This week tournament organizers of the Tournament of Champions Sofia announced that Russian’s Maria Kirilenko would receive the second available wild card into the eight-woman contest, joining home-grown favorite Tsvetana Pironkova, who enjoys one of the highest profiles of any Bulgarian athlete and whose wild card was allocated earlier in the year.
Five-time WTA singles titlist Kirilenko, 25, has enjoyed a career season, reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and winning a bronze medal in doubles at the London Olympics with fellow Russian Nadia Petrova. After finishing runner-up at New Haven in August, Kirilenko moved to a new career high ranking of No.12 and is currently at No.15.
“I am really looking forward to playing at the Tournament of Champions in Sofia, and seeing my fans there,” said Kirilenko. “It will be my first visit but I’ve heard great things about the city. I would like to thank BTF President Stefan Tzvetkov for this opportunity to compete – i...