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Maria Kirilenko says she ended her engagement to Alex Ovechkin

(Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

One of D.C.’s great power couples is no more. The press service of the Russian Tennis Federation announced Sunday that Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and Russian tennis pro Maria Kirilenko have broken off their engagement. R-Sport reported the sad news with a quote from Kirilenko.

“I have decided to terminate the engagement,” she said. ” There are many reasons, but I do not want to go into details. I’ll say one thing: our relationship completed, but I respect Sasha as a person and athlete and I sincerely wish him continued athletic success. … At this moment, I’m concentrating on getting prepared for the nearest tournament. And I’m hoping that soon I’ll make my fans happy with news not only about my personal life, but also about my sports achievement.”

Kirilenko retweeted a link to the article on Monday.

The couple met at the 2011 U.S. Open and were engaged in December 2012. Their relationship was the subject of the opening of a 2013 Sports Illustrated feature on Ovechkin.

Ovechkin, who hasn’t commented publicly on the split, is hanging out with former KHL player Ruben Begunts and Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko in Saint-Tropez.

Thanks to Washington Post reporter Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) for help with the translation. 

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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