Former tennis star Kournikova enjoying WTT

Anna Kournikova's St. Louis Aces will play the Philadelphia Freedoms at Villanova's Pavilion Tuesday. Kournikova says the WTT is the perfect fit for her. (AP Photo / Tom Pennington)
Anna Kournikova's St. Louis Aces will play the Philadelphia Freedoms at Villanova's Pavilion Tuesday. Kournikova says the WTT is the perfect fit for her. (AP Photo / Tom Pennington) (Jen Reardon)
Posted: July 15, 2010

No longer the tennis player who had a large following a decade ago, Anna Kournikova continues to find other ways to remain involved with the sport. For the last eight years, she has played World TeamTennis.

"For me, it's a great experience to be back on the court again," said Kournikova, 29, who is in her third season with the St. Louis Aces. "That's why I think this league really works. It gives the players who are currently on the tour a chance to transition from Wimbledon, from Europe, into the American season, and [helps] people like me, who are not on the tour full-time."

She will return to Philadelphia on Tuesday when the Freedoms host the Aces in the Pavilion at Villanova. The last time she played at Villanova, in 2000, Kournikova won the Advanta Championships doubles title with her partner, Martina Hingis.

Kournikova is scheduled to play in four matches this season. She begins Saturday night with her doubles partner, Lindsay Davenport, at home. Then, she'll take in three matches on the road on consecutive days.

"Honestly, it's perfect for me," she said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters. "It's four matches within six days. The travel is kind of hard just because you have to travel and play three days in a row in three different cities . . . [but] I love that kind of format, just in a week, fast-paced. I'd rather get on the road and stay on the road instead of getting in and out. I like this. I really do."

Sportimes 20, Freedoms 19

New York's Abigail Spears defeated Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, 5-2, in women's singles to clinch the match for the host Sportimes.

The Freedoms' Andy Roddick topped John McEnroe in men's singles, 5-4. Roddick and Courtney Nagle defeated Robert Kendrick and Abigail Spears in mixed doubles, 5-2.


Contact staff writer Mario Aguirre at 215-854-4550 or maguirre@phillynews.com.

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