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Maria in Dubai

RUSSIAN pin-up Maria Kirilenko says she will soon create headlines for her tennis as well as her looks. The 20-year-old has already made waves in the world of fashion as the face of the Adidas by Stella McCartney range, and will now receive even more attention next week with her good friend Maria Sharapova absent.
Next week’s Dubai Tennis Championships will be her third appearance in the city, and she is aiming high. “The tournament here is good and I like it a lot,” said Kirilenko, who made an appearance at the Dubai Country Club yesterday. “I am happy to be back and looking forward to it,” she said. And the world No.32 comes to Dubai in confident mood having beaten Israeli Shahar Peer - 15 places above her in the world rankings - at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo last month.
“You never know what is going to happen, I all know is that I am going out to play my best game,” she said. “By the end of the year I want to win a couple of tournaments and be in the top ten. I am in good form and think I have a good chance of making it.” But pressed on who she thinks might prevail in Dubai next week the Russian was more circumspect.
“There are no easy opponents these days, everyone you face is tough but obviously the top ten are always going to be hard to beat.” Kirilenko is good friends with Sharapova, and together they form part of a band of Russians setting about dominating women’s tennis. There are currently ten Russians in the top 50, something which makes their Federation Cup chances pretty strong. “With ten Russians in the top fifty it is very good for the country and our chances in the Federation Cup,” said Kirilenko.
“Tennis became very popular with Russian girls about ten years ago with Anna Kournikova. Lots of girls took up the sport and with good practice we can see the results.”

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I really like her current mind set on things. Her comments reflect that she's very positive and confident in her game. Hopefully, Makiri will get a decent draw and will go deep in the draw. Good luck in Dubai Makiri and show the rest of the WTA girls what YOU ARE really made of! Use the VARIETY in your game!
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I appreciate the things ahe said about Kournikova. It ıs definetely true that Kournıkova opened a door to the Russıan gırls what they can do ıf they want. On the other hand I dont agree her ıdeas about her form. Im not convınced that she ıs ın good shape. Wınıng a match agaınst Peer does not show anythıng. I really wısh ıt does but Marıa is not ın good shape thıs year and many loses are waıtıng for her. I wısh her thoughts come true because ı really want her to win as MARIA ıs one of theexceptıonal tennıs players on the court not only just her play but also wth her attıtude on court and off court(ı really wonder how she ıs a closed frıend of Sharapova)
I hope she wıns the tounaments and becomes number one one day
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She certainly sounds confident, but she has to be confident on court. She has had no luck in the draws at all, but even so, she lost matches when she was in control. I hope she avoids the big guns, until the QF's
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Good luck Makiri.
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good luck maria! just keep on tryin!

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Maria Kirilenko presents adidas by Stella McCartney ss07 tennis collection


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Newcomer Maria Kirilenko continues to be the exclusive face of the adidas by Stella McCartney tennis range for 2007. Unveiling pieces of the collection at the Dubai Country Club on Thursday, February 15, the young Russian tennis player teams up with adidas for a second year, and will sport highlight tennis apparel and footwear at all main tournaments, including the upcoming Dubai Tennis Championships 2007.


Having sported pieces of the range for the first time at last year’s Dubai Tennis Championships, Maria will this season wear the lightweight tennis shoe Yashila that is built on a Feather sole unit and comes with an asymmetrical lacing system. Apparel key styles include the tennis vest and the new graceful tennis dress showcasing higher waisted proportions. Going down a much more elegant direction with refined collar executions and pleating details, strong influences also come from men’s tailoring without compromising on femininity and the sport performance angle.

“For me the new adidas by Stella McCartney tennis range represents what women’s tennis should be all about: true performance and elegance. I love the design, colours and the functionality of the products. All the apparel is breathable and comfortable to play in and the Yashila provides me with the cushioning, support and comfort I need on court. I just love the new range and can’t wait for the new season to start,” says Maria Kirilenko.

Colours of the highlighted tennis outfits are picking up on the spring/summer 07 colour palette that redefines once more traditional sports colours through the introduction of the muted delicate seed pearl and white alongside green tones that reflect the general retro inspiration of the range.

“We are thrilled to introduce our newest adidas by Stella McCartney venture to the Middle East,” said Eduard Massier, Business Development and Marketing Director, adidas Emerging Markets. “Following two highly successful years in the region, the new line promises to be another hit, catering exclusively to those who seek performance fused with style.”

The spring/summer 07 collection will be available from the end of February at select adidas retail outlets across the Middle East.

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[8] Hantuchova vs. Vesnina
(WC) Niculescu vs. Kirilenko
Likhovtseva vs. Qualifier
Bye vs. [2] Mauresmo

Great chance for Maria to make a QF and pick up some much needed points.

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good draw Maria has

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Good luck Maria!

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Maria says she wants to win a couple of titles and make the top 10 by the end of the year. Those are very lofty goals for Makiri this year.

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Good luck Maria ! .

If she wants to make the top 10, she must be more regular.

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Maria says she wants to win a couple of titles and make the top 10 by the end of the year. Those are very lofty goals for Makiri this year.
not impossible though, let's hope for the best

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