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Warrior
Jul 17th, 2009, 10:16 PM
What is Maria's summer tournament schedule?

Nikkiri
Jul 18th, 2009, 01:03 AM
Upcoming tournaments

Stanford
Los Angeles

And then qualifying for these most likely.
Cincinnati (made the SF last year) :sad:
Toronto
New Haven

Kiriber
Jul 18th, 2009, 01:06 AM
Time to kick some ass. :):worship:

VIKA?
Jul 18th, 2009, 10:41 AM
:sobbing:

watchdogfish
Jul 18th, 2009, 05:42 PM
Upcoming tournaments

Stanford
Los Angeles

And then qualifying for these most likely.
Cincinnati (made the SF last year) :sad:
Toronto
New Haven

Playing every week up to New York :unsure:

There'll be more points to win at Cinci though! Last year it was only a Tier III.

Protoss
Jul 18th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Playing every week up to New York :unsure:

There'll be more points to win at Cinci though! Last year it was only a Tier III.
With the way Maria has played most of the year plus the likelyhood of bad/tough draws, she'll probably only be playing 1 to 2 main draw singles matches per tournament. So she shouldn't be playing too much although that could very well depend on doubles. :shrug:

Maria needs to make the quarters in Cincinatti to pretty much defend her points there (it'd be 20 points less than last year's semifinal).

Nikkiri
Jul 18th, 2009, 09:25 PM
Maria feels more confident in her game now than she has all year and she really hasn't played that many tournaments this year like she normally would. So I think she just really misses playing a lot she might not go far in them all yeah because the draws are gonna be a lot tougher but hopefully this is where she picks her game up.

fedfannnnnnn
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:26 AM
It's gonna be hard to imagine her in the competition line. She should go to Nike.

Natash.
Jul 22nd, 2009, 07:05 PM
I agree with Nikkie. She has been playing a lot better. Just needs to be more consistent and keep working on her game. She hasn't been very lucky but I think with her skipping Slovenia Open where she made the quarters last year gives me hope that she's working on a few things in her game.

lilimi
Jul 23rd, 2009, 07:56 AM
It's gonna be hard to imagine her in the competition line. She should go to Nike.

ermmm...please no!
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/ProductImages/NWFPRT-BL.JPG
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/ProductImages/NWFPRBS-PK.JPG
:unsure:

I hope Maria will have a good US season. it seems she's gained more confidence lately and she will play on her favourite surface, so Go Masha!!!!

watchdogfish
Jul 23rd, 2009, 07:12 PM
ermmm...please no!
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/ProductImages/NWFPRT-BL.JPG
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/ProductImages/NWFPRBS-PK.JPG
:unsure:

I hope Maria will have a good US season. it seems she's gained more confidence lately and she will play on her favourite surface, so Go Masha!!!!

:scared:

Does anyone here remember when Maria was a Nike clone too? :p

http://img63.exs.cx/img63/188/MariaKirilenko-DQ-0046.jpg

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2004/writers/kristin_morse/06/03/espn.rant/p1_kirilenko_all.jpg

http://www.mariakirilenko.fr/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/Kirilenko_Wimbledon04.jpg

http://www.mariakirilenko.fr/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/Kirilenko_USOpen_2002.jpg

Kiriber
Jul 23rd, 2009, 09:46 PM
I think she'd be cute in the other lines like Lacoste, but I doubt her contract with Adidas was up, just her contract with Stella.

Her cloths aren't a huge worry though, most of the adidas girls wear bits of everything.

Labamba
Jul 25th, 2009, 10:41 AM
from her blog...

My next tournament is in Stanford in two weeks. I'm going to the US a little bit early, on July 20, a week before Stanford. I have a photo shoot in LA, then I'll go to Stanford to practice for a few days before the tournament. Last time I played on hardcourts was Miami in March, so I'm excited to play on it again. I'm playing a lot of events before the US Open. I miss playing lots of tournaments. I didn't do so well earlier this year so right now I really want more matches.

Does anyone know what photo shoot Maria did in LA this week?

Nikkiri
Jul 29th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Blondes Trying to Have More Fun (and Success)
Struggling Kirilenko Downs Reeling Chakvetadze in Classic
Anna: ‘It’s easier to fall than to come back up’
By Matthew Cronin

Anna C. is still trying to find herself.FROM THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC AT STANFORD - It took 3 hours and 24 minutes and 257 points, but when a constantly hesitant Anna Chakvetadze was forced into a forehand error and fell to Maria Kirilenko 6-4 5-7 7-6(5), another chapter in the pony-tailed girl’s downward slide was added.

“At the end of last year I was thinking, Oh my God, I hope this was the worst year ever. And this year is even worse,” Chakvetadze told tr

The 2007 Bank of the West champion fought like hell, but for the most part, she was fighting against herself and could never come through when the most important points on her racket.
The one time world No. 5’s career has frankly become a sad story. She has as much touch as anyone on tour and may have the softest hands of anyone out there, but coming into her match against fellow 22-year-old Kirilenko, she was 9-12 on the year and hasn’t even reached a quarterfinal. Imagine that from the woman who just two years ago, was looking like a potential US Open champion.

But she apparently hasn’t completely recovered from being tied up and robbed in Moscow in December of 2007, nor from her choke to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 2007 US Open semis.
At the early stages of sets, she’s still the same A-Chak: brilliantly misdirecting balls, flattening out forehands down the lines at the last moments, caressing drop shots, whipping crosscourt shots at severe angles, totally dictating play.
But then when she asked to do more than counterpunch – and against a fellow counterpuncher like Kirilenko that’s request on going to be in constant demand -- she freezes up, whether she over-hitting, under hitting, double faulting or pushing.

Just watching her try to close out the second set was tortuous. Playing on the No. 2 court, which is situated next to Stanford’s fabulous swimming stadium, she seemed to shrink every time there were loud and boisterous calls for the home team to respond in the pool next door.

She needed six set points to close out that set, as Kirilenko kept retrieving and she kept missing. Of those six set points, she made four errors, watched Kirilenko power a return winner off the softest serve possible and then won it when she finally forced her foe into return error.

“I’m playing better when I’m down than when I’m up,” Chakvetadze said. “I’m not concentrating enough on big points, or have enough confidence, and I’m not trusting my shots.”

She went down 0-3 in the third set, but then began to claw back as Kirilenko – who is by no means a consummate closer – was having trouble with her forehand and shot selection, but once Kirilenko saw balls coming into her sharp two-handed, she was doing major damage.
Luck came to A-Chak for a while at 5-4, when the quick Kirilenko felt she was robbed on three match points.

“Two were so bad and one was maybe 50-50 but it was unbelievable,” Kirilenko said. “The umpire came to me later and said he was sorry about one of them. If I would have lost like that, it would have been the worst, because I felt like I won and then it was taken from me.”

But Kirilenko, who has been working on improving her mental game, pressed on. She hustled her way into the third set breaker tiebreaker and appeared to be the more self-assured player.

Chakvetadze began to swoon. The first nine points featured just two winners – two off the Chakvetadze serve – and seven unforced errors, five from A-Chak off the ground. So at 5-4 Kirilenko, Chakvetadze ripped a forehand down the line winner to tie it up. A fleeting thought rippled through the crowd that maybe, just maybe, she could actually win the match. But the woman with the tour’s most distinctive, tighly-wound ponytail is nothing but unlucky these days.

Chakvetadze nailed another forehand down the line that would have been a clean winner, but it hit the top of the net, bounced on top of the let cord and it dribbled back over the net on to her side.
“I thought maybe God owed me that one,” Kirilenko said.

A-Chak’s chin dropped hard on the deep blue court. With her final match point in hand, Kirilenko smoked a forehand and forced Chakvetadze into an error.

“It was pity because losing 6-1, 6-1 and you have no chance, you don’t feel so bad, but the last two were points were tough,” Chakvetadze said. “I could have taken my chances. I was up at Roland Garros and Wimbledon and all the time I’m not winning. But I feel like I’m playing much better than the start of the year like in Australia when I had 17 double faults.”

Chakvetadze promises to keep pressing on and at least she hasn’t gone the way of another extremely promising player, Nicole Vaidisova, who was nearly double bageled in qualifying, but it’s quite possible that she’ll never re-enter the top 20, much less the top five.Now ranked No. 50, she began working with Tommy Robredo’s old coach, Jose Clavet, at Roland Garros. Maybe he can lift her out of her doldrums.
“I haven’t had any good results, but I’m practicing twice a day and working with a physio and I feel like I'm ready. I just have to bring my work to the matches and it hasn’t happened yet.”
Chakvetadze is only 22 and perhaps with further maturity will begin to play more freely again, without battling her demons when her eyes should be on the ball, not on the dark pits below. But she's still very hard on herself.

“I’m a hard worker and it just makes me really upset that I can’t play the same level as I practice. I hope to finish the year top 30 at least, but I have to win matches to get some points. It’s tough not to be hard on myself when I know how well I can play. I’m trying really hard, but it isn’t working. It’s easier to fall than to come back up.”

But is she optimistic?

“I was pretty optimistic about this tournament but I didn’t happen,” said Chakvetadze, who is playing every tournament through the US Open.


Maria K. is learning to relax.Kirilenko's Journey

Kirilenko hasn’t had an easy journey either. Even though she wanted to spend New Year's Eve in Moscow for the first time in eons, her former coach, Eric Van Harpen, demanded that she arrive in Australia earlier to prepare for Brisbane. The two had been arguing during practice during December (“he was always mad”), but she agreed nonetheless, and then had a miserable 24-hour flight to Australia on December 31 where she felt depressed and resentful.

“There were like three people on the plane and it was horrible,” she told TR.net .

Unhappy and exhausted, she immediately caught a flu and her January season was gone, as even when she attempted to play she felt like she was playing in another’s person’s body.

The task master Van Harpen was gone by the end of the Aussie Open, ending their year and a half relationship.
“I needed to end the relationship,” said Kirilenko.

Now she’s back with her father, Yuri, who coached her as a child and she says it’s going well. She’s not pleased with her No. 52 ranking, believing that she has top 20 stuff, but knows that in order to prove that she has to win matches like she did against Chakvetadze, staying relaxed during big moments continuing to go for her shots, not getting down on herself.
Seven years into her career, she calls herself a veteran and realizes the value of experience in winning matches, but she still thinks she very much a work in progress.

Despite the numerous photo shoots and the more than fair amount of media she’s done due to her good looks, she came on tour as a shy girl and now appears to be coming into her own as personality. She speaks with much more self confidence than she once did, and breaks down points like a wizened old teaching pro. She by no means wants to remain a lesser Russian player and someday, just might have her second week Slam break through.

Some might think that making a run at the top 20 this year is beyond her, but she doesn’t, feeling in control of her life and making more of her own decisions.

She’ll face a tough task going up against Elena Dementieva in the second round, but she’s willing to take her shot.

“I still have high goals,” Kirilenko said. said. “I understand a lot more now.”
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I always wanted to know what happened. Kiri :sobbing: :hug:

VIKA?
Jul 29th, 2009, 11:28 AM
aww, I didn't know that:eek::hug:

Droolv
Jul 29th, 2009, 11:38 AM
The truth is finally revealed :speakles: Eric, what a bully :tears:

kirivanovic
Jul 29th, 2009, 12:31 PM
He should have asked her to come earlier, not the 31st of december, it was stupid and i understand Maria's reaction as she couldn't do what she planned to do with Igor or her family.:sad:. She should have told him that she couldn't get a visa or that she was sick.Poor Masha:hug:

The umpire can apologize but if he saw the ball out, he should have made a call instead of doing anything, match point or not :rolleyes: (it reminds me what happened to Igor against Ljubicic this year with a bp or mp i don't remember, the ball was clearly out but this stupid bald umpire didn't see anything and Igor lost the match)

Labamba
Jul 29th, 2009, 02:35 PM
that was a good read :yeah:

Maria and Anna have been going through many of the same problems, but these days Maria seems a lot more mature.

Brian4Canada
Jul 29th, 2009, 03:38 PM
Ha Ha only Matt Cronin would write a story like this. Whoever posted it, thanks because its one of those subscriber only stories on his site.

Protoss
Jul 29th, 2009, 04:15 PM
Kirilenko hasn’t had an easy journey either. Even though she wanted to spend New Year's Eve in Moscow for the first time in eons, her former coach, Eric Van Harpen, demanded that she arrive in Australia earlier to prepare for Brisbane. The two had been arguing during practice during December (“he was always mad”), but she agreed nonetheless, and then had a miserable 24-hour flight to Australia on December 31 where she felt depressed and resentful.

“There were like three people on the plane and it was horrible,” she told TR.net .

Unhappy and exhausted, she immediately caught a flu and her January season was gone, as even when she attempted to play she felt like she was playing in another’s person’s body.

The task master Van Harpen was gone by the end of the Aussie Open, ending their year and a half relationship.
“I needed to end the relationship,” said Kirilenko.



I always wanted to know what happened. Kiri :sobbing: :hug:
Thanks for posting the article. :)

Poor Maria. :sad:

That Van Harpen sure seems like a jerk. :(

mattcronin
Jul 29th, 2009, 05:16 PM
All: Why I appreciate that you want to read about Kirilenko, this was a sub-only piece, meaning that others pay for it. Maybe next time one of you can sign up and share? Journalism isn't free, nor is covering your favorite players.

matt

cosmoose
Jul 29th, 2009, 05:34 PM
All: Why I appreciate that you want to read about Kirilenko, this was sub-only piece, meaning that others pay for it. Maybe next time one of you can sign up and share? Journalism isn't free, nor is covering your favorite players.

matt
Agreed.

But the article was first posted on the general message board, not here.
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=16142530&postcount=85

Nikkiri
Jul 29th, 2009, 07:11 PM
Yep, I just copied and pasted what someone else had already posted. I did not know. My apologies.

Brian4Canada
Jul 29th, 2009, 08:09 PM
Ha ha even the Mad Scientist is on Here, Looking forward to hearing you on Tennis Live Radio if it ever gets up and running again. But come on bro you gotta chill a little, you can't fault someone for passing an article around, if it gets leaked it gets leaked, basic internet rule that we all live by.

the cat
Jul 30th, 2009, 04:18 PM
Agreed.

But the article was first posted on the general message board, not here.
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=16142530&postcount=85
Thanks for that fine article on Chakvetadze, Kirilenko and Vaidosva. GL posted it so special thanks to her. ;) :kiss:

Warrior
Aug 1st, 2009, 06:36 PM
from her blog...



Does anyone know what photo shoot Maria did in LA this week?

Is that the same naked photoshoot ESPN's been talking about?;)

only_one_maria
Aug 1st, 2009, 07:31 PM
Is that the same naked photoshoot ESPN's been talking about?;)


I've haven't seen any evidence to suggest that. i'm not sure how I'd cope TBH.

Warrior
Aug 1st, 2009, 08:53 PM
I've haven't seen any evidence to suggest that. i'm not sure how I'd cope TBH.

Why? It's not a real naked shoot. All of the naughty bits would be covered up.

only_one_maria
Aug 2nd, 2009, 01:01 PM
Why? It's not a real naked shoot. All of the naughty bits would be covered up.

Still wouldn't be happy.

