The Life of Maria Kirilenko thread - TennisForum.com

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 2005, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
 
!!!--Duiz™--!!!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 13,057
                     
The Life of Maria Kirilenko thread

Let's keep all her personal stuff here...


ON COURT

Maria was very much fond of sport from the very childhood. When she was five years old she started dancing, and when she was seven, her father brought her to ''Dinamo'' Moscow Central Stadium, one of the best tennis schools at the time. He had used to play tennis and to really enjoy it - though he could not imagine that this sport will become such an important part of his family's life.
Maria started to make progress. In less than one year after starting to play tennis Maria won her very first competitions. Since that, she attended all kinds of competitions and tournaments, and soon the idea of becoming a professional tennis-player seemed quite reasonable. Soon she became the number one in her age group in Russia and the CIS. Maria practiced at Dinamo and TsSKA sport grounds. Almost every day her parents brought her there by car from Yubileyny - a small town in Moscow region, where they lived. Right after school - into the car. She could eat or have a rest on the way to the stadium.
This was a hard time. It was not easy to work on the technique for normally there were several people practicing at the same time, although she was lucky to have very experienced teachers. Sometimes she even had a chance to attend international tournaments and to show good results there - but usually it was very difficult to arrange everything for her to visit such an event.
When Maria was twelve years old, an Honored Master of sports, Elena Brioukhovets, saw her while training. She noticed her at once - if one could pay more attention to this girl, - Elena thought, - she might show very impressive results. All the next year Elena watched Maria making progress, and then offered her to work together.
From now on tennis became not only a profession but sort of a life style for Maria. A three-year program was made, and a special team was selected. Uncertain romantic dreams of having a success turned into a strategic task - to be one of the best junior tennis-players in the world. And in less than three years Maria was the number one in her age group, and the number two in the group under eighteen. Working hard and making progress, she started to believe in herself - and many others also believed in her, too. For instance, the well-known tennis-players Yevgeni Kafelnikov, Andrey Olkhovsky and Maxim Mirny, who created an organization supporting young tennis-players. They helped Maria to arrange her training-process and to attend tournaments. All the rest depended on her and her progress. She was lucky to have a good chance - but she had to make an effective use of it.
It feels great when you wake up and realize you are a star. But first, you have to win eleven matches one after another. In 2002 Maria has become one of the youngest winners of the Canadian Open and the US Open Junior Tournaments. Now, there is a further step to be made. Since September 2002 Maria has started participating in WTA events.
HER LIFE

It is quite different from the life of other people of her age. First she practices in Odessa - the place where her coach comes from - then goes to a tournament somewhere in the U.S. or in Australia. One would need years in order to go see all the places where Maria has been to. She has visited Louvres, Madam Tussaud's Museum of Waxworks, and almost all Disneylands in the U.S. She can tell you about terrible monsoons in Thailand, or... how friendly Japanese people are. By the way, it was Japan, where she played her first ''grown-up'' tournament. Of course, she felt a bit nervous, but - because young generation is treated very kindly in Japan, and all undertakings are welcome, or - because Maria is not taller than the Japanese themselves, - she was met with encouragement. Press conferences, autographs, taking pictures...
But this is some kind of a compensation for the hard work, frequent trips and long flights. Maria practices at the tennis-court for about three hours per day; the rest of time is spent for physical training. Because of her firm schedule she had to give up school - it is difficult to go to one place for a month, and then, for two months - to another. Maria had to look for some other variants of getting education. When she was twelve, she started to attend external studies for sportsmen. There are some subjects she works on herself, and some she studies privately with teachers.
Tennis is not the only thing she likes. She loves football and other sports. Whenever she goes, she takes her computer with her. And - what makes her different from many other sportsmen - is her love for classical music. She can listen Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach or Beethoven for hours. Once she visited a concert of Mstislav Rostropovich. She was lucky, for she could get acquainted with the maestro. Since then, he has started to pay attention to tennis, and always asks about Maria's results.
She is still interested in dancing, and is in love with ballet. When she has some free time, she likes to read. Her favorite books are Dumas' ''The Three Musketeers'' and ''Twenty Years After'', Victor Hugo's ''Notre-Dame de Paris'', ''White Fang'' by Jack London, and short stories by O'Henry. She likes ''The Twelve Chairs'' and ''The Golden Calf'' by Ilf and Petrov. Masha also reads ''Harry Potter'' and enjoys detective stories.
Maria loves watching movies. Her favorite ones are: ''The Barber of Siberia'' and ''The Story of a Knight''. Generally, she prefers comedies.
After tournaments she and her parents, and sometimes also her coach and other ''team'' members, go to the country. It's great to spend the whole day with a rod by a river (Maria loves fishing), or to bake potatoes, sitting around a fire with friends. This is her favorite meal - although, having no special diet, she is very experienced in food. The only restrictions concern pastries. Maria has tried European and Oriental cuisine, foreign delicacies... and fast food in a hurry. That is why her favorite meals are those her mother cooks for her at home, or - something like baked potatoes in the open air.
Masha has time not only for practicing, playing tournaments and baking potatoes. She drives a car, a boat, a small yacht...
But, certainly, the number one in her life is tennis. Even when she has free time - which she usually lacks - Maria watches TV translation of interesting matches, enjoys the way Yevgeni Kafelnikov or Jennifer Capriarty play. She is anxious about the results of the Russian tennis players.

The World's best player...

