Maria has been chosen by the Russian Olympic committee to be the
flag bearer at the Olympics opening ceremony in London on July
On Facebook, Maria said:
"Ahh finally I can share some exciting news with you! After the
third round of the French Open, I woke up to a pretty memorable
message.The Russian Olympic committee chose me to be the flag
bearer at this years Olympic opening ceremony. I am so honored, and
especially excited as it will be my first Olympics in my career.I
have had to keep this hush hush for two weeks and keeping secrets
is not my best quality!"
Maria joins Andrei Kirilenko, Aleksandr Popov, Andrey Lavrov and
Aleksandr Karelin who carried the Russian flag at previous summer
205 nations will take part in the games and Russia will be 152 in
the parade of nations.