As of late Maria Kirilenko has only been hitting the headlines because of her clothing promotions and not her tennis. However, recently Maria has made some big changes which include adopting her father Yuri Kirilenko as her new coach. Previously, she had been coached by Eric Van Harpen.
It’s like in the life, sometimes you feel you need to change something. Especially in sport, when something doesn’t work. Eric helped me a lot, I learned a lot of new things thanks to him. We are still good friends with him and his daughter Laura.
I hope this change will be beneficial for Maria’s career. I would love to see more of her in the later rounds of tournaments. If she doesnt actually start to get results then she will just be labeled as another Anna Kournikova.
Also, the world No.37 Kirilenko will appear in this month’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Here’s what the Russian said about the photo shoot she did last November:
I have very good memories of the photo shooting for Sports Illustrated. I went to Dominican Republic with my mother. I was there for three days and I had a great time! All days on the beach posing I can tell I was busy all the days but it was so nice! A great team worked with me. The great photographer Walter Iooss, I think it is a greatest photographer I ever work with. So, I can’t wait when the pictures come out! There are coming 15th of February I guess.