Maria Kirilenko, tennis player
Maria Kirilenko is a Russian professional tennis player, honored master of sports. Maria is the winner of the WTA Championships in doubles (2012), two-time Grand Slam doubles finalist (Australian Open-2011, Roland Garros-2012), two-time Grand Slam doubles semifinalist (Australian Open-2010, US Open-2011), two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles semifinalist (2008 Wimbledon, Australian Open-2011), 2012 Summer Olympics bronze medalist, the winner of 18 WTA tournaments (6 – singles), two-time the Federation Cup finalist (2011, 2013).
The beautiful girl was born on January 25, 1987 in Moscow. Her father was very fond of tennis and at the age of 5 Maria began playing it. At first it was just a hobby. Masha and her father played just for fun. Her main passion was dancing.
When Maria was 12 years old, Honored Master of Sports Elena Bryukhovets noticed her and invited to work together.
In 2002, Kirilenko became one of the youngest winners of the Canadian and U.S. championships, among athletes under 18.
In 2004, Maria became one of the hundred best tennis players in the world.
In 2005, Kirilenko won her first WTA Tour title, defeating Anna-Lena Grenefeld in the China Open.
In 2007, Maria became the winner of Sunfeast Open, which was held in Calcutta.
In 2008, she won the Hansol Korea Open, held in Korea.
Kirilenko reached no. 16, her career-high singles ranking, on the WTA tour in May 2012.
During the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne Maria played against Maria Sharapova.
In recent years Maria often works as a model. Her photos can be seen in many magazines all over he world.
In 2010, the Russian beauty was listed in the top ten most beautiful Russian women, according to the American magazine Complex.
Maria dated Russian tennis player Igor Andreev.
Now her boyfriend is Russian ice-hockey player Alexander Ovechkin. On December 31, 2012 the couple announced their engagement.
According to Maria, she and basketball player Andrei Kirilenko aren’t relatives. They met each other only in 2011 and decided to play a joke. In the interview they said they were cousins.