Cape Town - A Russian tennis beauty dubbed 'the next Anna Kournikova" has died on the practice court.
According to the Stuff website, Violetta Degtiareva died on January 12 of reported heart failure.News of her death was not immediately
released and only became public when her close friend and fellow tennis
player Anastasia Vdovenco, 20, posted it on Facebook, where it was
picked up by Russian media.
"I can hardly believe it. Rest in peace," Vdovenco, 20, wrote.
Like Kournikova, who dominated the game in the late 1990s and early
2000s more with her looks than her results, Degtiareva's beauty
attracted as much attention as her game.
Her singles ranking with the Women's Tennis Association was a low 1 086 and her doubles ranking 905 at the time of her death.
Her last tournament was a quarter-final finish at an ITF event in Turkey in November.