Maria Kirilenko, Alex Ovechkin call off engagement

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Moscow, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko has called off her engagement to Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin after three years of relationship.

In a statement, Kirilenko did not divulge the reason behind the separation but added she respects Ovechkin as a person and athlete.

Kirilenko added that she’s focused on upcoming WTA events

The two Russian stars began dating in 2011 and confirmed their engagement more than a year later.

Kirilenko, 27, was in the top 10 of the rankings last year but tumbled down the WTA Tour rankings to No. 93 due to a knee injury she suffered at the end of 2013.

Ovechkin, for his part, credited Kirilenko for his turnaround in 2013 that led to the Hart Trophy.

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