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Quick Q & A With Maria Kirilenko

While at the Sony Ericsson Open, I got a chance to chat with Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko.  She has a very charming demeanor - very soft-spoken and seemingly shy, yet very engaging in conversation.   She was nice enough to take some time out of her busy schedule and do the Quick Q & A.  Enjoy!

What is your passion outside of tennis?

Well actually I like to do everything.  I like to do other sports as well, for example I like to play soccer, basketball, or if I have time - golf, or to go on the ice and skate a little bit.  I like to go to see different sights like museums, or musicals, or everything!  I always find something to do by myself.

What most annoys you?

When somebody doesn’t understand me. [Laughter]

Like, understand you because of your accent or what you’re thinking?

No, what I’m thinking. [Laughter]

(I was, of course, totally embarrassed that I didn't know what she was thinking when she answered that queston.)

What are you most afraid of?


Have you ever seen a shark before?

No, but I am just so afraid of them.  I don’t know, every time I go into the ocean or the sea I’m thinking that the sharks are going to come and swim into me! [Laughter]

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

I like sweet cotton candy.  Yeah, I know it is really bad but I love it!

What is your favorite movie?

The Butterfly Effect.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite is Russian food, and also I like sushi.

What is your favorite city?

I like London.

What is your favorite type of music?


Do you have a favorite artist?

I don’t really have one.  I like many songs.

Do you have a celebrity crush?

No, only my boyfriend. [Alex Ovechkin]

As it should be!  [Laughter]

If there was a fire and you could only save one thing, not a person, what would you save?

My phone.

If you had one superhero ability, what would it be?

Be invisible.

Either/Or Questions - the one in BOLD is the one she chose.

Facebook or Twitter 

Coke or Pepsi (She is the first person to say Pepsi!  Now I like her even more.)

Shower or Bath

Dog or Cat

Beer or Wine 

Ocean or Mountains

Vampires or Werewolves

Do you like Twilight?

Yes!  I love it.

Are you Team Jacob or Team Edward?

I like them both!  [Laughter]

Sweet or Salty

Singing or Dancing

Are you a good dancer?

Not bad....but a very bad singer! [Laughter]

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