Supernova Sharapova


0009..Eternal Follower of Golden Girl
The Official Violin Player in Kirlenko's Orchestra

Last edited by !!! - Dz™ - !!!; Sep 27th, 2005 at 02:44 AM.
!!!--Duiz™--!!! is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 2005, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
 
!!!--Duiz™--!!!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 13,057
                     
Started playing at age seven when father introduced her to the game at Dinamo Moscow Central Stadium...Parents are Olga and Yuri, who is also her coach...Speaks Russian and English...Favorites include movies Barber of Siberia and Story of a Knight, classical music, especially by Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach or Beethoven, books The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, Notre-Dame de Paris, White Fang and short stories by O'Henry, and baked potatos...Enjoys other sports, especially soccer...Relaxes by reading books, watching movies, fishing and cooking...Most memorable experience was the US Open junior awards ceremony...Admires tennis players Roger Federer and Jennifer Capriarti for their styles and attitudes on the court...Considers herself "nice" and "outgoing."

The World's best player...

Supernova Sharapova


0009..Eternal Follower of Golden Girl
The Official Violin Player in Kirlenko's Orchestra

Last edited by !!! - Dz™ - !!!; Sep 27th, 2005 at 01:14 AM.
!!!--Duiz™--!!! is offline  
post #3 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 2005, 01:06 AM
Senior Member
 
Derek.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Dublin
Posts: 25,049
                     
I think it's had a positive effect on Makiri's game.
Derek. is offline  
post #4 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 2005, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
 
!!!--Duiz™--!!!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 13,057
                     
I love this girl... she just likes the stuff that I like... it is so hard to find girls like her!!

The World's best player...

Supernova Sharapova


0009..Eternal Follower of Golden Girl
The Official Violin Player in Kirlenko's Orchestra
!!!--Duiz™--!!! is offline  
post #5 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 2005, 01:32 AM
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
 
Shoulderpova's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Comeback Kid
Posts: 25,963
                     
Masha K needs to improve her dropshot, smash...
I saw the final in Beijing. If she had more accuracy she would have won the match easier. Her smash was way too weak
Shoulderpova is offline  
post #6 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 2005, 02:13 PM
Senior Member
 
Ravsieg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Blank stare
Posts: 5,696
                     
I think that after watching 2 matches of her in a row, clay has to be her worst surface. She got good game for grass actually.

Other fact of her life : she's dated Nadal. Wasn't it proven already?

Caroline Wozniacki

~~ just too lovely ~~


Sorana Cirstea


Maria Kirilenko ~ Dominika Cibulkova ~ Raluca Olaru ~ Viktoria Azarenka

Formerly ~Kirilenko#1Fan~
Ravsieg is offline  
post #7 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 2005, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
 
!!!--Duiz™--!!!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 13,057
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~Kirilenko#1fan~
I think that after watching 2 matches of her in a row, clay has to be her worst surface. She got good game for grass actually.

Other fact of her life : she's dated Nadal. Wasn't it proven already?
I heard that in a tabloid... is it really true?

She can barely speak english, and so he barely can... how would that be possbile?

The World's best player...

Supernova Sharapova


0009..Eternal Follower of Golden Girl
The Official Violin Player in Kirlenko's Orchestra
!!!--Duiz™--!!! is offline  
post #8 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2005, 06:39 AM
Senior Member
 
Sharapower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: anywhere else
Posts: 3,538
                     
Where is her residence ?
Sharapower is offline  
post #9 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2005, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
 
!!!--Duiz™--!!!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 13,057
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by quasimodo
Where is her residence ?
Moscow, Russia says WTAtour.com

The World's best player...

Supernova Sharapova


0009..Eternal Follower of Golden Girl
The Official Violin Player in Kirlenko's Orchestra
!!!--Duiz™--!!! is offline  
post #10 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2005, 12:11 PM
Senior Member
 
Sharapower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: anywhere else
Posts: 3,538
                     
And what is the story of her close friendship with Maria S ? Where did they meet and so on ?
Sharapower is offline  
post #11 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2005, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
 
!!!--Duiz™--!!!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 13,057
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by quasimodo
And what is the story of her close friendship with Maria S ? Where did they meet and so on ?
13 year old Kirilenko meet Sharapova in juniors... played doubles... and even played against each other a couple of times.

They did found a couple similarities... same name... same middle name... same father's name... same fact that their father's is their coaches...

I don't really know the true facts... but she said she meet her at 13.

The World's best player...

Supernova Sharapova


0009..Eternal Follower of Golden Girl
The Official Violin Player in Kirlenko's Orchestra
!!!--Duiz™--!!! is offline  
post #12 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2005, 05:18 PM
Senior Member
 
Ravsieg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Blank stare
Posts: 5,696
                     
13? Weird. Sharapova was on USA for long.. not the same concerning Kirilenko.

Caroline Wozniacki

~~ just too lovely ~~


Sorana Cirstea


Maria Kirilenko ~ Dominika Cibulkova ~ Raluca Olaru ~ Viktoria Azarenka

Formerly ~Kirilenko#1Fan~
Ravsieg is offline  
post #13 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2005, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
 
!!!--Duiz™--!!!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 13,057
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~Kirilenko#1fan~
13? Weird. Sharapova was on USA for long.. not the same concerning Kirilenko.
well.. Kirilenko also trained part of her life in Chris Evert academy...

The World's best player...

Supernova Sharapova


0009..Eternal Follower of Golden Girl
The Official Violin Player in Kirlenko's Orchestra
!!!--Duiz™--!!! is offline  
post #14 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2005, 09:47 PM
Senior Member
 
Derek.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Dublin
Posts: 25,049
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by !!! - Dz™ - !!!
well.. Kirilenko also trained part of her life in Chris Evert academy...
The place I want to go to.
Derek. is offline  
post #15 of 64 (permalink) Old Sep 30th, 2005, 07:50 AM
Senior Member
 
DuLeafs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: NL
Posts: 13,006
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by !!! - Dz™ - !!!
well.. Kirilenko also trained part of her life in Chris Evert academy...
In what city is that located anywayz?
DuLeafs is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome