What's the deal with Maria Kirilenko?
I'll admit straight up that I've never seen Maria K play or even know much about her. It's just that there's been a lot of hype over the past two years, and she hasn't really produced any high quality results. From what I've heard, she's a baseliner with very fluid and solid strokes. It's the kind of game that you think would have produced some truly outstanding results for someone who is almost 19. Was she more hype than substance? Are there flaws in her game that will keep her in the middle of the pack, without any real breakout performances? She's got a great name, but does she have enough game for the fame?
After 30+ years of watching this game, I've learned that players mature at their own pace -- some earlier, some later, but also, some never. Would appreciate any thoughts folks have on Kirilenko and her potential. Thanks in advance.