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The_Pov
May 10th, 2006, 01:14 PM
Not Sharapova but Kirilenko...

I've been having an argument with my friend and I want to see what you guys think.

He says he wouldn't be surprised if she ends up like a lesser Kounikova seeing as even though she has won a title, she hasn't achieved that much, her results a mediocre, but she has already been recognised as a marketable face, she's done photoshoots for vogue, Adidas has made her the face of their Stella McCartney line. He reckons it won't be long before she is doing more off court stuff, because her matches are packed (showing she is becoming a crowd puller) even though the results aren't always the best slimply because she is a good looking player who has the same figure as a young Anna.

He says tennis career wise they'll be slightly different, Maria has one title to her name (a Teir II) but has yet to break into the top 20, while as Anna was a top player at one point, but he says Maria is the next 'player to have ok result but make a bigger name for herself off court.'

Just wondering what you guys think of that!

Andy.
May 10th, 2006, 01:19 PM
I think their games are also very similar

The_Pov
May 10th, 2006, 01:21 PM
I think their games are also very similar

Yes, that's how the whole debate started I said her game is very similar to Anna's.

furrykitten
May 10th, 2006, 01:21 PM
Not Sharapova but Kirilenko...

I've been having an argument with my friend and I want to see what you guys think.

He says he wouldn't be surprised if she ends up like a lesser Kounikova seeing as even though she has won a title, she hasn't achieved that much, her results a mediocre, but she has already been recognised as a marketable face, she's done photoshoots for vogue, Adidas has made her the face of their Stella McCartney line. He reckons it won't be long before she is doing more off court stuff, because her matches are packed (showing she is becoming a crowd puller) even though the results aren't always the best slimply because she is a good looking player who has the same figure as a young Anna.

He says tennis career wise they'll be slightly different, Maria has one title to her name (a Teir II) but has yet to break into the top 20, while as Anna was a top player at one point, but he says Maria is the next 'player to have ok result but make a bigger name for herself off court.'

Just wondering what you guys think of that!

I'm shocked he can say such things about Maria, she's only 19 and is progressing up the rankings, she is not another Kournikova, she's the first Maria Kirilenko. Very rare players peak early in their career she has so much tennis ahead of her and I think she will win titles.

selecta
May 10th, 2006, 01:22 PM
anna k can't be replaced but maria k is definetly prettier than maria s

jonny84
May 10th, 2006, 01:22 PM
Well she is only 19 - still quite young in terms of tennis. Has almost made the Top20 (been ranked #22).

Only problem is she tends to always run into big players at her events (Davenport, Mauresmo, Petrova, Hingis, Kuznetsova & Sharapova in 2006). She probably needs more experience to be able to beat them, and get better results.

rik du chesnay
May 10th, 2006, 01:23 PM
Maria said:"I'm not the next kournikova.I'm the first me"I think she's the 2.She will do pictures and she will play tennis.

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 01:25 PM
I'm shocked he can say such things about Maria, she's only 19 and is progressing up the rankings, she is not another Kournikova, she's the first Maria Kirilenko. Very rare players peak early in their career she has so much tennis ahead of her and I think she will win titles.

she's only 19, here we go again :rolleyes: anna's results were way better than kirilenko at 19 :p

anw, my stand on this is: i dont think kirilenko has the appeal, charisma or looks that anna had

furrykitten
May 10th, 2006, 01:29 PM
she's only 19, here we go again :rolleyes: anna's results were way better than kirilenko at 19 :p

anw, my stand on this is: i dont think kirilenko has the appeal, charisma or looks that anna had

I think you have bad eye sight and you are insane. :wavey: :lol: :bounce:

mandy7
May 10th, 2006, 01:31 PM
nope
but i heard she's gonna replace bert in bert and ernie :crazy: :p :cuckoo:

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 01:32 PM
I think you have bad eye sight and you are insane. :wavey: :lol: :bounce:

bad eyesight, i admit, since i wear contact lenses. but last i checked, i dont live in a mental hospital ;)

TeaMMashA
May 10th, 2006, 02:14 PM
Maria has something Anna doesnt though a Singles Title

hablo
May 10th, 2006, 02:17 PM
There will always be one and only one Anna Kournikova :angel:

borisy
May 10th, 2006, 02:19 PM
Kournikova had a better game... and even though Kirilenko is pretty she is no way close to a 19 year old Kournikova in the prettiness department (and she should change that top blonde, bottom black hair color)

xin_hui
May 10th, 2006, 02:19 PM
There will always be one and only one Anna Kournikova :angel:

:bowdown: hablovah :yeah:

hablo
May 10th, 2006, 02:22 PM
:bowdown: hablovah :yeah:
:lol: ;)

FedExpress
May 10th, 2006, 02:29 PM
Why is everybody searching for a new Anna K.? A blonde russian = a new Kourni.Clone?I think one is enough ;) And by the way I think Maria K. is not going to be a new Anna K. - just a new face of adidas and (maybe soon) a good top 20 player

just my two cents ;)

madame_maria
May 10th, 2006, 03:00 PM
well firstly i don't think kirilenko is prettier than sharapova. though i find her more attractive than kournikova.

still i totally agree with FedExpress about his views. There's no need searching for like the next Kournikova or the next Seles or the next ______. When Federer made and consolidated his career wins slowly, did anyone call him the next (anything)?

i guess it's the tagline that comes together with being blonde, Russian and having a rather commendable game. everyone's searching for something to love and adore, then eventually bash because they couldn't live up to their expections in the tennis courts.

let Maria (K) be and we'll see what she becomes. you have to admit there ARE many pretty, young girls rising up the rankings now as compared to ... maybe Kournikova's period. yes, Anna was THE pretty girl of all pretty girls, but she didn't have an entire horde of young pretty things trotting after her.

Sharapova, Kirilenko, Chakvetadze, Ivanovic, Dulko, Golovin ... the list goes ON and ON and ON.

tennisrox
May 10th, 2006, 03:08 PM
I find kirilenko prettier than either Sharapova or Kournikova, but she's not as charismatic or sexy as Anna K was.

Eldoth Kron
May 10th, 2006, 03:08 PM
no way :haha: ana is much prettier than her