Kirilenko to feature in Pattaya
Russian sensation Maria Kirilenko will be the big attraction at this year's US$170,000 WTA Pattaya Women's Open at the Dusit Resort Hotel from February 3-11.
Ranked 29 in the world, the 19-year-old is known for her good looks and some noticeable successes on court. Her best result was winning the Beijing title in 2005, where she beat Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals. Kirilenko's results were less impressive in 2006, nevertheless she finished the year in the top 30 and is primed to climb the rankings again this year.
Her fashion sense has also earned her some rave reviews. She was voted the best dressed female player by Australian Tennis magazine during the Down Under tour last year.
Also joining the Russian beauty in the tournament, presented by Pattaya City and the Chonburi Municipal Administration and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, is rising French star Marion Bartoli, who finished 2006 at No 18 after winning three WTA tour titles in Auckland, Tokyo and Quebec City.
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