title in Tashkent or Quebec City and rid herself of the never-won-a-tournament albatross. This will sound gratuitously provocative (Hot take! But she pierced the top ten and reached the Wimbledon semis as a teenager.
Also as far as youth still coming into their own and not yet having won a tournament, remember Steffi Graf rose to #3 before she finally won her first title. • I’ve always felt that this was the dirty secret about Anna Kournikova: because she was such a draw and such a publicity magnet, she was required by the WTA to play the top events and was given playing obligations disproportionate with her ranking. Anna Kournikova won zero singles titles—let’s concede that up front.