By Samara James
Maria Kirilenko has advanced to the Australian Open fourth round and this is the first major tournament after she got engaged to American Washington Capitals star, Alex Ovechkin. She advanced into the fourth round after she beat Yanina Wickmayer and it is commendable that she is so focussed on her game in spite of everything else going on in her life.
As can be expected, at the post-match interview, she was asked about her engagement and her engagement ring. The interviewer commented that she wasn’t wearing her ring – many players wear their rings on a chain around their necks. However, Kirilenko obviously had not left her ring at home – she quickly took it out of her bag and showed it off. So she does have it around with her when she is playing.
She meets Serena Williams in the next round and that is going to be a tough match – she knows that. Maybe she is hoping that her engagement ring will be lucky for her in this trying match to come. Serena Williams has been in great form the past year and she’s playing so well, unlike her sister who seems to be having problems. So is Kirilenko planning a wedding sometime soon? She replied shyly that no date has been set yet. The couple met at last year’s US Open and they both have been around to support each other’s big games when they can. He seems to have proposed during New Year and apparently both the families were there.