It was only when I started playing well at seven that I went to a professional academy.
I would go to school, and then my parents would take me to the club, and I'd spend the rest of the day there just having fun with the kids." In 1989, at the age of eight, Kournikova began appearing in junior tournaments, and by the following year, was attracting attention from tennis scouts across the world.
She became the youngest player to win the 18-and-under division of the Junior Orange Bowl tennis tournament.
By the end of the year, Kournikova was crowned the ITF Junior World Champion U-18 and Junior European Champion U-18.
At the German Open, she reached the semi-finals in both singles and doubles, partnering with Larisa Neiland.