During the build-up to this first-round meeting, there was considerably more discussion about Sharapova’s money, her tennis dress and her match-day earrings than there was about Kirilenko’s game.As an old friend from the junior circuit, Kirilenko probably knows Sharapova’s game better than anyone else in the draw.And this is not the first Russian hockey-tennis hook-up.
The news comes on the heels of another big break-up in the sports world—Roy Mc Ilroy and Caroline Wozniacki, who split and called off their engagement in late May.
However, perhaps the breakup bodes well for the duo, as the exes both emerged victorious in their respective sporting events on Sunday.
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In the days leading up to this slam, Sharapova signed the most lucrative endorsement contract by a sportswoman in history, with an eight-year extension to her arrangement with Nike that is believed to be worth up to £43 million.