Monday, July 01, 2013

Babe of the Month - Russian Beauty Maria Kirilenko

Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko was born 25th January 1987 in Moscow, Russia and is a professional tennis player. She turned pro in October 2001 aged 14 and she won the U.S. Open Girls' Singles in 2002. Her first WTA Tour title came in 2005, when she defeated Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the China Open.
Maria is coached by her father, Yuri Kirilenko

She has reached three Grand Slam singles quarter-finals, at the 2010 Australian Open the 2012 Wimbledon Championships and the 2013 French Open.

In doubles, she has reached two Grand Slam doubles finals, at the 2011 Australian Open and the 2012 French Open, and was a Bronze Medalist at the 2012 London Olympics with Nadia Petrova, after beating the number 1 ranked pairing of Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber in the bronze medal match.

In February 2013 Maria won the PTT Pattaya Open in Thailand, beating Germany's Sabine Lisicki in three sets.

At the 2013 Wimbledon tournament, Kirilenko was beaten in the first round by British teenager Laura Robson. As at the 24th June 2013 Kirilenko was ranked world number 10.

In 2006, Kirilenko was selected to be the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney tennis range, designed by noted British fashion designer Stella McCartney and has played exclusively in the gear since the 2006 Australian Open.

In November 2011, Russian ice-hockey player Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals identified Kirilenko as his girlfriend on his Twitter account. On 31st December 2012, Ovechkin confirmed the rumours that he and Maria are engaged.

To date Maria's has won in career prize money alone, somewhere in the region of $6.4million.


You can follow Maria on Twitter and Facebook

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