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Maria Kirilenko's Seoul Blog

Maria Kirilenko blogs for us from the Hansol Korea Open in Seoul.

Published September 30, 2007 12:00

Maria Kirilenko's Seoul Blog
Maria Kirilenko

SEOUL, Korea - She burst into prominence by capturing the prestigious China Open title in Beijing in September 2005; and this past weekend, almost exactly two years later, she captured her second Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title at the Sunfeast Open in Kolkata. Now, one of the game's most talented young stars shoots for No.3 in the Korean capital of Seoul, as Maria Kirilenko competes at the Hansol Korea Open. The 20-year-old Russian also joins the list of Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player Bloggers at the Tier IV stop.

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Hi everybody :)

Well I didn't win the title today, but Venus was playing so well. I tried my best but after we both held serve for most of the third set she broke me, and I couldn't break her back. But obviously it has been such a good week for me, reaching my second final in a row, and I've enjoyed the whole week. I had lots of fun in Seoul.

One thing that was really nice today was that after the final they got us to wear the traditional Korean dress - so I did get one in the end! It's something different. I'd never worn this before. I'm always happy to get dresses from other countries. I wore an Indian one last week in Kolkata. I'd like to thank everyone for these!

I really felt the crowd support today. My fans helped me a lot in the match. Also I heard a couple of guys from Russia, some Russian words. I want to say thanks to the Russians in the crowd for supporting me - I heard you and it helped for sure.

I'd have to say the best thing about this past week was the dress I got today! It is so nice. I wanted to go to the amusement park near the hotel but I couldn't find the time to go... I have a flight out of here tonight so I won't be able to go, but hopefully next time. Next stop, Tokyo...

Thank you all so much for reading my blog this week. Like I've said, I appreciate all of my fans and hopefully you enjoyed getting to know me a little bit more.

I'll talk to you all soon!!

Maria

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Hello again everyone!

Again I had a nice match today, beating Eleni Daniilidou in the semifinals. The first set was tough; in the end of it I think I got a little lucky, because she was serving at 5-6, 40-0, and I came up with some really nice returns, then she hit a double fault. I thought for sure it would be 6-6 but it turned around, so that was great. I played some of my best tennis in the second set. I even hit a left-handed winner! On one point she came into the net on my backhand and I just went for a crosscourt passing shot with it - it has worked sometimes in the past, and it is actually something I practice, particularly when running down drop shots. At the US Open, Srebotnik hit a drop shot to my backhand and I did the same one. I must say though, Daniilidou fought hard today. I'm happy with this victory.

It feels perfect to reach the final. My first time to reach two finals in a row! What can I say? Now I have Venus Williams... and she's playing really well. She hits so hard and has a big serve. I've watched her a bit of her this week and I am going to have to play my very best. I'm going to try my hardest. We're playing at noon tomorrow, so it's a bit earlier than I've been used to here, but you never know what will happen in finals. I'm sure lots of people will come to watch though!

After my match I did an autograph session and so many people came. My coach was there and said it looked like the president of Korea was there or something! It was so funny. The fans sometimes say funny things. Some have said privyet (hello in Russian), which is cute they try to speak Russian :) Mostly they're wishing me good luck for my next match. It was hard for them to say anything else because security kept people moving today. The security is tough here!

I received another camera from the Tournament Director, to add to the one I got the other day. I haven't even started using the first one; I have been using my own older one. But this one is 8.1 megapixels so I may start using this one (my older one is 7.1). They haven't given me the dress yet, maybe they forgot about that. Those dolls are in my room, though. Just in the back, keeping quiet! The tournament gave me some flowers at the beginning of the week too, but they're beginning to die. I don't know what to do, maybe the dolls do? I've been getting some really great massages here, so maybe when I'm sleeping tonight, the dolls can give the flowers some sort of massage? I guess I'll see in the morning...

It's about 9:30pm, and we just got back from the same buffet as the other night. And it was very good again. I probably won't talk on the phone tonight, just go and relax and sleep early. This is the third week in a row the blogger has gotten to the final - Hantuchova, Srebotnik... I'm very proud to continue that pattern!

Good night and I'll talk to you all after the final!

Maria

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