The Washington Times - January 21, 2013, 08:47PM

Maria Kirilenko lost to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals. Ordinarily that wouldn’t be a hockey story, let alone have anything to do with the Washington Capitals.

But Ovechkin and Kirilenko are engaged, and so the tennis star’s 6-2, 6-0 loss Sunday was a subject of the captain’s media chat Monday.


“She lost,” Ovechkin said. “It was tough; she just said, ‘It’s impossible to beat her.’ “

Williams was the third seed at the Australian Open. Kirilenko was the No. 14 seed.

Ovechkin followed Kirilenko around over the summer, even practicing with her at Wimbledon. He got to meet Williams along the way.

“She’s great person, unbelievable athlete,” Ovechkin said. “But Maria said it was very hard to play her, no chance.”