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Kournikova ends stint as TV reporter

Anna Kournikova's stint as a roving reporter has come to a premature end after she found quizzing fellow players uncomfortable.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2003 23:58 IST
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Anna Kournikova's stint as a roving reporter at the US Open has come to a premature end after the glamorous Russian found quizzing fellow players uncomfortable.

Kournikova, sidelined by a back injury, also told tennisreporters.net that she had been eating too much during her days spent roaming the grounds of the hardcourt grand slam.

Kournikova said she had not been comfortable putting fellow players on the hot seat.

She added that she had just wanted to try TV out and would not be working as "entertainment reporter" for USA Network next week.

Not many had embraced Kournikova's new role as reporter, the New York Post summing up her performance in a single headline, "Anna's TV gig makes her tennis look good".

For the first week Kournikova, microphone in hand, prowled the players lounge in a micro-mini, red bra and fur-trimmed boots giving viewers an insight as to what went on.

"It's her first time on TV and she's working hard," said USA Network spokesman Tom Caraccioli, when asked about Kournikova's performance.

"She is generating loads of excitement around the grounds. It's rock star-like proportions."

First Published: Aug 30, 2003 23:20 IST