I have the same birthday as Fernando Verdasco (and Sania Mirza). [H]
Ok you win, you're so lucky to share a birthday with Verdy. [U] I really wish I had the same birthday as one of my players grrrr, I would have had a birthday closer to Maria's but I was born prematurely grrrr. [8o|]
Well done for the win Kiri!! Gosh straight sets, awesome! [:D]
Hansol, Korea: Saturday Semifinals, September 26, 2009
Centre Court (from 12.30hrs)1. Chan/Spears vs. Chuang/Yan2. Kimiko Date Krumm vs. Maria Kirilenko (NB 15.00hrs) (06:00 GMT) 3. Anna-Lena Groenefeld vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
There may be streams. [8-|]
ohh Kirilenko lost against Krumm3-6,6-2,6-4 [:(][:(]
She's playing doubles with Elena Vesnina in Tokyo.
Kiri will play the Malaysia exo with Lenochka in December. [:)]
Are you ready for this? Thanx to SA 'zine Ovación:
Kiri is also confirmed for Auckland in January--along with Vesnina, 2008 finalist. [H]
RUSSIAN tennis star Maria Kirilenko is excited about the prospect of competing in the Showdown of Champions 2009 -- Asia versus Russia, the Glam Slam -- on Dec 19-20 and says the concept is similar to that of the renowned Fed Cup.
"It is an interesting concept," said Maria in a telephone interview."I think it's nice to have a team tournament on the road where people can keep tabs and follow your progress. Of course it is something that I look forward to."Maria, who formed a partnership with Dinara Safina for Russia in the 2006 Fed Cup, will this time partner World No 5 Elena Dementieva to take on two of Asia's best - Zheng Jie of China and Sania Mirza of India -- in the third edition of the Showdown of Champions at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam.For the Showdown of Champions 2009, the format will see the doubles match between Russia and Asia on the first night. Two singles matches will be held on the second night, the first between Maria and Sania, followed by the clash between Zheng Jie and Elena.Maria, 22, said she was looking forward to a grand debut in Kuala Lumpur.
Maria Kirilenko will partner Elena Dementieva in the Showdown of Champions 2009.
"I've never been to Kuala Lumpur but I have heard so much about it. I know it's a good place to have a vacation. The hot weather will be nice. I hope to get to know Malaysia and its people during this visit. I hope to make friends with a number of Malaysians," she added.Despite Russia taking on Asia in an Asian country, Maria is counting on the support of her friends scattered all over the continent."I have a lot of friends in Asia, especially in China, Japan and Indonesia. I hope to be able to enjoy their support. It's important so that I can put more energy into my game. I want them to be happy and be proud of me," said the World No 63.
Maria Kirilenko - Our Sexy Russian Beauty (has shots with Igor on boat)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3yDUGw7QBo
Maria Kirilenko swimsuit 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GULqYHsHws
Beautiful MariaKirilenko targets top 10 spot in 2010HARESH DEOLMonday, December 14th, 2009 12:21:00KUALA LUMPUR: She could have been a ballerina, dancing gracefully to the tune of Swan Lake. Instead, Russian beauty Maria Kirilenko set aside her passion for dancing in a bid to sweat it out among the world’s greatest on the courts.Today, Kirilenko is aiming for a top 10 spot in the WTA standings as she warms up for the new season at the Showdown of Champions at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam over the weekend.“That’s my aim, to break into the top 10 by next year. There have been a lot of ups and downs this year but I rediscovered my form after Wimbledon,” said Kirilenko.Kirilenko defeated Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of Wimbledon but lost in the second round 6-0, 6-4 to ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki.Billed as Asia vs Russia, Kirilenko joins compatriot Elena Dementiva, India’s Sania Mirza and Zheng Jie of China in the exhibition tournament. “This will be my first visit to KL but I’ve heard so much of it.“The tournament is unique, similar to the Fed Cup. I’ve got friends around the region and I hope to see them in KL,” added Kirilenko who turns 23 next month.Born in central Moscow, Kirilenko look to dancing at the age of five but her true passion was tennis when she first played at the Moscow Central Stadium at the age of seven.here was no turning back since then as Kirilenko bagged numerous age-group tournaments before she was spotted by Elena Brioukhovets, who took her to the next level.An avid reader of classics such as The Three Musketeers and Notre-Dame de Paris and a huge ballet fan, Kirilenko is currently ranked 63. She has won five WTA titles – China Open (2005), Sunfeast Open (2007), Estoril Open (2008), Barcelona Open (2008) and Korea Open (2008) - to date.“I’m looking forward to the trip to KL and hope to play some good tennis. I'm looking forward to a good start to the year,” she added.Tickets for the Showdown of Champions are priced from RM48 onwards and can be purchased through www.tickethotline.com.my. The event is supported by the Tourism Ministry and the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia.http://mmail.com.my/content/21775-beautiful-maria
Maria in Asia
Showdown of Champions doubles event results:
Elena Dementieva/Maria Kirilenko (Russia) def. Sania Mirza/Zheng Jie (Asia) 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 [
Good news. A 100% russian victory.
Makiri won the singles match 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 against Zheng Jie. that means the Russians beat Asia 3-0.
hcfoo tweets thru today's matches in Other Tournaments.