| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

Maria Kirilenko, the 24-year-old Russian tennis star currently ranked 28th in the world, is reportedly romantically involved with Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin posted a photo of himself and Maria on his Twitter account with a message referring to Kirilenko as his "girlfriend." Kirilenko has been training with the George Washington University tennis team, in close proximity to the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., the practice facility for Ovechkin's Capitals. Kirilenko had been linked to fellow Russian tennis player and former doubles partner, Igor Andreev.