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Maria Kirilenko dumped Alex Ovechkin over Instagram photo?

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Women’s tennis player Maria Kirilenko released a statement earlier this week announcing that she has called off her engagement with Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin.

Was an Instagram photo one of the reasons she decided to move on?

Over the weekend, Ovechkin’s friend, Vitaly Fridzon, who is a Russian basketball player, shared a photo of Ovechkin and Russian gymnast Karolina Sevastianova sitting together in the back seat of what appeared to be a small airplane or helicopter. Fridzon later posted two more pictures that included Ovechkin and Sevastianova, though both seemed pretty innocent.

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Maria Kirilenko breaks off engagement with Alex Ovechkin

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Alexander Ovechkin and women’s tennis star Maria Kirilenko got engaged over a year ago. The two had been dating for three years and seemed very happy together, but the relationship apparently did not work out. On Monday, Kirilenko released a statement through the Russian Tennis Federation announcing that she has called off the engagement.

“I have made a decision to break up our engagement,” Kirilenko said, as translated by For the Win. “There are a lot of reasons, but I wouldn’t want to go in detail. I’ll say just that our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha as a person and an athlete and sincerely wish him athletic success in the future.”

Largely because of injuries, Kirilenko has fallen to No. 92 in the World Tennis Association rankings from her peak position of No. 10 last year. Ovechkin, who usually travels to Maria’s tennis tournaments when possible, was not at Wimbledon this year like he was in 2012.

Now we know why.

Also see: Maria Kirilenko shows off engagement ring on request after match

Maria Kirilenko shows off engagement ring on request after match (Video)

maria kirilenko ringThere is a lot going on in Maria Kirilenko’s world. The Russian tennis player is playing her first grand slam since getting engaged to boyfriend Alex Ovechkin last month. Kirilenko also defeated Yanina Wickmayer 7-6, 6-3 on Saturday to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

After her victory, Kirilenko conducted a post-match interview where the subject of her engagement to the Washington Capitals star came up. When the interviewer pointed out that Kirilenko wasn’t wearing a ring, she retrieved it from her bag and produced it on request.

An embarrassed Kirilenko said the two have not yet set a date for the wedding. She does, however, have a date with Serena Williams in the fourth round.

Alex Ovechkin is engaged to girlfriend Maria Kirilenko

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Alex Ovechkin was so bored with the NHL lockout that he decided to get engaged. Just kidding — I’m sure Ovie loves his tennis star girlfriend Maria Kirilenko very much, which is why he decided to pop the question on the last day of 2012.

Ovechkin tweeted the photo you see above on Monday before making the following announcement:

Good for him. The two have been dating for over a year now (more pictures of Kirilenko here). The people of Washington, D.C. may not be enthused because they don’t seem to like Ovechkin very much anymore, but the engagement gives us something to talk about regarding an NHL player. With the way things have gone with the lockout, those moments aren’t easy to come by.

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Tennis Player Maria Kirilenko Is Alex Ovechkin’s New Girlfriend (Picture)

Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin confirmed Wednesday that he is dating tennis player Maria Kirilenko. The hockey superstar sent the following tweet from his Ovi8 account: “Me and my girlfriend Maria….she is my queen!!!!”

Kirilenko, the No. 27 ranked player in the world, reportedly recently broke up with boyfriend Igor Andreev, who is also a tennis player. The Montreal Gazette speculated two days ago about a possible relationship between Ovie and Maria. They noted that Kirilenko was practicing tennis in Arlington, Va. of all places, and that she had been to a recent Caps game.

We’re just wondering what happened to Valeria Sokolova, a Russian model who was very popular here at LBS. She and Ovechkin supposedly were dating as of last August. I guess he’s gone the Rory McIlroy route and moved on to dating a fellow athlete.

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