Maria Kirilenko's Tennis Equipment, Gear, and Accessories

Birthday: 1/25/87
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Residence: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5'8" (173cm)
Plays: Right Handed, Two-Handed Backhand
Turned Pro: 2001
Retired: 2015
Coach: Yuri Kirilenko
Grand Slam Singles Titles: --
Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko-Stepanova was born January 25, 1987, and began playing tennis at age 7. She saw much success in her junior career becoming one of the youngest winners of the Canadian Girls Singles Junior Open and US Girls Singles Junior Open in 2002. Later in 2005 she captured her first, of 6, WTA Singles title in Beijing at the China Open. She got a breakthrough in 2010 when she reached her first Grand Slam Singles Quarterfinal and Doubles Semifinals at the Australian Open. 2012 was her break out year reaching the Women's Singles Quarterfinal at Wimbledon, and Women's Doubles Final at the French Open. Additionally she captured a Bronze medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympic games and won the WTA Tour Women's Doubles final with partner Nadia Petrova. In 2013 she continued her success reaching the Women's Singles Quarterfinal at the French Open and climbing to a career-high No. 10 in the rankings before suffering several from injuries. She was coached by her father, Yuri Kirilenko, for most of her career and she admires the playing style of Jennifer Capriati. In 2015 she married Alexei Stepanov and later gave birth to a baby boy and baby girl. She loves classical music, such as Vivaldi and Mozart, and the short stories of O'Henry. Her spare time hobbies include fishing, cooking, and reading, and she loves the movie Barber of Siberia. She is afraid of sharks, and her favorite part of playing tennis is the fierce competition.

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