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Maria Kirilenko

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Maria Kirilenko is a Russian tennis player. Kirilenko won the 2002 U.S. Open Girls' Singles and won her first WTA Tour title in 2005, defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the China Open. 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 2002, Kirilenko became one of the youngest winners of the Canadian Open and US Open junior tournaments. In 2002, Kirilenko started participating in WTA events. She began moving up the rankings in 2004, but was set back by an injury. At the 2004 French Open, Kirilenko took the first set off Serena Williams before losing in three sets.

At the end of 2005, she climbed back up the rankings and won her first title in Beijing. On 12 June 2006, she broke into the world's top 20 for the first time. Kirilenko was also the runner-up to Nicole Pratt at the 2004 AP Tourism Hyderabad Open.

Kirilenko made her debut for Russia at the Fed Cup tournament in April 2006. In the World Group quarterfinal tie against Belgium, Kirilenko lost her singles match against 2005 US Open champion Kim Clijsters, but partnering with Dinara Safina, won her doubles match against Justine Henin and Clijsters. However, Russia ended up losing 3–2.

At the 2006 US Open, Kirilenko was seeded 20th and reached the third round, before losing to Aravane Rezaï. She then reached the second rounds of 2010 Hansol Korea Open, losing to former world no. 1 Dinara Safina, and 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open, losing to Flavia Pennetta. At the last Premier Mandatory event of the year, the 2010 China Open, she lost in the third round to eventual finalist and compatriot Vera Zvonareva. In the 2010 HP Open, she retired in the second round due to a left hip injury against Chang Kai-chen after losing the first set 4–6. Kirilenko reached the final of the 2010 Kremlin Cup, where she fell to Victoria Azarenka. Kirilenko ended the 2010 season ranked no. 20 in the world. Kirilenko was not listed on any entry lists for 2014 tournaments, still recovering from the knee injury suffered in the Tournament of Champions in Sofia. She missed the Australian Open due to the injury.

After missing the pair of Premier Mandatory events at Indian Wells and Miami, Kirilenko made her injury comeback at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, but was upset in her first match by Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic, who eventually went on to reach her first WTA semi-final.

In July 2015, following an unexplained long absence from professional tennis, it was reported that Kirilenko had given birth to a baby boy. There is no word on her return to tennis.