By Tyler on April 4, 2014
The WTA Tour season is now beginning to rev up, and fans around the world are itching with excitement. One of the biggest things that people are looking forward to is the sight of Maria Kirilenko, who will be entering her 13th season on the tour. Here are the 20 hottest pictures of Kirilenko to hold fans over until the next tournament.
Kirilenko was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, and started playing tennis at the age of seven.
Kirilenko turned professional when she was only 13 years old, and she won both the Canadian and U.S. Junior Open Tournaments at only 15.
Kirilenko began participating in WTA Tour events in 2002, although she did not begin to truly compete for tournament titles until 2004.
Kirilenko picked up her first career singles victory in September 2005, winning the China Open.
Kirilenko first appeared for Russia in the prestigious Fed Cup in 2006, bowing out of the singles and doubles tournaments in the quarterfinals.
In June 2006, Kirilenko entered the top 20 of the women's world ranking for the first time.
Kirilenko became the face of Adidas tennis gear in 2006, and she has played in the gear since the 2006 Australian Open.
Kirilenko reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2006, her furthest run in a Grand Slam tournament up to that point.
Kirilenko had a moderately successful 2007 season, as she won the Sunfeast Open and reached the finals of the Hansol Korea Open.
Kirilenko reached the fourth round of the 2008 Australian Open, marking the longest singles grand slam tournament run she had made to date.
Kirilenko won two singles and two doubles tournaments in 2008, although none came in major tournaments.
Kirilenko appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, dropping the jaws of men around the world in the process.
Kirilenko had a largely unsuccessful season on the court in the WTA Tour, as she didn't win a single event in singles or doubles.
Kirilenko participated in the second longest Australian Open singles match ever, a three-hour and 22-minute first-round marathon victory over Maria Sharapova.
Kirilenko began the 2010 season ranked 58th in the world and finished 20th, although she did not win any singles tournaments.
Kirilenko had a hugely successful 2011 season in doubles tournaments, as she went to the semifinals of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of the French Open.
Kirilenko began dating Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin in 2011, and they officially announced their relationship via social media in November 2011.
Kirilenko got engaged to Ovechkin on Dec. 31, 2012, and the two are preparing for their wedding.
Kirilenko was very successful in 2012 and 2013, as she won the 2012 WTA Championships doubles tournament, got a Bronze Medal at the 2012 Olympics in doubles and reached No. 10 in the world rankings in June 2013.
Kirilenko has suffered through a knee injury in 2014, and was forced to pull out of the Australian Open. The 28-year-old returned to the WTA Tour at the beginning of April.
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