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#154 Posted : Tuesday, September 09, 2008 12:10:08 AM(UTC)
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From S-E WTA site:






September 8, 2008




Maria Kirilenko
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On The Rise Again: Maria Kirilenko


NEW YORK, NY, USA - Despite a first round loss at the US Open, there's no doubt Maria Kirilenko has been finding her best form again this season. She was a Top 20 player for four weeks in 2006 and this summer, after nearly two full years outside the elite, broke back into it thanks to some impressive play in the last 12 months. Now she is poised to keep that upwards momentum going.


Kirilenko burst into the upper echelon of the women's game for the first time in the fall of 2005, making a surprising run to her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title in Beijing, a Tier II event. She continued to build on her ranking in the months to follow, and for the four-week grass court season in 2006, between June 12 and July 9, she was the world's No.20 player.


Following most upwards moves is a plateau, however, with points to defend and other players become accustomed to the rising star's game. Kirilenko was unable to defend her Beijing title in 2006 and continued to struggle with consistency in her results over the next several months. It showed in her ranking, which at one point dipped out of the Top 40, although it never strayed too far from that group.


"I was very up and down in my results; I'd play a good tournament then a bad one," Kirilenko said. "Winning the China Open gave me lots of points, but when it came time to defend them I couldn't, so I dropped down quite a bit. I knew that was something I had to work on, staying consistent week to week."


Kirilenko kept working hard, and a new and very experienced coaching change - bringing Eric Van Harpen on board - may have been what she needed.


"Although I was always working hard the results weren't there. But my coaching is perfect now. Eric and I started just before Wimbledon last year, and right away I had some great weeks in America, with some important wins against Jankovic and Bartoli, and I felt I was on my way back up.


"Eric and I understand each other perfectly. He's not only helping me become a better player physically, but he's teaching me how to think better on the court and look for the right situations, instead of just going for winners all the time."


The fall of 2007 brought Kirilenko her second Tour title at Kolkata and 2008 has seen her win another two - both on clay - at Estoril and Barcelona. She also reached her first Grand Slam second week at the Australian Open. And on June 16, she triumphantly returned to the Top 20, surpassing her previous high.


"I was really happy with how I played on clay this year; now I have to say my favorite surfaces are hard AND clay; although grass still doesn't work that well for me! But overall my game has changed a lot, and I feel like I'm still improving all the time. I'll learn how to do well on all surfaces."


Although she has since dipped just outside of the world's 20 best again, Kirilenko is already looking towards a higher milestone.


"If I can play my best more consistently from tournament to tournament, I think I can make the Top 15 soon, at least that's my goal. I'm still a bit up and down, but we're working on that. I feel like I can be in the Top 10 one day, too."

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#110 Posted : Tuesday, September 09, 2008 9:57:54 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for the interview Paul. 


I really like Kiri so I really hope she can improve and get into the Top 10 one day!!  That would be great!  Also, I hope she can get further than she has done, in a grand slam - I think the furthest she has gone in a slam is the fourth round, so if she could get into a quarter or semi final it would be amazing!!


Goooo Kiri!!! [:)]

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#5 Posted : Tuesday, September 09, 2008 4:25:23 PM(UTC)
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thanks for interview PAUL.

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#119 Posted : Tuesday, September 09, 2008 7:34:49 PM(UTC)
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thanks for the interview


hope maria k. can keep it up

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#155 Posted : Sunday, September 28, 2008 1:24:28 AM(UTC)
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Slav’sya, otyechyestvo...! Maria Kirilenko, Champion of the Hansol. [

After suitable rest, Kiri & Dushevina will play the duo from Chinese Taipei in the doubles final. [H] Wouldn't be the first time she's won in both. Davaiii!

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#56 Posted : Sunday, September 28, 2008 2:52:42 AM(UTC)
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DAVAI KIRI!!!!!!

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#156 Posted : Sunday, September 28, 2008 10:59:22 AM(UTC)
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No doubles win this time. But hey--play a three setter, then have the presentation, then almost immediately contend with a strong duo of doubles specialists... Not exactly what I would call "suitable rest". But what the heck--she took home the championship. [H]
"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#111 Posted : Wednesday, October 08, 2008 6:16:18 AM(UTC)
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[quote user="paul_pipkin"]

Slav’sya, otyechyestvo...! Maria Kirilenko, Champion of the Hansol. [

After suitable rest, Kiri & Dushevina will play the duo from Chinese Taipei in the doubles final. [H] Wouldn't be the first time she's won in both. Davaiii!


[/quote]


CONRATULATIONS KIRI!!!  (Well I know my congratulations are like 10 years late hahaha!!)  Anyway, I was soooo happy when she won the Championship like a week ago or however long ago it was!!  I really hope that she can continue this good form in the future and win another championship soon!! [:)]


Goooooooooooo Kiri!!!!!

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#157 Posted : Friday, October 10, 2008 1:09:22 PM(UTC)
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If anyone wants to replay Kiri's match with Vera Z in Moscow, it might be best to watch it this weekend. There is no certainty how long those full length files will be accessible.


http://video.sportbox.ru...rodnyjturnirkubokkremla2 will bring it right up. [H]

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#6 Posted : Friday, October 10, 2008 10:46:14 PM(UTC)
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[quote user="paul_pipkin"]

If anyone wants to replay Kiri's match with Vera Z in Moscow, it might be best to watch it this weekend. There is no certainty how long those full length files will be accessible.


http://video.sportbox.ru...rodnyjturnirkubokkremla2 will bring it right up. [H]


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thanks PUAL ,[Y]

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