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.
reported that Maria Kirilenko had apparently split from her longtime boyfriend, ATPer Igor Andreev, Washington Capitals star Ovechkin tweeted a picture of himself with Kirilenko and wrote: "Me and my girlfriend Maria...is my queen!!!! Besides, the Washington winger loves him some tennis. So, tennis fans, let's take a moment to get to know Ovi, one of the more colorful characters in the NHL. Anna Kournikova famously did so in her teens, dating Pavel Bure and Sergei Fedorov seemingly simultaneously.
One of the best-known tennis couples were Russians Maria Kirilenko and Igor Andreev, and without the news of their breakup a photo of the 24-year-old Kirilenko with another man emerges on Twitter.
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.
; born 25 January 1987) is a Russian tennis player. She has reached three Grand Slam singles quarterfinals, at the 2010 Australian Open the 2012 Wimbledon Championships and the 2013 French Open.
Open Girls' Singles and won her first WTA Tour title in 2005, defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the China Open.