Photos – The Maria Kirilenko Story

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Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko-Stepanova (born 25 January 1987) is a former professional tennis player from Russia.

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She won the 2002 US Open Girls’ Singles and won her first WTA Tour title in 2005, defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the China Open.

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She has reached three Grand Slam singles quarterfinals, at the 2010 Australian Open the 2012 Wimbledon Championships and the 2013 French Open.

In doubles, she has reached two Grand Slam doubles finals, at the 2011 Australian Open and the 2012 French Open, won the 2012 WTA Tour Championships and was a bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics.

In June 2013, Kirilenko reached her career-high ranking of world No. 10.

In September 2014, she played her last WTA event in Beijing.

In 2002, Kirilenko became one of the youngest winners of the junior tournaments at the Canadian Open and US Open.

In November 2011, Russian ice-hockey player Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals identified Kirilenko as his girlfriend on his Twitter account.

On 31 December 2012, Ovechkin confirmed the rumors that he and Kirilenko were engaged.

In July 2014, she called off her planned wedding saying in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federation that there were “a lot of reasons” behind her decision.

Ovechkin had faced questions from Russian media about the relationship when he did not accompany Kirilenko to Wimbledon in June.

On 24 January 2015, Kirilenko got married but the name of her husband was not revealed until a few days later: she married Alexei Stepanov, reported to be the head of the Committee of Public Services in Moscow.

In July 2015, following a ten-month absence from professional tennis, it was reported that Kirilenko had given birth to a baby boy.

In July 2017, Kirilenko gave birth to a baby girl.

Image Courtesy –  Maria Kirilenko (Instagram)