Bangalore: Maria Kirilenko of Russia, who is ranked 26th in the World, will participate in the $600,000 Bangalore Open tennis championship which gets underway at the KSLTA Stadium here on March 3.

A strong contender with consistent performance on the WTA Tour, Kirilenko is bound to challenge the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, and other stars like Patty Schnyder, Agnes Szavay and Sybille Bammer.

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