FYI: I imagine you girls note the man behind Kiri. [;)] He's the new RTF "chairman of the board". I don't know whether that means the Coaching Board or a corporate-type thing. I couldn't make out his name when Shamil introduced him.
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[:O] really? hmmm, sounds interesting! ty paul.. [Y]
giane: Check your yahoo mail. [H]
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Now, I'm NOT ragging on the Charleston draw--looks fair enough. However, let me draw attention to one match-up: Maria Kirilenko vs Varvara Lepchenko in the first round. Previously, former Soviet émigrée Lepchenko rarely met the Motherlanders--lately I've noticed her pitted against Russians several times in early rounds.AFTER she publicly praised Dementieva. Stay tuned.
FAMILY CIRCLE CUPCharleston, South Carolina, USAApril 4-10, 2011$721,000/PremierGreen Clay/OutdoorsTuesday, April 5, 2011Singles - First Round(9) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 64 60(15) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 62 26 76(6)Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) d. (WC) Jamie Hampton (USA) 76(1) 75(Q) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 75 26 64(WC) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Renata Voracova (CZE) 36 64 62
Kiri at Miami:
And still, I've no problem with the draw overall--wouldn't expect one. Not that Charleston is any more devoted to fair play, but because it's very much a country-club environment. It's not so much that cheating is immoral--as that it's uncouth. lol!
A day before cameras roll, Kiri lost a tough three hour duel with Ana Tatishvili 57 75 63.
Bummer. But that is not my issue. Check it out:
Round 1: former Soviet émigrée Lepchenko--see above.
Round 2: Tatisvili--Georgian. (Need I say more?)
Round 3: Kiri if she'd won, but now the Georgian must meet Wickmayer--WTA's "bad girl", friend of Russians.
Am I the only one who catches off these arrangements a whiff of agenda other than tennis?
Again, these rather "political" meets go down in the dark. Perhaps we should more closely scrutinize all of Kirilenko's draws?
I'll drink to that!
Igor & Kiri at Lenochka's wedding.
Kiri may now get another crack at her.
Tuesday morning, Valkyre & I spied Masha practicing with Kiri. Masha and her team (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWRTP4Kglz8 ) had been working on Court 4 in the hour before start time. Then she hooked up with Kiri at the chairs by Court 5. For about twenty minutes, the girls & their guys hit on Court 4. The logic of the exercise appeared to be Kiri's preparation.
A few hours later, Kiri whacked Julia Görges 62 63 in 1:15. Team Sharapova's input certainly did not hurt anything...
This photo really cracks me up. It definitely made my day. It's not usual I can find my two faves on the same pic (the M-letter in my nickname, you guys got it?)
Makiri is always so hot, even in the rear side. Wondering if this is her best side . Anyway I love both.
It's a pity she couldn't pass Serena. Time now for Masha to take vengeance for her pal.
Kiri is the most interesting thing I take away from Stanford. Her training in conjunction with Team Sharapova (spied on the in-house stream but UNREPORTED by media); Kiri was then the only one who seriously challenged Serena's passage thru to the final; Kiri & Vika now winning the doubles championship.
Kiri is another part of my "something's going on" impression. Her profile in Russian tennis has had a recent uptick--in part because she's a virtual given to play with Andreev the new mixed doubles at the London Olympiad. But also because of her expressed wish to play women's doubles with Masha. For a serious effort, that would require a lotta practice--and maybe that has commenced.
Expect to see MORE of her over the coming year.
Kirilenko misses bouquet at Dementieva wedding
September 27, 2011, Tuesday. 19:21
Tokyo, Japan. Toray Pan Pacific Open.Singles. First round Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia, 11) - Aranci Rus (Netherlands) - 6:4, 6:3. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland, 9) - Misaki Doi (Japan, WC) - 6:1, 6:1. Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) - Flavia Pennetta (Italy, 15) - 3:6, 6:4, 6:4. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia, 12) - Anastasia Rodionova (Australia, Q) - 6:4, 6:0. Maria Kirilenko (Russia) - Erika Sema (Japan, Q) - 6:1, 6:0.Iveta Benesova (Czech Republic) - Anastasia Yakimova (Belarus) - 6:2, 6:4.
Marion Bartoli (France, 7) - Ayumi Morita (Japan) - 6:3, 0:6, 6:3. Maria Sharapova (Russia 2) - Tamarine Tanasugarn (Thailand) - 6:2, 7:5.Jelena Jankovic (Serbia, 8) - Barbora Zaglavova-Strytsova (Czech Republic) - 6:4, 6:2. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus, 3) - Irina Vega (Romania) - 6:1, 6:3. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland , 9) - Angelique Kerber (Germany, Q) - 3:6, 6:3, 6:3.Vania King (USA) - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia, 11) - 6:4, 7:6 (8:6) . Kvitova Petra (the Czech Republic, 5) - Mandy Minnelli (Luxembourg, Q) - 6:2, 6:3. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia, 12) - Laura Robson (Britain, WC) - 7:5, 6:4. Vera Zvonareva (Russia, 4) - Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) - 7:5, 6:0. Iveta Benesova (Czech Republic) - Dominik Tsibulkova (Slovakia, 14) - 6:4, 6:2. Maria Kirilenko (Russia) - Samantha Stosur (Australia, 6) - 6:2, 4:6, 6:4. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark, 1) - Jarmila Gajdosova (Australia) - 6:1, 6:7 (4:7), 6:3.
dramatic tie-break second set, won by Mary with a score of 17:15. True, the victory he has brought Russian woman, but previously she had twice beaten Australian - Doha 2005 and in final Seoul-2008. Samantha spent her first match after the triumph at the US Open - and the like, as a rule, you must still go through. Suffice it to recall the results, for example, Francesca Schiavone, Li Na and Petra Kvitovoa after their victories in the tournament "Grand Slam". As for Mary, she has managed in September to play in Canton, where reached the semifinals and lost to a future champion, Chanele Sheepers . Stosur beginning of the meeting rather uneven. From time to time she passed the beautiful strokes, but in general it allows too many errors. Mary acted confidently, consistently, when necessary, exacerbated the game and controlled the match. From 2-2 she took four consecutive gameness, and at the first break-Point made a double mistake Samantha. Start of the second set was equally combat. By the way, until the middle of the party Kirilenko played brilliantly on the first pitch, all this time giving only a joke. In the sixth game of the presentation go haywire, but it still has not allowed an opponent Maria do break and then she took someone else's feed. Alas, immediately after the Russians began a double error, in particular, the break-points. Perhaps, she became nervous in anticipation of victory, maybe it was something else, but in any case it lost its two consecutive services from the account 40:15, and both finished with double gameness, as a result of giving set - 4:6. Stosur seems to be inspired after such a victory in the set, but keep a consistently high level of play failed. Kirilenko did not give up after a lost opportunity to win in two games, continued to look for their chances and were rewarded. In the fifth game of it did break, and then began to play more confident and put the squeeze on Samantha - 6:2, 4:6, 6:4. "I met Samantha a couple of weeks ago, so she knew how to play. After winning the tournament" Grand Slam "is always difficult to win the next competition," - said Maria. In the third round as she will play with Ana Ivanovic , who won in straight sets to Laura Robson .
Lindsay Davenport - 2001, 2003, 2004. Martina Hingis - 2002, 2007. Maria Sharapova - 2005, 2009. Elena Dementieva - 2006. Dinara Safina - 2008. Caroline Wozniacki - 2010.
Fed Cup Final, Moscow:
Bosco trophy presentation at GUM
Maria Kirilenko: "Certainly, it is good to return to the command. For the last time I played for the composite was years five ago" (the last time Kiri played for the composite in the quarterfinal match against Belgium in 2006).
Okay! Once again, we gotta wonder about something everyone has previously just "forgotten" to mention to us. Photo from Vesnina's Twitter:
Vesnina at Fed Cup with Kiri and HER BROTHER, (or cousin--see below) Andrei Kirilenko--Russian-American ("dual" citizenship in 2011) CSKA forward, nicknamed AK47. (Initials plus jersey number.)
Read the story:
Three match points the Russians saved before Kveta Peschke's next killer crosscourt brought victory to her team. Our girls, frustrated by the defeat, quickly run off into the locker room and the Czechs for a long time, holding hands, jumped for joy on the court. This holiday was supposed to be ours, but, alas, Moscow guest's proved to be stronger.
- Do not you know? Masha (Maria K) is - my sister. What are you laughing at? I'm serious!
Pushing me into the back of a huge palm close to the exit of the "Olympic," Andrei Kirilenko said this with such a look that I hesitated for a moment: but the truth is I know little about our basketball team's forward's family...?
- Native? (Birth-sister?)
- Of course. I'm just never even asked, but I do not advertise.
- And she asked you to come to the match?
- No, Vera Zvonareva called. We have known each other long , and she called the day before, invited me into the stands to cheer. And Masha does not like when I watch tennis from the audience. Shy ...
Light twinkle in the eyes of the basketball player, but still he has dispelled my doubts. Going into the frosty air, tightly buttoned collar, Andrei jackets and quickly went to the car. Only in the "Olympic" finished third match of the final. Alas, not in our favor ...
Full story at:
Now, at Championat, the story changes to "cousin", with "sister" & "cousin" employed interchangeably.
November 7, 2011, Monday. 18:30
Well, this would be different. Carried in Soviet Sport: