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May 18th, 2002, 07:47 PM

Maria Kirilenko d. Petra Cetkovska in the final :):bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

way to go Maria :) she's back after a couple of months out injured.


May 18th, 2002, 09:00 PM
Congrads to Maria :)

Is this her first tourney since she's been injured?

May 18th, 2002, 09:13 PM
Way to go, Maria!

I don't know why but she got me so excited after winning her first title! I knew I was going to love her sooner or later and now I am pleased to announce that she is officially my second favorite.

So I cheer for MS if she plays against MK, always.

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Go double Maria's SK! ;)

May 18th, 2002, 09:24 PM
Congrats to her :)

What injury did she have?

May 19th, 2002, 12:07 AM
not sure what injury she had but she withdrew from Europen Winter Cup in March (1st week)

she did play in Florence at end of March and got to semis there in grade 2.

final score was 6-0 6-4 over Petra Cetkovska

Still what a title to win as your 1st

May 19th, 2002, 02:47 AM
great job, Masha!:bounce:

May 19th, 2002, 02:58 AM
with this win Maria will get to #25 in the ranking

Gonzo Hates Me!
May 19th, 2002, 04:10 AM
Kirilenko, isn't that a Ukranian last name?!

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May 19th, 2002, 11:16 AM
yes it is but she's a Muscovite but more importantly she is very good :)

Class of 86/87 (Moscow)
** age-oldest top

the cat
May 19th, 2002, 03:29 PM
Well done Maria! She did it for the Federation! She did it for the Russian Maria's! And she did it for herself! :bounce:

The scores she won by were so impressive! :eek:

Is she still training in Moscow? I think so. But I'm not sure. :confused:

Mrs_Guga, how would you know that Kirilenko is a Ukranian name? You're pretty inelligent! ;)

I wonder if Maria Kirilenko is related to Andrei Kirilenko who plays for the NBA's Utah Jazz? :confused:

the cat
May 19th, 2002, 04:28 PM
Sharky, are you really going to always root for Maria Sharapova over Maria Kirilenko? Always? :confused: What if Maria Sharapova becomes an American citizen in the near future? That is a distinct possiblility. I hope you'll still root for Sharapova over Kirilenko. :D Rememeber Sharky, America has given Maria Sharapova the opportunity to become a top tennis player. If she rewards America by becoming an American citizen, you shouldn't hold it against her. Nor should anyone else. :wavey:

Udachi to the Maria's! :bounce:

May 19th, 2002, 07:45 PM
Originally posted by the cat
Rememeber Sharky, America has given Maria Sharapova the opportunity to become a top tennis player. If she rewards America by becoming an American citizen, you shouldn't hold it against her.

I guess, we'll never know whether she'd have become an equally good player, shall we? Besides, she is not a top tennis player yet, so let's wait and see.

the cat
May 19th, 2002, 10:57 PM
Why not tenn_ace? Whether Maria Sharapova is a Russian or American citizen is secondary. She will live and train in America even if she stays a Russian citizen. And I hope she does. I think she'll be an equally good player whether she is a Russian or American citizen. Tenn_ace, why do you beg to differ? :confused:

Gonzo Hates Me!
May 20th, 2002, 01:15 AM
Originally posted by the cat

Mrs_Guga, how would you know that Kirilenko is a Ukranian name? You're pretty inelligent! ;)

LOL! Thanks! Because I love countries and the people in them! Besides, had she been Russian, she would most probably have the suffix -a, -va and many Russian names have "v"s in the endings somewhere, right. I notice that many Ukranian names just end in -o or -ko. I always see Ukranian names like that, with the exception of a few I can only think of right now.

May 20th, 2002, 01:48 AM
Originally posted by the cat
Why not tenn_ace? Whether Maria Sharapova is a Russian or American citizen is secondary. She will live and train in America even if she stays a Russian citizen. And I hope she does. I think she'll be an equally good player whether she is a Russian or American citizen. Tenn_ace, why do you beg to differ? :confused:

because I don't like that talk about opportunities... Other Russian girls have proved that "being in the States is a prerequisite to being a successful" is not true.

btw, I never promised to agree to everything you post, cat:rolleyes:

the cat
May 20th, 2002, 04:29 PM
Mrs_Guga, you are very alert! it's no wonder you're in college! ;)

tenn_ace, you don't think it's beneficial for Russian tennis players to live and train in America, with much better facilities and weather, rather than in Russia? :confused: I think you'll finally agree with me on this one! ;)

May 20th, 2002, 04:34 PM
The summer weather in Russia is alot better than in the US or very similar ;)

We got some new facilities cropping up all over the country so its not exactly 3rd world or like in the UK.

Just need some coaches to teach the players how to serve.

May 20th, 2002, 04:55 PM
Russia always had good facilities, funding, coaches for talented players... I'm sure Maria would have recieved all necessary perks if she stayed. So, I guess, I don't agree, cat ;)

the cat
May 20th, 2002, 08:19 PM
Okat tenn_ace, we'll agree to disagree! :eek:

Eggy, doesn't the UK have good tennis training facilitites?

Also tenn_ace, I'm glad the tennis facility situation is improving in Russia. But when Maria Sharapova and her father Yuri moved to Florida in 1994, living and training in America was the correct choice for the Sharapova's. That point can never be disputed!

May 20th, 2002, 08:40 PM
UK is a big joke, hardly any clubs and when you get there you have to be a member, kids get kicked out by members who say we've paid our subs so we have rights.

Coaching in Uk is even worse, that why all the best Brit Coaches go it alone rather than work for a dinosaur ( LTA)

May 21st, 2002, 04:02 AM
o'k, cat... let's agree to disagree;)

especially that I have arguments such as Lina K., Vera D....

May 21st, 2002, 05:54 AM
UK is a big joke.
I hope you mean in tennis terms EGGY;) :p :rolleyes: .
I'm ashamed to say I agree. Our best British hopes for tennis, are 12 and 10 years old, train in Florida and are of Bosnian descent.
The nearest decent tennis courts to my house are 45min. drive away and the courts are concrete. And there are NO tennis coaches at this place, and it has the CHEEK to call itself a tennis club:eek: . And the Bosnian girls train in Florida because the LTA wouldn't give funding so they could stay and train in Britain.
Us Brits, only have 2 players who can be called decent.
Henman, is posh and his parents could afford to pay for private lessons.
Rusedski, is Canadian. Things are so dire in this country, we've had to resort to steeling people from our former colonies!!!!:eek: !

At least the Russian and American people have alot of good players to cheer for.

Jun 2nd, 2002, 08:27 PM
good luck to Masha in Paris :)

Masha plays Ally Baker tomorrow

the cat
Jun 2nd, 2002, 08:58 PM
She gives away alot of size to Ally. :eek: I hope she can out manuever Ally.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Jun 2nd, 2002, 09:34 PM
Hey Cat,

Even you are American, you are cheering for Maria and against American Ally, gotchta you! :)

GOOOD LUCK, MARIA. She has an edge to win over Ally because clay surface suits her.

the cat
Jun 2nd, 2002, 09:49 PM
Sharky, you're right. Maria is playing great on the clay! :bounce: And the clay court should help keep Ally from over powering her.

What's with this gotcha stuff? :confused: ;)

Jun 2nd, 2002, 10:05 PM

You should be rooting for Ally, not Maria since you are related to Ally (you guys are Amercians) :)

Jun 3rd, 2002, 04:10 PM
Well Masha killed Ally :D 6-1 6-4 :)
way to go Masha ;)

the cat
Jun 3rd, 2002, 07:50 PM
Sharky, what are you talking about with this related stuff? :confused:

Are you pulling my leg? ;)

Udachi Maria! Do it for the Masha's! :bounce:

Sep 1st, 2002, 07:16 PM
Maria won the Canadian Open :)
for her 2nd Grade 1 title :)

good luck Maria in the US Open :)

the cat
Sep 1st, 2002, 10:21 PM
Congrats Maria! :bounce:

But I'm dissapointed that ***************** did nothing on Maria all week. She was the second seed. But there were no quotes or interviews from Maria! :fiery: And the even excluded her from the junior Canadian Open photo section! :eek:

Udachi Maria! But she has the very tough Lucie Safarova in the first round of the junioe U.S. Open. And even if Maria wins, she may not have enough strength left to go all the way. And I hope winning the junior Canadian Open didn't wear Maria out.

King Aaron
Sep 2nd, 2002, 10:04 AM
Maria :D

Good luck at the Open!

Sep 3rd, 2002, 02:40 PM
Maria interview after her win in Canada :)


Sep 3rd, 2002, 02:57 PM
thanks for the interview... i wish I could see Masha playing :(:(:(

I hope won't still Masha to play for Ukraine ;)

Maria looks a little bit like Justine... do you agree?

the cat
Sep 3rd, 2002, 08:21 PM
tenn_ace, I think Maria Kirilenko resembles Maria Sharapova! Only Kirilenko's slender frame is even more ripped than Sharapova's! :eek: And that concerns me. It's obvious that's she works hard on her training and physique. But I hope she isn't over doing it and pushing her slight frame too hard.

And her coach said that Maria winning the junior Canadian Open is like she won it again. Huh? I hope she's not vicariously living through Maria Kirilenko.

And she's trained at Bollettieri's, too. I'm surprised she's not there full time yet. Nick will make her think she a phenomonal prospect! And he'll help her with technique, too. But I don't expect her Ukranian coach to let go of Maria easily.

tenn_ace, I would expect since Kirilenko trains and lives in Ukraine, and is coached and managed by Ukranians, that she would become an Ukraninian citizen in the next year or so. That way she could play in the Summer Olympics in 2 years. And she could play Fed Cup for Ukraine. She won't be on the Russian Olympic and Fed Cup teams anytime soon! :eek: Don't you think her Ukrainian coach has talked to her about becoming a Ukranian citizen? And with being Ukraine's top female tennis player, Maria would probably get some Ukranian endorsements, too. On the other hand, Maria will get lost amongst the tremendous amount of Russian female tennis players.

It will be interesting to see what will happen.

And Maria should learn to speak English. Her coach has to translate for her.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

King Aaron
Sep 4th, 2002, 01:22 PM
Maria won 7-5, 6-3!!! :D :D Udachi Maria!!

cat, not so sure about Maria changing citizenship, don't you think it's too complicated for her now?

the cat
Sep 4th, 2002, 06:37 PM
It might be.

Sep 5th, 2002, 02:13 AM
the cat, if this is the reason why she'll change her citizenship, than she'll be wrong... it's like to say I won't be as good as the other girls... and that's at the age of 15??? if Maria wants to be a REAL champion, she'll never say that and will never use it as a reason

the cat
Sep 5th, 2002, 04:22 AM
Good point, tenn_ace!

King Aaron
Sep 5th, 2002, 11:23 AM
yeah, good point.

Maria won!! :D

Good luck Maria today!!

Sep 6th, 2002, 12:13 AM
Maria Kirilenko is in the QF of the juniors US Open :D She faces second seed Ally Baker next.

Sep 6th, 2002, 01:51 AM
good luck Masha tomorrow

she's doing pretty good but tomorrow's match is hard but she's beaten her b4

go Masha !!!!!!!!!!

the cat
Sep 6th, 2002, 04:34 AM
This will be a very tough match for Maria! :eek: I hope she isn't too tired and can compete with Ally and Ally's tremendous power game.

Ally is the All American girl. So she'll have the crowd on her side. But Maria is very appealling, too! :D And Very skinny! So part of the crowd will probably be rooting for her. It's tough matches like this one which will accelerate Maria's developement!

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

King Aaron
Sep 6th, 2002, 09:27 AM
Udachi Maria!! :D

It'll be extremely tough but Masha can pull through!! :D Go Maria!!

Eggy, i just noticed you spelled it 'Cherring' :o

Sep 6th, 2002, 10:53 AM
:o i didn't know

Ally has one big thing in her favor, she's a lefty

Sep 6th, 2002, 08:51 PM
molodets Masha!!
keep going

the cat
Sep 7th, 2002, 01:35 AM
What does molodets mean in English? :confused: Well done?

King Aaron
Sep 7th, 2002, 09:56 AM
Maria won!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

and I found a pic...


King Aaron
Sep 7th, 2002, 09:57 AM
Good luck today Maria!! :)

the cat
Sep 7th, 2002, 02:38 PM
She looks like Maria Sharapova!

I hope Maria K. makes the junior U.S. Open finals. She has really improved this year.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Sep 7th, 2002, 06:33 PM
and she did make it to the finals
good luck tomorrow, Masha!!

to the cat: molodets means good girl/boy (I think)

the cat
Sep 7th, 2002, 07:51 PM
Thanks igost!

King Aaron
Sep 8th, 2002, 10:12 AM
:bounce: :bounce: good luck against Barbora!!!

anybody know their head to head??

Udachi Masha!! :D

Sep 8th, 2002, 12:51 PM
2002 43rd Italian Junior Open Trofeo Bonfiglio Campionati Clay (O) SF Barbora STRYCOVA def. Maria Kirilenko 6-3 7-5

c'mon, Maria! take revenge!!!

;) :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Sep 8th, 2002, 12:58 PM
btw, regardless of the outcome of the final, Maria will be #3 in the ranking on Monday

Sep 8th, 2002, 06:57 PM
Maria won the title 6-4 6-4

Maria is #2 now :D
well done Masha :)

race for #1 is open now

King Aaron
Sep 8th, 2002, 07:12 PM
2002 US Open Girls Singles Champion - Maria Kirilenko
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Way to go Masha!!

Sep 8th, 2002, 08:59 PM
CONGRATS MARIA! :) BTW, here's another pic I found off the Wimbledon website:


auntie janie
Sep 9th, 2002, 12:09 AM
Well done, Maria! A North America title sweep! :)

Sep 9th, 2002, 01:40 AM
Maria Kirilenko upset No. 1 seed Barbora Strycova in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Clearly dominating the 16-year-old from the Czech Republic, Kirilenko plugged away at Strycova's groundstrokes causing her frustration to alter her game.

Kirilenko, who disappointed the American hopeful Ally Baker, ran away with her first Grand Slam juniors' title. She impressed the crowd with her composure and solid concentration. Her confidence, as she breezed through the US Open draw, has been an unbreakable wall that today sidelined favorite Strycova.

Strycova had trouble holding her service game, and offered up 11 break point opportunities throughout the match. Kirilenko would break through on four of them en route to winning the first set, 6-4.

Strycova answered back with an early break point to go ahead 2-0 in the second set. However Kirilenko continued in her relentless determination to break back at 3-3. Strycova's emotions see-sawed throughout the match and at various points, she lost some of her self control as she loudly and visibly vented her emotions.

Unable to dig herself out of a hole, Kirilenko held serve and won 6-4, 6-4. At age 16, Kirilenko is the 2002 US Open junior girls champion.

they got her age wrong, Masha is 15 not 16

Sep 9th, 2002, 01:40 AM
Maria Kirilenko


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Well done, congratulations.

Q. How do you feel inside? You must be very happy.
MARIA KIRILLENKO: Excuse me, but I don't speak English very well.

Q. I'll go more slowly. How do you feel inside?
MARIA KIRILLENKO: Yes, I'm very happy that I won this tournament. This is my first Grand Slam junior title, and I happy that I won.

Q. Is it like a dream?

Q. Like a dream.

Q. You played amazing tennis this week. You've played very, very good tennis this week.

Q. Did you expect to play like that?

Q. Were you playing good before the US Open?
MARIA KIRILLENKO: Yes, I did play Roland Garros, Wimbledon. Roland Garros I lost in second round, and Wimbledon I was in semifinal. This is my third Grand Slam. And I won.

Q. So you've been getting better?

Q. Were you afraid of playing Strycova? Were you nervous?
MARIA KIRILLENKO: Yes, I did play her this year in Milan, and I lost semifinal 6-3, 7-5. And now I won.

Q. Were you nervous? Were you a bit scared frightened?
MARIA KIRILLENKO: No, I don't get nervous.

Q. You had nothing to lose?

Q. You had nothing to lose?

the cat
Sep 9th, 2002, 03:30 AM
Thanks Eggy! :D But that's pretty short interview! :mad: But it's better than nothing! But Lina Krasnoroutskaya's 1999 U.S. Open junior girl's champion interview was much longer than Maria's.

When was the last time a junior girls won a grand slam in only her third try?

Maria is gaining valuable experience at the junior grand slams! :D

And with Vera Douchevina and Maria Sharapova electing not to play the junior U.S. Open, Maria really came through for Russia!

It's too bad there won't be a Connolly Cup this year. Who would have been able to upset Russia with Kirilenko and Douchevina on the Russian team?

They got Maria's age wrong. Now you might sau that there is very little difference between being 15 and 16. But everyone knows women don't like having their ages fooled with. Especially if they made out to be older than they are! :eek: LOL!

And they spelled Maria's last name wrong in the interview!

I hope Maria plays altleast 3 more 18u tournaments this year, so she can make a run at junior #1!

Eggy, will she play Surgut, and try to qualify for the Ladies Kremlin Cup?

Sep 9th, 2002, 04:25 AM
Vera Douchevina won on her 3rd attempt as well ;)

She probably will play there.
Lina's English was alot better when she was 15 so her answers were more thorough.

King Aaron
Sep 9th, 2002, 09:20 AM
I don't know about Lina's interview but I think Maria's one was short because she doesn't speak English well.

Eggy, 'she probably will play there' means Surgut or Ladies Kremlin Cup? :confused:

King Aaron
Sep 9th, 2002, 09:25 AM
some pictures from the final



King Aaron
Sep 9th, 2002, 09:30 AM


King Aaron
Sep 9th, 2002, 09:31 AM
this is the group picture


Sep 9th, 2002, 10:24 AM
Surgut i'm sure she will play
winner of Nationals has got a MD WC last few years
but the competition is very fierce now (only the junior girls have played plus the Challenger level players)
the 3 others that reach semis have received WC's into qual draw.

King Aaron
Sep 12th, 2002, 11:55 AM
Thanks for answering Eggy.

So Maria will play the Nationals right? Or is the Nationals Surgut?! :o

Sep 13th, 2002, 05:08 PM
Maria got a WC into Tokyo qualies :)
she plays Renata Kolbovic tomorrow

good luck Masha :D

i meant Moscow (WC into qual i'm sure)

auntie janie
Sep 14th, 2002, 01:16 AM
Good luck in Tokyo qualies, Maria! I hope she has a lot of fun there. :)

the cat
Sep 14th, 2002, 02:56 AM
Masha K. is playing Tokyo and Moscow qualies?

Sep 14th, 2002, 04:02 AM
Tokyo for sure
and i'm certain she will get a WC for Moscow qual too.

Dinara/Sveta/Elena B/Vera no longer need WC for qual in Moscow now.

King Aaron
Sep 14th, 2002, 10:05 AM

Go Masha!! :) :) she can do it!! :kiss:

Sep 14th, 2002, 01:41 PM
Masha won her first quali match, defeating Kolbovich 4-6 6-1 6-4:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Masha got 5.5 (I think) ranking points for this win

next one is most probably Cho... tough opponent, but you can do Masha!!!:wavey:

Sep 14th, 2002, 03:17 PM
well done Masha :)
slow start but she picked it up :)
Maria gets 5 pts (4 rd plus 1 qual)

Lina and Maria S also defeated Kolbovic as 15 yr olds ;)

the cat
Sep 14th, 2002, 04:10 PM
Why isn't she resting? She needs to save her energy for a run at junior #1!

Sep 14th, 2002, 04:47 PM
what are you on about cat ???

there's no more big junior events until Osaka Mayors Cup in mid-October, then thats it until December

Maria needs to play WTA events just like Sharapova

auntie janie
Sep 14th, 2002, 04:52 PM
Great start, Maria!

Eggy, cat just doesn't want to see this Maria pull ahead of HIS Maria in any way! :)

I think the Two-Marias-competition is great!

the cat
Sep 14th, 2002, 08:27 PM
That's nonsense, Janie! :( You're thinking of Mark Newman, not me. But I do think Maria K. is playing too much tennis all of a sudden. And I hope her handlers are careful with her schedule.

And Janie, I was rooting for Kirilenko before everyone else on this board started to. That's for sure. I like that a Russian youngster who wasn't considered a blue chip prospect a la Kournikova and Sharapova, has the chance to make it big. Good for her!

P.S. - A la Kournikova. Get it? Alla Kournikova! ;)

King Aaron
Sep 15th, 2002, 12:49 PM
Masha!!! :D :kiss:

lol cat!!!

Sep 15th, 2002, 04:41 PM
Masha won again!!!

she def. Cho 3-6 6-4 7-6

great fight! It seems like she's learning and thinking outthere!

keep going girl! good luck against THE Amazon!!!

Sep 15th, 2002, 04:48 PM
11.75 points in this tournament -- more than she got in the previous 4 showings

21.75 total and the rise from #755 to #533 (she surpassed Vera D.)

Sep 15th, 2002, 06:18 PM
well done Masha :)
such an awesome win :) WOW

keep going baby :)

Vera D will be on 23 pts next week (she lost to Marta Domachowska in Sofia :sad: when board was down )

auntie janie
Sep 15th, 2002, 07:15 PM
Wow, that's a very good win for Maria! I am impressed with this kiddo! :)

the cat
Sep 15th, 2002, 07:58 PM
Thanks m!ss! I'm glad you like my humour! :kiss:

Who is the Amazon?

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

auntie janie
Sep 15th, 2002, 08:01 PM
cat, I am very happy to see that you don't have eyes for only ONE young Russian Maria! I feared that you might be irked at Little Maria's WTA start! I uinderestimated you. You must forgive me. :)

the cat
Sep 16th, 2002, 12:46 AM
Janie, why would I be irked at Maria Kirilenko? I of course will root for little Maria, as well as big Maria! :D But little Maria is the underdog. Make no mistake about that. But she's playing so well now. It's hard to believe. Big things have been expected for big Maria for a long time. Maybe it's time for people to start to expect big things from little Maria, too! :)

Sep 16th, 2002, 11:02 AM
Masha lost 3-6 5-7 :sad: :(
failed to qualify for her 1st WTA event

good luck for rest of year Masha !!!!!!!!!

King Aaron
Sep 16th, 2002, 11:27 AM
yeah! :( :(

good start though!

the cat
Sep 16th, 2002, 07:55 PM
Tough luck for Masha! But a great experience nonetheless!

Does Masha take some much deserved time off now? Or does she play Surgut?

It looks like Masha was very competttive against Molik who probably has her by 50 pounds of weight! Molik has played the best. And Maria gave her a good match. And that's a good sign for Masha K!

Sep 16th, 2002, 09:40 PM
I expected Maria to beat Alicia in all reality
Alicia is just serve and nothing else, her groundies are apalling.

Maria's played quite a bit lately.
she'll probably get a WC for Moscow i'm sure.

the cat
Sep 17th, 2002, 01:30 AM
I'm sure Maria is worn out from all the matches and all the travel recently.

Eggy, do you think Masha K. will get a maindraw wildcard into the Ladies Kremlin Cup? I would have thought you would have meant she would get a WC into the qualies. Da?

Sep 17th, 2002, 08:24 AM
yes qualies
there's too many choices now up for grabs for MD

King Aaron
Sep 17th, 2002, 10:52 AM
yeah, qualies would be it i think since there's so many in the top 100

Sep 17th, 2002, 01:38 PM
No wonder Alicia beat Maria
it was played indoors :mad:

Sep 17th, 2002, 09:05 PM
After what I have read and heard about this girl ( we never see tennis where i live) she could be really really good, also measured against the big birds. She appears to be..... ohh, I can´t the english word, fornuftig in my language, razomnij in Russian.

the cat
Sep 17th, 2002, 09:29 PM
That's a shame that Maria's match against Molik was played indoors. That's a big advantage for the huge serving Molik! Poor Maria! :( She probably felt so small! I hope she can grow a couple more inches and add some weight over the next couple of years.

Why was the Kirilenko - Molik match played indoors? Rain?

Salima, what does fornuftig mean? :confused: I'm sure it's something nice! :D

Sep 17th, 2002, 09:44 PM
It was raining so they had to move all the matches indoor, and try to get as many done as possible.

King Aaron
Sep 18th, 2002, 12:10 PM
:( :( So it means Center Court is actually indoors? :confused:

Sep 18th, 2002, 12:18 PM
Center has a roof on it
they can open/close it

Sep 18th, 2002, 03:48 PM

Maria Kirilenko autograph session (Tokyo Princess Cup 2002)

thanx Mamis for the pics

Sep 18th, 2002, 08:01 PM
she's such a cutie.... just a babe!:kiss:

auntie janie
Sep 18th, 2002, 09:16 PM
LOL, such a tiny girl signing autographs! It's very cute! I wonder what she was thinking, all these grown-ups asking for her autograph! . :)

King Aaron
Sep 19th, 2002, 12:07 PM
Oic. Thanks Eggy

Btw, Masha looks sooo cute! :) She really doesn't look her age.

the cat
Sep 19th, 2002, 12:23 PM
Thanks for the photos! :D

Janie, I was thinking the same thing! LOL!

And look, Maria is already wearing a stylish watch! And I think she's wearing one of Anna K's engagement rings! ;)

Seriously though, I just hope Maria can grow tall enough and strong enough to be a factor on the WTA Tour. Because 5'5" 100 pound girls don't win big on the WTA Tour. Eat your Spinach Maria!

And the Maria Kirilenko versus Maria Sharapova matchups in the future should be very interesting! Just like their girls Wimbledon semifinal this year.

King Aaron
Sep 20th, 2002, 11:23 AM
:) Maria 'apparently' got a wildcard intp Bali. :) :)

Sep 21st, 2002, 11:13 AM
Maria plays Nicole Pratt in 1st rd in Bali :)

goos luck Masha !!!!!!!!!!!

the cat
Sep 21st, 2002, 02:22 PM
I hope Maria doesn't forget about making a run at junior #1!

Udachi Maria in Bali!

Sep 22nd, 2002, 04:58 AM
Here are the other two photos from Tokyo:

King Aaron
Sep 22nd, 2002, 11:26 AM
Good luck Masha and thanks Cassius :)

King Aaron
Sep 24th, 2002, 11:24 AM
Masha lost 2-6, 4-6 :( :( she took 4 games in a row in second set

Sep 24th, 2002, 02:02 PM
Masha :sad: :(
pretty good effort
she hasn't faced my players who Slice the ball.....

good luck in Moscow qualies now ;)

the cat
Sep 25th, 2002, 01:12 AM
Maria is definately played out. I'd like her to take a rest after the Ladies Kremlin Cup.

I'm not expecting much from Maria playing indoors. And I'm sure she's tired, too. I'm not sure she'll even have enough left to make a run at junior #1. Maria is on the slight side. So she's going to have get used to conserving her energy.

What surface is the tournament in Bali played on? In retrospect, I don't think taking a wildcard there was a good idea. Especially with the Ladies Kremlin Cup qualifying this week. Maria has probably never travelled so much in her life as she has in the past month. But she's going to have to get used to it.

Udachi Maria in Moscow! :bounce:

Sep 25th, 2002, 04:08 AM
Bali is on hard courts

she will get used to it
Masha has to play sooner than later on tour

Nicole did praise her saying she changed her game plan when she was 0-4 down in 1st set and not many players are capable of doing that.

King Aaron
Sep 25th, 2002, 11:35 AM
yeah, i think she shouldn't have taken the wildcard. however, she needs to get use to it sooner or later and now might be the correct time.

I think Masha has the chance to be the next Hingis. When Martina was winning Slams that is ;)

Oct 1st, 2002, 06:56 PM
good luck Masha :)

she plays ASV tomorrow in rd1 Tokyo

she qualified as well :)

auntie janie
Oct 1st, 2002, 09:25 PM
Impressive win for Maria over top qualy seed Nana Miyagi. I saw Miyagi play in Allentown and she is a very solid and smart player. Yet Maria beat her easily, and on Miyagi's home turf, as well!

Keep it up, Little Maria!

the cat
Oct 2nd, 2002, 12:42 AM
Udachi Maria K! :bounce: And congrats on qualifying! :D

King Aaron
Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:24 AM
:( :sad: Masha lost to ASV!!

still a good performance! especially having come through qualies

the cat
Oct 2nd, 2002, 07:47 PM
Does she get computer points for winning 3 qualifying matches?

It's still a great experience for her to play Sanchez-Vicario.

But I want Maria to take a short break from tennis to rest. And then concentrate on the juniors the rest of the year.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:08 PM
yes cat ......... she got 9.25pts for making it thru
( i would have thought you would know how it works ??? )

the cat
Oct 3rd, 2002, 03:10 AM
Well Eggy, atleast Maria got some valuable computer points! :D

King Aaron
Oct 3rd, 2002, 09:57 AM
:) and Masha really should rest just like you said cat. concentrate on the junior no.1 spot

Oct 3rd, 2002, 10:21 PM
great effort Masha

winning 3 quali matches is already an awesome job

i agree, she should now really focus on grabbing the 1st spot in the ranks... don't rush things up :)

the cat
Oct 4th, 2002, 04:32 AM
I just hope she's not too tired to make a serious attempt at the junior #1 ranking. Is Barbora Strycova resting? I haven't seen news of her playing anywhere since the junior U.S. Open. I would hate to think she's been resting, while Masha K. has been playing herself out!

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Oct 4th, 2002, 04:39 AM
Barbora played 50K in Girona this week, she qualified but lost today in 2nd rd

Cat, you don't look hard enough ;)

King Aaron
Oct 4th, 2002, 12:51 PM
lol, maybe Eggy is right! ;)

and, I think Masha has loads of confidents now. Rest should be the priority

the cat
Oct 4th, 2002, 03:50 PM
Eggy is right about what M!ss? That I don't look hard enough?

I hope Masha K. is enjoying herself by relaxing at her favorite Black Sea resort! :D Now that's living! ;)

Udachi Maria! :bounce: Make a run at junior #1!

Oct 4th, 2002, 05:54 PM
Masha is playing the Asian circuit cos next week is the Grade A in Osaka
so i'm pretty sure she will be there.

Oct 4th, 2002, 11:32 PM
Masha will hit the top until the end of the yr

Good luck in Osaka

King Aaron
Oct 5th, 2002, 01:19 PM
yeah, that's what i meant cat. it's just a joke though

:) Udachi Maria!

King Aaron
Oct 7th, 2002, 09:52 AM
for some strange reason Maria is not in Osaka

the cat
Oct 8th, 2002, 04:21 AM
Maria Kirilenko needs some time off, M!ss. She is very slight and she's been playing and travelling alot lately.

King Aaron
Oct 8th, 2002, 10:26 AM
:) good news is Barbora isn't playing either

i know she needs some rests cat but what Eggy said was also true. if she plays 3 asian tournies, why not play Osaka as well?

the cat
Oct 11th, 2002, 02:15 AM
Why not? Because of wear and tear. Maria probably doesn't even weigh 100 pounds. And she's probably tired. She shouldn't play too much at this stage of her career. Maria has gotten a taste of the pro's. And that has to be good for her!

Udachi Maria! :D

King Aaron
Oct 11th, 2002, 10:33 AM
come to think of it, she doesn't want to be like Jelena, nobody should play that often

Nov 2nd, 2002, 02:15 AM
I don't know if some-one else has already posted this here.
It's an interview Maria and her coach gave after the Canadian Open:

'Saturday 31st August

Maria Kirilenko and her coach, Elena Brioukhovets, who translated for us.

What does winning this tournament mean to you?

Maria Kirilenko: I am very happy to win it because fifteen years ago my coach won here and and I told her I wanted to do the same.

Elena Brioukhovets: I am happy because it feels like it's the second time I won this tournament.

You won a grade one before in Santa Croce, Italy. How does this compare?

Maria Kirilenko: It feels a little bit different than in Santa Croce. This is my first time in Canada. I didn't expect to win this tournament because I just arrived from Europe and it is absolutely different.

Were you surprised the top ten girls didn't show up here?

Elena Brioukhovets: No not at all, because they are playing the WTA. They are all strong and fast. If you look at the draw in the US Open the girls from the top ten are reaching the third round.

Do you think it's different for the boys?

Elena Brioukhovets: The physical condition for the boys is absolutely different. For the girls they do not necessarily have to be in strong physical condition but they have to be mentally tough. If you are mentally tough you can compete on the WTA tour.

When did coach and player hook up?

Elena Brioukhovets: Two and half years ago.

Why did you pick Maria or did she pick you?

Elena Brioukhovets: I picked her. I was coaching another girl and when I saw Maria at one of the under 14 tournaments. At that time she was about 12 years old. I talked to my husband and we watched her for a couple of months to see what is going on. When she turned 13 we signed a contract with her and am working with her like a coach. My husband managed me and now and he is managing Maria, so we make a pretty good team.

So you are still based in Russia?

Elena Brioukhovets: Yes. From spring to autumn we practice in my home city in Odessa, in the Black Sea, Ukraine. The conditions are very good and during the winter time we try to practice in Florida. Last year we were at the Evert Tennis Academy and before last year we were at Nick Bollettieri's.

Which do you prefer out of those?

Elena Brioukhovets: We are not looking at the program. We only need the facility and a sparring partner so we are fine with our team. It is interesting because there are a lot of junior and pro players there, so she can compete with them.

You generate a tremendous amount of power with such a small frame. How do you do that?

Maria Kirilenko: I look thin but am very strong. I am physically conditioned. I practice every type of ball: volleys, spin, slices, and top spin.

I noticed during the match, you were very successful at net when you came in.

Maria Kirilenko: I practice a lot volleys, especially serve and volleys.

Do you like playing in front of a such a huge crowd?

Maria Kirilenko: Yes.

Elena Brioukhovets: She feels she will get their support because she looks like a little kid.

After you won here, how did you do in New York?

Elena Brioukhovets: I reached third round, but got to the finals in doubles with Leila Meskhi.

What's in store for next year?

Elena Brioukhovets: We will see how she does for the rest of this year. If she does well perhaps we get a few wild cards for WTA tournaments. We'll stay with the juniors and play a few pro tournaments. We'll see how she feels.'

Nov 2nd, 2002, 04:14 AM
this has been done i'm sure
but thanx

Maria plays in Pattaya City
good luck Masha in the qualies :)

Nov 2nd, 2002, 04:19 AM
It's been posted before?
I'd only just found it on www.***************** and I couldn't be bothered to read through 4 pages of this thread just to see if anyone had beaten me to it.

Maria's in Pattaya? Is that where Lina is aswell?

Nov 2nd, 2002, 04:24 AM
Go Masha in Pattaya City! :bounce:

King Aaron
Nov 2nd, 2002, 11:51 AM
yeah, it's been done before
thanks anyway

Good luck Masha!!!! :D
I think Lina's there as well

Nov 2nd, 2002, 08:16 PM
Maria won, she beat Snorova 6-1 6-0 :D :bounce:

next is the top seed

King Aaron
Nov 3rd, 2002, 09:52 AM
she beat Fokina 6-4, 6-2 :D

Nov 3rd, 2002, 10:18 AM
well done Masha :)
now go and qualify tomorrow :)

the cat
Nov 3rd, 2002, 07:27 PM
Wow! Masha is wiping out the competition! :eek: This kid is a real comer! :D

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

P.S. - But why has she forgotten about the juniors and her run for junior #1? :confused:

Nov 3rd, 2002, 09:04 PM
juniors isn't that important, being #1 isn't the be all and end all.

she was gonna leave jr's anyway, this is what matters.

the cat
Nov 4th, 2002, 12:29 AM
Are you saying Maria isn't playing the year end important junior tournaments?

Nov 4th, 2002, 04:19 AM
She isn't entered into Eddie Herr or Orange Bowl

King Aaron
Nov 4th, 2002, 10:07 AM
Masha qualified!! 6-3,0-6,6-1!! :D

Nov 4th, 2002, 10:09 AM
great stuff Masha :D
now good luck in maindraw and get your 1st MD win :)

Nov 4th, 2002, 04:59 PM
Nooooooo! Maria will face her girlfriend, top seed T. Panova! :sad: Very very tough first round match for Maria K.

All the best to you, Maria! She is in the right direction. Looking for her to be in the Top 100 along with her big sister Maria Sharapova at the end of next year! :kiss: :D

Nov 4th, 2002, 05:27 PM
best of luck Maria ;)
go girl go :)

she's got nothing to lose

Maria's had no luck in maindraws at all :fiery: :sad:

Nov 4th, 2002, 09:16 PM
If you look at the picture of Tanya from the players welcome party, she doesn`t look too comfortable:)
good luck to both players, must the winner be happy, and the looser not sad. Kirilenko has nothing to loose here:)


the cat
Nov 5th, 2002, 03:09 AM
I can't believe IMG has ruined another players chances of being the 2002 junior world champion! :( First Sharapova and now Kirilenko! And whatever happened to Douchevina? :confused:

Martian KC
Nov 5th, 2002, 03:19 AM
Well, it is the player's choice anyways, cat. Good luck to Maria!:D

the cat
Nov 5th, 2002, 01:02 PM
It's not the players choice, KC. They are too young. It's always their advisors choice.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

King Aaron
Nov 5th, 2002, 02:45 PM
Masha lost 1-6, 0-6!! :sad: :sad: :sad: the bad draw really cost her! :sad: Tanya must have frustrated her with the running down!!

Nov 5th, 2002, 06:02 PM
poor Masha :sad:
she's had rotten luck in draws

Hope it doesn't get her too down.

Nov 5th, 2002, 06:08 PM
No big deal, how old Maria is? 15? It's just the kind of play she doesn't know how to play yet. Same thing as her easy lost against Arantxa on hardcourt a few weeks ago. In a couple of years she will be trouncing these girl who moonball her from the baseline...

King Aaron
Nov 6th, 2002, 01:35 PM
Steve has some pics of Maria in the Pattaya thread. go check it out! :D

King Aaron
Nov 8th, 2002, 02:21 PM
there are more :) :D lazy to post them here ;)

Nov 8th, 2002, 02:58 PM
Maria Pics from Pattaya

King Aaron
Nov 9th, 2002, 02:14 PM
Thanks :D

Nov 10th, 2002, 12:19 PM
Maria won her 1st two quali matches in Port Pirie, South Australia

q1r Melanie Clayton 6-2 6-1 :D
q2r Stefanie Weis 3-6 7-5 6-3 :bounce :D

next match
qr3 Lauren Breadmore

well done and good luck Masha ;)

King Aaron
Nov 10th, 2002, 02:22 PM
Thanks Eggy! :D

Well done Masha!! :bounce: Good luck!!! :)

King Aaron
Nov 11th, 2002, 02:02 PM
Masha lost in the final qualie round 5-7, 0-6 :sad: :sad:

Nov 11th, 2002, 03:01 PM
Masha :sad: :(
it wasn't quite the final qual rd, there was 4qual rds here.

King Aaron
Nov 12th, 2002, 01:53 PM
oh, sorry, my mistake.

Eggy, is Masha gonna be playing anymore challengers?

King Aaron
Nov 18th, 2002, 03:47 PM
Masha is playing a 25K in OZ!! :D

Nov 20th, 2002, 04:00 AM
Masha's into final qual rd vs Elke Clijsters

q1r Tiffany Welford 6-1 6-3
q2r Stefanie Weis 6-3 6-1
q3r Diana Srebrovic 7-6(3) 1-6 7-5
q4r Elke Clijsters

Best of luck Masha !!!!!!!!!

Nov 20th, 2002, 06:11 AM
Hope she beats Elke :-)

Will she be playing in Mt. Gambier too?

the cat
Nov 20th, 2002, 12:30 PM
What in the world is she doing in Australia in November? :confused: She hould be there in January. Not November!

King Aaron
Nov 20th, 2002, 01:56 PM
Well done Masha! :D
Good luck against Elke.

cat, i don't know too. I thought she should rest after the Pattaya qualies but she played here and in Port Pirie.

Nov 20th, 2002, 03:36 PM
She's playing the tournaments she can as she had plenty left on her AER (she is 16 in January)

so its a good move.

Australia is great at this time of year.

Masha finishes her year with next weeks Mt Gambier tourn.
hopefully she will be closer to 300 after these two events.

Nov 21st, 2002, 03:44 AM
Masha qualified by beating Elke 6-4 6-2 :bounce: :D
then she won her 1st rd match over Lauren Breadmore 6-1 6-0 :bounce: :D

thats sweet revenge over Lauren who beat her last week in qualies.

well done Masha !!!!!!!!!!!
now good luck vs Alicia Molik

King Aaron
Nov 21st, 2002, 05:40 PM
Masha lost to Molik :sad:

Nov 21st, 2002, 08:54 PM
Masha :sad: :(
but good luck in next weeks Mt Gambier event.

Nov 22nd, 2002, 02:29 AM
Good to see her in Mt Gambier :)

One of these days Im going to drive up there (its the closest of the challengers to Melbourne, but still pretty far), but impossible this year :(

Tough going against Alicia, but Im sure matches like this will hold her in good stead. Go and qualify next week :)

King Aaron
Nov 22nd, 2002, 02:39 PM
yup, good luck Masha!

Nov 23rd, 2002, 02:14 AM
Damn, Maria! :sad: Work harder, Maria!! :bounce:

Good luck next time in Mt Gambier!

I think she is truly talented and the cutest babe. She is short but has the most beautiful body for her age. Wow. She needs to grow taller like Dinara, Sharapova, Bovina, Doucheniva, I hope!

I hope she gets a WC in the qualifying Aussie OPen, is it possible, Eggy?

Nov 23rd, 2002, 04:17 AM
quite possibe she could as Strycova is already in qualies

King Aaron
Nov 23rd, 2002, 01:50 PM
I hope she does get a WC. :D

the cat
Nov 23rd, 2002, 02:32 PM
Maria has had a tremendous year! :D But her lack of size is a major concern. Maybe she can be a taller and more talented version of Amanda Coetzer.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

King Aaron
Nov 24th, 2002, 06:58 PM
Masha didn't play in Mt. Gambier qualies! :( Eggy, do you know why?

Nov 24th, 2002, 11:39 PM
Status of Maria Kirilenko as of Nov 24th:

Until 16th birthday on January 25th, 2003

Maria has 3 tournaments left to play:

- 3 tournaments (1 of them can be awarded as wildcard in any WTA Tier I-V or Australian Open main draw/qualifying)

Let's hope that they award her a WC for the Australian Open qualifying.

Since 15th birthday, Maria has played 6 tournaments: Japan (Princess Cup), Japan (AIG), Bali, Pattaya City, 25K Port Pirie, 25K Nuriootpa so far

King Aaron
Nov 25th, 2002, 02:38 PM
Thanks Sharky :)

Dec 28th, 2002, 08:09 PM
Kirilenko is the 2nd in the Qualifying list of 10K Chris Evert Challenger, Boca Raton FL starting the week of Jan 13, 2003. :) I think she will be in the main draw as I am sure at least 2 players above her will withdraw.

So that means she won't be at Australian Open Qualifying. :(

Dec 28th, 2002, 08:20 PM
that was always a long shot, but she's too low in ranks for that at this moment in time
she needs to let her body grow to withstand the top 200 players.

She'll be ready pretty soon enough :)
I hope she hangs around and plays the 25K in Rockford too.

Dec 28th, 2002, 10:05 PM
That would be nice for her to win 25K Challenger in Rockford but Maria can be awarded for a wildcard in the main draw of 50K USTA Fullerton, CA Challenger in the week of Jan 20. This will be the last week and maybe 8th tournament for her as 15 years old.

She will be 16 in the week of Jan 27 and can play for 10 tournaments plus Slams if she qualifies by direct acceptance in the ranking.

King Aaron
Dec 29th, 2002, 01:37 PM
Great. I hope she grows quickly to gain some advantage when playing the big girls.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Dec 29th, 2002, 08:41 PM
How tall is Maria?!

Dec 29th, 2002, 08:47 PM
she's about 5'7....... she needs a growth spurt soon :)
plsu her body needs development.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Dec 30th, 2002, 01:52 AM
Well, she's still a lil' girl, maybe she'll grow, but 5'7 is not bad! I don't want her to grow. She would drop points in adorableness!!!

the cat
Dec 30th, 2002, 04:38 AM
Hi to Mrs_Guga aka Nwandova! :wavey: I don't believe little Maria(Kirilenko) is 5'7" tall. I think she's 5'5" tall tops. Her ITF Juniors website lists her as standing only 1, 64m and only weighing 48kg's! OMG is she so small and frail! :eek: I only hope she starts eating Cheerios and Oatmeal so she can grow up to be the 5'7" tall Eggy says she is. And it looks like big Maria(Sharapova) is going to be as tall or even taller than our own Nwandova! ;) And tall players have the advantage of leverage. Especially when it comes to moving the serve around.

Udachi Maria's! :bounce:

King Aaron
Dec 30th, 2002, 02:27 PM
:o :o she's taller than me!!

Gonzo Hates Me!
Dec 30th, 2002, 11:46 PM
LOL!!! I believe Sharapova is taller than me by 1 1/2 inches if she is indeed 5'11, and how I wish I were that tall!!!

the cat
Dec 31st, 2002, 12:05 PM
Nwandova, aren't you happy with being 5'91/2" tall? That's plenty tall enough for a woman and the perfect height for a tall woman! :) If I'm not mistaken, Steffi Graf, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Cambpell are 5'91/2" tall. Enough said! :D

King Aaron
Dec 31st, 2002, 01:45 PM
I just saw Dani Hantuchova in Hopman Cup today and it made me worried. I hope Masha doesn't grow to be like Dani. It's scary because she'll look so think and easy to break.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jan 5th, 2003, 01:55 AM
Sorry Cat, but 5'9 1/2 is not tall enough for me!

the cat
Jan 5th, 2003, 05:15 AM
Well Nwandova, you're young, so maybe you'll grow another half inch or so if you eat your spinach and take lots of healthy vitamins the next couple of years! :D But it's really little Maria Kirilenko and nyet(not) you who needs to grow!

Why aren't you happy being 5'91/2" tall? You are tall, attractive, young and intelligent. You're sitting pretty! Be happy and thankful! :D

Udachi Nwandova! :bounce:

Jan 8th, 2003, 04:28 AM


Maria's body definitely reminds of young Anna K. She has an incredible figure.

Jan 8th, 2003, 04:41 AM
thanx for the pics :)

King Aaron
Jan 8th, 2003, 01:18 PM
Thanks :)

Masha :drool:

Jan 16th, 2003, 07:57 PM
Recent pics from this week's event in Boca Raton

Maria won 1st rd 6-0 6-3 vs Melanie Marois :)


Jan 17th, 2003, 04:53 AM
Maria won 2nd rd 6-4 6-1 over Bruna Colosio :bounce: :)

tomorrow she plays Alyssa Cohen in QF

Maria's based herself into the Evert Academy :)

the cat
Jan 17th, 2003, 01:39 PM
I'm glad Maria Kirilenko is based in America! :) That's a good sign for her future! :D But why did she or her coach choose the Evert Academy over Bollettieri's? Maybe becasue it's a smaller academy and Maria can get more personal attention there.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

King Aaron
Jan 17th, 2003, 02:42 PM
:bounce: Well done Masha!!!

I think it's great as well cat. :) Evert Academy is good as well. Masha broke the mould that youngsters must join Bollettieri's Academy.

Jan 18th, 2003, 04:32 AM
Masha won again :D
6-2 6-3 vs Alyssa Cohen

and she plays Ivana Abramovic in SF

good luck Masha !!!!!!!!

King Aaron
Jan 18th, 2003, 03:19 PM
:bounce: Masha :) A title here is possible! :)

Jan 19th, 2003, 07:02 PM
Masha into final :D

she beat IvanaAbramovic 6-2 6-1 :bounce: :D
next up is Sonya Jeyaseelan

old bridage against the golden oldie
good luck Masha !!!!!!!!!

the cat
Jan 19th, 2003, 08:49 PM
Eggy, what does old brigade against the golden oldie mean? I assume Jeyaseelan is the golden oldie.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Jan 20th, 2003, 01:33 AM
oops :o
i meant the new brigade :o

Jan 20th, 2003, 06:10 AM
Great News :D
Masha won the final 6-3 6-0 vs Jeyaseelan

With most of the other competitors already having moved on to their next tournament it was up to singles finalists Sonya Jeyaseelan and Maria Kirilenko to entertain the small crowd in attendance at the Evert Academy Sunday morning for the conclusion of the Chris Evert USTA Satellite tennis tournament.
Unfortunately the final was a bit of an anticlimax to the week of tennis at the $10,000 tournament.
Kirilenko, a 15-year-old Russian who is playing some of the best tennis of her young career ran down everything Jeyaseelan hit at her and won easily 6-3, 6-0.
Jeyaseelan didn’t go down without throwing a few of the tricks she learned as a Top 50 player on the WTA tour at Kirilenko.
The 26-year-old Canadian called for a trainer behind 3-0 in the second set and then requested a medical timeout. Jeyaseelan received treatment for a sore back and returned to the court minutes later but still couldn’t find the answer to the consistency of Kirilenko.
“My back gave out on me,” Jeyaseelan said. “She didn’t get distracted.”
Kirilenko, wh won the tournament without dropping a set all week, showed a focus beyond her age.
“I don’t think nothing,” she said in English, a language she spoke quite well in her acceptance speech but wasn’t so confident with answering questions.
During the stoppage of play she pulled on her warm ups during the timeout and stayed warm and then came out and finished off her opponent.
Kirilenko, the 2002 U.S. Open Girls champion, left at 6 p.m. Sunday to play a tournament in California.
It was her first win in a women’s event and she won $1,600. Jeyaseelan took home $1,000 and was encouraged that she reached both the singles and doubles finals this week.
Jeyaseelan and partner Sandra Cacic beat the third-seeded team of Shenay Perry and Lioudmila Skavronskaia 7-5, 6-2 in the doubles final that followed the singles.
“I have to be encouraged,” said Jeyaseelan who trains in Delray Beach and used the satellite to get some match play. “I was upset I couldn’t mentally get through this one.”
Jeyaseelan said Kirilenko’s consistency from the baseline was a factor in the result.
“She played a solid game,” she said. “Her game style is like Maggie Maleeva. She’s not going to hurt you with hot-shot winners.”
Kirilenko forced Jeyaseelan into errors on both sides, but her one “hot-shot winner” stroke was her serve. She came up with numerous aces in the second set to keep an obviously less-mobile Jeyaseelan at bay.
Although Kirilenko’s results told a different story her coach Elena Brioukhouts said this week wasn’t easy for her protégé because “Everybody wanted to see how she played.”
Kirilenko’s reputation as one of the world’s best juniors and the fact she has been training at the Evert Academy did put her in the spotlight for a lot of the week.
“Her game is trying to push another,” Brioukhouts said. “But today Maria had to stay in the point as long as she could, because the other girl was hitting it so hard.”
Jeyaseelan is in the main draw of the USTA satellite event in Miami beginning today.
Tournament sponsor Chris Evert presented the finalists with their trophies and checks and said it was a pleasure to watch two players that aren’t six-feet tall play some “good, aggressive tennis.” The 18-time Grand Slam winner is only 5-6 herself.
Evert agreed to sponsor the tournament and allowed the USTA to use the Evert Academy site when it was moved from the University of Florida in Gainesville because of new NCAA regulations.
It may become an annual event.
Evert, along with brother Drew and the IMG Corp. own the Evert Academy that has helped produce such stars as world No. 10 and Boca Raton resident Andy Roddick.
Roddick is still alive in this year’s Australian Open and tennis fans will have to watch future Grand Slam draws for the names Kirilenko and Jeyaseelan to appear

King Aaron
Jan 20th, 2003, 02:48 PM
:bounce: Congrats Masha!!!! :) Well done! She's playing in Miami as well right?

Thanks Eggy for the article. :)

auntie janie
Jan 20th, 2003, 08:07 PM
Congrats Maria! There's nothing like a win to start a new year! :):)

the cat
Jan 21st, 2003, 03:59 AM
Well done Maria! :bounce: She did it for Chrissie(Evert)! :D

Jan 21st, 2003, 05:11 AM
found another article with a pic (its of the semifinal in Miami)


King Aaron
Jan 21st, 2003, 02:28 PM
Thanks :)

the cat
Jan 26th, 2003, 01:14 AM
Happy 16th birthday today January 25th, to Maria Kirilenko! :D And January 25th is also the birthday for Tatiana Golovin, who turns 15 today. Happy birthday girls! :bounce: :kiss: Maria and Tatiana were born on the same day(January 25th), in the same country(Russia), in the same city(Moscow) and they were born exactly one year apart! :)

Jan 26th, 2003, 01:18 AM
Happy Birthday Maria! :D

Jan 26th, 2003, 02:55 AM
HAPPY SWEET BIRTHDAY, LITTLE MARIA! :bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :kiss:

Let's see what Maria can do to damage the girls except my BIG Maria ever! :D

Jan 26th, 2003, 03:02 AM
Eggy, thanks for the recent pics. She looks gorgeous! Her body is well toned and beautifully shaped. She definitely has the looks. I think she is the most beautiful player tied with Anna Bastrikova on the WTA. Maria Sharapova will always be my favorite and in the top list in my book. Maria Kirilenko is my second favorite as always.

Jan 26th, 2003, 03:07 AM
I have decided what I really really want in my dreams is to see Sharapova-Kirilenko rivilary in the future. I bet these girls will always have the best crowd in every match they meet.

the cat
Jan 26th, 2003, 04:52 AM
Sharky, you inadvertantly left the luminous Anna Kournikova of your WTA most beautiful list! :eek: ;)

Sharky, a Kirilenko - Sharapova rivalry is possible. They played an exciting 2002 junior Wimbledon semifinal. And that's a good start to their rivalry! :D

Udachi Maria! :bounce: But which one? :confused: Both! :bounce:

Jan 26th, 2003, 05:02 AM
Happy sweet 16th Masha :kiss: :)
hope for more success in 2003 :)

good luck Maria !!!!!!!!! and Happy Birthday :) :)

King Aaron
Jan 26th, 2003, 03:20 PM
Blessed Belated 16th Birthday Masha! :kiss:

Jan 31st, 2003, 09:30 PM
Maria is playing Hyderabad qualies :)

she's got a tough 1st rd vs Alyona Bondarenko

good luck Masha :)
you can do it baby :) :kiss: :)

King Aaron
Feb 1st, 2003, 02:13 PM
:D Good luck Masha! :)

Feb 1st, 2003, 04:58 PM
Masha won :D 6-4 6-3 :bounce: :D

next is Ting Li

Feb 1st, 2003, 07:45 PM
:bounce: Go Masha! wiiinnn! :D

Feb 2nd, 2003, 03:48 PM
Maria won 6-3 6-3 :bounce: :D :) :D

she now plays Zi Yan tomorrow in final qual

good luck Masha :kiss: :) :D

King Aaron
Feb 2nd, 2003, 07:20 PM
Congrats! :) Good luck tomorrow and qualify girl!

Feb 3rd, 2003, 01:19 PM
Masha qualified :)
3-6 6-4 6-4 :D :bounce: :D :)

good luck in maindraw now :)

i bet she ends up with Anastassia Rodionova :rolleyes:
other choices of Pierce/Tanasugarn/Pouthek

King Aaron
Feb 3rd, 2003, 02:59 PM
Masha!! :D Congrats!! :)

I hate to sya it but Nastya is the better choice. If she get's drawn against Tammy, Mary or Tatiana it's gonna be tough.

Feb 4th, 2003, 04:03 AM
she did get Nastya :o

Feb 4th, 2003, 06:36 AM
OH DRATS! :sad: Maria is getting better and better!

Keep going Maria! :D

Feb 4th, 2003, 11:48 AM
Maria won 6-4 6-3 :):)

well done Masha :)
and good luck in rd 2 vs Angelique Widjaja

go Masha !!!!!!!!!!

King Aaron
Feb 4th, 2003, 01:31 PM
Well done Masha! :D :) :D
Good luck against Angie!

Feb 5th, 2003, 02:22 PM
Masha saved four match points to beat Angie 5-7 7-5 6-3 :D

Great win :D :bounce:

King Aaron
Feb 5th, 2003, 02:51 PM
:bounce: Marvelous job!!!! Really hung in there! Eggy should know! ;) He followed it very closely!

Feb 5th, 2003, 06:50 PM
What a great fight, Masha!

Such resilience from a Russian girl...too bad they can't all be like that ;)

Maybe the tide has changed :D

Feb 5th, 2003, 07:07 PM
Such resilience from a Russian girl...too bad they can't all be like that

They ALL are like that, as long as they haven't become famous yet and there is no pressure. Do you remember how tough Kournikova was up to 1998?

Feb 5th, 2003, 08:02 PM
Maria :) to #252... keep going baby!

Feb 5th, 2003, 08:12 PM
Originally posted by ys
They ALL are like that, as long as they haven't become famous yet and there is no pressure. Do you remember how tough Kournikova was up to 1998?

I will cede that point to you :)

They aren't *all* like that though ;)

Feb 5th, 2003, 09:04 PM
Congrats Masha! :D

Martian KC
Feb 5th, 2003, 11:16 PM
Amazing win, Maria!! Keep on trucking!:D

Feb 6th, 2003, 12:37 AM
Congratulations to the young Russian Maria who's all about tennis (like Lena, Lina, the Vera's and Svetlana, for example). Angie is really good, so that was a big win for a tour newcomer. I hope this talented, beautiful Russian blonde continues her rise and avoids distractions.

Feb 6th, 2003, 01:30 AM
great win maria, keep it up against Tammy

Feb 6th, 2003, 02:09 AM
I've taken the above 2 pics in Pattaya last year.

In Pattaya, She is very nice when I asked for the pics and she also gave me an autograph. She is talented and looks so cute. I'm really impressed her very much as she has fighting spirit and she beated Angie after saved 4 match points . She has great ground stroke both forehand and backhand. Tammy also admired her that she is a great coming star.

I hope both girls will give us a great match today.

Try your best Maria :D :D :D
C'mon Tammy :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: