Monday, June 18, 2012

Haute of the Month: Maria Kirilenko

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia 
Birthdate: Jan. 25, 1987 
Height: 5’ 8” 
Weight: 127 lbs. 
Coach: Father, Yuri Kirilenko 
Food Favorite: Baked Potatoes 
Off-court Interests: Fishing, Dance, Music, Computer Gaming, Basketball, Football and Reading 
Some Favorite Books: The Three Musketeers, White Fang 
Favorite Players: Jennifer Capriati, Yevgeni Kafelnikov 
Good Friends on Tour: Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanović, Agnieszka Radwańska and Nadia Petrova

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At seven years of age, Maria Kirilenko arrived at Moscow’s Dinamo tennis school with her father, a tennis aficionado and recreational player. In less than a year, she began to win competitions, and at the age of 12 she was “discovered” by Elena Brioukhovets – an Honored Master of sports who began to work with her. 

Kirilenko’s parents brought her daily to Dinamo and TsSKA sport grounds from Yubileyny – a small town in the Moscow region. In less than three years, she became # 1 in her age group. During this time, Maria received help from well-known tennis professionals Yevgeni Kafelnikov, Andrey Olkhovsky and Maxim Mirny – the creators of an organization to support young, up-and-coming players.

Maria Kirilenko’s hard work paid off - in 2002, she became one of the youngest winners of both the Canadian Open and US Open junior tournaments. In 2005, she won her first title on the WTA Tour, ousting Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the China Open. Kirilenko reached her career-high ranking of # 16 in May of 2012, and she currently stands at # 19 in the world.

← Who looks THIS good playing tennis? 

Game Style: Aggressive baseliner 
Favorite Shot: Forehand 
Best Singles Result: Quarterfinals of the Australian Open - 2010 
Best Doubles Result: Final of the French Open with partner Nadia Petrova - 2012

Maria was chosen in 2006 to be the face of Adidas Stella McCartney tennis line, but she was replaced by Caroline Wozniacki in 2009 - in our opinion…a big mistake!

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