Players > Kirilenko, Maria
Maria Kirilenko - Russia
||5' 8\ (1.73 m)"
||127 lbs. (57.6 kg)
|Year Turned Pro:
On the Court
Turned pro in 2001, playing in two ITF events in Croatia and going 2-2. Her first match was a victory (7-5, 6-4) over Nina Zlender. First WTA event came in 2002 in Tokyo, where she reached the third round of qualifying. Was given a main draw wild card at Bali and lost in the first round to No. 42 Nicole Pratt. Won through three rounds of qualifying at Tokyto and Pattaya City before losing in the first round of both.
Reached the quarterfinals at Hyderabad in February 2003 after entering the tournament as a qualifier ranked No. 339. Improved by nearly 100 spots in the rankings afterward. Made her Grand Slam debut at WImbledon, losing in the first round of qualifying. Made a stunning debut at the US Open, winnin three rounds of qualifiers and charging to the third round before falling to No. 6 Amelie Mauresmo, but jumped to No. 117 afterwards.
Enjoyed more success at Hyderabad in 2004, reaching the final, her first on tour. Won the ITF title at Saint Gaudens to reach No. 100, then reached the second round at Roland Garros to climb to 91st. Upset No. 24 Elena Likhovtseva in the first round of the US Open, but fell to Lisa Raymond to drop back to No. 113.
Re-entered the Top 100 after reaching the second round of the Australian Open early in 2005. Fell back to No. 114 before reaching the Hyderabad semifinals to climb to 86th. Entered Doha as a qualifier and won through three rounds to reach the main draw, where she continued to succeed, reaching the quarterfinals, complete with an upset of No. 14 Patty Schnyder to climb to No. 67 overall. Raced to the fourth round at Indian Wells with another Top 20 upset, this time of No. 15 Elena Bovina., to breach the Top 50 for the first time at No. 48. After reaching the second rounds at both Wimbledon and the US Open, sprinted to the finals at Beijing, advancing past an injured No. 1 Maria Sharapova 6-4, 2-1 (RET) in the semifinals, then defeated Anna-Lnea Groenfeld to win her first career title and jump to No. 28 in the world. Finished the breakthrough season with a 41-24 record.
Made the third round of the Australian Open in 2006 to rise to No. 23 in the world and stayed in that general area until May, when she reached the third round at Roland Garros to hit No. 20. Was so-so for the rest of the summer, then made the third round of the US Open , but lost in the second round at Beijing (after winning the title there a year previous) to fall back to No. 29. Lost more often than she won the rest of the way to finish 23-26 and outside the Top 30.
Did not advance to a quarterfinal in 2007 until San Diego in late July, featuring an upset of No. 3 Jelena Jankovic. Followed that with a quarterfinal appearance at Los Angeles and a third-round appearance at the US Open. Won her second career title by scoring victory at Kolkata, defeating No. 11 Daniela Hantuchova in the semifinals to climb to 29th, then reached the finals at Seoul, falling to Venus Williams Ended the season at No. 30 with a 34-27 mark.
Had her best Grand Slam showing to date at the 2008 Australian Open, reaching the fourth round by upsetting No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze. Tread water until April, when she won Estoril, then followed that with a victory at Barcelona to reach No. 19, a new career best. Went into a fall slump to fall back to No. 33 before ralling to win Seoul, finishing the year 34-22.
Did not win her first match of 2009 until May, and started the year 1-5 overall. Plunged to No. 59 with a poor clay court season and finished the season outside the Top 50 with a losing mark of 23-25.
Took big strides forward to start 2010, reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open with wins over Sharapova and Dinara Safina, climbing from 58th to 37th. Followed that with a fourth-round appearance at the French Open, upsettting No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova and rising to No. 28. She reached the third rounds at both Wimbledon and the US Open, then the finals at Moscow to complete a bounce back 37-23 season.
Started the 2011 season slowly, not reaching a quarterfinal until Strasbourg in mid-May. Did not reach a single final, finishing the year 29-22.
Reached the finals at Pattaya City in February 2012, then put together strong performances at Indian Wells and Miami to rejoin the Top 20.Caught fire during the summer months, reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals , then the Olympic semifinals, upsetting No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the first round and No. 6 Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals. Won the bronze medal in women's doubles alongside Nadia Petrova. Also reached the finals at New Haven to rise to a career-best No. 12. Finished the year 33-23.
Grand Slam Titles: None
Year-End Singles Rankings: 2012: 15th; 2011: 28th; 2010: 20th; 2009: 63rd; 2008: 29th; 2007: 31st; 2006: 30th; 2005: 25th; 2004: 11th; 2003: 122nd; 2002: 417th.
Off the Court
Born in Moscow. Is the daughter of Yuri and Olga, with Yuri serving as her coach. Enjoys classical music - particularly Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. Has dated ATP player Igor Andreev and NHL star Alexander Ovechkin. Appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition along with WTA players Daniela Hantuchova and Tatiana Golovin - in a pictorial called Volley of the Dolls. http://www.mariakirilenko.com/volley-of-the-dolls-in-sports-illustrated/