Maria Kirilenko Racquet
Maria Kirilenko first emerged on the tennis scene at the US Open Junior Singles event in 2002. Having won the tournament, the Russian became one of the youngest girls to claim both the US Open and Canadian Open girl’s singles tournaments. Having moved to the WTA Tour, Kirilenko began making progress up the rankings in 2004 and after a period of injury won her first WTA Tour title in Beijing in 2006 and broke into the top 20 in the process. As young and upcoming star of the women’s game people started to take an interest in the Yonex known as the Maria Kirilenko racquet.
Between 2006 and 2011, Kirilenko went on to win numerous WTA titles, including victories in India, Portugal, Spain and South Korea. Between 2010 and 2012, Kirilenko threatened at the Grand Slam events and was unlucky not to win a major title. During this period of time Kirilenko reached the final of the Australian Open and the French Open plus the semi-final of the US Open.
Maria Kirilenko’s racquet manufacturer choice has been Yonex from a very young age. Since turning 13 years old, Kirilenko has used different models of Yonex racquets and they have helped her progress through the WTA rankings to a career high of 10 in June 2013.
In her most recent events, Kirilenko has been using the Yonex EZONE Ai 98 tennis racquet, also known as the Maria Kirilenko racquet. This racquet offers a good mix of power and control, perfect for the style of game Kirilenko employed on court. Maria Kirilenko’s racquet need to provide her with stability and control as these were the two key elements the Russian requested when asked about what she wanted from her racquet. The control offered by the Yonex EZONE Ai 98 racquet gives Kirilenko the freedom to play the attacking shots she enjoys without worrying about the performance level of her equipment. Being able to step on the court and have confidence in your tennis racquet is key and Kirilenko has had that by using Yonex.
Kirilenko also selected a specific style of string for her racquet. The Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 is a soft string which gives players who enjoy playing with power such as Kirilenko, the control and feel to hit accurate shots confidently.
If you are considering having your string tension the same as Maria Kirilenko’s racquet, be aware she often changed it depending on the surface she was playing on and the conditions. If the air was wet, Kirilenko would go for 26/24 kilos but if it was dry and sunny she would go for 27/25 kilos. When selecting a tennis racquet, it is worthwhile considering what surface you will be on and what the conditions are usually like where you play regularly.
Maria Kirilenko’s racquet allowed her to use the power she desired in her shots while maintaining a good degree of control over the ball. If you like to hit the ball hard but you are struggling to maintain accuracy, the Yonex EZONE Ai 98 tennis racquet could be the one for you.
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