Maria Kirilenko

Marija Yuryevna Kirilenko (Russian Мария Юрьевна Кириленко, scientific transliteration Marija Jur'evna Kirilenko, born January 25, 1987 in Moscow) is a Russian tennis player.

  • 2.1 Single 2.1.1 Tournament Win
  • 2.2.1 Tournament Win
  • 3.1 Individual
  • 3.2 double


Kirilenko began at the age of seven years of playing tennis. At twelve, she was discovered by Jelena Brjuchowez who put together a very special training program for them. Not even three years later she was the best in their age group and the second best U-18 player. In addition, it was supported by famous tennis players like Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Andrei Olchowski and Max Mirny, who accompanied them also to competitions.

In 2002, she was the Canadian Open and the U.S. Open Junior Women win as one of the youngest players. Since September 2002, she regularly plays on the WTA Tour. From injury problems followed, she came into the world rankings initially hardly any progress. In 2005 she won the tournament in Beijing her first WTA title.


The first tournament of the year in Auckland Kirilenko reached her first quarter-final, but failed at the later finalist Vera Swonarjowa. At the Australian Open, where she also presented the Adidas collection by Stella McCartney, she met Lindsay Davenport and lost 4:6, 6:4, 2:6. The following week, she reached the quarterfinals in Tokyo again, losing to Martina Hingis but clear ( 2:6, 1:6 ). In Dubai, she managed a moderate success; she defeated Nadia Petrova 6-4, 6-1 and then defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets.

In Miami, she lost in the second round against the later finalist Maria Sharapova in a high level match 6:3, 4:6 and 1:6. After the first round -off in Warsaw ( again against Hingis, who but the 5:7, 6:7 all demanded ) was the clay court season quite passable. The following week, she defeated Justine Henin in the second round of the Qatar Telecom German Open. At the French Open, the off against Anna-Lena Grönefeld came in the third round, while Kirilenko reached first rank 20 in the world rankings.

Worse was the second half of the year. At Wimbledon, she lost in the same round one. This was followed Erstrundenniederlagen in San Diego, Los Angeles and New Haven. Only in Montreal could win a match. At the U.S. Open, she reached the third round in which they Aravane Rezai had to admit defeat. It was followed by another defeat series - arrived in Beijing from the defending champion in round two in Seoul and in Tokyo and Moscow was in each case in round one last stop. Slipped in the rankings to position 33, Kirilenko was then once again move into Zurich in a quarter final. A week later she had to give up because of hip pain their first round game in Linz. Thus, the season was over for them.


Start of the season Kirilenko lost in Gold Coast in the second round against the eventual winner Dinara Safina. In Hobart, she lost her opening match against Sania Mirza. At the Australian Open, it was better - after beating Karolina Šprem and Juliet Wakulenko she defeated Kuznetsova in round three with 1:6, 4:6.

In the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, she had against Shahar Peer both in single as well - compete in a double - with her ​​compatriot Vera Dushevina. The Russians defeated the Israeli and her partner Marion Bartoli, the day after Kirilenko Shahar Peer also beat in singles. It was their first victory over a top 20 player for about a year. They then defeated the local favorite Ai Sugiyama. In doubles, it put a 1:6, 1:6 against the set of two Chinese Yan Zi / Zheng Jie. Also placed at number two, she had narrowly beaten in three sets in Pattaya Nicole Pratt.

In Dubai Kirilenko won her first " competitive game " against the approximately 150 seats Monica Niculescu listed worse. However, they then lost in three tight sets against Daniela Hantuchova. In the doubles came for Kirilenko and Hingis already in the first round the corner. A week later in Doha, she won her first match against Anne Kremer of Luxembourg without any problems, the second round she lost in two straight sets against her doubles partner Hingis. In the double is encountered with a wildcard pair failed to win the tournament. In Indian Wells Kirilenko came in the third round and cashed a clear defeat her compatriot Anna Chakvetadze.

In Miami came after a bye in round two against the From Venus Williams, it was followed by a three -week break. In Budapest, she lost her opening match against Anne Kremer, followed by three more Erstrundenniederlagen: each in three sets, she lost in Oeiras against the qualifier Nika Ozegovic, in Berlin against Li Na, and in Rome against Ai Sugiyama. At the French Open, she was able to reach the second round, the match against Samantha Stosur lost but after a large fight in three sets. At the tournament in Birmingham Kirilenko defeated in the first round Raquel Kops- Jones 6-3, 6-3 and then defeated Nathalie Dechy with 5:7, 6:2 and 6:0. In the second round they lost narrowly to the later tournament champion Jelena Janković ( 6:3, 3:6 and 5:7 ). In Eastbourne she failed equally in round one Austrian Sybille Bammer at the ( 2:6, 3:6 ).

At Wimbledon she lost in round one against a lucky loser into the main draw up Alizé Cornet moved. About three weeks later, she went to work at Stanford with a first round victory over the in the world rankings, two places better listed Wiktoryja Azarenka back. In the second round she failed, however, with 0:6 and 6:7 ( 5) Katarina Srebotnik on. At the tournament in San Diego, she reached the quarter-finals with wins over Hana Sromova, Lucie and Jelena Janković Šafářová, but then lost to Elena Dementieva. During the subsequent WTA tournament in Los Angeles reached by smooth victories over Jelena Bowina, Marion Bartoli and Gisela Dulko again the quarter-finals, in which they failed with 4:6 and 4:6 at the later champion Ana Ivanović.

At the tournament in Toronto beat Kirilenko in the first round Martina Müller and then was forced to retire due to injury against Bartoli. At the U.S. Open, she had moved in with wins over Martina Muller and Katerina Srebotnik in the round of 32 best, before she succumbed to Julia Wakulenko. After two weeks of pause she answered back in Kolkata: With wins over Flavia Pennetta and Hantuchova she reached the final, where they come up with a 6-0 -, 6-2 victory over Maria Korytzewa secured her second tournament victory. A week later, in Seoul, she moved again to the finals, but it lost to Venus Williams in three sets. Then they had to put in a row of four defeats. After all, they still won the ITF tournament in Dubai, in the final she defeated Evgeniya Rodina. The season ended with a record of 34 Kirilenko wins and 27 defeats in the Top 30


The year began for them in Auckland with the quarter-finals, where she defeated Tamira Paszek in two sets. At the Australian Open she reached the second round of a Grand Slam tournament, which they lost narrowly to Daniela Hantuchova for the first time in her career. In Doha she failed in the second round to Anabel Medina Garrigues. After each had been in the opening round final in Dubai, Bangalore, Indian Wells and Miami, Kirilenko won the Tier IV tournament in Oeiras. In Berlin, she had to fend off in the first round three match points against Jelena Wesnina, then moved into the second round, where she lost to Jelena Janković. Also in the second round of Rome, she was eliminated by Janković. At the French Open, she was defeated in the second round surprisingly, the qualifier Zheng Jie. With 15 victories in a total of 18 clay court matches she succeeded after two years of jumping back into the top 20 In the lawn tournaments in 's- Hertogenbosch and Wimbledon she lost her opening match each again. The hard court season started promisingly: Quarter-finals in Portoroz and semifinals in Cincinnati, where Kirilenko with Nadia Petrova also won the doubles competition. This was followed by three defeats in a series - in New Haven, at the U.S. Open and in Tokyo. In Seoul, where she had previously reached the final in the year, she was able to win this time. In Tokyo and Moscow, she lost in the first round. In Zurich and Linz she made each a place in round two and lost there against Francesca Schiavone Alizé Cornet or. The record this season: three singles and one doubles title.


Kirilenko started with three consecutive defeats in Sydney, Melbourne and Dubai. In Monterrey they were in the second round against Lucie Šafářová to injury. In Indian Wells she lost her opening match again, in Miami she was defeated in round two Flavia Pennetta. In Miami, it reached the finals again as defending champion, but had to this time Roberta Vinci bow. In Fes she lost to Marta Domachowska the Pole again in the opening round. In Oeiras she lost as defending the quarter-finals in three sets to Ekaterina Makarova. It was followed by four Erstrundniederlagen in Madrid, at the French Open, in Birmingham and Eastbourne. At Wimbledon Kirilenko survived the first time since 2005, the first round, before she succumbed to Caroline Wozniacki with 0:6, 4:6. At the clay court tournament in Bastad they failed again to Wozniacki, this time in the quarterfinals. At the beginning of the summer season reached Kirilenko in Stanford, LA and Cincinnati, respectively the second round. After surviving qualifying she lost in the first round of Toronto against Pennetta, in New Haven, they had to give up in qualifying. As in 2003, 2006 and 2007 it reached then with a win over Agnieszka Radwańska the third round of the U.S. Open, but was defeated there in two sets Li Na.

After a three week break Kirilenko went to Seoul at the start and lost as the defending champion in the semifinals against eventual winner Kimiko Date Krumm. In the third set she struggled for a 0:5 yet arrived, but eventually lost with 4:6. In Beijing and Osaka respectively with the opening game was over. In Moscow, she then won the first time an individual; in the quarter-finals they defeated the later champion Francesca Schiavone. The Season Record: 23:25 victories.

