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Nikkiri
Sep 9th, 2008, 07:52 AM
To be honest I didn't really look if we already had a thread like this but anyways.. There was a nice article on the WTA Tour website about Maria, so I'll start with that one.

On The Rise Again: Maria Kirilenko

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/global/library/200x250/kirilenko_08backagain_200.jpg

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Despite a first round loss at the US Open, there's no doubt Maria Kirilenko has been finding her best form again this season. She was a Top 20 player for four weeks in 2006 and this summer, after nearly two full years outside the elite, broke back into it thanks to some impressive play in the last 12 months. Now she is poised to keep that upwards momentum going.

Kirilenko burst into the upper echelon of the women's game for the first time in the fall of 2005, making a surprising run to her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title in Beijing, a Tier II event. She continued to build on her ranking in the months to follow, and for the four-week grass court season in 2006, between June 12 and July 9, she was the world's No.20 player.

Following most upwards moves is a plateau, however, with points to defend and other players become accustomed to the rising star's game. Kirilenko was unable to defend her Beijing title in 2006 and continued to struggle with consistency in her results over the next several months. It showed in her ranking, which at one point dipped out of the Top 40, although it never strayed too far from that group.

"I was very up and down in my results; I'd play a good tournament then a bad one," Kirilenko said. "Winning the China Open gave me lots of points, but when it came time to defend them I couldn't, so I dropped down quite a bit. I knew that was something I had to work on, staying consistent week to week."

Kirilenko kept working hard, and a new and very experienced coaching change - bringing Eric Van Harpen on board - may have been what she needed.

"Although I was always working hard the results weren't there. But my coaching is perfect now. Eric and I started just before Wimbledon last year, and right away I had some great weeks in America, with some important wins against Jankovic and Bartoli, and I felt I was on my way back up.

"Eric and I understand each other perfectly. He's not only helping me become a better player physically, but he's teaching me how to think better on the court and look for the right situations, instead of just going for winners all the time."

The fall of 2007 brought Kirilenko her second Tour title at Kolkata and 2008 has seen her win another two - both on clay - at Estoril and Barcelona. She also reached her first Grand Slam second week at the Australian Open. And on June 16, she triumphantly returned to the Top 20, surpassing her previous high.

"I was really happy with how I played on clay this year; now I have to say my favorite surfaces are hard AND clay; although grass still doesn't work that well for me! But overall my game has changed a lot, and I feel like I'm still improving all the time. I'll learn how to do well on all surfaces."

Although she has since dipped just outside of the world's 20 best again, Kirilenko is already looking towards a higher milestone.

"If I can play my best more consistently from tournament to tournament, I think I can make the Top 15 soon, at least that's my goal. I'm still a bit up and down, but we're working on that. I feel like I can be in the Top 10 one day, too."

SOA_MC
Sep 9th, 2008, 09:29 AM
Nikkie did you write this?:p

Nikkiri
Sep 9th, 2008, 09:52 AM
Nikkie did you write this?:p

Yes, of course. Good hey? :angel:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2599 :ras:

Droolv
Sep 9th, 2008, 10:09 AM
:haha:

Thanks Nikkie, good thread idea ;)

Dinayer
Sep 9th, 2008, 12:28 PM
Yes, of course. Good hey? :angel:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2599 :ras:

:lol:

SOA_MC
Sep 9th, 2008, 12:30 PM
Yes, of course. Good hey? :angel:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2599 :ras:

It's just a little over done I think, just a little bit

Nikkiri
Sep 9th, 2008, 12:39 PM
Well I can't help wanting it to be amaze :worship:

I like it esp her quotes you meanies. :ras:

Go Maria!

Protoss
Sep 10th, 2008, 02:18 AM
Best form this season? Aside from the Australian Open and a couple of clay court tournaments, she hasn't played particularly well.

Maybe it's just me, but this article seem to be painting too rosy a picture. :shrug:

Nikkiri
Sep 10th, 2008, 07:08 AM
I guess theres no point posting positive things in here. The only activity in this forum is to drool over her looks. :rolleyes:

Droolv
Sep 10th, 2008, 09:28 AM
Yeah, Maria does play tennis doesnt she :tape:

Come on guys tennis not looks for a change ;)

Nikkiri
Sep 10th, 2008, 09:56 AM
I guess its only fun to talk about her tennis after she loses so we can call her a retard. :awww:

watchdogfish
Sep 10th, 2008, 11:10 AM
Aww Nikkie :hug: This thread is a good idea!

Yes it's all "Maria's so hot I want her babies :drool: :lick: :hearts:" before a match then in GM afterwards it's like "OMG!!!!111 Maria Overratedlenko shudn't b playing tenizzzz!!!111. Go back to modelling gurl!!!! :rolleyes:"

In GM they all forget Maria is a good tennis player, not just looks, she just doesn't have the consistency yet and that's really frustrating :(

Nikkiri
Sep 10th, 2008, 12:00 PM
Not just in GM. :o

Anyways I just wanted to post this as its good to hear her admit those things about herself and see how serious she takes this.

Thanks. :hug:

only_one_maria
Sep 10th, 2008, 03:17 PM
I guess theres no point posting positive things in here. The only activity in this forum is to drool over her looks. :rolleyes:

I'm surprised to hear you say that. I think most people on this board want to see her win, but if she's not playing well, we might as well look on the bright side :hearts:

Zumoq
Sep 10th, 2008, 06:20 PM
Thx for posting the article. I liked it. :p Won't bring in a Pulitzer in investigative reporting, of course, but that's not what I was looking for either.

Anyway, it's always interesting to hear what she has to say herself about her game and her career.

Kiriber
Sep 11th, 2008, 05:06 AM
Oh man I have never seen an article so in favor of her. Nice to read.

Her game does seem to be getting better over time, and I'll take any title. As far as I can tell she has been having one of her best years yet. She just needs to ride with the momentum better, and do something about being so streaky during matches. Playing like a goddess and then losing so many points in a row isn't so good.

I love her with her current coach, I think they can get it done and get her into the second week of a slam.

Mmmm optimism is fun.

Nikkiri
Sep 11th, 2008, 05:36 AM
Oh man I have never seen an article so in favor of her. Nice to read.

Her game does seem to be getting better over time, and I'll take any title. As far as I can tell she has been having one of her best years yet. She just needs to ride with the momentum better, and do something about being so streaky during matches. Playing like a goddess and then losing so many points in a row isn't so good.

I love her with her current coach, I think they can get it done and get her into the second week of a slam.

Mmmm optimism is fun.


Anyway, it's always interesting to hear what she has to say herself about her game and her career.

:worship: Thank you.

Krzysiu.
Sep 11th, 2008, 07:59 PM
I guess theres no point posting positive things in here. The only activity in this forum is to drool over her looks. :rolleyes:

:rolls:

Nikkiri
Sep 13th, 2008, 12:32 PM
Some nice words from Flavia.

One of Pennetta's friends and regular doubles partners is Maria Kirilenko, who also broke back into the world's Top 20 recently. The Italian is hoping she and the Russian can continue to play well together and apart, and keep on moving up.

"Maria and I are trying to take the same steps. We've both been playing well for four or five years now, and this is the right time. We're friends, we play doubles together - it'll be fun if we can take these steps at the same time."

Kiriber
Sep 13th, 2008, 06:47 PM
I could totally deal with Maria and Flavia marching up into the top 15 :D

Nikkiri
Sep 15th, 2008, 10:49 AM
Eric Van Harpen ę Next year will be a different year Ľ



Eric Van Harpen, the coach of Maria, told some words between the US Open and the Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament for Maria official website.

ę This match against Paszek at the US Open was very disappointed for us all ! Because after that, she would have a good draw. Patty Schnyder is for sure a lot easier for Maria as Serena Williams or Jelena Jankovic.

I was so happy that she could break Tamira and have this 4-2 and serving for 5-2. Then, she lost 13 points in a row and I donít know what happened. Perhaps she was tired and tenseÖ But she should not be tired and we will work like hell. I am so happy that Maria see it clear as well that we have to work hard here and this makes the work easier for us both.

Between US Open and now, Maria took some days off and did physical work with her father in Moscow. I see her better at the moment. Yesterday, she trained very well and I told her that we have to work in the future like this and this is not a guaranty that she will do great in the next tournaments, but yes in the future.

I think Maria did understand that to improve, we have to work a 30% harder in the future and I think she is ready for this. If she will, next year will be a different year. Ľ

Nikkiri
Sep 15th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Nice new diary entry from Maria. :)

Hello!

After US Open, I went at home and I had very nice days with my family! Now I am in Tokyo, in my favorite city! For my first match, I am playing against Marion Bartoli. Itís very tough for the first round, but all girls who are in this tournament are strong.

Yesterday, I did an autograph session for Yonex. We went in downtown in the biggest sport shop of Tokyo. There were a lot of people and atmosphere was very nice! Japanese people are very kind.

In the evening, me and three other players (Ivanovic, Cornet and Sugiyama), we had a little tournament with the sponsors. Four groups and, in each, 6-7 people and one of us. So we had a small competition and my group won!!! It was very funny.

Tomorrow, I guess I am going to play and today I will make one practice and will be ready for tomorrow match.

Thank you for all your messages. Iíll talk to you soon !

Maria

Droolv
Sep 15th, 2008, 10:55 AM
Thanks Nikkie :yeah:

Hopefully 2009 will be a breakthrough year :armed:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Sep 15th, 2008, 06:38 PM
It's good to have positive sounds, but they were there also earlier this year. If Maria lose today, she will drop to at least rank 31.
But guys, I'm actually positive about today.
A draw against Bartoli is exactly what she needs. The draw at the US Open asked for the seem.

Maria, shut up the haters at show that you really have the talent to reach the top.
DAVAJ MARIA!!!!!

Warrior
Sep 20th, 2008, 03:21 PM
Here's a link to Russian article about Maria.

http://www.kp.ru/daily/24167/379517/


Sorry no time to translate.

only_one_maria
Sep 21st, 2008, 11:55 AM
Here's a link to Russian article about Maria.

http://www.kp.ru/daily/24167/379517/


Sorry no time to translate.

Anything interesting to report?

Warrior
Sep 21st, 2008, 06:24 PM
Anything interesting to report?

Not really. The article reports that "Sun" ranked Mariki ahead of Sharapova among sexiest tennis players.

Krzysiu.
Sep 21st, 2008, 06:48 PM
Here's a link to Russian article about Maria.

http://www.kp.ru/daily/24167/379517/

Sorry no time to translate.

Anybody translate anyway?

Not really. The article reports that "Sun" ranked Mariki ahead of Sharapova among sexiest tennis players.

Anybody had any doubt? :lol:

Krzysiu.
Sep 21st, 2008, 06:55 PM
Oh and Ivanovic Fan - nice pic of you and Maria :) I have very similar, Sweetie has the same blouse on her :lol:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Sep 21st, 2008, 07:33 PM
Oh and Ivanovic Fan - nice pic of you and Maria :) I have very similar, Sweetie has the same blouse on her :lol:

Thanks.
Lately it's hard to choose if a use a picture of Ana or Maria.
Both are in a ....... form.

I changed my picture, hopefully their results will change as well.

Protoss
Sep 22nd, 2008, 11:31 AM
Some good news to report...Maria is #1. :) :p Maria was voted best looking tennis player on the wta in this poll in a UK newspaper. :) I first saw this link over in Caro's player forum and thought I should post it here:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/tennis/article1700129.ece

Krzysiu.
Sep 22nd, 2008, 03:10 PM
Thanks.
Lately it's hard to choose if a use a picture of Ana or Maria.
Both are in a ....... form.

I changed my picture, hopefully their results will change as well.

Ana or Maria - it's the question :p

Krzysiu.
Sep 22nd, 2008, 03:14 PM
Some good news to report...Maria is #1. :) :p Maria was voted best looking tennis player on the wta in this poll in a UK newspaper. :) I first saw this link over in Caro's player forum and thought I should post it here:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/tennis/article1700129.ece

Well I've known it since Nov.2007. Most of you propably known it even earlier. And Brits got to know it just now :lol:

only_one_maria
Sep 22nd, 2008, 05:14 PM
From a British perspective, Makiri is one of Russia's best kept secrets. Virtually no-one here knows who she is. When Andy Murray appeared as a guest on our no1 chat show Makiri got a mention but otherwise nothing :(

I don't think the article says where this poll is from?

Droolv
Sep 23rd, 2008, 01:07 PM
Maria Kirilenko beat Lenka Wienerova 6-2, 6-0.

Q. How do you feel about completing your first match here? You were the runner up last year, when you were competing here for the second time. Do you think you can do one better this time around?

A. I think it was a good start today. I played quite good, you know, and I didn’t make a lot of mistakes and just played consistent, and I’m just happy the way I played today. Compared with last week, you know, it’s much better. I feel strong and I feel that I can do the same like last year.


Q. You lost in the first round in the last three tournaments you competed in. What do you think was the reason for those losses, and if there were any physical troubles, how are you feeling now?

A. I mean last week for the first round it was really tough match, you know, first match and already with Bartoli. And now I always have, like I said that it’s not my best player with whom I like to play. It’s also... their surface in Tokyo is different. Compared to here, it’s so fast, you know. I prefer here, you know. I like the surface better. I know that the courts are new, and they are painted, and it’s perfect. I feel very fine here.


Q. Last year, some of the fans were disappointed that they didn’t get a chance to get your autographs and pictures after matches. What do you think about the Korean fans, and do you plan to give them a chance to get your autographs and pictures?

A. Of course, usually I give some autographs and pictures. You mean after the match?


Q. Yes.

A. Of course, they will have a chance. (laughter) They always can come to me, and I will always be able to give them autographs and some photos.


Q. Your serve and your backhand were really good today. What are the shots you work on that you focus on during practices?

A. Forehand was good? (laughter)


Q. Forehand was good, too.

A. Yeah, I’m quite working hard about my all shots and my backhand and serve, everything. I need to improve everything a little bit. So that’s what I’m doing every practice. Even today, I’m going to go and hit some balls, you know, and try to be better and better every day.


Q. You wore a beautiful outfit today. Is there a concept behind it?

A. What does it mean, concept?


Q. Is there an idea or something that you tried to go for with your outfit?

A. No, actually I’m wearing the Adidas by Stella McCartney, and she’s the designer of these clothes. So every year, a few time per year, we have meetings and I’m trying the clothes what she did, and I’m trying to see if I’m comfortable in it. So then I’m going and I’m playing and I’m always comfortable in these clothes and it always looks very nice also.


Q. You played aggresively today, coming in front of the baseline. Was that a strategy that was designed to beat your opponent?

A. Designed?


Q. That you employed to beat your opponent.

A. Yeah, usually when I’m playing aggressive tennis and just trying to make the point by myself, I’m playing always better. For me it’s always easier to win the point than if you go like 2 metres from the baseline, you know, and running. Sometimes I do it, and it works not really good, so that’s what I’m trying to do, to play more aggressive tennis.


Q. This is your third time in Korea. Do you feel differently now from when you were here the first time?

A. I think, of course every year when I come here, I’m feeling better and better, and also feeling that I’m a better player. Even like last year, because this year I had the best results, like the no.18 ranking, now a little bit get down because I lost some points, and had some... Doesn’t matter. I feel that I’m improving, you know. My tennis improving, and I’m just really happy, you know, that I can come back here and I’m able to play again here. I have very good memories from last year. It seems like I just played the final yesterday. And it gives a lot of confidence also, the Center Court, because I played a lot of matches here already and I won them. And it gave me even confidence from the first match.


Q. Who do you think is the toughest player competing in this tournament this year?

A. The toughest player for me?


Q. Yes.

A. I mean, for example, the next round is going to be Safarova. I think she’s a good player, and we always have difficult matches with her. It’s going to be difficult also to play the second round against her. She also played maybe not really good this year, she lost some points, but it happens sometimes. Anyway, she’s a good player. And the rest of the players are also good. All the players who can play main draw, it means they are all good. So it’s everybody I need to concentrate in the beginning, so just trying to win it. You know, to play aggressive tennis and win in 2 sets, not 3, if it’s possible.


Q. The Sun, a British tabloid, chose you as the sexiest tennis player. Why do you think there are so many beautiful players on the women’s tour?

A. (laughter) How do I know? Ask the parents... (laughter) I don’t know the answer for this. I mean, it’s nice, you know, to be beautiful. Every girl’s trying to take care about herself and trying to look as good as possible.


Q. You wore a traditional Korean costume last year (after the final). How did you feel wearing that?

A. I think it’s nice. I can see these old pictures in different magazines, and always when I see, of course I remember about Korea. And I think it was a really nice dress, you know, white... So it was good for me. I got it at home. They sent me the dress, so I have it at home.


Q. You like to play football. Is that just a hobby or does it help with the tennis?

A. It’s maybe a little bit hobby and also a little bit, you know, a warmup before my practice. Usually I’m carrying my ball, my football with me, and this time I forgot it at home. (laughter) I like to do some exercises with these ball. Just playing sometimes when we can play 2 against 2, it’s much better than 10 against 10. You have to run more, you know, when you play 2 against 2. It’s good physical work also, for the footwork, everything. When I have a chance, I always like to play.

http://www.hansolopen.com/

only_one_maria
Sep 23rd, 2008, 01:24 PM
Good stuff.

Kiriber
Sep 23rd, 2008, 04:46 PM
Q. The Sun, a British tabloid, chose you as the sexiest tennis player. Why do you think there are so many beautiful players on the womenís tour?

A. (laughter) How do I know? Ask the parents... (laughter) I donít know the answer for this. I mean, itís nice, you know, to be beautiful. Every girlís trying to take care about herself and trying to look as good as possible.

I love that they mentioned that to her. Very good answer too. :)

only_one_maria
Sep 23rd, 2008, 05:55 PM
Apprently it wasn't the Sun or 'Scum' as I prefer to call it, but a poll of Orange mobile phone users than they found out about.

This means the credibility of the poll goes up in my opinion.

Nikkiri
Sep 23rd, 2008, 07:09 PM
Q. Your serve and your backhand were really good today. What are the shots you work on that you focus on during practices?

A. Forehand was good? (laughter)


Q. The Sun, a British tabloid, chose you as the sexiest tennis player. Why do you think there are so many beautiful players on the womenís tour?

A. (laughter) How do I know? Ask the parents... (laughter) I donít know the answer for this. I mean, itís nice, you know, to be beautiful. Every girlís trying to take care about herself and trying to look as good as possible.



:rolls: Love her :hearts:

Natash.
Sep 24th, 2008, 04:18 AM
She's adorable. :lol:

Droolv
Sep 26th, 2008, 09:56 AM
Maria Kirilenko beat Pauline Parmentier 6-3, 6-2.


Q. What are your thoughts about the match?

A. Well, I think, after, when I finished, I looked on my watch and it was 2 hours, almost 2 hours. It was actually 6-3, 6-2, but 2 hours, I think, yes. It was a difficult match today. Every game was really difficult, and I couldnít say that it was easy for me, you know, to play the game today. It was really tough, and Iím really happy that I, like, fight till the end. It doesnít matter if I was a little bit tired or whatever. I just fight and I won in two sets.


Q. What was the toughest thing about today?

A. Well, the girl, she didnít make a lot of easy mistakes, you know. Like every point, I have to fight and to win the point. So I didnít have to hope, you know, for mistakes or something. Of course, sometimes she made mistakes. I think itís because of the wind. Today was a little bit cold and windy. And well, that was tough for me, to play every point, to be in the game every point.


Q. Do you think youíre physically fit now?

A. Yeah, I think after US Open I had two weeks for the practice, and I worked really hard, you know, and made a lot of running and physical work. And so now I feel, even if itís a long point, of course I feel a little bit, you know, the breathe is going quite faster, itís normal... Anyway, I recover faster, and Iím feeling perfect. Of course it was a little bit difficult today. You know why? Because yesterday, it was a long day. I was waiting so long, and then we played with Lucie, a set, and then we had to move to the indoors, and then I had to play immediately doubles, and it wasnít so easy also. In the morning it was a little bit difficult for me, but then I just get through the game, and it was fine.


Q. Are you feeling ill? Did you catch the cold, perhaps?

A. No, why? No, because it was windy, you know, and when I was running, and I started to get some tears, it was because of the wind. Then of course... (sniffs) So Iím not sick. I hope not.


Q. You are next playing Kaia Kanepi, against whom you already have a win. How are you going to prepare for that match?

A. Well, Iím going to play doubles soon, and then Iím going to the hotel to rest and sleep. Then tomorrow is the same day, like always, practising and having lunch, you know, and just ready to go on court, I mean...


Q. Are you confident about your match against Kanepi?

A. Well, I know that she had quite good results this year. The French Open, it was quarterfinals. But anyway, it was claycourt, and here weíre going to play on hard. Now, in the beginning of the year, I played against her in a tournament in New Zealand in the first round, and I beat her in... Yeah, it was three sets, actually. Well, I think itís going to be a difficult match for sure tomorrow, and anyway, itís going to be long points, and sheís the girl who is hitting hard the ball. And Iím just... I think sheís a little bit similar like the girl I played today. Iím just going to make some plan on the match you know, and to do my best.


Q. In todayís match, on difficult points, you made a lot of backhand down-the-line winners. What do you think made the difference today in terms of your shots that worked?

A. I think actually today, all my shots worked. Even the serve, I tried to mix the serve, and it worked. Yeah, I had some winners down the line, backhand, and forehand, also, I think I had a lot of winners. Iím just happy with the way I played today, and everything worked.


Q. You wear the same necklace in all your matches. Is there a special meaning to it?

A. (laughter) This necklace Iím wearing all my life, not only in this match.


Q. Who gave it to you?

A. Doesnít matter, I think. (laughter) Itís my parents.

kirivanovic
Sep 26th, 2008, 11:53 AM
Q. Are you feeling ill? Did you catch the cold, perhaps?

A. No, why? No, because it was windy, you know, and when I was running, and I started to get some tears, it was because of the wind. Then of course... (sniffs) So Iím not sick. I hope not.

:tears::hug:


Q. Are you confident about your match against Kanepi?

Well, I think itís going to be a difficult match for sure tomorrow, and anyway, itís going to be long points, and sheís the girl who is hitting hard the ball.

Anaaaaaaa, get out of Maria's body:lol:

kirivanovic
Sep 27th, 2008, 08:48 AM
Maria Kirilenko beat Kaia Kanepi 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.



Q. How do you feel about reaching the final for the second year?

A. First of all, I'm very happy to make it to the second time the final. Actually, today was so difficult match. You know, I was down 2-0 in the third set, and every game was really difficult. So I'm really happy to get through all of this, and I'm in the final.


Q. The weather has turned a bit cold suddenly. How did that affect the game?

A. I mean, in the morning I think it was much colder than yesterday, and I thought I'm going to play in the pants, you know. (laughter) And the T-shirt was long sleeves. But then the weather became warmer and warmer, so actually it was maybe... The weather even helped me, you know, to play like three sets and so long, because if it's hot, it's going to be twice difficult to play today. But it wasn't so hot, and it was easier, you know. Not so difficult to play. It was difficult to play with her, not because of the weather. (laughter)


Q. How is your fitness holding up? You're also playing the doubles.

A. Since now, I think it's good, and I hope I'm going to be ready tomorrow.


Q. Your next opponent has a strong serve. How will you be preparing for it?

A. I mean, I need a good return tomorrow, for sure. Well, I played against her a few times. One time I beat her, one time I lost to her, but it was on the clay court when I lost to her and it was three sets. It was last year in the French Open, so it was a long time ago. Well, for sure I just need a good return tomorrow, and the rest, I feel I'm going to be fine.


Q. You are here for the third time. When you see Korean tennis, do you think it's improving?

A. Well, I remember I played last year first round with a Korean girl, and I remember it was a difficult match. The girl, she played... I don't remember her name.


Q. Kim, Kim So-Jung

A. So I played a difficult match with her. This year, I didn't see her. Well, and I just played doubles against Korean girls. What I saw of them, they understand how to play doubles. It seems they understand, but anyway they need to more improve to make all the shots better and better. But I think the players are improving, and I know you have a lot of small players, I mean kids, you know, and I saw one guy, he's nine years old, he played unbelievably good. So I think the small guys and girls, they are playing very well.


Q. Your doubles partner, Vera, also came here in 2005 and lost in the first round. Are you good friends with her, and how did you decide to play doubles together?

A. I don't know, just, erm... Actually, I didn't plan to play doubles here. Then suddenly I decided, why not play extra matches. And then I asked her, Vera, if she wanted to play with me here, and she said yes, sure, she was happy to play. That's why we're playing. I mean well, I couldn't say that we are very good friends, but we know each other because we're from the same country, and when we have a chance, we always talk.


Q. Last year, after the final, you received a traditional Korean costume. If you receive a traditional Korean costume again this year, what colour would you like? Maybe the same colour as Venus received last year?

A. No, I don't want the same. (laughter) I don't know what I... If I say the colour, they are going to prepare the colour tomorrow?


Q. I don't think so.

A. You don't think so. (laughter)


Q. What would you like?

A. Something like bright colours.


Q. Before coming here, you had a lot of early exits. What do you think changed?

A. Well, just last two tournaments I lost first round. It was Tokyo, I mean, I lost against Bartoli, she's a good player you know, and for the first round it's really tough. And in US Open I lost against the girl, Paszek, but she's also a good player. She was top 30 already, for the first round. Now she's not seeded player, she lost some points, but anyway she's really tough and she had good wins. Before me, she beat Ivanovic and a couple of good players. It was also, I lost three sets, you know, 7-... I don't remember, 6-4 in the third. Also, you know, up like... It was very close match. Well, of course during this year I had some downs, early exits like first rounds. A lot of first rounds. I don't know. I need to be more consistent player if I'm going to play, try to keep my level the same level, so for sure I'm going to be a good player, top 15, top 10, for sure, but now I have some up and downs, and that's why my ranking is not high enough yet. But you know, it's still... I have time to improve. I'm only 21 and I'm going to get more experience, experience and so now I understand more, and try to be more good player.

Warrior
Sep 27th, 2008, 03:52 PM
Thanks for posting

kirivanovic
Sep 28th, 2008, 11:09 AM
Maria Kirilenko beat Samantha Stosur 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.



Q. How do you feel about winning the championship?

A. I feel good, I feel tired. (laughter) It was two matches, the last two matches were very difficult. Even before, I won 6-3, 6-2, both matches, and also it was long. So you know, now at the end of the week, I feel a little bit tired. Still, I need to go play doubles.


Q. How different does it feel last year compared to last year when you were runner up?

A. Well, I think this year, Iím a much better player, and I also had more difficult wins than last year. From the, I donít know, the first round, I didnít know the girl with whom I played, but anyway, she played quite good. And then from the second round to the final, I had very good players. And Iím really happy that I beat all of them. I feel that Iím improving, you know.


Q. You were having problems with your service game in the first set, and your opponent had a strong kick serve. How did you prepare for it?

A. Yeah, I mean, I did a lot of mistakes. It was unbelievable how many mistakes I did. And she started to play very good and she served so good, and for me it was difficult to return her serve. She always served 192, 189... Then in the second set, I started to be more concentrated, you know, because in the first set I was a little bit out of the game. Also, I felt a little bit tired after yesterday, my doubles and singles. But anyway, I concentrated, and then I decided to play every ball, doesnít matter what happened, and so I just started to fight. It worked, and Iím very happy.


Q. When you started the match, in the first set, your level didnít seem quite 100%. How would you describe your level at the start of the match?

