Anastasia is a 5’8” 130 lb tennis player from Russia. She just celebrated her 23rd birthday last month. She was born in and still resides in Moscow.
While perhaps not up to the usual UncleLar standards of physical attractiveness, Anastasia makes the newsletter for a couple of reasons. One, she is a definite medal contender and I prefer medal winners on the list. Two, her nudes are quite newsworthy – she’s involved in a multimillion dollar law suit because of them (more on the lawsuit below) and I just love controversy. And lastly, how could I leave out someone named “my skin a”?
Anastasia has had a fantastic tennis year. So far this year, she’s the leading money winner having earned almost $1.5M on the WTA Tour. She’s won twice, with the biggest a Grand Slam win in Paris. She’s currently ranked #3 on Tour and is closing in on #2. Here we see Anastasia with her French Open Trophy.
Anastasia and the Olympics
Anastasia has the #3 seed in the Athens Olympics behind Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium and Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo but ahead of fellow Russians Elena Dementieva, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded fourth and fifth respectively.
She was also on the Russian Olympic team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Anastasia wasted no time in making her bow at the Athens Olympics, charging to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Spaniard Magui Serna in just 41 minutes on Monday. She followed that with a three set win over Puerto Rican Kristina Brandi on Tuesday. Anastasia will face hometown favorite Eleni Daniilidou of Greece today (Bravo is televising men’s and women’s third round action today a 5:00 PM EDT – look for Anastasia there).
Here’s Anastasia celebrating her two Athens wins to date.
Other Anastasia on court shots
Anastasia’s Controversial Nudes
Anastasia is involved in an $8 million lawsuit against GQ, claiming that topless photos of her were sold to a Russian magazine without permission. Apparently, the photos were taken for an October 2002 GQ spread, but the only pic that was published – the only one the 23-year-old was comfortable with – featured her fully clothed. Somehow, though, the photos slipped out of GQ’s greasy hands and ended up in the July/August issue of Medved.
Anastasia says “she never intended for two photos of her appearing shirtless to be published.” Hmmm – I have five photos of her. Either some of the photos are from another shoot or someone that has grown up counting love, 15, 30, 40 doesn’t know how to count.
Here are the photos in question: