The Russian girls tend to stick together on the circuit and she is close friends with Maria Sharapova.
There was a time when a lot of the players on the WTA tour were perceived to be lesbians but not any more.
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. In 2002, Kirilenko started participating in WTA events.
Maria Kirilenko is the rising star of Russian Tennis.
They all attract the attention of the press and also the young men love them.
A three-year program was set up, and a special team selected. She began moving up the rankings, but was set back by an injury in 2004.
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.