Maria Kirilenko Is Alex Ovechkin’s Latest Girlfriend (Gallery)

Some of you may already know Maria Kirilenko as the 24-year-old Russian tennis player who is currently ranked 27th in the world according to the WTA rankings.  As for those who are not familiar with women’s tennis, you may soon get to know Maria Kirilenko a lot better now that she has reportedly stolen the heart of Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin recently posted a photo of himself and Maria on his Twitter account.  In the accompanying message, he refers to Kirilenko as his “girlfriend,” while stating “she is my queen.”

With only 8 goals and 10 assists through the first 23 games of the 2011-12 NHL season, many have suggested that there may be something causing a distraction to Ovechkin’s game.  I believe we have found said distraction.  You can check out what we are talking about in the images below.

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