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Kirilenko and Ovechkin try to fit wedding plans into busy sporting schedules

Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 10:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Kirilenko and Ovechkin try to fit wedding plans into busy sporting schedules

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Tennis player Maria Kirilenko and hockey star Alex Ovechkin are talking wedding plans between their busy schedules, although the Russian couple hasn't set a date.

"Now it's a little bit difficult because I'm playing and Alex is playing," Kirilenko said Wednesday after winning her quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open. "We are just in the period of talking what's the best. We will find the right day."

That might be soon, since Ovechkin's Washington Capitals are stuck near the bottom of the NHL standings. The couple announced their engagement on New Year's Day via his Twitter account.

"I think all the young girls, they want to have the best dress, the best wedding, and everything the best," said Kirilenko, a friend of designer Stella McCartney.

Kirilenko said she alternates between being nervous and calm for Ovechkin's games.

"I want him and the team to win so much," she said.

She tries not to worry about him getting injured.

"It can happen with us as well, we can twist our knee," she said. "Just better don't think. Just be positive. Don't try to find those bad things."

Ovechkin's advice to her? "Just go there and beat them," she said, laughing.

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