In 2002, Kirilenko started participating in WTA events.She began moving up the rankings in 2004, but was set back by an injury.At the end of 2005, she climbed back up the rankings and won her first title in Beijing.
She then competed in the Korea Open in Seoul, where she was the defending champion, but lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Kimiko Date-Krumm.
In June 2013, Kirilenko reached her career-high ranking of world No. In September 2014, she played her last WTA event in Beijing.
In 2002, Kirilenko became one of the youngest winners of the junior tournaments at the Canadian Open and US Open.
In the World Group quarterfinal tie against Belgium, she lost her singles match against 2005 US Open champion Kim Clijsters, but partnering with Dinara Safina, won her doubles match against Justine Henin and Clijsters. In January 2007, she advanced to the third round of the Australian Open, before being defeated by third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.
She then competed in the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she advanced to the second round, upsetting world No.
; born 25 January 1987) is a former professional tennis player from Russia.