A. What I told before, I started to make a lot of mistakes. I think it was because of a little bit tiredness, you know, after a difficult match yesterday, the day before yesterday. And of course, Iím not a robot, you know. I feel tired. Especially, itís Sunday, and itís normal. And well, I tried to do my best in the first set, but didnít work you know, it happens sometimes. But the game, itís not only one set, itís from three sets. I think my first set was just, you know, 50 or 40%, what I think. And then, I started to play better and better, and then I started to play much better. I started to play more aggressive, you know, do the right things, donít make stupid mistakes.


Q. Maria, it looks like youíve got one of the best return of serves in womenís tennis. Do you see the ball early? I mean, how do you return it so well? And number two, was her second serve has got a lot of kick. Is that hard to return?

A. So Iíll answer the first question. Yes, since small age, my return is quite good. Itís always better than my serve. And I donít know, maybe itís because itís the reaction. My reaction, you know, is not so bad. I donít know, just feel the ball when the ball is coming, I know what to do, like my hand going through the ball. Itís always, you know, quite good. The second question is...:lol:


Q. Her second serve. Was it tough, the kick, to return?

A. I knew her second serve. Iíve played against her already and I played doubles against her many times. I knew itís only two possibilities. You go two steps back and return from the defence, or you go just two steps in the court, you know, and just, you return aggressive. Today, I decided to go two steps forward in the court, and my return was perfect. It wasnít really problems for me, but anyway, but she had a few aces from the second serve. Even I went two steps in the court, and anyway, it was aces. (laughter) Itís a really good serve. I think sheís one of the best who is serving so good. Sheís serving so fast like men sometimes.


Q. In the first set, you seemed to be having trouble with your leg. What happened?

A. Just during the point, I just hit my knee with the racquet, and it was so painful. I thought I broke something. (laughter) And I couldnít step on my leg, it was like a little bit shock you know. Just happened, you know, a strange step during the point, and I got trouble. Maybe it was good, you know, to wake me up. (laughter) Then I woke up, and I started to play.


Q. In last yearís and this yearís run to the final, you wore the same outfit for all your singles matches. Is there a reason for it, maybe sponsorship reasons?

A. Yes because Iím playing in Adidas by Stella McCartney, and she makes the clothes for me. And for every tournament, she sends me the clothes... Maybe not for every tournament, but for a couple of tournaments, I have to play in the same dress or the same dress, and thatís how it works.


Q. So thatís part of the agreement?

A. Yes.


Q. It seems you control your emotions very well out on the court. What do you do to control your emotions? And secondly, when things are not going well, you sometimes turn around and say some things. What are the things that you say in those times?

A. I donít remember. (laughter) Well, yeah. Usually I try to control myself, and I never throw the racquets and I never do some strange things on court, and sometimes I feel that Iím going asleep, to sleep, you know, during the match, and I need to wake up somehow. Or I start to like, scream something loud, or I donít know, just maybe once hit the racquet to wake me up, then I can be in the game. Because otherwise, Iím getting slow, and no emotion, nothing. And the game doesnít go, so... Actually, I donít even remember what Iím screaming. (laughter)


Q. What do you need to do to win Wimbledon or the US Open? And another quick question, generally you donít like to move forward, you looked a little bit hesitant. Is that a physical thing? Is it hard to move forward? Or is that mental, you just donít want to?

A. What do you mean?


Q. Short balls. Coming into the net on short balls, moving forward rather than sideways.

A. Well, thatís what Iím trying to do some times, you know. You mean not often Iím going to the net, or what do you mean?


Q. Yeah.

A. I donít know. I think itís not of my type of game to come slowly to the net. I always come when I have a chance, and when itís some moments during the match, just to come to the net and surprise my opponent. And the first question, I donít know, I just need to make more physical work, to be ready for two weeks. Also, I need to believe in myself that I can play good, and can beat the good players also. Just this, and then I can win.

SOA_MC
Oct 2nd, 2008, 02:08 PM
Maria got Moscow WC according to Foot's Fingers

Agnes withdrew from KC ---> Ana in MD ---> WC goes to Maria

now it's officialy

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Oct 2nd, 2008, 02:24 PM
Can be true but it's not at the tournament site or Maria's site.
A WC means some more rest.

Nikkiri
Oct 2nd, 2008, 02:25 PM
Maria got Moscow WC according to Foot's Fingers

Yep, posted here in Russian.

http://www.kremlincup.ru/db/news/399

Was to be expected really. Hope she can win a match at her home tournament. :kiss:

only_one_maria
Oct 2nd, 2008, 02:39 PM
Would a wild card be for the last 32 or 64?

SOA_MC
Oct 2nd, 2008, 03:05 PM
Would a wild card be for the last 32 or 64?

For the Main Draw she has the ranking for direct entry into qualifying

Labamba
Oct 2nd, 2008, 03:15 PM
Would a wild card be for the last 32 or 64?

last 28 :p

Labamba
Oct 2nd, 2008, 03:18 PM
I'm glad she got the WC, but coming through the qualies would have given her more confidence on these courts. Let's hope she draws a qualifier or another WC :)

Krzysiu.
Oct 2nd, 2008, 05:18 PM
Maria got Moscow WC according to Foot's Fingers

Does WC mean Wonderful Cabriole? Sweetie used to practice balet in her girl's years. Is she going to dance on the court to charm this minority of guys who haven't already felt in love with her? :rolls:

SOA_MC
Oct 2nd, 2008, 05:30 PM
Seriously can you stop calling Maria Sweetie it's creepy

Krzysiu.
Oct 2nd, 2008, 05:33 PM
Seriously can you stop calling Maria Sweetie it's creepy

I'll try special for you, my Aussie friend. But it's stronger than me so I can't swear :angel:

SOA_MC
Oct 2nd, 2008, 05:39 PM
I'll try special for you, my Aussie friend. But it's stronger than me so I can't swear :angel:

Alright try your best I probably shouldn't have used the word creepy sorry

Krzysiu.
Oct 2nd, 2008, 05:42 PM
Alright try your best I probably shouldn't have used the word creepy sorry

It was disproportionate to use "creepy" with word "Sweetie". :D

only_one_maria
Oct 2nd, 2008, 08:13 PM
Alright try your best I probably shouldn't have used the word creepy sorry

Sweetie = creepy?????????

If you got creeped out by that, you must think half the people on this forum should be in a psychiatric hospital :lol:

(Only joking)

Warrior
Oct 3rd, 2008, 12:17 AM
Getting WC is good news. Please don't play doubles Maria!

Kiriber
Oct 3rd, 2008, 05:16 AM
Yes! I'd love to see her cut back on the doubles, here would be a great start.

Nikkiri
Oct 3rd, 2008, 05:21 AM
Knowing Maria.. she will play doubles. :tape: :lol:

Krzysiu.
Oct 3rd, 2008, 01:05 PM
Knowing Maria.. she will play doubles. :tape: :lol:

Good for those lucky guys watching the matches :)

VIKA?
Oct 3rd, 2008, 01:29 PM
yeah!1 great for Maria :D hope she can win a match:) GL

and yes about the doubles don't play please:tape:

Kiriber
Oct 3rd, 2008, 10:43 PM
Oh yeah she'll be playing doubles. I wonder though if all the doubles is for match time and practice or if she really just wants to play. Maybe both.

I was honestly kind of excited about her having to qualify. I think it would have given some great momentum. Oh well.

Nikkiri
Oct 4th, 2008, 05:54 AM
Yeah qualifying could have been good for her since she's never won a match in Moscow? would have given her some momentum but if she ended up losing in qualies that would be devastating we'd probably be seeing her end the season on another losing streak. :tape:

Kiriber
Oct 4th, 2008, 06:31 AM
I can't even fathom that she'd lose.

Of course she would nearly lose every match though. That would have been some real fun.

Krzysiu.
Oct 7th, 2008, 08:00 PM
Yeah qualifying could have been good for her since she's never won a match in Moscow? would have given her some momentum but if she ended up losing in qualies that would be devastating we'd probably be seeing her end the season on another losing streak. :tape:

Maybe Maria doesn't like her home city?

schorsch
Oct 16th, 2008, 04:19 AM
interview with eric van harpen

Blick: You have been on the tour for what seems to be an eternity, you've celebrated a win at Wimbledon with Conchita Martinez, have brought Maria Sharapova and Patty Schnyder to the upper echelon of the tennis world, have already coached players like Ana Ivanovic and Anna Kournikova. Don't you ever think, ok it's enough already? Or can't you just get enough of the tour?
Eric van Harpen (currently Kirilenko's coach): I wouldn't have a problem with just letting go at once if I wanted to, but this happens to be my job. The only thing that motivates me is to have a player that really wants to get to the top. Like Ana Ivanovic for example otherwise it gets tough.

B: Have the young women got the right attitude?
E: No, I don't really think so. There are only few that have got a tremendous amount of joy for tennis. One of them is Jankovic. Even if she loses a lengthy rally, she'll smile. Because she enioys playing.

B: Patty Schnyder thought that the seemingly endless changes at the nr.1 ranking are comparable to the stocking market. There are also supposed to be certain players, that many don't appreciate being the nr.1 player. Do you share her opinion?
E: One can't possibly say that Jankovic, who has been reaching semis and finals and winning tournaments throughout the year doesn't deserve this. She deserves it even more than a girl who doesn't win nearly anything, but a GS. The ranking is the barometre of concistency.

B: Do you have a favourite player apart from your player Maria Kirilenko?
E: Well ok, Jankovic is not the kind of player, that will wow you everytime with some fantastic winner all the time. But, she has no weaknesses. She's nearly unbeatable in terms of defence. Once she starts dictating it gets really difficult to get yourself out of this situation. She's very strong when it comes to moving and mentally as well, in terms of intelligence.
.
B: There are still a lot of people who miss Martina Hingis...
E: Oh my, Martina Hingis. Just forget about that already. Ana Ivanovic for example, that's a girl who is obsessed at improving. She's still very young. She also might end up piling up three tournaments in a row. And the ones that are following her are very good players as well. (The young ones)

B: But they say they lack variety.
E: Sure sure, I've got to say Hingis was very clever. But which of Hingis' shots was extraordinary? Maybe in the past it used to be the backhand. But nowadays most of the girls are able to play an unbelievable backhand. Hingis couldn't play a forehand. Neither was she able to serve. She was clever, yeah. But both of the WS can play sensational tennis. At the momement we have unbelievably many good players. Safina, Dementieva, Sharapova, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Kuznetsova.

B: You're coaching Maria Kirilenko, a Russian. You used to coach Sharapova and Kournikova. Are there some general rules with Russians?
E: I didn't have my biggest results with Russians. I don't really know why. Well, that means, I probably know why. They are drilled to stereotypes from childhood on and then don't change much anymore. Just to drop down a few rankings in a period of change makes them freak out so much that they'd rather not change anything in the first place. I hope that I can achieve that with Maria next year. I have also given her an ultimatum. I told her we'd have to change some things or else I just couldn't work with her anymore.

B: You have got the reputation to say as an "employee": You're losing me and not the other way around.
E: Yeah, yeah. I don't just randomly say that of course. I have got a tennis academy, which does quite well. But I don't wanna think about that now. She's just gotta change now. She's got to get fitter, change physically. Because all of the new girls, the Cibulkovas, the Wozniackis and so on and so on are all moving well. The times where you just could stand still and whack the ball like Davenport are over.

B: Do you sometimes get the feeling that certain girls compromise their training because of their sponsors and other events?
E: That just all is a part of the game. Sponsors are extremely important. That just has got to be done otherwise the Tour couldn't survive. The Tour needs this image. Not that they only play well, but also that they look good or try to be appealing. If you have 10 ugly toads, it isn't rally easy to sell tennis. For this reason it's not that bad that they put some time in for these kinds of events, because they all look decent.

B: You are a successful coach of women. Don't you ever think of changing to the men's tour?
E: I've got to say that Igor Andreev is a very dear friend of mine and he asked me if he had to pay me for my efforts. I told him: No, no you dont have to pay me anything. That would be a vacation for me. I still have the dream to travel around the world with a man.

B: Why?
E: They just are much more grounded, you can joke around with them, you can do silly stuff with them, too. They are not gonna fire you right away just because they missed a smash in a stupid way on match point. They would tell themselves: Well, that means that I have got to smash more in practise to improve this shot.

B: Are you a masochist?
E: Well, I'm not, but I have a slight tendency towards being one indeed, I guess.

Kiriber
Oct 16th, 2008, 04:51 AM
What did I learn? He likes Jelena (A LOT), Ana and wants to travel the world with men.

Interesting.

Protoss
Oct 16th, 2008, 07:03 AM
Yah whatever on the Martina bit. :rolleyes:

only_one_maria
Oct 16th, 2008, 03:32 PM
'Are you a masochist'?????

Good to see him say such nice things about Igor. Some of the comments seemed quite surprising though. Talking of giving Makiri an ultimatum.......... I'd like to know what these changes are that he thinks she should make? Also about the fitness. She always seems very fit, but perhaps Eric thinks otherwise?

Nikkiri
Oct 16th, 2008, 04:02 PM
He's always been that kinda coach if the player doesn't do what he says he wont stick around, Maria would have known that when she signed him on.

Zumoq
Oct 16th, 2008, 06:01 PM
Interesting interview. I'm starting to like this guy. Great attitude. Just hope he's able to bring forth the best in Maria next year.

If Maria can improve physically, it could help her in many ways. But he'd better not change her into a Ukrainian weightlifter.

"stocking market" :lol:

only_one_maria
Oct 16th, 2008, 07:25 PM
I've never known Makiri looking so toned as she does now. I think Eric's attitude is understandable (why bother coaching if your player won't listen?), just surprised he would be so public about it.

Warrior
Oct 18th, 2008, 01:17 AM
'Are you a masochist'?????

Good to see him say such nice things about Igor. Some of the comments seemed quite surprising though. Talking of giving Makiri an ultimatum.......... I'd like to know what these changes are that he thinks she should make? Also about the fitness. She always seems very fit, but perhaps Eric thinks otherwise?

It just shows you his limitations as a coach. Maria has a little room for improvement in terms of fitness. It's her mental part of the game and strategy that need attention.

JimM
Oct 18th, 2008, 09:47 AM
It just shows you his limitations as a coach. Maria has a little room for improvement in terms of fitness. It's her mental part of the game and strategy that need attention.

You hit the nail on the head. Maria does not believe in herself, that she can beat higher ranked players consistently. He is right about the youngsters Wozniacki, Azarenka Aga etc. They want it all. She has to start going deep in the Tier 1 & 2's. I would sooner see her ranked #17 with no titles, than #30 something with 3 tier 4's.

If she avoids injury next season, Ekatarina Makarova will be yet another who goes past Maria in the rankings.

I just hope Maria can git rid of the "I saw I had a chance" attidude and be "I'm going to win this".

JimM
Oct 18th, 2008, 09:49 AM
PS

Maria's Official site has been down for the last 2 days. Wonder what thats all about

JimM
Oct 18th, 2008, 10:20 AM
I re-read that article again, and the way he prattles on about Jankovic you'd think she was Wonder Woman.

"The times where you just could stand still and whack the ball like Davenport are over." ????? The WTA website described Maria as "the elegant Moscovite" Hardly describes a ball whacker does it?

Warrior is right, he merely show his limitations. Rather than admit he cannot help Maria further he gropes around for excuses.

Maria should give him the boot at the end of this season, as its clear from his remarks he would rather be elswhere. Plus at this stage, a coach with a better mental skills would be what Maria needs. Maria is fitter now than she has ever been, and must obviously be trying hard to improve.

Maybe Jankovic is looking for a new coach?

only_one_maria
Oct 18th, 2008, 11:22 AM
Masha is very friendly with Eric's daughter Laura. Even took her to the pre-Wimbledon player's party. I wonder if she would be prepared to get rid of him?

I realy don't know much about coaching, but surely it would be best to have a coach who has achieved things with players like Masha. She definitely improved when she first started working with Eric, but I'm not sure if he can deal with the mental aspects.

JimM
Oct 18th, 2008, 12:48 PM
He could have chosen his remarks better I think. If he was trying to motivate her making them, it might have the reverse effect. You are right she has improved enormously with him, and she has worked hard on her mobility as the clay titles this year show.

I asked Maria if it would not be better to concentrate on Singles ie Tier 1 & 2's etc, and cut down on the doubles. She told me she likes playing doubles, plus you dont spend as much energy. However the point as was making is that we all only have so much gas in the tank. And if you just had a tough Doubles 3 setter, and go out the next day for a Singles, the chances are you will lose, more so against a top 20 player.

A lot of Rising Stars coming up fast. I hope Maria can start making inroads in the higher Tier events in 2009

Nikkiri
Oct 18th, 2008, 04:17 PM
:rolleyes:

watchdogfish
Oct 18th, 2008, 05:44 PM
I think Eric Van Harpen is great for Maria I mean he's made her play really well on clay, which is the best surface to learn how to construct point properly.

I think most of Maria's problem is the mental side to her game and even if she has the best coach in the world nothing he can do will help her until she starts believing in her abilities more. So in a way it's good Eric's given her this ultimatum because it might just be what she needs in order to focus.

Kiriber
Oct 18th, 2008, 05:52 PM
I think Eric Van Harpen is great for Maria I mean he's made her play really well on clay, which is the best surface to learn how to construct point properly.

I think most of Maria's problem is the mental side to her game and even if she has the best coach in the world nothing he can do will help her until she starts believing in her abilities more. So in a way it's good Eric's given her this ultimatum because it might just be what she needs in order to focus.


I agree.

I also think it's really ignorant to blame a coach for mental issues. Maria has talked time and time about how comfortable she is with him, and we all know how she gets on with his daughter. There is only so much outside forces can do to change a mental point of view.

Maria is Maria, and her head case issues are part of that. It has nothing to do with who's coaching her.

I thought his interview was just honest and a little funny.

Nikkiri
Oct 18th, 2008, 05:57 PM
I think Eric Van Harpen is great for Maria I mean he's made her play really well on clay, which is the best surface to learn how to construct point properly.

I think most of Maria's problem is the mental side to her game and even if she has the best coach in the world nothing he can do will help her until she starts believing in her abilities more. So in a way it's good Eric's given her this ultimatum because it might just be what she needs in order to focus.

Thank you. :worship: Agree 100%

Look at Ivanovic she has one of the best coaches in the game and he's done all he can for her and she is still going into slumps and struggling to win matches, a coach can only do so much. Maria has a great coach just look at what she's achieved since working with him and now its her turn to put in the extra work.

King Aaron
Oct 18th, 2008, 06:24 PM
^Who's coaching Ana?

And yeah, Maria just does not believe in herself. I wonder if her Aussie coach didn't become the Fed Cup captain/coach or something, would she be doing much much better? She had great results when they worked together.

Nikkiri
Oct 18th, 2008, 06:45 PM
He's not her official coach but she works with Sven Groenefeld.

Krzysiu.
Oct 19th, 2008, 09:30 PM
PS

Maria's Official site has been down for the last 2 days. Wonder what thats all about

Damien didn't want me to help him no more :rolleyes:

SOA_MC
Oct 26th, 2008, 06:16 AM
Interview with Laura Van Harpen (Eric Van Harpen daughter)

Laura, do you remember the first time you met Maria?
I remember meeting Maria, i think it was on a train, that went to Eastbourne last year. I came from London, where I live and met my dad and Maria at a station, where they also boarded the train. I remember that there was a newspaper and she was in it. It was for Wimbledon, a ones to watch list. The first moment I met her, she was just so nice and it was like I knew her forever !

What can you said about Maria personality?
First, she is a very nice person, and we laugh a lot. She is never in bad mood and very positive. She always has a lot to say and we never get bored. It is just nice to be around her !

What do you think of Maria, the tennis player? Do you play tennis with her sometimes?
She is so talented, my dad always says that, she has to concentrate more in her game and understand and she will improve so quickly. That is why clay is good for her, because the game is slower and you have more time to watch the opponent and what is going on. I am always there when she practices and when my dad comes late or he is gone for some minutes and she had her break. She is always the one saying, come on Laura, let’s play a couple of minutes. Once we played doubles together. When we went for dinner, she made a bet that her and me would win easily against the owner and her father. And so, we played one set and we won 6-1. Their faces where so funny, what a victory !

Eric told me that you are very good friend with Maria. Are you friend with the others tennis players coached before by your father?
Yes, Maria is a very good friend. Like I said, we giggle all the time and laugh. I think because now my dad is with Maria, we spend more time together as I do with other players. But yes, you know, growing up there have been many different players and none of them didn’t like me coming on tour or something. So yes Kournikova, I was very little but I remember that my mum and her always planned crazy things and somehow, I was always involved. Ivanovic is also so nice, I am always glad to see her at tournaments. And I remember the first time I met Sharapova which was in Mallorca 2003 or 2004. I jumped into her arms because my dad told me how nice she was and all. I collected sticks and wrote her name with them on the court. (smile) All the players I know are really very friendly, and if you met them you wouldn’t think they are famous. They are all so healthy mentally and so normal.

Do you play tennis ? Do you follow your father in all his travel with Maria all around the world?
Well, I do school, even though it gets tough sometimes. I play tournaments too, so often I miss a couple of lessons, but I play everyday. In my holidays I usually travel with my dad and Maria. I play everyday when I am with my dad too. And I always get motivated when Maria trains or plays before me.

Last question, could tell me an anecdote, a funny moment of life you live with Maria?
Like I said we laugh all the time. It might just be one thing that we have seen before and we just look at each other and start laughing. But one thing was when we were in Dubai, where the pictures where taken. It was sunday so we both didn’t play tennis, and we said that we should take a walk by the beach. But when we were at the beach, we remembered that we were there already one week and then we barely had taken pictures. So in the end, we only walked 100 meters and took 200 photos, trust me we took a lot.

This hotel was an Al Habtoor Resort and spa, and he gave us a huge suite that had four bedrooms, with bathrooms, three living rooms, a huge kitchen and dining space. So after the beach, we went back up and we took pictures with vases doing as if they were trophies and kissing them and all. And we saw how my dad and hers were playing and we decided to scare them when they came back up (we were sharing the same suite). Then each of us took a pillow as we heard the door opening and leaned over the door to see if it was them. Actually Maria did that, and I started laughing because I was thinking, maybe it could be someone wanting to clean up the suite, and it was. So we started giggling but he didn’t hear us. We waited and heard how the footsteps came closer. And the man was shocked as he saw the two of us there, next to him holding pillows. I looked at mine, and said that I liked the decoration and Maria started laughing like crazy, and we spent the rest of the day laughing everytime we saw a part of staff from the hotel.

Krzysiu.
Oct 30th, 2008, 03:11 PM
http://www.marca.com/edicion/marca/tenis/es/desarrollo/1179363.html

I'm gonna encourage Bruce to translate this one. Generally, I'm stunned that Marca published interview with Makiri :) In case anybody want to translate it into English, I'll do it later.

Jess3781
Oct 30th, 2008, 09:10 PM
http://www.marca.com/edicion/marca/tenis/es/desarrollo/1179363.html

I'm gonna encourage Bruce to translate this one. Generally, I'm stunned that Marca published interview with Makiri :) In case anybody want to translate it into English, I'll do it later.

I did it's in my WTA blog (HERE) (http://tenniswta.blogspot.com/2008/10/maria-kirilenko-one-day-i-will-be.html) I post it this morning :)

Krzysiu.
Oct 31st, 2008, 06:39 PM
I did it's in my WTA blog (HERE) (http://tenniswta.blogspot.com/2008/10/maria-kirilenko-one-day-i-will-be.html) I post it this morning :)

Thank you gringo :wavey:

Labamba
Dec 9th, 2008, 02:37 PM
http://www.mariakirilenko.com/?p=747

Interview with Eric Van Harpen, the coach of Maria.

Eric, you finished the first full season with Maria, what do you think of the season and of Maria?
The season was not bad, but I wasn’t happy either, because we lost too matches unnecessarily. We lost a lot of points and with only 50% of those points we would have been top 20.

Do you think that Maria improved this year?
Maria improved but her desire to improve needs to be bigger, because a coach can only help by telling her what to do, but the player is the one who finally has to decide what to do on court. A coach is responsible for the techniques. If a player has a worse forehand or backhand, serve or volley, than before, you can blame the coach. But if a player makes unforced errors and her positioning to the ball is wrong, that is her responsibility.

What do you want to work with Maria now? What are the things that Maria must improve on in order for her to play better?
At the moment, I am working most of the time on her forehand because she takes her left hand back with her racket too long and this causes her to hit the ball too late and losing her balance. We are training the open forehand so she has more stability with the stroke and as well her one handed backhand volley. Yuri, her father, tries to improve her fitness.

Maria won three tier IV tournaments this year. What does she need in her game to go further in the biggest tournaments?
To win the big tournaments, she has to serve better and to make less unforced errors. She also needs to take risks and play the big points more aggressively. She needs to work on this especially, because getting far in these tournaments means she will have to beat minimum 2-3 top ten players.

What did you do since Maria’s last tournament?
After the tournament, I went to Bali for 12 days. It was nice and very boring because I was in the beautiful house of my friend alone with 12 people of staff and it was raining 50% of the day. Next year I will go to South Africa to play golf, beautiful courses and no jetlag.

What Maria’s schedule for the next weeks?
Well, I wanted Maria to play Auckland and Hobart (we would have been number 5 and number 3 seeded in these tournaments), but we are going to Brisbane and Sydney where we are not seeded and there is more danger of playing a seeded player in the first round. Next year, there are no byes and I hope that Maria will have a good draw. It’s important to play some matches before the Australian Open.

Krzysiu.
Dec 9th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Well, I wanted Maria to play Auckland and Hobart (we would have been number 5 and number 3 seeded in these tournaments), but we are going to Brisbane and Sydney where we are not seeded and there is more danger of playing a seeded player in the first round. Next year, there are no byes and I hope that Maria will have a good draw. Itís important to play some matches before the Australian Open.

Nikkie is capering now. :D

only_one_maria
Dec 9th, 2008, 07:43 PM
I'd like to know why she chose to play Sydney? A fan request, perhaps? Anyway, I'll take this chance to say I hope she chooses to play Birmingham this year (where she won a couple of matches I believe in 2007) instead of Barcelona.

There is a certain sense to her schedule in that the conditions in Brisbane and Sydney will probably prepare her better for the heat in the Aus Open, which often seems to be a factor there. I hope no-one is going to moan in GM about her choosing the easy torunaments.

Nikkiri
Dec 9th, 2008, 07:50 PM
Igor is playing Sydney maybe thats why, she wanted to play Sydney this year also but couldn't get in. Anyways I think its a good idea not just because I want to go see her.. yes the draw will be harder but her goal is to be top 10 even #1 some day she's gotta start preforming better at the bigger events so she can't be afraid to play them.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Dec 9th, 2008, 09:03 PM
I'd like to know why she chose to play Sydney? A fan request, perhaps? Anyway, I'll take this chance to say I hope she chooses to play Birmingham this year (where she won a couple of matches I believe in 2007) instead of Barcelona.

There is a certain sense to her schedule in that the conditions in Brisbane and Sydney will probably prepare her better for the heat in the Aus Open, which often seems to be a factor there. I hope no-one is going to moan in GM about her choosing the easy torunaments.

I like Brisbane, Sydney better. It's indeed easier with the lower tournaments, but if you want to look above, it has more sense to play Sydney.

Barcelona is in April so I guess she will play Birmingham for sure.

King Aaron
Dec 10th, 2008, 04:46 PM
What Mariaís schedule for the next weeks?
Well, I wanted Maria to play Auckland and Hobart (we would have been number 5 and number 3 seeded in these tournaments), but we are going to Brisbane and Sydney where we are not seeded and there is more danger of playing a seeded player in the first round. Next year, there are no byes and I hope that Maria will have a good draw. Itís important to play some matches before the Australian Open.
Hmmm. I guess van Harpen does not have much of a say in her scheduling. I would have liked it if she mixed it up and plays a combination of tougher and easier events (Auckland and Sydney for example) but it's good that she's moving up in events I guess. Maybe she won't play any smaller tournaments next season.

Krzysiu.
Dec 10th, 2008, 06:22 PM
Nikkie, I don't see your happiness cuz of Makiri arrival :D

Nikkiri
Dec 10th, 2008, 11:57 PM
Nikkie, I don't see your happiness cuz of Makiri arrival :D

Oh I am happy. :D :D :D

Warrior
Dec 19th, 2008, 11:17 PM
"The agent for Russian cutie Maria Kirilenko wanted Lapierre to spread the word that his client was going to be appearing in the next Sports (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=364348#) Illustrated swimsuit issue. It's not exactly Ashley Harkleroad in Playboy (coming your way July 13), but it's something."

http://communities.canada.com/montre...onference.aspx (http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/opencourt/archive/2008/06/18/news-and-notes-from-the-rogers-cup-press-conference.aspx)

SOA_MC
Dec 20th, 2008, 12:15 AM
"The agent for Russian cutie Maria Kirilenko wanted Lapierre to spread the word that his client was going to be appearing in the next Sports (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=364348#) Illustrated swimsuit issue. It's not exactly Ashley Harkleroad in Playboy (coming your way July 13), but it's something."

http://communities.canada.com/montre...onference.aspx (http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/opencourt/archive/2008/06/18/news-and-notes-from-the-rogers-cup-press-conference.aspx)

The news is 2 days old but no mention of it on Maria's official site yet:shrug:

Warrior
Dec 20th, 2008, 12:53 AM
The news is 2 days old but no mention of it on Maria's official site yet:shrug:


I wonder if it's real

SOA_MC
Dec 20th, 2008, 01:15 AM
I've been looking around I can't find any other tennis site reporting this story

Natash.
Dec 20th, 2008, 01:15 AM
:eek:

Warrior
Dec 20th, 2008, 01:59 AM
The news is 2 days old but no mention of it on Maria's official site yet:shrug:

2 days old? Look at the date! It's from June! Maybe Maria was supposed to appear in SI, but backed out and was replaced by Golovin!

SOA_MC
Dec 20th, 2008, 12:41 PM
2 days old? Look at the date! It's from June! Maybe Maria was supposed to appear in SI, but backed out and was replaced by Golovin!

It is from June, I looked at the wrong date:o

I guess we can confirm now the story is not true

Warrior
Dec 20th, 2008, 03:04 PM
It is from June, I looked at the wrong date:o

I guess we can confirm now the story is not true

It could've been true at that time. But probably Maria dropped out. I wonder why.

Labamba
Dec 20th, 2008, 03:14 PM
:speakles:

if it's true, can't wait :drool:

only_one_maria
Dec 20th, 2008, 03:15 PM
She was ill and lost a lot of weight in the summer. I still think she might have got food poisoning whilst in the UK. That may have saved us from this Sports Illustrated shoot. If it is a true story anyway.

Dav.
Dec 20th, 2008, 03:17 PM
But it is a reputable source, so it's hard to find a clear answer...

SOA_MC
Dec 20th, 2008, 03:29 PM
But it is a reputable source, so it's hard to find a clear answer...

It is, but it's the only source who has reported this and that was back June:shrug: the SI Swimsuit gets a little bit of mainstream media attention so if Maria was/is in it, I think it would have been reported somewhere else, right?:unsue:

only_one_maria
Dec 20th, 2008, 03:30 PM
But it is a reputable source, so it's hard to find a clear answer...

Let me give you my answer. It's just a guess.

Sports Illustrated approach Tati Golovin about doing a spread for them. They want a 'top' tennis player to feature in their magazine. There is a bit of difficulty in the negotiations with SI unhappy about Tati's demands (the fee?). So they put out a 'rumour' that Maria Kirilenko will do the shoot if Tati won't, just so they don't get held to ransom.

Warrior
Dec 20th, 2008, 04:32 PM
Let me give you my answer. It's just a guess.

Sports Illustrated approach Tati Golovin about doing a spread for them. They want a 'top' tennis player to feature in their magazine. There is a bit of difficulty in the negotiations with SI unhappy about Tati's demands (the fee?). So they put out a 'rumour' that Maria Kirilenko will do the shoot if Tati won't, just so they don't get held to ransom.

Interesting theory. Could be true. If Maria doesn't do SI shoot, she'll spend more time practicing, so good for her.

Volcana would also be happy!:lol:

Nikkiri
Dec 20th, 2008, 08:13 PM
I don't follow or read SI so I don't know but she's obviously not in the 2008 swimsuit issue but maybe she's going to be in the 2009 one that wouldn't be all finalised yet?

Dav.
Dec 21st, 2008, 10:34 PM
Well, that's what the article suggests but I think the issue is that there have been no other sources reporting it since this primary article, which is from June.

SOA_MC
Dec 21st, 2008, 10:48 PM
I don't follow or read SI so I don't know but she's obviously not in the 2008 swimsuit issue but maybe she's going to be in the 2009 one that wouldn't be all finalised yet?

They do the photoshoot for it in December, there is lots of promotion they have to do interviews, talk shows, public appearances etc. it's in their contract the SI swinsuit edition is a big deal in America

Well, that's what the article suggests but I think the issue is that there have been no other sources reporting it since this primary article, which is from June.

Yes that's exactly what I've been saying,

In the link you posted it says

"The agent for Russian cutie Maria Kirilenko wanted Lapierre to spread the word that his client was going to be appearing in the next Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue."

If this SI Swimsuit is real Maria should fire her agent he's terrible:o

Nikkiri
Dec 21st, 2008, 11:22 PM
Oh well, If anyone is really excited about seeing her in SI.. well I just wouldn't get your hopes up :tape: :p

itzhak
Dec 25th, 2008, 05:55 PM
any news about SI?

Krzysiu.
Dec 27th, 2008, 03:27 PM
Hot, hotter, the hottest :hearts: Makiri SI Sportsman of the Year nominee :lol:

seahawker
Jan 1st, 2009, 08:46 AM
Here's a link about the SI:
http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/revealed-si-swimsuit-to-feature-tennis-hotties-21614

itzhak
Jan 1st, 2009, 09:31 AM
Great, I can't wait...

Krzysiu.
Jan 1st, 2009, 02:24 PM
Haha, what a mess... This site you got us is worth nothing :( "Some advice for the girls for their SI shoots:" They must kidding. If it's the only one source you're basing on saying Maria is gonna be in SI, I don't believe.

For now, I'm saying with full assurance: Kiri won't be photoshot naked in any magazine.

-----
Enjoys spending time with friends and her family, listening to music, shopping, and watching movies with her boyfriend, ex-world champion swimmer, Pawel Korzeniowski.

Hey, Marta revealed name of her bf in her official website. Maria won't do it for sure ;)

Warrior
Jan 1st, 2009, 04:06 PM
They'll probably take only one or two pictures, since she's sharing the spread with Tatiana and possibly other players.

itzhak
Jan 1st, 2009, 04:49 PM
From the last editions of Swimsuit SI you can exspect 8-10 pics of each player/model plus videoclip of the photoshoot in the same day. I think that there will be no more players, the regular edition is mainly of top models plus 1 or 2 other special models.

Dav.
Jan 1st, 2009, 04:52 PM
There was also the source I posted earlier that was based upon comments made by Maria's agent stating that she would indeed be in the swimsuit edition.

I'm not sure if this guy just saw my thread in GM or whether he has a credible source, but it seems likely that she is going to appear in it with Tatiana.

only_one_maria
Jan 1st, 2009, 05:37 PM
Haha, what a mess... This site you got us is worth nothing :( "Some advice for the girls for their SI shoots:" They must kidding. If it's the only one source you're basing on saying Maria is gonna be in SI, I don't believe.

For now, I'm saying with full assurance: Kiri won't be photoshot naked in any magazine.

-----


Hey, Marta revealed name of her bf in her official website. Maria won't do it for sure ;)


I'm not very keen on this, it will all be airbrushed anyway. Still Kiri has a right to earn some money.

Warrior
Jan 1st, 2009, 05:46 PM
I'm not very keen on this, it will all be airbrushed anyway. Still Kiri has a right to earn some money.

Are they going to pay her for that? How much?

Dav.
Jan 1st, 2009, 05:47 PM
Well, Maria won't appear as those other models. She has said before she would never pose nude, so I'm sure the pics will be classy. :)

Tati, on the other hand..:unsure::p

Dav.
Jan 1st, 2009, 05:48 PM
Yes, the models earn quite a few thousand dollars.

Warrior
Jan 1st, 2009, 06:13 PM
Yes, the models earn quite a few thousand dollars.

How much exactly? $5,000-$10,000 range for this photoshoot, perhaps?

Warrior
Jan 1st, 2009, 06:19 PM
I have to wonder if it's worth for Maria to skip practice for this.

Labamba
Jan 1st, 2009, 06:24 PM
no credible sources yet, this article is basing it on the comments made by Maria's agent in August...

Dav.
Jan 1st, 2009, 06:27 PM
I think $5,000-$10,000, yes.

I just saw that his source was the orignal article, too.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 1st, 2009, 06:42 PM
Most photoshoots are just fine by me.
I don't know how revealing the most shoots of SI are, but I don't believe that Maria will do any shoot which isn't classy.
It would really dissapoint me if she ever goes nude.

Dav.
Jan 1st, 2009, 06:46 PM
They're not usually very revealing. Typically just bikni pictures but some models take it a bit further, but Tati, and definitely Maria, most likely will not.

Nikkiri
Jan 1st, 2009, 06:47 PM
If you really want to know, send her an email on her site? :tape: :p

I don't really care she can be in it or not but I will never complain about her doing photoshoots it's always nice to see her offcourt. :)

Dav.
Jan 1st, 2009, 06:50 PM
:lol:

I agree. I see no negative in this shoot. She will gain a lot of popularity (this issue is huge in the US) and it gave her nice vacation time in the Dominican Republic. Also, I don't mind seeing Maria in a bikini too much. :p

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 1st, 2009, 07:01 PM
If it's just another photoshoot I won't mind either.

Warrior
Jan 1st, 2009, 08:00 PM
Most photoshoots are just fine by me.
I don't know how revealing the most shoots of SI are, but I don't believe that Maria will do any shoot which isn't classy.
It would really dissapoint me if she ever goes nude.

I don't want her to pose nude unless she makes a significant progress in her career, like winning a slam or breaking into top 5.

Kiriber
Jan 1st, 2009, 08:05 PM
Makiri nude? I'm kind of surprised she's going to do a shoot in a bikini. I don't think nude will ever happen.

SOA_MC
Jan 1st, 2009, 08:47 PM
What's this talk about nude photoshoot:lol: SI isn't that type of magazine:p

Dav.
Jan 1st, 2009, 09:14 PM
I think some peope saw pics of Marisa Miller semi-nude and it worried them. :lol:

itzhak
Jan 1st, 2009, 09:33 PM
Maria can't confirmed her apparence in Swimsuit SI or to give specific details, it's part of her agreement not to speak about it until the publication of the 2009 edition. This was the same case with Sharapova.

Krzysiu.
Jan 1st, 2009, 09:37 PM
I don't want her to pose nude unless she makes a significant progress in her career, like winning a slam or breaking into top 5.

Ok, win in the slam allows her to pose nude :lol:

SOA_MC
Jan 1st, 2009, 09:37 PM
Maria can't confirmed her apparence in Swimsuit SI or to give specific details, it's part of her agreement not to speak about it until the publication of the 2009 edition. This was the same case with Sharapova.

Well then why was her agent trying to spread the word of it around:confused:

Krzysiu.
Jan 1st, 2009, 09:39 PM
Whose agent?

SOA_MC
Jan 1st, 2009, 09:44 PM
Whose agent?

Maria's agent

"The agent for Russian cutie Maria Kirilenko wanted Lapierre to spread the word that his client was going to be appearing in the next Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue."

http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/opencourt/archive/2008/06/18/news-and-notes-from-the-rogers-cup-press-conference.aspx

Warrior
Jan 1st, 2009, 09:52 PM
I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

SOA_MC
Jan 1st, 2009, 09:57 PM
Argh!!! this is all so confusing:ras:

Dav.
Jan 1st, 2009, 10:13 PM
Tati freely told golovin-attitude.com. :shrug:

Nikkiri
Jan 2nd, 2009, 01:29 AM
Sheesh people relax. :tape:

Dav.
Jan 2nd, 2009, 01:38 AM
Nikkie. :lol:

Krzysiu.
Jan 2nd, 2009, 10:09 AM
Relaxed. :)

only_one_maria
Jan 2nd, 2009, 12:33 PM
Sheesh people relax. :tape:

Er.......... with all these rumours flying around I can assure you I will be anything but relaxed :hysteric:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 2nd, 2009, 03:53 PM
I don't want her to pose nude unless she makes a significant progress in her career, like winning a slam or breaking into top 5.

:confused: Why would that justify it?
I find it never ok no matter what the results are.

Warrior
Jan 2nd, 2009, 07:31 PM
:confused: Why would that justify it?
I find it never ok no matter what the results are.

If she does it now, people would say she's another Kournikova/Harkleroad.

Krzysiu.
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:11 PM
Hey you shouldn't bother but it's The 50 Hottest Female Athletes Of All Time | Sports Crunch.

Makiri ranked 32. Sharapova in top10. higher than Makiri Harkleroad and Hantuchova and few other ugly girls as I remember.

Nikkiri
Jan 26th, 2009, 09:52 AM
Q&A with Maria Kirilenko
Monday 26 January 2009
By Helen Gilbert

http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/large/b_kirilenko_19_02.jpg






Q: Do you have a boyfriend?
MK: Yes. We long together already. Heís a tennis player, his name is Igor Andreev

Q: Have you ever done any modelling?
MK: I did for many magazines and also for Stella McCartney. I still wear her (tennis) clothes. I did some photo shooting for her. It was very good. I always have good moments. They are a very good team. They make very good clothes for me, very comfortable. Itís very nice. Every year we have a meeting with her team. Sometimes she [Stella] can be there, sometime she doesnít have time and isnít. But I am always trying the clothes to be comfortable. Sheís the designer. I think sheís one of the best designers in the world and I trust her. She makes the best clothes.

Q: How much fan mail do you receive?
MK: I get a lot (of) letters and also on the website I get a lot of emails.

Q: Have you ever had any funny requests from a fan?
MK: Usually they ask 'can I get your autograph', and one said 'can I kiss you?'. That was very funny. There was a lot of people and everybody asked (for) my signature and one said 'can I kiss you?'.

Q: How did you spend your off-season?
MK: I had some holidays like everybody, and after I went to Valencia for five weeks to practice. My first tournament was Brisbane, where I got sick and didnít play there, so New Year started a little bit unlucky. But I am positive. The year just start, I will keep working, I hope everything will be good.

Q: How are you feeling now?
MK: I just finished my doubles and today I played quite well, and I feel the ball very good. I need to play some singles matches, to win some matches and then I think I get again my confidence back.

Q: What are your goals for 2009?
MK: I donít want to announce it, but if I reach it I will tell for sure.

Q:What do you like about the Australian Open?
MK: I like that itís the first Grand Slam and I have a really good memory from last year where I reached the fourth round. Unfortunately I didnít win here any matches [2009]. I like the city and already made some shopping because soon Iím going to get my birthday. My father already he gave me some presents, so it was cool, good presents.

Q: What did you get?
MK: I got the Louis Vuitton bag and a laptop Ė an Apple Mac. I was so sad and he wanted me to be a little bit cheered up.

Q: Do you have a favourite Grand Slam?
MK: Australian Open and US Open.

Q: Do you go out for meals in the city or do you tend to stay in the hotel?
MK: I go for dinner. I go to the beach. They have some good restaurants so I like to have dinner there. It depends. If I am really tired I take the restaurant close to the hotel; if not, I go out. Thereís not really much time to go out and look the city, but after losing first match I went to the shops for three hours.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?
MK: I travel a lot and get to see all the countries. Itís individual, if youíre winning, youíre winning.

Q: Do you have any superstitions?
MK: No.

Q: Which tennis players do you most admire?
MK: Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Jennifer Capriati. I like the way they play, aggressive tennis. Kafelnikov was more like he would come to the net, make a lot of things, but Jennifer was hitting ball very hard. I like the way how she was hitting and tried to imitate her.

Q: You like to cook. Have you got a favourite dish?
MK: If I have time I like to do something special. If I am at home with my mum I always ask can you cook with me. I like to make Russian pancakes, big pancakes with the black caviar, itís very nice.

Q: What do you do when you meet up with your friends?
MK: We go shopping or to the place where we was before. When youíre travelling you always thinking of home and good places where you have been. This year I hope everything will be good and when I go home I want to do a little bit of ski. Not far from my house we have fake hills, they made nice hills, different levels. I like to snowboard, but Iím very bad at that. I think itís a little bit dangerous but Iím really careful.

Q: Whatís your favourite nail varnish colour?
MK: I like the light pink, natural. I donít like the bright colours.

Q: Would you ever do a bungee jump or a skydive?
MK: Never.

aleksr
Jan 26th, 2009, 02:09 PM
Maria stop to work with Eric Van Harpen
Maria Kirilenko explain for her official website her decision to stop her collaboration with her coach, Eric Van Harpen. Maria works now with her father, Yuri Kirilenko.

ę It’s like in the life, sometimes you feel you need to change something. Especially in sport, when something doesn’t work. Eric helped me a lot, I learned a lot of new things thanks to him. We are still good friends with him and his daughter Laura. Ľ

http://www.mariakirilenko.com/?p=868

Warrior
Jan 26th, 2009, 02:25 PM
Maria stop to work with Eric Van Harpen
Maria Kirilenko explain for her official website her decision to stop her collaboration with her coach, Eric Van Harpen. Maria works now with her father, Yuri Kirilenko.

ę Itís like in the life, sometimes you feel you need to change something. Especially in sport, when something doesnít work. Eric helped me a lot, I learned a lot of new things thanks to him. We are still good friends with him and his daughter Laura. Ľ

http://www.mariakirilenko.com/?p=868

Not a surprise

Warrior
Jan 26th, 2009, 02:26 PM
She didn't mention SI shoot in her Q&A. I guees it never happened.

Nikkiri
Jan 26th, 2009, 02:28 PM
Maria stop to work with Eric Van Harpen
Maria Kirilenko explain for her official website her decision to stop her collaboration with her coach, Eric Van Harpen. Maria works now with her father, Yuri Kirilenko.

ę Itís like in the life, sometimes you feel you need to change something. Especially in sport, when something doesnít work. Eric helped me a lot, I learned a lot of new things thanks to him. We are still good friends with him and his daughter Laura. Ľ

http://www.mariakirilenko.com/?p=868

Interesting, not sure how I feel about this.

kirivanovic
Jan 26th, 2009, 04:09 PM
Probably better for her to try something else...Maybe,she should ask some advices to Sven Groeneveld as he will be less busy now.

watchdogfish
Jan 26th, 2009, 04:14 PM
It's kind of expected. Eric sounded a bit frustrated with Maria in his last interview :(

King Aaron
Jan 26th, 2009, 07:05 PM
I hope she'll find a new coach soon, I don't think working with her father is a good idea at all.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 26th, 2009, 07:56 PM
I don't like it that they stopped but maybe it's for the best.
Maria didn't do the things what Eric wanted. So then probably it's true that it just doesn't work. But then I'm curious if there's someone who can really make Maria better. At least he believed in her chances.

Now maybe Ana and Maria can trade their coaches with each other?!

only_one_maria
Jan 26th, 2009, 08:36 PM
I don't like this much. Perhaps it wasn't working with Van Harpen, but the last time she was coached by her father it was a disaster.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 26th, 2009, 09:17 PM
I don't like this much. Perhaps it wasn't working with Van Harpen, but the last time she was coached by her father it was a disaster.

I also hope this is temporary. No way that Maria can do this on her own. Hard to say who would be a good one for Maria.

Warrior
Jan 26th, 2009, 09:19 PM
I don't like this much. Perhaps it wasn't working with Van Harpen, but the last time she was coached by her father it was a disaster.

Everything just keeps getting worse. At least she's not injured.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 26th, 2009, 09:21 PM
Everything just keeps getting worse.

8 games in 2 matches, I would say it can't be worse than that :o

Droolv
Jan 26th, 2009, 10:48 PM
Hopefully this will be a good change, but I'm not optimistic :crying2:

Nikkiri
Jan 27th, 2009, 03:19 AM
I hope she'll find a new coach soon, I don't think working with her father is a good idea at all.

I agree. She needs an experienced coach not someone as close to her as her father.

Nikkiri
Jan 27th, 2009, 03:21 AM
She didn't mention SI shoot in her Q&A. I guees it never happened.

From Maria's site today.

Maria Kirilenko did a photo shooting for Sports Illustrated last November in Domican Republic.

ę I have very good memories of the photo shooting for Sports Illustrated. I went to Dominican Republic with my mother. I was there for three days and I had a great time ! All days on the beach posing :-) I can tell I was busy all the days but it was so nice ! A great team worked with me. The great photographer Walter Iooss, I think it is a greatest photographer I ever work with. So, I canít wait when the pictures come out ! There are coming 15th of February I guess. Ľ

:angel:

Krzysiu.
Jan 27th, 2009, 05:31 AM
Walter Iooss, three days on beach with Makiri, three best days of his life. :)

Labamba
Jan 27th, 2009, 01:23 PM
Things weren't really working with Van Harpen anymore (based on his latest interviews), so it's better to try something new. Though she needs to hire a proper coach, not just his dad :help: Hopefully she'll find a good one soon, someone who can help her fix her hardcourt game before Indian Wells and Miami.

good to hear about the SI shoot :D

Labamba
Jan 27th, 2009, 01:40 PM
Walter Iooss, three days on beach with Makiri, three best days of his life. :)

and he was paid to do it :) not a bad job

this is what we can expect from him: http://www.walteriooss.com/

Warrior
Jan 27th, 2009, 06:39 PM
Are we going to see any pictures like this?;)

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/pr/subs/swimsuit/images/08_jessica-gomes_25.jpg

I doubt it!:(

kirivanovic
Jan 27th, 2009, 07:06 PM
I don't hope so...

Nikkiri
Jan 28th, 2009, 03:56 AM
Never in a million years..

only_one_maria
Jan 28th, 2009, 12:08 PM
I always assumed it would be just one picture. I mean there are lots of people figuring in this edition, right.

However if she spent 3 days out there, they must have a pretty big roll of film.

Warrior
Jan 28th, 2009, 05:37 PM
I always assumed it would be just one picture. I mean there are lots of people figuring in this edition, right.

However if she spent 3 days out there, they must have a pretty big roll of film.


Lets hope there's a video of her too.

King Aaron
Jan 28th, 2009, 07:38 PM
I agree. She needs an experienced coach not someone as close to her as her father.
Exactly. Someone with her game needs a proper coach, someone to guide her and help her with shot selection and to improve on the finer things in her game.

Her game is not based on bashing the ball. If it was, then having her dad as her coach might not be that much of a problem. Like Sharapova and the Williams' with their father, they don't actually need much help from them as they can just hit their way through matches.

Nikkiri
Jan 29th, 2009, 12:11 PM
Exactly. Someone with her game needs a proper coach, someone to guide her and help her with shot selection and to improve on the finer things in her game.

Her game is not based on bashing the ball. If it was, then having her dad as her coach might not be that much of a problem. Like Sharapova and the Williams' with their father, they don't actually need much help from them as they can just hit their way through matches.

Yep spot on. I really hope she is looking for a new coach.

Droolv
Jan 29th, 2009, 11:39 PM
Maria : I will reach my goal

Maria, what can you say about your two first matches of this season, in Sydney against Kleybanova and then, in Melbourne against Errani ?
Well, I had really bad luck I think. I arrived to Brisbane and I got sick there. I was in bed for 5 days with fever. Then I had only few days for prepare before my match against Kleybanova and I wasn’t ready, I was slow and my shots didn’t work at all.

Then I had almost two weeks before Australian Open. I practiced good, start to feel much better, I was ready before my match and wanted to play so much. Also I had not so easy match for the first round. Errani playing good now, you have to beat her, she will not lose to you.

And as I didn’t have enough matches, my confidence wasn’t on a high level. I had my chances in the second set, but I didn’t use them, that’s sad. But anyway, I am positive, the year just start and I know that I am a good player, and I will reach my goal !

What is your goal Maria ?
I want to keep it in secret :-) I will tell you when I reach it ! ;-)

Do you have something to say for your fans ?
I always have something to say to my fans! Thank you very much for supporting me and cheering me !

http://www.mariakirilenko.com/?p=875 ;)

bruce goose
Jan 30th, 2009, 03:47 AM
From Maria's site today.



:angel:EXCELLENT to see that Makiri went on this trip with her mom:) because we can probably assume that she wouldn't bring her mother along if she were doing some sort of cheesy photoshoot.SI has become sleazier over time while using scrawny,overrated models so I'd be SO glad if Makiri didn't follow this newer trend by trying to display some cheap form of 'sexiness'.The REAL Makiri is gorgeous enough as is w/o any photographic gimmicks....Thanks for the info,Nikkie:cool:

only_one_maria
Jan 30th, 2009, 12:12 PM
EXCELLENT to see that Makiri went on this trip with her mom:) because we can probably assume that she wouldn't bring her mother along if she were doing some sort of cheesy photoshoot.SI has become sleazier over time while using scrawny,overrated models so I'd be SO glad if Makiri didn't follow this newer trend by trying to display some cheap form of 'sexiness'.The REAL Makiri is gorgeous enough as is w/o any photographic gimmicks....Thanks for the info,Nikkie:cool:

Wishful thinking Id'd say, Bruce. As much as I adore Makiri I can't see them changing their approach just because of her.

bruce goose
Jan 30th, 2009, 12:45 PM
Wishful thinking Id'd say, Bruce. As much as I adore Makiri I can't see them changing their approach just because of her.You're looking at it from the wrong perspective.Look at the shoot that Ana had with FHM last year and you'll see that it was MUCH classier than the sleazy crap that FHM always puts out where the woman poses while leaning back with her legs spread open.Obviously,FHM didn't have some ideological shift;Ana must have made it clear that she wouldn't do certain things.Makiri has the same power to say 'no' and she hasn't put out any of the aforementioned garbage previously,so that's why I say that

Droolv
Jan 30th, 2009, 12:48 PM
I agree, Maria wouldn't agree to do any sleazy photos :shrug:

Nikkiri
Jan 30th, 2009, 01:03 PM
Take a look at some SI shoots they aren't sleazy, unless u think posing in a bikini is sleazy. At the end of the day Maria will only do what she is comfortable with.

only_one_maria
Jan 30th, 2009, 01:10 PM
I agree, Maria wouldn't agree to do any sleazy photos :shrug:

Most of the Ivanovic pictures were okay, but some of them were a bit tacky. Not that I blame her, it's hard to disagree with the photographer.

Warrior
Jan 30th, 2009, 03:22 PM
I agree, Maria wouldn't agree to do any sleazy photos :shrug:

What exactly do you mean by 'sleazy'?

bruce goose
Jan 30th, 2009, 03:26 PM
Most of the Ivanovic pictures were okay, but some of them were a bit tacky. Not that I blame her, it's hard to disagree with the photographer.Yes,I agree that a couple of them pushed the envelope slightly,but no doubt that the shoot was tame by sleazy FHM standards where they have 14-year-old child actresses spread their legs open and,basically,"invite" people(primarily men) with their poses and facial expressions.I'm pretty sure that it was Ana,and NOT the FHM staff,who toned it down somewhat for her shoot.

To answer Nikkie's comment,I don't think that posing in a bikini is automatically sleazy otherwise I wouldn't have been eager to see Makiri's shoot.However,it also depends on the particulars:there are bikinis which show a lot of breast and butt cleavage,and that IS kind of sleazy.There are also more conservative bikinis which cover the skin enough so as not to be quasi-pornographic.I guess you could say that I don't wanna see Makiri start to emulate Kournikova where every shot she does has her tongue hanging out and every top is practically see-through.I don't think she'll go in that direction since she hasn't previously but,obviously,that's up to her in the end

only_one_maria
Jan 30th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Yes,I agree that a couple of them pushed the envelope slightly,but no doubt that the shoot was tame by sleazy FHM standards where they have 14-year-old child actresses spread their legs open and,basically,"invite" people(primarily men) with their poses and facial expressions.I'm pretty sure that it was Ana,and NOT the FHM staff,who toned it down somewhat for her shoot.

To answer Nikkie's comment,I don't think that posing in a bikini is automatically sleazy otherwise I wouldn't have been eager to see Makiri's shoot.However,it also depends on the particulars:there are bikinis which show a lot of breast and butt cleavage,and that IS kind of sleazy.There are also more conservative bikinis which cover the skin enough so as not to be quasi-pornographic.I guess you could say that I don't wanna see Makiri start to emulate Kournikova where every shot she does has her tongue hanging out and every top is practically see-through.I don't think she'll go in that direction since she hasn't previously but,obviously,that's up to her in the end


It's just that Makiri has always seemd so shy in the past, it's hard to know how she would handle this. I just have my reservations.......

bruce goose
Jan 30th, 2009, 06:25 PM
It's just that Makiri has always seemd so shy in the past, it's hard to know how she would handle this. I just have my reservations.......Again,I take comfort in the fact that Mama accompanied her.It's hard to imagine Mrs.Kirilenko approving of anything terribly raunchy........Also,this exact same photog worked with Masha in 2006 and I don't think that HER shoot was overly sexy even though she pushes her sex appeal more than Makiri does and isn't nearly as shy....I'm staying optimistic:)

Natash.
Feb 3rd, 2009, 10:52 PM
:sad: I think Eric is a great coach but guess he was just as frustrated as us. :lol: I really hope she finds a new coach. Someone she's comfortable with and can help her with the tactics of the game. That's why I thought Eric would be great for her.

Best of luck to Maria. Her recent doubles results keep me somewhat optimistic.

Warrior
Feb 4th, 2009, 03:49 AM
I wonder what her 'goal' is.

McPie
Feb 11th, 2009, 09:15 AM
^ I bet it's not Away Goal :lol:

maybe Golden Slam ;) I guess

Droolv
Feb 11th, 2009, 09:20 AM
SI Interview which can be found here (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009_swimsuit/tennis/maria-kirilenko/qa.html) ;)


What was your reaction to getting into the Swimsuit Issue?

I was happy to get invited as I have heard many good things about the magazine. I know it is quite popular in the U.S. and abroad, so I am lucky to be featured in 2009 issue and looking forward to seeing it!
You're a professional athlete.

Do you think modeling is hard?

It is not easy! I know girls are working out hard, constantly dieting and traveling between continents -- just like tennis players. Besides, their professional age is too short and they have to make the most of it while they are young. We only see the glamorous part of it, but I know there is "sweat and blood" behind it.

At what point in your athletic career do you know you've made it?

I have many more goals to achieve, and I am still working hard to get there. Of course I am dreaming of winning the major titles and getting as close to the top ranking as possible. Once these goals are accomplished, I would probably be able to say 'I've made it.'

Happiness is...

When all your loved ones are healthy and happy.

If you could change one thing in the past year, what would it be?

I am pretty happy with everything in my life and I am fortunate that I became who I became. Not that many people have the opportunity to become a professional athlete. I still have enough time ahead to achieve what I want to achieve, so I have no regrets.

What makes you feel sexy?

I am just like every other girl: getting dressed nicely, having good makeup on and getting my hair done makes me feel comfortable and good looking. Also, being a professional athlete and being able to perform on the court -- especially when I have good results -- makes me feel special.

Who's your dream guy?

Someone who is honest, open-minded, generous and personable; someone who is funny to be with.

Do real guys have a shot?

Sorry, this place is no longer vacant.

Every girl has her dating checklist. What are your top three deal breakers when dating?

If a person is greedy, self obsessed and fearful -- he will be no go.

What is your most memorable first?

The first time I paid for dinner myself.

People have said that I look like...

Not sure who do I look like, but people say I look like a princess.

The world's hottest athlete is...

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo

only_one_maria
Feb 11th, 2009, 11:00 AM
That's such a great interview until the final two words :o

Still Maria says she doesn't really watch football so I can accept that.

myse7en
Feb 12th, 2009, 12:22 AM
i was half expecting her to say igor andreev. he's considered an athlete right?
'
Do real guys have a shot?
Sorry, this place is no longer vacant.'

King Aaron
Feb 12th, 2009, 04:54 PM
I loved it when she said the place was no longer vacant. :hearts: :lol:
And yeah, Cristiano Ronaldo? Tsk tsk, Masha should reconsider that answer. ;)

Droolv
Feb 13th, 2009, 11:21 PM
Full article can be found here (http://www.tennis.com/backcourt/general/backcourt.aspx?id=164656) :cool:

Darcie Baum, assistant editor of the issue and coordinator of the shoot with Golovin, Hantuchova, and Kirilenko, says the days were long, with the players starting with makeup at 4:30 a.m. Then they shot from 6:30 a.m. till sundown, which was around 6:30 p.m.

Baum says the players were a little nervous having to pose with a crew of 15 people staring at them. ďThe hotel staff would come and visit as well,Ē she says. ďBut after the first morning, they fell into place and felt comfortable. If they didnít want to do something, they didnít have to do it.Ē

So who was the best model? Baum liked Golovin. ďPersonality-wise, she was just a lot of fun. She was like, ĎYou want me to hang upside down? Sure. Take my top off? Sure.íĒ Kirilenko was the most modest, probably because her mother, Olga, was watching the whole time.

What most surprised Baum was the lack of competition from the tennis players. ďWhen we shot them together, they were so professional and respectful of each other. And so disciplined, probably because theyíre athletes. It wasnít about getting in front of each other. There was just no competition.Ē

bruce goose
Feb 13th, 2009, 11:47 PM
Sure her mom's presence could've made a difference,but Makiri is modest and classy regardless:angel:

schorsch
Feb 22nd, 2009, 08:59 PM
damn, imagine what the pics would have been like without mommy olga watching :drool: :ras:

Rod the Bama
Feb 22nd, 2009, 09:56 PM
I`m sure they would`ve been similar to the ones Tati took. Now that would`ve been really hot. :D :drool: Still i`m very pleased with the pics Makiri took. :heart:

King Aaron
Feb 25th, 2009, 04:26 PM
Eh no, I don't think Maria is as erm, daring as Tatiana. ;)

Warrior
Feb 25th, 2009, 05:48 PM
Is Maria playing next week?

bruce goose
Feb 25th, 2009, 08:13 PM
Is Maria playing next week?She's slated to play Monterrey next and aye MIGHT get to see her.Even if she struggles in singles,she and Flavia are a strong doubles team that's likely to at least make the semis.I may purchase tickets even though it's about 12 hours journey from where I live.Seeing Makiri and Marion would be worth it:)

Nikkiri
Mar 1st, 2009, 12:32 PM
Maria Kirilenko, queen of tennis fashion

You were 16 when you first began touring the world. How difficult was that? It wasnít difficult because I left my home in Moscow when I was 13. It took so long to get to the Dinamo tennis club every day so I moved to Ukraine to train and then after a couple of years to Croatia. I went home to see my parents now and again but if I spent too long there I got bored and didnít know what to do.

You have been on the tour for six years now. What is your favourite destination? California. I used to love the tournament in San Diego but that is no longer on the calendar. Iím looking forward to the next big tournament on the schedule, the Indian Wells event near Palm Springs. As for not liking places, a couple of years ago I had to play a tournament in Kolkata and I wasnít looking forward to going there. Iíd played in India very early in my career and the memories werenít good but I ended up winning the title.

Many Russian players seem tireless. Why is that? When I was young I remember our top player was Yevgeny Kafelnikov and he would play every week, singles and doubles. If he didnít do that I think he felt he wasnít working hard enough. I suppose our mentality is that if we are healthy then itís right to go to work.

Who were your tennis idols? On the menís side, for all of us in Russia it was Kafelnikov. In the womenís game, I always admired Jennifer Capriati.

What are your memories of winning the US Open junior title? In many ways it is still my most memorable tennis experience. Even though I played the final on an outside court at Flushing Meadows, there were many people watching, more than had been to any of my matches before.

Three years ago you were chosen by adidas as the only player to wear the Stella McCartney range of tennis clothing. Was that a big honour? It was wonderful because I love fashion. Stellaís designs changed everything in womenís tennis wear. Other manufacturers had to take note and styles started to be more elegant. I met Stella and she asked for my input on colours and styles.

Is it important to look good both on and off the court? Very much so. I love wearing nice clothes and if you are well presented on the court then it makes you confident. I enjoy shopping for clothes in places like London and New York.

You have only won one singles game at Wimbledon in six years. Donít you like playing on grass? Itís a mystery. In the juniors I reached the semi-finals and thought grass was good for me but since I started playing professionally I canít seem to win on it. Maybe itís the preparation, not giving myself enough time after coming off the clay. I reached the semi-finals of the mixed doubles last year so maybe things are going to change.

You followed your compatriot Maria Sharapova by appearing in the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. How did you find that? For a day or so I felt a little bit uncomfortable. Iíve done lots of clothes modelling before but not while just wearing a little bikini. It was a beautiful setting in the Dominican Republic and the photographer and his staff were so professional. I enjoy doing photo shoots and think Iím good at it. Iím very happy with the way the pictures turned out. I think they look very nice.

King Aaron
Mar 2nd, 2009, 05:38 PM
Thanks for posting. :)

VIKA?
Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:15 PM
Maria is going to defend her title in Barcelona:D

http://www.bcnwta.com/wta/index.php?menu=2&continguts=jugadoras

schorsch
Mar 3rd, 2009, 03:50 PM
Interview in Spanish by Dulce Moncada

Kirilenko busca el ranking, no la pose

A pesar del ruido que los medios han creado en torno a la belleza de la tenista rusa, la guapa deportista de 21 años aseguró a Publimetro no ser la única con sex appeal y que lo toma con calma.

Ser una de las tenistas más atractivas de la actualidad no es algo que distraiga a la rusa Maria Kirilenko, quien reveló en exclusiva a Publimetro que la prensa es la encargada de generarle adjetivos. La deportista de 21 años, rankeada en la posición 40 de la WTA, se encuentra en Monterrey, ciudad que jamás había visitado y de la que espera llevarse el Abierto que inicia hoy, ya que a pesar de que competirá en dos semanas más en el Indian Wells de Estados Unidos, no tomará el torneo mexicano como preparación.

¿Qué habilidades crees que tienes que mejorar para alcanzar la primera posición del ranking mundial?
Creo que tengo que seguir tr abajando muy duro y hacer mi mejor esfuerzo paraalcanzar el primer lugar del ranking. Necesito mejorar mis habilidades físicas y también trabajar en mi rapidez. Todavía tengo tiempo para hacerlo y mi meta es llegar tan cerca pueda del top del ranking mundial.

¿Qué opinas de todo lo que se ha generado en los medios sobre tu belleza, por encima de tu papel en el tenis?
La prensa también ha generado comentarios sobre el sex appeal de muchas otras tenistas, no soy la única, lo trato de llevar de manera tranquila.

¿Cómo fue tu experiencia posando para la más reciente edición de Sports Illustrated?
Fue una experiencia diferente, pero me gustó. Posé para uno de los mejores fotógrafos, que hizo que la sesión de fotos fuera fácil y divertida. Además, el escenario fue República Dominicana ¡Un hermoso lugar! Daniela (Hantuchova), Tatiana (Golovin) y yo lo disfrutamos mucho.

¿Cómo te sientes ahora que tu nuevo entrenador es tu papá?
El hecho de volver a entrenar con mi papá es algo que me cae de maravilla.

¿Qué opinas sobre tu arranque este año?
El inicio de este año no fue exitoso para mi, desafortunadamente. Me mantendré entrenando para poder mejorar resultados pronto.

¿Tomas este torneo como práctica para los grandes que vienen?
Nunca tomo los torneos como práctica para los siguientes. Tengo que ganar algunos puntos del ranking y los pelearé en cada partido.

¿Cuál es tu opinión sobre el veto que recibió Shahar Peer en Emiratos Árabes Unidos, al querer jugar en el torneo de Dubai, por ser de nacionalidad israelí?
Creo que el deporte debe estar separado de lo político y me apena que Shahar no haya tenido oportunidad de competir en Dubai este año. El deporte nos une a todos; no importa qué nacionalidad tengas, ya que hablas el mismo idioma y compartes el mismo espíritu cuando compites en tu disciplina.

¿Cómo celebrarías un triunfo en Monterrey?
¡Primero hay que esperar si tengo un triunfo en Monterrey! Voy a viajar al Indian Wells, Estados Unidos, después de completar mi participación en México, así que no tendré mucho tiempo para celebraciones.

¿Habías escuchado algo sobre Monterrey antes?
Había escuchado cosas muy buenas de México en general, pero no de Monterrey específicamente. Ahora lo juzgaré por mí misma y estoy segura de que disfrutaré mi estancia.

¿Cuál es el torneo que más te gustaría ganar?
Diría que mi torneo de casa en Moscú y, por supuesto, ¡un Grand Slam!

I am translating :) Will post the English version soon.

Krzysiu.
Mar 3rd, 2009, 03:58 PM
We may ask Bruce if he would be that nice to translate it for us. Unless schorsch speaks espanol.

schorsch
Mar 3rd, 2009, 04:36 PM
Interview in Spanish by Dulce Moncada


Kirilenko is looking for a ranking and not a pose

When it comes to all the buzz the media have created due to the Russian tennis player's beauty, the 21-year-old pretty sportswoman said she was taking it easy and told Publimentro that she wasn't the only one with sex appeal.

Being one of the most attractive tennis players at the moment wasn't anything that distracted the Russian Maria Kirilenko who revealed exclusively to Publimetro that it was the press's job to write about her and to describe her.
The 21-year-old athlete, ranked at 40 on the WTA Tour, is in Monterrey at the moment, a city she has never been to before and where she is looking to win the title of the tournament that is due to start today. Even though she will be competing in IW and then Miami in a week, she wont look at this tournament as preparation, but take it seriously.

What do you think you have to improve to become nr.1 in the world?

I think I need to continue working very hard and give my best efforts in order to reach he nr.1 ranking. I have to improve physically and also work on my speed. I still have time to do it and my goal is to get as close as possible to the top ranking.

What's your opinion on everything that has been talked about in the media regarding your beauty even overshadowing your role in tennis?

The press has also made comments about many other tennis players' sex appeal, I'm not the only one, I try to take it easy.

What was the experience like posing for the latest edition of Sports Illustrated?

It was an unusal experience, but I liked it. I posed for one of the best photographers who was able to make the photo shoot very easy and fun. Also, the Dominican Republic which served as the scenery was a beautiful place. Daniela, Tatiana and I enjoyed it very much.

How do you feel now that your new coach is your father?
Being back training with my father is something that delights me.

What's your opinion on the start of this season so far?

The start of this season wasn't too exciting for me, unfortunately. But I will keep training in order to improve the results as soon as possible.

Will you look at this tournament as practice for the big ones that will start soon?
I never take tournaments as practice for the next ones. I have to gain some ranking points and I will fight hard for them in each of my matches.

What do you think of the exclusion that Shahar Peer received in the UAE, when she wanted to play the tournament in Dubai, solely because she is an Israeli?

I think that sports should and politices should be kept aparty and it pains me that Shahar didnt have the opportunity to compete in Dubai this year. Sports connect us all, it doesnt matter what nationality you might have, because you speak the same language and have the same spirit when you compete in your sport.

How would you celebrate a triumph in Monterrey?

First I have to hope that I really will have a triumph in Monterrey! But, I will travel to IW in the United Stated after my I finish playing in Mexico, so there won't be much time for celebrations.

Have you ever heard about Monterrey before?

I've heard good things about Mexico in general, but not specifically of Monterrey. Now I will get to judge myself for the first time and I am sure that I will enjoy my stay here.

Which tournament would you like to win most?

I would have to say "my" tournament at home in Moscow, but obviously a Grand Slam, too!

King Aaron
Mar 3rd, 2009, 04:46 PM
How do you feel now that your new coach is your father?
Being back training with my father is something that delights me.

Which tournament would you like to win most?
I would have to say "my" tournament at home in Moscow, but obviously a Grand Slam, too!
I was hoping she'd say something like they're looking for a new coach and it's just a temporary thing. :(

It's too bad that she's never done well in Moscow. But to be fair to her, the field has always been excellent there.

schorsch
Mar 4th, 2009, 11:51 PM
Abandona María Kirilenko por lesión


La rusa se retiró hoy por lesión en su rodilla izquierda y hasta el momento no ha habido un reporte oficial por la parte médica del torneo.

San Pedro Garza García, NL.-
La rusa María Kirilenko abandonó hoy por lesión en su rodilla izquierda, cuando jugaba los octavos de final del Abierto de Monterrey 2009, cuando perdía 6-4 y 4-1ante la checa Lucie Safarova.

La consentida de los regiomontanos el segundo set 4-0 pero a base de saques logró sacar el único punto de la segunda manga, cuando decidió abandonar.

Hasta el momento no ha habido un reporte oficial por la parte médica del torneo.

Safarova enfrentará en cuartos de final a la china Na Li, quien ganó su partido ante la checa Petra Cekovska.

translation to follow

schorsch
Mar 5th, 2009, 12:02 AM
Maria Kirilenko retires due to injury

The Russian retired today because of a left knee injury and up untill now there hasn't been a report by the medical staff of the tournament.

San Pedro Garza García, NL.-
The Russian Maria Kirilenko's retired today because a left knee injury during her 1/8-final match in the Monterrey Open 2009 trailing 4-6 1-4 against the Czech Lucie Safarova.

The Regiomontanos' (people of Monterrey) darling won her only game of the second set at 0-4 with tha aid of serves and then decided to withdraw.

Up until now there hasn't been a report by the medical staff of the tournament.

Safarova will take on China's Na Li who won her match against the Czech Petra Cekovska.

Droolv
Mar 6th, 2009, 10:03 PM
Maria will play the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. « My knee is fine now, I will be allright. I am going today to Indian Wells » told Maria.

http://www.mariakirilenko.com/?p=983

:woohoo:

schorsch
Mar 7th, 2009, 09:04 PM
Good to hear :)

schorsch
Apr 11th, 2009, 11:29 PM
for anyone who is interested, from this year's iw tournament:

Kirilenko
Racquet: Yonex RQiS2Tour
Mass: 327
Balance: 34.2
Swingweight: 349
Notes: lead at 9 and 10

Tennis Fool
Apr 22nd, 2009, 04:34 AM
Maria is POTW on the Russian Watch :D

VIKA?
Apr 27th, 2009, 07:48 AM
Maria before to leave to Morocco:p

Hello everybody !
I was in Barcelona for a week after I finished the tournament. I was practicing in Sanchez-Casal academy. I liked there a lot, the people was very nice with me and they gave me an opportunity to practice there. On saturday I arrived to Morocco. Fes is a middle of no where… haha
The club is nice, but it’s very cold here. Few days ago was nice weather. I heard about 25 degrees but i don’t know. This moment, it is rainy and foggy…
It is little bit an exotic place. I am actually for the first time in Morocco. It is difficult to say that I like it here, but it is different. I guess I will have my first match tomorrow on monday. I hope to hit some balls today and be ready for tomorrow.
Talk to you later
Maria

Nikkiri
Apr 27th, 2009, 08:27 AM
I love her :sobbing:

kirivanovic
Apr 27th, 2009, 11:54 AM
She should write more diaries:drool:

Albireo
Jun 13th, 2009, 09:11 PM
From the "Adding Insult to Injury" Department:

Wozniacki on posters over the whole world
Adidas makes the young Dane its face for tennis sport in a global campaign

POLITIKEN.DK Af SÝren-Mikael Hansen 11. jun 2009 kl. 13:06

http://politiken.dk/sport/tennis/article729996.ece

Caroline Wozniacki, who is number nine in the world, will now be marketed across the globe by her sponsor.

It is not just on the court that Caroline Wozniacki has moved up in the tennis sport Super League. Commercially, she is also one of sport's hottest names.

That confirmed Adidas by the decision to use the young Dane as the only model in a worldwide campaign for a new series designed by Stella McCartney - yes, daughter of Sir Paul from the Beatles.

Photography for the campaign took place Wednesday afternoon under humble circumstances on a tennis facility in the north-west outskirts of London, but will probably be anything but humble in expression when it starts to run in late summer.

Stella McCartney has been directly involved in the selection of the main model for the new design, which launches across the world while at the same time, Caroline Wozniacki as the only player on the top level starts using it during the U.S. Open.

"It obviously feels good, that it is I that was chosen and that Stella has also said that she would like me to represent her line. She will always have something that is new and fresh. She constantly seeks new inspiration, and I just think that she thought that I am new and on the way up and would be a good role model for the clothes, she does ", sounds Caroline Wozniackiís own opinion on why she now becomes the subject of a worldwide campaign for the company she has been associated for several years.

The explanation confirms Adidas.

'Caroline is a good tennis player, while young, open, responsive and full of good humor of court. She seems a natural choice for a design that expresses both sport and style, "said a spokeswoman, who insists on being anonymous.

Nikkiri
Jun 13th, 2009, 10:19 PM
Well isn't that lovely :)

watchdogfish
Jun 14th, 2009, 02:28 PM
Wow poor Maria :sad:
Thing is the Stella stuff actually suits Maria I can't imagine Wozniacki in it :shrug:

only_one_maria
Jun 14th, 2009, 05:59 PM
It would be nice to think there was some loyalty out there. But let's get real. All sports stars know this is what happens when your form drops.

It would be hard to justify them continuing to use Maria when she's so far down the rankings. Perhaps she can come up with some of her own designs now :)

fedfanforever
Jun 14th, 2009, 07:47 PM
This is so stupid. Why can't they let both Wozniaki and Makiri wear the Stella stuff? Will Maria now wear the crappy adidas dresses that ana wears?

King Aaron
Jun 15th, 2009, 05:53 PM
Ouch.

slutz
Jun 15th, 2009, 09:36 PM
does she stay with adidas our have she find a new one?

Topspin2
Jun 16th, 2009, 01:05 PM
:sobbing::sobbing::sobbing:

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/4906/kiriy.jpg

Nikkiri
Jun 17th, 2009, 09:23 AM
While its a good kick in the butt for her something she needed this is just gonna make things worse. Stella's clothes won't suit Wozniacki if you ask me and her rankings may be higher but but I really doubt her clothes is gonna get much more attention now anyways.. Stella probably won't make anymore money from it. Personally I won't be supporting Stella anymore.

Nikkiri
Jul 14th, 2009, 11:42 AM
“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

:help: :help: :help:

watchdogfish
Jul 14th, 2009, 11:58 AM
Well at least she hasn't been dumped completely by adidas but still Maria suits the Stella range so well :awww:
I'm surprised she won't be wearing the Adilibria group though :confused:

I wonder why Stella's chosen Wozniacki over Maria though. I mean it can't be just results or Dinara would be wearing it :p
Maybe it's cos Wozniacki plays every week! :lol:

Nikkiri
Jul 14th, 2009, 12:07 PM
Well at least she hasn't been dumped completely by adidas but still Maria suits the Stella range so well :awww:
I'm surprised she won't be wearing the Adilibria group though :confused:

I wonder why Stella's chosen Wozniacki over Maria though. I mean it can't be just results or Dinara would be wearing it :p
Maybe it's cos Wozniacki plays every week! :lol:

That must be it :lol:

Lets hope Kiri gets her shit together and makes Stella regret it. We all know she is capable of much better.

lilimi
Jul 14th, 2009, 12:13 PM
i can't help thinking stella was a curse for maria :o :lol: so i don't mind what she wears. moreover she's so pretty that anything will look good on her.i'd like to see her with that red top and black skirt! it's will be fun to see her with these colors! not the old pink/beige again :lol: ;)

Nikkiri
Jul 14th, 2009, 12:17 PM
Its just a shame she isn't going to wear the Adilibria collection. I don't care shes not wearing Stella anymore.. just shes such a pretty girl the competition line just doesn't seem right for her. But I guess the results are all that matter now :p

VIKA?
Jul 14th, 2009, 12:30 PM
She is not going to wear Adilibria collection?:speakles::sobbing: it would look much better in her...:o

King Aaron
Jul 14th, 2009, 04:23 PM
What's the Adilibria collection? :confused:

Protoss
Jul 14th, 2009, 05:01 PM
Well at least she hasn't been dumped completely by adidas but still Maria suits the Stella range so well :awww:
I'm surprised she won't be wearing the Adilibria group though :confused:

I wonder why Stella's chosen Wozniacki over Maria though. I mean it can't be just results or Dinara would be wearing it :p
Maybe it's cos Wozniacki plays every week! :lol:
Well there's also looks. :p

Protoss
Jul 14th, 2009, 05:03 PM
What's the Adilibria collection? :confused:
I think it's what's Ana Ivanovic wears but I'm not sure.

Nikkiri
Jul 14th, 2009, 07:13 PM
Cirstea also wears it. But it looks like Caro wore the collection line and they need to fill her space I guess.

lilimi
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:42 AM
Its just a shame she isn't going to wear the Adilibria collection. I don't care shes not wearing Stella anymore.. just shes such a pretty girl the competition line just doesn't seem right for her. But I guess the results are all that matter now :p

well, we don't know :shrug: maybe she'll wear the adilibria collection. patty goes from competition to adilibria whenever she wants.

kirivanovic
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:01 AM
Maria with Henin's outfits:help::help:

Nikkiri
Jul 15th, 2009, 02:12 PM
Maria was asked what she thinks about all this...
http://i30.tinypic.com/5pmvjp.jpg

watchdogfish
Jul 15th, 2009, 02:55 PM
It's been a long time since Maria was an adidas clone :p

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/bastrait/MariaKirilenko.jpg

Actually I have to admit I think she'll look good in the tank tops :p

King Aaron
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:51 PM
I think it's what's Ana Ivanovic wears but I'm not sure.
Oh, thanks.

Maria was asked what she thinks about all this...
http://i30.tinypic.com/5pmvjp.jpg
:lol: "So what? I'll still look better than her."

lilimi
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:59 PM
It's been a long time since Maria was an adidas clone :p


i liked that outfit!
http://www.vtennis.co.uk/Images/Tennis/maria-kirilenko/kirilenko-maria-gallery/kirilenko-maria-gallery-4.JPG

it wasn't the competition line but the YOC line (for Youth On Court) that Anna Kournikova was supposed to wear. I remember dinara wore a white dress from the same collection. now YOC has been replaced by Adilibria line or EDGE line last year.

poulao
Jul 16th, 2009, 11:42 AM
If you were to look at this (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=124843&page=50) outfit. Does it have any 'leading edge' to it? Now read what Caro says (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=347308&page=4) about the Stella line. She is probably not as good looking as Makiri, but I mean who is? Being a promotor for somthing, is not all about looks or rankings. Being prejudiced or biased makes blind, when before you even look into somthing, know it all. She gets some points trough in that interview, in a confidential manner. Now isin't that what promotion is about?