Nikkiri
Aug 2nd, 2009, 01:16 PM
As if :spit:

Its probably some photoshoot for original adidas or something.

lilimi
Aug 3rd, 2009, 05:34 PM
As if :spit:

Its probably some photoshoot for original adidas or something.

it is, with David Beckham.
One week before tournament in Stanford, I went to LA. I had a photo shooting for adidas with David Beckham for next year. He is such a nice person and seems to be very kind! It is a big thing we have done for adidas and I hope it will be successful! As I am guessing, some of you already know that my deal with Stella McCartney is close to finish. I am going to represent another collection which is one of the best as well! I am so happy to work with adidas and be involved to so many different and nice things.
:bounce::bounce::bounce:new outfit for 2009????
i think I've heard David Beckham is too launch a clothing line with Adidas. Maybe she'll represent this line.

kirivanovic
Aug 3rd, 2009, 05:59 PM
Maria: «A photo shooting with David Beckham»

Hey everyone!

I have time to write you some words about the last few weeks.

After Bastad, I went home during ten days. It was unbelievably nice, especially after three months traveling. I have seed some nice flowers in my garden and I bought some decorated things for my lake which is in the garden : a duck, a frog and some mushrooms. I put them under the tree I like my garden, it looks so beautiful. Soon, my mom going to seed some fruit trees. I had such a good time at home with all my friends and family!

One week before tournament in Stanford, I went to LA. I had a photo shooting for adidas with David Beckham for next year. He is such a nice person and seems to be very kind! It is a big thing we have done for adidas and I hope it will be successful! As I am guessing, some of you already know that my deal with Stella McCartney is close to finish. I am going to represent another collection which is one of the best as well! I am so happy to work with adidas and be involved to so many different and nice things.

After one week in LA, I went to Stanford. I’ve been there once before. I played my first match against Russian Chaka. We had a tough one, as always ! Then I’ve played against another Russian, Elena Dementieva and we had an easy match like always, ha ha She played very good against me. She was moving so good as well. And me, after almost 4 hours match plus a doubles match, I didn’t have enough time for recovery. It was quite difficult for me to play all the match on a high level.

By the way, we reached a semifinal with Sorana in doubles. When we play together, we always have so much fun! Once we went with her to the cinema. We’ve watched “The Ugly Truth“, it’s a good comedy. I can say that I had a good time in Stanford. I am looking forward to start a new week in LA.

I will talk to you soon again.

Maria

:worship:

King Aaron
Aug 3rd, 2009, 06:31 PM
One week before tournament in Stanford, I went to LA. I had a photo shooting for adidas with David Beckham for next year. He is such a nice person and seems to be very kind! It is a big thing we have done for adidas and I hope it will be successful! As I am guessing, some of you already know that my deal with Stella McCartney is close to finish. I am going to represent another collection which is one of the best as well! I am so happy to work with adidas and be involved to so many different and nice things.
Another collection? A new one that is better than Stella? Could it be? :eek: Suck on that haters. ;) :lol:

Then I’ve played against another Russian, Elena Dementieva and we had an easy match like always, ha ha
:lol: Awww, Maria.

By the way, we reached a semifinal with Sorana in doubles. When we play together, we always have so much fun! Once we went with her to the cinema. We’ve watched “The Ugly Truth“, it’s a good comedy. I can say that I had a good time in Stanford. I am looking forward to start a new week in LA.
Split-personality Maria is back. :woohoo: Good to know that the two personalities seem to have found a middle ground, they're movie buddies now! :hearts:

watchdogfish
Aug 3rd, 2009, 06:59 PM
Maria: «A photo shooting with David Beckham»

Hey everyone!

I have time to write you some words about the last few weeks.

After Bastad, I went home during ten days. It was unbelievably nice, especially after three months traveling. I have seed some nice flowers in my garden and I bought some decorated things for my lake which is in the garden : a duck, a frog and some mushrooms. I put them under the tree I like my garden, it looks so beautiful. Soon, my mom going to seed some fruit trees. I had such a good time at home with all my friends and family!

Somehow this made me laugh, don't know why :lol:


After one week in LA, I went to Stanford. I’ve been there once before. I played my first match against Russian Chaka. We had a tough one, as always ! Then I’ve played against another Russian, Elena Dementieva and we had an easy match like always, ha ha

Russian Chaka :haha:
Awww Maria :awww:


By the way, we reached a semifinal with Sorana in doubles. When we play together, we always have so much fun! Once we went with her to the cinema. We’ve watched “The Ugly Truth“, it’s a good comedy.

and it's got Gerard Butler in it :hearts:


Maria should blog more often :p

Nikkiri
Aug 3rd, 2009, 07:08 PM
Split-personality Maria is back. :woohoo: Good to know that the two personalities seem to have found a middle ground, they're movie buddies now! :hearts:

:sobbing:

Oh Kiri, she is just so much love :crying2:

Chaka :lol:

only_one_maria
Aug 4th, 2009, 05:10 PM
Only special people can refer to themselves as 'we' :)

Protoss
Aug 4th, 2009, 05:41 PM
So when will there be pics of this new Addias collection?

Nikkiri
Aug 5th, 2009, 07:30 AM
Not for a while I guess. Maybe her website will give us a sneak peak :angel:

schorsch
Aug 5th, 2009, 08:04 AM
It's just a hunch, but given Sharapova has launched a fashion/lifestyle brand with Cole Haan and Nike... Adidas might be looking to do something similar with Kirilenko to stay competitive with Nike :speakles:

SOA_MC
Aug 20th, 2009, 06:34 PM
This thread will have to do.

I have a question I want people's opinion on

Does Maria almost over obsesssion with practising relentlessly, hurt her more mentally than it helps her?

Natash.
Aug 20th, 2009, 09:38 PM
Well it can work both ways. Practicing can help her confidence for the match she's about to play. Or it can work against her. She can play really well in practice and when that doesn't work out in the match, things go haywire.

I like that she practices a lot. She's been a bit unlucky with injuries in the beginning of the year and in the long run, it could help her a lot. She needs an actual full-time coach though.

SOA_MC
Aug 21st, 2009, 12:16 AM
With practising so much. I think Maria tries to play the game according to a text book of tennis tactics and that hurts her in the end.

To much robot play not enough instinct or natural play

Nikkiri
Aug 21st, 2009, 06:03 AM
Meh, I like that she practices a lot. Shows dedication sure she may play better in practice then have an off day but Maria doesn't have a game where she can just blow people off the court to win she has to play with skill and to improve those skills she needs to practice. Well thats how I feel about it anyways. Of course if she isn't 100% she should go overboard but Russians are hard working people if they are healthy they will play and play.

kirivanovic
Aug 21st, 2009, 12:20 PM
Maybe if she practiced less, she wouldn't have new tapes every week and her famous knee tape would disappear:rolleyes:.

But i think that she practices so much cos she's lacking confidence. That's weird to see that she makes no progress on serve, she really needs a coach as her father or spanish coaches don't seem to be very efficient. But Maria prefers to do what she wants and a real coach would probably bother her:rolleyes: . I have no doubt that she's trying her best and that she's really motivated as the time she spends practicing shows it but i think that she also wanna be comfortable and doesn't want to listen someone else.

SOA_MC
Aug 21st, 2009, 12:33 PM
Also when you take a few days off from something then go back to it. You feel refresh not only physically but mentally as well

King Aaron
Aug 21st, 2009, 05:38 PM
I suppose like Dumbkiri. said, Maria does not have the hard hitting, power game. So maybe she feels like she's at a disadvantage and she wants to practice as much as she can to compensate, since she can't hit as hard as they do, she wants to hone her skills and make sure she can play any and every shot perfectly. :shrug:

Labamba
Aug 27th, 2009, 01:05 PM
“Maria Kirilenko continues to be an excellent tennis ambassador for the adidas brand and remains part of the adidas tennis family. From the U.S Open onwards Maria will move out of the range and start wearing the adidas Competition tennis products.”

http://i28.tinypic.com/25k6bo6.png


So, this is it for the rest of the year? Or is there something new in the fall/winter line?

watchdogfish
Aug 27th, 2009, 09:50 PM
So, this is it for the rest of the year? Or is there something new in the fall/winter line?

Yeah there's a purple version:

http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/catpage-WAADIDAS.html

http://img.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/ProductImages/AWFACST.JPG

http://img.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/ProductImages/AWFACS.JPG


Adilibria group:

http://img.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/ProductImages/AWFAAT.JPG

http://img.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/ProductImages/AWFAS.JPG

VIKA?
Aug 27th, 2009, 09:53 PM
Is she going to wear that?:help:

Nikkiri
Aug 28th, 2009, 06:07 AM
:haha:

kirivanovic
Aug 28th, 2009, 09:27 AM
She should go to a supermarket or a sport store, buy an outfit and put adidas on it, it wouldn't be worse:lol:

VIKA?
Aug 28th, 2009, 12:28 PM
She should go to a supermarket or a sport store, buy an outfit and put adidas on it, it wouldn't be worse:lol:

OMG:rolls:

SOA_MC
Sep 16th, 2009, 06:17 AM
Maria got a wildcard for China Open

Former champ Kirilenko joins field at China Open
By Yu Yilei (China Daily)
Updated: 2009-09-16 11:00

Russian world No 53 Maria Kirilenko was given a wildcard by the organizers of the China Open yesterday, which ensures all past winners of the WTA-ATP joint tennis event will show up in the capital next month to vie for top honors.

Kirilenko, the 2005 Open women's singles winner, should have competed in the qualifiers to enter the main draw of the 2009 edition as the Beijing WTA tournament has been promoted to a $4.5 million premier event this year.

However, the wildcard sees the Russian, a former world top 20 player, join the main draw of 64 which includes the world's top 47 players, eight qualifiers and four other wildcards. The remaining spots have been saved for the semifinalists at the Tokyo Pan Pacific Open, which will be held the week before the China Open.

The organizers said they believe the reunion of past winners will provide one of the highlights of the Open, which will be held at the National Tennis Center, the venue of the tennis tournament at last August's Beijing Olympics. Past winners Serena Williams of the US (2004), Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (2006), Agnes Szavay of Hungary (2007) and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia (2008) secured their places through their rankings.

"This is the best line-up ever," said the tournament's managing director, Zhang Junhui.

A similar reunion will be seen in the men's tournament; a $3,337,000 ATP 500 event. The organizers have already given wildcards to Russian Marat Safin, the winner of the 2004 event who is to retire at the end of this season, and Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, the winner of the 2006 event. Past winners Rafael Nadal of Spain (2005), Fernando Gonzalez of Chile (2007) and Andy Roddick of the US (2008) have confirmed their participation.

"It will be interesting to watch such a reunion in an innovative tournament held in a brand-new venue," Zhang said.

Organizers said newly-crowned US Open champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium has asked for a wildcard but has not confirmed her trip to Beijing. There are still three women's wildcards to be given out.

On the men's side, Croat Marin Cilic, a semifinalist at the US Open, received the last wildcard.

To celebrate the 2009 tournament, the organizers recently unveiled new champion and runners-up trophies.

Different from the pottery and crystal trophies of past tournaments, the new trophies are made of gold and silver and are in the shape of ancient Chinese artifacts.

The men's championship trophy, made of gold, looks like the Gold Cup Inlaid with Treasures from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), one of the top 10 collections at the Forbidden City. The women's championship trophy, also made of gold, is in the shape of Zilong Ding, the three-legged ancient cooking vessel which was smuggled out of China but returned to the country in 2006.

The trophy for the doubles winners, made of gold, looks like a bronze Jue, an ancient Chinese wine cup.

The runners-up trophy is a plate made of silver and is in the shape of the Fish and Dragon Plate, a treasure made in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907).

"I hope the trophies will provide an ideal interpretation of the long history of the city of Beijing," Zhang said.

Like the Grand Slams, the winners are only able to keep replicas of the trophies. However, their names will be carved on to the authentic trophies which will be stored at China's National Museum.

Nikkiri
Sep 16th, 2009, 07:07 AM
Good news :D

Break My Rapture
Sep 16th, 2009, 01:43 PM
Is it true that Maria is gonna have another exclusive line from Adidas only for her starting in 2010? I heard a lot about it but if anyone has some more information, articles and stuff would you please show me?:)

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Sep 16th, 2009, 04:06 PM
Very nice she got a WC here. The qualies would have enough good players I think.
But first let's focus on Seoul. She does well there and with this field and her form, she can do well again.

King Aaron
Sep 16th, 2009, 05:56 PM
Is it true that Maria is gonna have another exclusive line from Adidas only for her starting in 2010? I heard a lot about it but if anyone has some more information, articles and stuff would you please show me?:)
She could be having an exclusive line, she mentioned something about it in her blog but it's not very clear. It could just be a big marketing thing for the normal adidas stuff.

And :yeah: at the WC.

VIKA?
Sep 18th, 2009, 04:14 PM
Maria received a WC for Pekin(China open):woohoo:

http://mkirilenko.com/

joão.
Sep 18th, 2009, 04:27 PM
Yay :D

Nikkiri
Sep 22nd, 2009, 02:01 PM
Maria Kirilenko beat Sophie Ferguson 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Q. Was that tougher than you expected?

A. Yeah, well, you know, the first match is always so tough. I expected to have a tough match, and I think the girl played quite good today and it was a little bit difficult for me. But also in the first set, I made a lot of my mistakes, and that is why I think I lost the set. And then some of the shots didn't work today, but I still tried to fight for each point, and that's why I won today, I think.

Q. The first game of the third set was very long. It went to nine deuces. in games like this, how do you keep your mind in the match?

A. Yeah, I remember it was a very long game, and I tried to win the game because I thought that it's important, you know, to win the first game. But I thought if I'm going to lose this game, then I serve, so it's okay. Anyway, I tried to win this game, I tried to be... I really concentrated. It was really difficult, we had a couple of long points, and I thought I'm going to fall on the court, but I won the game and I earned some more energy.

Q. You're not seeded this year. Who do you pick as your biggest rival?

A. Well, I think everybody is playing really good right now. You know, I lost some points and dropped in the ranking because I started the year not so good. But now, I feel I'm playing good, to earn some points and go up in the ranking. Of course, it's better to be seeded in the tournament, but if you play good, it doesn't matter who to play. Just believe in yourself and try to beat everybody.

Q. You said your goal was to win the tournament. Do you have confidence that you'll be able to achieve that result?

A. I said that? (laughter) Well, of course when I come to a tournament, I want to win the tournament, especially one you've won before. Yeah, I try to play... every match, I concentrate on each match. For example, today I didn't look forward in the draw to who I'm going to play next match. I just concentrate on that match. I won, so it's the next step. So now, I'm going to play with the winner of the late match today, Schiavone or Sema. So the next step, I concentrate on that match, and if I win, I look forward.

Q. There are fifteen Russians in the top 100. Why is Russian tennis so strong, especially on the women's side?

A. I think there are so many girls because young boys, they like more soccer, you know, football, or ice hockey, and the parents give the kids to these kinds of sports. For girls, I think it's nice to play tennis. Tennis is quite popular in Russia after Anna Kournikova and our ex-president Boris Yeltsin, who died, like last year. He made tennis very popular in Russia, and I think that's why all girls are playing tennis, you know, even like 4 years old, 5... Everybody's playing tennis. Yeah, I think we have really strong inside, we go practising a lot, and we really want to be the best, you know, even in our country. I think that's why women's tennis is very strong.

Q. Out of the top Russian players, how many grow up playing overseas, like in Europe or North America?

A. Oh, you mean practising in other countries? I think the small kids, 7 years old, they're all practising in Russia. And then when it becomes the age, I think, around 13, most of the girls they go to another place to practise, because in Russia if you want to be professional... Like for example, for me, it's difficult to practise in Russia because... We have a lot of good clubs, of course, but also a lot of people who play tennis, not the kids, but the other people (laughter). Also, there's this traffic that we have to get from one place to another, it takes a long time, but if you're professional, you need to have everything close between. Everything has to work for you. You have to go in the car around Moscow and look for the hidden park or court you have to pay every time, and there's not really much help from Russia now. That's why there's a lot of, even boys or girls who leave Moscow and going to another place. For example, maybe Spain, which is a famous place, or some of them going to America as well. Like, it's my opinion, if you want to be professional and play good, you need to leave Moscow.

Q. Do you think there is potential for growth in the Asian players, and the Korean players?

A. Yeah, of course, you know there's a lot of Asian players who are playing good now. It's difficult to say about Korean players, but I think in a few years, Korean tennis will be strong as well. So just with the time, you know, practise a lot to become a better player... It's not like, one second you start to be a good player, so it takes time. I hope some Korean players are going to be very good.

Q. In an internet poll in Korea, you were picked as one of the most popular female sports stars.

A. Really? (laughter)

Q. How do you feel about that, and do you have a message for the Korean fans?

A. I think it's great. You know, I think I'm even more popular here than in Russia. (laughter) I have more fans here. I mean it's nice, you know. I want to say thanks to them, and thank you for supporting me, and really believing me. And always when I come here, I feel it's my second home, and I feel it's great.

:p

cosmoose
Sep 22nd, 2009, 06:29 PM
Korea loves Makiri :hearts:

King Aaron
Sep 22nd, 2009, 06:44 PM
I guess she'll forever play in Korea. :p

kirivanovic
Sep 22nd, 2009, 06:46 PM
No matter what happens, she'll always be famous in Asia:lol:

Krzysiu.
Sep 30th, 2009, 08:56 AM
Pippo Volandri said that Maria is the most beautiful player on the circuit what followed words of Stan Wawrinka and Nico Lapentti from RG. Volandri never seduced any player but would, he said, make an exception for Kiri. Said Sharapova is overrated and Aliona Bondarenko is seductive also. And he wouldn't kiss Flavia ; )

cosmoose
Oct 1st, 2009, 12:03 AM
Pippo Volandri said that Maria is the most beautiful player on the circuit what followed words of Stan Wawrinka and Nico Lapentti from RG. Volandri never seduced any player but would, he said, make an exception for Kiri. Said Sharapova is overrated and Aliona Bondarenko is seductive also. And he wouldn't kiss Flavia ; )

After the bombshell about Flavia's extracurricular activity, who knows what you might catch from Flavia's mouth? :lol:

But we almost never hear anything about Makiri's social life.
Never any tidbit about Maria causing a scene at a nightclub or something.
I guess that is a good thing

HowardH
Oct 1st, 2009, 05:41 AM
But we almost never hear anything about Makiri's social life.
Never any tidbit about Maria causing a scene at a nightclub or something.
I guess that is a good thing

Maria is a good girl :) :angel:. Igor is lucky ;). Filippo :p you can try but you won't succeed.

Nikkiri
Oct 13th, 2009, 08:22 AM
Found this on twitter

Exho Showdown of Champions 2009 (Dec 18-19) could see Elena Dementieva, Maria Kirilenko (NOT Sharapova), Sania Mirza & Zheng Jie in Malaysia

HowardH
Oct 13th, 2009, 12:57 PM
lol at the emphasis on "NOT Sharapova". :lol:

SOA_MC
Oct 13th, 2009, 02:43 PM
Odd :scratch: I would have thought after last years debarcle of Maria wanting to spend Xmas in Russia but not getting to. She would for sure spend Xmas this year in Russia

Nikkiri
Oct 13th, 2009, 03:07 PM
Odd :scratch: I would have thought after last years debarcle of Maria wanting to spend Xmas in Russia but not getting to. She would for sure spend Xmas this year in Russia

It was new years but maybe this year she will be in Australia already with Igor as Hopman Cup starts around that time?

Break My Rapture
Oct 13th, 2009, 03:13 PM
Isn't Igor playing Hopman Cup with Dementieva ? :scratch:

Nikkiri
Oct 13th, 2009, 03:18 PM
Well yes, but perhaps she will want to be with him?

King Aaron
Oct 13th, 2009, 04:08 PM
Found this on twitter
OMG! OMG! OMG!. Breathe. Breathe.

In Kuala Lumpur? :speakles: NO WAY.

Break My Rapture
Oct 13th, 2009, 05:23 PM
Well yes, but perhaps she will want to be with him?
Oh okay :)

Nikkiri
Oct 13th, 2009, 11:24 PM
OMG! OMG! OMG!. Breathe. Breathe.

In Kuala Lumpur? :speakles: NO WAY.

You live there? :p

SOA_MC
Oct 14th, 2009, 01:34 PM
It was new years but maybe this year she will be in Australia already with Igor as Hopman Cup starts around that time?

Xmas, New Years I knew it was one of those :o

I doubt Maria will be in Perth as she normally doesn't follow Igor around :shrug: But if she does I would love to see the pics from the Hopman new years ball :hearts:

King Aaron
Oct 15th, 2009, 02:44 PM
You live there? :p
YES.

:lol: Yup, I'm in Kuala Lumpur. I was hoping Maria would play the MM tournament that's in KL next February, but this is even better I guess. Either way, I hope it's true. :hearts:

SOA_MC
Oct 16th, 2009, 12:39 AM
This is a part of a interview Maria did at Wimbledon with a Russian journalist. First time I have heard Maria give out a little information about the knee injury.

Google translation sorry

Why your failures are linked in recent months? Maybe the fact that you play with povyazochkoy under the left knee?

Yes, I'm with her for a long time playing. Earlier this year, my knee was hurting me very much. In the first sets of forces have lacked, and the second I just finish the game. And most importantly it was not clear whether a break in the speeches in order to cure. Well, that found a doctor who helped clever advice.

And what exactly do you have with your knees?

Damage to ligaments.

The operation is not advised to do?

No.

Nikkiri
Oct 16th, 2009, 04:29 AM
Poor Kiri, it must be painful. Its good that she doesn't need surgery though. Just wish it would go away :sobbing:

Nikkiri
Oct 16th, 2009, 04:30 AM
YES.

:lol: Yup, I'm in Kuala Lumpur. I was hoping Maria would play the MM tournament that's in KL next February, but this is even better I guess. Either way, I hope it's true. :hearts:

Maybe she'll play both :inlove: So first time seeing her live then? I saw her this year for the first time.. :hearts:

watchdogfish
Oct 16th, 2009, 05:26 PM
Beware she's 10 times prettier in the flesh than she is in photos or on tv and that's saying something :lol:

Krzysiu.
Oct 16th, 2009, 11:34 PM
Beware she's 10 times prettier in the flesh than she is in photos or on tv and that's saying something :lol:

11 times.

Nikkiri
Oct 17th, 2009, 01:07 AM
Beware she's 10 times prettier in the flesh than she is in photos or on tv and that's saying something :lol:

Yep. :sobbing: perfection at its best.

King Aaron
Oct 17th, 2009, 06:02 PM
Maybe she'll play both :inlove: So first time seeing her live then? I saw her this year for the first time.. :hearts:
Yeah, would be my first time. :hearts:
I hope she'll play both too, I think I might not be in KL on the 18th and 19th :tape: :sobbing:. That and the fact that tickets for the MM tournament will probably cost me a lot less than the exhibition. ;)

King Aaron
Dec 2nd, 2009, 04:11 PM
Sigh.

I won't be in KL on during the exhibition. :sad:

SOA_MC
Dec 2nd, 2009, 04:18 PM
Why won't you be there?

Nikkiri
Dec 3rd, 2009, 03:02 AM
Oh no :sad:

Stevecw
Dec 3rd, 2009, 11:34 AM
RUSSIAN tennis star Maria Kirilenko is excited about the prospect of competing in the Showdown of Champions 2009 -- Asia versus Russia, the Glam Slam -- on Dec 19-20 and says the concept is similar to that of the renowned Fed Cup.

"It is an interesting concept," said Maria in a telephone interview.

"I think it's nice to have a team tournament on the road where people can keep tabs and follow your progress. Of course it is something that I look forward to."

Maria, who formed a partnership with Dinara Safina for Russia in the 2006 Fed Cup, will this time partner World No 5 Elena Dementieva to take on two of Asia's best - Zheng Jie of China and Sania Mirza of India -- in the third edition of the Showdown of Champions at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam.

For the Showdown of Champions 2009, the format will see the doubles match between Russia and Asia on the first night. Two singles matches will be held on the second night, the first between Maria and Sania, followed by the clash between Zheng Jie and Elena.

Maria, 22, said she was looking forward to a grand debut in Kuala Lumpur.

"I've never been to Kuala Lumpur but I have heard so much about it. I know it's a good place to have a vacation. The hot weather will be nice. I hope to get to know Malaysia and its people during this visit. I hope to make friends with a number of Malaysians," she added.

Despite Russia taking on Asia in an Asian country, Maria is counting on the support of her friends scattered all over the continent.

"I have a lot of friends in Asia, especially in China, Japan and Indonesia. I hope to be able to enjoy their support. It's important so that I can put more energy into my game. I want them to be happy and be proud of me," said the World No 63.

Nikkiri
Dec 3rd, 2009, 11:44 AM
God love her :sobbing:

King Aaron you have to go! she wants to be friends :hysteric:

Krzysiu.
Dec 3rd, 2009, 02:14 PM
I have a lot of friends in Asia, especially in China, Japan and Indonesia. I hope to be able to enjoy their support.

More friends that Cristiano Ronaldo :worship:

only_one_maria
Dec 3rd, 2009, 03:09 PM
More friends that Cristiano Ronaldo :worship:


You think?

Though quite why anyone likes Ronaldo is a mystery to me :confused:

Krzysiu.
Dec 3rd, 2009, 03:59 PM
You think?

Though quite why anyone likes Ronaldo is a mystery to me :confused:

Phenomenom.

aleksr
Dec 17th, 2009, 02:18 PM
Showdown of Champions 2009 - Go meet the stars
Submitted by ltam on Thu, 2009-12-17 15:10. General | Announcements

Malaysia will play host to Showdown of Champions 2009 this weekend involving Elena Dementiva, Maria Kirilenko, Sania Mirza and Zheng Jie. This tennis event will showcase talents renowned for both their tennis caliber and fashion forward star quality, in a tennis exhibition match on the 19th and 20th of December 2009. Taking to the courts at Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam, the event is aptly billed as Asia vs Russia.

On hand to greet Malaysians, Elena, Maria, Sania and Zheng Jie cordially invite you to a welcome briefing hosted by En. Adlin Zabri, Deputy Chairman of LD Sports Sdn. Bhd. and Datuk Abdul Razak Latiff, President of LTAM.

Glam Slam signature photo shoot followed by a question and answer session will be held at:

Date : Friday, 18th December 2009
Time : 11.00am
Venue : Sri Panglima 2, Level 1, Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

After the welcome briefing, the tennis stars will head to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur for a meet and greet session at the Concourse, Level 2. This session will be held from 2.30pm - 3.30pm. Fans wanting to get up close and personal should not miss this opportunity.

http://www.ltam.org.my/node/2107

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 18th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Maria will play Sydney qualies after pulling out of Hobart (was 3 out of MD)

better Sydney Q than Hobart Q

SOA_MC
Dec 18th, 2009, 10:08 PM
I like this.

I think 16 of the top 20 are in Sydney, it will be good if Maria gets to test herself against a top 20 player before the AO if she can get through qualies first

Nikkiri
Dec 19th, 2009, 12:57 AM
Maria will play Sydney qualies after pulling out of Hobart (was 3 out of MD)

better Sydney Q than Hobart Q

:woohoo:

MK Ultra
Dec 28th, 2009, 09:12 PM
maria:« I’m in Australia now ! I was in Kuala Lumpur for few days and then I went down under » told Maria this monday. The season 2010 is close to start !

Nikkiri
Dec 29th, 2009, 05:44 AM
Kiri in Australia :inlove:

kirivanovic
Dec 30th, 2009, 10:48 AM
Maria, who is your favorite men’s player?
I like all the players of the top 10. I respect all of them !!!

Do you play video games?
I like to play to Nintendo Wii, games like Mario Kart, James Bond or golf games.

What do you think of Kim Clijsters’ comeback?
It’s good for tennis that she came back. She’s still too young to finish her career now. She is great champion !

Do you have any pets?
No I don’t have yet…

What is your favorite board game?
I like Monopoly very much!

Did you ever play a musical instrument?
Yes, I tryied to play piano and guitar… and I will not try again !!!

What’s your favorite bad food?
I like cotton candy, it’s my favorite one !

What is the funniest trick you have ever been a part of?
As a junior, we went to the Team Finale World Champion under 14 (there were boys and girls playing together). There was a nice hotel with the big windows, so and one day we had a players party. All teams tryied to dress very nice. With Anna Chakvetadze, we took some sanitary bags in the toilets, we filled them up with the water and threw them down on the boys team only! I remember guys from Slovenia came to our room and we finished completely soaked with Anna. It was very funny!

Have you ever gotten lost when travelling?
Once I fly alone from Paris to Birmingham and I went in different plane. I almost sat on my place when few minutes later, a lady came to me and said that I am on wrong plane! I was lost : instead of England, I went to completely different way.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen?
Dominican Republic and Maldives Island.

:sobbing:

cosmoose
Dec 30th, 2009, 05:58 PM
What is the funniest trick you have ever been a part of?
As a junior, we went to the Team Finale World Champion under 14 (there were boys and girls playing together). There was a nice hotel with the big windows, so and one day we had a players party. All teams tryied to dress very nice. With Anna Chakvetadze, we took some sanitary bags in the toilets, we filled them up with the water and threw them down on the boys team only! I remember guys from Slovenia came to our room and we finished completely soaked with Anna. It was very funny!
:lol: :hearts:

watchdogfish
Dec 30th, 2009, 06:27 PM
I love Maria's interviews :hearts:


Do you have any pets?
No I don’t have yet…

What about the labrador she was meant to get from her ex-coach? :awww:

Krzysiu.
Dec 30th, 2009, 09:26 PM
I love Maria's interviews :hearts:



What about the labrador she was meant to get from her ex-coach? :awww:

Maybe it didn't arrive.. Or she gave it to somebody due to travels around the world. Well, maybe even mom didn't have chance to look after dog..

Nikkie once again stunned me with her avie:hatoff:

kirivanovic
Dec 30th, 2009, 10:41 PM
I don't think that Van Harpen remained big friends and she said that she will have a dog after her career which is a better thing if she wanna see him very often. Travelling with a labrador isn't the easiest thing in the world...

Nikkiri
Dec 31st, 2009, 05:28 AM
I asked her a while ago about her dog and she said shes gonna wait till she isn't traveling so much so she can look after it :awww:

Van Harpen has probably promised Vaidisova a dog now too :shrug: :lol:

Krzysiu.
Dec 31st, 2009, 11:13 AM
I asked her a while ago about her dog and she said shes gonna wait till she isn't traveling so much so she can look after it :awww:

Van Harpen has probably promised Vaidisova a dog now too :shrug: :lol:

Van Harpen+Nicole:bounce: Chick hunter that Dutch coach:p

kirivanovic
Jan 1st, 2010, 02:40 PM
Van Harpen has probably promised Vaidisova a dog now too :shrug: :lol:

He should find something else because i'm not sure that it would work if Nicole had to win a tournament to have a dog:lol: .He should promise her the clone of Radek, it would work better:rolleyes:

Krzysiu.
Jan 2nd, 2010, 09:08 AM
In Rumunia-Australia match in Hopman Nikkie was probably pro-Romanian :p

only_one_maria
Jan 2nd, 2010, 11:49 AM
I love Maria's interviews :hearts:



What about the labrador she was meant to get from her ex-coach? :awww:

Maybe that's the real reason he's no longer her coach ;)

MK Ultra
Jan 2nd, 2010, 05:07 PM
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour website told it : players at the ASB Classic will have to be on the look-out yet again for the charismatic and comedic James McOnie, who will be seeking them out in the hopes of more (slightly) unconventional interviews. James McOnie is a man of multiple talents and already features prominently on TV, on such shows as The Crowd Goes Wild, as well as on Bsport radio.

James McOnie accepted to write few words about Maria for her official website, MariaKirilenko.com.

« The return of Maria Kirilenko to the ASB Classic in Auckland is exciting for the New Zealand sports media… and not just because she’s the hottest thing to come out of Russia since Sputnik 10 or the radiator of a 1983 Lada.

It’s also because Kirilenko is one of the most easy-going players on the tour and in New Zealand easy-going is a revered quality.

You can win the Wimbledon, triple Olympic gold, Miss Universe or the Nobel Peace Prize, but if New Zealanders really respect you if you do that and you’re easy-going as well.

But what confounds me, and others around this tournament, is how did Kirilenko become a beautiful, successful woman who is extremely pleasant, easy-going and shy. Where is the diva? Where is the self-centered princess? Where are the tantrums? It’s not the Kirilenko way.

In the past year, Sports Illustrated chose her as a swimsuit model, adidas has singled her out for a new global ad campaign and readers of Canadian website sportsnet.ca voted her the fourth hottest female athlete in the world. I’m betting she’s a bit embarrassed by all the fuss and attention.

New Zealanders love that too. Round these parts, Kirilenko stands out as the anti-diva; as the player who was happy to quietly find her own way to the media workroom to give an interview to a journalist who missed the press conference.

I wasn’t that journalist but I was there. And when I got to interview her, it was pretty good and low-stress, which is a huge compliment in my country. Of course the camera loved her, but it was unrequited love. Kirilenko was too modest for that kind of carry on.

This year, I’m hoping Maria will agree to a fashion runway walk-off. Check out www.asbclassic.co.nz for the results. If it doesn’t happen, I blame shyness and the fact that she’s here to play tennis. »

James McOnie
:bigclap::clap2::yeah:

Nikkiri
Jan 2nd, 2010, 06:04 PM
In Rumunia-Australia match in Hopman Nikkie was probably pro-Romanian :p

You're damn right I was. Hate Hewitt and Stosur. Love Sorana.

Droolv
Jan 18th, 2010, 09:43 AM
Q. Would that be the best win of your short career?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Well, I think I already beat her maybe a few years ago, Maria, and I beat already couple good players from top 10.

I think it's one of, yeah, the best wins for me.

Q. Did you have a game plan going into the match?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Well, of course, yes. And I expect it you know. Maria Sharapova plays so aggressive and her ball's coming so hard.

And, yeah, I was prepare, you know. I was also trying to be aggressive. And, yeah, I think that's help me as well.

Q. What was going through your mind with two match points?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Well, nothing, I think, special. I was just concentrate, try to concentrate on the point and imagine that it's not the match point, you know. Because when you have a match point, of course the nerves going to you, and you just, yeah, too emotion.

And, yeah, I try to be, you know, calm, focus. Then, yeah, when I won the match point was great.

Q. At what point in the match did you know that you had her in the bag?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Actually, in the first set I was a little bit late, you know. She was playing so aggressive, and I kind of made a defensive, you know, play.

And then I start to feel much better in the second set actually. I start to feel that I can be aggressive, as well. I did more winners than in first set.

And from that point, I start to feel that, yeah, I'm playing good from the baseline and I can beat her.

Q. You've had some knee problems. Suddenly did you feel like you were moving much better than you had for a long time?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, it's true. I had a knee problem last year, actually here in Australia. It was not so good. Actually after Wimbledon, yeah, I start to make some treatment, you know. It's really help me.

Since that time, I have a less pain on my knee. For example, today I played three and a half hours, and I didn't even have a pain. And I was moving quite good, I think.

Q. To be a friend of Maria and know her well, it helps or it doesn't help at all?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Well, actually I'm friend with everybody, you know. All the locker room are my friends (laughter).

I mean, you know, when you on the court, you don't think about that she's my friend or what. Both of us want to win, you know, and be in the next round.

So that's what you think about.

Q. Is it possible I read on your lips vamos sometimes when you do a point, or not?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yes, because I'm practicing in Spain, in Valencia, and all the guys, coaches, they always saying vamos. That's why I think say instead of say, Come on, I said, Vamos.

Q. What did you do in the off‑season, and what was your routine leading up to this?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, I had last tournament in Moscow n my hometown. After that, I had holidays at home actually for, I don't know, I think two weeks, and then I start to practice in Moscow with my fitness, and also a little bit of tennis, you know, step by step.

Then I went to Valencia for practice more.

Q. When did you come here?

MARIA KIRILENKO: I came Wednesday, I think. Because I played Auckland, and then I didn't play Sydney because I was late for the quallies. I had to play quallies there. I had a nice week practice before Australia.

Q. You put your fingers to your lips late in the match. Was that to get the crowd to quieten down?

MARIA KIRILENKO: It's unbelievable. I got so many questions in the locker room, in the players' lounge. What did you do? What does it mean? I don't know. Everyone can think what does that mean.

Normally, it was for me actually, that everything is calm, you know. Because, you know, of course it's a great win, but it's only the first round I pass. It's nothing big happens actually.

Q. Do you know that usually Arshavin does the same when he kicks the goal?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, that's true. That's what Kuznetsova just told me. Because she thinking that I was watching Arshavin before the match.

But that's not it. I said, No, I didn't watch.

Q. At 5‑3 you threw away a couple of line challenges. You seemed quite desperate to get it finished. How important mentally is it to come through a match like that?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, I get a little bit nervous at 5‑3 when I was serving. Actually, her return, she start to play quite aggressive. For me was little bit difficult, you know, because the ball coming so fast.

When you little bit nervous, you need to control the ball as well. Maybe was a little bit short and she, yeah, just made some winners.

But actually I didn't do mistake. I didn't make easy mistake, so she won that game.

Q. Is it hard as a returner to know what to expect with Maria's serve?

MARIA KIRILENKO: I mean, yes, her serve ‑‑ she didn't do too much double‑fault actually today. I expected to get more (laughter).

And, yeah, her serve was quite fast. You know, I watch on the speed machine, was 108. Like she improve with the serve, the speed of the serve.

And I think my return is quite good. I return so many her serve today, especially first serve.

Q. Last year you were playing a lot of doubles together with Pennetta. Everybody said it was the best pair from an aesthetic point of view. Did you split up because there was a rivalry in terms of beauty?

MARIA KIRILENKO: It sounds like you're from Italy, right (laughter)?

Yeah, I played with Flavia one and a half year, I think. After Wimbledon, I don't know, we both decide to stop and change the partner, because sometimes it's going so well and then, you know, it doesn't go well. Then you want to stop for a moment.

I don't know, maybe we continue to play with her in the future.

Q. What did you think of Maria's outfit or costume? Do you ever pay attention to things like that?

MARIA KIRILENKO: It was blue, I think, like POWERade. I mean, yeah, what can I say? Was good dress. She always have a nice dresses. I think I always have a nice dresses, as well.

But I change from Stella from US Open, and still I think they did making good clothes for me, so colorful. I'm really comfortable in that, as well.

Q. Your boyfriend plays Federer. Have you had a word about how to take down the big guns?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, he had Federer and I have Sharapova. I think before the matches he said that we can start the year like loud, you know (laughter). And I already start the year loud, I think. So now his turn.

Of course is going to be tough, but, you know, in the first round, you know, never know what's gonna happen.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2010-01-18/201001181263793233140.html

:wavey:

SOA_MC
Jan 20th, 2010, 03:49 PM
Sven Groeneveld. Maria's and a few Adidas players coach is blogging about the AO at tennis warehouse

He talks a little about Maria before the Sharapova match

Thanks to Gaviotabr in Ivanovic's forum :)

Maria Kirilenko

Our work with Maria Kirilenko started already in 2006, and we have continuously worked with her over the years either through her full-time coach or her father, who is coaching her now. I will not take any credit for yesterday’s victory as I believe Maria should get all of it. I have never seen her as focused and motivated as she was yesterday for the whole 3-and-a-half hours.

Last Thursday I received a message from Maria asking if I could attend some of her practices and catch up in her prep for the tournament. She did all her work with her father in the pre-season prep in both Spain and Asia (as she had some exhibition events there).

I come in to just give her that little extra help with her serve and some tactics and support from the side of the court. When we warmed up in the morning, Maria Sharapova was next to the court and in her routines with her team. When I passed her I smelled a strong smell of cream that warms up muscles and that indicates normally you are hurting a little. So in my prep talk I told Maria that she should realize Sharapova could be hurt and she had to continue to make her run as much as she could and never give up.

The day before I had received a message from Maria Kirilenko telling me, “I want to Win.” She is normally not so outspoken or talkative, but this time and for some reason she is speaking her mind. She believed from the beginning that she could win and maybe even should.

I enjoyed every minute of it, and we are looking forward to another day at this year’s Australian Open 2010.

Yours,
Sven and Mats

http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/?p=706

watchdogfish
Jan 20th, 2010, 10:08 PM
Sven Groeneveld. Maria's and a few Adidas players coach is blogging about the AO at tennis warehouse

He talks a little about Maria before the Sharapova match

Thanks to Gaviotabr in Ivanovic's forum :)

Wow that's a really positive thing to hear for us fans! Maria has looked much more confident on the court since the beginning of the year and that's really encouraging :D

Maria was named The Times newspaper's player of the day for Monday!

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6992269.ece?slideshowPopup=true&articleId=6992269&nSlide=3&sectionName=Tennis

They could've picked a better picture though! :lol:

Krzysiu.
Jan 22nd, 2010, 07:52 AM
Pic is perfect watchdogfish!

Even Norman drools over Maria. http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/tennis/Australian_Open/100122_AO_Norman_gemengd

MK Ultra
Jan 22nd, 2010, 02:13 PM
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/
interview of maria after today's match:bounce:
her english is getting better and better:)

kirivanovic
Jan 24th, 2010, 09:14 PM
Q. Not the way you wanted to win, but you'll take it?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, I mean, of course I feel very bad. I think to get injury is the worse thing that you can get on the tournament.

Yeah, I mean, and then I saw that something happened, but I couldn't understand what's really. Then she told me that the spine, something happened with the spine. She had it before already so...

Yeah, I'm feeling bad for Dinara really.


Q. Did you feel like before it happened you had gotten yourself into the match?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Well, I think, you know, she start very well and she didn't miss any ball. For me, was little bit difficult, as well, because I was waiting. And, of course, she was waiting all day today in the club, almost nine hours. For me was little bit difficult to adapt to the night, you know, to make a serve because the sky is dark, you know.

And then I tried to make a long rallies. And then I start to play much better. I move her a lot today actually. Maybe that was a problem with her back after.


Q. Did you notice she was struggling at all before she actually came up to the net and pulled out?

MARIA KIRILENKO: I don't remember. I think the score was 2‑1. I don't remember. We had a long game. 3‑2, we had a long game. Then I remember that during this game she came ‑‑ she went to the chair umpire and asked something. And I understand that maybe it was a physio, you know.

Yeah, but anyway, she was fighting. She said few times, C'mon. Then the physio came and she didn't take a break. I didn't understand like what's happening.

Yeah, then I saw she's serving like very soft. Then she said something not really good, and yeah.


Q. First time in a Grand Slam quarterfinal. That's a big opportunity for you.

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, I mean, of course it's nice. I'm first time actually in the quarterfinal. Yeah, I'm happy about it. But I prefer, you know, to win and get ‑‑ like to win all match and get to the quarterfinal than to win like this.


Q. But it's been sort of a long process for you to get to that point.

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, but anyway I feel I'm playing good. Even tonight I played quite good. I was moving not bad. Yeah, actually I'm happy with my game.


Q. You've played Jie Zheng five times. What do you expect from her?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Last time I played her exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. It was such a long game, 7‑5 in the third. After this exhibition, we were laughing because we were so tight. Normally in the tournament, you get so tight, not in exhibition.

Yeah, I expecting to get very tough match. I saw her match today. She is like, well, you know, not miss any ball. You need to beat her. She's a very good player, you know. It's going to be tough for me, for sure.


Q. How are you feeling physically? You had some bandages.

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, I have some little problem. But it's okay. I'm fighting. Doesn't matter for me. Even if it's painful something, I just keep going.


Q. Last year wasn't your best year. What is the reason now you have the success you're having?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Last year when I start to play, I had such a big pain in my knee. I played the first set. I mean, I finished the matches, but it was such a big pain. The second set for me was difficult to move. I didn't make any fitness at all because was so much pain.

I played only tennis, played only from the middle. Then when I had a match, it was difficult for me actually because physically I was not strong at all.

But after, yeah, Wimbledon, my knee gets better. I start to make a special treatment. Now I can make, you know, the fitness full and practice full. Now I feel that I'm physically ready to play. And that's helped me a lot.


Q. I believe it's your birthday in an hour.

MARIA KIRILENKO: That's true.


Q. What are you going to do?

MARIA KIRILENKO: I mean, I don't know. When I was a kid, I had a dream, you know, to be in a Grand Slam main draw in Australia when I have a birthday. I think my dream comes true.


Q. Do you get to have champagne or do you not have that because you're still in the tournament?

MARIA KIRILENKO: No, I don't want to get drunk before my next match (laughter). It's going to be difficult for me to play then. But, yeah, maybe after when I finish with my tournament I will celebrate with the girls from the locker room, with all my friends.


Q. Can you afford to get excited and happy at this point or do you have to focus and be very serious?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, I can say only that I'm focused, you know, and I'm still in the tournament. Yeah, I'm just need to be ready for my next match because the tournament not finished. Yeah, I need to keep going.


:lol:

aleksr
Jan 29th, 2010, 06:42 PM
Maria : « Thank you ! »
Published in Diary

Hello everybody!

Thank you to all you for visiting my website. I have read all your emails in Australia !!!

Thank you a lot for such a kind words and for supporting me !

Tomorrow I am going back home to Moscow, and will get some energy there. I’ll not play in Pattaya but I’ll continue to make you happy soon on the tournaments !

Maria

http://www.mariakirilenko.com/?p=3014

Tennis Fool
Feb 5th, 2010, 12:38 AM
MK is the first POTW on the Russian Watch for 2010 :cool:

MK Ultra
Mar 8th, 2010, 05:44 PM
Hi everyone!

I am writing to you from Indian Wells. This year, it is quite cold here compared with last year, but much warmer than in Moscow !

Before I came here, I was at home and I had good time with my practice and some rest !

I went to the theatre and saw the classic « Uncle Vanya » : it is by Anton Chekhov. It was very interesting, and is about the life of one family. I am sure most Russian’s read it and I suggest they watch it as well !

Also I watched a couple of movies, one was « The love in Big city 2 », it is a Russian comedy. And « Avatar » ! About « Avatar », I don’t have any words, only wonderful feelings It is really nice one!

The day before I arrived in Indian Wells, I went to the dinner for the Davis Cup. As most of you know, Russia have beaten India ! So I went for the opening dinner and, as our captain said « The Russia team has advantage because we have four ATP players and one WTA player (he means it was me :-)) so, no chance we gonna lose ! » And I was in complete agreement with him ! Unfortunately I wasn’t at the matches because I had to fly to Indian Wells and prepare myself !

I’m really happy to be back to Indian Wells, as this is one of my favourite tournaments ! I have not had any good results here yet, but I really hope to play well this year !

I will talk to you soon !

Maria

MK Ultra
Apr 26th, 2010, 10:09 PM
Pool or Ocean?
Pool, because I am so afraid of sharks and every time I go to the ocean I’m thinking the sharks will find me!

Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi, because it has less fizz

Cereal or Toast?
Cereal, its more healthy.

East or West?
(Long pause) I don’t know! (Laughs)

Australia or US?
Australia because I like the people, I like the place, its very friendly and welcoming.

Henin or Clijsters?
I like them both! They’re both nice to me.

Federer or Nadal?
I think Federer. They’re both good players, but Federer is more talented.



Bath or Shower?
Bath, because I like to relax in it.

Elevator or Stairs?
Elevator, because I’m always tired!

Paper or Plastic?
Paper, because you can write something, you can make some plans; if you forget something, you can put it on the paper!

Forehand or backhand?
The forehand because I can do more things with it.

Beating Sharapova or reaching the third round in Australia?
(Laughs) Its good to beat a good player, but to reach the third round is more important.

watchdogfish
Apr 27th, 2010, 10:38 AM
She cracks me up as always :lol: I love her honest answers :hearts:

Federer or Nadal?
I think Federer. They’re both good players, but Federer is more talented.

:devil:

Nikkiri
Apr 27th, 2010, 04:01 PM
Australia or US?
Australia because I like the people, I like the place, its very friendly and welcoming.

:inlove:

WeekendeR
May 26th, 2010, 08:35 PM
On the second of May on russian sport site Championat.ru was publishing interview with Maria. I translated this intervew. Maybe it is not new already, but I think it is interesting and you can know something about Maria, maybe this information will new for you.
Maybe it is not perfect english but I tried to translate it :)


Maria Kirilenko: in Disneyland becomes a child

In an exclusive interview Maria Kirilenko told about her victory in the first match of tournament in Rome, shared emotions from the visit of Disneyland and told about the literary predilections.

http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt320/extremal73/Other%20pics/12728256051930348922foto.jpg

Maria Kirilenko had a great start this season, reaching to the quarter-final of Australian Open, but after last tournaments she had not good results. About the causes of decline in her game, impressions from visiting Disneyland and about her start at tournament in Rome - in an exclusive interview for Chempionat.ru.

- Maria, how was formed this match for you? Account relatively easy, but it seemed that victory was not so easy to you.

- Yes, first of all, today the weather was kind - constant wind, the clay was flying in the face. It was hard for her and for me to understand where the wind blows. Of course in such conditions to play is difficult. Besides, I do not played so many matches on clay. In general, hard for me to play on clay, because on hard it's much faster, but here are obtained long games, need more patience. But we are trained for two weeks on clay in Valencia. Of course, today's match was difficult, but nevertheless I'm glad I went to the next round.

- Did Romina Oprandi surprised you somehow?

- I knew this player. She has played well here a few years ago: she was beat Zvonareva with a large count, and then, with Kuznetsova played on equal terms (in 2006 Oprandi won five matches in Rome, with the qualification: beat Zvonareva in the third round - 6:0, 6:1, and then lost to Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals - 4:6, 7:5, 6:7 (4:7). - Note. "Chempionat.ru"). She playing as a boy a bit (laughs). Probably I ran about after fifty shortened shots today, when you are all time caught on such pause. Probably she need to play more matches, apparently, she don't have good confidence, in fact she did a large interruption. But I know that she played many 10 000, 25 000, 50 000 tournaments, and practically in all tournaments she was in final. It is mean that she has playing experience.

You have already played in Marbella, Barcelona, now that's performing in Rome, and as you said, practicing for two weeks in Valencia. What time do you need to take to a clay season?

- It turned out that I played in America, then went to Disneyland. And I thought: will I play in Marbella or not? We decided that I arrive to Europe from the hard and almost on next day playing on the clay. My coach and dad said that probably it would be better not play this tournament and go to Moscow, a little rest and then prepare for Barcelona. But I wanted to play in Marbella, because I heard that this is a very good tournament. So I thought: "I will play how it will playing". A day after arrival there, I had already played a match. It was very difficult, because a completely different surface, plus I have not played for five days - while we were resting, while were flying. But anyway, I played not bad, though lost in three sets to [Romanian Sorani Cîrstea - 6:4, 6:7 (2:7), 4:6] was a very long game (2 hours, 33 minutes. - Note. " Chempionat.ru "), but I was struggling as I can. Then we went to Valencia, we was training, and four days later I was in Barcelona. I passed the first round, the second lost [Yaroslava Shvedova - 6:4, 2:6, 2:6], but this was generally not because of my game. Of course I didn't show my best game but I lost because of psychology more. Because I already had a lot of tournaments and was not at home for a long time. And there I just nerves could not stand (laughs). I broke my racquet for me took off one point, that is, I gave a drawing of an opponent, did not play. And it was all(laughs). I could not continue to fight with my nerves. And then I went back to Valencia. A couple of days quietly rested, then I was training and now full of strength with clear head came here. Because of this, I think there were not enough matches on clay. It's not my surface anyway, but I play as I can.

Which Disneyland did you visit ?

In Orlando. I have a lot of time was at Disneyland from childhood, but still continue to attend.

The same or you are attend different Disneyland?

- Differently. In Paris, a one park, and in Orlando - six parks, so I am on them and I go (laughs).

You are in Melbourne defeated formidable opponents, who included Sharapova and Safina, the first time in your career came in 1 / 4 Finals at Grand Slam tournament. Did you expect such a result?

- First, I was training a lot at the end of last year, made a lot of physical training. Finally my knee became less pain and I was able to focus on physics. Until this year, I almost did not make it because of the knee - I went to the match, played a set, and the second just finished playing because of the fact that it was difficult to move. Now I began to make special arrangements, and it was better. We have done a great job in Moscow with a coach Yvgeniy Bondarenko, and I think that this physical training has given me confidence that I can play lengthy matches.

Indeed, it was noticeable how you was standing that marathon first round match against Maria Sharapova.

- Yes. There was a long match, more than three hours. I knew for Maria it is hard too and that my physical training is still better, because I know her from small age. We ran together, did everything together and I know how she was prepare. So I kept thinking that for her it is hard too - harder than me (laughs).

Here in Rome, your next opponent is difficult too - Svetlana Kuznetsova. What do you think about her game and about this match?

- Well, first of all, I think that she is a very good player, especially on clay. But recently she have some swings in her game. I think she is playing very well and maybe she even the first in the world. But because of the fact that she is start to think something sometimes, she sometimes loses some strange players. But a lot depends for how I will be playing tomorrow: will I have a good serve and active attacks. I think that is possible to struggle, and I will try to win.

Already aware that your second round match will take place on Monday?

Yes. I asked the organizers. Rather, I'm playing tomorrow single and a double matches. They decided that it is need to play every day.

Lets return to the topic of Disneyland, you generally like to see the sights of those places where tournament is conduct?

- Well, if you have time - then yes, I try to go somewhere, something to see and also as something to develop in this regard (laughs). Well, Disneyland I just really like at the age of 13, when I left at the end of the year in America to train. I am continually drove to the park, and this feeling still left in me - to remember my childhood, and in general I really like the atmosphere there. Just went there and become a little child (laughs).

Here in Rome, did you see something?

- At this time I still do not have time because we arrived two days before the tournament and had to be ready to concentrate on the competition. But we decided that this year, if we have time, one day, and will find something to see. I just recently finished watching the film, which is called "Rome". Very interesting about the history, when the rules of Caesar. And now I finished reading the novel, too, about Rome. It's called "Where are you going" - "Quo Vadis" (Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz. - Note. "Chempionat.ru"). The book is about how Nero burned Rome and it was an uprising of Christians. Very interesting. And by the way, when I came here, in Rome, I can not believe that once, many years ago, there was such a life.

Author: Daniil Salnikov
Source: www.championat.ru/ (http://www.championat.ru/)
Original: http://www.championat.ru/tennis/article-55970.html
Translated by WeekendeR :)

Stevecw
Jun 2nd, 2010, 05:46 PM
New diary entry from Maria from her site :)

Hi everyone !

I have been away from my home in Moscow for 3 months, and now at last I am home ! I can’t believe that I’m sleeping in my room in my bed ! When I woke up during the night, I couldn’t understand where I was ! You can’t believe how happy I am !

But I didn’t have a long sleep like I normally have after a trip, as I had to go very early to the UK Embassy to present some document for a Visa. I hope I will be able to play Wimbledon :-b

Regarding the clay season and the French Open : it was another good experience for me to play on clay. I beat one of the best players on clay. But I have still to learn a lot of things about how to play on clay, because there is always room for improvement !

Also, I was really enjoying playing doubles with my partner Agnieszka Radwanska. We have so much fun on court and off court! Also her sister Urszula was supporting us a lot ! They told me they were going to Disneyland on the last day, and they asked me to come with them, but I had a flight so it was not possible !

Now grass is coming up… So now I’m getting ready for it by lying on it, and getting tan on my body, ha ha
That’s the first step on how to be a good player on grass for me !

Thank you to all of you for believing in me and supporting !

Talk to you soon !

Maria

Nikkiri
Jun 2nd, 2010, 05:58 PM
LOL, she's hilarious.

kirivanovic
Jun 2nd, 2010, 07:06 PM
Didn't know that she needed to tan more:lol:. I hope it will help her to become a good player on grass:angel:

Natash.
Jun 3rd, 2010, 05:05 AM
Kiri on grass :lol: :sobbing:

Tennis Fool
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:22 PM
Maria is POTW on the RW :D

MK Ultra
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:29 PM
what does that mean?

MK Ultra
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:32 PM
oh never mind i got it

WeekendeR
Jun 10th, 2010, 07:12 PM
I don't understand what it mean...

MK Ultra
Jun 10th, 2010, 07:38 PM
maria is Player Of The Week in the Russian Watch

WeekendeR
Jun 10th, 2010, 08:06 PM
kiriana I'm hear about it for the first time, although I'm live in Russia...
Maybe I don't know what is Russian Watch? :lol:
I know for sure that on one of russian TV chanel the best athlete in Russia in May is Pavel Datsyuk, but about Maria I nothing heard...

MK Ultra
Jun 10th, 2010, 08:42 PM
it's just a thread that dude started it's on gm!

kirivanovic
Jul 4th, 2010, 09:58 AM
Dani
Please allow me to ask, what was your most favorite or most happy moment outside of your tennis-career…?
My most happy moment to be with my family at home!

Maxime
Why don’t you play with Flavia Pennetta anymore ? Are you in trouble ?
We were playing almost one year with Flavia and then we decided to stop and change partners. Maybe we were tired of each other, it is normal.

Leo
Everytime you play in Korea, all the audience really cheers you only. What do you feel in this situation ? If you have to define Korea in one word sentence, what is it ?
For me Korea is a great country. And people there are a so nice and so friendly, that’s why I love to play in Korea and all people who support me!!!

Tyler
What would you like to do after your tennis career ?
I didn’t think about it yet. If i will be all right with my health I just love to play and play.

Kevin
How do you explain that Tarpischev never calls you even after your great Australian Open when the top russian players didn’t want to play… Was it your decision not to play ?They have called me several times to play for Fed Cup. My schedule was different everytime and I didn’t think that I could help our team for that moment. We have so many russian players who can play as well, that is so good!

Liam
Which has been your own personal favourite career win ?
All my wins and titles are special for me.

Josh
Who has helped you the most in developing your healthy approach to the game ?
I have a big team around me who are helping me with everything.

Zvika
What do you have to improve in order to be a top 10 player?
I think everything! It is always nice to have a room for improving.

Tanaka
What kind of main food do you always eat for keeping and maintenance of your body. In other words, what kind of the best food do you think is to exclude fatigue, to play tennis, and keep body and soul.
Before each match I always eat pasta, to have anough energy.

Luke
I would like to ask you, how did you feel a few days before your tournament in Paris? How is your feeling and attitude to Roland Garros this year ?
I was feeling good before tournament and after as well.

Dennis
What grip do you using for your top spin forehand ?
It is difficult to explain. It is better to show.

Kevin
What was the biggest fear of your life ?
When I saw a scary movie with Agnieszka Radwanska in LA last year.

I've known her funnier:p

Nikkiri
Jul 4th, 2010, 11:24 AM
:sobbing: at the last one though...

kirivanovic
Jul 4th, 2010, 12:42 PM
It was my question:lol:

At 1st, i read "i saw scary movie" but was disappointed when i read it again:lol:

Rovegun
Jul 5th, 2010, 09:36 AM
no questions by me:tears:

Mixal
Jul 17th, 2010, 03:45 PM
Hi, I was just wondering if Maria's shoulder injury is gone now...

Nikkiri
Jul 17th, 2010, 04:47 PM
Not sure.. but hopefully :)

MK Ultra
Sep 22nd, 2010, 01:39 PM
Interview with Maria KIRILENKO (RUS)


4:00 pm, Wed Sep 22, 2010

Q. Compared to last year, this year you’ve been playing very good, and you’ve had a successful season. What brings you play good?
A. Well, I start the year very good and that gives me a lot of confidence. I worked very hard since end of last year. I was able to work hard finally because until 1 year ago I had a problem with my knee. I couldn’t make any fitness. And I received a lot of treatment and special works. So not it’s getting better. I now can work 100% that’s why I’m playing better.

Q. Many of your fans say you seem to have lost weight. Is it because of more workouts and gained more muscles?
A. Actually, a lot of people are telling me so. But I couldn’t say I lost weight because it’s actually the same. I don’t know why. I just feel good and lighter and I’m moving better. I never was fat, you know. Just get stronger, maybe.

Q. In the same draw you have excellent players including Ivanovic, Petrova, and Safina. Who is the hardest one, you think?
A. I think, I mean, everybody’s difficult to play against. And plus today I had the first match against Radwanska. And last two times I lost to her. So actually it was also difficult for me today to play. She’s kind of a player, for me, who is difficult to play against. I don’t’ know why. Because sometimes you have a player against whom it’s just difficult to play. So even today was hard for me. Even though it was easy score, but still every game, I think, was really tough. ---???

Q: Today you played aggressive, going closer to the net, trying to do volleys and overheads. Are you going to keep your play in such way and how is your condition now?
A: Actually every time I’m trying different things. I want to improve and wanna go higher. That’s why I’m trying to have everything like volley slice, overhead, and swing volley. Actually today it was a good practice because Radwanska’s ball was not going so fast. The balls were perfect for me to hit and go to the net. The balls fell really short and that’s why this kind of play, going to the net, was better. 30 balls behind the baseline, so I decided to make the points shorter.

Q. You’ve been playing very good in doubles, too. But you’re not playing doubles in every tournament. How do you decide whether or not to play in doubles?
A. Well, for example, I came to Asia this year and playing four tournaments in a row. And if I’m gonna play singles and doubles, then it’s going to be really tough for me, too difficult. So, I’m trying just to choose the tournaments where I can play doubles. Depends on how I feel, whether I have a partner. And next week I’m going to play doubles. For example, if you win a lot of singles matches you have to play doubles the same day and you’ll get tired. Like today, after the match with lot of running and concentration and if had to play doubles the same day, then tomorrow will be difficult. And also because I have the top draw I have to refresh every day.

Dictation by Shirley Hwang, KTA Press

Rovegun
Sep 27th, 2010, 12:40 PM
thanks for this great interview!

Nikkiri
Dec 21st, 2010, 10:38 AM
http://em.precisioncreations.com/surveys.php?id=12

Vote Kiri you guise!

Break My Rapture
Dec 21st, 2010, 01:34 PM
Done. :cheer:

Nikkiri
Dec 22nd, 2010, 10:32 AM
New Blog about last week. :)

Hi everyone!

Here are a few words about what I did over the last couple of weeks.

Last week I was in Czech Republic, and we played some team matches there. Our team was quite strong, there were the Czech superstars Safarova, Kvitova and Berdich, world superstar Wozniacki and team superstar ME! Why was I the team superstar? Because I won an important point during our semifinal. I was loosing 2-6, 2-5 and in the end, I won 7-5 in the third. Ha! ha! Then with Petra, we won our doubles, otherwise we would not be in the final coz most of the players from our team lost that day.

Also Igor was playing for us and a few more guys. Strange that Federer didn’t come to play for us, he he… We played against three different teams and we had to win at least 5 matches against each team. So it was fun to play there!!!

Nice to get some matches in the middle of pre season. And the end of this story is, we were a Champions !!! The trophy was huge, I never sean such a big one. I am not sure if i have any pic but if I find one, I will show you ;)

The weather was so cold there and there was a lot of snow. During my stay there, I only went outside once. Now I am in Spain, in Valencia, and it is so much warmer here. During the day, the temperature goes up to 20. So, I will be here for couple of weeks and then an exhibition in Hong Kong.

I will talk to you later and thank you for reading my blog !!!


Team superstar :lol: :worship:

kirivanovic
Dec 22nd, 2010, 11:08 AM
She was alone in her team, maybe because she didn't want to be with Wozzzz:lol:

Break My Rapture
Dec 22nd, 2010, 12:46 PM
So many "hehe" :rolls:

Nikkiri
Dec 22nd, 2010, 12:52 PM
He he and ha ha are her thang :worship: she is like a little kid, adorable!

Break My Rapture
Dec 22nd, 2010, 01:13 PM
:sobbing: Love it.

Nikkiri
Dec 23rd, 2010, 09:28 AM
World No. 20 Maria Kirilenko is another player with her nose to the grindstone, working up to five hours a day, but she values her time away from the gym highly.

"I have half a day off once a week and I am enjoying that moment with my friends. I like ice-skating, sometimes if I have time I love to do it," the 23-year-old Russian said.

"Preseason is so important because you have to be strong and fit for the New Year. I'm hoping to be a better player in 2011 and to be healthy."

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/tennis/12/22/tennis.stars.training.clijsters/

Break My Rapture
Dec 23rd, 2010, 01:20 PM
:cheer: Gurk is working her ass off.

TonyL
Jan 2nd, 2011, 04:43 AM
According To The Press In Hk,she Has Already Arrived :)

Nikkiri
Jan 2nd, 2011, 05:10 AM
Cool :D hopefully there will be some pics. :)

TonyL
Jan 2nd, 2011, 05:28 AM
I will attend the tournament on this Saturday. :) Hopefully can see her playing :)

Nikkiri
Jan 2nd, 2011, 05:37 AM
Have fun! :)

MK Ultra
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:43 PM
Latest blog:bounce:

Hi everyone!

It has been a while since I wrote to you! Everything is going well! I had such a good week in Hong Kong! To be honest, it was a busy week.

Instead of playing, we had to do a lot of different stuff. Like meetings, see the fans, kids clinics, visiting sponsors etc. I always played an evening match. I had couple good matches and I won both ! So Russia won again for the second year in a row !!!

We such a fun mixed doubles with Evgeniy. I never would have thought that I’m going to play with my favorite player, even from when I was a kid!? I actually told Evgeniy that I’m ready to play mixed doubles at the Australian Open with him. He was laughing and told me that he will ask for a WC. But I guess it was a joke…

So after all of that, a few of us moved to Sydney. And next day, I had to play first match at 11 am. But I was dead tired, 3 hours difference by Hong Kong time meant it was 8 am, so no power and energy after a long flight. But I was prepared and I knew that’s its going to be like that. So for me was even better to get over jet-lag quickly!

Now I’m in the airport waiting for my flight to Melbourne. Thank you again to all of you for your support, it is really giving me some extra power and confidence!

Maria

Break My Rapture
Jan 18th, 2011, 10:12 PM
10 burning questions with Maria Kirilenko
Wednesday, 19 January, 2011
By Matt Trollope
Favourite holiday spot?

Las Vegas ... I visited there last year in my off season, so far it's the best place.

Finish this sentence: "If I wasn't a tennis player, I'd be ..."

You never know. When I was small I was a ballet dancer ... I was doing both ballet dancing and tennis every day, two things in one day ... I'm happy I chose tennis, it's more useful!

Best moment on court?

When you're winning it's always the best memory, and when you're winning the tournament ... I have a good memory from last year (at the Australian Open) in the first round when I beat Sharapova on Centre Court, I think that's a good one as well.

What's your new year's resolution?

Actually when it's New Year you just make a wish, and I mean I did a wish, but nothing (I can say) for this (laughter).

What are you listening to on your iPod?

I have so many songs there, and I have a couple of favourites, I have Russian songs as well so it's so mixed. I like Lady Gaga, actually I was at the concert at the end of (last) year.

If you could pick any player from history to be your doubles partner, who would you choose?

Well I played once with Martina Hingis, and we won the tournament in Doha, so that was my dream to play with someone (like her) and it's happened (laughter).

Forehand or backhand?

Everybody's saying that my backhand is better, but I like to go and play forehand, you know, inside out, so I start to use this more.

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet.

Beatles or Rolling Stones?

I think Beatles.

Which actor would you get to play you in a movie about your life?

Hmm ... no idea! (laughter) Maybe, I don't know, Jessica Simpson?

MAERSK
Jan 18th, 2011, 10:39 PM
Jessica Simpson!? pfft Makiri >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Jessica

Nikkiri
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:25 AM
http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/431509

СОБЫТИЕ ДНЯ. ТЕННИС
AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Вчера россиянка Мария Кириленко проиграла во втором круге чешке Ивете Бенешовой (3:6, 1:6) и распрощалась с мечтой повторить свой прошлогодний успех – четвертьфинал.
«ДВИГАЛАСЬ ОТВРАТИТЕЛЬНО»

— Сильно огорчены тем, что не удалось защитить свой прошлогодний четвертьфинал?

— Больше всего расстроилась из-за того, что играла плохо, не показала того, что умею. Двигалась я сегодня отвратительно. Не знаю, может, не полностью удалось восстановиться после своего матча первого круга?

— Вас же по его ходу судороги одолевали. Но вы говорили, что это было чисто нервное.

— Ну, сегодня-то до судорог не дошло. Накануне я провела специально лишь легкую тренировку. Но во время длинных розыгрышей я все равно чувствовала, что ноги как-то слишком перенапрягаются. С такими каменными конечностями бороться с серьезными соперниками невозможно.

— Наверное, в глубине души уже прокляли январскую поездку в Гонконг, где выступали за сборную России в показательном турнире?

— Почему это?

— Потому что сошли в первом круге в Сиднее, имеете физические проблемы в Мельбурне.

— Нет, что вы, поездка в Гонконг была классной. Я выиграла два матча, что позволило нашей команде второй год подряд стать победителем турнира. Скорее ошибкой была моя поездка в Сидней. Мы прилетели туда в обед, а уже на следующее утро в 11 мне надо было выходить на корт. Не лучший вариант после десятичасового перелета. Плюс три часа разницы по времени.
«ТРЕНИРОВАЛАСЬ СО СВЕТЛАНОЙ ФЕОФАНОВОЙ»

— То есть к предсезонному подготовительному периоду у вас нет претензий?

— Абсолютно. Сперва я отлично отдохнула. Сначала в Москве, потом ездила в Лас-Вегас в первый раз в жизни. Ну что сказать — правильно его называют взрослым Диснейлендом. Завораживающее впечатление! Ну а потом уже я начала тренироваться. Там же, в Америке.

— А я слышал, что вы в межсезонье тренировались вместе со знаменитой легкоатлеткой, прыгуньей с шестом Светланой Феофановой...

— И это было.

— Неужели в США пересеклись?

— Нет, в московском манеже ЦСКА. Дело в том, что ее легкоатлетический тренер Евгений Бондаренко уже второй год является моим наставником по физической подготовке.

— С шестом прыгать не пробовали?

— Пробовала. Без планки, конечно. Просто разгонялась с шестом и висла на нем. Получалось неплохо. Тренер даже сказал, что если б я не была теннисисткой, то отлично бы прыгала с шестом. Говорит, что я для этого подходящим образом сложена.

— А в теннис в ответ Феофанову не научили играть?

— Научила. Еще в прошлое межсезонье! Ей было интересно. Хотя это не серьезная игра, безусловно, была, а так — баловство.

— Новый год вы встретили в Москве. Что было в тех красивых подарочных коробках, с которыми вы фотографировались под елкой для собственного сайта?

— Там была компьютерная приставка XBox, которую я заказала Деду Морозу. Правда, сейчас уже новая вышла — там не нужны джойстики, представляете? — кажется, Мария впервые проявила неподдельный интерес к разговору. — Короче, система тебя сканирует, и, к примеру, если тебе нужно в игре рулить автомобилем, то ты просто рулишь по воздуху руками. Просто супер!
«ГОТОВА СЫГРАТЬ С ШАРАПОВОЙ!»

— С вами уже связывались по поводу вашего участия в февральском четвертьфинальном матче на Кубок Федерации с француженками?

— Нет. К тому же я после Мельбурна играю еще турнир в Паттайе.

— Но теоретически-то вы сможете подъехать в Москву, если вас позовут?

— Провокационный какой-то вопрос. Даже и не знаю, что ответить.

— Что же в нем провокационного? Мне вот, например, Мария Шарапова призналась, что хотела бы играть на Олимпийских играх в Лондоне пару именно с вами. Пора наигрывать!

— Мы с Марией уже несколько раз играли пару, даже выиграли один турнир. Так что, думаю, при необходимости мы быстро восстановим взаимопонимание. Естественно, я тоже с удовольствием бы сыграла вместе с тезкой на Олимпиаде-2012.
НЕ ПРОПУСТИТЕ!

Сегодня на Открытом чемпионате Австралии пройдут следующие матчи третьего круга с участием российских теннисисток.

Первый запуск – 3.00 (мск)

Севастова (Латвия) – Манасиева (Россия)

Второй запуск

Энен (Бельгия, 11) – Кузнецова (Россия, 23)

Третий запуск

Гергес (Германия) – Шарапова (Россия, 14)
СМОТРИТЕ НА ТВ

Сегодня. Открытый чемпионат Австралии по теннису (прямые трансляции)

«НТВ–Плюс Теннис» – 2.55*, 10.55

«НТВ–Плюс Онлайн» – 2.55, 11.00

«Евроспорт» – 3.00, 5.00, 11.00

«Евроспорт 2» – 3.00, 5.00, 9.45, 11.00

* Время московское.


Maybe some russians can give a better translation? I used google translate. Apparently Sharapova wants to play doubles with Kiri at the Olympics?

Break My Rapture
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:37 PM
http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/431509



Maybe some russians can give a better translation? I used google translate. Apparently Sharapova wants to play doubles with Kiri at the Olympics?
OMFG :hearts:

kirivanovic
Jan 22nd, 2011, 11:39 AM
It would be a good opportunity for Maria to play the olympics because it won't be easy to be qualified for singles

Sergius
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:43 PM
http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/431509



Maybe some russians can give a better translation? I used google translate. Apparently Sharapova wants to play doubles with Kiri at the Olympics?

You're right. The interviewer said that Sharapova told him she'd like to play doubles with Kiri. But this source is not very reliable. I wouldn't be surprised if that wasn't true :lol:

cosmoose
Jan 22nd, 2011, 09:01 PM
I would rather have Kiri play with Zvonareva.
Big Masha is terrible at doubles!

Protoss
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:29 AM
It would be a good opportunity for Maria to play the olympics because it won't be easy to be qualified for singles
So how many singles players does each country get at the Olympics and what about doubles?

kirivanovic
Jan 23rd, 2011, 12:30 PM
I think that in 2008, it was 4 players in singles by country and 2 doubles teams

WeekendeR
Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:04 PM
http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/431509



Maybe some russians can give a better translation? I used google translate. Apparently Sharapova wants to play doubles with Kiri at the Olympics?

OK. I will try to do it again.:)
So let's begin.:)

The world #19 in WTA rankinkgs Maria Kirilenko: Now I jumping with a pole

Yesterday russian Maria Kirilenko has lost in the second round to czech Iveta Benesova and has said goodbye to dream to repeat the success of last year – a quarterfinal.

"My movements were awful"

- Are you very disappointed because of you could not to protect the last year's quarterfinal?
- The most disappointed because I played badly. I did not show what I can. My movements were awful today. I don't know why. Mayby I did not fully recover after my match in first round?

You had cramps in that match. But you said that it was just nervous.

- So today I did not have any cramps. The day before I have spent specially only easy training. But during the long rallies, I still felt that my legs a little too overwork. With such stone extremities to fight with serious competitors it is impossible.

— Probably you have already damned a January trip to Hong Kong where supported Russian national team in exhibition tournament?

- Why is that?

— Because you have lost in the first round in Sydney and you have physical problems in Melbourn.

- No, really, a trip to Hong Kong was cool. I won two matches, which allowed our team to win this tournament for the second year in a row. Rather my trip to Sydney was an mistake. We arrived there at lunch, and the next morning at 11 am I had to go to court. Not the best option after ten-hour flight. Plus three hours of a difference on time.

"TRAINED WITH Svetlana Feofanova"[/B]

- So you don't have blame about your pre-season training?

— Absolutely. At first I was perfectly rested. From the first I did it in Moscow and then went to Las Vegas for the first time in my life. What can I say? It is a true when people talking about this city such as a Disneyland for adult. Fascinating experience! And then I started to train. There, in America.

- I heard that you are trained together in the offseason with a famous athlete, pole vaulter Svetlana Feofanova ...

- Yes and this was too.

— Really in the USA you were crossed?

- No, in the Moscow CSKA arena. The fact that her athletics coach Yevgeny Bondarenko for the second year is my mentor in physical training.

- Did you try to jump with a pole?

- Tried. Without a lath, certainly. I was just overclocked with a pole and hung on it. It turned out not bad. The coach even has told that if I wouldn't be a tennis-player I would be perfect pole-vault. He said that I am combined in for this.

- Did you teach Feofanova to play in tennis for response?

- I teached her even a year ago. It was interesting for her. While this is not a serious game, it was just a overindulgence of course.

— You have celebrated a New year in Moscow. What was in those beautiful gift boxes with which you were photographed under a Christmas tree for your own site?

- There was a computer console XBox, which I ordered a Santa Claus. However, already new XBox is coming out - there is no need joysticks, can you imagine? - It seems that Maria has shown for the first time her genuine interest to conversation - In short, the system scan you and for example if tou need to drive car in the game - you can just drive it by moving your hands in the air. It is super!

"READY TO PLAY WITH Sharapova!"

- Did anybody from national team contacted with you already about your participation in the quarterfinal match at Fed Cup which will in the february with the French team?

- No. Besides after the Melbourne I will playing tournament in Pattaya.

- But theoretically, will you be able to drive to Moscow, if you will receive a call?

- Some provocative question. I even don't know what to say.

What provocative did you found in this question? For example Maria Sharapova already admitted to me that she want to playing doubles at the Olympic Games in London just with you. It's time to play!

-We with Maria already some times played doubles and even won one tournament. So, I think, if it will necessary, we will quickly rebuild mutual understanding. Naturally I would playing with the namesake with pleasure at the Olympic Games in 2012.



So I hope you will understand this better than from Google translater.:)

kirivanovic
Jan 23rd, 2011, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the translation!! I'd love to see her playing xbox:lol:

MK Ultra
Feb 8th, 2011, 09:23 AM
Maria Kirilenko was the top seed in action on Monday, and to say her match was unusual and dramatic would be an understatement.



The third seeded Russian swept the opening set against Italian Alberta Brianti 6-0, but then fell behind 5-0 in the second. Certainly Brianti was much more aggressive in the second set, but at least part of the reason for the huge turnaround was revealed when Kirilenko asked for the trainer. She received attention to her left leg, and when play resumed Kirilenko played her way back into contention.



She broke for 1-5, held for 2-5 while saving three set points, broke again for 3-5 and held for 4-5 saving another set point. But Brianti finally served out the set at her third attempt to claim it 6-4. In the final set, Kirilenko got the breakthrough she needed by breaking for 3-1 and she went on to take the set with ease, 6-2.



"In the second set she was hitting a lot of slice and I had to keep getting down very low. I have a problem with my knee and it began to hurt to I got the trainer to have a look," Kirilenko explained. äfter that I was able to play better again."

cosmoose
Feb 16th, 2011, 10:44 AM
http://gulfnews.com/sport/tennis/maria-kirilenko-still-has-tennis-on-her-mind-despite-loss-1.762643

Maria Kirilenko still has tennis on her mind despite loss

Dubai: Glamour girl Maria Kirilenko feels she still has a lot to give to the game she loves despite yet another first-round exit at the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open here on Monday.
"I'm still not very old yet. I still have a few years to play for sure," Kirilenko told Gulf News after a fourth straight first round exit in Dubai.
After seven appearances in Dubai, Kirilenko has been losing in the first round since 2008. In 2005, she bowed out in the qualifying stages, while her best result came in 2006 where she made it to the quarter-finals only to lose to second seeded Lindsay Davenport.

"I am trying to find my game again because I feel that there's a little bit too many mistakes. I don't feel what to do," she admitted.
And she has not given up on Dubai. "I have very good memories from Dubai because a lot of time I come here just for practice. Especially three, four years ago when I was younger I came here just for two weeks' preparation," she disclosed.
Her record of the Tour is not too compelling either, having lost an amazing 36 first rounds since the start of the 2007 season. Now at 26 in the latest rankings released last Monday, Kirilenko's start to the season has not been all that heartening after yet another first round exit at the season-opening Sydney Open.

As a rising teenage star, Kirilenko launched the Stella McCartney tennis attire created especially for her just before the 2006 Australian Open.
Seeded No18 at the Australian Open, the 23 year old made it to the second round singles losing to Iveta Benesova. However, it was the doubles that Kirilenko flourished as she teamed up with Victoria Azarenka to reach the final. But in a final that witnessed an amazing turnaround, Kirilenko and Azarenka went down in three sets 6-2, 5-7, 1-6 to the Argentinean-Italian pair of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta.
"I think I played well at the beginning of the year, but then I lost in the Australian Open also playing bad," she recollected.
"However, everything is fine for me and in my mind there is still tennis," Kirilenko said.

Nikkiri
Feb 16th, 2011, 01:56 PM
http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/~/media/CB7249AD35484D4983CD056FAA725190.ashx

Full interview. Poor Kiri.. nothing for Valentines day.

Break My Rapture
Feb 16th, 2011, 02:35 PM
:awww:

Nikkiri
Apr 21st, 2011, 01:12 PM
New interview



Moscow-born Maria Kirilenko is one of the most beautiful women on the WTA tour, but she wants the world to recognize that she’s more than a pretty face: “I prefer people talking about my on-court performance for now rather than my catwalk appearances.”

Maria’s match results and Top 20 rankings in singles and Top 10 in doubles reinforce her relevance as a WTA contender and silence the skeptics.

Tennis View caught up with the 24-year- old Russian and found her well-grounded as she shared thoughts of competition, her parents, dating and marriage.

TENNIS VIEW MAGAZINE: At 5-feet- 9 inches and 132 pounds, you’re about as lean as it gets on Tour. Do you follow a strict training and nutrition program?
MARIA KIRILENKO: I have two practice sessions per day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – that include fitness training. As far as nutrition, I don’t follow a real diet. I usually have breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I’m playing tournaments, I try to eat balanced and healthy food, like veggies, meats, fish and pastas. I also like Asian food, and when I’m traveling in Asia I enjoy authentic restaurants. In terms of beverages, I go with plain water and green tea.

TVM: Last year you had great results in both singles and doubles, and you were a finalist in women’s doubles at the 2011 Australian Open with partner Victoria Azarenka. Do you have a set doubles partner through 2011?
MK: I started playing with Vika Azarenka in Australia and agreed to continue with her through the year.

TVM: Will playing more doubles help – or hurt – your success in singles?
MK: My doubles game always helps my singles because I improve my serve and volley combinations and net game, which are very important when competing against power hitting players in singles. I’ll play doubles this year, but my concentration will be mostly on singles.

To read more, buy our May 2011 issue today!

http://tennisviewmag.com/pastissuearticle/maria-kirilenko-more-than-a-pretty-face/

MK Ultra
Apr 21st, 2011, 01:35 PM
will someone buy it:awww:

Nikkiri
Apr 21st, 2011, 01:45 PM
I will try... lol but it would be better for an American to buy it I guess.

MK Ultra
Apr 21st, 2011, 02:33 PM
Gerald?:oh:

cosmoose
Apr 22nd, 2011, 01:11 AM
I will try... lol but it would be better for an American to buy it I guess.

Gerald?:oh:

Looks like I just volunteered! LOL :D

cosmoose
Apr 23rd, 2011, 05:55 AM
Magazine search update.

I went to my local Borders and Barnes & Noble bookstores to look for the Tennis View magazine. But none of them carried it.

Later I checked the website and found out that the May issue is published on May 1.
So even if I could find this magazine in some newsstand, I would have to wait until May 1.

Lastly, the website states that the cover price is $4.99. But if I wanted to buy online from them, its $8.99.

This magazine seems like all kinds of fail. :(

MK Ultra
Apr 23rd, 2011, 11:53 PM
I'm interested in the marriage section:oh:

Nikkiri
May 6th, 2011, 04:44 AM
I got the magazine today :oh:

cosmoose
May 6th, 2011, 12:49 PM
I got the magazine today :oh:

How did you get this obscure magazine in Australia??? :eek:

too good! :worship:

If you can share some highlights, would be much appreciated :)

Nikkiri
May 6th, 2011, 04:07 PM
I subscribed to the magazine :sobbing:

I shall post it out in bits :p soon

cosmoose
May 6th, 2011, 09:20 PM
I subscribed to the magazine :sobbing:

I shall post it out in bits :p soon

I think you win the most dedicated Kiri fan! :D
Such devotion deserves recognition.
So I made a little badge for you.
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k118/cozmoose/iloveyou-200x200.jpg

cosmoose
May 9th, 2011, 05:19 AM
Good news, Kiri is 13th on the prize money list http://ipb.su/html/emoticons/yahoo.gif
Bad news, Kiri has become a doubles specialist http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/standart/resent.gif

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k118/cozmoose/Untitled-6.png

sannyak
May 22nd, 2011, 08:24 AM
Could be asked,that who has this the "Tennis View Magazin" newspaper.
For those who can not to obtain this newspaper,the full(total) Kirilenko-newspaperarticle can you please here entered!

Tennis Fool
Jun 6th, 2011, 02:26 AM
Kiri makes Hon Men on the RW for defending her 4th round points at Roland Garros :)

kirivanovic
Jun 8th, 2011, 11:06 AM
Tarpischev talking about Maria :

Что касается Кузнецовой, то она редко показывает игру больше 70% от собственных возможностей, что является больше психологическим фактором. В данном случае она не сыграла в тот теннис, в который умеет играть. Ее результат зависел от ее собственного исполнения. Я бы похвалил еще, наверное, Кириленко, которая прибавила, и высказал бы сожаление, что не играла Клейбанова, которая реально игрок мировой двадцатки. И похвалил бы в парных комбинациях выступления Весниной и Кириленко. Что касается мужской части, то, конечно, результаты удовлетворить не могут. Здесь и сказались травмы игроков. Плюс все-таки мужская часть сборной у нас возрастная. Касаемо резервов, мы испытываем проблемы, прежде всего в недостаточном финансировании: они не играют полный цикл предполагаемых нами турниров. В этом возрасте надо играть 30--34 недели соревнований, а они играют в три раза меньше.

Менее чем через две недели стартует Уимблдон. Каковы перспективы наших спортсменов? // "Газета.Ru"

У нас в таком же ключе играет Петрова. Так же играют в принципе Веснина и Кириленко. Главенствующее в игре на траве -- подача и прием подачи. Исполнение крученой подачи достаточно проблематично на траве, потому что крученая подача отскакивает, как средний плоский мяч, поэтому это является достаточно удобным для приема. Хорошие шансы имеют наши девочки, включая Павлюченкову, отчасти и Кузнецову. Клейбанова в парных комбинациях, Кириленко имеют хорошие шансы на победу. Хорошо играет парные комбинации на траве и Макарова. Что касается ребят, здесь у нас проблемность также остается. Не думаю, что кто-то из них пройдет далеко. В принципе у Турсунова трава -- любимое покрытие. Есть еще Звонарева: ей не хватило двух недель к подготовке к «Ролан Гарросу», чтобы выступить более успешно, не успела адаптироваться. На траве может сыграть хорошо: она проповедует такой достаточно приемлемый для травы атакующий теннис с задней линии, неплохо играет и пару.

Неужели моя любимая теннисистка Анечка Чакветадзе так и не оправилась после кошмарного случая, связанного с ограблением ее дома? Как она поживает после серии обмороков в этом году и не завершит ли свою карьеру? // Настя

Реально она хочет играть, и я опять-таки больше взаимодействую с ее отцом Джамалом. Он сказал, что она идет на поправку, хоть и медленно, и надеется скоро начать играть. Здесь тоже нужно время. Она хочет играть, несомненно. У нее умная содержательная игра, ее можно сравнить с Мыскиной, Хингинс. Но ей, как и Джоковичу, и Кириленко, не хватает достаточной скоростно-силовой выносливости. Поэтому стоит вопрос работы и подтягивания слабых сторон. Нужна нервная система, чтобы ее хватило на работу вне теннисного корта. На корте игра предполагает переключение нервной системы, поэтому игровики живут гораздо дольше, чем игроки из технических видов спорта. Если хватит нервной системы на монотонную трудную работу, конечно, она сможет играть и вернуться в ту же десятку.

http://www.gazeta.ru/interview/nm/s3654985.shtml

According to google, it seems that he's saying nice words. If someone talking russian could just quickly sum up what he said, it would be nice. I'm surprised to see him saying that as he never calls her in the fed cup team.

Nikkiri
Jun 9th, 2011, 11:38 AM
He always has nice things to say about her.. perhaps it's not him not asking her to play but her not making herself available.

Celeborn
Jun 11th, 2011, 06:33 PM
How not to like her :D

It was a bit strange with the last fed cup tie, at first she was on the team, but in the end she wasn't. But my guess is also that she pulled out herself and wanted to practice after her not so great start into the season. Hopefully she will play in the final :-)

kirivanovic
Jul 27th, 2011, 06:10 PM
Maria Kirilenko said that last week’s wedding between former player Elena Dementieva and hockey's Maxim Afinogenov in Moscow was the best one she ever attended. Kirilenko went to the wedding with her long time boyfriend, fellow Russian player Igor Andreev. Other players to attend the Olympic gold medalist’s wedding were Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Vera Zvonareva, Dinara Safina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Vesnina and Vera Dushevina, among others.

"Elena and her husband were always with the guests," Kirilenko told TENNIS.com at Stanford, where she will face Serena Williams in the second round. "They were sitting with us, talking on the microphone, they were dancing together. It was unbelievable. Normally when you go to wedding, you are sitting and watching and it’s kind of boring."

Kirilenko said that the newlyweds performed a duet, singing a love song to each other while dancing. "Elena told me they practiced a lot. I was surprised she sang well."

Kirilenko said that before Dementieva tossed the bouquet, that Dementieva winked at her to go to the middle of the pack and try to catch it. But she had no such luck.

"All the girls were trying to catch it and then suddenly from somewhere Dushevina came and sprinted and stole it from me," Kirilenko said with a laugh.

:lol:

joão.
Jul 28th, 2011, 05:27 PM
Quotable Quotes... Kirilenko In Stanford

STANFORD, CA, USA - After going 5-9 to start the year Maria Kirilenko has picked up her level again, going 8-4 in her last five tournaments - including reaching the fourth round of Roland Garros and the third round of Wimbledon. Also in that record is a first round win over Julia Goerges in Stanford - her first Top 20 win in a year. The No.25-ranked Russian met the press after that win...

On her 5-9 start to the season...
"At the beginning of the year I wasn't happy about my singles results. When the clay court season came I lost early in my first few tournaments but I felt I was playing well - I think I just got a bit unlucky. I felt my form coming up again. But the whole time I was doing well in doubles - so at least there was something!"

On her first round win over Goerges in Stanford...
"I think I played a pretty good match for my first match on hardcourts after Wimbledon, especially since I had such a long break - I didn't play for four weeks. First I didn't play at all for one week, just did complete rest - then I practiced for the last few weeks. I was happy with how I played today. I didn't make mistakes - I was playing very clean. That's how I won against her."

On playing Serena in the second round...
"I just played her at Wimbledon, but it's a completely different surface this time. I'm ready to play her again. I'll try to do my best, try to win of course!"

On playing Serena in general...
"Every time I play Serena she plays so well against me. She has a very good serve - I couldn't break her at all at Wimbledon. That's a big advantage for her. I'm hoping my return will be good, and maybe her serve won't be as good this time! She's powerful in the rest of her game but I feel less pressure there because I can play the rally. The most important thing for me is returning.

"I really need to be focused from the beginning too. Every time I play her, I'm always 3-0 or 4-0 down early on. I just have to be ready from the first point, because if I fall behind like that, it's always so tough to win against her.

"The first time I played her I was 16 and it was at the French Open... I was up 4-2 in the third set and lost 6-4 in the third set. I was small. I also wasn't even thinking about anything - I just went out there and played. I have to do the same thing this time, just not think about it. I've seen video of my matches back then and my face was always so serious and focused - I think I'm still like that.

"Serena's a great champion. She has won so many tournaments and has a huge amount of experience. She didn't play for a year and comes back and is winning again. You have to be so tough to do that. Again though, it's important for me not to think about it - I'll think of it as just another match."

On Dementieva's wedding...
"It was a great wedding! It was the best wedding I've ever been to. Elena and her husband were always with the guests, talking to us a lot, singing and dancing... normally at weddings the pair just sits and watches, and it's kind of boring. But Elena and Maxim were interacting with us. They even sang a song together - I wish I could listen to them one more time! I think they practiced a lot for that. It was a Russian song, about love and being together - I don't remember all the words. I was surprised, she sang well! She was also telling me it took almost half a year to organize the wedding, which is amazing. It was amazing.

"I didn't catch the bouquet. All the girls tried to catch it but Dushevina came out from somewhere and stole it from me! I said okay, whatever."

http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2404374,00.html

"I said okay, whatever." :lol:

Nikkiri
Jul 29th, 2011, 05:57 AM
She's something that one. :lol: Love her.

Celeborn
Aug 26th, 2011, 07:06 PM
I subscribed to the magazine :sobbing:

I shall post it out in bits :p soon

How about a piece before the open starts? We need something to cheer up before that ;-). If it is allowed to do so, I'm not sure about this.

Nikkiri
Aug 27th, 2011, 06:24 AM
lol. oops yeah. i am so baddd. anyways i just took some pictures with my phone. easy enough to read :lol:

http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/1060/img0490d.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/21/img0490d.jpg/)http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/6139/img0491cc.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/705/img0491cc.jpg/)http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/6249/img0492na.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/192/img0492na.jpg/)http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/7684/img0493mz.th.jpg[/IMG (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/842/img0493mz.jpg/)[IMG]http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/7874/img0494gq.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/17/img0494gq.jpg/)http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/985/img0495rf.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/839/img0495rf.jpg/)http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/9551/img0496fa.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/163/img0496fa.jpg/)

Celeborn
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:02 AM
Hey,

thanks a lot! Great interview and I appreciate your effort.

sannyak
Aug 28th, 2011, 08:06 AM
Thank you very much!
At last,someone who asked that I really wanted an interview with Maria!

Tennis Fool
Sep 15th, 2011, 02:13 AM
Maria gets an Hon. Men. on the RW this week :)

kirivanovic
Sep 15th, 2011, 09:36 AM
Wut?

Nikkiri
Oct 25th, 2011, 01:16 PM
https://www.facebook.com/WTA?sk=app_170515616368776

Maria and Vika are up for doubles team of the year. So lets all vote. :cheer:

Protoss
Oct 27th, 2011, 08:19 AM
Maria is now #5 in the doubles rankings, a new career high!! :) Congrats Maria. :)

Nikkiri
Nov 30th, 2011, 01:35 AM
So what are we all thinking about the rumors of the split with Igor and the new boyfriend?

Remix13
Nov 30th, 2011, 06:49 AM
So what are we all thinking about the rumors of the split with Igor and the new boyfriend?

For now it's rumors. I'm waiting for a validation/invalidation ot this rumor. Anyway I don't really care about that as long as Maria's results improve or at least remain the same as in late 2011 ;)

If it's true, just a thought for the poor Igor...

Nikkiri
Nov 30th, 2011, 08:58 AM
They are probably just friends.. though it is strange for her to be in Arlington when she could be training anywhere in the world and he owns a house there. Plus the guy in the picture with Maria and her team is one of his friends.

http://i40.tinypic.com/2d1mpua.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/mbric8.jpg

kirivanovic
Nov 30th, 2011, 09:52 AM
I hope it's not true but i'm wondering what she's doing there instead of being in Moscow to enjoy the end of the year with her friends and family:rolleyes:.And where is Igor?:sad:

Celeborn
Nov 30th, 2011, 10:01 AM
Whats the source for this? I only found one gossip article about it, which isn't saying much except that she was watching one of his matches. This could really mean everything and nothing. So I'd like to remain skeptical until she tells us something herself. The only thing I noticed is that she doesn't wear her ring lately. But its her private life and I don't want to speculate too much about it.

Just hoping for good year 2012. She is probably working in the US with Jimy Szymanski again? This would be good news for a change ;).

Nikkiri
Nov 30th, 2011, 10:07 AM
She was in Miami training two weeks ago but then she ended up in Arlington training indoors with the George Washington University tennis team. It's hard to find any news about Igor unfortunately but he and Maria haven't been seen together since Cincy I also noticed she doesn't wear her ring anymore. When she played Fed cup he wasn't there he was playing challengers. She won't ever say anything so really all we can do is speculate. :lol:

Theres also this video where she didn't want to talk about Igor and then it got really awkward. :sobbing:

xHCDx6udNRw

Nina.
Nov 30th, 2011, 10:10 AM
And the Ovechkin rumor started with this tweet (https://twitter.com/#!/MiguelSeabra/status/141343180036648960), I guess :shrug:

Nikkiri
Nov 30th, 2011, 10:17 AM
Yeah, then he follows it up with nothing. Saying he found out about it by accident and won't reveal his source. It's all a mess :lol: Obviously it's her private life and I wouldn't like her any less.. but still i can't help wondering.

Nikkiri
Nov 30th, 2011, 10:23 AM
At least we have something to talk about during the off season.. :lol:

Nina.
Nov 30th, 2011, 10:29 AM
True :lol: I'd really be bummed if she and Igor have really split because they are adorable. But most important I only hope that she's happy and that these rumors don't affect her preparation for 2012.
But I really don't like that this guy put the story out but didn't offer any proof or source to back it up. Attention seeker :o

Nikkiri
Nov 30th, 2011, 10:38 AM
I know. They were together almost 6 years and I was sure they would get married. :sobbing: I am going to pretend they are still together till I hear otherwise.

And that guy really pissed me off, posting it so sure of himself with no concrete evidence. He should have kept his mouth shut tbh. Stephanie Myle's article has a little more.. but still nothing to go off really. http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2011/11/28/new-cross-sport-couple/

Celeborn
Nov 30th, 2011, 10:41 AM
If true I would feel sorry for Igor. If she left him that is. But they have been together for how long, 5, 6 years? Would be a pity if its over. But she played great at the end of the season and she seems happy now, so at least it seems they ended it on good terms, if all this is true. I don't know anything about Igor though. Tennis wise its hard to tell, as he played badly all year :-(.
But the story with Ovetchkin is still very thin, don't really believe it as of know.

kirivanovic
Nov 30th, 2011, 11:21 AM
About the video, even when she was with Igor, she didn't want to talk about him and her private life. About the ring, i hadn't noticed it but if she's not wearing it anymore, it's not a good sign. About Ovechkin, i know that a lot of russian tennis players like him and think that he's attractive. I like him as a player(i'd say he's my favorite player but i'm not a big fan of hockey) but i'm not sure that it would be a good idea for Maria as she likes to be quiet and she doesn't really like media's attention, interviews and going out with a big star in Russia wouldn't help her. She's a bit shy and it would make her life difficult to be followed by paparazzi everytime, hear a lot of rumors and spending more time in the USA than in Russia. Igor isn't so famous and they were quiet together, nobody bothered them and they could have a quiet and happy life. Maria,if you read me, go back to Igor if he didn't do anything wrong please, he's a good boy:(.

Nikkiri
Nov 30th, 2011, 11:28 AM
The Russian media hasn't seemed to find this story. But I did find one.

Овечкин запал на Кириленко


Российскую теннисистку Марию Кирилеко, которая долгое время встречалась с Игорем Андреевым, стали часто замечать вместе с другим россиянином – хоккеистом «Вашингтона» Александром Овечкиным.

Не так давно Овечкин пришел на тренировку Кириленко, а Марию две недели назад заметили на матче «Кэпиталз». Возможно, такие встречи помогают Овечкину отвлечься от своих проблем в клубе. Как известно, на тот момент Александр не ладил с уже ушедшим в отставку тренером Брюсом Будро.

Другая российская теннисистка Елена Дементьева уверяет, что между спортсмена ничего нет: «Овечкин с Кириленко большие друзья, не более того. Между ними ничего нет.»

Ранее Овечкин уже проявлял определенный интерес к теннисисткам. Несколько лет назад на базе «Кэпиталз» жила российская спортсменка Ольга Пучкова, как считается, по приглашению Овечкина.

i hate google translate but it does say they are just good friends.

Another Russian tennis player Elena Dementieva says that between an athlete's nothing, "Ovechkin Kirilenko with great friends, nothing more. Between them there is nothing. "

Celeborn
Nov 30th, 2011, 02:10 PM
Don't know how up to date Dementieva is but I would prefer that she is right. But everything considering, it looks indeed like Kiri and Igor broke up :(. But who knows really.

By the way, its a shame for a serious journalist to write such a story based on something on twitter. Regardless if it turns out being true or not.

Sergius
Nov 30th, 2011, 05:14 PM
The Russian media hasn't seemed to find this story. But I did find one.



i hate google translate but it does say they are just good friends.

The story seems to be a free translation of some English articles I read (including the stalker's one :lol:), so it's still uncertain

Nina.
Nov 30th, 2011, 06:44 PM
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f250/Wyna123/Projekt2-3.jpg (https://twitter.com/#!/ovi8/status/141964429444124673)

MK Ultra
Nov 30th, 2011, 06:52 PM
:bigcry:

Pirata.
Nov 30th, 2011, 07:08 PM
Nooooooooooooooo :sobbing:

kirivanovic
Nov 30th, 2011, 07:14 PM
I guess we'll never know what happened with Igor but she better plays well next year:rolleyes:

Nikkiri
Nov 30th, 2011, 07:31 PM
OMFG. Well good luck to them. Just be happy Kiri.

GoMasha23
Nov 30th, 2011, 07:57 PM
I cannot believe this. I am a really big hockey fan, and I really love to hate ovie. He is definitely a pig. This won't last too long.

watchdogfish
Nov 30th, 2011, 08:08 PM
Noooo Maria and Igor were such a cute couple :bigcry:

Vikkiri.
Nov 30th, 2011, 08:37 PM
Kiri and Igor. My life is ruined. :bigcry:
But if Maria is happy with Alex.. i will happy for her.

Celeborn
Nov 30th, 2011, 10:11 PM
So its true, don't really know what to think. I just hope her preparation is still going well and she continues her good form next year.

By the way, its totally new for Kiri that we have this kind of information via twitter. But the rumors were out anyway, thats maybe why...

UclaColumbia
Dec 1st, 2011, 01:23 AM
So, whatever happened between Kirilenko and Igor?

Ovechkin looks like a completely opposite personality than Igor? In fact, Ovechkin looks like a punk, while Igor looks like a good boy.

who dumped who?

the cat
Dec 1st, 2011, 02:57 AM
I have been a Makiri fan for 10 years and I always want the best for her as a tennis player and person.

I just saw something about Maria's love life on Yahoo. It said Alex Ovechkin had a Russian tennis (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?p=20539910&posted=1#) star girlfriend. Naturally I was interested to see who it was and when I saw the picture of the 2 the woman looked like Makiri and I was shocked. :eek: Poor Igor Andreev. :sad: But Igor was with Maria for about 6 years so maybe they both needed a change. :shrug: Ovechkin came up aces for sure in this deal. ;) I'm still shocked about this news. :eek: My favorite tennis player and my favorite hockey player dating or mating or both. :D :cool:

On a side nore Ovechkin makes about 15 million dollars a season in salary with the Washington Capitals NHL team so Makiri will have a cushy life if they are together for a long time. But I don't know if a cushy life is good for Maria's tennis career and desire. We'll see how it all plays out. But Alex is off to a terrible start this season with the Washington Capitals so maybe Makiri has his nose wide open which is leading to his poor play. :lol: ;)
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ezone
Dec 1st, 2011, 05:04 AM
Kirilenko was a top 30 player. This may not last as long as Kim Kardashian's marriage.

Remix13
Dec 1st, 2011, 09:46 AM
Finally it seems to be true. I don't know anything about Hockey but Ovechkin seems to be a big star in this sport according to Hockey fans on this board so Maria would probably become more exposed to medias... Hopefully it won't hurt to much her preparation and motivation for upcoming tennis year :confused:

Nikkiri
Dec 1st, 2011, 12:22 PM
Lets talk about tennis for a second :lol:

seems like Maria is testing a new racquet. the EZONE Xi which is what Ivanovic will be playing with.

http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvfmsqsB0e1qhks75o1_500.jpg

http://www.tennisidentity.com/.a/6a00e54fc623c888330162fd202949970d-pi


Or are they different? I can't tell.

the cat
Dec 1st, 2011, 01:48 PM
I cannot believe this. I am a really big hockey fan, and I really love to hate ovie. He is definitely a pig. This won't last too long.In the summer of 2010 Alexander Ovechkin spent time and alot of money partying in Turkey with an assortment of chicks. :rolleyes: Makiri should not put up with this type of male behaviour. She is a gem and must be treated as such. :hearts: ;) I hope Ovechkin has changed and is committed to Maria. If not she should dump him fast. :bolt:

On a side note I am hoping Maria's childhood rival Anna Chakvetadze will start dating Ovechkin's Russian Washington Capitals teammate Alexander Semin. :yeah:

Remix13
Dec 1st, 2011, 01:51 PM
Lets talk about tennis for a second :lol:

seems like Maria is testing a new racquet. the EZONE Xi which is what Ivanovic will be playing with.


She's testing lots of new things at the moment :lol:

Nikkiri
Dec 1st, 2011, 01:51 PM
She's testing lots of new things at the moment :lol:

:sobbing:

GoMasha23
Dec 1st, 2011, 01:55 PM
Earlier this year I went to the 2011 NHL all star game held in Raleigh,NC. The rumors around town, was that a few players including Ovie were going out partying like crazy every night. He even seemed to be drunk for some of the all star events. He is totally classless. I hope he has changed, but i doubt it.

GoMasha23
Dec 1st, 2011, 02:07 PM
I just remembered that Ovie does have a thing for famous Russian girls. If any of you hockey fans out there remember Igor Larionov, Alex used to date his daughter, who looks similar to Maria. Here is a pic of her: http://a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_nhl_experts__4/ept_sports_nhl_experts-560691625-1213462966.jpg?ymQUWrAD5gSgXEZH

Nina.
Dec 1st, 2011, 02:11 PM
I hope she finds a racket that works for her since she seemed to be fine with the one she used this season.

As for the Ovi matter, I'm a big fan of him, the hockey player. I never followed him much off the ice but I'm definitely gonna wait and see how Maria and he are going to work out. At the end of the day I only want her to be happy. And maybe she just wants to have a good time after getting out of a serious, long-term relationship.

kirivanovic
Dec 1st, 2011, 03:06 PM
The question is who hasn't he dated already instead of who he already dated:rolleyes:

HowardH
Dec 3rd, 2011, 02:05 AM
The question is who hasn't he dated already instead of who he already dated:rolleyes:

Pretty much.

Rumour was Olga Puchkova was engaged to him at one stage as well.

Igor seems like a nice boy. Don't particularly like this new guy. Hmph.

I tend to think Kiri's being a bit naive here, but many girls do find themselves drawn to bad boys, particularly famous ones.

Nikkiri
Dec 3rd, 2011, 07:05 AM
We really don't have a say in her private life. If she's happy right now.. that's all that matters. Right?

She just came out of a 5 year relationship, and in a month she will be back playing tennis. Looks like she's just having some fun. And after doing some research on Alex.. it seems like he's good at providing that. :lol:

Holdsworth
Dec 3rd, 2011, 10:17 AM
Vote :worship:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=449107

Nikkiri
Dec 5th, 2011, 12:08 PM
Kiriiii where are you!?

Celeborn
Dec 5th, 2011, 01:02 PM
Don't know :D. Isn't she in Virginia anymore? Or maybe back to Florida for practicing? Personally I would prefer the latter ;).

Do you know if she plays in the Czech league again? I remember last year Igor was there too, maybe they don't want to play together there this time...

Nikkiri
Dec 5th, 2011, 01:20 PM
They are both down to play this year.. :lol: will be interesting to see if they both show up. :sobbing:

Celeborn
Dec 5th, 2011, 02:11 PM
It depends probably on the nature of their break up. It feels weird to speculate about stuff like this :(.

But in the end they are professional players, maybe they simply have to play if there is a contract.

Nina.
Dec 5th, 2011, 07:08 PM
They are both down to play this year.. :lol: will be interesting to see if they both show up. :sobbing:

yes, to reunite ;)

Nikkiri
Dec 6th, 2011, 05:26 AM
Well she is back in Florida.. she was at the Caps game tonight :p

http://i39.tinypic.com/xdtt1y.jpg

Sergius
Dec 6th, 2011, 05:29 AM
y so pretty, Kiri? :inlove:

Nikkiri
Dec 6th, 2011, 05:34 AM
She looks so young :awww:

kirivanovic
Dec 6th, 2011, 09:44 AM
I hope her bf didn't lose another tooth:lol:

Nikkiri
Dec 6th, 2011, 09:57 AM
Yeah he took a nasty hit to the face :lol: ouch

kirivanovic
Dec 6th, 2011, 12:45 PM
Poor Maria, even more emotions than when Igor was choking:(