Hot Tennis player Maria Kirilenko
Twenty-six-year-old Russian Maria Kirilenko seems to be drawn to other professional athletes from her homeland. She dated Russian tennis pro Igor Andreev, who made at least the third round in all four Grand Slam Singles during the course of his career. Upon breaking up with him, she began dating Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin. On New Year’s Eve 2012, Ovechkin made public what many were already speculating, i.e. that the couple had gotten engaged.
Kirilenko turned pro in 2001 and now seems to be hitting the prime of her career. She’s already amassed six and a half million dollars in prize money, 6 WTA titles and 3 ITF wins to her name. She also won the Bronze Medal in Women’s Doubles at the 2012 Summer Games in London with Nadia Petrova. The pair beat Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 for that piece of hardware. It wasn’t the medal she wanted, but that’s no small accomplishment considering that Raymond and Huber were then ranked #1. She also just missed out on a medal in Singles play, where she dropped the semis to Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-3 and the battle for the Bronze to Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-4.
The hot blonde native of Moscow has capitalized on her good looks off the court as well. In ’06, she inked a deal to show off a clothing line that was designed by Stella McCartney. She’s been donning the brand’s label since the Australian Open of that same year. Sports Illustrated has also featured the star in their Swimsuit Edition. Back in ’09, she posed with Daniela Huntuchová and Tatiana Golovin for a shot that they dubbed Volley of the Dollls.
Kirilenko has participated in every Grand Slam tournament since the 2004 French Open, but that streak is about to come to an end. Due to a knee injury, she’s set to miss the 2014 Australian Open. Keep up to date with the latest new on sexy Maria Kirilenko by following her on twitter @mkirilenko
That’s a major disappointment for her given that she’s racked up some impressive records in the Grand Slam tournaments over the past few years. Before getting eliminated, she racked up 11 wins in 2010, when her best finish was in the quarterfinals of the Australian open and nine victories in Grand Slam matches in each of the last three years. During that time, she made quarterfinals twice more, once at Wimbledon in 2012 and another in last year’s French Open, when she was eliminated by Belarussian Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 6-2.
She’s not currently listed for any 2014 tournaments thanks to the injury that saw her retire after five games in the 2013 Tournament of Champions. The injury had hampered her through much of the season. Depending on how quickly she recovers, though, she could make it back for part of the season. When she does make a comeback, it’ll be interesting to see whether the knee is a one off or whether it will prove to have a long-term impact on her career.