Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Sharapova hungry for more titles

Towering achievement:Maria Sharapova shows off the trophy after her second win at the French Open in Paris
Towering achievement:Maria Sharapova shows off the trophy after her second win at the French Open in Paris

Having got her hands on the French Open trophy for a second time, Maria Sharapova has set her sights on doing the same at Wimbledon.

The Russian defeated Simona Halep 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 in a terrific three-hour final in Paris to reclaim the title she won for the first time in 2012.

Sharapova will now turn her attention to grass and going all the way at SW19, 10 years after she stunned Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final as a 17-year-old.

At that stage it seemed inconceivable the Russian big hitter would win more grand slam titles on clay than grass over the next decade, something she acknowledged after defeating Halep.

In the two years after her Wimbledon glory she reached the semi-finals both times, but since then Sharapova has made it past the fourth round just once, in 2011.

On that occasion she made it back to the final only to lose to an inspired Petra Kvitova.

Last year Sharapova joined the raft of big names tumbling out early, literally, when she fell three times in a second-round loss to Michelle Larcher De Brito.

Sharapova said: "I'd love to (win it again). It marked my career and I appreciate that moment so much.

"It came so unexpectedly yet 10 years later to be having five grand slams, to come back and still be playing and still have the energy and the passion to win more, that brings a lot of joy because I want to get better and I want to win more.

"I don't care what my results were in the past. You start from a clean slate, that's how I go into a grand slam.

"I don't think that I've won it before because when you have the mentality that you've won it then it gets boring. You have to go out there hungry for more."

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