Maria Kirilenko Bio

  • Coached by father, Yuri Kirilenko
  • Mother's name is Olga; engaged to NHL player Alexander Ovechkin
  • Started playing at age 7 when father introduced her to game at Dinamo Moscow Central Stadium
  • Favorites include movies The Butterfly Effect and Story of a Knight, classical music (especially Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach or Beethoven), books The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, Notre-Dame de Paris, White Fang and short stories by O'Henry
  • Speaks Russian and English
  • Also enjoys soccer, basketball and ice hockey
  • Relaxes by reading books, watching movies, fishing, cooking
  • Tennis players most admired are Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Jennifer Capriati for on-court style and attitude.
Biographical information from WTA. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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