In doubles, she reached the second round of the Australian Open Pennetta, Agnieszka Radwańska in Dubai with even the final. With Pennetta she succeeded in the Indian Wells semi-finals in Miami failed both in the second round. Together with Sorana Cîrstea she reached the finals of Fes, in Oeiras, they lost the quarter-finals. In Madrid she went back with Pennetta at the start, but had to give the same in round one. At the French Open, she was eliminated in the second round. The grass season did less well. With Radwańska then succeeded her in LA the finals, at the U.S. Open, she reached the quarter-finals with Jelena Wesnina. At season's end, she won with her ​​compatriot Nadia Petrova the doubles competition of Moscow, it was the second tournament victory for the pairing Kirilenko / Petrova.


In Auckland, she lost her quarter-final against Shahar Peer. In Melbourne, she succeeded for the first time the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. In her opening match she beat the winner of 2008, Maria Sharapova, in the second round they benefited with the score at 5-4 on the task her compatriot Dinara Safina, the quarterfinals, she lost in straight sets against Zheng Jie. For the first time reached Kirilenko in the doubles with partner Radwańska the semi-finals, emerged from the Cara Black and Liezel Huber in three sets as winners.

In Dubai, they already failed in the opening round, with tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami respectively, in the third round against Caroline Wozniacki. In the tournaments from Marbella and Barcelona she was disqualified in round one or two. After a weak start to the clay court season, she succeeded in Rome the quarter-finals (including Svetlana Kuznetsova beat her ), where she Serena Williams 1:6, 4:6 defeated. In 2010, she played doubles with of Radwańska (except Rome), with which they came in each quarter-finals in Indian Wells, Miami, and at the clay court tournaments. After a first round defeat in Madrid Kirilenko succeeded at the French Open then the knockout phase. First she defeated Kuznetsova again, before she succumbed to the eventual tournament champion Francesca Schiavone.

Your short grass season began in 's Hertogenbosch with a win over Ioana Raluca Olaru, in round two against Kirsten Flipkens she had to give. At Wimbledon, she reached the third round for the first time and retired there against Kim Clijsters of ( 3:6, 3:6 ). At Stanford, the first tournament of the U.S. Open Series, she lost in the quarter -final against Radwańska. In San Diego, Cincinnati and Montreal won it in only one single match in the double but the tournaments in San Diego ( with Jie Zheng ) and Cincinnati ( with Azarenka ).

A week before the U.S. Open, Kirilenko defeated in the semifinals of New Haven Nadia Petrova. At the U.S. Open itself, they again reached the third round, where she drew the short straw this time against Kuznetsova. In Seoul, she was disqualified in round two against Safina. Even a week later in Tokyo, she reached the second round, where they lost to Pennetta. In Beijing, she was defeated in round three Wera Swonarjowa. In Osaka, she gave up her match in round two.

Her last tournament of the season they played back in Moscow, where she came into the final, but there her doubles partner Azarenka 3:6, 4:6 defeated after they had been lying in the second set with a 4-0 lead.


This year, Kirilenko won her ninth WTA tournament in the doubles competition. In Madrid, she defeated Kveta Peschke with Azarenka the pairing / Katarina Srebotnik in straight sets. At the French Open she came in single as 2010 to the last sixteen. At Wimbledon, she was disqualified in round three with a two- set loss to defending champion Serena Williams. In the second round of Stanford (hard court ) then Serena could remove a sentence. In doubles, she won with Azarenka another title with a final win over Huber / Raymond. At the U.S. Open she came up with victories over Makarova, Dushevina and the US-American Christina McHale to the second round, where she was for after a three-set defeat against Stosur terminus; in the second set when she won 2:6, 7:6, 3:6 the longest tie-break ( 17:15) in the history of Grand Slam tournaments of women. In the WTA tournament in Beijing reached with victories over Julia Goerges, Sam Stosur and Tamira Paszek the quarter-finals, defeated Monica Niculescu there but in a tight three- set match.

On October 24, Kirilenko reached their highest position in the double world rankings with fifth place.


With consistent performances to Kirilenko also played in the single world rankings to the front, on May 14, it marked with number 16, a new personal best. At the French Open, however, the blow came already in round two against Klára Zakopalová ( 4:6, 6:3, 3:6 ). In doubles, she stood at the side of Petrova in the final, who won the pair Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani in three sets. Your continued her good run at Wimbledon, where she moved into the quarter-finals for the first time. Against the later finalist Radwańska she had to end up with 5:7, 6:4 and 5:7 beaten. In August Kirilenko was number 12 of the individual rankings.

At the Olympic Games in London, she reached the semi-final, which they lost to Sharapova with 2:6 and 3:6. In the match for the bronze medal she succumbed Azarenka 3:6 and 4:6. At the WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul then Kirilenko celebrated her twelfth doubles title.



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Tournament Win

Performance in Grand Slam tournaments and the WTA Tour Championships